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Weekly Worship at St. John's
St. John's worships weekly on Sunday mornings.
8:00a and 10:45a
Holy Communion on the 1st,
3rd and 5th Sunday on every month
Sunday Education Hour
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).
Christmas Concert: Sun, Dec 13 - 6:30p
Service of Remembrance:
Mon, Dec 21 - 7:00p
Christmas Eve Worship
Thurs, Dec 24:
Candlelight Worship: 10:30p
Worship: Fri, Dec 25, 10:00a (Holy Communion)
New Year's Eve:
Thurs, Dec 31 - 7:00p (Holy Communion)
St. John's Lutheran Church
Featuring Author and
"Joy in Friendships"
Feb. 5th & 6th, 2016
Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr
Friday 7p - 9p
Saturday 9a - 3p
Pastor Bruening's Message
Goals from Council Retreat
One of our more important Missions at St. John’s is our Grade
School. Through the Grade School, children and their families
receive more than an excellent education—They meet Jesus every day
through the caring teachers and staff.
To support and sustain this Mission, our goal is to increase
enrollment 25% for the 2016-2017 School Year. To reach this goal
we propose to develop and implement a robust marketing/recruitment
plan for the School which includes, at a minimum:
a. Modern, appealing website
b. Contemporary modes of communication such as social media
c. Proven methodologies from other parochial schools
Our other mission fields in which we seek to have others meet Jesus
through us is Outreach to our community. Our goals for outreach
Refining our mission work to focus on missions that can truly
impact our community;
Improve our community outreach and service. Pick the missions and
outreach that matter most to the community and congregation, but
limit the number and narrow the focus.
Make annual Mission Trips for adults and youth a routine yearly
We may never reap what we sow in these mission fields, but it is our
prayer and goal that through both our intentional missions in the
community and our everyday life, we would see an increase in new
members who are converts to our faith.
Our desire is to have each and every member feel loved and supported
at St. John’s and be able to say to friends and neighbors, “My
church really cares for me.” Toward that end we have the following
Create a new pictorial church directory and put it in the pews;
Hold social events that
intentionally nurture interpersonal relationships between members;
Increase the number of members
involved in boards, committees and task forces. (To
accomplish this goal, resurvey members for talents and create a
Use more modern forms of
communication to reach out to church members including an updated,
Build a ministry for all families – of all types. Explore
creating a family service with contemporary format and music.
Build upon the large and engaged current confirmation class to
create a robust youth group that provides fellowship and
discipleship to our middle school and high school youth as well as
promotes their service to others.
Develop systems to be more aware of members’ needs and then fulfill
As the body of Christ, we are commanded to encourage and strengthen
one another in our Christian life. To accomplish this we propose the
Double the number of members who report that they practice the
discipline of stewardship by practicing tithing.
Strengthen our small groups Bible studies to be a routine part of
our congregational life which means being held more than periodic
five week sessions.
Equip our members to live as a Christian in a post-Christian world
by reframing basic doctrine and beliefs in a contemporary context.
In His Service,
8:00 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday Education Hour
Support of the Church
is the center of everything. People need prayer. Through prayer we
can now boldly say “send me God.” A strong bond is created and we
I am in the word daily, I feel God’s presence. I have an easier time
resisting temptation and discerning His will. Reading daily doesn’t
have to be doggedly endured. There are fresh new ways to do it. I
can be on autopilot and it allows God to be in charge. With Him in
charge, it gives
started small groups because I was invited. That simple gesture has
led to making connections and starting other new small groups. I am
open to meeting new people and seeing the resources God has given us
with people and we get to see how He works in our lives. People can
be threatened by church.
Small groups are
Can We Pray for You?
St. John's is
committed to being a fellowship that blesses people near and far
with the offerings of our prayers. We'd like to pray for you and
invite you to share your requests with us. All requests will be kept
confidential among our prayer team members who are standing by to
pray for you and your loved ones. (Connect
with us here!)