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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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


March 1, 2017—7:00 p.m.
Worship w/Holy Communion and Distribution of Ashes 

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
(March 8—April 5, 2017)

Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
School Gymnasium
Free-will Offering

Pastor Bruening's Message

Addressing the Need for Ministry and Role of Women at St. John’s
October 16, 2016

The Board of Elders has begun a study of the possible inclusion of women in the various Elder-assigned Ministries at St. John’s.

Recognizing that we currently have only eleven Elders, each Elder would have over twenty families assigned to him. That is about double the number of families an Elder can work with effectively. Right now about half of our members have no assigned Elder. We consider the Ministry of the Elders to be fundamental to the spiritual welfare of our members and seek to enhance the program.

Recently we spent four-weeks in studying the Bible, looking at the scriptures, and examining the Missouri Synod documents concerning the role of women. Unfortunately only about thirty-five members participated in that study. We, therefore, need a much larger participation in a discussion before any resolution can be considered. This is not something we need to rush into.

Since the Board of Elders is responsible for issues such as this, I am recommending to them that at their October 27th meeting, they set-up a four-week open forum after January 1st with sessions being held both during the normal Bible Class hour, and one evening a week for those who are teaching during the Bible Class hour.


At the open forums we will review the material covered in the Bible study and then open the sessions to discussion about the issues so that every voice may be heard. 

After the open forums, the Board of Elders may then, after hearing all of the input, put together a resolution to bring before the congregation. This could be done in two stages.
The first stage would be to present a change to allow women to have some new role in the congregation.

If passed, we would then need to present a resolution on By-law changes that would need to be made in order to implement these changes.

I ask you to remember this process in your prayers so that we be led to a God pleasing decision that is beneficial to our congregation.

Pastor Phil





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8:00 & 10:45 a.m.

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9:25-10:25 a.m.

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