Sunday Worship Services
8:00 and 10:45 a.m.
"Have You Heard?"
Sermon Text: Romans 10:5-17
Pastor Ben Roberts

There is a good reason God created us with two ears and one mouth. We are designed to listen, especially to God's message of salvation in Jesus.  Those who believe have heard...what about those who haven't?  How will they hear the message of Christ?

Old Testament: Job 38:4-18
Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33
Sunday Adult Bible Study
9:25 - 10:25 a.m. (Heritage Room)
Sunday, August 13

Haiti Mission Team

Come hear all about the Mission team's trip to Haiti!  You will have the oppo rtunity to see a short video in church and hear all about the team's experience during Bible Study Hour!
Beginning on Sunday, August 20

"A Man Named Martin - Part 1: The Man"
Pastor Ben Roberts

In A Man Named Martin - Part 1: The Man viewers encounter a 15th-century religious reformer from Germany who broke ranks with the Catholic Church.  This Bible study from Lutheran Hour Ministries is the first of a three-part series devoted to Martin Luther - a monk whose Spirit-inspired grasp of God's justification of sinners through faith in the Savior was the cornerstone of the Protestant Reformation.

Sunday Children's Message
8:00 and 10:45 a.m.
We may not think our feet are beautiful, but the Bible tells us that they are beautiful when they bring the Good News of Jesus to other people.  Jesus sends us many places to share His love and when we share His love, He says even our feet are beautiful.  Where is Jesus sending you to share His love this week?
Summer Sunday School
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. (Music Room)
Join us on Sunday, August 13 for a celebration of the Fruits of the Spirit.  We will meet upstairs in the Music Room from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  This is our last session of Summer Sunday School.  We will gather again on Sunday, September 10 for Rally Day.
Save the Date!
Installation Service
Saturday, August 26
3:00 p.m.

Pastor Benjamin Roberts has arrived at St. John's as our new Senior Pastor.  He has moved from the Denver, Colorado area, with his wife Melissa, and their two children, Grace and Owen.  We gladly welcome them into our congregation.

Please contact David Lincoln if you are able to sing in the Installation Service Choir on August 26th.
  Installation Reception Help Needed

If you are willing to help with Pastor Roberts' Installation reception, please contact Rebecca Schiltz at or Andy Kunz at

We need help with:
  • Setup - Saturday, August 26 in the morning at 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
  • Serving during the reception
  • Clean-up following the reception

We appreciate your help to celebrate an event we have been waiting a long time for!
Let's Put On a Show!
It's Family Theatre Performance Time!
Fri., August 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Sat., August 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Sun., August 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Members of this year’s St. John’s Family Theatre cast and crew have been hard at work putting together our summer production entitled, “A Royal Revue!”  Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for one (or more) of our performances at St. John's in the Sanctuary.   The show will highlight music from Cinderella and The Lion King .  You don’t want to miss it!
Men's Bible Study
Thursdays at  7:00 p.m.

All men are welcome to join us each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the Heritage Room.  Will your faith thrive through tough times?  Do you desire a more resolute faith?   Join us in studying the book of Daniel. We’ll be using the Warren Wiersbe’s Bible Commentary called, Be Resolute Determining To Go God’s Way.  A new study is a good time to plug in.  Call Pete Johnson on his cell, 708-305-7769 or just show up any Thursday night.
 Blessing of the Backpacks
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bring your backpacks and school bags to church  on Sunday, August 20.  Come to the 8:00 or 10:45 a.m. service.  Pastor will pray for children and teachers as we begin a new school year.  The children and teachers will receive ribbons to tie on their backpacks and school bags to remind them that Jesus is with us as we begin a new school year.
Fall Gathering - "Showing Mercy"

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere, Ilinois
Keynote speaker:  Katie Schuermann
Registration Fee: $25, payable to LWML NID
The day includes a light breakfast and a box lunch.
Registration deadline:  Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017
More information is available on the Visitor's Desk in the narthex.

In-Gathering for the LWML Fall convention:  Help Our Veterans
A box will be available in the church narthex for  a collection of NEW clothing needed by veterans:  MEN'S PANTS--all sizes--jeans and Dockers style;  MEN'S BELTS--all sizes;  MEN'S SHOES--all sizes;  Gently used items, clean, folded and in good  condition, will also be welcomed.  Thank you!!
August Mission Cafe Donations 2017

Sunday, August 13:   The Mission Café donations for August will benefit Lutheran Church Charities.  The flood waters have receded, therefore the total impact the flood waters have had on homes and businesses is a lot.  LCC continues to receive requests to other areas to assist families who have experienced loss due to the storms. LCC Disaster Relief teams have been sent to Grays Lake, Hampshire, and homes along the Fox River.

LCC’s Mission is to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need.  Please keep the people whose lives have been affected by these flood waters in your prayers.

