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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.

Youth Heading To Houston

At the end of June our group will be heading to Houston! The gathering is June 27-July 1, 2018 (travel dates: June 26–July 2). We have 25 youth and adult leaders from Immanuel, St. John’s and St. Paul registered for this year’s gathering. We will have a special commissioning service for all participants at our Tri-Church outdoor worship service at the Rock Falls RB&W Park along the riverfron at 9am on Sunday, June 24th. Our youth will be taking book donations with them to the Gathering. “Blast Off for Books” is receiving donations of new or lightly used children’s books. A complete list of books to donate are included in this month’s newsletter and at St. John’s. Book donations can be dropped off at the church through Sunday, June 10th. Thank you for helping young people learn to read and helping to end world hunger! Huge thanks go to our congregations who support our young people in these amazing, life-changing events. Get connected: Visit the gathering website at, Twitter @elcagathering; Facebook; or Instagram @elcagathering.

Enjoy Father's Day Breakfast On The Grill!

Father’s Day is June 17th. Father’s Day tends to be a day on which many families fire up the grill and have a picnic. In keeping with tradition, the women of Congregational Life will be grilling a simple breakfast to honor our fathers prior to the worship service. Skip your dish of oatmeal at home and join us for breakfast between 8:30 and 9:30am on June 17th.

Worship At The Riverfront & Steinke Ordination Anniversary Celebration

Tri-Church Worship At The Riverfront is planned for 9am Sunday, June 24th at the RB&W Riverfront Park in Rock Falls. During the service we will have a commissioning of students attending the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston. St. John’s is providing muffins, coffee cake and donuts for a coffee hour after the outdoor service. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the East Room and in the Narthex. Please bring your contribution with you, or drop it off in the church kitchen by noon on Saturday, June 23rd. An indoor service is scheduled for 11:11am June 24th at St. Paul.

In the afternoon we will gather from 2-4pm at St. John's for an open house celebrating Pastor Steinke's 50th ordination anniversary. To make this day even more memorable, we encourage you to go through old albums for pictures of events that you shared with the Steinkes, such as weddings, baptisms, confirmation, a church potluck, Sunday school classes, etc. You can also remember those times in a card or in the guest book at the open house.


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