The Youth Group will meet after church Sunday, December 16.  All youth are encouraged to attend.


Children’s Spiritual Life & Education Ministry will be meeting Sunday, December 16, in the Liefeld Lounge following worship.  All members and anyone interested in learning more about CSLE are asked to attend.


Pictorial Directories are Here!!  If you had your picture taken or submitted a picture, please pick up your copy in the narthex.  The directories are labeled so be sure to look for your name.  The committee would like to thank those who participated for being a part of this important ministry to our church.



Sunday (Dec 15/16) 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 Youth will be baking cookies on Friday, December 21 at 5:30 p.m. If you are planning to attend, please call Lori Scarpaci 815-228-4277 or Becky Leschewski 815-343- 9690 so they know how much pizza will be needed and what kind of cookie you would like to bake. Church members, if you would like to donate cookies, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex 


Cookies, Cookies, Cookies - Last year a small group gathered and made cookies and Christmas treats on a Saturday in December.  We're doing it again this year!  Would you like to make Christmas cookies, but don't like getting your kitchen dirty?  Would you like to make Christmas cookies but not by yourself?  Join the group on December 22 in the St. John's kitchen.  Bring your favorite recipe (one that doesn't take too much time), your ingredients and baking supplies and the kitchen will be ready for you.  Cookie exchanges are encouraged (but not required).  There is limited space, so sign up on the sheet in the narthex - 9 am to noon or noon to 3 pm - 4 slots each time.  Come for 3 hours or stay the whole 6.  A light lunch will be provided at noon - soup, salad, chips and a drink.  I will bring backup/extra supplies/ingredients in case something is forgotten.  If you have any questions, please call Lori Whalen at (815) 674-1822.


St. John’s Youth will be having a cookie sale after church services on Saturday, December 22 and Sunday, December 23.  A variety of Christmas cookies will be available for $7/container.  Containers provided.  Proceeds will go towards next summer’s mission trip.




Mendota Lutheran Home Angel Tree – The following items are being collected:

Hand lotion, candy-soft or diabetic, stamps, stationery, Kleenex, socks, diabetic socks, and sweatshirts (XL, XXL, XXXL) and Cardigan Style Sweaters—Male and Female (large, XL, XXL, XXXL).  Donations may be placed in the box in the narthex.  Donations are needed by December 15th.



LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF (LWR) “Fair Trade Coffee and Chocolates” are available to you for purchase in the cabinet at the back of the church.  All proceeds of sales go toward improving the lives of farmers, families and communities in developing parts of the world.  Fair Trade products assure that small-scale farmers have been given a fair and dependable price for their crops on the world market and the LWR Fair Trade helps support LWR’s other work throughout the world.  Christmas is a good time to say “Thank You” with a gift of coffee or chocolates.  Fair Trade coffees and chocolates are all organic.  You get a great product (more costly if purchased in stores) and your purchase provides families with much needed income to support their children’s education and meet other basic family needs. 




Need food? Help yourself

They’re called ‘micro pantries’ and you can take what you need


Have you ever seen a micro food pantry? Missy Pinter of Peru stocks non-perishable food, including instant macaroni and cheese and crackers, into a Blessing Box-micro food pantry at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Peru. The public can drop off food or take items from the tiny cabinet-sized pantry that is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

CLICK HERE for the News Tribune article.


 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. 



The Call Process of the Northern Illinois Synod

Here is what you can expect in this transition time for your congregation:

1. The bishop, with your council’s approval, will appoint an interim pastor to serve you.

2. Your council will review a job description, make decisions about compensation, seek input from you, and address concerns within the congregation.

3. A call committee will be established according to the guidelines of your constitution.

4. The council and/or the call committee will compile and submit a Ministry Site Profile, which is a description of your congregation, to the synod.

5. The call committee will keep you informed of the progress of its work until a candidate has been recommended to the council.

6. The call committee will meet with a member of the synod staff and receive coaching on how to conduct an effective interview.

7. The call committee will receive the name(s) of potential candidate(s).

8. The call committee will interview, check references and hear the candidate preach.

9. After the call committee has made a decision, it will meet with the congregation council to share information regarding the recommended candidate.

10. Your council will have the opportunity the meet and speak with the candidate. The council will discuss compensation and benefits with the candidate.

11. The council will vote to recommend the candidate to the congregation and call a meeting.

12. Members of the congregation will be given the opportunity to meet the pastoral candidate.

13. The call committee chair and president of the congregation will formally recommend the candidate to the congregation. 

14. A vote of the congregation takes place according to your constitution.

15. If the congregation votes “yes,” a Letter of Call is signed and forwarded to the bishop and sent on to the pastor.

16. The pastor has 30 days to consider the call.

17. If the candidate accepts the call, an installation date is set. If the candidate declines the call, the call committee goes back to work with the synod staff.



Teachers & Helpers 2017-18

Preschool & Kindergarten - Thelma Martin

First & Second Grade - Janice Hammer            

Third Grade - Missy Pinter

 Fourth & Fifth Grade - Don Anderson. Katelyn Lamps, Helper

Sixth Grade - Paul Baker

Seventh & Eighth Grade - Maxine McQueen. Sasha Bruins, Helper

High School - Jane Krysiak

Adult Class - Mac McQueen & Shanon Edwards

Sunday School Office Helpers - Clarence & Carole Wenzel




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