Lutheran Church Charities operates with a Dollar In – Dollar Out funding process where EVERY dollar given for a cause goes directly to that cause or need, with LCC acknowledging the gift and overseeing that the money is used as intended.

Whether you are starting your back to school shopping, or updating your wardrobes for the new school year, don’t forget to order your TRIP cards! If you are planning on dining out, or just treating yourself, start your shopping with TRIP cards. There are many choices for local grocery stores, dining establishments and department stores. 

Why not receive a tuition reimbursement and take care of your household shopping needs and school supplies at the same time? Remember to check the website for any special promotions, retailers such as Office Max/Depot, Staples, Mariano’s, Whole Foods, Jewel, or your favorite retailers may be running.  

Great Lakes Scrip Center offers PrestoPay, a method we are currently enrolling school families and others interested in supporting the AH Miller Scholarship Program here at St Johns.  The steps to get setup for PrestoPay to get scrips sent to your device for immediate use or to a computer to print out bar codes to be used at restaurants, retailers or other providers are on the website. Also on the website are GLSC videos and more information about the process.

To learn more, pick up information in the school office or church narthex wall file folders or ask us: Amy Buonassisi (630-290-0268) and Sandra Pauley (708-362-2197).  It is completely free (you buy a $25 gift card or $100 gift card for the retailer of your choice and receive that gift card) AND easy!  You can take advantage of this program for your own family or you can donate it for another family - - it’s simple.  

We will be placing then beginning school year  TRIP order for your shopping needs on this upcoming date: Aug.28, Sept. 5 (Tuesday), 11, 18, and 25.  Have your order in the green order boxes, either in the school office or church narthex by the Sunday prior to the order date to participate.
This Week at St. John's
Sunday, August 13
  8:00a – Worship
  9:25a – Sunday Morning Bible Study - Haiti Mission Team
  9:30a – Summer Sunday School - Final Session
  10:45a – Worship
2:00p - Family Musical Performance
Monday, August 14
Regular Church Office Hours resume
7:00p - Board of Information Systems Meeting
Tuesday, August 15
1:00p - Ministry Leadership Team Meeting
 7:00p - Church Council Meeting
Wednesday, August 16
No Scheduled Church Events
Thursday, August 17
  6:15a – Early Risers Bible Study
7:00p - Board of Elders Meeting
  7:00p – Men’s Bible Study
 Friday, August 18
No Scheduled Church Events
Saturday, August 12
No Scheduled Church Events
  Daily Prayers
Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at My doors,
waiting at My doorway   (Proverbs 8:34)
Prayers for Health

Frankie (17 yr old neighbor of a member)
Mary Alexander
Romana Barr
Jane Corman
Darlene Gallgan
Faith Grider
Pastor James Haberkost
Patrick King
Joy Kocher
Miriam Kost
Marilyn Mahn
Shirley Morgenthaler
Paul Olszewski
Bill Rietschel
Margaret Schmitt
Joe Starr
Jason Steffenson
Ella May Ulrich
Bob Urso
Frank Vondra
Evan Wilson
Kay Wilson
Louise Wozniak

Prayers for those Serving in
U.S. Armed Forces

Patrick Leyden – Recently joined Marines
(neighbor of member)
Jonathan Menk - Recently joined Navy
(nephew of Evan Menk)
Joshua Montoya – Recently joined Marines
(school family)

Prayers of Comfort

Thanks and praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.

Please share with us the names of those who are grieving and mourning that we may intercede for them.

Carry Each Other’s Burdens

Prayers of Praise and Thanksgiving

We welcome you to share the joys in your life so that we can all thank our gracious Lord and celebrate together.
A Week at VBS 2017

90 children and 55 volunteers experienced the joy of Maker Fun Factory VBS.  The children learned that God made them special and He has a plan for them.  They got to destroy idols and see the empty tomb. Snacks were delicious and fun and reinforced the lesson.  S'mores made out of graham crackers, cool whip, and chocolate chips was a favorite.  We learned that there will always be some more of God's love and we used the chocolate chips to make a cross.  The children loved the games and enjoyed spending time with our comfort dog Angel.  Catapulting pom poms during craft time was not only fun, but helped them remember Gideon's battle.  The children formed relationships with their crew leaders as they opened their Bibles and learned to follow Jesus.

St. John's works together to make VBS a reality.  Thank you to everyone who made this week a success. Thanks to those who moved chairs, made name tags, or worked to make the set.  Thank you to those who brought graham crackers or paper towel tubes, helped the children with crafts, or told Bible stories. The list goes on and on. God assembled exactly the right team to make this week’s VBS a time of growing and sharing for the children and the adults.

Let us pray that the seeds planted during VBS continue to grow.  Let us thank God for our Maker Fun Factory VBS. 
Sunday Worship Schedule
Worship Service 8:00 a.m.
Fellowship 9:00 a.m.
Education 9:25 - 10:25 a.m.
Worship Service 10:45 a.m.
Church Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.