St. John's News

June 16/17–23/24, 2018

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

HIPAA guidelines do not allow hospitals to release names of patients without their permission. Your pastors and St. John’s BeFrienders do not want to miss you. If you are hospitalized or are scheduled for a medical procedure, please contact Gudrun Dunt, Member Care Coordinator, (309) 827-6121 ext. 214 or

Hospitalized/recovering or in need of healing
Michelle Aryal
Marilyn Blank
Karen White
Dave Walker

Keep in Prayer
Curt Addicks, Tim Beeler, Marilyn Blank, Henry Bruens, Jim Caster, Andrea Choban, Ed Cronic, Ellen Dalrymple, Mary Diesel, Ken Dohleman, Shirley Drobnak, Bill Dunbar, Karen Gates, Ben Goodman, Chris Goodman, Christie Goodman, Alex Haines, Betty Hines, Sandy Irwin, Barb Jurgens, Carter Knutson, Kari Mede-Frommell, Julie Megli, Deborah Moore, Doug Prochnow, Jessica Rathbun, Bev Sohn, Margene Taylor, Karyn Therman, Dawn Urewicz, Weldon Walker, Karen White, Jamie Wood

Roy Klinzing and family upon the death of wife, mother and grandmother, Janet Klinzing

For those in job transitions at State Farm and elsewhere

Congregations in pastoral transition including St. John’s Lutheran, Bloomington, St. John Lutheran, Reedsburg, Wisconsin, and Christ Lutheran, University Park, Texas

2018 Partners in Healing at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
Palliative Care—patients, their families and staff

Prayers for those in the Military
Dustin Ahlschwede, Sara Coakley, Michael Eack, Casey Grogg, Jeremy Grogg, Mike Heuer, David Lehr, Jason Lenz, Andrew Mueller, Richard Mutari Jr., Andrew Roberts, Jessica Sylvester

Altar Flowers
In loving memory of Harry L. Miller, given by Charlene Miller and Lynda and Dennis Bogue

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Interim Associate Pastor Patsy Koeneke

You gave Pastor Lanny Westphal a wonderful send-off last weekend, and he sent this thank you to the staff: “Thank you to all who took part in the farewell and Godspeed this last weekend. It meant so much to me to be surrounded by those I’ve worked so closely with these last ten months.  And the prayer shawl and video by Tim Kelly were unexpected extras that moved me and brought tears to my eyes. God’s richest blessings on all of you as you welcome Pastor David and keep moving forward in Christ’s mission.” 

Pastor David will officially start on June 30 at the Saturday Evening Service.  In the meantime, I am available to serve you, so please feel free to call me or come by the office. God is at work here, and I’m excited to see what God has planned for the people of St. John’s as you enter into a new journey of Christian mission and faith with Pastor David and your next associate pastor!

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We are very excited about what God is doing through BeFriender Ministry at St. John’s! 

BeFrienders provide care to those experiencing challenging life circumstances. A number of our BeFrienders also assist St. John’s pastors with hospital and Home Communion visits. 

BeFrienders participate in several training sessions. Our Fall training begins September 15. After the initial training, BeFrienders meet monthly for support and continuing education.

For more information about BeFriender Ministry, contact Gudrun Dunt (309) 827-6121 ext. 214 or

BeFriender Ministry Training Schedule / Fall 2018

Training Sessions
Saturday, September 15 (Sessions 1-4) • 9 AM–3 PM
Monday, September 17 (Session 5) • 6:30–8:30 PM
Monday, September 24 (Session 6) • 6:30–8:30 PM
Monday, October 1 (Sessions 7 and 8) • 6:30–8:30 PM
Monday, October 8 (Session 9) • 6:30–8:30 PM

Making Meaning with all BeFrienders monthly
Third Monday of the month • 6 PM
Third Tuesday of the month • 10 AM

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June 16/17

Saturday Evening Service  5 PM, Parish Life Center
Sunday Traditional Worship   8:30 AM, Sanctuary
Sunday Community of Joy Worship/VBS Celebration  10 AM, Parish Life Center

Coffee and Refreshments  8–11 AM, Upper Balcony

Preaching  /  Pastor Patsy Koeneke
Ezekiel 17:22–24 /  Psalm 92:1–4, 12–15  /  2 Corinthians 5:6–17  /  Mark 4:26–34

June 23/24

Saturday Evening Service  5 PM, Parish Life Center
Sunday Traditional Worship   8:30 AM, Sanctuary
Sunday Community of Joy Worship  10 AM, Parish Life Center

Coffee and Refreshments  8–11 AM, Upper Balcony

Preaching  /  Pastor Patsy Koeneke
Job 38:1-11 /  Psalm 107:1-3,23-32  /  2 Corinthians 6:1-13  /  Mark 4:35-41

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St. John’s 2018/19 Strategic Plan

To be relevant to, and in relationship with members and nonmembers so that together we grow in number, grow in faith, and grow in our involvement; experiencing the hope, love, and joy in knowing Jesus Christ. Specifically, we challenge ourselves to invite more guests, involve more members, encourage more young people in worship, and re-engage our inactive members.  

