St John's Lutheran Church, La Grange IL 60525 (LCMS)

St. John's Lutheran Church and School
47th Street and Brainard Avenue, La Grange, Illinois 60525


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We invite you to join us in giving glory to God as we continue our journey. St. John’s is giving glory to God in our church and school (Jerusalem), glory to God in the communities where we live (Judea), glory to God in nearby communities cross-culturally (Samaria) and glory to God even to the ends of the earth! (Acts 1:8).

Weekly Worship at St. John's
St. John's worships weekly on Sunday mornings.

Sunday Worship
8:00a and 10:45a

Holy Communion on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday on every month

Sunday Education Hour


Christmas Services

Wednesday, December 17, 10:45a:
Jesus Christ will Come Again

Thursday, December 18, 6:30p
Lutheran School Advent Christmas Service

Christmas Eve
Family Service—4:30p
Candlelight Service—10:30p

Christmas Day—10:00a
Festival Service w/Choir and Holy Communion


Christmas Office Hours

Church Office Hours - 9 am to noon (Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri)

Church Office Closed Thur, Dec 25 and Jan 1

School Office Closed Dec 20 through Jan 4


Christmas Concert DVD's and CD's for sale

CD's and DVD's of the Christmas Concert can be ordered using our PayPal service. The cost is $15 for each. You may also purchase disks in the Church Office or after Worship Services at the Information Desk.


Pastor Bruening's Message

What can we do to reach Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth?

The local piece is quite obvious. We are ministering to our own as we show care for one another. Our Board of Human Care works well in this area. This means the friendly check up on people going through difficult times. It means nourishing the spirit life of people through worship and Bible study. It means building one another up through small group ministry. As I see things and hear from members, I feel we do a pretty good job here. The one area that I am working on with our Board of Elders is to make contact with people whose names are on our roles but do not participate in worship. We have already begun that process by sending letters to people who have moved away from this area and have not transferred. Please let me know if you know of other ways we can minister in a better way to our own.

Here we need to look at what we can do in our community which I would define as Lyons Township and southern Proviso Township. This are areas where we can volunteer with program such as “Beds” (Housing the homeless) volunteering at a local hospital, helping with tutoring or any volunteer work that helps this area.

I have asked Roger Johnson to make contact with church east of us in Chicago, Cicero and Berwyn to see if there are ways we can work with or assist them. Perhaps there are rooms that need painting but these churches just do not have many members and we could bring some people over to help them with that need. I asked him to explore all possibilities were we could partner with them.

To the ends of the earth
I have been on about 15 Mission Trips to Guatemala and have found these trips to be beneficial in broadening the perception of Americans concerning the developing nations and the churches in those developing nations. I would like to see us plan such a trip next summer. We have usually had three different groups.

1) A medical group that will see and treat people in the community. In the past we have seen people who have walked over five miles for this quality medical attention.
2) A teaching group that would run a Vacation Bible School. In the past we have usually had the room where we teaching completely full of Guatemalan children attending these sessions.
3) A construction team that would be involved in anything from building a home for a family who had lost their home to putting a new roof on one of our Lutheran schools there.

By participating in all of these areas of ministry we appreciate what we say in the creed when we speak of the “Holy Christian (or catholic) Church” realizing we are one with all of these saints of God.

Pastor Bruening



15th Annual Women's Retreat


February 6th & 7th, 2015
Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge
Friday evening: 7:00-9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM




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Sunday Worship
8:00 & 10:45 a.m.

Sunday Education Hour
9:25-10:25 a.m.

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