Life has become in a short time a core ministry in our vision for Reaching
Farther. Group Life provides a smaller setting (usually 8-10 people) growing
deeper in relationships within the church and beyond the church. Because Group
Life happens in 40 day cycles it also offers a format that ﬁts a variety of
seasons and schedules as well as the opportunity to move around and form new
relationships through different groups.
Group Life is more than a study group. Group
Life is a community built around Jesus where people experience the support of
the church through worship, study, prayer, fellowship and service together. Many
will attest that Group Life communities are life changing. Group Life’s prayer
and service attributes, in particular, are deepening our relationships beyond
St. John’s and into the community.
Sign up for small
groups for our
40 Days… On the Water
series. Groups begin meeting the week of August 25 and will continue for six
weeks. There are many days/times available, so check out the boards in the
narthex, and find a group that fits for you.
Chicago 3:00p Louis &
La Grange 4:00p Glenn & Venna
Burr Ridge 7:00p Dana & Dalyne
Lyons 6:45p Tom & Vicki
George & Barbara
LaGrange 1:00p Rebecca
Westmont 7:00p Mark & Kristen
Western Springs 7:00p Laura
Indian Head Park 7:00p Scott & Jean
Indian Head Park 7:00p Fred & Julaine
Berwyn 7:30p Chuck & Gwen
La Grange (church–Men’s group) 7:00p Pete
La Grange (Women’s group) 7:00p Pam
Western Springs 7:00p Gary & Nancy
for a good book to finish out your summer reading plan? Check out John Ortberg’s
book, “If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat.” This
book is the basis for our small group studies for 40 Days… On the Water. It’s a
great read and will give you a headstart on pondering your “water-walking” plan.
Available on Amazon.
Our "Service Cycle"
is a Service Cycle?
There are two times during the year that we
break from our regular group life meetings—Thanksgiving through New Year's
and the month of May. Recognizing that these are very busy months, instead
of groups meeting weekly, we encourage people to be engaged in service
opportunities at the church and in the community.
Here are opportunities and a special
collection included in
our service cycle:
Cups of Blessing
this past April, the java served during our coffee hour will provide
an extra jolt of energy. We’re not talking about the caffeine content of our
new brew. Rather, our donations will allow us to take our coffee fellowship
a step farther.
The coffee served will be from Fair Trade,
a partner of Lutheran World Relief, which supports South American coffee
farmers who are paid poorly and cannot support their families. Coffee hosts
will be asked to donate $20 to cover the cost of cups and coffee.
While we enjoy our coffee together and
visit in our “new and improved” narthex, we’ll also be sharing a cup of
blessing with someone in need. Donations placed in the basket provided will
support a mission. For the first six weeks, donations will go to Lori
Wilbert and her ministry at Statesville Prison. A suggestion box will be
available for more ideas for missions we can support, which will all be
If you would like to host a coffee hour
please contact the
August 25, 2013 (9:25a-10:25a)
St. John’s congregation in a prayer walk around our
community, praying for our neighbors and providing invitations at each door
for people to share their prayer concerns through our website. We will begin
with a chapel service at 8:00a. Then, during the education hour, we will begin our walk.
Routes are short and should take less than an hour.