Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 5:05 PM (The 505)
Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 9:00 AM (Traditional)

"The Face on the Coin"

Preacher: Associate Pastor Mark Stapleton
Old Testament: Genesis 1:26-31
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Holy Gospel: Matthew 22:15-22
As the Lord speaks to us in His Word, He calls the righteous to live by faith and always gives reason why His people can do so through His continual presence, power, and providence. The Readings today urge us, in various ways, to live by faith in our confession and conviction. In Isaiah, He with great conviction reminds through the prophet, “I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides Me there is no God.” In the Epistle, Paul assures the Thessalonians, “He has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.” Finally, in today’s Gospel, Christ urges us to live by faith and as stewards of all He has provided, to “render . . . to God the things that are God’s.” Moved by His Spirit out of gratefulness for the salvation earned for us by Christ Jesus, we then give God our willing obedience, dedicated service, and the glory due His name as we in confession and conviction live by faith in and through Him.

Saturday Schedule
"The 505" - Contemporary Worship Service at 5:05 PM
(In-Person and Livestreamed)
Sunday Schedule
Traditional Worship Service at 9:00 AM
(In-Person and Livestreamed)
Sunday Education Opportunities

NO "MORE THAN THE MESSAGE" TODAY (will return on November 1)

10:15 - 11:15 AM - Sunday School Education Hour
(Held outside on the Playground - weather permitting, or it will be held in the Heritage Room)

(Everyone should have received an e-mail titled "In-Person / Livestreamed Worship Services" that was sent on Wednesday, October 14. Click "HERE" to view that e-mail and obtain additional information about our In-Person and Livestreamed Worship Services that being this weekend.)


Brothers and Sisters in Christ, what should have been their special day on Pentecost Sunday has finally arrived!

On Sunday, October 25th, Reformation Sunday, in a private setting, 5 youth will confirm their faith through the Rite of Confirmation.

This rite will be livestreamed at 11:30 AM for the congregation to view.

More information about the confirmands will be provided in next week's Mission.

Please continue to keep these confirmands in your prayers!

ST. JOHN'S MINISTRIES (Inreach and Outreach)
(You all should have received our "St. John's Ministries" e-mail that was sent on Tuesday, October 13. Click "HERE" to view that e-mail and obtain additional information about these wonderful outreach events.) 

Family, Friends, and Supporters
of St. John's Lutheran School, 

Take advantage of this easy way to do your Christmas shopping!!!!!
This is it! We are counting the final week of our campaign...
  • There's just ONE LAST THING we need you to do (but we need you to do it this week!)  THE FUNDRAISER ENDS FRIDAY OCTOBER 23RD
  • Will you please CLICK HERE and make a purchase to support the St. John's Lutheran School fundraising campaign?
  • Please forward this email to friends and family for the final chance to support this year's campaign.

Thank you for your help!
- St. John's Lutheran School -

FOOD PANTRY NEEDS: October's featured item will be DEODORANT
  • We will be collecting items at our next Meals To Go on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 1:00 PM.
  • Click "HERE" for more information.

MEALS TO GO: Sunday, October 18, 2020 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM
  • Click "HERE" for more information.
  • Click "HERE" to sign up for a meal.
FAMILY FALL FUN FEST: Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 12 NOON
  •  Click "HERE" for more information.

  • Boxes will be available at Family Fall Fun Fest on Saturday, October 24.
  • More information forthcoming.

Q-BBQ FUNDRAISER: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  •  Click "HERE" for more information.

PIE FUNDRAISER: November 1 - 5, 2020
  •  More information forthcoming.

TRIM A TREE AT THE ZOO: Sunday, November 22, 2020
  • More information forthcoming.

(Click "HERE" to obtain additional information about these wonderful events.) 


October is the month when the hardworking Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) committees would gather together for an interdepartmental meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. Like many in-person activities, this year will be completed through a series or large and small group Zoom meetings.

Click "HERE" to read the rest of this article and see all the great things that are going on this time of year.

"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.

"Ribbit...Ribbit...Ribbit!" The ground was green with frogs! They were hopping around and making everyone miserable. Pharaoh, the King of Egypt, was furious as they hopped inside his palace, "ribbiting" all night long so no one could sleep. How could he get rid of them? Moses said that the frogs would disappear if he obeyed God's command. Our story tells us what happened to Pharaoh and the frogs, and how God kept His promise to Moses. 

Lesson materials, including a family skit and some games, 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!

Join us at the Family Fall Fun Fest on Saturday, October 24th from 10 AM - 12 NOON. Come dressed in a costume, play bingo, win some prizes, enjoy yummy food, etc.  In other words - it is time to hang out with friends! (socially distanced and safe of course!)  A portion of the food sales is going towards our Mission Trip! See you there!

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 have new topics
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!
October 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 regular order dates.

Our next order dates are: Monday, October 19 and 26 at 7:45 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 9:00 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