Our Sunday school children are in need of unused Christmas cards for a special project that they are working on. If you have cards in a drawer somewhere, we will put them to good use throughout the community. Please drop them off at the office, or leave them on the table in the narthex.

Thanksgiving Eve Service

Thanksgiving Eve Service Wednesday, November 27, at 7:00 p.m. Please bring canned goods or non-perishable food items to present at the altar steps at the front of the chancel. Your monetary offerings may also be brought forward and placed on the lower altar provided.

Advent Worship - Holden Evening Prayer

On Wednesdays during Advent, St. John’s will be presenting the Holden Evening Prayer service at 6:00 p.m. Join us for a night of music, beautiful prayer and a great Lutheran tradition, the singing of the Holden Evening Prayer.

We will start the evening by continuing a centuries-old tradition of breaking bread together by serving soup and sandwiches in the Fellowship Hall from 5-6.

Holy Communion will be served following the Holden Evening Prayer for anyone who wishes to receive the Lord’s supper. All are welcome!

Donations are needed for the soup and sandwich meal. Sign up sheets are on the table in the narthex.

A few Notes.....

The St. John’s Choir invites you to join us in singing the 2019 Advent/Christmas Cantata. We will be extending our regular Wednesday evening rehearsals to work on the Cantata music. Beginning Wednesday, November 6, we will start singing the Cantata music at 7:45 until about 8:30. The Cantata is a highlight of the choir’s year and we hope you will join us singing praise to the birth of our King. The cantata will be performed at services the weekend of December 21/22. (Note date change)

LSSI Holiday Hope Chest: Donations are being accepted until December 1 for Lutheran Social Services Holiday Hope Chest. The money will be used to purchase Christmas gifts. Donations may be placed in the offering plate marked “LSSI”. Thank you.

Two of our members have graciously volunteered to offer free blood pressure checks following worship on the 1st weekend of each month.  


The Holiday Season will soon be here with plans for holiday baking. As you make those plans would you help us out with an extra dozen or so of your favorite cookies? These cookies will be packed in Christmas tins and delivered to our Homebound church members. Your efforts are greatly appreciated by those receiving them. Sometimes this is the only taste of homemade holiday baking they receive.

Cookies should be delivered to the church on December 7, 8 or 9. Cookies will be packed on December 9. Anyone wishing to help is invited to come at 6:00 p.m. to pack cookies. If you have any questions, please contact Sue Weber.

 ***Eight people are needed to help deliver cookies. Each person would deliver 3 tins to the homebound.

Adult Holiday Dinner

It’s time to start thinking about the holidays! - St. John’s Adult Holiday Dinner will be Sunday, December 1, at the Prime Quarter in Princeton beginning at 5:00 p.m. All adults & friends are welcome. Dinner includes a selection of USDA Choice steaks or catch of the day fish, all you care to eat salad bar, a baked potato, and their famous Texas toast. Sign up on the sheet in the narthex, by November 24th.

Drive By Blessings / Prayers

On any given morning you may find Pastor Tom sitting in the parking lot with this sign by the road. Want to start your day off right, pull in for a blessing or a prayer. All are welcome.

Recently Pastor Tom made the local news. Click here to read the article from the WLPO website.

Celebration Sunday

At Octobers Celebration Sunday we celebrated the joys that are happening in our lives by enjoying a piece of cake and fellowship with our friends in Christ. A special thank you to our members for baking the delicious treats for us to enjoy. Join us after services the last Sunday of each month for Celebration 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

Veteran’s Home Christmas Party

St. John’s has been invited to be a part of the family Christmas party at the LaSalle Veteran’s Home and we hope you’ll consider being part of the festivities. 

The fleece blankets that we made on “God’s Work, Our Hands” workday this year will be given as gifts to residents of the home. We’re aiming for at least nine people from St. John’s to sit with veterans and help them celebrate the birth of Jesus. More is always better!

Please keep the date open during your busy December: the party will be held on Wednesday, December 11, at 10:00 a.m. Please let Jan Morse know if you’ll be able to attend: 815-223-0765 or soiled111@yahoo.com. Thank you.

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