CONNECT...IN WORSHIP
Sunday Worship Services
8:00 & 10:45 a.m.
Third Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, June 24, 2018
"Treasure in Clay Jars: Witness"
Pastor Ben Roberts

Old Testament: Daniel 3:8-28
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Holy Gospel: Luke 4:16-30
Sermon Series
"Treasures in Clay Jars: Extraordinary Power in Ordinary Lives"
(Week 4 of a 6 Week Series)
“We have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7)

Clay jars. Back in Paul’s day, they were nothing special; not much to look at or value. That’s what made them especially good for anyone who wanted to hide valuable “treasure” in them!

Being a follower of Jesus Christ is not easy nowadays. In a world focused on displays of power, living perfect lives and having it altogether, others may look down on us when we stumble, suffer and show weakness. But the “power” to live as the Lord’s disciples does not come from our own strength, but from God’s “treasure” that shines forth in our weakness.

In this sermon series based on passages from 2 Corinthians, we will be looking at some of the extraordinary “treasures” that God places within our ordinary lives. Come, receive and be encouraged to “live weak” in a world driven by human power.

  • 7/1: Treasure in Clay Jars: Generosity (2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13-15)
  • 7/8: Treasure in Clay Jars: Grace (2 Corinthians 12:1-10)
Sunday Morning Children's Message
8:00 & 10:45 a.m.
Jesus wants us to be His witnesses which simply means He wants us to tell others about what Jesus has done for us. This begins in our homes and radiates out to the other people we come in contact with.
GROW...IN THE WORD
Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study
Sunday, June 24 at 9:25 a.m. (Heritage Room)
Led by Pastor Mark Stapleton
"Worry"
Do you worry? Do you worry more than you should? We know that we should not worry, however, we do it anyway! How does God help us through these trying times? Come and listen, and participate in this Bible class. This Bible class will meet between services every Sunday in June. Hope to see you there. 
Summer Sunday School
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (Music/Choir Room)
Summer Sunday School meets upstairs in the Music/Choir Room from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Come join Mrs. Wykert as she makes Biblical truths come to life.
Weekly Bible Studies
Early Risers Bible Study
Thursdays at 6:15 a.m.
(Heritage Room)
Men's Weekly Bible Study
Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
(Heritage Room)
We are now studying the Book of Nehemiah, a record of construction and controversy which takes place at the end of the Exile and sets the stage for the arrival of the Messiah. We are following Warren Wiersbe's "Be Determined: Standing Firm in the Face of Opposition", covering roughly one chapter every week through the end of August. If you have any questions, please contact Jon Fredrickson at jon_fredrickson@yahoo.com
SHARE...WITH YOUR SERVICE
What Does Four Hours a Month Mean to You?
To a person in need, it can mean the world. BEDS is in need of volunteers for their Summer Shelter Program. Summer Shelter is a bit more informal and a great opportunity to share a shift with a friend or family member, work with more flexible schedules, and try one or a few shifts without having to commit to a monthly shift.

Don't forget that St. John's is hosting the BEDS Summer Shelter from July 16 to July 22!

If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the link below:
You Can Help!
Shipwrecked - Rescued By Jesus VBS Needs You!
The most important thing you can do for VBS is pray. Pray that  volunteers' and children's lives will be impacted for eternity. Helping hands are needed to make this work. We are looking for people to serve on the music team and craft helpers. We also need crew leaders that will lead the students to the different stations. Click on link to sign-up https://vbspro.events/p/events/c7ffec/sessions/23501/volunteers/new
 
Shipwrecked - Rescued by Jesus is an adventure that will help kids and adults deepen their faith by discovering that Jesus cares about them personally and rescues in life's toughest circumstances. It is our prayer that Shipwrecked - Rescued by Jesus VBS will allow Jesus' loving care for each person to come to life as never before. Questions? Contact Sherrie Smith at s.smith@sjlagrange.com
St. John's Family Theater Production
This Summer will mark the 10th year of the St. John's Family Theater and plans are currently underway for a show that will highlight some of our favorite songs from the previous years!
 
