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PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS
Carle BroMenn and St. Joseph hospitals are now allowing clergy to visit patients. If you or a loved one are hospitalized and would like a visit, please contact Gudrun, 309) 530-6121. Carle BroMenn temporarily will not be able to release patient information to churches due to a medical records system change. It is especially important to call the church to let us know if you or a loved one is in the hospital.
Hospitalized/Recovering or in Need of Healing
Winnie Leverton, Steve Terry, Weldon Walker
- Family and friends of Elmer Roy
- Family and friends of Chris Erb
Partners in Ministry and Healing
- The Lutheran Church of Madagascar
- St. Andrews Lutheran Church Campus Ministry, Champaign
- Carle BroMenn Emergency Department
- Staff and patients of OSF St. Joseph Hospital
Keep in Prayer
Curt Addicks, Dixie Brandenburg, Gary Brandenburg, Henry Bruens, Jim Caster, Andrea Choban, Ed Cronic, Carol Denny, Shirley Drobnak, Chris Goodman, Betty Hines, Sandy Irwin, Joan Kalbacken, Mark Kuhn, Scott Laughlin, Kari Mede-Frommell, Julie Megli, Teresa Myers Pickle, Doug Prochnow, Lois Skillrud, Cheryl Spaid, Lynn Spaid, Weldon Walker, Karen White, Those who live in senior living communities, care facilities and the homebound
Prayers for those in the Military
Dustin Ahlschwede, Benjamin Baur, Sara Coakley, Casey Grogg, Jeremy Grogg, Mike Heuer, David Lehr, Jason Lenz, Andrew Mueller, Jason Murphy, Richard Mutari Jr., Tyler Nelson, Zach Poehlman, Andrew Roberts, Jessica Sylvester
For Our Congregation
Send your Holy Spirit to guide us as we try to do your will by building and expanding your presence in our community.
In loving memory of Ashley Nelson's birthday, given by Pam Nelson
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From Pastor David
We are gearing up for a great fall here at St. John’s! As we talked about in the Great Adventure sermon series earlier this summer, this is a time of change, of new and uncharted territory for many things we took for granted. We will be piloting some new ideas and experimenting with others this fall. While there is a part of us that just wants to go back to the way we used to do things, it just isn’t feasible, nor is it necessarily where God is calling us next.
The weekend after Labor Day, September 12, will be our Fall Kick-off. Things will be different, so please pay close attention to your e-mail and other correspondence from St. John’s to stay connected and informed. Not only are we dealing with the unpredictability of COVID, but much of our programmatic space is not available due to construction.
St. John’s as a whole has been a blessing through all of this. The staff and volunteers that make ministry happen here have felt encouraged and supported.
On Tuesday, the staff will spend a good part of the day away from Church dreaming, planning, and preparing for what is next. While this process isn’t new, it is being done differently than we have in the past. The future is still pretty cloudy, so we are trying to plan in broad generalities to be nimble if the situation continues to change.
So, we are getting creative and could use your thoughts and prayers, but more importantly, your involvement in and engagement with these ministry initiatives. As always, we welcome constructive feedback and positive reflection as we seek to do the best we can for the Glory of God.
I'm looking forward to seeing you next weekend at the Family Reunion all-church worship and picnic! Bring your lawn chair and a picnic lunch (or order a box lunch by Sunday, August 1) as we celebrate the gift of family that is St. John’s.
See you at the reunion as we gather ‘round the table!
Regular Weekend Worship
IN-PERSON AND ONLINE
Saturdays, 5 PM, Parish Life Center (Saturday Evening Service)
Sundays, 8:30 AM, Parish Life Center (Traditional),
Sundays, 10 AM, Parish Life Center (Community of Joy)
Record your worship attendance two ways: 1) On the ShelbyNext app on your smartphone. Select the ‘Check-In’ and the person(s) checking in and choose ‘MB Worship Attendance’ group; 2) Visit www.bit.ly/sjattendance and fill out the form according to which service you attended.
Back to School Backpack Blessing
Sunday, August 15, during all worship services
If you're heading back to school this fall, bring your backpack for a special blessing from the congregation for a safe, healthy, and fun new school year!
Sundays, 9:15–9:45 AM, Zoom
This Sunday Coffee Connections will meet via Zoom. A Zoom link will be e-mailed early Sunday morning. Adults, children, and new people are welcome! Coffee Connections will not meet next weekend due to the Family Reunion all-church worship and picnic.
