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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Youth Ministry
Sarah Burr, Missionary with Youth

Join us on Facebook! The Youth Ministry has our own page.

As our children mature into young adults they are being pulled every in many directions. It is important for them to stay connected to the Word and experience the support of a church so that they are not tempted to stray from it. St. John’s is committed to doing exactly that—helping teenagers stay connected to the Word through Bible Study, servant events, volunteering, and fellowship.

Currently our teenagers are serving in many areas of ministry throughout the congregation. They are acolytes, musicians, choir members, nursery helpers, Sunday school aides, and volunteers in many children’s ministry events including VBS and Fine Arts Camp. They are also active in God’s Word through Sunday evening Bible Study.

This year’s focus for St. John’s youth ministry has been building intentional relationships with one another and the body of Christ. Besides meeting weekly to dive in God’s word and building up fellowship with one another, the youth have participated in a variety of events. They have organized the Operation Christmas Child shoebox drive and learned how to serve others in their daily lives at school, by serving at church, and in the home. The youth have learned how to support each other and work as a team. Within the youth group, we have done intentional bonding through our studies, and other fun events like CYM lock-ins, laser tag, Christmas caroling at nursing homes, and even renovating the youth room!

Confirmation Studies - Contact us for more information.


Upcoming Service Project

Think about involving your whole family or your neighbors in packing food this May. Join us on May 10th, as the youth group will be traveling to Libertyville to volunteer at Feed My Starving Children.

With God’s help Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) will strive to eliminate starvation in children throughout the world by helping to instill compassion in people to hear and respond to the cries of those in need.
 


"Being involved in the youth ministry has made my faith stronger. I am no longer afraid to talk about God or to share my faith. I am a lot more comfortable around people at St. John’s now too since I have become more involved in the ministry. I hope to stay at St. John’s forever because it is so homey and I am really comfortable here.

Many kids at my high school don’t know Jesus. They aren’t the nicest people and I really want them to know Jesus. I think that continuing my involvement here at St. John’s is where God is leading me. I want to continue being involved in the youth ministry so that I can continue to share my faith boldly with the kids who don’t know Jesus." Cayla (Youth Ministry)
 


"Sunday youth studies have helped me grow in my faith. Mr. Zagone listens to us, respects where we are coming from and values us as part of the church. I go to youth group because I always wanted a teen example in my life growing up and I found one in Danielle. Youth group lets us create strong bonds and friendships. God is leading me to do this for others. I can be a role model to the younger kids at St. John’s and show them that you can hang out with lots of different people, be goofy, have fun and still be a good Christian and praise God." ~Katie – Youth Ministry



Children’s Ministry
Sherrie Smith, Missionary to the Home

St. John’s is committed to encouraging and strengthening the faith of children and youth in our congregation, school, and community. Students have many opportunities to “Meet Jesus! Experience the Support of a Church! and Live as His Disciples!” through Sunday School, worship, servant events, our nursery, Vacation Bible School, Fine Arts Camp and more!

We realize that the only way our efforts are effective are by partnering with the home and giving parents the tools to reinforce what is learned and taught here. This is why our bulletin always includes ways for families to take home what they have learned. Our most recent venture in connecting with parents has been Parents and Twos Class, which meets during the education hours on Sunday between (9:25a-10:25a) to encourage and nurture your children as they learn about Jesus together.

 

First Communion - Contact us for more information.


Upcoming Service Project

On June 7, families and their guests will serve at Phil’s Friends. Phil’s Friends is an organization that gives hope to cancer patients. Our families will assemble care packages and address cards to patients that Phil’s Friends serves. This organization reaches out to patients in all 50 states and even a few countries outside of the United States. What a wonderful way to share the hope that only Jesus can give.
 


2014 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

June 16-20

Register for VBS here


 

 

 

Meet Jesus!


Weekly Worship

Sunday Worship
8:00 & 10:45 a.m.

Sunday Education Hour
9:25-10:25 a.m.

Monday Night Worship
7:00 p.m.


Experience the
Support of the Church


 

Prayer 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 connect ....


When 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 ...


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 ...


Live As Disciples!


Download St. John's 2014
Easter Mission Edition

Download St. John's 2013
Annual Report

Download St. John's 2013 Christmas Mission

 


"St. John’s children’s ministry inspires children, parents and grandparents to LIVE their faith, not just on worship days. St. John’s has instilled a desire to serve and gratitude for the blessings we have. Pastor Bill & his family take an active part, leading by example and supporting us searching for our own ways. Naomi, St. John’s family minister, has given my grandchildren the ability to experience the amazement of what we have been given and to understand it. The Sunday School has provided us a wonderful learning environment and my grandchildren can live, experience and learn about our faith and core beliefs. They now have the freedom to know that Jesus is part of everything we do. The children’s ministry has taught us to reach outside of ourselves and soar thru things like music, art, and service, and that has helped us find our place at St. John’s.

Specifically, I have been blessed with strength and support to help my family. Life takes so many unexpected turns, and like so many, once my children had grown up, I never wavered in my faith. I just didn’t find another church “home”. When my grandchildren were born, I realized how much we need that “rock” to build our house on. When I thought back about how my parents had provided a loving, nurturing environment that gave me my solid foundation of faith, I realized how much I wanted that for my grandsons. My son felt as I did, but due to other circumstances, he had not been able to provide for the spiritual guidance so important for them on a higher level. We actively began searching for the help we needed and finally came to St. John’s. Thru our experience, we have been able to embrace and begin our lives. I feel the blessings watching my grandson’s eyes light up with happiness as they go up for the children’s message during service. I feel so much gratitude as I watch them at Sunday School, VBS and Fine Arts Camp. They have an amazing feeling of joy and accomplishment as they praise Jesus thru song and dance.

To sum it up, St. John’s has truly transformed our family to actively live and seek ways to help to give back all the blessings we have been given in finding our church. Each day brings us a new opportunity to do more and leave less undone. St. John’s has inspired me to better serve and seek ways to actively provide deep roots in faith for my grandchildren. "Robin (Children's Ministry)


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Meet Jesus... Experience the Support of a Church... Live as His Disciples