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UPCOMING EVENTS/NEWS

SUNDAY CHURCH SCHOOL…

Regularly scheduled classes are each week on the Second floor at 9:15 am. Our last class celebration will be May 22. 

ADULT FORUM…

The Adult Forum is involved with a study of I & II Peter. We begin at 9:30 am and end at 10:15 am.  

Come and PRAY with us!

Join us each week at 10:15 am Sunday in the Fellowship hall and pray as a community. ALL ARE WELCOME! 

CONFIRMATION CLASSES…

Sunday Church School Confirmation continues at 9:10 am on Sundays. Confirmation for two of our youth will be held on May 15, 2016 at the 8:00 am service.

Pentecost… Wear Red

It is appropriate to wear red on Pentecost Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. 

Confirmation...

The present Confirmation class, will participate in the Affirmation of Baptism during the 8:00 am service of worship on Sunday, May 15, 2016.  The 50th anniversary Confirmation class has been invited and there will be a reception for Confirmands and the Anniversary Class following the 8:00 am service.

SCAM!!! Calls have been coming mainly to seniors from someone claiming to be the IRS and threatening to sue if information is not given – do not give it to them!

GRACE NURSERY UPDATE

We now have a paid staff for the nursery from approximately 7:45am—12:00noon during services and Sunday school. We welcome Kenzie Schlicht in the role for the rest of the school year. In the summer Kenzie will be in the nursery from 9:00 - 10:30am each Sunday as well.  Any questions please call the church office.

                                      Women of the ELCA... Spring Retreat

                                                   LIVING WATERS

                                                          May 14,2016

                          Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Mt. Vernon, IL.  Begins at 9:45am

WELCA is collecting items for school kits again this year

January we are still collecting 70 sheet Notebooks of wide or college ruled, approx. 8 X 10 ½ inches.

February we are collecting rulers with inches on one side and centimeters on the other (30 centimeter)

March we are collecting Pencil sharpeners and blunt scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades) 

These items can be placed in the cabinets over the coat rack in the Fellowship Hall.

GOALS May 15, 2016

Youth Group will meet to play nerf at Goals Indoor Sports in Springfield.  We will play from 12:30—2:00pm.      We will also plan a trip to the APL to give supplies bought by the offering for this year!!! 

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

WINERY OUTING Sunday May 22 at Danenberger Winery in New Berlin 1:30 – 4:00pm. We hope you can join us for our first Winery Outing hosted by the Fellowship Committee. On Sundays the winery has a local chef catering food for purchase as well as possible live music. For more information visit www.danenbergerfamilyvineyards.com

Dueling pianos Come join us at the Hoogland Center for the Arts as they present Dual Piano on Saturday, June 18th at 8:00 pm.  Springfield musicians Mark Gifford and Damien Kaplan will perform.  Sign-up is in the Fellowship Hall.  All interested must sign up by May 31st.  Advance payment is required.  Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for Seniors.  Senior pricing is available to anyone 60 years old and up.  Any questions, please contact Allison Klint at 217-299-6008.  Text or call.  It will be a great night. We hope you can join us for both these fun events!

2016 Young Swedish Singers

The Young Swedish Singers, a 34 member gospel singing group from Hassleholm, Skane, Sweden, will appear in concert at Grace on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 7:00pm.  Choir members range in age from teenagers to young adults. The Young Swedish Singers’ concert, sung mostly in English, will include gospel, hymns, and Swedish folk music.  The choir will make sixteen church appearances and participate in two Swedish festivals.  Along the way, the choir members will be hosted by approximately 300 families who enjoy the cultural exchange.  We will need more family hosts to house 2 or more singers and/or accompanying adults overnight, return them to the church in the morning after providing them with breakfast and a sack lunch to take with them when they depart. That's a total of about 45 individuals. A sign-up sheet is posted in the fellowship hall for those wishing to participate.

Surf Shack VBS 2016

To further strengthen the relationship in Springfield of the ELCA Lutheran Churches we will be joining both St. Johns and the newly formed Peace Lutheran in Vacation Bible School. It will be held at St. John’s June 20-24. We'll be "Catching the Wave of God's Amazing Love" in our Summer Vacation Bible School and we'd love for you to join us! There will be great stories, activities, games, and music for everyone. There will also be a Bible Study for adults that uses the same scripture passages as the children's lessons. Want to volunteer?
Gather some friends and sign up to help out! Four nights of family fun at St. John's Lutheran church and a family night on June 24 at Southwind Park. We can't wait to see you! Teachers and helpers from all churches are encouraged and welcome!  You can use the link below for more information and to register both kids and adults. Call Kim in the church office with questions. Hope to see many families and adults alike at VBS this year!!!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  http://2016.cokesburyvbs.com/stjohnslutheran    

Did You Know?

Our Food Pantry can use plastic grocery bags and paper bags as well? When you have more than you need we will be glad to have them. We go through about 1,000 bags a month.

GALLERY of Pictures


  Two gentleman preparing foodPastor Tom & JB making omlettes


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