Soup's On!

We will once again be hosting soup suppers at 5:30pm prior to our midweek Lenten services. We need volunteers to host and provide food on February 21st and 28th, and March 7th, 14th and 21st. Last year we were able to get two volunteers for each night, and that worked well. The volunteers provide the soup and whatever else you want to serve, set up and clean up. Please sign up on the table in the East Room or call Carla at (815) 625-9122.

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!

Youth Fundraiser

FREE SHIPPING TO ST. PAUL & ST. JOHN’S FOR A LIMITED TIME! Order by February 6th and use coupon code “VALENTINE” at checkout to get free shipping and have your order available for pickup at your church on Sunday, February 11th, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Please only use this code if you are able to pick up your order at church.

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. Some items from this site will be on display and for sale at the church. Thank you in advance for your support of our students participating in these faith-equipping youth events!

Roller Skating!

On Sunday, February 25th we are going roller skating at White Pines Skating Rink, Pines Road, Mt. Morris. Cost is $5 (payable to St. John’s) per student. Adults can come for free! We will leave St. Paul at 1pm and return around 4pm. If you plan to drive children other than your own you need to have completed safety forms and training. Students not attending with their parents need to turn in a permission/ medical release form, which can be downloaded here.

This is for kids of all ages, adults and friends! Cost covers entry fee, skate rental and food. Please let Gerad Von Holten know if you plan to attend by calling or texting (815) 590-0006. Immanuel has also been invited to attend!


The E-Messenger

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Past issues, starting in October 2012, are available here.