Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group
Jul
16
1:00 PM13:00

Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group

Do you care for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia? Are you looking for information and support? You are not alone. 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) at 1:00.  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 http://www.alzheimers-illinois.org/support_groups/ and click on “Support Groups.” You can also contact Heather Reiss who leads the group at heatherbrooke591@hotmail.com.

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Worship
Jul
14
to Jul 15

Worship

When Amos told what he saw when God held up the plumb line of justice next to Israel—that the poor were being trampled—he was a threat to the power of priests and king. John the Baptist also spoke truth to power, and Herod had him beheaded. In Herod’s fear that Jesus is John returned from the dead, we may hear hope for the oppressed: that all the prophets killed through the ages are alive in Jesus. We are called to witness to justice in company with them.


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Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School
Jul
9
to Jul 13

Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School

We want to invite you and any children in your lives to come be a part of Vacation Bible School this month. Join more than a hundred kids from our area for a week of singing, crafts, experiments, and discoveries! We will end the week with a family picnic celebration on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The program is suitable for children 4 years old through students completing 4th grade. At this year’s Shipwrecked VBS, kids will learn how we are rescued by God whenever we feel alone, whenever we worry, whenever we make a mistake, and whenever we struggle. 

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Worship
Jul
7
to Jul 8

Worship

Jesus does great deeds of power and gives his disciples authority over demons. Yet none of this power is unilateral; it all must be received by faith. Jesus asks his disciples to go out without money or supplies, so that they will be dependent on how others receive them. When we are sent from the assembly to witness and to heal, we are asked to be vulnerable, to be dependent on the reception of others. The Spirit always operates in the between: between Jesus and his Abba, between Jesus and us, between you and me, between us and those to whom we are sent.

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Water Olympics
Jul
5
5:30 PM17:30

Water Olympics

This event was rained out last week, and was rescheduled for this Thursday.

Get ready to face off in crazy challenges including water balloon fights, water gun races, balloon tosses, and more! Don't forget a bathing suit and a towel--and maybe a change of clothes to be safe! We will start dinner at 5:30 p.m. and then we'll begin the Water Olympics! Children entering 1st grade through youth entering 7th grade are invited. "

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Young Adult Bible Study
Jul
3
6:45 PM18:45

Young Adult Bible Study

After strenuous studies, you walk across the stage, gripping your diploma—you’ve arrived. Adult at last. But all of a sudden, instead of a diploma you hold a paycheck in one hand and a stack of bills in the other. You find yourself swimming in the treacherous seas of adulthood surrounded by 401ks, insurance, bosses, potential spouses, and everything in between. How can you begin to navigate your 20s and 30s, and still honor God in the process? Join us for "Adulting," a Video/Bible Study at the home of Nellie Pieper. Contact Nellie for an address and more information at nmpieper22@gmail.com

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Worship
Jun
30
to Jul 1

Worship

A woman finds healing by touching Jesus’ cloak, and a girl is restored to life when he takes her by the hand. In both cases a boundary is crossed: in Jesus’ time the hemorrhaging woman was considered ritually unclean, polluting others by her touch, and anyone who touched a corpse also became unclean. In Mark’s gospel Jesus breaks down barriers, from his first meal at a tax collector’s house to his last breath on the cross as the temple curtain is torn in two. We dare to touch Jesus in our “uncleanness” and to live as a community that defines no one as an outsider.

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Meals on the Lawn
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Meals on the Lawn

This summer you are invited to join us once again for our weekly “Meals on the Lawn” Wednesday nights at 6:00 p.m. The meals will start on June 6 and run through August 8. There will be no meal on the 4th of July. Following the meal, there will be a different, fun activity each week, from playing with bubbles and making crafts to watching a movie on a big screen in the grass. You can also wear your gardening clothes and come work in our Community Garden after the meal. Groups of St. John’s disciples will provide the Main Dish and you are asked to bring a side to share. If your group would like to provide the main dish, please call Suzie Weissberg at 341-1678. For planning purposes, our goal is to advertise the main dish in the Messenger the Sunday prior to each Wednesday meal. Please plan on joining us as we continue growing in our relationships with one another and with our neighborhood community!

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Worship
Jun
23
to Jun 24

Worship

Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation! Now we are in the storm, the boat almost swamped; but Jesus is here now, and when we call him he will calm the storm. Even the wind and waves listen to him as they would to their creator. We also listen to him and are called to believe in the power of God’s word in him, a power greater than all that we fear.

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Dinner Night Out
Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

Dinner Night Out


On the third Tuesday of every month, we gather at local restaurants to share in a meal. These meals are often accompanied by great conversations, laughs, and a time to connect as disciples. In order to make sure there is adequate space for all, please contact Becky Smith at 217.494.5523 prior to June 19 if you are planning to attend. This week we join together at Mario's in Chatham

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Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group
Jun
18
1:00 PM13:00

Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group

Do you care for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia? Are you looking for information and support? You are not alone. St. John’s will begin hosting a new Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group monthly on the third Monday of each month in the AMR. This group provides 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 http://www.alzheimers-illinois.org/support_groups/ and click on “Support Groups.”

