This year’s CommUNITY Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be at Immanuel Lutheran, 501 Eighth Ave., Rock Falls! The theme is “To Mars and Beyond: Explore Where God’s Power Can Take You!” Each evening begins with a free meal at 5:30pm. VBS kicks off at 6pm and ends at 8pm. Age 4 through fifth-graders are welcome to attend! Sixth-grade and older can volunteer! CommUNITY VBS is free for all! Students and volunteers register for free CommUNITY VBS at:, The first 20 registrants will receive a free VBS CD (one per family). Many volunteers are needed to make CommUNITY VBS possible. Volunteers are needed to journey alongside multi-age groups of kids as “guides,” assist with meal preparation, help with decorations, help with the 4- and 5-year-old preschool classes, take photographs, run sound and slides for worship and so much more! Please plan to volunteer for this life-shaping week! Sign up to volunteer by registering online or speaking with Gerad VonHolten. We will have a VBS planning meeting at 10am Monday, June 10th at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. All volunteers’ T-shirt sizes are due at the meeting.

The Worship Children's Offering

The worship children’s offering will go to Blue Feather Alliance to purchase Christmas gifts for the children who live on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. We are asking families and children to help by donating small toys, games and other items that will be given away as Christmas gifts. Donations are due Sunday, July 7th, when a Blue Feather representative will be at St. John’s to collect the donations.

The shopping list:

Items at Dollar Tree
  • Small foam footballs
  • Decks of cards
  • Yo-yos
  • Small puzzles
  • Foil play packs
  • Small trucks and cars
  • Magic Spring (slinky)
  • Jump ropes
  • Pony with accessories
  • Package of plastic bracelets
  • Wooden peg games (basketball, football, golf)
  • Dominos 3-pack card games (no religious)
  • Checkers (soft pack)
  • Pick-up pairs
  • Crayons (three per package)
  • Mickey Mouse pencil set
  • Rubber ducks bath toys (three-pack)
  • Word search books

Other items

  • McDonald’s toys (new in wrapper only)
  • Beanie Babies (with tags)
  • Hot Wheel cars
  • 24-count crayons
  • Pocket-size hand lotions

Kroger Rewards

St. John’s is now a member of the Kroger Community Rewards Program. If you have a Kroger Plus Shopper’s Card, you can earn rewards for the St. John’s Building Fund every time you use it. Just about everything you purchase qualifies, with the exception of alcohol, tobacco, and postage stamps. There is no cost to participate and you’ll still earn fuel points on eligible purchases every time you shop. Signing up is free and easy.

  1. Visit
  2. Sign in to your digital account or create an account.
  3. Choose “I’m a Customer” and click on “View Details.”
  4. Be sure your card is linked to your account.
  5. Select St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (MU937).
  6. Receive a confirmation, and you’re ready! If you have questions, please contact Nancy Breed at (815) 441-4007. Thanks for your continued support of St. John’s.


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