St. John's News

July 21/22, 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
Marilyn Blank

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, Roger Weller, Karen White, Jamie Wood

The family and friends of Mary Diesel
Dave and Melanie Beedle and family upon the death of Dave’s mother, Mary Beedle

For those in job transitions at State Farm and elsewhere

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 husband and father, Gerhard Schulz, given by his family Henny Schulz; Karin Schulz; Monika and Jim Cavanagh; Kiki, Nastya, Nadia, and Luda

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This weekend

Saturday Evening Service  5 PM, Parish Life Center
Welcome friends from Hopedale Mennonite Church, Foods Resource Bank, and Pastor Gustave Diendere and Sara Sensamaust, from Burkina Faso Center food security program!
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
Quarterly Council Forum  9:30 AM, Sanctuary

Preaching  /  Pastor David Glesne
Jeremiah 23:1–6Psalm 23  /  Ephesians 2:11–22  /  Mark 6:30–34, 53–56

“Lead us not into temptation; deliver us from evil.”

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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. 

One challenge we experience when trying to engage and involve more members and invite more guests is promoting and communicating the many programs and learning opportunities we have at St. John’s in a simple and concise message. In an effort to strengthen the message, accommodate family schedules, and simplify the invitation process, we will be ‘kicking off’ all fall Sunday and Wednesday programing at the same time this year for the first time ever! Joy Zone, Genesis, Ignite, and Adult Sunday Bible Study will all begin on Sunday, August 26; and Choirs, Thrive, CHAOS and DinnerTime will all begin the following Wednesday, August 29. Mark your calendars now so you are ready to get involved and invite a guest this fall.

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From Pastor David

Last Sunday was such a blessing to hear about the experience of our work campers! Worship was full and dynamic—it was a good weekend all in all! One of the intriguing things about St. John’s is all the differing ways that we reach out into the community and world around us to “engage and equip people to embrace Jesus Christ!” If that last phrase looks familiar to you, it should, and if it doesn’t, get to know it. It is our mission statement.

Mission statements are a tool to help guide and direct what we do as a congregation. They help answer the “why” question.  Why does St. John’s do what it does? Well, we do it to “engage and equip people to embrace Jesus Christ.” 

Two groups I’d like to give a “shout out” to this week that help us to do just that—the BeFrienders and Guest Services Coordinators!  These two ministries operate in divergent areas of life but are vital to the ongoing care of the children of God who come to St. John’s. BeFrienders bring the body of Christ to many who can not make it to St. John’s and Guest Services folks ensure that everyone who comes to worship is warmly welcomed and guided into life at St. John’s.  Thank you for all you do in Christ name. 

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Emergency Blood Drive
Tuesday, July 31, 1–6 PM, Fellowship Hall
For an appointment, contact Lynn Carpenter, (309) 830-2588, or visit using the code 040677.

Financial Peace University—Save the Dates
One of the greatest challenges to spiritual formation is the handling of our money and possessions. Jesus warned in Luke 12:15, “Watch out! Be on guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And yet, who of us hasn’t felt the pull and the lure to get all we can? Stewardship reflects the simple truth that God is the owner of all we have, and we are the manager of all he has given us. We are to manage his resources in accordance with his financial plan—a plan which includes earning, spending, saving, and giving. To learn more, sign up for a Financial Peace University class! Classes will be held on Sundays, 9:30–11 AM, or Wednesdays, 6–7:30 PM, beginning the week of September 9. 

Long-Term Facilities Survey
Thank you to the 141 people who have given input through the Long-Term Facilities Plan survey. The survey will continue to be available from the church website’s home page (in the scrolling on the banner) or from the Facebook page through the end of July. If you prefer, paper copies are available at the Welcome Centers. To date just over 50% of responses have been from members 65 and over and 58% from people who have been members for 20 years or more. The majority of the responses continue to be from women and from a good representation of all three worship styles. Has your voice been heard?  The more input we receive from a cross-section of the congregation, the better informed the facility team will be as they plan for the future. 

Church Council Nominations
Nomination forms will be available at Welcome Centers through August 12. Individuals interested in nominating themselves or another member of the congregation should complete the nomination form and return it to the church office or e-mail it to Shari,, no later than August 13. The Nominating Committee, chaired by Susan Temple, will finalize the slate for Council approval at the August 27 Council meeting. Elections will be held after all services on September 22 and 23.

Can you help?

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, July 24, 2–4 PM. For more information, contact the office, (309) 827-7780. If you are a senior in need of services, please contact the office.

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.

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, volunteer at Center for Hope Food Pantry, or help with the Faith Build Habitat for Humanity house. These are great opportunities to help people in need in our own community and beyond!

Habitat for Humanity Office Work
Many families in McLean County are in need of a safe, decent, and affordable place to live. You don’t need to swing a hammer to help those in need. Volunteer in the office by answering phones, doing light filing, and helping the staff. Contact Lindsey (309) 827-3931 to get started!

Adults, children, and youth

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Work Camp Update
St. John’s Senior High returned last weekend from their weeklong service mission trip to Ripley, Tennessee. 49 youth and adults served the community by working alongside 350 other youth and adults from 14 churches and six states. Completed work sites totaled 66! The youth also participated in morning, worksite, and evening devotions centered around the theme that God is there during the difficult times in our lives, and that we need spiritual grit to do the tough things required of us in faith. To risk oneself in following Jesus; to have courage to get out of the boat toward Jesus; to forgive others as Jesus has forgiven us; to trust in the love, mercy and grace of Jesus; and finally to surrender to God’s way and will always and in all things. 

Thank all of the members of St. John’s for their wonderfully generous financial support and their endless prayers. We are blessed to do this ministry and we are grateful for all that you do to make that possible.

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Operating Fund Results

July offerings goal—$134,000
July offerings (through July 16)—$95,755

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

1 Corinthians tells us, “Now concerning the contribution for the saints... on the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside. Putting something aside for God on a regular basis is simple through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Contact Lisa, or visit the church website to set up this convenient giving method.