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).
Christmas Concert: Sun, Dec 13 - 6:30p

Service of Remembrance: Mon, Dec 21 - 7:00p

Christmas Eve Worship Thurs, Dec 24:

Family Worship: 4:30p

Candlelight Worship: 10:30p

Christmas Day Worship: Fri, Dec 25, 10:00a (Holy Communion)

New Year's Eve: Thurs, Dec 31 - 7:00p (Holy Communion)

St. John's Lutheran Church Women's Retreat

Featuring Author and Speaker:

Amy Carroll

"Joy in Friendships"


Feb. 5th & 6th, 2016

Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge

Friday 7p - 9p

Saturday 9a - 3p


Register here

Pastor Bruening's Message

Goals from Council Retreat

One of our more important Missions at St. John’s is our Grade School. Through the Grade School, children and their families receive more than an excellent education—They meet Jesus every day through the caring teachers and staff.

To support and sustain this Mission, our goal is to increase enrollment 25% for the 2016-2017 School Year. To reach this goal we propose to develop and implement a robust marketing/recruitment plan for the School which includes, at a minimum:
a. Modern, appealing website
b. Contemporary modes of communication such as social media
c. Proven methodologies from other parochial schools

Our other mission fields in which we seek to have others meet Jesus through us is Outreach to our community. Our goals for outreach missions include:

Refining our mission work to focus on missions that can truly impact our community;

Improve our community outreach and service. Pick the missions and outreach that matter most to the community and congregation, but limit the number and narrow the focus.

Make annual Mission Trips for adults and youth a routine yearly event.

We may never reap what we sow in these mission fields, but it is our prayer and goal that through both our intentional missions in the community and our everyday life, we would see an increase in new members who are converts to our faith.

Our desire is to have each and every member feel loved and supported at St. John’s and be able to say to friends and neighbors, “My church really cares for me.” Toward that end we have the following goals:

Create a new pictorial church directory and put it in the pews;

Hold social events that intentionally nurture interpersonal relationships between members;

Increase the number of members involved in boards, committees and task forces. (To accomplish this goal, resurvey members for talents and create a database)

Use more modern forms of communication to reach out to church members including an updated, modern website

Build a ministry for all families – of all types. Explore creating a family service with contemporary format and music.

Build upon the large and engaged current confirmation class to create a robust youth group that provides fellowship and discipleship to our middle school and high school youth as well as promotes their service to others.

Develop systems to be more aware of members’ needs and then fulfill those needs.

As the body of Christ, we are commanded to encourage and strengthen one another in our Christian life. To accomplish this we propose the following goals:

Double the number of members who report that they practice the discipline of stewardship by practicing tithing.

Strengthen our small groups Bible studies to be a routine part of our congregational life which means being held more than periodic five week sessions.

Equip our members to live as a Christian in a post-Christian world by reframing basic doctrine and beliefs in a contemporary context.

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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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!)


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