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designed with a specific mission in mind.

St. John’s currently offers about 60 different ministry teams. Each and everyday, disciples act courageously in a wide variety of ways, whether that is by connecting with our neighborhood, caring for the homeless, visiting the sick, or even changing the air-filters. Ministry Teams work together to accomplish a goal. They can come together for a one-time event or for ongoing ministry. As teams uphold the mission of St. John’s, they also foster member discipleship and team fellowship, caring for one another.

To join an existing Ministry Team, contact the team leader for more information. Proposals for new teams are available on the church website and in the top right mailbox near the main office. One way to find out how God has designed you to serve is by taking the Spiritual Gifts inventory and viewing the presentation available on the church website.

 
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Kristen Schmid Schurter

Director of Spiritual Gift Ministries

ksschurter@stjohns-springfield.org

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COMMUNITY CARE

Caring for our church family

ALTAR FLOWER DELIVERY

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Each week a member of this team delivers the altar flowers to St. John’s disciples who may be shut-ins or in the hospital. By sharing the altar flowers with these disciples we help remind them of their importance to our congregation and we pass on our love and God’s love for them.

Rhonda Neubauer: 217.529.6670, Rhonda.neubauer@comcast.net


GOURMET GRACE

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The Gourmet Grace Ministry Team is comprised of St. John’s disciples who will offer care and support to individuals and families in special circumstances (new baby, family emergency, returning home after surgery, etc.) The team will deliver a meal to those referred by one of the pastors.

Team members can be individuals or families, and sign up for a meal (typically main dish, side, and dessert) as their schedule allows.

Kathie Little: kllsdl16@gmail.com, 217-370-4232

KNITTING MINISTRY

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Meets most Sunday mornings between services to make prayer shawls for comfort to those in need, pot holders, dish cloths for new disciples, etc.

Lynne Ewan: lynne.ewan@sbcglobal.net

PRAYER CHAIN

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Disciples who privately lift our congregation's prayer requests up to God each day.

Liz Kelley, 217.483.6685, bhappy34@comcast.net

CAREGIVER INTERFAITH VOLUNTEER SERVICES

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CIVS is an interfaith caregiving group made up of team members from area churches who truly care about homebound individuals and their well-being. CIVS wants to help people maintain their independence. Team members help in several ways: transportation to medical appointments, taking people grocery shopping or shopping for them if they’re not able, sitting with loved ones (so caregivers can take a much needed break), call or visit just to see if people need anything.

Fran Myers: 789-1961, myersodyssey@comcast.net

FUNERAL MEALS

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St. John's has several teams that prepare and serve meals for families after funeral services. Contact Pastor Pam for more information about being a team leader or helper.

MILITARY DISCIPLES OUTREACH

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Assisting and supporting military members, families and veterans within the congregation.

Andy Miller: 630.253.4134, amiller725.am@gmail.com

SENIOR OUTREACH

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Ministers to disciples who can no longer actively attend church. Our goal is to help shut-ins feel a part of St John's family by offering home Communion, friendship visits, phone calls, birthday cards, church literature and recordings of worship services.

Patti Kelley: 217.585.0986; Rosemary Carlson: 217.679.2853

WORSHIP CD MINISTRY

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Provide CDs of our worship services for anyone who is not able to make it to church.

Time commitment: 15 min. on Sundays; record one service each week.

Qualifications: high school or older.

Carol Lange: 217.553.4381, callycat144@gmail.com

COLLEGE CONNECTION

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The College Connection Ministry Team is comprised of St. John’s disciples who will offer care and support to college freshmen. The team will work through snail mail cards, e-mail, texts, and care packages to support, encourage, and uplift college freshmen disciples.

Time commitment is approximately an hour every two months, for a year.

Elin Wind: awind70401@yahoo.com, 217-698-1492

KEEPING IN TOUCH

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Reach out to disciples who have not worshipped recently.

Carolyn Chambers: 217.679.0639, rccham1063@msn.com

PARISH NURSE

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Janet Moulton, 217.971.9535, jmoul537@hotmail.com

STEPHEN MINISTRY

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Trained and supervised disciples provide individuals one-on-one Christian care as they walk through a difficult journey in life. Stephen Ministers listen, understand, accept and offer prayer to those who are hurting. The commitment is two years, including 50 hours of training and meeting with a care receiver for an hour each week.

TRANSPORTATION

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Provide rides to worship.

Nancy Ryan: 217.899.3650, njryan79@yahoo.com

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DISCIPLESHIP

learning about our faith

ADULT FELLOWSHIP

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Social activities throughout the year, including theater productions, sporting events and the Nativity Scene Festival.

