News

If you would like a printed copy of the St. John's News or one from a past date that is not available below, please contact Norma Fagerland. 

December 24
January 2/3
January 9/10
January 16/17

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PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

We are a people of prayer and practice prayer as a conversation with God. It is the foundation of all we do as individuals and as a congregation and one of our core values. Prayer requests are received through the website, phone calls, or prayer request cards. Those who have requested public prayers are listed in the Weekly News and the Prayer Focus at the Welcome Centers and included in the Prayers of Church during worship. We would like this list to be as current as possible. If you or a loved one are listed and are doing well and should be removed, please let us know. We would also like to update the list of those serving in the military. If you have a loved one listed who is no longer actively serving, please let us know. Please contact Gudrun, Member Care Coordinator, (309) 827-6121 ext. 214 or gudrun@stjohnsbloomington.org .

Visitor restrictions do not allow pastors or BeFrienders to visit hospitals at this time. If you or a loved one are in the hospital, contact Pastor Anne, achristiansen@stjohnsbloomington.org  or (803) 622-8256, or Gudrun, gudrun@stjohnsbloomington.org  or (309) 530-6121. 

Condolences
Chris Eggan, Doris Robertson

Condolences
Barry and Cindy Tapke and family upon the death of Barry’s mother, June Tapke

Partners in Ministry and Healing

  • The Lutheran Church of Madagascar
  • St. Andrews Lutheran Church Campus Ministry, Champaign
  • Carle BroMenn Emergency Department

Keep in Prayer
Curt Addicks, Dixie Brandenburg, Lisa Brinkman, Henry Bruens, Jim Caster, Andrea Choban, Ed Cronic, Ellen Dalrymple, Carol Denny, Shirley Drobnak, Joanne Finger, Chris Goodman, Betty Hines, Sandy Irwin, Don Jones, Joan Kalbacken, Carter Knutson, Mark Kuhn, Scott Laughlin, Mike Lux, Kari Mede-Frommell, Julie Megli, Shirley Moriarity, Doug Prochnow, Lois Skillrud, Cheryl Spaid, Lynn Spaid, Weldon Walker, Karen White, Jamie Wood, 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, Andrew Roberts, Jessica Sylvester

Vision 2020 Building Campaign
Send your Holy Spirit to guide us as we try to do your will by building and expanding your presence in our community.

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From Pastor David

Welcome back to in-person worship! If you are on-site, it will be so good to see you again; if you feel more comfortable watching online, we're happy you're joining us! But this is one small sign that give us hope for better days! 

Normally we’d be thinking about our Annual Meeting this time in January. But after verifying the constitution, the
council felt that this year, we should push it back to Sunday, February 28, at 9:15 AM between services, with a budget forum on Sunday, February 21, at the same time. We will be verifying the constitutional changes we as a congregation made last year and voting on the 2021 budget. We will also be treated to a virtual “fly-through” of the remodeled spaces and new worship space. Both meetings will be held in person, but there will also be a Zoom link provided for those not comfortable with being here. (It’s funny to think that I had exactly one Zoom meeting a year ago, and it was a novelty. Now, there isn't a week that goes by when I don't attend a meeting in this way!) The annual report and budget
information will be available in February. 

Lent planning is in full swing. Ash Wednesday is February 17, and we will have services at 12 and 6:30 PM. Adjustments will be made in how these services will be handled, primarily in the imposition of ashes. This rite is not mandatory but deeply meaningful to many people, so we will put our thinking caps on, once again.

Midweek worship will follow each Wednesday of Lent except Holy Week. You are invited to join us at 6:30 PM in the
Parish Life Center or online for a service that will be contemplative, interactive, and a wonderful Lenten discipline. Our theme for this year is Journey to the Cross. A daily devotional, written by ELCA pastors (including Pastor Anne and me) will, once again, be available. Printed and electronic copies will be available on Ash Wednesday; however, if you receive the Daily Blessings e-mails, you will automatically receive this devotional each day to your e-mail box. 

