Grieving During the Holidays
Nov
15
to Dec 13

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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Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group
Nov
19
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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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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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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Advent Soup and Song
Dec
5
to Dec 19

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 line-up for this year’s entertainment is:

December 5 - Pleasant Plains Middle School Choir

December 12 - Glenwood High School Concert Choir & Jazz Fusion

December 19 - Christmas for Two, Barbara and Michael Lanham

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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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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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Encounter
Nov
11
6:00 PM18:00

Encounter

Each Sunday evening 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 fall! This event is for all our 9th-12th graders and their friends!

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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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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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t.b.d.
Nov
4
9:15 AM09:15

t.b.d.

Beginning Sunday, September 16, Pastor Greg will be leading a new Sunday morning experience for 9th-12th graders in the Youth Room titled “t.b.d.”  Each week from 9:15-10:15 a.m., we will load up on unlimited supplies of chocolate milk, donuts, and apple slices dipped in caramel, followed by an engaging discussion of important faith topics! This fall’s topic will be prayer as we wrestle with questions like: Is prayer important? Is there a right way to pray? Does prayer really change things? Does prayer really change God? C. u. @ t.b.d. this fall. Friends and foes are welcome!

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All Saints Family Dinner
Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

All Saints Family Dinner


This coming weekend, November 3-4, our congregation will celebrate the Festival of All Saints Day during all four of our weekend worship services. All Saints Day is a time for the Christian Church to remember those who have died during the past year and to look with hope toward the promise of resurrection we have in Christ. At each of our worship services we will read the names and light a candle in memory of each disciple at St. John’s who has died during the last year. A light supper will be served around 6:00 pm on Saturday, November 3 in the Adult Meeting Room for the families of those disciples who died this past year. Ms. Jan Costello, Hospice Spiritual Outreach Coordinator at Memorial Home Services, will join us for supper and offer a short presentation. Please let the church office (217-793-3933) know by Tuesday, October 30 how many from your family can be at the supper. We encourage the whole congregation, especially those who have lost loved ones, to come and worship with us then as we remember those who have died. 

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Preteen Bowling Night
Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

Preteen Bowling Night

All 5th and 6th graders can bring friends to bowl with us for $2.50 per game! Meet at Strike ‘N Spare in Springfield and pick out some sweet bowling shoes. Bring extra money for the snack bar if you want some food.

Contact Sam Neahring Good at Sneahring@stjohns-springfield.org

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Worship
Oct
28
to Oct 29

Worship

On this day we celebrate the heart of our faith: the gospel of Christ—the good news—that makes us free! We pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to unite the church today in its proclamation and witness to the world. In the waters of baptism we are made one body; we pray for the day that all Christians will also be one at the Lord’s table.

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Christmas Cantata Retreat
Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

Christmas Cantata Retreat

Our annual Christmas Cantata Retreat is coming at the end of the month! We will rehearse Mark Hayes’ Come to the Manger from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and then end rehearsal with lunch and fellowship in the PLC Lobby. The cantata will be presented the weekend of December 8 and 9 at all three sanctuary services. We also have two additional off-site presentations of the cantata planned for December 7 and 18. Rehearsals occur twice a week, beginning Thursday, November 1 from 8-9 p.m., following our regular choir rehearsal. Sunday rehearsals begin November 4, from 9:15-10 a.m. If you would like to learn more about joining the Christmas Cantata, please contact Sue Hamilton at shamilton@stjohns-springfield. org.

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Trunk or Treat
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Trunk or Treat

Join us for our 5th annual Trunk-or-Treat event! This is a safe way for families to trick-or-treat together, and we always have a blast seeing everyone in their favorite costumes. Trick-or-treating starts in the parking lot at 5:30. Bring a bucket or bag to collect your treats! Dinner will be provided for everyone under the big white tent on the lawn. Rain location indoors.

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Worship
Oct
14
to Oct 15

Worship

The rich man who comes to ask Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life is a good man, sincere in his asking. Mark’s gospel is alone in saying that Jesus looked on him and loved him. Out of love, not as judgment, Jesus offers him an open door to life: sell all you own and give it to the poor. Our culture bombards us with the message that we will find life by consuming. Our assemblies counter this message with the invitation to find life by divesting for the sake of the other.