Wednesday, August 4, 10–11:30 AM, Fellowship Hall
Dr. John Freed will present The Nuclear Family: Modern or Medieval? Fellowship and refreshments begin at 10 AM with the program at 10:30 AM. Contact Ann Stemm, (309) 660-5339.
Adult Fellowship at Keg Grove
Wednesday, August 4, 6:30–8 PM, Keg Grove, 712 East Empire Street, Bloomington
Enjoy conversation and meet new friends and staff! Bring a friend and drop in for a few minutes or stay the whole time.
Under the Stars Camp Out and Movie Night
August 6, 7 PM–August 7, 7 AM, South Church Lawn
Pack your sleeping bag or tent if you want to camp or grab a lawn chair and just come for the movie! The movie, The Prince of Egypt, will play at 7:30 PM. We will have a campfire with S'mores fixings available. Feel free to bring your own snacks, too! All ages are welcome!
A new quarterly publication, inTouch, will debut in August with impact stories of your stewardship. This newsletter will be e-mailed to all members and friends who have an e-mail address on file with the church. If we don't have your e-mail address, please contact Gudrun to share it with us. If you don't have an e-mail address, please call Gudrun, (309) 827-6121 ext. 214, so that we can mail the inTouch newsletter to you!
Children's Summer Sermon Series—Fruit of the Spirit
Sunday, during the 10 AM worship service, in person or online
This series ends this weekend. Children's Sunday morning programing resumes on Sunday, September 12. Watch your e-mail and the St. John's Weekly News for details.
Faith In Life Adult Bible Study
Wednesday, August 11, 10–11 AM, Fellowship Hall
Bible Study will be held each Wednesday, except the first, using Adam Hamilton's book The Walk, Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life.
Health and Well-being Discussion Series
Thursday, August 12, 6:30-8 PM, online
How to Incorporate Discussion about Emotion into Everyday Life
Learn about social and emotional learning and emotional regulation in children. A discussion will follow moderated by a DCA leader. This video series is sponsored by the Delegate Church Association. To join visit www.zoom.us/j/91748513595 / Meeting ID: 917 4851 3595 / Phone: +1 312 626 6799. The next topic will be a discussion on Restorative Practices on Tuesday, August 31.
My Bible Stepping Stone—SAVE THE DATE
Sunday, September 19
Children entering kindergarten and 3rd grade this fall will receive new Bibles and a special blessing during worship services. A short learning program for children and their parents will be held this day. Please check your e-mail and the St. John's Weekly News in the coming weeks for more details.
Many volunteers are needed for quality and meaningful worship experiences each week. We are especially in need of slide and sound board operators, additional members of the streaming team, and Welcome Center Hosts. In the near future we will also need Communion Assistants, coffee hosts, and we can always build our Usher Teams. Contact Melissa for more information on ways to help with worship and to get involved!
Serve in our Community
Serve at Safe Harbor, Midwest Food Bank, or other local agency. Visit www.stjohnsbloomington.org/serve to sign up or learn more.
Seeking Congregation Council Nominees
Do you feel God is calling you into leadership at St. John’s? The Congregation Council nominating committee is now accepting nominations for Church Council. Visit the church website to nominate yourself or someone else. Nominations are due by August 15. Contact Council President Joel Murphy or Pastor David Glesne. to learn more about council.
Visit www.stjohnsbloomington.org/give, give with the ShelbyNext app, text GIVE to (309) 204-8621, or mail your offering to the church.
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Pastor David Glesne—Room 179, (608) 408-4882
Deacon Lyn Ahearn—Room 380, (309) 824-3531
Dave Bollmann—Room 174 (senior high), (309) 212-8133
Shari Buckellew—Room 378, (309) 831-5737
Kerri Cordray—Room 173 (junior high), (309) 826-7459
Melissa Drobnak—Room 378, (309) 453-4360
Gudrun Dunt—Room 381, (309) 530-6121
Norma Fagerland—Room 371, (309) 287-2417
Lisa Heyungs—Room 381, (309) 261-1727
Sherri Lewis—Room 142, (309) 532-2641
Amy Rademacher—Room 173 (junior high), (309) 825-8234
Fred Render—Room 378, (309) 242-8509
Steve Terry—Room 174 (senior high), (309) 242-9394
Vern Veal—Room 177, (309) 287-3480