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St. John's Lutheran Church

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Springfield, Illinois

Mission Statement: To be and make disciples for Christ in response to

God’s grace.

Vision Statement: St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church is called to grow in meaningful relationships with Christ, with each other, and with the community as we are gathered for worship, equipped for discipleship, and sent to care.

Address: 2477 West Washington Street, Springfield, IL 62702

Phone: 217-793-3933

Fax: 217-793-4564

Scroll down to view some of our Highlighted Events here at St. John's. Be sure to check out our Messenger (click here) and Eagle Newsletter (click here) to learn about all our upcoming events.


Midweek Lenten Worship

Every Wednesday | February 10 - March 16

You're invited to join us for our Midweek Lenten Worship Series! It all kicks off Ash Wednesday, February 10

Every week a delicious homemade lunch is served at 12:00 noon prior to the 12:15 p.m. service and our traditional soup suppers are served each Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in the PLC Lobby. (Please note, no meals are served on Ash Wednesday.)

Ash Wednesday, February 10 - "Father, forgive them."

Services of Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes

12:00 noon and 7:00 p.m. - Sanctuary

Wednesday, February 17 - "Today you will be with me in paradise."

12:15 p.m. - PLC Lobby

Lunch Served at noon

7:00 p.m. - Sanctuary

Soup Supper Served at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 24 - "Woman, behold, your son! Behold, your mother!"

Same schedule as above

Wednesday, March 2 - "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?"

Same schedule as above

Wednesday, March 9 - "I am thirsty."

Same schedule as above

Wednesday, March 16 - "It is finished."

Same schedule as above

We look forward to seeing you for worship. Bring a friend!


Singers Welcome!

Good Friday Cantata Rehearsals

Please join the Chancel Choir to prepare for the Good Friday cantata on March 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. This year’s cantata is "A Journey to Hope: A Cantata Inspired By Spirituals" by Joseph Martin. Rehearsals will begin on Thursday, February 11 from 8:00–9:00 p.m. on Thursdays and 9:15–10:00 a.m. on Sundays in the Choir Room.


Dual Pianos

Friday, February 12 | 7:00 p.m.

Once again we will have the pleasure of hosting the Dual Pianos of Damien Kaplan and Mark Gifford on Friday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. here in the sanctuary at St. John’s. A free-will offering will be accepted to support the 2016 St. John’s mission trip to Marion, Virginia. Plan to join the fun of this musically talented, comedic duo!


Jr. Blues Hockey Game

Saturday, February 13 | 7:05 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to attend a hockey game? Now is your chance! On Saturday, February 13, at 7:05 p.m. all are invited to attend a Jr. Blues Hockey game at the Nelson Center. Prices at the door are $12.00/adults and $8.00/children. In advance, $8.00/adults and $5.00/children at Qik N EZ or the YMCA. If you plan to attend, contact Pastor Ladd at psonnenberg@stjohns-springfield.org.


Christianity and Hunger Study

Beginning Sunday, February 14 | 9:15 a.m.

Starting Sunday, February 14, during the adult forum we will be focusing on World Hunger. We will spend the next five weeks reflecting on hunger, hope, and God’s love in a world of both abundance and need. We will spend time questioning how God is desiring us to respond to the issue of World Hunger. Each session will be spent reflecting on God’s word, discussing, doing group activities as well as sharing stories from ministries that are supported by ELCA World Hunger. Pastor Greg, Pastor Ladd, and St. John’s disciple Reggie Wagner will co-lead this engaging study. All are welcome!


Dinner Night Out

February 16 | 6:00 p.m.

Dinner Night Out will be on February 16 at 6:00 p.m. We will be getting together at Springfield’s Char House, 2500 Sunrise Drive. If you plan to attend, please call Loretta Johnson at 546.8233.


Young Adult Fellowship Event

Friday, February 19 | 7:00 p.m.

You're invited to join St. John's Young Adult Small Group for delicious food and conversation on Friday, February 19 for Dinner at Mario’s in Chatham at 7:00 p.m.


New Disciples Class

Sunday, February 21 | 5:00 p.m.

Our next series of New Disciples’ Classes will begin on Sunday, February 21 at 5:00 p.m. in the Adult Meeting Room (AMR). Anyone interested in joining our congregation or learning more about what it means to be a Lutheran Christian is invited to attend. This five week series features classes on what it means to be… in community, a Christian, a Lutheran, a disciple, and a servant! Each week begins with a shared meal, so come hungry! The last class will be the Spiritual Gifts Retreat on Sunday, March 20 at 3:00 p.m.; more details are below. Contact Alison Storm if you plan to attend at newdisciples@stjohns-springfield.org


Augustana Symphonic Band Concert

Monday, February 22 | 7:00 p.m.

We are privileged to host the Augustana Symphonic Band on Monday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Put this date on your calendar and plan to bring a friend to hear these excellent college musicians from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. Dr. James Lambrecht is their director. You won’t want to miss this concert!


Spiritual Gifts Retreat

Sunday, March 20 | 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

What is your purpose in life and in the church? Sometimes it feels like we are running in circles because we are so busy with work and family, but we still wonder if this is the life God planned for us. We wonder if our involvement in church or the lack thereof is what God desires from us. If you have ever asked these questions, then join us on Sunday, March 20 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. in the Adult Meeting Room for a retreat in which we will continue learning what God’s Holy Spirit is calling us to be about. During this time together, learn about what skills and abilities God has gifted you (some you probably didn’t even realize), and how God’s vision and your vision come together. All are welcome to be a part of this great retreat. You won’t want to miss it, so sign up now by calling the church office. Childcare is provided.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kristen Schmid Schurter at ksschurter@stjohns-springfield.org or 793.3933 x203.


Course Catalog

Winter 2016

CLICK HERE to see our course listings for the winter of 2016. We'd love for you to join us at any of these classes and remember, friends are always welcome!


2016 Mission Trip

Build Us Up!

Come be the hands and feet of Christ this summer as the 9th graders (including those entering 9th grade in the fall of 2016) through adults of St. John’s go on a mission adventure to Marion, Virginia for Project Crossroads at Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center. Travel with us as we use our gifts, talents, and resources to help those in the Blue Ridge Mountain area of western Virginia from June 26 - July 2, 2016. This week will be a wonderful time to help those in need, grow in your walk with Christ, build relationships with your St. John’s family, and have a life experience you will never forget.

To sign up or for more information, contact Pastor Ladd!


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