Sunday Worship Services
8:00 & 10:45 a.m.
Third Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, June 17, 2018
"Treasure in Clay Jars: Faith"
Pastor Mark Stapleton

Old Testament: Genesis 15:1-6
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
Holy Gospel: John 20:24-29
Sermon Series
"Treasures in Clay Jars: Extraordinary Power in Ordinary Lives"
(Week 3 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.

  • 6/24: Treasure in Clay Jars: Witness (2 Corinthians 6:1-13)
  • 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 Adult Bible Study
Sunday, June 17 at 9:25 a.m. (Heritage Room)
Led by Pastor Mark Stapleton
Do you worry? Do you worry more than you should? Pastor Stapleton will start a new Bible class in June about “Worry”. 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
Summer Sunday School is here!! Join us upstairs in the Music/Choir room at 9:30 a.m. The first session, June 17, will focus on the beach...building on the solid foundation of Jesus.  A great big thank you to Mrs. Wykert and her family for leading this time. You don't want to miss this.
Weekly Bible Studies
Early Risers Bible Study
Thursday at 6:15 a.m.
(Heritage Room)
Men's Weekly Bible Study
Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
(Heritage Room)
Last Thursday, June 14, we will began a study on the book of Nehemiah, a record of construction and controversy which ends 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
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. Soon a list of supplies you may be able to donate will be posted in the back of church.
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. 
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 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 see "Donations Board" next Sunday, June 10 and help provide items needed for the week. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Volunteer to Host Coffee Hour

Would you consider volunteering for this fun, least time consuming way to serve at St. John’s? We are doing sign-ups through July utilizing “Sign-up Genius”. You will notice there are two columns that say Serve Coffee Only or Service Coffee & Bring Treats. If you only with to serve coffee, there will be baked goods provided.
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 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 and like us on Facebook. Can you spare an hour a week? We will work around your busy life!
Attention Moms with Kids!

Are you looking to volunteer in the community over the Summer with your children?

Interfaith Community Partners has opportunities to deliver flowers to our older adult clients, take an older adult grocery shopping, or just visit with them for a half hour or so. Call our office for details.
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.
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:
Click on the "TRIP" logo to learn more.

Current upcoming Summer order dates are:
June 17
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,
LWML Annual Potluck Dinner
Tuesday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m. (Heritage Room)
Our LWML Potluck with include a main course of chicken, which will be provided, and so will beverages. Each attendee is asked to contribute either a salad or a dessert. The dinner will be followed by a brief meeting. After that, Jenny Rohr, a talented Lutheran musician, will present a piano program of music that takes us through the church year.

If you can attend this event, and we hope you can, please respond by Friday, June 23, so that we will know how much chicken to order and how many tables and chairs to set up. Either email Pam Christensen at ,  or phone her at (708) 354-6977. We look forward to your attendance!
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 10 = 214