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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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.

Sunday Worship
8:00a and 10:45a

Holy Communion on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday on every month

Sunday Education Hour

Thanksgiving Service

Thursday, November 27, 10:00a



Pastor Bruening's Message

Outreach into the community
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.

Home visits
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 or

Setting 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 focus forward.

Working together
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.

Pastor Bruening



15th Annual Women's Retreat


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




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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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I 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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