Our annual Rally Day Celebration as we kick-off Sunday School and all of our fall ministries is set for Saturday/Sunday, September 9/10! This year’s celebration will feature the music of renowned Lutheran musician Jonathan Rundman from Minneapolis as he leads us in a concert on Saturday, September 9 and provides musical leadership for our combined 10:30 a.m. worship celebration on Sunday, September 10. An all-church meal on the church lawn will follow. We are church together!
Sunday School Sign up will take place from 9:15am to 10:15am. Afterwards, everyone is invited to join a scavenger hunt around the church for care kit supplies. Please help us gather supplies this month! Please see the insert for supplies needed.
Since there are more than 2000 verses about money in the Bible, it is clear that our relationship to money is important. You are invited to learn about saving, debt and planning through nine weekly courses, beginning Wednesday, September 13. You can register for the class, based on Dave Ramsey’s curriculum, here: http://www.fpu.com/1045932. For more information, contact Kristen Schmid Schurter at email@example.com or 793-3933 x217
“Come to me, all you who are weary . . . and I will give you rest . . .
My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
- Matthew 11:28, 30
It may be summer, but St. John’s is not on vacation. After a busy spring, where are disciples to get strength and energy for ministry? Today’s Good News from Matthew gives us the answer: We go to Jesus, who invites and welcomes each of us. I picture Jesus giving this invitation with a broad smile on his face, not looking at his watch (a digital sundial, of course,) eyes sparkling with the joy of just being with us. Jesus is the very picture of hospitality. “Come to me,” he says.
I remember the congregation in which I grew up in Fayetteville, NC. Even at six years old, I thought of the church as belonging to me; not me exclusively, but belonging to me as much as any of the grown-ups. My pews. My classrooms. My hymn books. My meetings, committees, food pantry, activities – all mine (again, not exclusively.) I wouldn’t have known to phrase it this way, but it was “my” ministry. What a gift! But what a responsibility too. Overflowing trashcan in the restroom? I should empty that. Stranger looking for the pastor? I need to escort him to the office. Grass a bit too high? Where’s that lawn mower? A committee without a leader? Time to step up. No one’s here to read lessons? Here I am, Lord!
The church belongs to Jesus, and in a very real sense it belongs to each of us too, each of us together. Be the person who stands like Jesus with a broad smile inviting and welcoming others. Be the one who, like Jesus, offers yourself to others. Know that behind you stands Jesus himself, smiling, delighted to be there. Really.
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Our Lemonade in the Lobby series will host Three B’s on the Prairie; Music of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, part of the Boston- based Road Scholar program. Singers from across the United States and Canada are in Springfield to spend a week learning music to perform Thursday's concert. The workshop, Singing in the Heart of America, culminates in a 7 pm concert on July 13 in the Sanctuary. The event is free and open to the public. A dessert reception will follow the concert.
Come support the Youth attending the ELCA Youth Gathering by purchasing items from our garage sale. All proceeds will go towards costs associated with traveling to Houston, Texas for a week with a van full of hungry teens.
If you would like to donate items, please contact the church office at 2177933933 to drop them off ahead of time.
10th Annual Cross-generational Mission Trip to Marion, Virginia Save the dates today! St. John’s will be sponsoring our tenth annual crossgenerational mission trip to Marion, Virginia this coming summer June 25-July 1. Join a group of disciples from St. John’s in a week of home repair and rehabilitation for low-income residents in the Appalachian region, lots of fun, lots of good food, and lots of growing together in relationship with Christ, with each other, and with the world! The trip is open to all adults and youth having completed 8th grade and up! Registration information will be coming soon! Come and join us as we live out our mission to be and make disciples of Christ, in response to God’s grace!
On Saturday May 6 at 7:30 p.m. the Springfield Choral Society's spring concert entitled "D is for Simply Divine" featuring music of 5 "D's" - Dvorak, Durufle, Delibes, Debussy, and Delius will be presented as part of the St. John's Concert Series. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased by calling 217-691-0033 or 217-341-1428. A dessert reception in the church parlor will follow the performance.