Holy Trinity
May
26
to May 27

Holy Trinity

When we say God is the triune God, we are saying something about who God is beyond, before, and after the universe: that there is community within God. Our experience of this is reflected in Paul’s words this weekend. When we pray to God as Jesus prayed to his Abba (an everyday, intimate parental address), the Spirit prays within us, creating between us and God the same relationship Jesus has with the one who sent him.

 

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Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group
May
21
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 https://http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Falz.org%2FIllinois&;sa=D&ust=1523887888822000&usg=AFQjCNHtAWplNNpymvTmWVos0M3kWPAWtQ" target="_blank">alz.org/Illinois and click on “Support Groups.”

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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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Dinner Night Out
May
15
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 the day before if you are planning to attend. This week we join together at Hy-Vee Market Grille.

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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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Group Loyal
May
8
6:00 PM18:00

Group Loyal

There will be a potluck dinner in the PLC Lobby for all adults to enjoy in a meal and community. Please let Shirley and Jack Stoldt (217-670-2445) or Richard and Marlene Winters (217-787-2536) know if you can attend.


 

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Bells in Motion Concert
May
6
4:00 PM16:00

Bells in Motion Concert


Doors open one-half hour before the concert. Tickets are $15/adult and $5/children (12 and under) and can be purchased at the door. Bells in Motion is a progressive handbell ensemble based in Springfield, IL. Formed in 1997, the 19 members of this auditioned group are from Central Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Since their inception, they have performed at many notable venues and festivals in the US, Canada, and Europe. The ensemble combines seven octaves of bronze and aluminum handbells and chimes, and uses additional instruments such as string bass, percussion, and piano to enhance the music. They perform music ranging from jazz to classical, big band to blues, Broadway to rock,  and sacred to original compositions. The group also has two CDs for sale – “Sleigh Bells” and “Bronze Images” which can be purchased at the concert or are available by visiting the group’s website at www.bellsinmotion.org

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Sprout! Classes
May
2
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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Easter 5
Apr
28
to Apr 29

Easter 5

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This Sunday’s image of how the risen Christ shares his life with us is the image of the vine. Christ the vine and we the branches are alive in each other, in the mystery of mutual abiding that we read of in the gospel and the first letter of John. Baptism makes us a part of Christ’s living and life-giving self and makes us alive with Christ’s life. As the vine brings food to the branches, Christ feeds us at his table. We are sent out to bear fruit for the life of the world.

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Grief Support Group
Apr
26
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 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.

 

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Sprout! Classes
Apr
25
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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Germany Trip Informational Meeting
Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

Germany Trip Informational Meeting

In 2020, St. John’s will celebrate its 150th anniversary. As part of our celebration, we are planning a St. John’s 150th Anniversary Germany Tour. St. John’s disciples Rose Moser and David Richter, together with Pastor Greg, have been working with Reformation Tours out of Belleville, Illinois to plan the trip. This 12-day trip will take place July 26-August 6, 2020 and will be limited to the first 35 people who sign up. The tour will include all the major Luther sites, such as Worms, Eisenach, Erfurt, Eisleben, and Wittenberg, a Rhine cruise, visits to Frankfurt, Mainz, Leipzig, Dresden, Nuremburg, Munich, and experiencing the seven-hour Passion Play in Oberammergau which only happens every 10 years. Join us for the informational meeting for anyone interested in this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Save the dates today as we look forward to celebrating our 150th year! 

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Easter 4
Apr
21
to Apr 22

Easter 4

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How does faith in the risen Christ call one to live? What shape does one’s life take?

The readings for this fourth Sunday of Easter are rich in their imagery, and at the center is the image of the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep. Five times in eight short verses Jesus mentions laying down his life for the sake of the sheep.

The First Letter of John picks up the same theme: “We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?” (1 John 3:16-17). Laying down one’s life for another might take many forms, but it at least means this: extending help, as much as you are able, when another is in need.

