News & Events

School Kit Collection

The Social Ministry Committee will begin collecting items for school kits beginning June 16th. The collection period will conclude September 15th. We had a great response last year and have asked St. Paul and Immanuel to partner with us again this year for assembly. Our time together was an awesome time of fellowship and stewardship. […]

June Special Offerings

The special offerings for June have been designated by the Congregation Council to be donated to Grace Place Campus Ministry. This ministry located at Northern Illinois University has a rich history of ministering to the NIU community in DeKalb. In 1957, Lutheran Campus Ministry began meeting with interested students at a property near campus for […]

Moving Beyond the Page

Join us for faith, fellowship, and book study on June 6 & 20 at 6:30 pm in the church library. Watch the Sunday Bulletin for our next book. Copies will be available upon request. Please speak with Pastor Jacob.

Tennis Shoes & Socks Collections

St. John’s will be collecting children’s tennis shoes and socks during the months of June and July for Another Child Foundation. These items will go to underprivileged children in Romania. There will be a bin outside the sanctuary door to place the donations. Thank you for your support of this ministry! ~Denise Carl


CommUNITY VBS invites you to this amazing, FREE 3-day event from Sunday, June 23 to Tuesday, June 25 at First PresbyterianChurch (410 Second Ave, Sterling)! We’ll start with a free dinner for students and volunteers at 5:30 PM, then we’ll have music, crafts, games, and Bible adventures from 6-8 PM! Camp Firelight is for students […]

Food Pantry Sunday!

The Congregation Council has once again designated the first Sunday of each month as Food Pantry Sunday. A receptacle will be available for donations. We stopped focusing on this during the pandemic and have not resurrected the practice of intentionally making donations. Considering the increasing need in our community we would like to increase our […]

A Message from PADS Homeless Shelter

Dear Friends of Pads, It seems like just yesterday my time began here at the PADS shelter, 12 years ago I started, and we have come a long way and helped hundreds of people. I wish I could say that this is my accomplishment, but it’s not just my accomplishment but all of you as […]

Policy Updates

At the recommendation of the Personnel Committee, the Congregation Council has approved updates to five policies over the course of several months. Most of the updates were necessary due to the elimination of the treasurer’s position in our congregation. This also completes the required biennial review of the complete St. John’s Policy Manual. The updated […]

Building Community…Piece by Piece

St. John’s is participating in an opportunity for community building and fellowship! Stop by Monday through Friday during normal church office hours or on Sundays before or after worship and help complete the puzzle in the church library. When we work together, all the pieces come together.

Altar Flowers

We have recently had questions concerning altar flowers. Many of our members choose to designate altar flowers in honor of someone or in memory of a loved one. Arrangements and payment for the arrangement are made by the donor. Liners for the oblong brass vase and the two tall brass vases are available for the […]

Worship Live Streaming

Please share with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors etc. the following options available to watch or listen to weekly worship with St. John, St. Paul, or Immanuel. St. John’s Lutheran Church is where you can find the livestream every Sunday. There will also be links on the St. John’s website ( and on the Facebook […]

Kroger Rewards

St. John’s is a member of the Kroger Community Rewards Program. If you have a Kroger Plus Shopper’s Card, you can earn rewards for the St. John’s Building Fund every time you use it. Just about everything you purchase qualifies, with the exception of alcohol, tobacco, and postage stamps. There is no cost to participate […]

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