Special Offering Throughout September

Throughout September we will be receiving a special Noisy Offering to support “Celebrating Families” being led by LSSI! Celebrating Families is a successful, evidence-based 16-week curriculum that addresses the needs of children and parents in families that have serious problems with alcohol and other drugs. Each session begins with a family meal, followed by family members breaking into age groups for developmentally appropriate activities led by the group facilitators. At the end of each session, all family members re-connect in activities to learn how to apply these new skills and interact in healthy ways. Celebrating Families empowers by teaching healthy living skills like anger management, communication, healthy living and nutrition, and problem/goal setting. Your donations will help make this life changing program possible! Thanks in advance for your generous giving!

Tri Church: God’s Work Our Hands Workday on September 24th

Tri Church will have a workday for God’s Work Our Hands on Saturday, September 24th. Two projects are being offered – one outdoor and one indoor. The day will begin at 9 am and conclude by 1:30 pm. A complimentary lunch followed by closing worship will be at Immanuel, 501 8th Avenue, Rock Falls. If you have a yellow GWOH t-shirt, please wear it.

The outdoor activity involves a beautification project in Rock Falls near the riverfront. We will gather at 9 am behind Kapp’s Banquet Facility at the corner of West First Street and Second Avenue. Trees will be planted in this area (former Limestone Building). Another project will be that of tree & shrub removal further west at the former Parrish Alford site – along West 2nd Street between 4th and 8th Avenues. Please bring gloves and the following tools if available: shovel/spade, hand saw, battery-operated Sawzall, loppers, and hand-clippers.

The indoor activity will be a craft project at Immanuel (501 8th Avenue). Jennifer Morgan will lead a card-making project for all the Tri Church homebound members.
Please sign up by Sunday, September 11th if you plan to participate. Also, indicate your choice of outdoor or indoor activity as this will help with finalizing project plans and meal preparation. Thank you for lifting your hands for God’s work!

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.

Policy Update

During this calendar year, it has become apparent that several policy updates were needed. Many relate to staffing changes and as is usually the case, a change to one policy often dictates a needed change to the language in another policy. Some of the changes were advisable based on proposed updates of our constitution that is currently in process. It is expected that those proposed amendments will be brought to the congregation for approval at a Special Meeting of the Congregation following the Budget Hearing on October 16, 2022. The proposed changes will come to the congregation for ratification at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation on the last Sunday of October. Over the course of several meetings, the Congregation Council has approved amendments to policies as recommended by the Personnel Committee. The updated policies, and in some cases, the form used as documentation of the policy, include:
Background Checks
Background Check Authorization Form
Disbursements of Funds
Employment Applications
Memorials, Bequests and Non-Monetary Gifts
Memorial Gift Designation Form
Offering Counting Procedure
Opening and Closing the Church for Worship
Youth Safety
Adult Volunteer Application
A complete policy manual, in the form of a three-ring binder, can be found in the East Room and the Library. A copy may also be obtained from the church office. Please familiarize yourself with the updates. Questions may be directed to any member of the Personnel Committee or the Congregation Council.

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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