We need YOU to make our directory complete!  To celebrate our church family and strengthen the bond within our congregation, we welcome you to be a part of our upcoming directory.

A directory:

  • Preserves this special time in the life of our church
  • Becomes a lasting record of our current membership
  • Helps us connect faces with names

We are partnering with Lifetouch for this important project.  Lifetouch is providing the directory at no cost to our church.  Every family photographed receives a complimentary directory and an 8x10 portrait.  You may sign up for a photography appointment beginning August 19 by clicking HERE, clicking the image above, or by visiting our Facebook page St. John’s Lutheran Church-Peru.  For those of you who would prefer to sign up in person you may do so before and after service on Aug. 19, 25/26, Sept. 1/2, 8/9, 15/16 or 22/23.










Monday, September 24 from 2:00-8:00 p.m.


Tuesday, September 25 – Friday September 28 from 1:00-8:00 p.m.


Saturday, September 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


For your convenience, all photography and portrait viewing will take place in the Fellowship Hall with no sitting fee.  You will have a variety of poses taken.  One pose will be selected for the directory.  In addition to your complimentary 8x10, you will have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits on the day of your portrait session.  Pets are welcome, however they will not be in the directory photo.  Please let us know if you will be bringing your pet when you sign up.  In addition, black and white photos will also be available for purchase.  To make photos affordable, Lifetouch offers coupons/discounts (see insert in today’s bulletin)


The Thursday Bible Study Groups will be watching a movie!

Two showings Thursday, August 16th at 10:00 AM and 5:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall

I’M NOT ASHAMED is the inspiring and powerful TRUE story of Rachel Joy Scott – the first student killed in the Columbine high school shooting in 1999.  Devout teen Rachel Joy Scott (Masey McLain) shows compassion and love for her fellow students, until armed classmates enter Columbine High School on a fateful day that changes America forever. (2 hours)

You may bring:  A comfortable lawn chair, Something to drink, Popcorn, a snack, a sandwich, etc.

Bring your friends!


Next Sunday 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.


Choir begins on Wednesday, August 29, at 7:00 p.m.  We welcome everyone who has the desire to raise their voice in song to join us. 



Sunday Aug 19 is Food Pantry Sunday.  Make yourself a note on shopping day to pick up a few extra items for the pantry.  The pantry can always use Mac & Cheese, peanut butter, tuna fish, instant potatoes, canned fruit, canned vegetables, spaghetti sauce, Hamburger Helper, cereal, soup, noodles, rice, Jell-O, sugar, flour, coffee and large paper bags.


St. John’s Annual Golf/Adult Swim Party - Sunday, August 19

Something new has been added this year, for those who like to golf—a golf outing will be scheduled from 1-3 at Deer Park Country Club.  Following the golf outing, a swim party and picnic will be held at Brad & Josanne Bruins’ home, 2 Pulaski Court, Peru.  Gather at 3:00 p.m. and eat around 5:00.  All adult St. John’s members and guests are welcome.  Bring a dish to share.  Not a swimmer, come to socialize and have a great time.  Please sign up in narthex for the golf outing and the swim/picnic. 



The Coffee Hour schedule is on the table in the narthex.  If any individual(s) or committees would like to host a coffee hour, please sign up.  Coffee hours have been well received in the past, and we would like to continue this time of fellowship.  Committees and individuals are encouraged to sign up.  Thank you.                           The Evangelism Committee



Children’s Spiritual Life & Education Committee is looking for high school youth interested in helping in Sunday school classes.  If you are interested, please contact the church office.  This is a great way to help your church, be a role model for younger children and earn community service hours.



THANK YOU!  Another successful School Kit drive is coming to a close.  Because of your generous donations, 107 kits have been assembled and placed into the School Kit bags.  That means that 107 children will be able to attend school thanks to you.  Your continued support for this cause is truly appreciated.  Thank you!





Fun With Friends And Food - Their next outings will be Thurs., Aug. 23 at 5:00 p.m. at The Coal Company in Cherry.  All are welcome.  Please sign up on the sheets in the narthex.






Summer is a much-needed time for families and individuals to take vacations.  Thankfully, we can continue in the relaxed style of summer and still enjoy a growing relationship with God.  Worship regularly when you are at home or when you are away.  Whenever and wherever you gather, Jesus shares his presence and peace with you.  As you live in the generosity of God, make an effort to plan your giving for the time you will be away.  Offerings can be mailed or dropped off at church during office hours.  Even though you may be gone for a week, or two, or three…the expenses for your church and its ministries continue.  As of this date the congregation is approximately 5% behind in offerings for meeting expenses. 



NIS-WELCA - 30th Annual Convention

Hope for the Homeless

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 8:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran, Harvard, IL

Come and join other women from  the Northern Illinois Synod in fellowship, worship and singing.  Packets are available on the table in the narthex.




Lifetouch Photography is scheduled for Monday, September 24 through Saturday, September 29.

A new Pictorial Directory is in the works for this Fall!  It will be a wonderful way for our church family to help everyone get to know one another and a great way for our new members to place names and faces.

Every family photographed will receive a Free 8x10 and the opportunity to purchase additional products. There will be no obligation to purchase anything. 

As we prepare for the new Pictorial Directory, you may see some of our committee members and helpers taking photos in church and during church events.

At a later date, we will also be asking church members for photos they may have taken of special events such as Christmas Program, Easter, Baptisms, Weddings, Youth events, etc.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Your Pictorial Committee members are Stacy Newell, Kay Rainer, Molly Thrasher, and Sandy Baumgartner



Blessing Box donations are welcome at any time.  Some suggestions for donations – individual pasta meals, soup, applesauce, fruit cups, jello, tuna kits, instant potatoes, snack crackers.  Donations may be placed directly into the Blessing Box, in the box near the Sunday school entrance or left in the church office.  Monetary donations are also accepted. 


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.





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