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Worship
Oct
7
to Oct 8

Worship

Today’s gospel combines a saying that makes many of us uncomfortable with a story we find comforting. Jesus’ saying on divorce is another of his rejections of human legislation in favor of the original intent of God’s law. Jesus’ rebuke of the disciples who are fending off the children should challenge us as well. What does it mean to receive the kingdom of God as a child does?

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Grief Support
Oct
4
5:30 PM17:30

Grief Support

Our St. John’s Grief Support meets each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. We welcome people who have participated before, as well as those who would be new to the group.  To register, please call the church office, 217.793.3933. If you have questions, please get in touch with Pastor Pam at pmitcham@stjohns-springfield.org.


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Worship
Sep
30
to Oct 1

Worship

Someone is casting out demons in Jesus’ name who isn’t part of Jesus’ own circle, and the disciples want him stopped. They appeal to Jesus, as Joshua did to Moses about the elders who prophesied without official authorization. Like Moses, Jesus refuses to see this as a threat. Jesus welcomes good being done in his name, even when it is not under his control. The circle we form around Jesus’ word must be able to value good being done in ways we wouldn’t do it, by people we can’t keep tabs on.

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Novel Bunch Book Club
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Novel Bunch Book Club

This book club small group studies books, both faith-based and secular, and meets on the last Friday evening of each month. September’s book is The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, and the group will meet at Bunn Gourmet. October’s meeting will be on Friday, October 26, studying the book Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado. For more info, please contact Traci Michaud at traci.michaud02@gmail.com.

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Worship
Sep
23
to Sep 24

Worship

Three weeks ago we heard John’s gospel’s version of Peter’s confession of faith. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” In John, the stumbling block is Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, given for the life of the world. In Mark too the scandal has to do with Jesus’ words about his own coming death, and here Peter himself stumbles over Jesus’ words. But Jesus is anointed (the meaning of “messiah”) in Mark only on the way to the cross (14:3); so we are anointed in baptism with the sign of the cross.

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City Wide Hymn Fest
Sep
23
3:30 PM15:30

City Wide Hymn Fest

The annual 2018 City Wide Hymn Fest will be held in Washington Park at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.  This interdenominational hymn sing is free to the public and open to everyone who enjoys singing along with, or listening to, traditional hymns. The Trinity Summer Band will provide musical interludes.  Our own Carlo van Ulft will provide Carillon music, beginning at 3 p.m., as well as accompanying the hymns on the Carillon. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. New this year is a joint effort of seven Springfield churches, including St. John’s, to assemble a children’s choir to sing various hymn verses during the event.  For more information call the Carillon Office at: 217-546-3853

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An Evening of Fun, Food, and the Fruit of the Vine
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening of Fun, Food, and the Fruit of the Vine

Join the Adult Fellowship Ministry Team as we gather for our annual evening of fellowship and wine tasting. This year’s wine tasting will be hosted by Bob and Sally Borcherding at their home, 2721 Cronin Drive. Couples are asked to bring a bottle of wine and a snack to share. Individuals are asked to bring either a bottle of wine or a snack to share. Please RSVP with Sally at 217.553.5486 for planning purposes.

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Worship
Sep
16
to Sep 17

Worship

Three weeks ago we heard John’s gospel’s version of Peter’s confession of faith. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” In John, the stumbling block is Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, given for the life of the world. In Mark too the scandal has to do with Jesus’ words about his own coming death, and here Peter himself stumbles over Jesus’ words. But Jesus is anointed (the meaning of “messiah”) in Mark only on the way to the cross (14:3); so we are anointed in baptism with the sign of the cross.

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Flu Vaccines Available
Sep
15
4:30 PM16:30

Flu Vaccines Available

St. John’s Parish Nurse Ministry Team will offer a clinic to administer flu vaccines on Saturday, September 15, from 4:30-5 p.m. and Sunday, September 16, 9-10:30 a.m. in the PLC Lobby.  Please bring your insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid card, and wear short sleeves.

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