Comfort Dog Angel Deployed to Las Vegas
On Monday, October 2, 2017, Lutheran Church Charities contacted Kristen Stapleton and requested that she and Comfort Dog Angel deploy to Las Vegas in response to the tragic shooting. That same afternoon, she and Angel were on a plane to Las Vegas. They were joined by 16 other Comfort Dogs from around the country. They have visited Hospitals, First Responder's, Schools and Memorial Tributes. Please pray for the entire deployment as they continue to comfort those in need. Kristen and Angel are scheduled to return home on Sunday, October 8 in the afternoon.
Sunday Worship Services
8:00 and 10:45 a.m.
"The Fruit of His Labor"
Pastor Ben Roberts

Old Testament: Isaiah 5:1-7
Epistle: Philippians 3:4b-14
Holy Gospel: Matthew 21:33-46
New Member Class Information
9:25 - 10:25 a.m. (Heritage Room)
It's Not too Late to Join!

God Connects, from Lutheran Hour Ministries , utilizes both online teaching videos and discussion guides as well as in person discussion. Following the completion of God Connects, we will celebrate New Member Sunday on November 12 at both 8:00 & 10:45 a.m. Services. Sign-up sheets are available in Church Narthex on the Welcome Desk or contact the Church Office at or (708) 354-1690.
Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study
9:25 - 10:25 a.m. (Sanctuary)
A Man Named Martin - Part Two: The Moment
The Moment examines the errant teachings and wayward traditions of the late Medieval Church that eventually sparked the Protestant Reformation, a theological overhaul set in motion most notably by Martin Luther's nailing of the 95 Theses to the church door at Wittenberg.
Sunday School
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
The story of "Jonah" serves as the focus of our Sunday School lesson. Just as Jonah was swallowed up in the belly of the first for three days, so Jesus, in His crucifixion, was baptized into the sea of death, drowned in our sin, devoured by the grave, and spewed forth alive again on the third day so that He might save us all. Questions for discussion include, "Why did Jonah try to run away from God? What does God do when sinful people repent?" 
High School Youth Bible Study
9:25 - 10:25 a.m. (Youth Room located downstairs)
BIG Questions, Biblical Answers
This Sunday will be the fourth week in our ten week video-based study called, "Big Questions, Biblical Answers." Go from confusion to clarity with the help of God's Word and using short videos to answer some of life's biggest questions.

All High School students are welcome to come down to the Youth Room for a time of honest questions, digging into Scripture, faith-filled discussion and real life application. Any questions, contact Pastor Roberts at or call (708) 354-1690 x213. See you then!
Outdoor Activity for 6th - 8th Graders

Come join us for a maze, campfire with s'mores, and flashlight games. This fun activity will take place in the Paulsen's back yard on Friday, October 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Our campfire conversation will center on what causes us to be afraid and how Jesus helps us conquer our fears. Bring a camping chair. In case of inclement weather, we will meet at St. John's. Contact Sherrie Smith, to RSVP and for the Paulsen's address. 
New Christmas Trees for Sanctuary
The Worship Board is making efforts to purchase new Christmas trees for the Sanctuary. Why? Because the old trees are aging, hard to maintain, difficult to put up and take up much storage. We will have a Christmas Tree displayed in the Narthex beginning October 8 through October 29 with donation envelopes marked "Christmas Tree donation". We invite parishioners to take an envelope and include a free-will offering in any amount, toward the purchase. They may place these envelopes in the offering plate. Our goal ranges from $700-$1000.
GriefShare Fall Sessions
Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. (Heritage Room)
Lesson Three: Part One of "The Journey of Grief"
We will learn of helpful goals to set, how to deal with people who try to rush us through grief, and how long the journey of grief typically lasts. Everyone is welcome at anytime since each topic can stand on its own.
Weekly Bible Study
Sundays at 9:25 a.m.
(Nursery - Classroom 101)

Tuesday Morning Women's Bible Study
Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
(Heritage Room)

GriefShare Fall Sessions
Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.
(Heritage Room)

Early Risers Bible Study
Thursdays at 6:15 a.m.
(Heritage Room)

Men's Bible Study
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
(Heritage Room)
Trunk or Treat is Back!
Saturday, October 28 - 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Once again, candy donations are greatly appreciated. Please drop off bags of candy in the Church Narthex (next to the coffee hour area) or in the School Office between now and October 22. This is a great event for our Church, School and neighbors.
Reformation 500 Celebration
Sunday, October 29 - 12:30 p.m.
On Sunday, October 29, 2017, after the Reformation Festival Service, there will be a German style picnic in the School Gymnasium. Bratwurst, Hot Dogs and all the trimmings, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut and various German desserts will be served. This will be a free-will offering event. Please sign-up at the Welcome Desk in the Church Narthex or email the Church Office at to reserve a space. You won't want to miss this! Games for the children, a Reformation Trivia contest, appearance by Katie & Martin Luther, German music and Fellowship!
The Church & School Offices will be Closed
on Monday, October 9 in observance of Columbus Day
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School News
Special Appeal for Family Seeking Refuge from Hurricane
One of our School families has relatives from Puerto Rico staying with them arriving with just the clothes on their backs and very little more. We are asking for donations of clothing to assist this family while they try to adjust and recover from the recent hurricane that has created chaos in their lives. Donations can be dropped off in the Church or School Offices. Questions? Contact the School Office . Your kindness is greatly appreciated!

