Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Theme: “Lenten Journey: Seven Wonders of the Word”

On Wednesdays during Lent, we will be welcoming various pastors from the South Conference/NISynod congregations.  On Wednesday, February 21, Pastor Bill Callister, St. Paul, Streator will be preaching on  “The Word Commands”.

February 21—“The Word Commands” - Pr. Bill Callister (St. Paul, Streator)

February 28—”The Word Sustains” - Pr. William Weidenbach (St. John, Somonauk)

March 7—“The Word Calls” - Pr. Nathan Feig (Trinity, Ottawa)

March 14—”The Word Shapes and Sends” - Pr. Kenyon

March 21—”The Word Saves”  -  Pr. Scott Schmidt (St. Matthew, Princeton)

The Men’s Group, assisted by St. John’s Youth, will be serving a simple supper from 5:00-6:30 p.m. prior to each service.  Our first Lenten meal will be: spaghetti, green beans, bread and butter, salad and dessert.



Season of Hope

During the 40 days of Lent we will be joining Lutheran World Relief in A SEASON OF HOPE by collecting items for Personal Care Kits.  Around the world people suffer each day because of lack of basic hygiene.  In refugee camps and in the world’s poorest communities, a few simple items can offer hope for families coping with war, poverty and disaster.  Personal Care Kits give people around the world tools to stay healthy in life’s most challenging situations.

Each kit includes the following:

One light-weight bath-size towel (no larger than 52”x27”), dark color recommended

  • Two bath-size bars of soap, any brand, in original wrapping
  • One adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging
  • One sturdy comb
  • One metal nail clippers

There will be a basket in the narthex for you to put items in throughout the Lenten season.  A monetary donation is also appreciated, so we may purchase needed items.  (Donations may be marked “Personal Care Kits” and placed in the offering plate.  If writing a check make it payable to St. John’s Lutheran Church with “Personal Care Kits” in the memo).  The season of Lent is 40 days in length—how many lives can we change in 40 days?



From the Adult Spiritual Life and Education Committee:

Our word “Lent” comes from the Old English word meaning “lengthen” and it refers to the 40-day period of confession, self-examination, and reflection that precedes the celebration of Resurrection Sunday each year.  Early Christians studied their faith during this period in preparation for their Baptism on Easter.

Many modern-day Christians choose, for daily routine during Lent (this year Feb. 14 through March 28, 2018), to both add a deeper faith practice and to give up a bad habit or behavior in order to more fuller concentrate upon the cost the Messiah paid for each of us at Calvary.

“You Are the Way” devotional books are a great way to help you center yourself each day on the great I AM.  (Jesus tells us, “I AM the way” “I AM the light of the world” “I AM the bread of life”.)  Please help yourself to one of these wise, user-friendly booklets from the table in the Narthex.  Share with your family and friends!

We pray that your spiritual journey during these 40 days will bring you to the very feet of the great I AM and show you more clearly the power of the empty tomb.



The Women’s Lenten Bible Study will be “Finding I AM”.  Learn how Jesus fully satisfies the cry of your heart.  Join Lysa TerKeurst on the streets of Israel in each video to explore the seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John.  Gain a better understanding of how Jesus’ words 2,000 years ago are so very applicable to the answers we are searching for today.

            We will be meeting on Thursdays, beginning February 22nd and continuing through March and ending April 5th.  The same session will be available at 10am and 5:30pm.  If you have any questions, please   contact Jan Delvallee at 815-228-0252.


Fun with Friends and Food will meet on Thursday, March 8, at 11:30 a.m. at Cabin Fever in Peru.  All are welcome.  Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.


Harbeck Scholarship Applications are available in the church office.  This scholarship is available to any high school senior or those currently attending college.  Applications need to be submitted to the church office by May 1.


March Messenger Information is due in the church office by Wednesday, February 21.  Thank you.


Help yourself to a little book of devotions for Lent 2018 entitled “You Are the Way”.  You can find them on the table in the narthex.


Church Choir Expo – Zion United Church of Christ will host a Church Choir Expo on Sunday, February 25, at 3:00 p.m.  This concert will feature choirs from six local churches and a combined choir featuring singers from four local churches.  The event is free and everyone is welcome.  Donations are welcome for the local Food Pantries.



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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