Construction is really starting to move forward in significant ways. It is an exciting time to be at St. John’s! 

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Worship faithfully

Weekend Worship 

IN-PERSON RETURNS THIS WEEKEND
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)
PLEASE NOTE: All worship services will be held in the Parish Life Center. Please park in the south parking lot and enter through the south entrance. 

ONLINE
Saturdays, 5 PM (Saturday Evening Service)
Sundays, 8:30 AM (Traditional)
Sundays, 10 AM (Community of Joy)
Facebookwww.facebook.com/stjohnsblm 
YouTubewww.bit.ly/sjlcyoutube 

Worship Bulletin
Visit www.stjohnsbloomington.org/bulletin to download a copy of the Saturday evening or Traditional bulletin for online worship.

Worship Check-in
If you worship at St. John's, whether in-person or online, please check-in with the Shelby Next Membership app. Select the ‘Check-In’ and the person(s) checking in and choose ‘MB Worship Attendance’ group.

Communion
Blessed, pre-packaged individual packs containing a wafer and grape juice are available for pick-up during office hours for those wanting to take part in Holy Communion during online worship. PLEASE NOTE: There is a new pick-up location due to the building construction. Pick up communion packs from the Welcome Center in the Atrium. Park in the Parish Life Center or circle drive by the Parish Life Center entrance.

Narrative Lectionary
Visit www.stjohnsbloomington.org/nl for daily and weekly resources.

 

Connect intentionally

Coffee Connections
This virtual time of fellowship continues on Sundays from 9:15–9:45 AM! Participants will be broken into small groups of about five people and rotate groups every five or six minutes. Watch your e-mail for the Sunday morning e-mail for the Zoom link.

Prayer Partners in Ministry and Healing
This year St. John’s has been asked to pray for Carle BroMenn's Emergency Department. We can imagine what 2020 was like for this department and what it continues to hold moving forward. They greatly need our prayers! The Emergency Department has 25 beds for patients experiencing emergencies, including cardiac problems, strokes, and traumas. Posters will be placed on the unit, so the staff knows who is praying for them this year. 

Cards for Healthcare Workers
Cards of thanks, support, and encouragement are requested for the Carle BroMenn and Carle Eureka staff. A container for collecting cards is in front of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1613 East Emerson Street. Please do NOT deliver directly to the hospital. Individually-wrapped treats, such as energy bars and dark chocolate, as well as coffee shop gift cards are also being accepted at the same location.

Shelby Next
Download the app to your smart phone and use the domain name stjohnsbloomington. From your computer, visit the church website, and click on the ”Members” button on the right side. If you need help with the ShelbyNext app or logging in to your ShelbyNext account, please contact Shari, (309) 827-6121 ext. 205.

Prayer Ministry
Do you need prayer? St. John’s Prayer Chain, pastors, and Thursday Prayer Group are available to support you. Please contact Gudrun for more information about St. John’s prayer ministry.

 

Learn together

Children’s Joy Zone
 

Children’s Joy Zone
In-person Joy Zone for children ages 3 through 5th grade will resume this Sunday! Joy Zone will meet in a large group format in the Fellowship Hall at 10 AM. A maximum number of 20 children will be allowed. Children will be placed at  tables, spaced six feet apart, with their family units. Masks will be required and each table will be provided with their own set of supplies and hand sanitizer. Weekly registration will be required for children to attend and spaces will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis through the registration process. For families choosing to participate through the remote Joy Zone option, the Zoom meeting room will be available during the in-person session at 10 AM. Remote learners and in-person learners will "gather" together for the weekly lesson. Registration will not be required for Zoom attendants; simply log onto the Zoom link that has been previously provided. Visit www.bit.ly/jzregister to register your child. Contact Amy if you have questions. We look forward to sharing the Word of God with your child face-to-face!

Junior High Thrive
Contact Kerri.

Senior High Ignite
Contact Steve.