Leadership team time commitment is two hours per month, plus additional time if choose to work on an event.

DINNER NIGHT OUT

Meets at 6:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month for dinner at various restaurants.

Becky Smith: 217.494.5523 (call for reservations)

GROUP LOYAL:

** Meets for Potluck: at 6:00 p.m. in the PLC Lobby on the second Tuesday of each month.

Bob Walbaum: 787-0067, rcw@walbaumlaw.com

SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES

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Alicia Huntley: 217.793.3933 x208, ahuntley@stjohns-springfield.org

LEADERSHIP TEAM: Mark Butler, Mike Purdy, Heather Reiss

CHILDREN AND FAMILY MINISTRIES

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Sam Neahring: 217.793.3933, sneahring@stjohns-springfield.org

LEADERSHIP TEAM:

Gary Reinbold, Jen Rhoades,

Melissa Roselle, and Mandy Sipes-Saathoff

SUNDAY SCHOOL:

Mandy Sipes-Saathoff: 494.1821, masipes@springfieldclinic.com

VBS:

Alicia Huntley and Melissa Roselle,

Mroselle@preschool-stjohns.org

YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRIES

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Pastor Busboom: 217.793.3933 x201, pbusboom@stjohns-springfield.org

CONFIRMATION:

Pastor Greg Busboom: 217.793.3933 x201, pbusboom@stjohns-springfield.org

NEW DISCIPLE COORDINATOR

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Alison Storm: 217.299.9098, alisonstorm@sbcglobal.net

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OUTREACH AND MISSION

serving and welcoming the larger community

COMMUNITY GARDEN

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Tucker Good: 217.303.1153, tgood@stjohns-springfield.org

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

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Jill Sproat: 217.899.3334, jill.sproat@gmail.com

ST. JOHN'S AFTER SCHOOL CENTER

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Provides tutoring services for our Georgetown neighbor kids, as well as kids in our church community.

Emma Busboom: 217.725.1266, busboomemma@gmail.com

SUNDAY MORNING FELLOWSHIP

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Host/hostesses share hospitality through refreshments with guests and visitors during Sunday Morning Fellowship Hour.

Carol Lange: 217.553.4381, callycat144@gmail.com

FESTIVAL OF TREES

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Shirley Clark: 217.546.4722, saclark15@comcast.com

MISSION TRIP

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A week-long, intergenerational trip to Marion, Virginia, to rehabilitate homes of people in need. The annual early summer trip is an outreach mission beyond our community in conjunction with Project Crossroads ministry. Anyone who has completed 8th grade may participate. There will be plenty to do whether you have a lot or a little experience.

Ted LaBelle: 217.652.8053, labelle8companies@comcast.net

SOCIAL MINISTRIES

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Local outreach.

LSSI Storybook Project: Bring children's books into state prisons and record incarcerated parents reading out loud. Recordings and books are sent to prisoners’ children, allowing them to hear their parents’ voices, and connecting hundreds of families. This opportunity is every other month and includes training.

Normajean Sanders, 217.726.5230

Meals on Wheels and United Cerebral Palsy:

Janet Moulton, 217.971.9535, jmoul537@hotmail.com

WELCOME NOTE WRITERS

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Contact the Pastors

GLOBAL MINISTRIES

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Includes Fair Trade sales, Foods Resource Bank, Lutheran World Relief Ingathering and support for missionary in Tanzania.

Rose Moser: 217.622.3057, roswitha64@aol.com

NEIGHBORHOOD MINISTRIES

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Reaching out to our neighbors to build a relationship, while showing Christ's love. Past activities include summer Wed. night meals on the lawn.

Carolyn Isham: 217.544.2286, cisham@sbcglobal.net

Suzie Weissberg: 217.753.4622, S.Weissberg@yahoo.com

STITCH AND SHARE

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Meets at 1:00 p.m. on the second Friday of the month in the PLC Lobby to share completed service projects.

Mary Ann DeFend: defend121@yahoo.com

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STEWARDSHIP

managing our God-given resources

ARCHIVAL WORK

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John Stuemke, 217.546-5414, 3637.jnj@comcast.net

OFFICE VOLUNTEERS

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Help the church staff and pastors by working in the church office weekly, answering phones, doing computer work (if able), and many other types of jobs. Or, help out as needed for large project such as all-church mailers.

Amanda Lawler, 793.3933 x205, alawler@stjohns-springfield.org

FINANCIAL HEALTH

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Equips disciples of all ages with financial wherewithal so they can be good stewards of their own personal finances and better serve others in the community. Team meetings are an hour a month; additional time as volunteered to research topics for seminars, obtaining speakers, or leading a class.

