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.
8:00a and 10:45a
Holy Communion on the 1st,
3rd and 5th Sunday on every month
Sunday Education Hour
Thursday, November 27,
Pastor Bruening's Message
Studies show that churches that participate in community outreach
ministries are more likely to grow faster than other congregations.
This concept is echoed by many church consultants. I believe the
members of St. John’s need to be not only faithful in worship and
Bible study but also be faithful in doing something that reaches out
into the community to help bring healing to the world. It’s
important that I model this behavior so I have been conducting
services at nursing homes or assisted living facilities to help
bring spiritual healing to the residents. I recently met with the
staff of “Beds” (a faith based organization that provides housing to
the homeless) and offered to meet with any person desiring pastoral
care. I have met with the Assistant Manager of the Village of
LaGrange, Andre Peterson, to help us make plans to work together. I
have also begun leading worship services at Emeritus in Burr Ridge
and Briar Place in Indian Head Park. I think it is important that
our neighbors see that St. John’s is a church that really cares for
the community. I ask you to help me in this project.
I am continuing to meet in the homes of the people of St. John’s to
get to know the congregation better. To date I have met with the
families of all who are on Council and on the Board of Elders and
now am contacting all board members and others as their names are
given to me. If you wish me to visit you, please call me at
804-690-8214 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
our sights on the future
On Saturday, November 1, we had our congregational-wide goal setting
meeting. There were 64 members who participated in this project.
Most participants indicated that it was helpful, interesting and
some even said it was fun. A prioritized list of goals can be found
on the information table I n the narthex. The next step is to have
Council either assign goals to existing boards or establish task
forces to design strategies to meet these goals. My experience at
other churches is that the process really helped the congregation
I truly look forward to being able to work together with you as we
move toward the future and through this pastoral transition period.
Please bring to my attention any concerns that you have. I am eager
to hear everyone’s voice.
15th Annual Women's Retreat
MUSICIAN AND SPEAKER
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
8:00 & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday Education Hour
Support of the Church
is the center of everything. People need prayer. Through prayer we
can now boldly say “send me God.” A strong bond is created and we
I am in the word daily, I feel God’s presence. I have an easier time
resisting temptation and discerning His will. Reading daily doesn’t
have to be doggedly endured. There are fresh new ways to do it. I
can be on autopilot and it allows God to be in charge. With Him in
charge, it gives
started small groups because I was invited. That simple gesture has
led to making connections and starting other new small groups. I am
open to meeting new people and seeing the resources God has given us
with people and we get to see how He works in our lives. People can
be threatened by church.
Small groups are
Can We Pray for You?
St. John's is
committed to being a fellowship that blesses people near and far
with the offerings of our prayers. We'd like to pray for you and
invite you to share your requests with us. All requests will be kept
confidential among our prayer team members who are standing by to
pray for you and your loved ones. (Connect
with us here!)