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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Community Thanksgiving Eve Service
The churches of Somonauk invite everyone to an ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve worship service, to be held at the United Church of Christ, 305 S. Gage Street, on Wednesday, November 25, at 7 p.m. You are invited to bring a loaf of home-bread or bakery style bread to be blessed and exchanges. A fellowship will follow the service.
Advent Wednesday Worship
Please join us at our Advent worship services each Wednesday at 6 p.m., December 2 through 16, and for a simple soup supper at 5:15 preceding the worship each evening.
Community Christmas Ornament Party
On Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to noon, St. John's will host a community Christmas ornament making party. This free event is for people of all ages, and members of the community are invited to munch on Christmas cookies and drink hot chocolate while making great holiday creations. One of the ornaments made will be a personalized one, so bring pictures if that sounds like fun to you! Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 815-498-3667, sending an email to the office, or signing up in the Welcome Center.
Christmas Eve Services
St. John's will hold two Christmas Eve services. Our traditional barn service will be held at 2538 N. 46th Road beginning at 4:30 p.m., and the traditional candlelight service will be held in the sanctuary beginning at 8:30 p.m. Please note these times have changed from previous years.
Meetings to discuss the 2016 budget will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 5; 9 a.m on Sunday, December 6; and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9. All voting members of the congregation are encouraged to attend one of these meeting.
Foods Resource Bank Harvest Celebration
The people of St. John's joined with the faithful of 27 other urban and rural churches on Saturday, October 20, in the annual joint Harvest Celebration of the Somonauk, Ottawa-Barrington, and Earlville Foods Resource Bank growing projects.
Each project brings together churches and farmers to raise month to support sustainable agricultural projects in some of the world's poorest nations, through the agency of the Foods Resource Bank. Since their inceptions, the three growing projects have raised more than $789,000 to bring food security to more than 14,000 people in 16 countries around the world. Nationwide, FRB in its 15 years of existence has brought food security to over 1 million people.
Each October, the three local growing projects come together to celebrate the harvest, beginning with a worship service. Below, Pastor William leads approximately 400 farmers, church members, and people from the community in giving thanks for the harvest.