A special thanks to our 3rd & 4th grade Sunday school class taught by Don Anderson for joyfully sharing with us today.



Thank you to everyone who made our Spring Fling Breakfast a success!  CSLE would like to thank all who bought tickets, gave donations, and came out on a rainy morning to enjoy the breakfast.  A big thank you to our workers – Janelle Fletcher, Rob Powers, Jane Krysiak, Carlene Focci, Kelly McCurry, Eloide Pinter, Molly Thrasher, Thelma Martin, Gerlyn Koehler, Sasha Bruins, Sheva Bruins, Collin Brown, Christie Ricci and Kyler Lapp.  Also, thank you to Gregg Flaherty for getting the pancake grill.  We made a profit of over $380.       Missy Pinter



Fun with Friends and Food will meet on Wednesday, May 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the Gold Mine Restaurant in Spring Valley and on Monday, May 21, at 5:00 p.m. at Lou’s LaGrotto in Peru.  All are welcome.  Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.




Young Talent Needed – Nothing helps a young musician on their musical way like experience and appreciation.  St. John’s is looking for youth that are willing to play or sing during the offertory. We are wanting to give the younger members of our church family opportunities to perform from two to four minutes as the offering is received.  We will do this during the summer for either the Saturday or Sunday services.  Both of the services being provided with talent would be delightful.  Piano, flute, violin, voice or you name it will be accepted.  It will be treasured by our church members plus provide the youngsters time in front of an audience.  Ages up through college are needed.  Songs need to be approved by Pastor.  Please call Eloide at our church office with questions or offers of musical forte.



NEW MEMBER CLASSES will be held on Sundays May 13 and May 20 at 9:00 a.m. in Liefeld Lounge (room next to the church offices).  This informal class is offered to adults who are interested in joining the St. John congregation.  New members would be received at worship services on Sunday, May 20 (10:15 a.m.) or Saturday, May 19, (5:30 p.m.). The class/orientation is led by Pastor Kenyon.  If you are interested in attending, please call the church office to register (815-223-1144), or simply sign the sheet on the entry desk.  Those transferring from another ELCA Lutheran congregation, need only attend the May 20th class at which time there will be a brief review of congregational activities and ministries.




St. John's Prayer Chain Sign Up  – As our lives change, we often find we have more time to give to others or find that we need to redirect our priorities.  Therefore, we are asking those who would like to remain or be on St. John’s prayer chain to sign up on the sheet in the narthex.  There are two options for the prayer chain; one is the phone tree and the other is email.  You may sign up for one or both.  The yellow sheet will be on the table for a couple of weeks and then a new prayer chain will be mailed to all those wishing to give their time to this important ministry.  Thank you to all those who have served in the past, we hope you will continue to do so.   Questions, please call Lyla Anderson 815-664-2411.



 The final count on our Personal Care Kits was 51 kits.  Thank you to everyone who donated, may God bless you for making it possible.





In the Women’s Spring Bible Study we will take a close look at the meaning behind each of the Beatitudes and how these truths can shape our choices every day.  “Turning Your Heart Toward God” by Kay Arthur, David & BJ Lawson is a no-video, no homework Bible study.  We will work through the study book in class as a group with Scripture verses and insights to share and discuss.

We will begin Thursday. April 12th and continue through May.  For your convenience the same session will be available at 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. each Thursday.  If you have any questions, contact Jan Delvallee at 815-228-0252.







Children’s Spiritual Life & Education (CSLE) is looking into sponsoring a night at a Peoria Chiefs Baseball game.  Ticket price would be covered by CSLE.  You would need to provide your own transportation.  Sign up for your choice on the sheets in the narthex.  All are welcome.  Dates that are being considered are:

Fri., June 8—St. Louis Cardinals night

Fri., June 22—Star Wars Night

            Sat., June 23—Faith & Family Night



Sunday School Sharing Sundays

The children are beginning to prepare their presentations for Sharing Sunday.  They are excited with the songs they will be singing as well as sharing with you what they are learning in class.  Please save the date for your child’s Sharing Sunday.

Sharing Sunday presentations will be during the 10:15 a.m. worship service on the dates below:

April 8—Pre K & Kindergarten

April 15—1st & 2nd Grade

April 22—3rd & 4th Grade

April 29—5th & 6th Grade



The cancellation of worship services due to severe winter weather will be announced over radio station WLPO 1220 AM.  You can also access this information on this website's HOME PAGE.




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