St. John's News

SEPTEMBER 24–30, 2017

Prayers and Blessings
If you are hospitalized for surgery, illness, having a baby, and would like to be included on the prayer list or have one of the pastors visit, contact the office directly or give someone in your family permission to do so on your behalf. If you are hospitalized, please make sure to list St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church as your membership and please specify:

Prayer ChainShared only with St. John’s Prayer Chain and our pastors
PastorsShared only with the pastors
Public Prayers—Shared with the pastors, Prayer Chain, and Caregivers, verbal mention in worship, listed in the St. John’s News, and printed on the Prayer Focus flyer at Welcome Centers

Keep in Prayer
Curt Addicks, Alan Bean, Tim Beeler, Marilyn Blank, Henry Bruens, Jim Caster, Andrea Choban, Sylvia Cooling, Ellen Dalrymple, Shirley Drobnak, Ben Goodman, Chris Goodman, Lisa Goodman, Alex Haines, Betty Hines, June Kelley Hollenkamp, Linda Holtebeck, Sandy Irwin, David Johnson, Barb Jurgens, Janet Klinzing, Carter Knutson, Tom McAuley, Kari Mede-Frommell, Julie Megli, Deborah Moore, Pamela Sue Nelson, Bonnie Nelson, Doug Prochnow, Jessica Rathbun, Tim Reedy, John Schadler, Sylvia Sieberns, Lois Skillrud, Bev Sohn, Bob Tasker, Dawn Urewicz, Weldon Walker, Jamie Wood

Prayers for those in the Military
Dustin Ahlschwede, Sara Coakley, Timothy Dobson, Michael Eack, Nicholas Fontaine, Casey Grogg, Jeremy Grogg, Mike Heuer, Kelly Jacobs, Ashley Hardwick, David Lehr, Zackery Montoya, Andrew Mueller, Richard Mutari Jr., Andrew Roberts, Jessica Sylvester, Rob Van Gilder

Mark and Sarah Roeder and family upon the death of Sarah’s grandfather, Robert Sweeney

Altar Flowers
In memory of beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Frank Haines, given by Phyllis Haines

In memory of parents, Clarence and Leora Brucker, given by Arlene and Lois Brucker

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Visit the St. John’s website to donate to Hurricane Relief through Lutheran Disaster Response. Gifts will be used entirely (100%) for direct response

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Call Process Update

The St. John’s Council is preparing to submit the Ministry Site Profile (MSP) to the Synod office. This document assists potential pastors in discerning if they are interested in being considered for call as Senior Pastor at St. John’s. Congregation input from about 120 surveys completed by members this summer were incorporated in the MSP. The following top five pastoral priorities were identified: 1) preaching, 2) worship, 3) administration, 4) counseling,  5) evangelism. When surveyed about the style of leadership which is sought, St. John’s members indicated a desire for a Leader Among Leaders: To serve with lay leadership as one of the “core” leaders in the congregation. More information about the call process can be found at the Welcome Centers or on the St. John’s website.  

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An update from Interim Senior Pastor Lanny Westphal

A focus on stewardship is one of the goals in our interim covenant together. We have begun planning for the fall stewardship appeal, Giving in Gratitude, which encourages us to give generously in gratitude for all that God has given to us. Please prayerfully remember all God’s blessings to you, and consider making a generous increase in the months and year to come.

Please stop by the Balcony to read letters of greetings sent by my last interim congregation, Central Lutheran Church of Winona, Minnesota!

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Rolling Congregation Meeting to Elect Council Members. This weekend immediately following all worship services, please fill out a ballot and give to an usher upon leaving worship.

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Hopedale Harvest Celebration

Sunday, October 1 12 PM

Everyone is invited to the celebration in Hopedale!

  • potluck meal, provided by Hopedale Mennonite Church
  • pumpkin painting
  • hayrack ride to see the soybean crop
  • optional visit to a modern hog operation
  • check presentation to Hopedale from St. John’s

Meet in the north (Emerson Street side) parking lot at 11 AM to form a caravan to Hopedale. There will be plenty of room for those needing a ride. 

If you haven’t yet donated to the project, there is still time! Envelopes are on the Welcome Centers or donate at the church website.

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God's Work Our Hands

Wednesday, September 27, 5–8 PM, Midwest Food Bank

Volunteers will come together with other St. John’s members to help pack food for hurricane relief. Meet at the new facility at 2031 Warehouse Road in Normal to lend a hand. Afterward, enjoy some fellowship and food, provided by Thrivent.

Visit the church website’s Local Missions page to sign up. Midwest Food Bank can only take 20 volunteers due to the size of the facility, so it is important to sign up. Contact Chris Ayers,, for more information. 


  • need to be age 10 and above
  • need a signed release of liability form—those less than 18 years of age must have form signed by a parent or guardian
  • must wear close-toed shoes (no sandals)

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Sunday Adult Study
Sundays, 9:45 AM, Fellowship Hall. Join Resurrection Lutheran Church’s Pastor Brian Deckinger for the study, The Life and Times of Martin Luther.

Wednesday, September 27, 10–11:30 AM, Fellowship Hall. Help celebrate 25 years of Kaffehuset! Everyone is invited! This week: Pastor Christine McNeal will present Katie Luther, First Lady of the Reformation.

Moms’ Bible Study
Thursdays, 9–11 AM, room 381. Join us for fellowship and a study of We Saved You A Seat: Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships by Lisa-Jo Baker. This small group aims to learn, grow, and support one another through the various stages of motherhood. Contact Ashley Davis,, for details or child care arrangements.

