Worship
Oct
21
to Oct 22

Worship

Today’s gospel starts with disciples obsessing over who’s number one, which leads Jesus to say something about God's take on importance and power. Here Jesus makes it explicit that the reversal of values in God’s community is a direct challenge to the values of the dominant culture, where wielding power over others is what makes you great. When we pray “your kingdom come” we are praying for an end to tyranny and oppression. We pray this gathered around the cross, a sign of great shame transformed to be the sign of great honor and service.

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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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Encounter
Oct
14
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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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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t.b.d.
Oct
7
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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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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Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group
Sep
17
1:00 PM13:00

Alzheimer’s Caregivers 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 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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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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Special Congregational Meeting
Aug
26
11:15 AM11:15

Special Congregational Meeting

A Special Congregational Meeting will take place this Sunday, August 26 at 11:15 a.m. in the Parish Life Center (PLC). The sole purpose of this meeting will be to decide how to move forward with the Building Renovation project.  Please come and be a part of this important decision in the life and mission of St. John’s. Childcare will be provided for children ages 0-7 in the church nursery.

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Dinner Night Out
Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

Dinner Night Out

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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, 

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Worship
Aug
18
to Aug 19

Worship

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.

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Healing Service
Aug
12
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, 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.  

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Sunday School Info Session
Aug
12
12:00 AM00:00

Sunday School Info Session

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 sneahring@stjohns-springfield.org.

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Meals on the Lawn
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Meals on the Lawn

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.

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 Meals on the Lawn and Backpack Blessing
Aug
1
6:00 PM18:00

Meals on the Lawn and Backpack Blessing

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!

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Sky Zone - Middle School
Jul
31
7:00 PM19:00

Sky Zone - Middle School

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.

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Coffee and Conversation
Jul
31
9:00 AM09:00

Coffee and Conversation

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.

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