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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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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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.

 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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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 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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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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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.

 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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Easter 6
May
5
to May 6

Easter 6

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Acts 10:44-48 

GENTILES RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT

44 While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, 46 for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, 47 “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

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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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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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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.

 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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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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Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group
Apr
16
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 alz.org/Illinois and click on “Support Groups.”

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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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Palm/Passion Weekend
Mar
24
to Mar 25

Palm/Passion Weekend

The Journey through Holy Week begins with the parade of palms but quickly turns toward the cross. 

SATURDAY:

5 P.M TRADITIONAL

SUNDAY:

8 A.M TRADITIONAL

10:30 A.M TRADITIONAL

10:30 A.M CONTEMPORARY

 

Mark 15:1-39 (NRSV)

Jesus before Pilate

15 As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. 2 Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” He answered him, “You say so.” 3 Then the chief priests accused him of many things. 4 Pilate asked him again, “Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.” 5 But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.

Pilate Hands Jesus over to Be Crucified

6 Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. 7 Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. 8 So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom. 9 Then he answered them, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” 10 For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. 12 Pilate spoke to them again, “Then what do you wish me to do[a] with the man you call[b]the King of the Jews?” 13 They shouted back, “Crucify him!” 14 Pilate asked them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him!” 15 So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

The Soldiers Mock Jesus

16 Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters[c]); and they called together the whole cohort. 17 And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. 18 And they began saluting him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him. 20 After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

21 They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. 22 Then they brought Jesus[d] to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). 23 And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take.

25 It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” 27 And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left.[e] 29 Those who passed by derided[f] him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. 32 Let the Messiah,[g] the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also taunted him.

The Death of Jesus

33 When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land[h] until three in the afternoon. 34 At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”[i]35 When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.” 36 And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37 Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he[j] breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”[k]

 

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Holy Week Family Festival
Mar
24
9:00 AM09:00

Holy Week Family Festival

As we prepare for Holy Week together, we hope to spark some family conversations about Jesus' final days on earth. This event begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Life Center (PLC). We will hear a Pastor's message, create a family craft, and wrap up with an Easter egg hunt!

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Church-wide Lenten Study
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Church-wide Lenten Study

Join us as we study Christ’s final words on the cross. This video study titled It is Finished is available on RightNow Media. Join us in the Parish Life Center prior to 7 p.m. worship or choose to do this study with your current small group. To sign up, connect with a group, and/or to obtain study materials, contact Alicia Huntley, Director of Small Group Ministries, at ahuntley@stjohns-springfield.org.

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Midweek Lenten Worship
Mar
21
12:15 PM12:15

Midweek Lenten Worship

Our midweek Lenten worship series will begin this coming Wednesday, February 21 and continue throughout the five Wednesdays during Lent. Wednesday worship services will be held at both 12:15 p.m. in the PLC Lobby and at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Worship themes include: Forgive Them, Paradise, Family, OMG and Thirst. Make Wednesday worship part of your Lenten discipline this year as, together, we journey toward the cross.

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Church-wide Lenten Study
Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

Church-wide Lenten Study

Join us as we study Christ’s final words on the cross. This video study titled It is Finished is available on RightNow Media. Join us in the Parish Life Center prior to 7 p.m. worship or choose to do this study with your current small group. To sign up, connect with a group, and/or to obtain study materials, contact Alicia Huntley, Director of Small Group Ministries, at ahuntley@stjohns-springfield.org.

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Midweek Lenten Worship
Mar
7
12:15 PM12:15

Midweek Lenten Worship

Our midweek Lenten worship series will begin this coming Wednesday, February 21 and continue throughout the five Wednesdays during Lent. Wednesday worship services will be held at both 12:15 p.m. in the PLC Lobby and at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Worship themes include: Forgive Them, Paradise, Family, OMG and Thirst. Make Wednesday worship part of your Lenten discipline this year as, together, we journey toward the cross.

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Taize Worship
Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

Taize Worship

We will host a Taize Prayer service, an ecumenical Christian prayer service, in the Sanctuary. Members of four Springfield churches (Christ the King Catholic, Laurel United Methodist, St. John’s Lutheran, and Westminster Presbyterian) are participating in this service of contemplative prayer, simple songs, and lighting of candles. Along with choir members from all four churches, instrumentalists from the churches and community will also participate in this service to foster peace and reconciliation, with meditative common prayer as the conduit. May we learn to pray together in larger community and seek to truly know and love our neighbors. Please stay after the service to share a cup of tea and fellowship. Members of the Chancel Choir will also participate in a similar Taize service, hosted by Christ the King Catholic Church, located at 1930 Barberry Drive, on Tuesday, March 6 at 6 pm. All are invited to attend. 

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Churchwide Lenten Study
Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

Churchwide Lenten Study

Join us as we study Christ’s final words on the cross. This video study titled It is Finished is available on RightNow Media. Join us in the Parish Life Center prior to 7 p.m. worship or choose to do this study with your current small group. To sign up, connect with a group, and/or to obtain study materials, contact Alicia Huntley, Director of Small Group Ministries, at ahuntley@stjohns-springfield.org.

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Midweek Lenten Worship
Feb
21
12:15 PM12:15

Midweek Lenten Worship

Our midweek Lenten worship series will begin this coming Wednesday, February 21 and continue throughout the five Wednesdays during Lent. Wednesday worship services will be held at both 12:15 p.m. in the PLC Lobby and at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Worship themes include: Forgive Them, Paradise, Family, OMG and Thirst. Make Wednesday worship part of your Lenten discipline this year as, together, we journey toward the cross.

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