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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
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).
VBS 2016: Cave Quest
Following Jesus, the Light of the World
June 20 - 25, 2016, 9:00 - 11:30 am
Pastor Bruening's Message
Call Process and Financial Status
Based on a list of names given to
him by the Board of Elders, President Andy Kunz has been putting
together the membership of the Call Committee. When the full
committee has been appointed, we will share those names with you.
I have also met with Pastor David Prentice, Circuit Visitor, to make
plans for the Call process. At this point we should begin to gather
suggested names from the congregation. At the Welcome Desk there are
forms you can fill in with your nominations for possible candidates.
After we submit a list of names, the District will give the Circuit
Visitor relevant Personal Information Forms (PIFs) which could
include the names we have suggested, plus names that the District
President has added. The Circuit Visitor will hand the PIF’s out at
a meeting with the committee, however we are not allowed to keep
them in our possession.
Once the Call Committee has narrowed down the list of names, they
most likely will arrange for telephone interviews with who they
perceive to be the top candidates. They may invite in the top
candidates or candidate for a personal interview at which time other
church leaders and all staff would have the opportunity to meet the
candidates or candidate.
At that point it would be up to the Call Committee as to a
recommendation. In most cases I have been involved in recently, the
committee usually presents one or more names of the Pastors they
feel best qualified and after going through Elders and Council the
congregation then decides which person to call.
While our by-laws are mute on the question of whether the Call
Committee should report to the Elders who then report to the Council
before the recommendation is brought before the congregation, I feel
it is always advisable when taking a step as important as this one
that the major parties all be involved in the process before
bringing a recommendation to the congregation. The congregation will
then extend the Call. The process will be presented to the Board of
Elders at their meeting on May 26 for their concurrence and
We are able to proceed with the Call process since our financial
situation has become much improved. At the end of April we had a
small surplus of $3,180 as our Operating Income exceeded our
expenses. Over the next two months we will most likely begin to run
a deficit since income from tuition will be down considerably. I
have been working with some people make contributions beyond their
pledge and have as a goal to raise about $30,000 for this effort. In
June I will challenge the rest of the congregation to be moved by
the eight people who made those contributions to make gifts of $50
to $100 beyond their pledge. Hopefully this will bring us closer to
balancing expenses with income.
There is other good news. Prior to June 30, 2015 we had fallen
behind in making designated payments to benevolences we had voted to
support. At one time we were over $51,000 behind in payments, some
dating back to 2011. We have steadily paid down these obligations
and as of April the outstanding obligation has been reduced to
$18,961. Our goal is to have completely paid this obligation by
December 31, 2016. Additionally, all money designated to the
Missouri Synod and the Northern Illinois District has been promptly
While we have financial challenges we have made great progress and
the congregation has generously supported our mission. There is much
to rejoice about here at St. John’s.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous
things. Psalm 72: 1
In His Service,
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
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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
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