Sizes for family members:
  • Mom: Shirt, size medium; Pants, size 9
  • Dad: Shirt, size small; Pants, size 30 x 30
  • Daughter: Shirt, size Girls 14/16 or Women's x-small; Pants, size 0
  • Son: Shirt, size Boys 6; Pants, size Boys 6
6th Grade Eagles in Action Project
During the month of October, 6th Graders are collecting stocking stuffers for service members in harm’s way during Christmas. Last year, students brought enough individual stocking stuffers to chapel to fill three boxes. This year, our sewing club members have created pillowcases and stockings that need filling.  Please bring the items listed in the next column to Church during the first three Sundays of October. Pillowcases will be placed in various areas along the school hallway walls for filling. Sixth Graders will bring your offerings and donations to Operation Support Our Troops (OSOT) – America, Inc. on October 26, where they will volunteer their time stuffing more stockings for United States Service Members.
According to OSOT’s “Santa’s Workshop,” the items most needed are as follows:

  • Fruit Snacks / Fruit Rollups (Individual Packs)
  • Chocolate Candy Bars / Tootsie Rolls
  • Trail Mix (Individual Packs)
  • Granola Bars / Rice Krispie Bars
  • Individual Packs of Cookies
  • Starlight Mints, Lifesavers Candies, and Gum
  • Licorice / Twizzlers (Individually Wrapped)
  • Unbreakable handmade Christmas Ornaments
  • Hot Chocolate Packets
  • Mechanical Pencils / Pens
Looking for a High Quality, Lutheran High School?
Walther Christian Academy’s High School Open House is scheduled for Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. Meet the faculty and speak to current students. Learn about the success of Walther graduates. Hear about classes they offer and extra-curricular activities, sports teams and fine arts programming. Scholarship and financial aid information will be distributed. Learn more by visiting .
The Lutheran Women in Mission wish to thank everyone who contributed on LWML Sunday to help support the current mission projects in the United States and all around the world. We received over $500 from you. Thank you! Please remember that you can continue to contribute to the current $2, 075,000 projects through Mite Boxes and Sunday envelopes.

Thanks also to all of you who donated clothing, belts and shoes for veterans. These and all of the rest that have been collected this past month throughout the Northern Illinois District will be donated this coming Saturday at the LWML convention in Belvedere, IL. Many veterans will be blessed by these donations!
Operation Christmas Child
St. John’s will once again be participating in Operation Christmas Child. There will be shoe boxes available in the Church Narthex, School Lobby, or you are welcome to use your own shoe box. Please make sure the boxes are closed with a rubber band. Our Sunday School classes will make cards to put in the boxes during the Sunday School hour on November 12. Start with a quality “wow” item such as a stuffed animal, soccer ball with pump, or clothing outfit that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box. Please visit  to get a list of ideas to pack your box. There is $9 suggested donation for each box. The last day to drop off a filled box is Sunday, November 12.
Candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.  
October's Mission Cafe Donations will Benefit CROP Walk 2017
The Crop Hunger Walk is on Sunday, October 15. It has been a great event for our Confirmands in years past and can also be for your family, to not only enjoy time together, but to help raise funds to fight hunger. 25% of the funds raised go to local Food Pantries. The rest of the funds go to provide food and clean water around the world. The walk is three miles long and begins at the Congregational Church at 100 6th Ave in La Grange. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the walk begins at 1:15 p.m. Pledge sheets are available at the Children's Ministry bulletin board in the back of the Church. Please RSVP to Sherrie Smith, if your family would like to participate so we can meet at First Congregational Church. If you are not able to walk with our team, please donate during Coffee Hour! Together, we can help end hunger in our community and around the world!
Interfaith Community Partners- Volunteers Needed
Interfaith Community Partners is a non-profit organization that works together with volunteers to provide rides to older adults and individuals with disabilities in the Lyons, Proviso, and Riverside Townships. Over 85 volunteers provide escorted transportation to medical appointments, therapies, and life-enhancing errands such as the grocery store, bank, and church. We also take our clients with disabilities to their places of employment. There is no cost to our clients, and we rely solely on private donations, grants, special events, and church support for funding. And we need you! Please consider becoming a Volunteer driver. Contact us at 708-354-9328 for an information packet, visit us on the web at , and like us on Facebook. Can you spare an hour a week? We will work around your busy life.
Worship for Shut-Ins
Worship for Shut-Ins is a 30-minute Lutheran broadcast worship service produced new every week by Lutheran Ministries Media, Inc. Each service included music, scripture readings, prayers, and a Lutheran Pastor delivering a message that is designed to feel one-on-one to the viewer. Each program is closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
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.
Office: (708) 354-1690