Online Giving Now Available

Giving is a principle that is taught throughout the entire Bible. When we give, we are expressing worship in a tangible way by putting God first in our lives, all while allowing us to be a part of the most important work in life — spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.

In keeping with our recent audit recommendations and to provide members additional options to cash or check, St. John’s now offers online or mobile giving options through It’s quick, convenient and easy to use.

  • Online Giving: Click on the GIVE button at the bottom of the page.
  • Mobile Giving: Download the free mobile giving app for iOS or Android phones. Just follow the directions to make a one-time or recurring donation by credit card, debit card or direct from your checking or savings account safely and securely. You will receive a receipt of your transaction sent to you and your donation will be included on your yearly contribution statement from St. John’s.
Thank you for your giving and support of St. John’s. It is through your offerings that we are able to minister to our families and our community.

Congregational Special Meeting

A brief special meeting of the Congregation is planned for Sunday, October 28th at the conclusion of the 9:30am worship service. The meeting is being called by the Congregational Council for the purpose of presenting a revised Constitution for approval. As stipulated in C10.02 of the current Constitution, no other business shall be transacted at the special meeting. A quorum is necessary for approval of the revisions. If approved, the proposed changes will be presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting for ratification without change. Our current working Constitution was revised and approved in 2015, and was ratified at the Annual Meeting in 2016. When the ELCA updated the Model Constitution for Congregations in 2016, the updates were incorporated into our document and approved at the 2017 Annual Meeting. The newest revisions include updated committee descriptions and bylaw changes that more clearly define our practices. Copies of the revised text will be made available for review well ahead of the meeting.

Help The Homeless By Volunteering

The PADS Homeless Shelter opens October 1st, and your help is needed. Most of us do not know what it is like to be homeless and pray that we never will. It is hard to imagine what it would be like to not have a place to go where there are the basic essentials of life, but there are people in our community who do not have a place of warmth, sustenance and comfort. The PADS program provides that, and we have committed to providing volunteers there the first Sunday each month. We provide dinner and two people to be present from 7-11pm and 11pm to 3am. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside at the east entrance to the sanctuary. CHALLENGE: In the past we also covered the 3-7am shift but lost our volunteers. If you would be interested in volunteering for these hours, please call Carla Haubrich at 815-625-9122.

Community VBS Fall Fest

2-4pm Sunday, September 30th at Bethel Reformed Church, 230 E. 23rd St., Sterling (across from the Duis Center). NEW THIS YEAR! PUMPKIN CATAPULT & LIVE MUSIC FROM THE BAND FINDING HOME. Plus, enjoy these favorites: Hayrack rides, campfire, s’mores and hot dogs, crafts, games, bounce house, cake walk, snacks Bring lawn chairs, snacks/desserts for community table, and food for the buddy bag “Sharecrow”

Donations needed! We need “fall-themed” snacks to share, non-perishable lunch items for the Buddy Bags program (free-will offering) and baked goods for the cake walk. Please bring donations to Bethel Reformed Church in Sterling by 2pm on September 30th. Thank you!

Dinner for Kerensa Pink

The members of St. John's Lutheran Church and the Sauk Valley community are blessed each time Kerensa Pink shares her musical talents with us. She has received the "opportunity of a lifetime" and has been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall. She and her family will be traveling to The Big Apple in November of this year.

To thank her for sharing her many talents with us, the members of St. John's are hosting a dinner in her honor on October 14, 2018 from 11am-1pm. There is no charge for the meal; however, there will be a basket if you would like to give a gift of thanks as we wish Kerensa and her family safe journeys and God's blessing as they make their musical journey to New York City. All are welcome!


The E-Messenger

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Past issues, starting in October 2012, are available here.