Rally Day 2018!



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 can 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.  Invite your friends.



We are starting planning for the 2019 mission trip.  Please plan to come to a meeting on Sunday, September 23, after church service to discuss what we want to do and where we want to go.  Bring a friend.  All are welcome from 8th grade on up.  Please contact Don Anderson with any questions 708-557-2880.


Bible Sunday

Preschool and 3rd Grade will receive their bibles on either Saturday, September 22 at the 5:30 p.m. worship service or Sunday, September 23 at the 10:15 worship service


Teachers & Helpers 2017-18

Preschool & Kindergarten - Thelma Martin

First & Second Grade - Janice Hammer            

Third Grade - Missy Pinter

 Fourth & Fifth Grade - Don Anderson. Katelyn Lamps, Helper

Sixth Grade - Paul Baker

Seventh & Eighth Grade - Maxine McQueen. Sasha Bruins, Helper

High School - Jane Krysiak

Adult Class - Mac McQueen & Shanon Edwards

Sunday School Office Helpers - Clarence & Carole Wenzel



We need YOU to make our directory complete!  To celebrate our church family and strengthen the bond within our congregation, we welcome you to be a part of our upcoming directory.

A directory:

  • Preserves this special time in the life of our church
  • Becomes a lasting record of our current membership
  • Helps us connect faces with names

We are partnering with Lifetouch for this important project.  Lifetouch is providing the directory at no cost to our church.  Every family photographed receives a complimentary directory and an 8x10 portrait.  You may sign up for a photography appointment beginning August 19 by clicking HERE, clicking the image above, or by visiting our Facebook page St. John’s Lutheran Church-Peru.  For those of you who would prefer to sign up in person you may do so before and after service on Aug. 19, 25/26, Sept. 1/2, 8/9, 15/16 or 22/23.



Monday, September 24 from 2:00-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 25 – Friday September 28 from 1:00-8:00 p.m. 

Saturday, September 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For your convenience, all photography and portrait viewing will take place in the Fellowship Hall with no sitting fee.  You will have a variety of poses taken.  One pose will be selected for the directory.  In addition to your complimentary 8x10, you will have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits on the day of your portrait session.  Pets are welcome, however they will not be in the directory photo.  Please let us know if you will be bringing your pet when you sign up.  In addition, black and white photos will also be available for purchase.  To make photos affordable, Lifetouch offers coupons/discounts (see insert in today’s bulletin)

We need your help!  Do you have your own photos that you can contribute to our directory such as: Sunday school classes, committee and groups in action, Baptisms, Holiday programs or other favorites?  Please send them by email to Eloide or contact Sandy Baumgartner at 815-474-2314.  Thanks to all for helping this new directory be the best it can be!



The next outings for "FUN WITH FRIENDS AND FOOD" will be...

Thursday, Sept. 27, at 5:00 p.m. at Simply Kracked in Peru (old Eagle’s Lodge)

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



We’re “Adopting” Grandparents! Children’s Spiritual Life & Education Committee is looking for help in the preschool/kindergarten class.  We are hoping to find a few grandparents to help in the room on Sundays from 9:00-10:00 a.m.  If you are interested, contact the church for more information.


The annual Senior Party to honor our members who are over 80 years of age will be held on Friday, October 19, beginning at 11:30 a.m.  Volunteers are needed to work and/or bring donations.  Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.



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.



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. 




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