So many ways to give...

St. John’s is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online!

Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Simply follow these easy steps:

  •           Visit the church website at, (Home page or Giving page)
  •           Click on the "ONLINE GIVING CLICK HERE" button (shown below)
  •           Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring         contributions.

The above procedure works on all platforms, mobile and/or desktop.

Blessing Box

Our donations are getting low. Members are encouraged to bring an item or two to fill the blessing box. Suggested donations would include foods that are easily prepared and require few other ingredients – canned pasta, soups, tuna pouches or meat; individual bags of chips, cereal, crackers, or granola bars; foods that only need water added – potatoes, mac and cheese, rice or Ramen noodles and fruit. All donations are greatly appreciated.

The 4th Sunday of each month is Blessing Box Sunday

Support Ronald McDonald House

Please save your pop tabs. Parkside School Student Council members are collecting these to support the Ronald McDonald Houses of Illinois. Please turn in by April first. Thank you!!❤️

Kay Sampson Raineri

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Food Pantry

Food Pantry is the 3rd Sunday of each month

Members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and place them in the baskets in the narthex located near the Sunday School wing entrance.

Monetary donations are also accepted and may be placed in the locked box above the food pantry baskets.

(Note: Donations can be left in the narthex any time, not just the 3rd Sunday)

Quilts for Shriner’s Hospital

This past Monday, a lady came to St. John’s to pick up 49 quilts for the Shriner’s Hospital. These quilts were all made by hand by one of our members, Elinor Vaughn. She cuts, measurers, pieces and sews all the material to make the quilts. She started back in January and worked till October on her “labor of love.” Each quilt has a children’s theme and a small pillow to accompany it. Recently, on one of our sewing Thursdays, we had a “quilt show” and featured all of the 49 quilts Elinor made. Each one was beautiful. And to the delight of the children at the Shriner’s Hospital in Chicago, each quilt will be cheerfully received. St. John’s is so blessed to have an Elinor who lovingly sews all these quilts.

St. John’s is also blessed to have Daniel, Leah, John, Anna and Christie Ricci. When I asked children in the Sunday school on Sunday morning if anyone could help me carry all these quilts down from the choir room – they all said yes and with smiles. Oh, can’t forget Kathy Ricci who made sure we carried down all the quilts!

St. John’s is blessed to have a lady and her husband (Joyce & Ken Myler) volunteer to come to St. John’s and pick up these quilts and deliver them to the Children’s Hospital.

St. John’s is blessed to have our Eloide who helped load all the quilts. Children helping children, people working together to make better lives for each other.

God Bless all of you, always. Thank you for being a good representative of God.

     Always in Christ,

      Carole Wenzel

Gods work... our hands - work day

On September 28th, members of St. John's participated in God's Work Our Hands day. Members wrote positive notes for the PADS shelter and El Paso, TX school children, tied fleece blankets for the military and helped with the Hall Township Food Pantry distribution. We had planned to help with the Echo Bluff beautification, but the rain prevented that from happening. This is just a few of the pictures from the day.

Why save cancelled stamps?

Why does St. John’s and the Sewing Group save stamps?

About 10 years ago I read an article in Living Lutheran magazine about a project that was on-going at a Lutheran Church in Texas.  The project involved people collecting postage stamps.  Stamps of all kinds, common, commemorative, canceled, famous people, foreign, etc. All stamps were needed.  When enough stamps are collected, they are sold to stamp collectors.  The money/proceeds made from these sales is sent to Lutheran World Relief Headquarters in New York.  ALL proceeds are used to defray the costs of shipping Lutheran World Relief quilts overseas.

So I wrote to the lady who was in charge and asked how St. John’s could be involved.  She sent me the guidelines and how to begin to save the stamps for St. John’s…

Cut off the stamp side of the envelope.  I do not need name or addresses, just the third part of the envelope with the stamp.  I will cut and trim accordingly.  Bring your stamp/envelopes to church.  On the table in the narthex, below the church bulletin board is a wooden box with 3 slotted openings in the top.  The center opening is marked for stamps.  Just drop them off and I will pick them up. (I just mailed a large box to Texas last month.)

So please save your stamps and bring them to church.  Do you know of a friend who works in an office or business where stamps could be saved for our project?  Would you please be so kind to ask for their help?  (Example: Mail arrives at church with stamps on them and Eloide saves the stamps for us.)

Saving the stamps is an important piece of helping Lutheran World Relief get quilts into the hands of those who need them. Each year Lutheran World Relief spends nearly $1.7 million to operate its quilt and kits ministry.  Those funds, combined with the generosity of Lutheran quilters and kit makers throughout the United States, enables Lutheran World Relief to annually distribute more than $12 million worth of quilts and kits around the world.

Fact #1—Since the Stamp Project started in 2009,. Over $9,000 has been raised to help offset the cost of shipping quilts.

Fact #2—Last year, your gifts reached 838,302 people around the world.

Fact #3—It costs $2.25 to ship one quilt.

I hope that I have explained the stamp collection to everyone. But if you have any questions, please call me.  My deepest appreciation to all of you who have been so faithful in bringing in the stamps.  Thank you.


Dear Lord,

We pray that these quilts will serve a useful purpose in the life of the recipient, that they will bring warmth in the cold, shelter from the sun and heat  or a wall of a home.  May these quilts bring a message of care from someone they may never meet.  Amen


God Bless everyone,

In Jesus’ name,

Carole Wenzel

Worship Volunteers

Members are welcome at any time to volunteer to help with any of the worship service ministries.


Ushers are ministers of hospitality; they embody God’s welcome and remind us to see God in one another.  When we welcome others, we are blessed to welcome God’s very self.  Ushers get to be among the first to welcome God’s people to worship every week!


Communion Ministers bring the true presence of Christ in the meal we call Holy Communion.  This practice calls for reverence and care surrounding its distribution.


Greeters are the first to welcome God’s people every week.  And just like ushers, they are ministers of hospitality; they embody God’s welcome and remind us to see God in one another.  When we welcome others, we are blessed to welcome God’s very self. 


Readers  The Bible is the very Word of the living God, breathed out by God and given to us to train us in all that is necessary for life and godliness. Reading Scripture is not something we do out of duty or obligation, but something we do in delight. To stand at the front of a church and read the Bible is to stand in the place of God and proclaim his Word.


Pray and let the Holy Spirit guide you in becoming more involved in the worship service.


If you would like to volunteer for any of these ministries:

  • sign up in the back of the church
  • call the church office 815-223-1144
  • email the office at 


We would love to have you join those already serving.