CONNECT ...in Worship
Second Sunday after Pentecost
Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 5:05 PM (The 505)
Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 9:30 AM (Traditional)

"This Is The Kingdom: Sowing the Seed "

Preacher: Pastor Ben Roberts
Worship Leader: Pastor Mark Stapleton

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 55:10-13
Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:22-25
Holy Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
 “And He spoke to them in parables…” In the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 13, Jesus begins to tell a number of stories to the crowds as to what the kingdom of heaven looks like. And He begins with a “watershed” story: “A sower went out to sow…” The seed he sows falls upon many types of soil and either produces fruitfulness or not. As the Word is sown among people, they respond in many ways, but the purpose behind it all is this: bearing fruit for the kingdom. As we begin our series, “This Is The Kingdom”, we will be looking at the stories Jesus tells that reveal God’s ways in His kingdom through His Son, Jesus Christ. In the story of the Sower and the Seed, we see that Word has been sown among us, bearing fruit in our lives and calling us to sow the Word among all as well.
Additional Volunteers needed for the:
“AUDIO VISUAL TEAM”

With our Worship Services being Livestreamed this brings the need for MANY more volunteers to make this happen. We need three people at each Worship Service. Please, consider volunteering when you can to help us out with this very important ministry.
 
Please contact David Lincoln at d.lincoln@sjlagrange.com for information on how to join the “Audio Visual Team”.

NEW SERMON SERIES STARTS ON JUNE 13 / 14, 2020
This Is The Kingdom: God’s Ways Revealed in the Stories Jesus Tells

“And he told them many things in parables…” A “parable” is a story that Jesus tells to “make a comparison”, to show on the surface the deep riches of the reign of God. When Jesus tells stories, it is not just to make a point. It is to point to the hidden but altogether true reality that breaks forth in Him. These are some of the most beloved passages in the Bible, and for good reason: the reality they reveal impacts our daily lives as disciples of Jesus Christ. In this series, we will focus on these wonderful and challenging stories that Jesus tells, as we discover the “kingdom” of Jesus that is at work among us and through us.

  • 6/14/2020: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 (The Sower and the Seed)
  • 6/21 (Father’s Day): Mark 4:21-29 (The Growing Seed)
  • 6/28: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 (The Wheat and the Weeds)
  • 7/5: Matthew 13:31-35 (The Mustard Seed and the Yeast)
  • 7/12 Matthew 13:44-46 (The Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price)
  • 7/19: Matthew 13:47-52 (The Net of Many Fish)
CHURCH NEWS!
LOOKING FOR OUR NEW CHURCH OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR!
 
Due to t he coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home order, you may not know that our Church Office Administrator, Renei Suarez, had her last day on April 17 th . She has since moved to South Carolina with her family after her husband accepted a job offer there. We greatly appreciate her contribution to the ministry of St. John’s! She will be missed!
 
St. John’s Lutheran Church in La Grange, IL is now looking for our new Church Office Administrator. Job description with overview, duties and qualifications is attached "HERE" . Please send cover letter, resume and references to Pastor Ben Roberts at b.roberts@sjlagrange.com or by mail to: St. John’s Lutheran Church and School, 505 S. Park Road, La Grange, IL, 60525.
 
Being understanding of the economic hardship this pandemic has caused for many people, serious inquiries only. We are looking for an individual who will invest in the mission and ministry of St. John’s for the long-term. Upon hire, job duties will be adjusted based on current governmental policies from shelter-in-place orders.

Thank you!

REMINDER - DONATE BLOOD - PLEASE SIGN UP!
St. John's will be hosting a Blood Drive on
Wednesday June 24th from 3:00 - 7:00 PM
 
There is no substitute for the lifesaving gift of blood. It is precious. It is perishable. And the need for it is vital. The need for blood donations increases during the summer months, so please consider a blood donation today.
 
You may sign up for donation directly through Versity's link which is: 
to schedule your preferred donation time! PLEASE NOTE: you will be required to create a log in and password account to make a reservation.
 
Versity is taking measures to ensure donor safety. For COVID 19 information, please click here:  https://www.versiti.org/home/coronavirus-information
 
If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Schiltz at schiltz4@sbcglobal.net

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP!
Dear Parents of St. John's High School Youth,

We are excited about a couple of things right now! First of all, we are welcoming 8th graders to join us at our next meeting.  👍Secondly, we are going to have our next meeting in the St. John's Parking Lot!

❤️  Here is the information for your child : Join us on Saturday, June 20th from 7:00 - 9:00 PM. We ask that you bring a mask, a chair to sit in, a hat if it is sunny, and wear something with your favorite sports team .   We will be practicing social distancing by sitting six feet apart, have cleaning supplies, and hand sanitizer to keep everyone safe!  

What will we be doing? Take time to get to know each other, spend time with God, play some games, and have a treat! If the weather is not good, we will look at Friday, June 19th or possibly move to a zoom meeting.
  
8th graders:  How can I reach you? Please text Vicki Wykert your name and number. Parents, any questions? Email Vicki Wykert at v.wykert@sjlagrange.com or text at 708-408-2759.
    
Your Youth Leader Team,
Katie Pece, Nic Stolarcyk, Tom Wykert, Vicki Wykert
We look forward to seeing you!

