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

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).


Ash Wednesday Worship
February 10—7:00 p.m.
Worship w/Holy Communion and Distribution of Ashes

Wednesday Midweek Lenten Worship Services
Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
(February 10—March 16, 2016)

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

Ash Wednesday—February 10
Annual Chili Dinner with all the trimmings!

Wednesday—February 17
Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Vegetables and Tossed Salad

Wednesday—February 24
Baked Ham w/Scalloped Potatoes, Vegetables, Tossed Salad, Bread,
Rolls and Butter

Pastor Bruening's Message

Good News

Congregation Positions: In the recent elections, we were able to fill nearly all slots. In addition, we found people willing to serve on the following short-term Task Forces: Vision Task Force, Principal Call Committee and Deficit Funding Task Force.

Director of Music Ministries: When Jerry Kuker announced that he would be leaving, the Worship Committee evaluated many resumes. We are most fortunate to have David A. Lincoln now filling this position. Many thanks to Jerry for coming out of retirement and serving as Director for the last one and half years.

130th Anniversary: St. John’s was chartered as a congregation on September 26, 1886 after the school had been in operation for a year. We plan a special celebration on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Watch for more information on this special celebration.

Work with Elders

With four new Elders and many people not assigned an Elder, I have gone through and assigned an Elder to all of our Active Members. Elders are no longer expected to make home visits, but are encouraged to communicate by phone and or email, especially if a family assigned to them has been missing in Worship. All Elders will be receiving monthly reports on the attendance of their families. Since we have many single women on our roster we will be looking at ways to Minister specifically to them.

Financial Situation
Deficit Funding Task Force Report

The task Force is recommending that the following steps be taken:

Purchase a lawn mower from the Capital Fund and have Members do the lawn mowing, leaf raking and landscape care. Scott Schiefelbein has volunteered to oversee this project. Savings: approx. $7,000 annually.

Investigate having a contract with a cell phone company to put a cell phone tower in our tower. This could generate up to $7,000 a month. We have been previously approached about doing this. Phil Willig has volunteered to look into this.

When possible, cut down pages of the bulletin and “The Mission” and cut down on color covers to reduce costs.

The Task Force requested the School look at ways to cut their budget by $20,000 for the last six months of this fiscal year. They have done this by noting that the full-time teachers have volunteered to take a pay cut for which we are truly thankful.

The Church side has cut its budget by $1,800.

The Stewardship Committee will be doing some extra fundraising during this fiscal year and is planning a major Stewardship Drive connected to a dinner on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Because of the efforts of everyone, we experienced a deficit of $23,325 for the first six months of the current fiscal year, a figure well below what had been projected. Much of this is due to an increased giving of over 6% toward the Church’s budgeted expenses.


Thank you, everyone, for your efforts.

In His Service,
Pastor Bruening






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Weekly Worship

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

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

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