Worship
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Worship

Some Christians imagine either themselves or other people to be no more than barren trees that might as well be uprooted and discarded. Come to worship this Sunday, and hear what the gardener says about barren trees.

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Worship
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Worship

We are nearing the conclusion of Lent. This Sunday’s gospel story is of Mary of Bethany who at the dinner table anointed Jesus’ body, as if he were already dead. We gather together this Sunday, remembering the death of Christ, yet feasting on the life of his body in holy communion. Come: join Mary, Martha, Lazarus, Paul, John, and the rest of us at the feast.

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Mercy Me with David Crowder Concert
Mar
24
3:00 PM15:00

Mercy Me with David Crowder Concert

Our 9th-12th grade youth group will be traveling to the Mercy Me with David Crowder Concert in Peoria on Sunday, March 24. We will leave for this amazing, sold-out concert at 3:00 p.m. and will return to the church around 11 p.m. Only 30 tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so sign up TODAY! Simply e-mail Pastor Greg or sign up on the sign-up sheet posted outside the Youth Room Door in the Lower Level. Once Pastor Greg has received your $30, your spot is reserved. Friends are welcome!

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Encounter
Mar
24
6:00 PM18:00

Encounter

All 9th-12th graders and their friends are invited to our Sunday Night ENCOUNTER on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month from 6-8 p.m. in the Parish Life Center (PLC). Live music, worship, Bible Study, group building activities, games, a coffee and smoothie bar, and much more make this a meaningful, faith-building experience for all! Come and grow in your faith and discipleship to Christ as we ENCOUNTER God’s Word together! First-time participants receive a prize! This week’s theme: TEMPTED! 

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Midweek Lenten Worship
Mar
27
12:15 PM12:15

Midweek Lenten Worship

Our midweek Lenten worship theme this year is TABLE GRACE as we explore five Biblical stories in which God’s gracious hospitality is extended with others through the sharing of a meal. Two worship opportunities will be offered each Wednesday throughout Lent.

12:15 p.m. - Midweek Lenten Worship (PLC Lobby) A delicious homemade Lenten Lunch will be served beginning at 12:00 noon.

7:00 p.m. - Midweek Lenten Worship (Sanctuary) A delicious homemade soup and sandwich supper will be served in the PLC Lobby beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Come and gather with us around the TABLE as we share a meal together and as we are fed by God’s Word through worship. There is a place at the TABLE for you! Come and join us as, together, we let God’s grace grow us in our relationship with Christ, with each other, and with the community!

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Worship
Mar
30
to Mar 31

Worship

This coming Sunday the gospel reading is the well-known story of the prodigal son. Which brother are you like? Come to worship, whichever one you are, and join in God’s feast of mercy.

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Easter Vigil
Apr
20
5:00 PM17:00

Easter Vigil

Come and experience anew the mystery of the resurrection through this ancient four part liturgy of light, Word, baptism, and communion. The service begins in darkness as the light of Christ reenters the sanctuary. Slowly the light of Christ returns until the darkness of Good Friday gives way to the brilliant dawn of Easter morning.

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Midweek Lenten Worship
Mar
20
12:15 PM12:15

Midweek Lenten Worship

Our midweek Lenten worship theme this year is TABLE GRACE as we explore five Biblical stories in which God’s gracious hospitality is extended with others through the sharing of a meal. Two worship opportunities will be offered each Wednesday throughout Lent.

12:15 p.m. - Midweek Lenten Worship (PLC Lobby) A delicious homemade Lenten Lunch will be served beginning at 12:00 noon.

7:00 p.m. - Midweek Lenten Worship (Sanctuary) A delicious homemade soup and sandwich supper will be served in the PLC Lobby beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Come and gather with us around the TABLE as we share a meal together and as we are fed by God’s Word through worship. There is a place at the TABLE for you! Come and join us as, together, we let God’s grace grow us in our relationship with Christ, with each other, and with the community!

