St John's Lutheran Church, La Grange IL 60525 (LCMS)

St. John's Lutheran Church and School
47th Street and Brainard Avenue, La Grange, Illinois 60525


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Weekly Worship at St. John's
St. John's worships weekly on Sunday mornings.

Sunday Worship
8:00a and 10:45a

Holy Communion on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday on every month

Sunday Education Hour

Lenten / Easter Services

Maundy Thursday, April 2
12p and 7p

Good Friday, April 3
12p and 7p

April 5
8a and 10:45a

We invite you to join us in giving glory to God as we continue our journey. St. John’s is giving glory to God in our church and school (Jerusalem), glory to God in the communities where we live (Judea), glory to God in nearby communities cross-culturally (Samaria) and glory to God even to the ends of the earth! (Acts 1:8).

Pastor Bruening's Message

Voter’s Assembly: The Voter’s met to approve a budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. This budget currently shows a deficit of $97,060. One of the congregation’s goals is to have balanced budgets. A $20,000 surplus at the end of February of this year moves us toward that goal. Therefore I was delighted that the Finance Board indicated that they will take a further look at this budget, looking at specific line items that could be reduced. At that time more data such as school enrollment will be available and the committee will present an amended budget in the Fall which hopefully will show a much reduced deficit. The current budget gives the staff a 1% cost of living increase in addition to whatever increase is warranted by the algorithm established by the congregation. This is the first such increase in many years. A capital budget of $35,000 was also passed. This will be used to pay down our loan and secondly to do some needed building tuck-pointing. There was discussion concerning the parking lot. Our Properties Committee will be working on a plan to do this job in stages.

Parents with Young Children:
We now have people serving on the Board of Parish Education with Karen Hitterman serving as chair and Barbara Paulsen and Susan Prichodko as members. Sherrie Smith, along with these Board Members met with a number of parents of children from 3 through 8 years of age to brainstorm about ways we can improve our Ministry to and with these families such as providing classes for parents on parenting and teaching the faith at home.

Role of Mark Stapleton:
Mark’s title is Assistant to the Pastor. He received training at Concordia University - Mequon that certified him as a Lay Minister. Mark has been a real help as we evaluate weekly the spiritual needs of the members of St. John’s and discuss other needs of the congregation. Both of us make calls on those hospitalized or homebound. Every Tuesday we meet from 9a to 10a after which Mark has office hours in the first office until noon. Please feel free to contact him.

In His Service,
Pastor Bruening






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Sunday Worship
8:00 & 10:45 a.m.

Sunday Education Hour
9:25-10:25 a.m.

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