News

August 18/19, 2018

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

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 gudrun@stjohnsbloomington.org.

Hospitalized/recovering or in need of healing
Marilyn Blank
Deborah Moore
Pastor Harold Skillrud

Condolences
Dennis and Connie Moll and family upon the death of Connie’s mother, Lillian Urban
Gary and Christine Gruber and family upon the death of Christine’s brother, James Isham

New Baby
Lucas Ethan McGuire son of Patrick and Cara McGuire

Transitions
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

Keep in prayer
Curt Addicks, Tim Beeler, Marilyn Blank, Henry Bruens, Jim Caster, Andrea Choban, Ed Cronic, Ellen Dalrymple, 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

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 Ashley Nelson’s birthday, given by Pam Nelson (August 5)
In honor of our 35th wedding anniversary, given by Dan and Debbie Jamison (August 5)
In memory of Barbara Dunbar, given by her husband Bill Dunbar (August 12)
In memory of our parents and  in honor of our children and grandchildren, given by Walt and Linda Crowley (August 19)

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This weekend

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

GROWING IN FAITH
Preaching  /  Pastor David Glesne
Proverbs 9:1–6 Ephesians 5:15–20  /  John 6:51–58

Backpack Blessing  at all worship services
Kindergarten Bible Presentation  8:30 and 10 AM worship services

Kindergarten Milestone  9:30-10 AM, Multipurpose Room

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From Pastor David

Have you had enough bread yet? 

It might seem a little over the top, but the centrality of our daily need for Jesus cannot be overstated. Daily bread was necessary for life; it was the central part of the diet that kept people nourished in order to do what needed doing. While reading the 6th chapter of John, I was reminded that John does not record the Last Supper nor the institution of Holy Communion. Yet in this “bread of life discourse,” you cannot miss the connection!  

The language of eating his body and drinking his blood has become so common for many Christians that I think we miss the shocking nature of Jesus’ statement. Viewed literally, Jesus words here can seem disturbing, viewed in the light of the resurrection. However, it is the promise of full and abundant life through the living Father. When we take Jesus in through our ears and eyes—through the Word of scripture—and when we eat the bread and wine given to us at the Lord’s table, we pray that the old saying holds true… you are what you eat. Fed and nourished, we are sent to do what needs doing in Jesus name.

NEWS AND UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES

Preschool Openings
Noah’s Ark currently has openings in the 3s, 4s, and preK 5s classes for the 2018-19 school year. Noah’s Ark Preschool is a DCFS-licensed NAEYC-accredited preschool program. Please contact Sherri Lewis, slewis@stjohnsbloomington.org, for more information.

Organ Recital
Saturday, September 8, 3 PM, Sanctuary
St. John’s Organist Nicholas Liese will present an hour-long recital featuring the music of Pachelbel, Buxtehude, Bach, Purvis, and others. Everyone is invited to this afternoon of music!

Financial Peace University
Register Now! Classes start in September! God is the owner of all we have, and we are the manager of all he has given us. Learn to live by his plan—a plan which includes earning, spending, saving, and giving. To learn more, sign up for a Financial Peace University class! Sundays / September 9-November 4 / 9:30-11 AM or Wednesdays / September 12-November 14 / 6-7:30 PM. Childcare is available at no additional cost. Register at www.stjohnsbloomington.org/fpu.

Washed and Welcome Baptism Class
Wednesday, September 12, 6 PM, Chapel
Join Pastor David for a class for individuals, parents, and expectant parents with information about the sacrament of Holy Baptism. Childcare is available. Please contact the church office, (309) 827-6121, to attend.

Flu Shot Clinic
Sunday, September 16, 
9 AM-12 PM, Balcony
Come to worship, get your flu shot, and protect yourself and others this flu season! No registration is needed this year! Just bring your identification and insurance card. For more information, please contact Gudrun, gudrun@stjohnsbloomington.org

Swedish Heritage Service
Sunday, September 16, 11 AM, Funk’s Grove Church
This off-site worship service uses the traditional Augustana sung liturgy and includes scripture read in Swedish and hymns of Swedish origin. Lunch will be served following the service. Everyone is welcome to this special worship honoring our heritage! Directions to Funk’s Grove can be found on the church website under the Worship + Music tab.

Installation Service for Pastor David Glesne
Sunday, September 23, 2 PM, Sanctuary
Join the bishop and other pastors as we welcome Pastor David into this new chapter in the life of St. John’s congregation. A cookie reception will follow the service.

Looking to Get Connected?
There is a place for you to learn and serve at St. John’s! If you are interested in getting more connected or are looking for volunteer opportunities, please contact Melissa, melissa@stjohnsbloomington.org or (309) 827-6121 ext. 211, to learn more.  

Can you help?

Faith In Action
Faith in Action is a volunteer-driven organization... literally! Its main focus is to transport seniors to medical appointments and on errands. Volunteers decide how often they provide rides. Other opportunities include visits and phone calls, light home chores, answering transportation desk calls, or helping with office mailings. Volunteers need to attend a 90-minute training. The next volunteer orientation is Tuesday, August 28, 2–3:30 PM. To sign up, visit www.bnfia.org and click on the Get Involved link.

Lutheran World Relief
Thank you, thank you! What a blessing it was to find large overflowing bags of donations last week! Our goal again this year is to send at least 500 school and health kits during the Ingathering on Saturday, October 27. Items in special need this week: 70-sheet ruled notebooks and 4-ounce bars of soap. For more information on Lutheran World Relief, please contact Vickie, jbev.robertson@gmail.com.

Habitat for Humanity Build
Saturday, September 22, 8 AM–12 PM
Visit the church website under the Learn + Serve tab to sign up to help with the Faith Build work day or bring snacks to the people helping with the build.

Adults, children, and youth

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
Birth–5th grade  /  www.stjohnsbloomington.org/children  /  laura@stjohnsbloomington.org

Joy Zone Sunday Mornings
New this year: no registration is needed! Children will automatically be placed in age-appropriate classes. Watch for a postcard in the mail with your child’s teacher and room assignment.

JUNIOR HIGH MINISTRY
6th–8th grade www.stjohnsbloomington.org/juniorhigh  /  rob@stjohnsbloomington.org

Be In the Know
Junior high families can receive text updates, reminders, and more! Simply text @thrivestj to 81010 to stay informed! 

SENIOR HIGH MINISTRY
9th–12th grade  /  www.stjohnsbloomington.org/seniorhigh  /  steve@stjohnsbloomington.org

IGNITE Small Groups
Groups are forming now! Please register on the church website or with forms found on the Welcome Center in the youth hallway. Small group sessions will begin the first weekend of October.

ADULT MINISTRY
All adults  /  www.stjohnsbloomington.org/adults  /  dbollmann@stjohnsbloomington.org

Retreat Ministry
Encouraging St. John’s members and guests to go deeper in their faith is one of the priorities of the strategic plan. For many, attending a three-day movement retreat can be life-changing. Known by a number of names—Cursillo, Great Banquet, Walk to Emmaus, and Via de Cristo—these experiences are designed to strengthen their spiritual life; have a better understanding of prayer, the sacraments, study, and Christian action; and desire to live a Christian life that bears fruit for God. A team is forming of people interested in promoting retreat experiences and supporting those who attend during and after the experience. If you have attended a three-day retreat experience, we want to hear from you. Please contact Gudrun Dunt, (309) 827-6121 ext, 214, gudrun@stjohnsbloomington.org.