The people of St. John's Lutheran Church believe that Christ calls us to be a church that reaches out into the community – the local community and the world as a whole – to do God’s Work with Our Hands.
Our mission statement, “Living in Christ – Sharing God’s Love” defines who we are as a community of Christ’s church and enables us to support more than 20 mission efforts with our time and talents.
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New Weekday Worship!
Please join us at our new midweek worship service, each Wednesday at 6 p.m. This more casual mid-week service offers an option to those busy schedules that make weekend worship difficult.
Pumpkins at the Parsonage
Please join us for an afternoon of food, fun, and fellowship, as we celebrate fall with Pumpkins at the Parsonage on Sunday, October 18, at 11:30. We will begin with a light lunch, and fun and games follow on the parsonage lawn. All ages are welcome!
Celebrate the Harvest!
The Somonauk, Earlville, and Ottawa-Barrington growing projects of the Foods Resource Bank will join together to celebrate the harvest on Saturday, October 17, at the Rosengren Farm, 3832 N. 1925th Road, Ottawa. The day begins with an interfaith worship service at 10 a.m. and continues with a variety of agricultural-related activities. A simple pulled pork lunch is served about noon. There is no charge, but donations will benefit FRB.
Save the Date!
St. John's Lutheran Church’s International Gift Market this year will take place on Saturday, November 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Click the link for details!)
Through this market, we enable people in our community to purchase unusual gifts from around the world – and the proceeds go to improve the lives of the people who made these gifts. This is not a fund-raising event for St. John's, because all the revenue is returned to those who made the gifts or is used for mission activities.
On the weekend of October 3 & 4, Pastor John Mulindabigwe from the Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School in Uganda visited St. John's, to report on progress at the school and to thank the people of St. John's for their support of the school through the years. St. John's supports the Kamwenge school through our work with Partners in Mission.
On Friday, October 2, the people ot St. John's shipped to the Lutheran World Relief warehouse more than 300 quilts, more than 300 personal care kits, and large quantities of school kits, fabric kits, and baby care kits, along with more than 800 pounds of soap. These represent the past year's work of our quilters and gifts from member of our congregation. LWR will distribute these to the needy throughout the world. At our services on the weekend of September 26 & 27, the sanctuary was decorated (below) with some of the quilts.
In addition, the last week of September, nine members of St. John's and Salem Lutheran Church of Sandwich made a warehouse volunteer trip to the LWR warehouse in New Windsor, Maryland, where they worked to help distribute LWR supplies and SERRV International gift items.