We invite you to join us each week as we worship together, learn together, serve together for the sake of our Lord and His eternal glory.
Worship Times: September-May
7:45 am Traditional Service
9:00 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Study
10:15 am Traditional & NewSong Contemporary
Summer Schedule: Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day weekend
7:45 am Traditional Service
9:00 am NewSong Contemporary Service
10:15 am Traditional Service
No Sunday school during summer schedule
Services Return to Church!
Please join us every Sunday morning for three worship opportunities. Our early traditional service has returned to the sanctuary at 7:45 a.m., and our NewSong contemporary service has returned to the fellowship hall at 10:15 a.m. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines, and masks are available at the entrance for those who need one. If you prefer to worship from home, our 7:45 a.m. service will be live streamed on our Facebook page and then made available in the app. If you prefer to worship from home and are not receiving the order of worship via email, please contact the church office to be added to the list.
Sunday School begins September 20
Join us for another great year of learning for all ages! Sunday school will be held at 9:00 a.m. in the church basement. Classrooms have been switched around a little to provide social distancing, and everyone is encouraged to not congregate in the hallways. Please help us to provide a safe environment so we can all meet in person and stay engaged in the word!
On Sunday, November 8, with a rainout date of Sunday, November 15, from noon until around 3:00PM, the Outreach Committee will be sponsoring the annual fall Serving Our Seniors (S.O.S.) day. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to serve and honor our senior members by doing some light yardwork and miscellaneous jobs. Dress for outdoor work and bring a rake if you have one. We are also looking for members or non-members who are willing to let us show you some love by helping you with some odd jobs and/or yard work. Please sign up in the Narthex or call the church office.
The WNALC is busy planning the Thanksgiving service. The service will be held on Wednesday evening, November 25 at 7:15 pm. This service will be a Thankoffering service so we ask that you bring your thankoffering boxes and/or a non-perishable food item for the food pantry. These items will be placed on the Altar. This service will be led by the women of our church.
Friday Morning Women’s Bible Study
Our Friday Morning Women’s Bible Study will begin a new Advent study on Friday, November 6, at 9:00 a.m. All women are invited to join. Please call Melanie Crapser or the church office if you have any questions.
Hanging of the Greens
Mark your calendars for this year’s Hanging of the Greens service, Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Our theme will be “Christmas Through the Ages”, as we look at how Christmas has been celebrated through the generations. Do you have a fond Christmas memory or tradition that you would like to share in our publication? Please contact Melanie Crapser or the church office. Unfortunately, in an effort to keep everyone safe, there will be no fellowship time after the service. Please join us for this special night as we kick off the Christmas season here at St. John’s!
Memorial Christmas Ornaments
The Outreach Committee will again be offering the opportunity to purchase special, engraved ornaments to help you lovingly remember loved ones who have passed away. If you would like to purchase an ornament, ($8.75) please fill out the order forms in the narthex by November 18th. Please make checks payable to Kain Engraving. If you have any questions, please contact Diane Swihart or Melanie Crapser.
As in the past we will decorate our Altar for the Christmas Eve and Christmas morning services with beautiful plants including Poinsettias, Amaryllis, and Christmas Cactus. Red, white, pink, cinnamon, red glitter, and marble poinsettias are available in a 6” size for $11.00, a 4” Christmas Cactus for $7.00, and a 6” Amaryllis for $16.00. All plants will be beautifully wrapped in foil with a ribbon. We will be ordering them from Heller’s Nursery in Decatur so we need to have all orders no later than Sunday, November 29.If you would like to order a plant, please fill out one of the envelopes which are on the table in the Narthex, the back of the sanctuary or in the fellowship hall and place it with your payment in the offering plate or in the box outside the office. Plants may be taken home by those who have purchased them after Christmas Day services. Those plants that are not picked up by Sunday, January 3, will be given to shut-ins and our nursing home residents.
LSSI Christmas Families
As you might expect, the events of this year have created a need to adapt the LSSI Christmas Family program. Support will look a little different as LSSI moves to a virtual program to protect sponsors from spending time in retail spaces and to protect everyone during the drop off and pick up dates when social distancing would be difficult.
For the 2020 LSSI Christmas Program, we will still be adopting families, but we will be providing Walmart gift cards only. A LSSI staff member will assist the family to use the gift cards to purchase Christmas items to have delivered directly to the family home. Each family member will receive at least $50.00 for gifts, and each family will receive $75.00 for food items.
We ask that those who wish to participate in the program do so in the following ways:
- Purchase a Walmart gift card in any amount and place it in the offering plate on Sunday morning or drop it off at the church office. These donations are due by Sunday, November 22.
- Purchase a Walmart gift card online in any amount, and email it to email@example.com by Wednesday, December 2.
If you feel uncomfortable purchasing a gift card online or in the store and do not have a family member to help, please call Wayne Byerley at 602-5812.
Cash gifts will also be accepted to support the mission of LSSI to apply the funds where the need is greatest. Please place these in the Helping Hands box in the Narthex by Sunday, November 22.
With the difficulties that so many families have faced in these trying times, LSSI’s needs are greater than ever. Please help us make Christmas special for these families and we look forward to seeing how many families we were able to bless this year!
November Youth & Link Events
Wednesday, November 4, Group – TCC & MY FROG
- 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 4 – Link Video Chat
- 8:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 8, TCC @ S.O.S.
- 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 11, Group – MY FROG
- 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 11, Youth Leadership
- 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 14, MY FROG @ Community Harvest
- 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 15 – Link Lunch @ Church
- 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18, Group – TCC & MYFROG
- 6:30 p.m. – 8:00
Wednesday, November 18 – Link Video Chat
- 8:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, November 20, Kid’s Club 3rd-5th Grade
- 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 21, Kid’s Club 4yr-2nd Grade
- 11:30-1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 25, Link @ Night of Lights
- 4:15-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 25, Group MYFROG
- 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 27, TCC Lock-In
- 6:30 p.m. – Saturday, November 28, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 28, TCC Salvation Army Bell Ringing @ Rural King
- 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Link Video Chats
Our Youth/Young Adult Director, Melanie Crapser, holds “Link” video chats a couple of times a month to keep in touch with our college age young adults who are either away at school or are keeping a busy schedule juggling school, work, family, etc. These are on Wednesday evenings with a brief devotion and a short time to connect and catch up. We hope this will be a great tool to help this group stay grounded in their faith. Contact Melanie if you’d like to be connected.
Daily Devotions Options
Daily devotions and spending time listening and talking with God is imperative not only for encouragement to face each day, but also to continue to grow in your faith. There are many devotional ideas to consider. Here at St. John’s, we have the “Our Daily Bread” daily devotional booklets available in regular and large print form. Ask an usher and they can get one for you. Also, for those who have a smart phone, there is a free app called “Our Daily Bread Ministries” (ODB.org) that you can download. This is a great, convenient way to begin each day. We encourage you to pass this information to your family and friends, especially to those who may be away at school or on the road and do not have access to a written form of devotion. This message is from the Worship Committee who want to support you in your personal journey and inspire you to spend time with the Lord every day.
Women of the NALC
The St. John’s Sewing group recently shipped 120 Lutheran World Relief Mission Quilts that had been sewn, knotted, and hemmed since October 2018. Many THANKS to this group, their families, and friends who support this important mission project. More sewers and knotters would always be welcomed. There are funds available to purchase fabrics. Some of our quilts will be displayed on the pews at the Thanksgiving service. These will be part of the 2020 shipment.
Please remember to update any address, email, or phone changes. You can do this by calling the church office at 260-489-5031, or emailing the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to keep in touch with you!
7914 West Cook Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46818
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