Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 5:05 PM (The 505)
Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 8:00 and 10:45 AM (Traditional)

(Blessing of the Backpacks and Teacher Installation
will occur at all Worship Services this weekend)

"The Gospel According To David: Building a House That Lasts Forever"

Preacher: Senior Pastor Ben Roberts
Worship Leader: Associate Pastor Mark Stapleton
Old Testament: 2 Samuel 7:1-17
Second Reading: Ephesians 2:19-22
Holy Gospel: Matthew 16:13-19
Have you ever spent so much time building something, only to have it fall apart? A house of cards that topples at the slightest gust of wind? A building that topples during an earthquake? A life? Are there any structures that are built…and stay up forever? As we continue our series “The Gospel According To David”, King David seeks to build a “house” for the ark of the covenant…but the Lord has other “building” plans: “The Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house… And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever…” The “house” the Lord would build for David would be the very kingdom of His Son, Jesus, that not even the gates of Hades would overcome. In today’s day and age, when it feels like everything is shifting under our feet and crumbling, how comforting it is to know that we, as God’s “house”, live in a kingdom that will have no end!

The Gospel According To David

King David is often portrayed as a spiritual giant, a great king and a caring shepherd. From writing beloved Psalms to conquering mighty enemies, David is often held up as a great example of faithful living. But when you look at the stories of David’s life, you see not an example of faithful living; you see a faithful God who gives David everything by His grace. In this 6 week series, “The Gospel According To David”, we will look at some of those stories and see that the Lord almighty was working in and through His sinful, chosen King, to make David an example of the glorious grace that He shows to all sinners. We will also see how the life of David ultimately points to God’s grace that He shows us in our true King, Jesus Christ, and His love, strength and power that He shows through His death and resurrection.

  • 8/22 & 23: Building a House That Lasts Forever (2 Samuel 7:1-17)
  • 8/29 & 30: Nathan rebukes David (2 Samuel 12:1-13)


(Everyone should have received an e-mail titled "In-Person Worship Services - Additional Information that was sent on Wednesday, August 19. Click "HERE" to view that e-mail and obtain additional information about our In-Person and Livestreamed Worship Services that being this weekend.)


  • Our Livestream Worship Services include a Chat Room on YouTube so you can check in with us at the church and say hello to everyone. You will need to have a Gmail account and also have your YouTube channel activated on your account. In order to see the Chat Room make sure your browser window is not full screen, otherwise you won't see the group on the right side of the page.
  • Are you watching the Worship Service and the speaking and audio don't seem to be syncing correctly? Many times you can solve this by simply refreshing your browser window and it usually will fixes the problem.

Holy Communion will be offered the weekend of August 29 - 30, 2020

Saturday, August 29 at 5:05 PM - during our 505 Contemporary Worship Service
Sunday, August 30 at 8:00 & 10:45 AM - during our Traditional Worship Services

Saturday, August 29 from 1:30 - 2:30 PM
(You will sign up for a 15 minute time-slot to receive Communion)

Additional information including registration will be available next week!

ST. JOHN'S MINISTRIES (Inreach and Outreach)
Thanks so much to everyone that ordered a pizza(s) as part of our Pizza Fundraiser. We made over $500 for the Ministries at St. John's!

Thank you for your support!

For those that ordered, please pick-up during the following times:
Sunday, August 23rd (9:00 - 10:30 AM)
Monday, August 24th (10:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Tuesday, August 25th (3:00 - 7:00 PM)

PIZZA FUNDRAISER PICKUP: August 23, 24, and 25 (see above for details)

CONGREGATIONAL ASSEMBLY: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 7:00 PM

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Thursday, August 27, 2020

AUGUST CARD CHALLENGE: Please send your cards by the end of the month!
(click "HERE" for more information about the August Card Challenge)

MEALS-TO-GO: Sunday, September 20, 2020 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM

There will be a Congregational Assembly on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 7:00 PM. The purpose of this meeting is to approve the 2020-2021 Operating and Capital Budgets. This meeting will be held in the Sanctuary, limited to 50 people in attendance, the sign-up link is included in this email message. The meeting will also be live-streamed on Zoom and YouTube.

The 2020-2021 Budget Summary that will be presented at the assembly is available for you to view at this "LINK".

Any questions please contact Tom Braun at

WEBINAR ID #: 875 2012 1667
(You will have the ability to participate in any voting that takes place).

(You will not have the ability to participate in any voting that takes place).

PHONE NUMBER: 312-626-6799
WEBINAR ID #: 875 2012 1667
(You will not have the ability to participate in any voting that takes place).

"Thank You All!" from the Board of Stewardship. During these tough times, for those who have been financially able to donate money to St. John's normally spent on things like gas, dry cleaning, auto maintenance, car washes, haircuts and restaurants/entertainment...the church thanks you greatly! Your generosity is appreciated.

It's exciting to go back to school! Are you ready? You'll need to get some school supplies, sharpen your pencils, and organize your backpack. But don't forget the most important part of being ready - asking Jesus to be with you.  Our lesson is about being sure Jesus is at the center of all that you do in school this year!  

Lesson materials will be emailed to all Sunday School and Wednesday Bible School families. If you do not receive your package, contact Dalyne Shinneman at or call 630-772-1688.
Attention All High School Youth!

Saturday, August 22, 2020 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

Come hear about our summer Mission Trip (parents stay with the youth) from 6:30 - 7:00 PM. Then we will head over to the park to play kickball. Back to school to end with snacks and time with God!

If you have any questions about the Youth Program at St. John's please contact Vicki Wykert at Bible Study and Small Groups

All three small groups are currently discussing
Keith Haney’s book “One Nation Under God"
Click "HERE" for additional information on these opportunities!

Click on the TRIP logo above for more information on
how to donate gift cards to families in need during COVID-19
Purchase gift cards through our school’s fundraiser for essential goods such as groceries, gas, restaurants, and cleaning supplies, to donate to those in our community.

As COVID-19 widens and families are impacted by hardships related to closed schools, limited access to childcare, work limitations, and more, we have a unique opportunity to help support our community and families.
Click on the TRIP logo above for more information!
September is here! 

Time to start shopping for cooler weather clothing to get ready for fall or for anything – start with TRIP cards. See attached article for summer order dates.

Our next order date is August 31 and September 08 at 8:30 AM at Door A.
Please email Amy Buonassisi at
if you are placing an order.

Saturday Worship
505 Contemporary Worship Service
at 5:05 p.m.
(Click "here" for the song playlist)
Sunday Worship
Traditional Worship Service
at 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE: All Worship Services will be available on our Livestream YouTube Page shortly after they are Livestreamed.
Church Office
Office: (708) 354-1690 x210