Christmas Eve services

Christmas Eve Services

Our annual Barn Service at the Janssen Farm, 11659 County Line Road, Rock Falls, will be at 3pm Sunday, December 24th. Parking is available at Moore Tires on East Route 30. Buses to the barn will be available and leave Moore Tires beginning at 2:15pm.

At 6pm Sunday, December 24th we will host a traditional Candlelight Worship Service at the church, 703 Third Ave., Sterling.

There will be no morning worship service that day.

Red Poinsettias Wanted

Decorate St. John’s Chancel for Christmas. You can order on the group order or purchase your own. If you purchase your own, please bring to the church no earlier than December 22nd and place a tag with your name on it. All poinsettias should be RED. Plants can be picked up after the 6pm worship service on Christmas Eve. Payment should accompany the form, which can be downloaded here. Make checks payable to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Deadline to turn in form & payment is December 18th.

Christmas Program

This year’s Christmas program is Sunday, December 17th during 9:30am worship. We will rehearse with children during Sunday school time on December 10th. Again this year the Christmas story will be told by all of us! Adults, you too can be a shepherd, angel, animal or other character from the Christmas story. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the sanctuary if you would like a speaking part. Sunday school students will be leading the congregation in telling the story together. Costumes will be available for all as you come to worship on December 17th. Children should arrive by 8:45am to practice music and get costumes on. Thank you in advance, adults, for your participation and support of the children of St. John’s. After the program and worship, students will have their Christmas party in the Sunday school rooms.

Christmas Caroling

We will be caroling on Sunday, December 17th at 2pm. Meet at the church to carpool to some of our members’ homes. A light supper will be served at the church afterward. All are welcome!

Youth Fundraiser

FREE SHIPPING TO THE CHURCH FOR A LIMITED TIME! Order by December 8, 2017 and use the coupon code “STERLING” at checkout to get free shipping and have your order available for pickup from the church on or before December 13th. Please only use this code if you are able to pick up your order. 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!


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