As plans are made for new or enhanced ministries or initiatives that are in response to this goal we will highlight them in the St. John’s News, on the website, and on social media. 

In response to our challenge to re-engage our inactive members, we are starting a new ministry called Ninety-nine Plus One; based on Jesus parable in Matthew 18:12-14 of the man who leaves ninety-nine sheep to look for the one that has wandered off.  Our plan is to reach out to members who have been absent from worship for three months with a personalized postcard, followed by an e-mail and finally a personal phone call, inviting them to reconnect with our church family.

If you have a have a heart for reaching out to those who have been absent in worship and would like to be a part of this new ministry, please contact Gudrun,

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Sunday, June 17, 11 AM, Balcony
PLACE is a database tool to better coordinate and engage members in a way that is transformational and life-giving. The goal is for every member to have their own personal PLACE assessment. The PLACE Lab will be a quick first step in the process that can be finished at home. You can also start and take the assessment on your own. Visit the church website's PLACE page. Click on the GET STARTED button, type in the activation code (found on the PLACE page), and continue!

PLACE Assessment
Did you complete the PLACE assessment in 2017/18 by using the workbook (paper) format? If you were part of a small or large group study, you likely completed the assessment this way. If you have the completed assessment results on the summary page or just the results recorded in your workbook, please turn in your summary page or workbook to either Welcome Center any time this summer so that we can update our database with your information. Welcome Center hosts will have an envelope labeled ‘PLACE Assessments’ to collect your information. Contact Melissa Drobnak,, with questions.

Pastor Westphal’s final report
Copies of Pastor Westphal’s final report to St. John’s can be found at both Welcome Centers.

Long-Term Facilities Survey
In its ongoing work to maintain and upgrade St. John’s building, the Long-Term Facilities team is turning its attention to the 1964 addition, which includes the Sanctuary, office, and lower level classrooms. The team is eager for your input! Understanding the church’s strengths and opportunities from your perspective will help provide direction as we prioritize maintenance and space needs. At the end of the month, you will receive a short e-mail survey. Please take the time to share your thoughts and give feedback.

Next Steps: Find Your PLACE
Sunday, June 24, 11:15 AM–1 PM, Fellowship Hall
Are you a newer member or someone that’s been at St. John’s for years, but you’re still looking to find your place and get more connected in the life of the church? Join us for a fun and interactive time of connecting—connect with other members over lunch, connect with staff, connect to a ministry that matches your passion! Everyone is welcome, and childcare is available upon request. Please RSVP to Melissa Drobnak,

Can you help?

Quilters Donations
St. John’s Quilters are in need of new or used sheets as liners for Lutheran World Relief quilts. If you are cleaning your linen closets or run across sheets at garage sales, they can be dropped off to the bins in the Giving Center in the Fellowship Hall entrance.

Pedal for a Purpose
This year Pedal for a Purpose is raising funds for Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center (LOMC) in Oregon, Illinois. LOMC gives youth the opportunity to experience faith in an outdoor setting. Director of Junior High Ministries Rob Gieraltowski takes youth from St. John’s to LOMC several times each year. Pastor Jim Reents has bicycled 500 miles to raise interest and money for LOMC. If you would like to support LOMC through Pedal for a Purpose, please visit the Welcome Centers for a Pedal for a Purpose donation form. Thank you for your support!

Faith In Action
In just a few hours a month, you can make a difference in the lives of nearly 650 seniors in our community who need transportation to the doctor or grocery store. The next volunteer orientation is Tuesday, June 21, 10 AM–12 PM. For more information, contact the office, (309) 827-7780. If you are a senior in need of services, please contact the office.

Local Missions
Visit the church website’s Local Missions page to sign up to help prepare and serve a meal at Safe Harbor, help with the next Midwest Food Bank work day, or volunteer at Center for Hope Food Pantry. These are great opportunities to help people in need in our own community and beyond!

Adults, children, and youth

2 years–5th grade  /  /


6th–7th grade  /

Faith Works
Seven youth and Mr. Rob journey to LOMC in Oregon, Illinois, for another great Faith Works camp experience (June 24–29). This year the group will complete a handful of service projects, including a mural painted for the reception area. We are looking forward to Bible study, camp fires, zip lining, canoeing, and great weather! LOMC still has spots open for summer camp for children and youth. Visit for more information. 

9th–12th grade  /  /

All adults  /  / 

Operating Fund Results

June offerings goal$135,000
June offerings (through June 11)—$63,006

Additional information for all funds is available in the monthly Stewardship News on the church website or by contacting Shari Buckellew,

Are you a cheerful giver?
2 Corinthians 9:7 tells us, “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” We give because God asks us to and because he gave first, by giving his only son to die for us. If you are a reluctant giver, take it to God. When we trust that God will provide for all of our needs, giving becomes an act of love and worship.