CONNECT ...in Worship
Third Sunday of Easter
Sunday, April 26, 2020
(Online Service will be posted on Sunday at 7:30 AM)
" Resurrection Truth: God's Word Is Powerful "

Preacher: Pastor Mark Stapleton
Worship Leader: Pastor Ben Roberts

First Reading: Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Epistle: 1 Peter 1:17-25
Holy Gospel: Luke 24:13-35
What has the power to change the lives of thousands? What gave Peter the courage to preach the story of Jesus, the One he denied? It’s the Word of God. It’s the Word of God that penetrates our hearts. It’s the Word of God that changes the way we think. It’s the Word of God that reveals God’s wonderful grace and love to us. As we continue our series, “Resurrection Truth”, we are going to see through Peter’s message on Pentecost how the powerful Word of God brought thousands to faith and baptism in Jesus. We are also going to see how that powerful Word speaks to us in the midst of this crisis, giving us faith in Jesus, hope in His resurrection and love for everyone.
RESURRECTION TRUTH: 7 Truths To Hold Onto (Whether You’re In A Crisis Or Not)

Easter is the celebration that the crucified Savior Jesus has been raised from the dead. His tomb is empty. He is alive and therefore we, too, can live! The truth of the death and resurrection of Jesus will forever change the course of human history. Just as it did with the early church, it’s the same for the church today. In this series we will unpack certain passages from the Book of Acts, revealing 7 vital truths that, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, we need to trust and share now more than ever!

April 12 (Easter Sunday): God’s Resurrection Is For Everyone! (Acts 10:34-43)
April 19: God’s Mission Won’t Be Stopped (Acts 5:29-42)
April 26: God’s Word Is Powerful (Acts 2:14a, 36-41)
May 3 (Good Shepherd Sunday): God’s People Do Life Differently (Acts 2:42-47)
May 10 (Mother’s Day): God’s Foundation For Every Home (1 Peter 2:2-10)
May 17: God’s Church Is A Team (Acts 6:1-9; 7:2a; 51-60)
May 24 (Ascension Sunday): God’s Plan Is Clear (Acts 1:1-11)
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TO ALL OF OUR WORSHIP SERVICES AT ST. JOHN'S

505 Worship Service
Saturday, May 2, 2020
(Online Service will be posted at 5:00 PM)

505 Worship Service is normally held at 5:05 p.m.
(On the 1st and 3rd Saturday)

Music Playlist for Saturday, May 2: http://bit.ly/505PlayList050220

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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
COVID Care Meals TO-GO  
Thank You & Save the Date!  

We are so thankful and blessed by the overwhelming support and donations to continue our Meals To-Go Ministry.
   
Our next pick-up / delivery will be: Friday, May 1 st  from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

MEALS-TO-GO UPDATE

An amazing crew of volunteers have been providing the Meals-To-Go Ministry since early April. Their efforts have produced the following statistics. Praise be to God!
  • 4 Rounds of Meals-To-Go
  • Approximately 70 Different Families Served
  • Avg of 200 servings of food each date served
  • Started with a team of 5/Grown to 32 volunteers
  • Approximately from Rounds 1-3: $500
  • Round 4 Donations: (and they are still coming in): $1,400
  • Gift Cards Donated to local food pantry: $360
  • 3 Carloads of food delivered to local food pantry
  • Used 3 Thrivent Grants so far totaling $750
  • Over 50 handmade masks made and handed out
  • Fresh flowers to brighten spirits
  • Easter Cards with Gospel messages
  • Easter eggs filled with candy
  • Homemade desserts
  • Homemade Bread loaves
  • Groceries delivered to 2 men in need, not closely affiliated to St. John's (1 reached out via email/then asked for help for his friend out of work)
  • Served families with infants-97 years old various income levels
ST. JOHN'S SCHOOL - OUTREACH NEWS!
In other outreach news, we have been notified by Feed My Starving Children that our Third Grade Class Eagles in Action donations for one month were enough to serve meals to 19 children every day for an entire year! As a congregation, to date, our contributions to FMSC have served 27,868 meals to children in need around the world. Thank you for continuing to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Our efforts are literally reaching the ends of the earth.
A reminder that if you 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.
St. John's  has secured a date for sponsoring
a blood drive to help during this COVID-19 time. 
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Details will follow as soon as they become available.  
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
E-SUNDAY SCHOOL AT ST. JOHN'S
E-SUNDAY SCHOOL AT ST. JOHN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL
Giving and Smiling - They Go Together!

Jesus teaches us to give joyfully and to share with others. 
This week's story & activities will be emailed to all Sunday School & Wednesday Bible School Families. If you do not receive these weekly emails please contact Dalyne at  dalyne.shinneman@gmail.com  or call 630-772-1688.

NOTE: The next installment of our adventure story: The Winds of Redvale, will be delivered as a separate email.
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
Click on the TRIP logo above for more information!
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.
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 Schedule (online)
NEXT SERVICE: May 2
505 Worship Service 5:05 p.m.
(Held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday)
 
Sunday Schedule (online)
Online Service will be posted
on Sunday at 7:30 AM
(Traditional Worship Service is normally held at 8:00 and 10:45 a.m.)
Church Office
Office: (708) 354-1690 x210