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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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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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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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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Meals on the Lawn
Jun
13
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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Group Loyal
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Group Loyal

Join us for 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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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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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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