most recent news and updates...

One of our church members helped to save a young woman’s life at Lily Pads recently. According to the woman’s mother, “the doctors in Peoria said that most people that have their heart stop like this do not survive. With the CPR and all that you did, there was only a 50% chance of survival.” The woman is going to need a pacemaker and a defibrillator, but she is alive. Thank you, Lord, for putting this angel where she was needed.

Fun with Friends and food!

The next outing will be Thursday, June 27, at 5:00 p.m. at Country House in LaSalle. At theot gathering on Monday, May 20, over 25 people came for fellowship, fun and food. All are welcome. Please sign up on the sheets in the narthex.

Online giving

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

          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.


          Download the FREE app “GivePlus Church” on your Apple or Android phone.

          Search – enter church name or tap Find Churches near me. Select your church. Tap donate now,

          Choose a fund and a preset amount or enter another amount, select add to add another fund or move forward to the payment information, scan or enter your card or banking account information,

          Review your donation summary then select Complete Donation.

More information is available on the table in the narthex or call the church office.

During the summer months, the 3rd Sunday of the month will be an outdoor service. In the event of rain, the service will be held indoors. Chairs will be available, but you may bring your own. The dates of the outdoor services will be: July 21, and August 18. Saturday services will remain indoors.

Planning ahead: Our Sunday school will be in need of a 3rd grade teacher and an adult helper for the 7th/8th grade class when Sunday school resumes in September. Please contact the church office or a CSLE member if you are interested in being a part of St. John's Sunday school and teaching the Word of God to our children.

"Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray." Proverbs 22:6


A Prayer Ground (or Pray-Ground) was briefly discussed at the annual meeting. The opening of space at the front of the sanctuary may be used in various ways, but primarily sends a message to families with young children that "You are welcome at St John's". Here are views of what the front of the sanctuary might look like with the proposed prayer ground. The floor can be covered with a rug if needed. The pews will be stored within the church and can be returned to their original positions if necessary. Great things may happen with this small change. How wonderful the sound of more children at our services could be. How wonderful the sound of our Choir, Praise Band, Handbell Choir using this space as well! If you have questions, please contact Buildings and Grounds Committee members Gregg Flaherty, Tom lossi, Steve Ferguson or Roger Sines.

build a bench!

We are collecting plastic bags for the Ladd Library to make a bench. Drop off your bags at the church and Molly Thrasher will collect them.

E-mail Prayer Chain

Sue Flaherty has graciously volunteered to take charge of the Prayer Chain for emailing. When you are in need of prayers, please email Sue Flaherty at with your request and she will take of care of emailing all our prayer warriors. If you have questions, feel free to contact the church office or Sue.      

When we pray -- God listens

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. 


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