Brown Brothers Lemonade Stand…July 28th…Rain Date August 3rd  - Collin & Gavin Brown are holding their annual lemonade stand at 1703 Luther Drive, (directly north of the church) 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  100% of the proceeds will go to Honor Flight.  The mission of the Honor Flight Network is to fly America’s veterans to Washington D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices.  Every veteran deserves to visit his or her memorial.  The Honor Flight Network is determined to accomplish this mission as long as funding and volunteers are available.  Please contribute to this mission through your donations and prayers.


The Coffee Hour schedule is on the table in the narthex.  If any individual(s) or committees would like to host a coffee hour, please sign up.  Coffee hours have been well received in the past, and we would like to continue this time of fellowship.  Committees and individuals are encouraged to sign up.  Thank you.                           The Evangelism Committee



It’s that time of year again. 

During July and August can we, as a congregation, make a difference in the life of a child?  Last year we collected enough supplies to make 95 kits.  Let’s see what we can do this year.

Did you know a school kit can make the difference between getting an education or not?  In places where Lutheran World Relief works, even a few required supplies, like pens and paper, may be more than many families can afford.  PLEASE, consider giving items needed for LWR school kits.

July and August are exceptional times to check out the Back to School ads and take advantage of the sales.  The following items are needed to make this happen:

  • 70-sheet notebooks of wide or college ruled paper about 8”x10 ½ “, no loose-leaf paper (each kit needs 4)
  • Ballpoint pens (no gel ink) (each kit needs 5)
  • 30-centimeter ruler, or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other (each kit needs 1)
  • Hand held pencil sharpener (each kit needs 1)
  • Blunt tipped scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades work well) (each kit needs 1)
  • Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers (each kit needs 5)
  • Eraser that is 2 ½” (each kit needs 1)
  • Crayons a box of 16-24 crayons (each kit needs 1)

You can drop off your generous donations in the box in the Narthex marked “LWR SCHOOL KITS” or in the church office.

Thank you and God bless you for helping the LWR children with their chance for an education.



The High School Youth, who attended the youth gathering, will be sharing the message Sunday as they reflect upon the many ways Christ was at work in them at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas.  Thank you, for sharing how God has blessed your lives through this trip.



Attention High School Youth – we would like to invite you to check out the newly updated 3rd floor at St. John’s/High School room.  Beginning on Sunday, September 9, Jane Krysiak will be welcoming high school youth and their friends from 8:00-10:00 a.m.  Stay the whole time or come when you can; high school youth helping with Sunday school could stop up prior to Sunday school.  Jane will provide a continental breakfast each week and open discussions will take place; you, the youth, will decide on the topics to be discussed.  Watch for a letter from Jane in the next few weeks inviting you and your friends.



Visitation Committee – All visitation members and those wishing to join the visitation committee are invited to lunch on Thursday, August 2, at 11:30 a.m. at Kay Marincic’s home (333 Thirty Foot Trail, Oglesby).  The committee is looking for new members (women, men, couples) who have a few hours to give to this very important ministry.  Members of the visitation committee sign up for one month and during that month visit those over 80 having a birthday that month, our shut-ins, and welcome new additions to families.  If you can offer a few hours of your time, please consider joining the visitation committee.  Sign up on the sheet in the narthex if you are interested in joining the committee. 

            If you are unable to attend the luncheon, but would like to join, call Kay Marinici at 815-883-9220





Their next outings will be on:

Thursday, July 26, at 5:00 p.m. at Anne’s Hideaway in Ottawa

Wednesday, August 8, at 11:30 a.m. at Four Star Restaurant in Peru.

All are welcome.  Please sign up on the sheets in the narthex.






Vacation Bible School will be a 2-day event this year and will be held on Thursday, July 19 and Friday, July 20 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.  This year’s theme will be Polar Blast: Where Jesus’ love is cool. At Polar Blast, kids chill with new friends and warm up to Jesus—the coolest friend of all.    Registration forms are available on the table in the narthex. 







Summer is a much-needed time for families and individuals to take vacations.  Thankfully, we can continue in the relaxed style of summer and still enjoy a growing relationship with God.  Worship regularly when you are at home or when you are away.  Whenever and wherever you gather, Jesus shares his presence and peace with you.  As you live in the generosity of God, make an effort to plan your giving for the time you will be away.  Offerings can be mailed or dropped off at church during office hours.  Even though you may be gone for a week, or two, or three…the expenses for your church and its ministries continue.  As of this date the congregation is approximately 5% behind in offerings for meeting expenses. 


St. John’s Annual Golf/Adult Swim Party - Sunday, August 19

Something new has been added this year, for those who like to golf—a golf outing will be scheduled from 1-3.  Following the golf outing, a swim party and picnic will be held at Brad & Josanne Bruins’ home, 2 Pulaski Court, Peru.  Gather at 3:00 p.m. and eat around 5:00.  All adult St. John’s members and guests are welcome.  Bring a dish to share.  Not a swimmer, come to socialize and have a great time.  Please sign up in narthex for the golf outing and the swim/picnic.  Watch the bulletin for more details. 



NIS-WELCA - 30th Annual Convention

Hope for the Homeless

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 8:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran, Harvard, IL

Come and join other women from  the Northern Illinois Synod in fellowship, worship and singing.  Packets are available on the table in the narthex.




Lifetouch Photography is scheduled for Monday, September 24 through Saturday, September 29.

A new Pictorial Directory is in the works for this Fall!  It will be a wonderful way for our church family to help everyone get to know one another and a great way for our new members to place names and faces.

Every family photographed will receive a Free 8x10 and the opportunity to purchase additional products. There will be no obligation to purchase anything. 

As we prepare for the new Pictorial Directory, you may see some of our committee members and helpers taking photos in church and during church events.

At a later date, we will also be asking church members for photos they may have taken of special events such as Christmas Program, Easter, Baptisms, Weddings, Youth events, etc.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Your Pictorial Committee members are Stacy Newell, Kay Rainer, Molly Thrasher, and Sandy Baumgartner



Blessing Box donations are welcome at any time.  Some suggestions for donations – individual pasta meals, soup, applesauce, fruit cups, jello, tuna kits, instant potatoes, snack crackers.  Donations may be placed directly into the Blessing Box, in the box near the Sunday school entrance or left in the church office.  Monetary donations are also accepted. 


Young Talent Needed – Nothing helps a young musician on their musical way like experience and appreciation.  St. John’s is looking for youth that are willing to play or sing during the offertory. We are wanting to give the younger members of our church family opportunities to perform from two to four minutes as the offering is received.  We will do this during the summer for either the Saturday or Sunday services.  Both of the services being provided with talent would be delightful.  Piano, flute, violin, voice or you name it will be accepted.  It will be treasured by our church members plus provide the youngsters time in front of an audience.  Ages up through college are needed.  Songs need to be approved by Pastor.  Please call Eloide at our church office with questions or offers of musical forte.





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