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We are happy to announce that we have an interim. Pastor Tom Redig will begin as our interim on September 3. He and his wife, Patty have a vacation planned for the end of August and would like to get their belongings moved in prior to their vacation. They will need help moving smaller items into the parsonage this Sunday, August 18. They plan to be at the house between 2 and 3 p.m. with three car loads. Again, on Wednesday, August 21, they will be there with a truck load of furniture and such that has been stored in Dubuque. Time to be determined. If you are available this Sunday, please just show up at the parsonage. 

Join us for worship this weekend. Thank you to Pastor John Seraphine for supplying pulpit this weekend (Aug 17/18) and next weekend(Aug 24/25). Please welcome him and thank him for his service.

 We are in need of communion assistants for the Saturday evening service. We currently have three members who assist and one will be leaving the end of September to go to their winter home. Please call the church office or sign up in the back of church to volunteer. A “summary of duties” is on the table in the narthex. Take one home and pray about volunteering for this very important ministry. Thank you for caring enough about your brothers and sisters in Christ to bring this sacred element of God’s love for us to them.

Sunday (August 17/18)  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.

Prayers for the Valley

Prayers for the Illinois Valley, an ecumenical prayer service, will be held at St John's Tuesday, August 27 at 7 p.m. Don Anderson will be leading the prayer service. Please come to share in this unique opportunity to offer prayers with folks from various congregations of the Illinois Valley. The service lasts about 45 minutes with light refreshments offered immediately following.


Over the summer, some of the youth at St. John’s Church helped the sewing group make quilts at church. They took home boxes of fabric pieces to sort and sew. At the end of July, these 5 young people completed sewing five quilt tops. All five quilt tops were assembled and tied. Four or the quilts have already been sent overseas to Lutheran World Relief. The fifth quilt (shown in photo) will be sent to Nachusa Children’s Home by Dixon for Christmas.

Kathy (mom), Christie, Anna, Johnathon, Leah and Daniel were a valuable help to the sewing group. They all accomplished other tasks at sewing including helping to assemble school kits. Not a complaint – just smiles and a willingness to help those in need. St. John’s is truly blessed to have these young people in our church.

God Bless them with love that they have shared with others.

GOds work, our hands - Work day

St John's annual "God's Work, Our Hands" work day to be held on Saturday, Sept 28 is fast approaching! One of the many helping projects being planned for that day is making tied fleece blankets for military personnel both deployed and at home. You can help in a couple of different ways:

  1. Would you donate 2.5 yards (90 inches) of 54" or 60" wide fleece in a pattern appropriate for (mostly male) adults? There's a box in the Narthex to drop this fabric. 
  2. If you can tie a simple knot (or learn how!) then you along with mostly all your family members could make a service day of tying blankets.  

Other projects already being planned include: *helping with a food distribution truck at Kirby Park in Spring Valley **work group to help at Echo Bluff***a Prayer Warrior group to support our efforts. SIGN UP BEGINS August 23 & 24th

You can help by looking around our area and seeing a need and starting a team to work on it. Call the office if you have an idea!!

We need donations of finger foods for a snack for volunteers prior to the 5:30 service on September 28. More details to follow.

Work Day is such a great opportunity for us to make a difference for others around us...and we always have such great fun together as we work for Christ. Won't YOU join us this year?

Prayer Warriors Needed: God’s Work, Our Hands work day is rapidly approaching. There will be many opportunities to use our God-given talents to serve our church and our community.

Perhaps you’re unable to help physically. You want to help, but all you can do it pray. YES. YOU CAN PRAY! You are a Prayer Warrior. We need YOU.

Prayer Warriors can pray anywhere and anytime, alone or in groups. There is no special prayer formula. God wants to hear from His children.

Interested? Called to pray? Sign up on the sheets beginning next week or contact Shanon Edwards 815-448-3451 or

Farwell Pastor William and LInda

Pastor William – We thank you for blessing us as our interim pastor for the last nine months. You encouraged us to “step out of the box” and try new things; which we did and “no one got hurt”. Your sermons spoke to all and inspired many to be better Christians. As we move forward, we will remember your encouraging words, your enthusiasm and we will pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us. We wish you and Linda all the best in your life ahead.

a big thank you goes out to...

  • Sue Weber for volunteering to lead worship at Liberty Village
  • Don Anderson & Stacy Newell for volunteering to lead Prayers for the Valley
  • Jeff & Lori Whalen for teaching the 8th grade Confirmation class
  • Kelly McCurry and Gregg Flaherty for trimming bushes around the parsonage and church
  • Jan Delvallee for volunteering to teach 3rd grade Sunday school
  • All the members who have increased their giving

Fun With Friends And Food: Next outing will be on Monday, August 19th at 5:00 p.m. at Lou’s LaGrotto in Peru. All are welcome. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.

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. The Evangelism Committee

Thank you to the members who have increased their giving. To date, 32 families/individuals have increased their giving to the current fund. This is a great start and we encourage more to choose to participate; our goal is 125 participants.

Click HERE to be directed to our "Automated Giving Online" page. You'll choose the option you're most comfortable with be it a one time, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or semi monthly gift. It's quick, it's easy, and it's safe. It's a great way to support YOUR church, and to allow the church to continue our work in YOUR community and worldwide.

visitation committee

The Visitation Committee is looking for new members (women, men, couples) who have a few hours to give to this very important ministry. Members of the visitation committee sign up for one month and during that month visit those over 80 having a birthday that month, our shut-ins, and welcome new additions to families. If you can offer a few hours of your time, please consider joining the visitation committee. Sign up for the month of your choice on the sheet in the narthex.



It’s that time of year again.

During July and August can we, as a congregation, make a difference in the life of a child? Last year, because of your generous donations, we collected enough school supplies to make a difference in the lives of 100 children. Let’s see what we can do this year, and thank you ahead of time for your help.

Did you know a school kit can make the difference between getting an education or not? In places where Lutheran World Relief provides assistance, such as Honduras, the Philippines, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, even a few required supplies, like pens and paper, may be more than many families can afford. PLEASE, consider giving items needed for LWR school kits.

July and August are exceptional times to check out the Back to School ads and take advantage of the sales. The following items are needed to make this happen:

 70-sheet notebooks of wide or college ruled paper about 8”x10 ½ “, no loose-leaf paper (each kit needs 4)

 Ballpoint pens (no gel ink) (each kit needs 5)

 30-centimeter ruler, or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other (each kit needs 1)

 Hand held pencil sharpener (each kit needs 1)

 Blunt tipped scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades work well) (each kit needs 1)

 Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers (each kit needs 5)

 Eraser that is 2 ½” (each kit needs 1)

 Crayons a box of 16-24 crayons (each kit needs 1)

You can drop off your generous donations in the box in the Narthex marked “LWR SCHOOL KITS” or in the church office.

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

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