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Worship
Jun
16
to Jun 17

Worship

The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We’d expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds the power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed. It’s not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the tree of life is here, in the cross around which we gather, the tree into which we are grafted through baptism, the true vine that nourishes us with its fruit in the cup we share. It may not appear all that impressive, but while nobody’s looking it grows with a power beyond our understanding.


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Worship
Jun
9
to Jun 10

Worship

A house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus makes this observation in light of charges that he is possessed. He is possessed, not by a demon, but by the Holy Spirit. We who have received the Holy Spirit through baptism have been joined to Christ’s death and resurrection and knit together in the body of Christ. Those with whom we sing and pray this day are sisters and brothers of the Lord. With them we go forth in peace to do the will of God.

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Camping Trip at Camp CILCA
Jun
8
to Jun 10

Camping Trip at Camp CILCA

Another year, another camping trip! We have plenty of camping spots available for families and individuals to join. Arrive any time Friday evening. We will stay until Sunday morning before church. Come for the whole trip, or join us for fun during the day if you can’t stay!
RSVP to the church office.

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Worship
Jun
2
to Jun 3

Worship

From this coming Sunday until mid-November, we celebrate standard Sundays, on which we gather, hear the word from the Bible, share the meal, and are sent out to be Christ’s people in the world. Even without special festivals, these Sundays are gifts to us that support and strengthen our spirituality. Every Sunday is our greatest feast, with its gathering of the baptized around the risen Christ for word and meal. This Sunday’s gospel reading considers what Christians mean by “sabbath.”

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PreTeen Lock-in
Jun
1
to Jun 2

PreTeen Lock-in

Come join us for our very first preteen lock-in if you are finishing up 4th-
6th grade! We will play all kinds of games--sardines, Nerf wars, and classic board games--and we’ll enjoy some pizza while we watch a movie! The plan is to be in bed by midnight. Let Sam Neahring know if you plan to come so we can plan for refreshments. Hope you can make it!

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Healing Service
May
20
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). A Service of Healing will be held Sunday, May 20, at 3:00 p.m.  in the Sanctuary. Led by Pastor Pam, this service is 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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Pentecost
May
20
9:00 AM09:00

Pentecost

On the fiftieth day of Easter we celebrate the Spirit, through whom and in whom the people of God are created and re-created. Pentecost is sometimes called the church’s birthday, but might more appropriately be called its baptism day, since the gift of the Spirit is the fullness of baptism. Ezekiel’s vision shows the Spirit resurrecting and re-creating not just individuals but a whole people. Romans makes it clear that God is in the process of re-creating the entire cosmos; yet the Spirit is also at work in the most intimate and personal way, praying in us with sighs too deep for words when we do not know how to pray.

 

 

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Grief Support Group
May
17
5:30 PM17:30

Grief Support Group

St. John’s Grief Support Group welcomes anyone who has experienced the death of a person whom they loved. Pastor Pam leads the group from 5:30 - 7:00 in the Parlor.While we may grieve many kinds of losses, this gathering is for those who havelost a loved one. The death may have been recent or could have occurred in thepast. To register, please call the church office, 217.793.3933. If you have questions, please get in touch with Pastor Pam.

 

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Ascension of Our Lord
May
12
to May 13

Ascension of Our Lord

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In today’s gospel the risen Christ ascends into heaven and his followers are assured that the Spirit will empower them to be witnesses throughout the earth. The disciples were told to not gaze up into heaven to look for Jesus; we find his presence among us as we proclaim the word and share the Easter feast. We too long for the Spirit to enliven our faith and invigorate our mission.

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Grief Support Group
May
10
5:30 PM17:30

Grief Support Group

St. John’s Grief Support Group welcomes anyone who has experienced the death of a person whom they loved. Pastor Pam leads the group from 5:30 - 7:00 in the Parlor.While we may grieve many kinds of losses, this gathering is for those who havelost a loved one. The death may have been recent or could have occurred in thepast. To register, please call the church office, 217.793.3933. If you have questions, please get in touch with Pastor Pam.

 

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Sprout! Classes
May
9
6:30 PM18:30

Sprout! Classes

Sprout! resumes this Wednesday with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and classes for all ages at 6:30 p.m. 

 

Sprout! Adult Bible Study - Parlor

Adult Bible Study resumes after Easter with the last sessions in the “Follow” series. On April 18, we begin “Baking, Bread, and the Bible.” Everyone is invited to join us in the downstairs kitchen as we bake bread together, reflect on a Bible story about bread, and then enjoy the freshly baked bread. All are welcome!

Wednesday Night LIVE!  - Youth Room

Wednesday Night LIVE! resumes this week for all High School aged youth (9-12 grade). Come for the Sprout! meal at 5:30 and head down to the Youth Room at 6:15. This week we’ll be exploring what it means to live as “Resurrection People,” playing fun games, and planning the rest of the school year. 

Kid's Small Groups - Classroom C

On Wednesday evenings, our children will meet for small group time as we go through our KNOW GOD devotions, learning how we can know God better each day.

 

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