All 9th-12th graders and their friends are invited to Encounter each month in the PLC. Live Music provided by Andy Lazarides and friends - Specialty coffee drinks and smoothies provided by Solid Rock Cafe - Worship and Bible Study led by Pastor Greg - Small group discussion time. It’s all back! And, it’s new and improved! Don’t miss it!
You’re invited: “Forgotten Luther” Symposium: Reclaiming a Vision of Global Community
A symposium for globally conscious congregations will be held October 25-26 at Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Silver Spring, Maryland. A Spirit-led response from churches in the global South reminds us of Martin Luther’s conviction that God’s grace in Jesus has far-reaching implications, not just for individual lives but for the ways we live together on this earth. This third symposium in the “Forgotten Luther” series will help congregations develop a more informed global perspective. It is sponsored by ELCA Global Mission, ELCA World Hunger, the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod, and Saint Luke Lutheran Church. For more information, go to fliii.us.
Several spots are still available for our St. John’s 150th Anniversary Germany Tour in 2020. Led by Pastor Greg and Pastor Adam, in partnership with Reformation Tours, we will travel in the footsteps of Martin Luther, visiting many of the significant places in his life and ministry that began the Reformation over 500 years ago. In addition to visiting Frankfurt, Mainz, Worms, Eisenach, Erfurt, Eisleben, Wittenberg, Leipzig, Dresden, Nuremburg, and Munich, the tour will lead us to the historic town of Oberammergau where we will witness the world-famous Passion Play which only takes place every ten years. Along the way we will share several meaningful worship experiences, great fellowship, and wonderful food, including a special meal and wine-tasting event in Mainz to celebrate the church’s anniversary. Come and join us as we share in this celebration tour! For more information or to sign-up, contact the church office or visit http://reformationtours. com/package/rdr20/ .
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.
Beginning Sunday, September 15, Pastor Greg will lead a new 8-week adult forum titled “How Lutherans Interpret the Bible.” The class will be held from 9:20-10:15 a.m. in the Adult Meeting Room (AMR). Each class begins with a video featuring Dr. Mark Allan Powell, a Lutheran pastor, professor, and New Testament scholar. Pastor Greg will follow each video with an engaging and sometimes challenging discussion. Sessions include:
St. John’s YOUTHERANS is our youth group for all youth in 9th-12th grades and meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday evenings of each month for Encounter from 6-8 p.m., as well as enjoying monthly service or fellowship events. Our 2019-2020 YOUTHERANS will kick off on Rally Day Sunday, September 8 with The Amazing (g)Race as we race around Springfield competing against one another in a number of uniquely Springfield challenges! We will meet at the church at 4:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. In addition to The Amazing (g)Race the evening will include amazing pizza, awesome worship and Bible Study, and astonishing friendships! Bring a friend (or 20!) and come ready to grow in your faith!
Mark your calendars to get your child registered for Sunday school on the 8th! We will have a scavenger hunt, snacks, a service project, and a giant inflatable obstacle course for everyone who comes. You will also get to meet your teachers and take a peek at your classroom! This is going to be an event you don’t want to miss! It’s sure to be the start of a great year of Sunday school!
Rally Day is Coming! Our Annual Rally Day Weekend Celebration will take place September 7-8 here at St. John’s! Don’t miss the kick-off of all our fall ministries as we enjoy Celebration Worship Services, the most exciting Sunday School Registration Event EVER, an all-congregation Church Picnic, and the roll-out of our new REALM Ministry! Our fall theme here at St. John’s is TOGETHER IN GRACE and we can’t be TOGETHER without YOU!
The New and Renewing Congregations Committee of the Central/ Southern Illinois Synod is sponsoring a mission trip to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon, Illinois over Labor Day Weekend. It is an exciting opportunity to live out the blessed reality that we in this synod are indeed church together, striving alongside one another through all our joys, sorrows, and challenges! While the work projects will be finalized in August, we currently are anticipating interior painting, deep cleaning, repair work (baseboards, chairs, door handles, etc), landscaping, and carpentry work, as well as participating in a service project for the Mt. Vernon community.