Faith and Life Study 
Thursdays, 9:30 AM, Fellowship Hall. Through October 26 the study will be By Heart: Conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism about the biblical and historical context of the Small Catechism and its connection to Luther’s life and your life today. Pastor Christine will lead this study. 

St. John’s Quilters
Tuesday, September 26, 9:30 AM, Fellowship Hall. Members are welcome to help prepare quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Contacts: Joyce Niemi, (309) 662-7528; Marlene Blaine, (309) 527-3032; or Susan Fischer, (309) 663-7035. 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

  • Monday, October 2, 1:30-3 PM
  • Wednesday, October 11, 6:30-8 PM
  • Monday, October 16, 1:30-3 PM

Join us in room 421 to work on prayer shawls while enjoying good fellowship. Completed pieces can be left in the Giving Center. Crochet and knitting patterns/instructions are available.  For more information, please contact Lynda Bogue, (309) 532-2083 or

Abigail Circle
Monday, October 2, 6:30 PM, Fellowship Hall. Regrets only to the hostesses Ayna Mekuria (309-454-3882) or Linda Click (309-663-2536).

Rebekah Circle
Tuesday, October 3, 1 PM, Parish Life Center Dining Room. Join us as we continue the discussion on Lesson 2.

Membership Class
Wednesday, October 4, 6 PM, Room 381. If you are interested in learning more about St. John’s and are considering membership, please come to this class. For more information, contact Melissa Drobnak,

Meet and Hear the Bishop
Saturday, October 14, and Sunday, October 15. Bishop John Roth will preach at all four worship services as part of our celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. In addition, he will be available for a brief question and answer session at the conclusion of each worship service. Come that weekend with your questions and to get to know the Bishop better.

LOMC Autumn Fest
Sunday, October 15. Hop on the St. John’s van for a day of fun and faith! Open to all, this annual open house at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center is full of great activities for all ages. Pumpkin carving, wagon rides, worship, performances, hiking, games and more. Limited seats on the van are available or drive to camp on your own. For registration and details visit the church website.


Fall Retreat
Friday, November 10–Sunday, November 12, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center. An awesome weekend adventure, open to all 6th–8th grade youth, led by singer/songwriter Peder Eide. For details and to register, visit the Junior High Events page on the church website.


Ignite Small Groups—Registration is open! Small Groups meet twice a month. Youth can choose a group, adult shepherds, place, day, and time to meet. Small Groups begin meeting in October. Please register for a group on the church website’s Family Ministries page!

Work Camp 2018

July 7–14, 2018, Ripley, Tennessee. Registration is now open on the church website’s Family Ministries page.


St. John’s Blood Drive
Saturday, October 7, 8 AM–12 PM, Fellowship Hall. Hurricane Irma has forced the Red Cross to cancel dozens of blood drives in the Southeast, resulting in more than 2,100 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Natural disasters like hurricanes can disrupt blood drives and prevent donors from giving, but hospital patients still depend on lifesaving transfusions. Volunteer blood donors are the only source for blood products needed by hospital patients. All blood types are needed! Please make an appointment today by contacting Lynn Carpenter,  (309) 830-2588, or visiting using the code 040677. Save time the day of your donation by using RapidPass. Complete pre-donation reading and health history online at

Missions Bee
Saturday, October 14, 9:30 AM, Fellowship Hall. Spend the morning packing Lutheran World Relief school and personal care kits, and making quilts or prayer shawls. This is a great opportunity for all to help with St. John’s missions while getting to know other St. John’s members!

Faith In Action Volunteer Orientation Dates

  • Thursday, October 19—10:30 AM–12 PM
  • Tuesday, November 14—1-2:30 PM

If you have a heart for helping senior neighbors, Faith in Action can help connect you. In just a few hours a month, you can make a difference in the lives of more than 500 seniors in our community who need transportation to the doctor or grocery store. For more information, contact Jessica,

Lutheran World Relief Ingathering
Saturday, October 28, 9 AM. Please mark your calendars and let Vickie Robertson, (309) 663-6336 or, know if you are able to help load boxes into the semi-truck trailer. All ages are welcome! Please continue to drop donations off in the Giving Center in the Fellowship Hall entrance. We are in short supply of lightweight, dark bath towels, soap, combs, and toothbrushes.

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Welcome Noah’s Ark Preschool Director
Sherri Lewis has accepted the Director position with the preschool. She has past experience working with ChildResource and Referral Network, Heartland Head Start, and running a private in-home daycare facility. We look forward to the continued growth and development of the preschool program under her leadership.

Director of Worship Arts Reception
Jeff Pitzer’s final worship service with St. John’s will be next Sunday, October 1. Join Jeff and his family on the Balcony (9:30–9:45 AM and 10:45–11 AM) for a reception and an opportunity to wish him well and express your gratitude for his time and gifts. 

Thank You
Parish Life Ministry Team would like to thank everyone who helped with this year’s Swedish Heritage Service.

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Sunday, October 1, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM, Room 381
Sponsored by St. John’s Parish Life Team and Jewel/Osco

Quad Flu Shots (ages 10–64) are $38.99 without insurance and HD Shots (ages 65 and over) are $74.99 but are always covered by Medicare. Medicare patients need to bring red, white, and blue Medicare cards. Other patients bring medical insurance cards and pharmacy cards.  

Registration is required. Contact Gudrun Dunt, or (309) 827-6121 ext. 214.