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).
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
Wednesday, December 17, 10:45a:
Jesus Christ will Come Again
Thursday, December 18, 6:30p
Lutheran School Advent Christmas Service
Festival Service w/Choir and Holy Communion
Christmas Office Hours
Church Office Hours - 9 am to noon (Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri)
Church Office Closed Thur, Dec 25
and Jan 1
School Office Closed Dec 20
through Jan 4
Christmas Concert DVD's and CD's for sale
CD's and DVD's of the Christmas Concert can be
ordered using our PayPal service. The cost
is $15 for each. You may also purchase disks in the Church Office or after
Worship Services at the Information Desk.
Pastor Bruening's Message
What can we do to reach Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and
the ends of the earth?
The local piece is quite obvious. We are ministering to our
own as we show care for one another. Our Board of Human Care works well in this
area. This means the friendly check up on people going through difficult times.
It means nourishing the spirit life of people through worship and Bible study.
It means building one another up through small group ministry. As I see things
and hear from members, I feel we do a pretty good job here. The one area that I
am working on with our Board of Elders is to make contact with people whose
names are on our roles but do not participate in worship. We have already begun
that process by sending letters to people who have moved away from this area and
have not transferred. Please let me know if you know of other ways we can
minister in a better way to our own.
Here we need to look at what we can do in our
community which I would define as Lyons Township and southern Proviso Township.
This are areas where we can volunteer with program such as “Beds” (Housing the
homeless) volunteering at a local hospital, helping with tutoring or any
volunteer work that helps this area.
I have asked Roger Johnson to make contact with church
east of us in Chicago, Cicero and Berwyn to see if there are ways we can work
with or assist them. Perhaps there are rooms that need painting but these
churches just do not have many members and we could bring some people over to
help them with that need. I asked him to explore all possibilities were we could
partner with them.
To the ends of the earth
I have been on about 15 Mission Trips to Guatemala and have found these
trips to be beneficial in broadening the perception of Americans concerning the
developing nations and the churches in those developing nations. I would like to
see us plan such a trip next summer. We have usually had three different groups.
1) A medical group that will see and treat
people in the community. In the past we have seen people who have walked over
five miles for this quality medical attention.
2) A teaching group that would run a Vacation Bible School. In the past we have
usually had the room where we teaching completely full of Guatemalan children
attending these sessions.
3) A construction team that would be involved in anything from building a home
for a family who had lost their home to putting a new roof on one of our
Lutheran schools there.
By participating in all of these areas of ministry we appreciate what we say in
the creed when we speak of the “Holy Christian (or catholic) Church” realizing
we are one with all of these saints of God.
15th Annual Women's Retreat
MUSICIAN AND SPEAKER
February 6th & 7th, 2015
Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge
Friday evening: 7:00-9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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
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