Time Change For Wednesday Evening Service

During the April Council meeting, Pastor Jeff suggested moving the Wednesday evening worship service to 4:30pm. This allows him to leave for home earlier and may make it possible for more to attend. Note: The Wednesday evening service is now meeting at 4:30pm until further notice.

Geraniums Wanted

Lilies are wanted to decorate the chancel for Pentecost, which is Sunday, June 4th. 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. Enclose money and form in a pew envelope or leave it at the church office during the week. Click here to download the form, which is due Sunday, May 21st.

Youth Half-Night Lock-In

Need a night to take your mind of final exams? Junior and senior high students: bring your friends! Friday, May 19th we’re locking you in from 6:30- 11:30pm at St. John’s. The cost is $2, which will go to the Sterling Buddy Bags free lunch program. We’ll have movies, games, video games, pizza and drinks. Please fill out a permission/release form available to download and print at

High School Graduate Blessing

On Sunday, June 4th we are honoring our high school seniors with a special blessing service during worship. All high school graduates and their families are encouraged to attend.

Books For Kids

We have a wonderful opportunity before us to reach out to the kids of our community. We would like to set up a Books For Kids program at St. John’s. We have many children living in the area surrounding the church, and we would like to include them and other children in this program.

The basic process would be getting kids books donated, creating a space in our library, and then opening our doors. The kids could stay at church and read or take the book(s) home. The books taken home can be kept, passed on to a friend or returned to the library. We can include a “story time,” show movies, provide snacks ... we can let our imaginations run wild! We can be open after school one to five afternoons a week. We can be open on Saturdays. Are you getting the idea? The program is open to however we want to create it.

Our immediate need is several volunteers who are willing to explore this program, decide how it will be facilitated and get it off the ground. Please call or e-mail Carla if you are willing to participate in this exciting venture that could touch the lives of hundreds of children! She can be reached at 815- 625-9122 or


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