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Reservations are no longer required. See the News page for details and guidelines. If you do not feel comfortable attending in person or are not feeling well, you can still participate via smartphone, tablet or computer on the Ministries page of this website or on St. John's Facebook page. Listen to the service by calling (888) 975-5536. Call in ANY TIME from Sunday morning through noon Friday.


Hosting Student Musicians

This summer, some of the UNITE churches (including St. John’s!) are hosting student musicians from the Sterling/Rock Falls area. This includes any student completing 8th grade through a just graduated college student. Students are asked to share a piece with their home congregation and then arrange to play that piece at other UNITE congregations where they will be paid $25/service as a guest musician. This is a chance to keep music skills tip-top over the summer, share an IMEA or audition piece they may be working on, or another special piece. Please contact Dawn Zeigler @ 815.275.3775 or for all of the details! We can’t wait to hear the music!

Thank you, Julie McCord!

In July, we learned of Julie McCord’s decision to step away from directing our Praise Band. Julie’s leadership has been amazing through the years! Her support and friendship with other musicians and staff, added to her outstanding talent, have made her such an important part of the St. John’s music program. We will all miss Praise Band Sunday, Julie’s passion and enthusiasm, and the songs we love to hear from the group. Julie and her family will continue to be a part of the St John’s congregation and active in other ways.

Thank you, Julie for sharing your gifts of faith and music! We are grateful for the blessing you have been and will continue to be to St. John’s.

ReUNITE in August!

ReUNITE Outdoor Movie Night and Games will take place on Aug. 3rd at 7:30pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. We invite all participants to reunite with each other for a fun night of games, snacks, drinks, and an outdoor movie. Please bring a chair or blanket and friends too! Save the date right now!

Menz Group in August

Menz group will attend a potluck August 8, 6:00pm at the White Pines State Forest. Hamburgers & Hot Dogs & Beverages provided. We invite you to bring a favorite dish to share (salad, chips, veggies, or dessert). Table service will be provided (plates, cups, forks, spoons, cups & napkins). Upon entering White Pines, base of the hill, notice signs pointing to the shelter. Ample parking near by.

After the meal we will visit White Pines Livestock farm. The farm has been in Pastor Leo’s family for 167 years. For the past 48 years, Lyle Hopkin’s family has farmed corn, soybeans, hay, wheat, & cattle. We are invited to visit the Pine Creek Christian church, newly built on Lowell Park Rd & Penn Corner. Please RSVP to Pastor Leo Patterson 815-677-1139 or to help us prepare for Monday evening.

Mission Partners at St. Paul's Dixon

With Joy, I share this invitation from St.Paul's Lutheran Church, Dixon, IL. On August 15 at 7 p.m. Kellen and David Msseemmaa will be here to present the special work Kellen does at Empowered Girls. The couple are coming to the U.S. for one month. David (Daudi) is the E.L.C.A. Regional Rep. for East Africa. This will be a very exciting and informative presentation. You can learn more at and they are both on Facebook. Refreshments will be provided so please let us know if you will be able to attend. RSVP to Leo & Linda Patterson—home phone 815-652-5269

Rally Day is August 28!

Join us for a Sunday School Rally Day Fiesta on Sunday, August 28th! But note--Rally Day is not just for young children. Jr and Sr High Youth are invited to help with setup for Rally Day as well as participate in the games and activities. Don’t forget Jr and Sr High Youth also meet Sunday mornings throughout the school year for open conversation, bible study, and youth event planning. If you are in 7th – 9th grade, stay posted about the upcoming Confirmation Class schedule for the 2022 – 2023 school year. If you have questions or would like to chat, please call, text, or email Pastor Jacob at 262-748-6901 or

Kroger Rewards

St. John’s is now 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 and you’ll still earn fuel points on eligible purchases every time you shop. Signing up is free and easy.

  1. Visit
  2. Sign in to your digital account or create an account.
  3. Choose “I’m a Customer” and click on “View Details.”
  4. Be sure your card is linked to your account.
  5. Select St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (MU937).
  6. Receive a confirmation, and you’re ready! If you have questions, please contact Nancy Breed at (815) 441-4007. Thanks for your continued support of St. John’s.


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