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Bradley University Chorale Concert
Mar
18
7:30 PM19:30

Bradley University Chorale Concert

On Monday, March 18, the Bradley University Chorale will present a concert in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. The chorale, consisting of nearly 50 singers, will be joined in a portion of the performance by the Maroa-Forsyth High School Choir.  Known for its vibrant approach to sound, the Bradley Chorale embraces the unique spirit and diverse color palate of each singer in exploring music of all genres and stylistic performance practices. They perform extensively across the United States and Europe, receiving national and international honors and singing at conventions across the globe. International performances have included tours of Poland, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Italy, and Wales. The concert is free and open to the public.  A free will offering will be taken. Bring a friend or neighbor to hear this outstanding choir as they present “Even When….” For further information, please contact Sue Hamilton at shamilton@stjohns-springfield.org.

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Worship
Mar
16
to Mar 17

Worship

In next Sunday’s gospel reading, we are like chicks that need protection, for a fox is nearby. Come to worship, and join us in praising the God who gathers us as if under loving wings.

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“Listening to the Holy Spirit” Retreat
Mar
15
to Mar 16

“Listening to the Holy Spirit” Retreat

Fri. March 15, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., & Sat. March 16, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Holy Spirit is present and active in our lives, giving us the gift of faith and moving in ways we don’t always notice. Come discover more about this mysterious person of the Trinity through a special presentation by Pastor Greg, and by spending time in reflection, prayer, and conversation in the beautiful, contemplative surroundings of Springfield’s Chiara Center. The cost for program and meals is only $25 per person; For those interested in an overnight stay, single and double rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Space is limited. You are invited to be refreshed by the power of the Spirit! Guests are welcome.

For more information contact Director of Spiritual Gifts Ministries Kristen Schmid Schurter at 793.3933 x217 or ksschurter@stjohnsspringfield.org.

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Midweek Lenten Worship
Mar
13
12:15 PM12:15

Midweek Lenten Worship

Our midweek Lenten worship theme this year is TABLE GRACE as we explore five Biblical stories in which God’s gracious hospitality is extended with others through the sharing of a meal. Two worship opportunities will be offered each Wednesday throughout Lent.

12:15 p.m. - Midweek Lenten Worship (PLC Lobby) A delicious homemade Lenten Lunch will be served beginning at 12:00 noon.

7:00 p.m. - Midweek Lenten Worship (Sanctuary) A delicious homemade soup and sandwich supper will be served in the PLC Lobby beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Come and gather with us around the TABLE as we share a meal together and as we are fed by God’s Word through worship. There is a place at the TABLE for you! Come and join us as, together, we let God’s grace grow us in our relationship with Christ, with each other, and with the community!

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Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
Mar
11
12:00 PM12:00

Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Community Educator, Michelle Ramlow, will present information on recognizing common signs of Alzheimer’s, how to approach someone about memory concerns, and other topics. A light lunch will be served. There is no cost, but participants must register for the event through the Alzheimer’s Association of Springfield either by phone (1.800.272.3900) or online at https://alz.org/illinois.

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Worship
Mar
9
to Mar 10

Worship

Each year on the first Sunday in Lent we hear about Jesus being tested in the wilderness. In this way Jesus joined with us, who are also, one way or another, tested in some wilderness. We say Sundays “in” Lent, since when counting the forty days of Lent, we omit the six Sundays, because Sunday is always a celebration of Christ’s resurrection. So this Sunday we are both in Lent and beyond Lent.

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Preteen Lego Night
Mar
8
6:30 PM18:30

Preteen Lego Night

Ready to bust out the Lego blocks and face-off with your friends?! Join us for some crazy Lego games, experiments, and races. Friends are always welcome! 5th and 6th graders can sign up with Sam Neahring Good at sneahring@stjohnsspringfield.org.

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Ash Wednesday
Mar
6
12:00 PM12:00

Ash Wednesday

Our spiritual journey through the season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6. Services of Holy Communion with the Imposition of Ashes will be held at both 12:00 noon and 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Come and grow in your relationship with Christ, with one another, and with our community as we enter this most meaningful baptismal journey toward the death and resurrection of Christ. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).

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A Visit With a Pharmacist
Feb
27
6:30 PM18:30

A Visit With a Pharmacist

St. John’s Faith Community Nursing Ministry Team is offering a series of Care Connections each Wednesday in February in the Adult Meeting Room (AMR) covering a variety of health and wellness issues. This week’s Care Connection will be “A Visit with a Pharmacist,” presented by Memorial Hospital Pharmacy. Everyone is welcome and invited to come early for supper provided by the church at 5:45.