A BIG THANK YOU FROM BEDS PLUS!
On behalf of all of us at BEDS Plus Care, I am writing to thank you for helping to feed our clients during our COVID-19 emergency response. Since March 16, we have provided meals every day to 365 unique clients, including guests at our consolidated shelters, vulnerable individuals and families sheltering-in-place at area motels, and people living in supportive housing whose mobility was further constrained by the virus. This has been a formidable challenge, greatly aided by your generosity. Once again, we at BEDS Plus are awed by the outpouring of support from our community.

Thank you to our St. John's Family for your continued generosity. Through our COVID Meals Ministry we have been able to participate and provide a few meals each month, serving hundreds of clients on behalf of St. John's.

God is Good!

CONNECT ...in Bible Study

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E-SUNDAY SCHOOL AT ST. JOHN'S
HOW DID GOD'S CHURCH BEGIN?
We often think of the church as a building, a place where we meet together to worship God. But the church is more than a beautiful building with a tall steeple. God’s church is its people, many different kinds of people who believe in Jesus. We are St. John's Lutheran Church in La Grange, but we are also part of a much larger church, an enormous family of Jesus' followers spread all over the world. The Book of Acts tells us how the church began, and it is a very exciting story! Our lesson includes a video and some fun activities, too, so don't miss it!  

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 dalyne.shinneman@gmail.com  or call 630-772-1688.  
SHARE ...with Your Service
Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
 
Offerings and contributions can be sent by mail (505 South Park Road, La Grange, IL 60525) or by dropping off a check at the church. If no one is in the church or school, just drop the check in the mailbox on the west side of the building, to the left of the doors as you face them. Secure contributions can also be made electronically using Vanco. This is a very easy system to set up! You can use this link: www.vancopayments.com/login to set up your account. Or you can visit our website:
 
 
You can set up the amount and frequency of your payment and it can be stopped once we begin in-person Worship services again
 
If you have any questions on this, feel free to contact either Pastor Ben, Pastor Mark or anyone listed below.
 
God bless everyone. Continue to pray and we will be back worshiping our Lord together face to face!
 
Thomas Braun
President
 
Adam Fuller
Treasurer
 
Marty Haugen
Chairperson Board of Finance
THANK YOU - Meals To Go!

Thank You for the Continued Support for our Meals To Go Ministry!
Next Meals To Go Date: Sunday, June 28th
NEED SOME HELP AROUND THE HOUSE?

A reminder that if you need some help around the house or are unable to get to the grocery store, please email Dave Thomas @ southbranch0604@gmail.com (or, if emailing is not an option, call Dave’s mobile at 312-576-9421. Given our state’s shelter-in-place situation, one of our members will do their very best to shop for you SAFELY if a detailed grocery list is provided. Members who are willing and able to shop for you will wear gloves and masks when shopping and will only purchase packaged goods (e.g., only fruits and vegetables that are wrapped.) Groceries can be delivered to your home and a receipt can be provided so you can reimburse with cash or check upon delivery (we will try to phone you in advance). In your email or phone call to Dave, please provide your email address, mobile and/or home phone number and home address. Be as specific as possible in your item descriptions and let us know one store where, ideally, you would like us to shop.
These are difficult financial times not only for our members but also for all churches across the nation. As many people are working from home these days, please consider making a SJLG Gift2 donation by giving a portion of your weekly gas savings to SJLG. Or, as you may have curtailed family brunches after Sunday services, please consider these savings as well. Other savings might include dry cleaning, auto maintenance/car washes, haircuts and restaurants/entertainment. These dollars will add up quickly and help the church tremendously. Most importantly, we understand these are tough financial times for everyone, so by all means, please only consider giving as you may be able . As our offerings are needed more so than ever, your consideration is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
The Board of Stewardship

UPCOMING EVENTS
SAVE THE DATE: JULY 27 – JULY 31
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
 
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - "TIME LAB - DISCOVERING JESUS"
ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL 
505 S Park Road (47th and Brainard), La Grange, IL 60525
WEB SITE: www.sjlagrange.com PHONE: 708-354-1690

We invite you to register your children on our
VBS Website:  vbspro.events/p/461270 . There is no fee to attend.  

Please feel free to contact Dalyne Shinneman at 630-772-1688, or
dalyne.shinneman@gmail.com  if you have any questions
about our Vacation Bible School program.

SCHOOL OFFICE
Thank you to all of those who had sent graduation cards to Jordyn during this hard time. She is truly appreciative and your thoughtfulness was very kind.

Gods Blessings,
The Krezel Family.
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!
Whether you are starting your summer seasonal shopping or shopping for an all-important graduate or Father’s Day – start with TRIP cards. Click on the TRIP logo above for summer order dates.
St. John's Boon Supply Fundraiser is here through June 15! 

Here is your chance to support St. John's by purchasing attractive,
durable and fun bags and items that will give back to St. John's School.
Please visit boonsupply.com/57322 to shop online store. Have fun shopping!!!

Saturday Worship
505 Contemporary Worship Service
at 5:05 p.m. on our Livestream
(Click "here" for the playlist)
 
Sunday Worship
Traditional Worship Service
at 9:30 a.m. on our Livestream

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