According to our Church Constitution, Section C13.01.03, “When a pastoral vacancy occurs, a Call Committee of six voting members shall be elected by the Congregation Council.” 


Serving on the Call Committee is very important work and requires a significant time commitment.  Committee members work together to develop a process for completing a Ministry Site Profile which describes the mission and ministry of the congregation and its vision for the future.  Once the profile is completed and sent to the Northern Illinois Synod office, names of potential candidates are received from the bishop, interviews are conducted, and a candidate is then recommended to the Congregation Council for call.  If you have an interest in serving on the Call Committee, please complete the Call Committee Form which can be found on the table in the Narthex, in the February Messenger, and as part of the worship folder starting January 26/27. Please submit to the Church Office no later than Tuesday February 12.  



Homemade Sausage Sale

Pre-order your sausage! The youth group, along with the Men’s Group, are making sausage.   Your fresh sausage will be available for pick up on Saturday, February 2, between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.  All proceeds from the sausage sale will go towards the 2019 Mission Trip.  Watch the bulletin for more   details.


Bulk or rope sausage, $20.00 for each 5-pound package.  Order forms are available on the table in the narthex or call the church office.  Take order forms home for neighbors, friends, and co-workers.  Share our delicious sausage with everyone.  Orders must be placed by Friday, January 25, 1pm.  Pick up will be February 2nd from 1-5pm.



6th, 7th, and 8th grade acolytes and families- St. John’s has started a Facebook group for acolytes.  The primary use of this page is to help in finding substitutes and making sure the schedule is filled. If you cannot serve on an assigned day, simply start a post in the group and all members will see it and be able to reply to help cover or switch dates.  This page will also help serve as a reminder of the dates your acolyte is scheduled to serve with a copy of the monthly schedule posted once it is available.  This is a private group and only those who belong to the page can see the posts to it.  Please search for “St. John’s Acolytes” on Facebook and join the group.  If you have any questions, please contact the church office or Kathy Ricci.


We would like our youth to provide music during offertory.  It only takes about three minutes of music to fill the time it takes.  Please pray and think about offering up God given talents for our church family.  It is important that our young people realize how important they are in our church family.  It doesn’t matter if you (they) have performed before.  We are family and will encourage and delight in their musical talent.  Contact Max McQueen at 815-224-2118 with your choice of instrument and song.


Sunday (Jan 19/20) 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.


Good news! Our new Lifetouch mobile directory is ready!

Our mobile directory contains contact information for all the families of St. John’s Lutheran Church and is an easy-to-use tool to help you stay connected. PLUS, you will see portraits of all our families that participated in our recent photography event. What a great way to connect names and faces!

To access the mobile directory, call  or email the church office for more information: 815-223-1144 or




 Christmas Eve Childrens Service






The Blessing Box

In the fall of 2017, Children’s Spiritual Life & Education Committee recommended to Council the idea of a Blessing Box outside the Sunday school entrance which would have food for the needy that could be accessed at all times.  Council approved and the Blessing Box was placed in September 2017.

Since that time the Blessing Box has had multiple visitors.:

An elderly woman who comes about once a week. Shortly after the box was installed, a note was put in the box asking those using it what types of food would be most beneficial to them.  This  little lady said she would like Spam.  When Don Anderson’s 4th grade class heard this they decided to bring Spam for the Blessing Box.

Dennis, a regular to St. John’s who in the past has asked for a few dollars to cover his prescriptions, now calls to see if he can take food from the box.  No matter how often we tell him to just stop by and take what he needs, he always calls first.

A gentleman that uses a cane stops by a couple times a month

Two younger women have become frequent visitors to the box

Another woman stops about once a week and adds some items to the box.

We have a sign asking that they take only what they need and leave some for the next person, but occasionally one person will empty the box.  We do our best to keep it filled.

The fourth Sunday of each month has been designates as “Blessing Box Sunday” and any donations you could bring would be greatly appreciated.  We try to keep it filled with soups, canned meals, instant meals, etc., but are grateful for whatever you can bring.

Some suggestions for donations are 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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