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Lego Races
Feb
24
11:45 AM11:45

Lego Races

Are you ready for another round of Lego races?! Build your fastest car, invite some friends, and come race! We will eat pizza, share in a devotion, and then start the races. Meet in the gym to check in and grab some lunch. This year’s races will be for kids in preschool through 4th grade.

Check out our recap video from last year and get excited!

 
 
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Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group
Feb
18
1:00 PM13:00

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group

Caregivers can be overwhelmed with the daily routines and tasks of caring for a family member or friend. During the holidays, the demands can seem impossible. St. John’s hosts an Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group. The group meets monthly on the third Monday in the Adult Meeting Room (AMR). The Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Groups provide emotional, educational, and social support for family and friends of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter at 800.272.3900 or go to alz.org/Illinois and click on ‘Support Groups.

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Healing Service
Feb
17
3:00 PM15:00

Healing Service

Jesus invites us, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Pastor Pam will lead a Service of Healing for anyone yearning for healing either in their own life, in the lives of others, or in the life of our world. Comprised of readings from God’s Word, song, silent reflection, and intercessory prayer, these services provide peace in an otherwise turbulent world. Following the service, our Stephen Ministers will host a time of refreshments and fellowship in the Parlor. All are welcome to come and experience the healing touch of Christ’s love.

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Group Loyal
Feb
12
6:00 PM18:00

Group Loyal

Group LOYAL will be meeting for dinner in the PLC Lobby. Please bring a covered dish to share. All disciples at St. John’s are welcome to join us for some good food and fellowship. Any questions, please contact Ed or Diana Skube at 217.487.7340.

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Preschool Open House
Feb
7
5:30 PM17:30

Preschool Open House

 

There will be an Open House for prospective families at which children and their families can meet our teachers and staff and enjoy some fun activities in our classrooms. Please help spread the word about this great opportunity to check out our wonderful preschool! For more information please call the preschool office at 217.793.3934.

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Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now open for church members, current preschool families, and alumni families. Registration packets can be picked up in the preschool office or downloaded from our website at www. preschool-stjohns.org

St. John's Lutheran Preschool offers classes for 2 1/2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds in a morning or an afternoon session. We also offer a weekly parent-child class for toddlers.

Registration will open to the general public in February. Please register early to get your first choice of days and times.

Registration deadlines:

Friday January 25--St. John’s disciples/current preschool families/alumni families

Friday February 22--New families (general public)



For more information please call the preschool office at 793-3934.



 
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Care Connection – “Advance Directives, Palliative Care, and Hospice”
Feb
6
6:30 PM18:30

Care Connection – “Advance Directives, Palliative Care, and Hospice”

St. John’s Faith Community Nursing Ministry Team will offer a series of Care Connections each Wednesday in February in the Adult Meeting Room (AMR) covering a variety of health and wellness issues. The first Care Connection will be on end of life issues. Melissa Schmittler, RN, from Memorial Medical Center Palliative Care team will present information on Advanced Directives. She will not only talk about Medical Power of Attorney and end of life choices, but will also provide any help needed in filling out the forms. In addition, she will give information about Palliative Care and Hospice and the difference between them. Everyone is welcome and invited to come early for supper provided by the church at 5:45. Other Care Connection topics will be:

  • February 13 - “Just How Important is Oral Health?” presented by Dr. William Schlosser

  • February 20 - “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia,” presented by Mel Kuntemeier, Alzheimer’s Community Educator

  • February 27 - “Answers to My Medicine Questions,” presented by Memorial Hospital Pharmacy

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Encounter
Jan
27
6:00 PM18:00

Encounter

All 9th-12th graders and their friends are invited to our next Sunday Night ENCOUNTER next Sunday, January 13 from 6-8 p.m. in the PLC! In addition to great music, great snacks, great friends, and a great coffee and smoothie bar, this week’s ENCOUNTER will feature Wacky Water Olympics as we explore what it means to live as baptized children of God! You won’t want to miss it! Come prepared to get wet in God’s love and grace!!!

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Youth Ski Trip
Jan
20
to Jan 21

Youth Ski Trip

We’re going skiing! All 9th-12th graders are invited to our St. John’s Youth Ski Trip on January 20-21 over Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend. We will leave from St. John’s on 7 a.m. on Sunday, January 20 and return at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 21. We are headed to Lutherdale Retreat Center and Alpine Valley Ski Resort in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. In addition to 8 hours of skiing, the weekend will include lots of fun, food, relationship building, and growing together in our faith! Cost is $100 per person which includes lift ticket and ski rental. Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 9. Please sign-up with Pastor Greg soon!

