8:30am - Noon
1pm - 3pm
Saturday Worship/Communion 5:30pm
Sunday School 9am
A reminder—If you or a family member enter the hospital and you’d like Pastor to visit, please call the church office 815-223-1144.
After 13 years of ministry at St. John’s and 38+ years of ordained ministry, Vicki and I will be leaving for my retirement. This letter announces my resignation as your pastor.
We are grateful for the many years of kindness you have shown us and will continue to speak fondly of this congregation. It has been a joy to serve as your pastor. As new doors open, may you seek to proclaim God’s love in Christ Jesus to the community, nation, and world.
When a new pastor is called, his/ her way may be very different from mine. Change can be very healthy and lead to growth and the deepening of faith. Remember, the Holy Spirit has promised to work among you in all that you do as a congregation.
My relationship to you as a congregation is to “step away” and allow for the call of another pastor to begin through the process which the synod has already set in motion. You will, however, remain “friends in Christ”.
My last day to lead worship is Sunday, September 16.
May the God of grace and love be with you always.
Sincerely in Christ,
A reception will be held for Pastor & Vicki on Sunday, September 16, following worship. Cake and beverage will be provided. Also, if you would to say “thank you” with a card for Pastor, a basket will be placed near the serving table. We wish Pastor & Vicki the best in retirement.