A friend tells the story of her grandfather, a faithful man who earned a modest income. Each year when tax time rolled around, he was audited. According to tax records he earned so little and gave away so much. The astounded auditors questioned him, wondering why he gave so much of his income to the church. Incredulous, he responded, “You can’t outgive God.”

The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep, and joined to the risen life of Christ, the lives of the baptized are shaped by generosity and sacrifice. Giving one’s life, resources, gifts, or whatever one holds most dear for the sake of another is both a witness to the love we have first been shown and an act of faith. Hearing Jesus’ words in this Easter season reminds us that laying down one’s life is not an act to be feared; rather, it is an act that defies death, as we trust that, washed in the waters of baptism, we already live in the resurrected life of Christ.

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M.E.R.C.Y. House Collection
Apr
21
4:30 PM16:30

M.E.R.C.Y. House Collection

St. John's will be collecting items this weekend and next weekend to deliver to the mothers at M.E.R.C.Y. House for Mother's Day gifts such as small bottles of perfume, lotion, body wash, scarves, earrings or anything else a Mom might like to feel special and appreciated. M.E.R.C.Y. Communities provides housing and supportive services to foster the independence of homeless women with children and at-risk women with children. Donation tables will be available near the PLC and the sanctuary.

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Community Garden Planting Day
Apr
20
5:00 PM17:00

Community Garden Planting Day

Last weekend it rained....a lot. So let's try this again! Bring a shovel and some gloves if you have them! We are going to be moving some dirt into the plots and planting some seeds and starters. Weekly work days will begin soon on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. No matter your age or experience we would love to see you there! Meet us at the garden on the North Side of our parking lot. Contact Tucker Good at 217.303.1153 with any questions.

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Sprout! Classes
Apr
18
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.

 First Communion Classes - Classroom E

All children who are 10-years-old or who will turn 10 this year 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 this coming Wednesday, April 4, and concluding April 18. First Communion will be celebrated on Sunday, April 22 at our 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary Worship. Children younger than 10-years-old 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! 

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Ignite!
Apr
15
11:45 AM11:45

Ignite!

A monthly gathering of 6th - 8th grade youth filled with fun, friends, and discussion on topics relevant to being a Christian teenager in the 21st Century. Lunch is always served, so you won't have to worry about going hungry.

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Easter 3
Apr
14
to Apr 15

Easter 3

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Acts 3:12-19 

12 When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, “You Israelites,[a] why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant[b] Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. 14 But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, 15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16 And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus[c] has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.

17 “And now, friends,[d] I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18 In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah[e] would suffer. 19 Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out,

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Sunday School Resumes
Apr
8
9:15 AM09:15

Sunday School Resumes

Children (Preschool-6th grade)

Meet in the Parish Life Center at 9:15 a.m. for an energetic, fun opening. Following the opening, classes continue downstairs until 10:15 a.m.  

Preschool - Classroom F

Kindergarten - Classroom A

1st-2nd Grade - Classroom E

3rd-4th Grade - Classroom B

5th-6th Grade - Classroom C

Each Whirl Lectionary lesson follows a four-part sequence: Welcome, Hear, Respond, and Launch (WHRL!). Kids and leaders dive into the Whirl Story Bible or Whirl NRSV Bible, respond to the scripture lesson with creative leaflet activities, and circle up to review the lesson and pray before being sent out.

Youth (7th-12th Grade) - Sunday Morning Bible Study

Come to the Youth Room at 9:15 on Sunday mornings as we continue Crossing the Waters. Get ready for the wettest, stormiest, wildest trip through the Gospels you’ve ever taken! The Gospels are dramatic and incredibly wet, set in a rich maritime culture on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. We’ll explore the life of Jesus in a new perspective

Adults - Discover ACTS: Becoming Church

What does it mean to be the Christian church in our increasingly diverse, complex, and conflicted 21st-century? This is just one of the many questions Pastor Greg wrestles with in the weekly Adult Forum Discover ACTS: Becoming Church. Come and share in this verse-by-verse study of the New Testament Book of Acts as we explore how the early church began and grew in God’s mission and what it means for us today! 

 

 

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