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Maundy Thursday, April 18th, 7pm

The Living Last Supper will be presented by the twelve disciples of Jesus. Set in pose created by da Vinci’s The Last Supper”, each disciple comes alive and presents his perspective after Jesus says, “one of you will betray me”.

On this night we begin the Three Days during which we participate once again in the saving power of Jesus’ passing over from death into life. The Maundy Thursday service concludes with the words of Jesus’ new commandment (madatum, from which Maundy comes) to love one another. On this night in which Jesus was handed over to death we also gather around the Lord’s supper. At the service conclusion, the altar area is stripped of furnishings as a sign of Jesus’ abandonment.

          Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and proceeds through the four days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil Saturday, and Resurrection Sunday. This is the defining season of Christianity and you are invited to grow closer to your Savior by fully participating in all five worship experiences.


More detail on the "Holy Week" page

          Ushers are needed for Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday services. If you can help, please sign the sheet on the table in the narthex. Thank you.

eloide Day!

25 years – Our church secretary, Eloide Pinter, will have served St. John’s for 25 years on April 25.  We would like to honor her for her dedication to St. John’s with a reception following worship on Sunday, April 28.  Take a few moments to let her know how much we appreciate her.  She requests no gifts, but cards are welcome.

Join the Conversation

Small Group discussions – If you have not been part of a small group meeting and would like to, please contact a Church Council member to arrange a meeting.  Our council members are: Stacy Newell, Greg Yuvan, Kelly McCurry, Jeff Hickey, Steve Ferguson, Tom Iossi, Gerlyn Koehler, Lorie Scarpaci, Jacob Theesfeld, Molly Thrasher.

Worship Volunteers

Worship Volunteers - Members are welcome at any time to volunteer to help with any of the worship ministries.  For a description of what each ministry entails, please refer to the April Messenger. We would love to have you join those already serving.  If you would like to volunteer for any of these ministries:

  • sign up on clipboard in the back of the church
  • call the church office 815-223-1144
  • Email the office at  

Fun with friends and food

Fun With Friends And Food --The next outing will be on Thursday, April 24th, at 11:30 a.m. at the Spring Valley Boat Club in Spring Valley.  All are welcome.  Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex. 

Prayers for the Valley

Their Mission Statement is:


To bring the body of Christ together as one, in prayer, with the goal to demonstrate God’s power, presence, and peace to the Illinois valley.


Their Vision is to:

1.       Keep it local

a.        We will pray for the people in the valley,  including mayors, elected officials,  local school personnel, first responders, police, firefighters, EMS, health providers,  families, children, homeless, unemployed

b.      We will pray for the spiritual issues in the valley, including God’s presence, God’s power, God’s will, that people be saved, church growth, God’s truth, God’s mercy, God’s love,


2.       Demonstrate our love for one another as a witness to the world (John 13:34-35)

All prayer meetings are on the 4th Tuesday at 7pm

 March 26—Zion United Church of Christ, 1521 Sixth Street, Peru

 April 23—United Church of Christ, 227 E. Erie Street, Spring Valley

 May 28—Abundant Life, 450 Hennepin Street, LaSalle

 June 25—Christ Family Foursquare Church, 931 Third Street, LaSalle

 July 23—Rotary Park, LaSalle

 August 27 –St. John’s, Peru


Pastor William participates in these prayer meetings and he encourages you to join him.


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:

Þ sign up in the back of the church

Þ call the church office 815-223-1144

Þ email the office at 


We would love to have you join those already serving. 


Blessing Box

The fourth Sunday of each month is Blessing Box Sunday.  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.

Learning, thinking and living into a deeper and more vibrant faith

Vitality Workshop

A congregational vitality initiative in the Northern Illinois Synod

Please pray and consider joining us for the congregational vitality initiative. This multi-session congregational coaching process helps congregations develop tools for mission and ministry. Bring a congregation vitality team of 4 (or more!).

The process begins with faith that God has already given us all we need for Christ’s mission in the world. Through coaching, conversation, delving into seven faith practices, and working on a project in your own congregation we will discover ways to build faith and vitality in your faith community.

A vitality workshop will be held on April 27 from 9:30 am until 2:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attend this workshop. We’ll meet at a Rockford area congregation (TBD). Dr. Craig Nessan of Wartburg Seminary will be our featured speaker. Your time will be well rewarded as you pray and consider involving your congregation in the synod’s vitality initiative.

Rostered leaders and 3 lay leaders from your congregation make up your vitality team. It is understood that not everyone can be present at every meeting, so it is hoped that at least one member of your vitality team can take the learning home after each gathering.  The next gathering will be Saturday, May 11, 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. with lunch following.  We’ll meet at Grace Lutheran Church, Woodstock, IL.

St. John’s would like to get a team together to attend the workshops.  If you are interested, please contact Stacy Newell or the church office.  Thank you.

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