CONNECT...in WORSHIP
Second Sunday after Christmas

Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 5:05 PM (The 505)
Contemporary Worship Service at 5:05 PM
with Holy Communion
(In-Person and Livestreamed)

Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 9:00 AM (Traditional)
Traditional Worship Service at 9:00 AM
with Holy Communion
(In-Person and Livestreamed)
"Wisdom for the New Year"

Preaching: Senior Pastor Ben Roberts
Worship Leader: Associate Pastor Mark Stapleton
Old Testament Reading: 1 Kings 3:4-15
Epistle: Ephesians 1:3-14
Holy Gospel: Luke 2:40-52

“Let our gladness have no end, alleluia!” (LSB 381:1). “Let our gladness banish sadness All throughout creation!” (LSB 371:1). These two songs of the Christmas season remind us that we are in glad times as we celebrate the birth of our Lord. This year, because of the way the days of the week fall immediately after Christmas Day, we are blessed by having not one but two Sundays after Christmas! Through the Holy Gospel today, we hear about our Lord Jesus when He was a young man—one who increased in wisdom and stature. Jesus was glad to be in God’s house when He was in Jerusalem. Our gladness in these special days is heightened by our being here for worship as we grow in wisdom and in stature by God’s endless grace!
An e-mail titled "Second Sunday after Christmas (with Holy Communion)" was sent to church members on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Click "on the button above" to view that email, obtain additional information about our In-Person and Livestreamed Worship Services and to register for worship services being held this weekend.
CONNECT...in SUNDAY MORNING EDUCATION
Adult Education Class ~ MORE THAN THE MESSAGE ~ 10:15-11:15am
Join Pastor Ben, either in-person at St. John's or online on Zoom, for a study of the passage that his message is based upon. Gain more insights and teachings than can be packed into a 15 minute message! Strengthen your faith in Jesus and the life He has for you! See the article below for details.
Sunday School Education ~ 10:15 - 11:15 AM
Join the Sunday School Class either in-person or online. Lesson materials will be sent to all Sunday School and Wednesday Bible School families. If you do not receive your package, contact Dalyne Shinneman at dalyne.shinneman@gmail.com or call 630.772.1688. See the article below for details.
More Than the Message

"Wisdom For the New Year"
In-person: St. John's Sanctuary
Online: Zoom

Ben Roberts is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting

Or join by Phone:
Phone #: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 762 7752 9382
Passcode: 505
Topic: More Than The Message
Time: Jan 3, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
    Every week on Sun, until Feb 14, 2021, 7 occurrence(s)
    Jan 3, 2021 10:00 AM
    Jan 10, 2021 10:00 AM
    Jan 17, 2021 10:00 AM
    Jan 24, 2021 10:00 AM
    Jan 31, 2021 10:00 AM
    Feb 7, 2021 10:00 AM
    Feb 14, 2021 10:00 AM

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Sunday School
"LET'S CELEBRATE EPIPHANY!"

Epiphany is a special day on our church calendar - it is a day of celebration, a festival we remember each year on January 6th. Epiphany celebrates the wonder of God's magnificent power as He placed a brilliant star in the sky to shine over Baby Jesus. The wise men used that star to find Jesus and gave him precious gifts as they celebrated in his presence. Each year we honor Jesus' birth on Christmas Day, and His miraculous coming is so wonderful that we continue to celebrate on Epiphany!

We'll learn more about the festival of Epiphany in our lesson because we want to know everything the Bible tells us about Jesus' coming to earth.  

Lesson materials will be sent to all Sunday School and Wednesday Bible School families. If you do not receive your package, contact Dalyne Shinneman at dalyne.shinneman@gmail.com or call 630.772.1688.

NOTE: Sunday School in-person will meet Sunday, January 3rd, in the Heritage Room. Come join us!

CONNECT...through CHURCH NEWS!
Note: If your Mission gets clipped in your email,
click your "view entire message" link to go on reading
about opportunities at St. John's.
Help Needed!

Help is needed on Sunday Jan. 3 at noon to undecorate and take down the Christmas trees currently gracing our Sanctuary. If you are able to help please email Art Schroeder at schroederart21@gmail.com or the church office, churchoffice@stjohnslagrange.org.
Altar Flower Calendar Openings

Altar flowers may be given in memory or in honor of someone or some occasion, in thanksgiving of something or to the Glory of God. The Flower Chart for 2021 is posted in the narthex on the left brick pillar as you walk into the sanctuary. Flowers are $42 for two arrangements.
Multiple floral arrangements to beautify the altar are always welcome! If you wish to sign up for a particular Sunday and someone else has already signed up, we invite you to sign up as well – you can split the $42 cost with the person signed up or purchase an additional two arrangements for $42. A member of the Altar Guild will contact you in advance for your dedication. The flowers may be taken home after the Sunday services for you to enjoy at home or perhaps share with a loved one or someone you wish to share an invitation to worship at St. John’s.
Stewardship
Praise God and all His Stewards who were able to give financially to SJLG this past year. Thank you on behalf of everyone for making our 134th year fiscally healthy in very difficult times! Looking ahead to 2021, we will be presented with new and exciting opportunities to 'give' and apply our God-given gifts in Christ's mission field. January's focus will be working with The Center For Independence Through Conductive Education in Countryside. Please watch this inspiring video as we prepare to volunteer our time and talents with the Center and their amazing children and adults just around the corner!