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Worship
Jan
19
to Jan 20

Worship

In Sunday’s gospel, Jesus provides 175 gallons of wine for a newly married couple. Whatever for?! Come to worship and hear about God’s good news in Christ.

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Youth Bake Sale
Jan
12
to Jan 13

Youth Bake Sale

Don’t worry! Once all those Christmas cookies and candies have grown stale and your sweet tooth needs satisfied, the youth of St. John’s will be having a bake sale to fulfill your needs. Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13 in the Narthex/PLC Lobby before and after all worship services! Proceeds from the bake sale will go to offset the cost of the youth ski trip the weekend of January 20-21. Thank you in advance for your strong support!

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Encounter
Dec
23
6:00 PM18:00

Encounter

Each 2nd and 4th Sunday evening of each month Encounter will feature the Solid Rock Cafe Coffee and Smoothie Bar, teen-friendly snacks, LIVE music led by Andy Lazarides and friends, relationship building activities, an engaging Bible Study led by Pastor Greg, and small group discussion. Don’t miss out! Bring a friend! Bring 100 friends! It’s going to rock! See you at Encounter this winter! This event is for all our 9th-12th graders and their friends!

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Worship
Dec
22
to Dec 23

Worship

This Sunday, we light all four candles of the Advent wreath, and we read the story from Luke about Mary visiting Elizabeth. Christians believe that in baptism we too are filled with the Holy Spirit so that Christ will dwell in us. Come to worship: the mystery approaches.

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Advent Soup and Song
Dec
19
12:00 PM12:00

Advent Soup and Song

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This year’s Advent Soup and Song promises to please with great musical entertainment and wonderful soups and desserts. Lunch begins at 12 noon with the entertainment beginning at 12:15 p.m. Join us over your lunch hour to share in food, fellowship, and music.

Christmas for Two - Barbara and Michael Lanham will entertain us with Christmas piano duets and singing.  Barbara is a retired professor of music at LLCC, where she continues to teach class piano for adults.  Michael has been active in local theatre productions at The Muni and Theatre in the Park.

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Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group
Dec
17
1:00 PM13:00

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Caregivers can be overwhelmed with the daily routines and tasks of caring for a family member or friend.  During the holidays, the demands can seem impossible.  St. John’s hosts an Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group.  The group meets monthly on the third Monday in the Adult Meeting Room (AMR).  The Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Groups provide emotional, educational, and social support for family and friends of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter at 800.272.3900 or go to alz.org/Illinois and click on ‘Support Groups.’

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Christmas Program
Dec
16
10:30 AM10:30

Christmas Program

Come and see our children perform a new take on the first Christmas! You won’t believe the talent these kids are going to share with you. We are so excited to tell the Really, Really, Really Good News! After worship, we hope you’ll join us in the lobby for cookies and hot cocoa.

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Worship
Dec
15
to Dec 16

Worship

This Sunday we light three candles on the Advent wreath. While our society goes crazy with Christmas preparations and the northern hemisphere grows darker each day, we gather to hear John the Baptist urging us to accept God’s good news.

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Grieving During the Holidays
Dec
13
5:30 PM17:30

Grieving During the Holidays

Not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays. Dealing with the death of a loved one can make parties and joviality painful for many people.  This week’s grief support group will offer a quiet, reflective time in which we can create a sacred space for memories and stories as well as for seeking the comfort of the Christ Child.  Our time together will include a brief devotional liturgy, quiet readings and prayer, inviting us to come close to the God who comes close to us.

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Advent Soup and Song
Dec
12
12:00 PM12:00

Advent Soup and Song

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This year’s Advent Soup and Song promises to please with great musical entertainment and wonderful soups and desserts. Lunch begins at 12 noon with the entertainment beginning at 12:15 p.m. Join us over your lunch hour to share in food, fellowship, and music.

Making a return visit this year are the Glenwood High School Concert Choir and Jazz Fusion vocal ensemble.  Under the direction of Jeff Gemar, these groups provide beautiful, inspiring music. These groups sing challenging music which brought last year’s audience to their feet!  

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