Lisa Hartzler, 217.725.3760, lisa.harms.hartzler@gmail.com

PROPERTY

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Mark Books, 217.632.5063, booksmemoryforest@reagan.com

Flower Beds: tasks may include preparing flower beds, planting, watering, weeding and deadheading, and cleaning beds in fall.

Lawn Care: mowing with hand mower, mowing with riding mower, grass trimming, maintaining trees and shrubs.

OFFERING COUNTERS

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Offering counters are careful stewards of our financial offerings. They count contributions and prepare information for entry into the church's computer system, so that St. John's is able to utilize the resources for ministry. They meet weekly for a couple hours.

Skills needed: accounting and clerical.

Bob Borcherding, 217.546.8615, s.b.borcherding@comcast.net

SPIRITUAL GIFTS

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Help disciples see themselves as uniquely called to ministry by God, who designed them for service. Review and design gift discovery tools and education, and ways disciples can connect with church or community service.

Meet the third Sunday of each month at 9:15 a.m., and work on some additional projects throughout the year. Time commitment is 1-2 hours/month for 12 months.

Kristen Schmid Schurter: 793-3933 x206,

ksschurter@stjohns-springfield.org

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WORSHIP

praising and thanking God together

ALTAR GUILD

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Prepare the altar for each service. Care for the altar, its furnishings and linens, acolyte robes, Communion assistant robes and paraments.

Time commitment: 1-1.5 hours every 4-5 weeks for a year. Training provided.

Sanctuary: Diana Skube, 217.487.7340, ebuksjd@mchsi.com

PLC: Jan Cazel: 217.836.5554, cazelrn@gmail.com

COMMUNION ASSISTANT

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Sanctuary

Bonnie Draughan, 217.416.7722, sbc2drawn@aol.com

Contemporary

Cindy Engstrom, 217.636.7591, rwhippet@aol.com

GREETERS

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Greeters are the first impression someone has of the church. They set the tone, letting people know this is a welcoming place. Greeters answer questions, give direction and offer assistance.

5:00 pm Sanctuary

Carolyn Chambers, 217.679.0639, rccham1063@msn.com

8:00 am Sanctuary

Diana Skube, 217.487.7340, ebuksjd@mchsi.com

10:30 am Sanctuary

Coleen Koester, 217.483.7613, koester.coleen@comcast.net

PLC Hospitality (greeting and ushering combined)

Sarah Hembrook: 262.902.5771, sehembrook@gmail.com

SONSHINE BAGS

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Organize children’s activity bags for worship services, to help both children and caretakers participate in worship. This opportunity is done weekly during the month(s) selected by those serving, and training is provided.

Liz Kelley, 217.483.6685, bhappy34@comcast.net

BAKING COMMUNION BREAD

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Bakers use provided recipe and instructions to make Communion bread 4x/year.

Ruthie Steen, 217.341.0528, sailbvi4@msn.com

CONTEMPORARY PRAISE BAND

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Christie Lazarides: 217.691.5881, clazarides@gmail.com

MUSIC MINISTRIES

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Cantatas, Chancel Choir, Concert Series, Summer Vocal Ensembles

Sue Hamilton: 217.793.3933 x212, shamilton@stjohns-springfield.org

SENIOR OUTREACH

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Ministers to disciples who can no longer actively attend church. Our goal is to help shut-ins feel a part of St John's family by offering home Communion, friendship visits, phone calls, birthday cards, church literature and recordings of worship services.

Patti Kelley: 217.585.0986; Rosemary Carlson: 217.679.2853

USHERS

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Brian Metz, 217.306.4523, brianpmetz@icloud.com

BELL CHOIR

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Carlo Van Ulft: 217.414.1914, carlo@venlocorp.com

DECORATING WORSHIP SPACE (PLC)

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Craig Williams: 217.494.5476, craigwilliamsii@gmail.com

READERS

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Sanctuary:

Bonnie Draughan, 217.416.7722, sbc2drawn@aol.com

PLC:

Thi Bowden, 416.6552, ThiBcool1223@gmail.com

STEPHEN MINISTRY

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Trained and supervised disciples provide individuals one-on-one Christian care as they walk through a difficult journey in life. Stephen Ministers listen, understand, accept and offer prayer to those who are hurting. The commitment is two years, including 50 hours of training and meeting with a care receiver for an hour each week.

VIDEO/SOUND TECH

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Aaron Duncan, 918.759.0917, aduncan9210@gmail.com