Breakfasts To Honor Parents

Mother’s Day and Father’s are just around the corner. Continental breakfasts will be served prior to worship on Mother’s Day, May 12th, and Father’s Day, June 16th, to honor the women and men of our congregation. Mark your calendar now and come a bit early for worship to enjoy a bite to eat and fellowship.

Coffee Cakes Support Youth Programs

The teenage youth are selling Dave’s Coffee Cakes through Sunday, May 5th to raise money to attend the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, Minn. Cakes are $16 each. Download an order form here for a complete list of flavors. Paid orders are due no later than May 5th at church. Cakes will be available to pick up at church on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12th. Checks should be made payable to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Thank you for supporting our young people!

Geraniums Wanted

Red Geraniums are wanted to decorate the chancel for Pentecost on Sunday, June 9th. The geraniums will then be planted on the church grounds. (Volunteers are needed for planting. Contact the Property Committee if you can help.) You can order on the group order or purchase your own. Note: Payment should accompany the form. Make checks payable to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Click here to download an order form. Deadline to turn in this form is Sunday, May 17th.

God's Work Our Hands Service Day

On Saturday, June 1st our three ELCA churches — Immanuel, St. John’s, and St. Paul — will celebrate “God’s Work Our Hands” through a day of service and worship at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center (LOMC) in Oregon. The day’s service projects are the “Three P’s”: building picnic tables painting the face of one of the buildings, and planting vegetables & flowers. Prior to the day, each church will have a “help wanted/wish list” board. Please help by providing needed items and funds. Plan to be at LOMC for this special day of service! We will gather at LOMC by 9:30am and start projects by 10am. At noon we will break for lunch and a time of worship and praise. Pray that this event will beautify LOMC and bring us closer together.

UNITE Service Camp

If you will be going into 8th grade through graduating from high school, we’d like you to be a part of an amazing three and a half days of serving and growing in your faith and having a lot of fun! From June 4-7 we will be painting homes in our communities for people who cannot afford it. Cost is only $50/student, but our youth fund will cover half of the cost for each youth participant ($25) and will cover 100 percent of the cost of each adult. After May 1st, registration goes up by $15 for students. Scholarships through Sauk Valley Unite are available for students. The registration fee covers all meals, room and board, and program costs.

This year’s theme is “Enough,” based on Ephesians 2:8. Please sign up at church to participate and let Gerad know. Individual registration forms are available now. Our 2019 speakers are Pastor Jerry Wirtley and daughter Charis, with Morrison musicians Finding Home. Also, local band Monarch (including St. Paul’s very own Luke Steinke and Gabe Zeigler) will be performing. If you know of someone who may qualify to have their house painted, please email For more information, visit and

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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