Circle Meetings ~ Thursday, December 5
10:00 a.m. – Ruth/Esther Circle
7:00 p.m. – Mary-Martha Circle
Mary-Martha Circle meets at Liberty Restaurant at 6:00pm for their holiday dinner. Following dinner, at approximately 7:00 p.m., they return to church for Bible study.
Children/Youth are needed to participate in the 5:30pm Christmas Eve Candlelight service. If you would like to participate, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.
LUMINARIES! LUMINARIES! LUMINARIES! It’s that time of year again. The youth will be selling luminaries to light the walkways on Christmas Eve. The cost is $10 each. You can buy one as a memorial, thanksgiving, or just because. A list of luminary purchases will be placed in the bulletin on Christmas Eve. Last year we sold 73. Our goal this year is 90. 100% of purchase will go toward Mission trip 2014 to Pine River Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Sales begin this weekend, after each service, and will continue through Christmas Eve.
The High School youth will again have cookie day. For $7 you can purchase a container of freshly baked cookies and treats made by congregation members. The cookie sale will be the weekend of the Children’s program, December 14 and 15th. Anyone who can bake cookies and treats, please sign up in the Narthex to donate.
Lutheran Disaster Response has committed $1 million to Lutheran World Relief to assist in the Philippines response. Lutheran World Relief’s skills and capacity in the Philippines make them a trusted partner for Lutheran Disaster Response to work with to collaboratively address the needs of the people affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Lutheran Disaster Response will also partner with The Lutheran World Federation and our companion church, Lutheran Church in the Philippines.
Through our international partners and companion church, Lutheran Disaster Response is providing for the urgent needs of water, shelter kits and cooking supplies. As communities begin their rebuilding process, cash for work programs, such as debris removal, will be implemented.
We know this will be a long process, and we are committed to working with our partners as we strive for long-term renewal for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines.
Gifts for Washington, IL: Bishop Gary Wollersheim spoke with Bishop John Roth from the Central/Southern Illinois Synod, Bishop Roth stated the damage in the Washington, Illinois area is terrible. There is little damage to church buildings, but many lost their homes. Gifts may be given through St. John’s, please note in memo line “Washington, IL Disaster”. Please keep the people of Washington, IL and the surrounding area in your prayers.
CONFIRMATION CLASS REMINDERS….8TH graders, remember to study your word definitions in preparation for the exam on Wednesday, December 4. Study sheets were distributed in class. Have your parents review the study sheets with you and make learning a shared experience. If you have not yet completed your community service hours (5 hours required), please think about what service project you would like to do. For all youth (6th, 7th, 8th grades), don’t forget the requirement to turn in 15 sermon notes.
LSSI Holiday Hope Chest: St. John’s is once again participating in the LSSI’s Holiday Hope Chest. We will be collecting gift cards from the following locations: Wal Mart, CVS, Walgreens, BP Amoco, Shell, Sullivan’s, Casey’s, Aldi’s and Save-A-Lot. Gift cards need to be brought to the church by Sunday, December 1. They may be left in the church office or give to Janice Hammer. A basket is in the narthex for monetary donations. Thank you for your continued support.
Thank you all so much for the cards and the gifts. It was not expected, but indeed greatly appreciated. I was truly blessed to be able to be a part of St. John’s Sunday school program and will miss the children immensely. There is nothing that warmed by heart more than to see the joy on all of their faces as they have fun learning the Word of God. It was a job that I put my whole heart into, but received so much more in return. Thank you to all you for your support as my family and I start out on a new journey that God has planned for us.To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven
With many blessings, Carol Ploch
OWLS Holiday Dinner will be Thursday, December 12, at 5:00 p.m. at John’s North Star in LaSalle. Bring a $5 gift exchange. The gift should come from a grocery store and be a special treat, something you wouldn’t normally buy for yourself. Come for an enjoyable evening of laughter and good food. Everyone is invited. Sign up in the narthex. Note- the OWLS will not meet in November, due to Thanksgiving.
COOKIES FOR THE SHUT-INS. The Holiday Season will soon be here with plans for holiday baking. As you make those plans, would you help us out with an extra dozen or so of your favorite cookies? These cookies will be packed in Christmas tins and delivered to our Homebound church members. Your efforts are greatly appreciated by those receiving them. Sometimes this is the only taste of homemade holiday baking they receive.
Cookies should be delivered to the church on December 7, 8, or 9. Cookies will be packed on December 9. Anyone wishing to help is invited to come at 6:00 p.m. to pack cookies and enjoy a light supper. WELCA meeting will follow. If you have any questions, please contact Sue Weber.
Mendota Lutheran Home Angel Tree: The following items are being collected: Hand Lotion, candy (soft or diabetic), books (large print), magazines (large print), stamps, stationery, socks (regular and large sizes), diabetic socks, and sweatshirts (L, XL, XXL). Donations may be placed in the box in the narthex. MLH appreciates your contributions.
St. John’s Adult Holiday Dinner will be on Friday evening, December 6. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at six at Skoog’s Steak House in LaSalle. All adults are welcome. You can either grill your own or have one of the grill chefs prepare your entrée for you. They offer a wide variety of 100% certified Angus beefsteaks, Mahi Mahi and White Marble pork chops. Included with the dinner is a fresh salad/potato bar and of course Texas Toast. For dessert, they offer Key lime Pie, cheesecake and their famous Chocolate Cow. Come and start your holiday season with old friends and new friends. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex by November 18 so reservation may be made.
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