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 also provide any help needed in filling out the forms. In addition, she will also 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

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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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Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group
Jan
21
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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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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Encounter
Jan
13
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 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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Advent Soup and Song
Dec
5
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.

The Pleasant Plains Middle School Choir is making their first visit to our entertainment line-up.  Comprised of 35 middle schoolers, this choir kicks off our season singing their favorite Christmas music. 

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Breakfast with Santa
Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

Breakfast with Santa

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Tickets for this annual fundraiser are now on sale. $10 for adults and children ages 4 and up. $5 for children ages 3 and under. Tickets can be purchased after worship services and in the church office Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Springfield Committee for Children.

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Novel Bunch Book Club
Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

Novel Bunch Book Club

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November’s book is Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. We will be meeting at Panera on Dirksen Parkway. We will not be meeting in December but will continue in January with Rachel Hollis’ Girl Wash your Face on Friday, January 25, location TBD. Contact Traci Michaud with questions at traci.michaud02@gmail.com.

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Annual Meeting and Forums
Nov
18
12:00 PM12:00

Annual Meeting and Forums

The annual meeting of the congregation will take place on Sunday, November 18 beginning with a chili cook-off lunch at 12:00 noon in the Parish Life Center. This important meeting in the life of the congregation gives us the opportunity to approve the 2019 budget; elect leaders to the Leadership Board, Preschool Board, and Endowment Fund Committee; and conduct the business of the congregation. In addition, $16,500 in St. John’s Endowment Fund Grants will be awarded at the meeting to various ministries and agencies both in our congregation and our community. 

To help prepare for this year’s annual meeting, informational forums will be presented on Sunday, November 11 and Sunday, November 18 at 9:15 a.m. in the Adult Meeting Room (AMR). On November 11, reports will be shared by our five Vision Teams. On November 18, the finance committee will present the proposed 2019 budget. Your participation is needed. Please come and be a part as we continue to live out our congregation’s mission to be and make disciples of Christ, in response to God’s grace. 

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Meet Me At The Movies!
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Meet Me At The Movies!

Families are invited to come see the new Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch together as a St. John’s group! We recommend purchasing tickets from AMC Showplace 12 ahead of time if possible. Families will be responsible for their own tickets and snacks (talk to Sam for financial assistance on tickets). Children must be accompanied by an adult during the movie. Hope to see you there! 

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Grieving During the Holidays
Nov
15
5:30 PM17:30

Grieving During the Holidays

The holiday season can be especially hard for those who are grieving. We may even dread the coming weeks. Others around us will be cheerful and joyful while we experience heartache and sorrow. This Grief Support Group series will focus on coping with grief in general, and especially during the holidays. We welcome people who have participated before as well as those who would be new to the group. While we may grieve many kinds of losses, this gathering is for those who have lost a loved one. The death may have been recent or could have occurred in the past. To register, please call the church office, 217.793.3933. If you have questions, please get in touch with Pastor Pam.

November 8 - “Everybody Else Is So Happy”

November 15 - “Navigating Through the Holidays”

November 29 - “Memories”

December 6 - “Developing New Traditions”

December 13 - “Blue Christmas” Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group

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Women’s Bible Study
Nov
13
9:00 AM09:00

Women’s Bible Study

In a culture saturated and obsessed with self, in Listen, Love, Repeat, Karen Ehman helps women look at scriptural examples of those who lived alert and also Jesus--the one who noticed those who least expected to be noticed. Karen inspires women to embrace backwards living by finding true joy through intentional acts of kindness. She inspires us to live alert and to be on the lookout in conversations with others for hints of what kindness we might show them. Please join us for Karen’s video presentation followed by discussion and study.

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Military Luncheon
Nov
11
11:45 AM11:45

Military Luncheon

To honor all veterans and active duty personnel and their families in the congregation here at St. John’s, the Military Ministry Team is hosting a light lunch in the Adult Meeting Room. There will be a presentation by Joe Merrick on his experience of the Honor Flight program, with time afterward for socializing and fellowship. Please call Andy Miller (630.253.4134) or the church office (217.793.3933) to make reservations. Please let the church office know by November 4 if childcare is needed.

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t.b.d.
Nov
11
9:15 AM09:15

t.b.d.

Each weekend, Pastor Greg, together with St. John’s disciple Lucas O’Neill, leads a Sunday morning experience for 9th-12th graders in the Youth Room titled “t.b.d.” From 9:15-10:15 a.m., we load up on unlimited supplies of chocolate milk, donuts, and haloes, followed by an engaging discussion of important faith topics! This weekend we continue our new seven-week study titled “How Lutherans Interpret the Bible.” Each week, we will watch a meaningful video surrounded by engaging Bible study and discussion. This week’s session: What Lutherans Say about the Bible. Come join us as we grow together in our faith!

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Commitment Weekend
Nov
10
to Nov 11

Commitment Weekend

Bring your completed 2019 Commitment Cards (includes both your financial commitment and your time, talents, and touch commitment) to worship the weekend of November 10-11 as we celebrate our annual Commitment Weekend! Consider how you can grow your giving by ONE in the coming year! Then, bring your completed card with you to worship as we present our gifts in response to all that God has done and continues to provide for us! 

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Christmas Program Auditions
Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Christmas Program Auditions

Can you believe we are preparing for our Christmas Program already?! If you are in 1st grade through 6th grade, you are eligible to audition for a speaking role or special singing role in this year’s program, Really, Really, Really Good News. Sign up to audition on our Children & Family bulletin board today! The program will take place on Sunday, December 16 during the 10:30 a.m. worship service in the Parish Life Center (PLC). 

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Healing Service
Nov
4
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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