Our cast is made up of a mix of congregation members as well as school families. In addition to just having a lot of fun, Family Theater also makes for a great environment to spend time with and get to know members of the St. John's family that you may not have had the opportunity to meet yet! We would love to have new faces in our cast this year too, so please consider being a part of this fun ministry! 
 
Our rehearsals times are "family vacation & summer activity friendly" so I'm sure we can work around whatever you have going on. Our performance dates will take place during the weekend of August 10-12.
 
More information will be coming out soon but for now, please contact Heidi Dahlstrand at heidi827@msn.com or (847) 302-3967 to let her know know if you are interested in being a part of this summers show!  
Sunday Morning Mission Cafe
Mission Focus for June:
Vacation Bible School 2018

Mission Cafe donations will help defray the cost of Vacation Bible School. Please visit our Donation Board near the Connection Center in the church narthex. This is another great way to help! Thank you in advance for your generosity.
St. John's Kitchen Angels
Providing Homemade Meals for Those in Need
If would like to receive more information on how to become a "Kitchen Angel", please contact Rebecca Schiltz at schiltz4@sbcglobal.net Providing meals for members of our congregation is greatly appreciated by the recipients.  
Volunteer Drivers Needed

Interfaith Community Partners is a non-profit organization that works together with volunteers to provide rides to older adults in the Lyons, Proviso, and Riverside Townships. Over 95 volunteers provide escorted transportation to medical appointments, therapies, and life-enhancing errands such as the grocery store, bank, and church. There is no cost to our clients, we ask for them to donate, if able. We rely solely on private donations, grants, special events, and church support for funding. Contact us at (708) 354-9328 for an information packet, visit us on the web at interfaithcommunitypartners.org and like us on Facebook. Can you spare an hour a week? We will work around your busy life!
The La Grange Area Food Pantry item for the Month of June is: Laundry Soap

Please drop off donations in the Church Narthex in the marked box for Food Pantry items. Thank you.
SCHOOL NEWS
Many Thank You's from Sue Kunz
Thank you to my St. John 's Church and School Family for all of the kind thoughts and words you've expressed to me in the past weeks. God has blessed me throughout my career by surrounding me with supportive families and friends who have lifted me during my teaching career. We're told in the Bible, in Proverbs 22:6, that we should "Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it." This is what we as teachers have done at St. John's for well over 100 years. It has been my privilege and honor to be one of those "trainers". Thank you for a lovely celebration. Soli Deo Gloria!
Hot Shots Sports Summer Youth Sports Camp
Where: St. John's Lutheran School
Who: Grades 1-5
When: July 30 - August 3
12:00-3:00 p.m.
For more information, please see flyer below:
TRIP Summer Program
Click on the "TRIP" logo to learn more.

Current upcoming Summer order dates are:
July 30 & August 13
CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION
Summer Church Office Hours
The Church Office will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and closed on Thursdays. Contact Michelle La Velle for assistance, m.lavelle@sjlagrange.com
Coins for CareNet Baby Bottles are Due
If you graciously took home a CareNet Baby Bottle to fill with coins, please return it to the church office. A representative from CareNet will be by in the next week to pick them up. Thank you!
UPCOMING EVENTS
Senior Recital for Madeline Wilkins
Sunday, June 24 at 3:00 p.m.
St. John's Sanctuary
We welcome you to attend Madeline Wilkin's Senior Recital this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. featuring vocal and piano selections by Madeline and her Instructors: Emma Gingold, piano and Janet Mensen Reynolds, voice. Refreshments to follow in the Heritage Room.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2018!
St. John's Lutheran Church and School
Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 3, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Four Year Old's - 5th Grader's
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
Office: (708) 354-1690
Worship Attendance
Sunday, June 17 = 176