Poinsettias Wanted

Poinsettias are wanted to decorate St. John’s Chancel for Christmas. You can order on the group order or purchase your own. If you purchase your own please bring to the church no earlier than December 22nd and place a tag with your name on it. All poinsettias should be RED. Plants can be picked up after the 6pm worship Christmas Eve. Payment should accompany the form. Make checks payable to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Deadline to turn in form & payment is December 18th.

Poinsettia Order Form

Two Special Christmas Eve Services

This year, the Barn Service is back on and in an exciting new way. With Howard’s blessing we will gather at a new site for this year’s Barn Service. Joan Harms, a dear friend of Howard’s, has extended an invitation for us to use her Copper Bit Ranch for this year’s Barn Service. We will be able to have use of parking at Wahl Clipper and bussing provided by Self Help.

In order to make this year’s Barn Service as successful as those in the past, we need some help. We’re looking for volunteers who can assist in the setup for the service. We’ll need to arrange seating and ready the space for the service. We’ll also need to make sure we get the word out. So, be sure to tell family and friends that on Christmas Eve you’ll be going to service in the stables at the barn.

If you would like to help with setup and preparations for the service, please let Pastor Jacob know via call, text, or email.

3 PM – Barn Service at Copper Bit Ranch: 29145 Pilgrim Rd, Sterling, IL 61081
Parking at Wahl Clipper: 3001 Locust St, Sterling, IL 61081
Buses will start transportation to the Barn at 2 PM.

6 PM – Candlelight Service at St. John’s
703 Third Ave, Sterling, IL 61081

How to Report Spam Text Messages

With the Holidays around the corner please be mindful that unwanted messages are on the rise. Often these messages may look like they are from someone you know but are really a scam looking for personal information. If you get an unwanted text message, do not respond to the message. Instead, there are three ways to report it:
1. Copy the message and forward it to 7726 (SPAM). This helps your wireless provider spot and block similar messages in the future.
2. Report it on the messaging app you use. Look for the option to report junk or spam.
– For an iPhone see
– For an Android phone see
3. Report it to the FTC at

Sunday School Class Schedule & Events

December 4: Advent study/ Christmas program practice
December 11: Advent study/ Christmas program practice
December 18: Christmas Program/ Party
December 25: Christmas Day (no class)

Wisconsin Dells Youth Quake

The early bird registration for the Wisconsin Dells Youth Quake has ended. However, there is still time to register for the Quake at the standard registration rate if there are 6th – 12th grade youth who would like to attend.

The Wisconsin Dells Youth Quake at the Wilderness Territory Resort is February 10th – 12th. Dan Scharnhorst, who was the speaker at UNITE this past summer, is the speaker for the Dells Quake. Echelon will also be providing music throughout the weekend.

Based on the information from Life Promotions the actual cost for this event per youth is approximately $250 depending on how many hotel rooms we need for our youth to attend. If you register by December 15th, the standard registration price per youth is $120 with the rest of the funds coming from the St. John’s Youth Ministry Account. During the Quake, each youth will be responsible for purchasing their own meals throughout the weekend. If you would like to participate in this opportunity and are in financial need, please speak with Pastor Jacob privately. If you would like to go to the Dells Quake, we will find a way to get you there. Like with the early bird registration, fees will increase after December 15th. All 6th – 12th grade youth and adult chaperones are invited to participate. A $40 deposit is due on December 15th to secure your spot. The remaining balance of $80 will be due by January 30, 2023. Youth are encouraged to invite their friends!

If you have any questions about the Dells Quake or would like to know more, please feel free to call/text or email me.

Self Help Enterprises Christmas Gift Donations

Over the last few years we have had tremendous outpouring of support from the community for our Santa’s Secret Workshop. The event was a huge success and our individuals had a great time shopping for as well as giving the gifts. Most of the individuals love the fact that they are able to give gifts, especially to people they were unable to give gifts to in the past.
Our individuals live on a very limited income and after their monthly expenses are subtracted from their income, they seldom have enough to think about Christmas gifts. We are again asking for donations for our Santa’s Secret Workshop. A list of items that we are looking for (new or like new products) follows. If you would rather make a monetary donation for us to make purchases of items we might need, please make checks payable to Self Help Enterprises and mail to 2300 W. LeFevre Road, Sterling, IL 61081. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.
We are looking for:
Nail polish
Sports memorabilia
Board games
Coloring books
Manicure sets
Scented lotions
Movies (DVDs)
Small tool kits
Fishing equipment (please no poles)
Perfume and aftershave
Gift bags (larger sizes)
Camping equipment
Scented candles
Pet toys and treats
Christmas collectibles
Small gift baskets
Lip gloss
Small craft projects
Playing cards
Card games
Puzzles (600 piece or less)
Puzzle books
Pedicure sets
Body wash
Car care kits
Socks (for men and women)
Decorative mugs
Flashlights and batteries
Microwave popcorn*
Hot chocolate*
Movie candy*
Gloves and scarves
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Blanket throws
Activity books (for adults and children)
*Please check expiration dates on food items.

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 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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