Church Directories are here!

If you had a photo taken for the church directory the directories have arrived and are available for pick up at the church. They are in the grey pick up bin outside Door A. Please take the one labeled with your name.
If you did not have a photo taken for the directory please see the Church Office Manager about acquiring a church directory.
Portals of Prayer

The Portals of Prayer devotionals for January - March 2021 are available for pick up in the grey bin outside Door A.
Hymnal Checkout

Lutheran Service Books, our hymnals, may now be checked out for use by church members. In addition to hymn lyrics and music, the Service Books include the Psalms, the Small Catechism, the Creeds as well as daily prayers, a daily lectionary (suggested Bible verses for daily reading), and various service settings. You will need to give your name, signature, and contact information for the book you are taking home.
Please contact Mari Smith at churchoffice@stjohnslagrange.org and let her know of your desire to check out a hymnal. Book checkout times can be arranged within business hours to fit parishioners' needs.
Congregational Concerns
In response to the concern which was brought up at our congregational meeting we would like to have some additional insight into the idea that St. John's does not always seem to be supportive of the beliefs and teachings of LCMS. Additional information would be very helpful in order for church leadership to make a determination as to whether or not this is the case. 
Please feel free to reach out to:
If you prefer, please feel free to mail your response to St. John's directed to the Board of Elders. The church address is 505 S Park Rd, La Grange, IL 60525. We would like for any response to be made by the end of the year so that we can address the concern in a timely manner. 
Thanks for your help to us in addressing this issue.
CONNECT...in BIBLE STUDY AND SMALL GROUPS!
St. John's currently has three small groups meeting
Click "HERE" for additional information on these opportunities!
Attention All High School Youth!

Happy 2021!
If you have any questions about our youth group, please email: v.wykert@sjlagrange.com.
Dear LWML ladies and other St. John's Church members,
 
Attached "HERE" is the December Mission Grant Poster for the grant request to support Worship Anew. Do you ever watch that wonderful Lutheran Church worship service on television? It is a half-hour presentation every Sunday morning, very inspiring to watch along with attending our own church services. Please help to support this through an LWML mite donation. Thank you! 

Click "HERE" to download and read a letter from the President of LWML, Northern Illinois District. Use the button above to read the most recent LWML News and Events newsletter.
Fall and Winter LWML Quarterly magazines are available for pickup at the church. They are in the grey pickup bin outside Door A. Please pick one up at your convenience.
CONNECT...through ST. JOHN'S MINISTRIES!
Our "St. John's Ministries" e-mail is sent out every Monday.
To view the current e-mail and obtain additional information about these wonderful in-reach and outreach events, click the button below.
Thank you for the donations of new and gently used coats that were made to BEDS. They were welcomed and appreciated by many. Our collection at church is over at this time, but if you would like to drop off at a future date, please do so to BEDS Plus, 9601 Ogden Avenue La Grange. They can be dropped off at the front desk.
BEDTIME STORIES WITH MRS. CAPPA:
  • January 7, 6:45 via Zoom

FOOD PANTRY NEEDS:
  • December's featured item is PUMP SOAP
  • Please deposit featured item in the box in the narthex.
CONNECT...at ST. JOHN"S SCHOOL!
Now including access to our St John's school newsletter!

6th Grade Eagles in Action - Prepared to Help!
Thanks to all of you who have given to the 6th Grade Eagles in Action Food Pantry Advent Calendar. 

If you have not had a chance to drop off your items yet, it is not too late. You can still drop them off on the tables just inside the A-Door by the church. Pick up by the people from the food pantry will not be until January 4th, so feel free to drop off anytime before then.
Click on the DONATE GIFT CARDS button for more information on
how to donate gift cards to families in need during COVID-19
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.

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.
Time to work on your New Year shopping and get ready for colder weather with clothing or anything - start with TRIP cards.
Click on the TRIP logo to download the attached article for more information and our regular order dates.
Our next order dates are Jan. 11 & 25, 2021. Come to Door A at 7:45 AM. Please email Amy Buonassisi at TRIP@stjohnslagrange.org
if you will be 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.
Office: (708) 354-1690 x210