Cokesbury's Rolling River Rampage VBS

Registration Now Available For 2018 CommUNITY VBS!

Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God!

CommUNITY VBS is once again beyond excited to invite the area communities to join together for an amazing week of adventure and mission. Join us at First Presbyterian Church this year for Rolling River Rampage VBS! This VBS is for kids Pre-K through 5th grade. Pre-K includes children ages 4 & 5 who have not been in kindergarten. This year's CommUNITY VBS is scheduled for July 15-19, 2018, from 5:30-8pm at First Presbyterian Church, Sterling. Click here to register online! Paper registration forms are available at the church and will be available in future editions of the Messenger.

Fundraiser For Hospice Home

Tri Church is planning a fundraising event for Wednesday, April 25 from 5-9pm at the Latin American Club in Sterling. The event will include a buffet, dessert auction, silent and live auctions, raffle and entertainment. The schedule is as follows:

  • 5-5:30pm Music
  • 5-7pm Buffet Dinner
  • 5-8:30pm Silent Auction
  • 5:30-6pm Live Music
  • 6pm 50/50 Raffle Drawing followed by Live Auction
  • 6:30-7pm Live Music
  • 7pm 50/50 Raffle Drawing followed by Live Auction
  • 7:30-8:30pm Live Music
  • 8:30-9pm Music
New items are sought for the auctions. Please download and complete this form, and turn it in by Sunday, April 15th if you would like to donate.

In order to maximize the amount of money that is raised at the benefit, we are asking for food donations that will be used for the buffet. All food donations should be put in the kitchen by April 23rd. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the East Room.

Geraniums For Pentecost

Red geraniums are wanted to decorate the chancel for Pentecost on Sunday, May 20th. The geraniums will then be planted on the church grounds. Note: Payment should accompany the form. Make checks payable to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Deadline to turn in form is Sunday, May 13th. Enclose money and form in a pew envelope or leave it at the church office during the week. Download an order form by clicking here.

Recording Our Time & Talents

The council members have been spending a lot of time discussing stewardship. During these discussions we seem to constantly be talking about the stewardship of our treasures. While paying the bills is important, so is the use of our time and our talents. We report weekly how much money was received the previous week, but we have no idea how many hours of service are given here at St. John’s and in the community by our members. We decided that we needed to correct that. In the Narthex and at the entrance to the East Room you will find easels with posters asking you to record the number of hours of service that you provided to St. John’s or to organizations in the community and what you did. For example:

  • St. John’s - Children, Youth and Family Ministry Team meeting, 1.75 hours
  • Community - CGH Medical Center Pink Lady, 6 hours
After a month, we will total the hours and report them as we do our stewardship of treasures. The month will run from Messenger deadline to Messenger deadline. Start recording those hours now!

Gardening Opportunity

For many years we have talked about the triangular plot of land across from the church on Third Avenue and tried to think of a use for it. Finally we have come up with a project that we would like to try. We want to build raised garden beds and offer them to our neighbors to use to grow their favorite vegetables and/or flowers. They will be responsible for caring for the planters, but we need some help to get started. If you would be willing to help build some raised garden beds, please call Brian Luebke at (815) 535- 7776. If you would like to help start some vegetable plants, please call Carla Haubrich at (815) 625- 9122.

Youth Fundraiser

Through this fundraiser, you can shop online for high-quality and unique goods while raising funds for our youth events. To go directly to our online store and start supporting our group, click here. Forty percent of your purchase goes into our youth fund. Orders by mail are available. These well-crafted goods make great holiday gifts. Thank you in advance for your support of our students participating in these faith-equipping youth events!


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