St. John’s will cover the registration fee, and lodging details are still in the works. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Pastor Adam at 217.793.3933 or firstname.lastname@example.org
St. John’s will sponsor the blood drive at the Central Illinois Community Blood Center, 1999 Wabash Avenue. Thanks to the generosity of those who donate blood, the center is able to collect life saving blood products that have the potential to assist many critically ill patients. Please help if you can!
Kids in preschool through 6th grade are invited to join us for a Papa Murphy’s pizza night at church on the 21st. Every child will get their own personal pizza to assemble and bake while someone from Papa Murphy’s will teach us all about the pizza making process. After we eat, we will go to the gym for some games! This event is just for the kids, so parents, you can drop them off and go! Please RSVP for this event so we know how many pizzas will be needed. Email Sarah at email@example.com, or sign up on her office door by Friday, August 14th to reserve your spot.
Kids, make sure you bring your backpacks to church the weekend of August 10/11 for our annual Backpack Blessing. What better way to start the school year than knowing God will be watching over you and protecting you as you are off to a fresh start. The event will take place during all worship services. We hope to see you, and your backpack, next weekend!
Join us for an awesomely fun night watching the Cubs vs. Cardinals game at Busch Stadium! We have great seats inside Pavilion Section 344. $63 per person includes your ticket to game and bus transportation. The bus will leave church at 4:15 p.m. and return around midnight. Limited number of seats, so sign up soon by contacting Carol Lange 553.4381 or Cindy Engstrom 691.0471. We will not be able to refund any money.
Our summer concert series, Lemonade in the Lobby, will welcome pianist Nikolaos Pine in recital on Sunday, July 28 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary here at St. John’s. Nik received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Indiana State University and will be completing his Masters of Music in Piano Performance at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Nik will be returning to Austria to perform in concert in August. Please join us in welcoming Nik to St. John’s as he prepares for his Austria performance tour. Lemonade in the PLC lobby will follow the performance. Consider inviting a neighbor or two to join you at the recital, which is free and open to the public.
St. John’s will sponsor the blood drive at the Central Illinois Community Blood Center, 1999 Wabash Avenue. Thanks to the generosity of those who donate blood, the center can collect lifesaving blood products that have the potential to assist many critically ill patients. Please help if you can!
Join us for our 12th annual mission trip to Marion, Virginia. We will head east into the picturesque Appalachian mountains for a week of service, fun, and fellowship. Centered around 1 John 4:19, “We love because God first loved us,” this will be a week you won’t want to miss. Registration forms can be found on both Welcome Centers in the Narthex and PLC Lobby. Forms and deposit are due Sunday, May 5 to Pastor Adam. Please reach out to Pastor Adam if you have any questions or would like to learn more.
Join us on Tuesday, May 28 from 6:30-8:30 at 3sixteen Wine Bar in Chatham for a wine tasting event. For $20, you will get 4 different wine selections, each paired with a heavy hors d’oeuvre. Space is limited to 20 people. Please call Carol Lange at 553.4381, to reserve your spot.
Join other High School Youth from St. John's as we have fun blasting one another with little balls of paint. We will be going to Wildcat Paintball Park in Staunton, IL on Saturday, May 4. We will meet at St. John's at 10 am, and get back between 3:30-4:00. For $15, you will get 2 hours of paintball fun. Everything you will need is included with the $15 fee.
Please fill out the form if you plan on coming with us. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Adam at 217.793.3933 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
All children who are in 3rd or 4th grade and who are not yet receiving Holy Communion are invited, together with their parents, to our three-week First Communion Class. This class will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m., beginning April 24 and concluding May 8 . First Communion will be celebrated on Sunday, May 12 at our 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary Worship. Children younger than 3rd grade who wish to begin receiving Communion may also participate following a conversation between their parents and one of the pastors. Come and learn about this amazing gift of God’s forgiveness! To sign up for the First Communion Class, let Pastor Adam know at email@example.com or by calling the Church Office at 217.793.3933
Plan on joining us on Easter Sunday, April 21 for our annual Easter Breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Parish Life Center (PLC). Hosted by our 25 confirmation students and their parents, this delicious breakfast provides a wonderful opportunity for us to gather together for great food and fellowship. A free-will offering will be received to help send our confirmation students to Confirmation Camp at Augustana College this coming summer. All are welcome!