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 August 21 if you are planning to attend. This week we join together at Outback Steakhouse in Springfield,
This group meets monthly on the 4th Friday of the month and discusses books, both faith-based and secular. August’s meeting will be at Katie Rodden’s home, discussing the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan. For more info, please contact Traci Michaud at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jesus says that the bread he gives for the life of the world is his flesh, and whoever eats this bread has eternal life now and will be raised on the last day. In Ephesians Paul tells us what this life Jesus gives us looks like, this life we live as those marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit in baptism. We live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us. The whole purpose of life is giving yourself for the other.
Mark’s gospel makes clear how great was the press of the crowd, with its countless needs to be met, on Jesus and his disciples. Yet in today’s gospel Jesus advises his disciples to get away and rest, to take care of themselves. Sometimes we think that when others are in great need we shouldn't think of ourselves at all; but Jesus also honors the caregivers’ need. We are sent from Christ’s table to care for others and for ourselves.
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, August 19, 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.
We are gearing up for Sunday School to start this fall, and we need your help to keep the momentum! We need nearly 10 more volunteers to fill out our team for the year. If you are interested and would like to know more about our ministry, join us for an informational meeting in the Adult Meeting Room. Lunch will be provided. RSVP with Sam Neahring at email@example.com.
This Wednesday night, join us for our final Meal on the Lawn. The Leadership Board will be providing Brats and Hotdogs and we ask that you bring a side dish to share. We will eat at 6:00 p.m. and following the meal, there will be a number of fun activities for children of all ages, including sack races, 3-legged races, giant bubbles, a dunk tank, and much more.
Each year, we collect school supplies and backpacks to pass out to families in our congregation and neighborhood.
There are THOUSANDS of supplies here waiting to be passed out and put to good use this year! We know how expensive these things can get, so please join us as we join together for a meal, pray over the children and the backpacks, and pass out the supplies.
Feel free to tell anyone you know who could benefit from this!
Calling all Junior High Youth! Join us for a night of jumping and fun at Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Springfield. We plan on jumping from 7-8 p.m.! Signed waivers are required to jump so be sure to print those off of the Sky Zone website to be signed by a parent or guardian before you come! And as always, BRING YOUR FRIENDS! We hope to see you all there! Talk to Pastor Adam or Youth Intern Taylor Justison if you have any questions.
All are invited and encouraged to join together for an hour on Tuesday mornings in the Parish Life Center Lobby for coffee and conversation. We enjoy a fun hour of fellowship and friendship and sometimes, we even have donuts! Any questions, feel free to call Jack Stoldt at 217.971.9587 or 217.670.2445.
Why wait until December to bring a little holiday cheer? Join us for a Christmas-Themed Lock-In this Wednesday. We’ll have a quick Bible study on Christmas and Service and then have a night full of fun and holiday cheer! Thursday morning we will put our Bible study to action as we serve breakfast at the St. John’s Breadline. Bring your friends for this festive event! Let Pastor Adam or Youth Intern Taylor Justison know if you can make it.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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. "
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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!