PADS Coordinator Needed

For many, many years the members of St. John's have hosted at the PADS shelter the first Sunday of the month beginning in October and ending in April. We have a small group of dedicated folks who provide onsite supervision and the evening meal. At this time we do not have a coordinator for this endeavor. Last season we provided the evening meal and covered the supervision of the 7-11pm and the 11pm-3am shifts. We were unable to find folks for the 3-7am shift, and the director of the PADS shelter hired two people to cover that shift. It would be great if we could fill that shift this year in addition to the others. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the east entrance to the sanctuary if you are willing to provide a meal or supervise any of the three shifts. If you would be willing to coordinate the program, please contact Carla at (815) 625- 9122.

cider doughnuts

Cider Doughnuts Youth Fundraiser

The junior and senior high youth are selling yummy apple cider doughnuts to raise funds for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston. Doughnuts will be made fresh and delivered to both congregations, available for pickup Sunday morning, November 5th. Paid orders are due at the church office by Wednesday, October 25th. The doughnuts are made by Cliff’s Doughnuts of Ashton (the same ones you buy at Selmi’s in Rock Falls). Pick up an order form at church, or download one here. Students, please take forms home and sell to your family and friends, then come help distribute them after church on November 5th. Thank you for supporting the youth events of St. John’s and St. Paul Lutheran Churches!

CommUNITY VBS Fall Fest

Join us Sunday, October 1st from 2-4pm at Bethel Reformed Church, 230 E. 23rd St., Sterling (across from the Duis Center) for hayrack rides, campfire, s’mores and hotdogs, fall community garden prep, crafts, games, bounce house, cake walk and snacks. Bring lawn chairs, snacks/desserts for the community table, and food for the buddy bag “Sharecrow.”

All Saints Day Breakfast On Nov. 5

Adam’s Rib WELCA group will be hosting an All Saints Breakfast on November 5th after worship. A freewill offering will be accepted to benefit the Self Help Riverview Haven Group Home.

Youth Fundraiser

Our newest youth fundraiser is through You can shop online for high-quality and unique goods while raising funds for youth events like work camps, the ELCA Youth Gathering every three years and the annual Youth Quake. To go directly to our online store and start supporting our group, click here. Forty percent of your purchase goes into our youth fund. Watch for more details in bulletin announcement, on our Facebook page and on the church website.


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