Abigail Bible Study
Monday, February 1, 4 PM, Fellowship Hall
We will tie quilts. Anita Addicks will give the devotion. Contact Pam Nelson, (309) 663-1891, or Lynda Bogue, (309) 532-2083 or lsbogue@ilstu.edu, for more information.

Junior High Thrive
Contact Kerri.

Senior High Ignite
Contact Steve.

 

Serve sacrificially

Senior High Work Camp 2021
July 10-17, 2021, Winchester, Kentucky
Contact Steve, steve@stjohnsbloomington.org, to register.

Worship Tech Booth Volunteers
We need you! When in-person worship returns, all worship services will be livestreamed from the Parish Life Center. Tech booth volunteers are needed to be able to do this. If you have an interest in helping, please contact Michael. No experience is needed and training will be provided.

Faith In Action
Volunteer orientations are being handled on an individual basis. Please contact Mary, (309) 827-7780, to sign up.

St. John's Blood Drive
Saturday, January 23, 2021, 8 AM–12 PM
Visit www.redcrossblood.com and use the sponsor code 040677. You could help patients fighting COVID-19 with your next blood donation! If your donation tests positive for COVID-19 antibodies, the Red Cross may be able to use plasma from that donation for those in need of convalescent plasma transfusions.

Give generously

Members of St. John’s have been faithful and generous to their church, community, country, and world. Your generosity fuels all we do, including serving specific needs in times of uncertainty. Please continue your offerings to St. John’s. To give, visit www.stjohnsbloomington.org/give, give through the ShelbyNext app, text GIVE to (309) 204-8621, or mail your offering to church. 

Giving Statements
Access your 2020 giving statement for tax purposes through Shelby Next. Visit the church website (www.stjohnsbloomington.org) and click on the member button (from a computer, the member button is a circle on the right-hand side of the screen and from a mobile device, it is a rectangular button at the top). If you have previously logged in, your profile should automatically open. Click on My Giving, and select Statement, then select Download PDF to print or Email Statement to have your statement e-mailed to you. If you have not logged in before or need help with your username and password, please e-mail Shari or Gudrun. If we do not have an e-mail address for your household, we will mail a statement to those households that have given more than $250 in accordance with IRS requirements. For all others, we are happy to mail a statement upon request. Please e-mail Lisacall the office, (309) 827-6121, or stop  by during office hours Monday through Thursday, 10 AM–4 PM.

 

News and information

Annual Meeting 
Sunday, February 28, 9:15 AM, Parish Life Center
As provided for in our constitution, the Council has approved delaying the annual business meeting of St. John’s Lutheran Church due to the impact of COVID-19. In preparation for the meeting, a budget forum will take place Sunday, February 21, at 9:15 AM in the Parish Life Center. Budgets and the annual report will be available in February.

Work Camp Garage Sale
The garage sale has been canceled this year due to COVID restrictions. Thank you for your support of Work Camp! We hope to return in 2022!


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The Vision 2020 building project continues! The dismantling of the organ by Berghaus Organ Company continued this week. Parts of the organ will be taken to their facility in Chicago for maintenance and storage, awaiting their eventual reinstallation into the new worship center. The steel was delivered last week and the outline of the new worship space is visible! 

The office move is complete. The public entrance is now the south (Parish Life Center) entrance, and the office entrance (northwest corner of the building) is closed to the public. There will be someone in the reception area Monday through Thursday, 10 AM–4 PM. Thank you for your patience during this time. Holy Communion packs and devotionals may be picked up from the Welcome Center by the Parish Life Center.

With the office move, some staff phone numbers will change. To reach staff, please e-mail them or use their cell phone number. New staff locations and their cell phone numbers are listed below.

Staff Locations and Cell Phone Numbers
Pastor David—Room 179, (608) 408-4882
Pastor Anne—Room 177, (803) 622-8256
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
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
Michael Schneider—Room 380, (217) 737-1586
Steve Terry—Room 174 (senior high), (309) 242-9394
Vern Veal—Room 380, (309) 287-3480

Pledge to the Vision 2020 building project at www.stjohnsbloomington.org/pledge.