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-June    window creations-5

7:45 am & 9:00 am Traditional Service
9:00 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Study
10:15 am NewSong Contemporary

Summer Schedule: Father’s Day weekend – Labor Day weekend

7:45 am Traditional Service

9:00 am NewSong Contemporary Service

10:15 am Traditional Service

No  Children and Youth Sunday School Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day

May 2022 newsletter

St. John’s Calendar – May 2022

Please visit Pastor Douglas’s Message:

Regular Worship Schedule

            Please join us every Sunday morning for four worship opportunities. We have traditional services in our beautiful sanctuary at 7:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m, and our NewSong contemporary service in our fellowship hall at 10:15 a.m. If you prefer to worship from home, 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. We have several Sunday school opportunities for people of all ages, including two adult classes. Sunday school is at 9:00 a.m.


Current Worship Series


CARRIED AWAY: The Workings of The Holy Spirit  

Jesus promised the Spirit would guide us. The Spirit is absolutely about demonstrating God’s glory. Repeatedly the apostles and the church are surprised where the Spirit leads. Join us and ponder where the Spirit is carrying you!                Carried Away

5/15    Spirit Going Its Way                                 

5/22    Spirit Carries Us    There

5/29    Spirit Speaking Up

6/5      Spirit Poured Out





Men’s Prayer Breakfast

Men's Prayer Breakfast

            The Men’s Prayer Breakfast will meet on Saturday, March 26, at 8:00 a.m. at the Liberty Diner on Goshen Road. All men are invited for time in fellowship, food, and prayer.


Food Bank Ministry Partnership

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St. John’s continues to partner with St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church on Goshen Road for their Food Bank Ministry. Part of the Associated Churches food bank system, St. Matthew’s food bank ministry continues to respond to our community’s needs by providing food for three to five days to those who turn to them for help.

Food Pantry Hours: Wednesday and Friday 9:00 am – 11:30 am. Identification Needed: Picture ID and paper showing current address (utility bill, motel receipt). The pantry serves the following areas: North of State Blvd. or Bass Rd. / South of Dupont Rd. / West of Lima Rd (Highway 3) / ** This area includes Arcola (Lake Township).

Your contributions of non-perishable food, as well as outer garments (coats, gloves, hats, etc.) are always appreciated. You can also donate fresh fruits and vegetables or frozen items on Sunday mornings at St. Matthew’s. Non-perishable items may be placed in the large FOOD BANK box in St. Matthew’s narthex. If you would like to volunteer your time for the food bank, please call St. Matthew’s for more information.

Thank you to all who contribute to the food bank. You may bring non-perishable items in at any time and place them in the box in the narthex under our new food bank sign. 


Monthly Outreach Focus: 

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Each month the Outreach Committee is highlighting one of the organizations where we give our congregation Benevolence dollars.  St.John’s Mission Focus for May is the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission.  Their mission is to provide, through the power of Jesus Christ, a home for the homeless, food for the hungry, and hope for their future.  The Rescue Mission has been a faith-based nonprofit serving Fort Wayne and surrounding counties since 1903.  With our Thrivent Action Team, we will be collecting bath towels, flip flops, disposable razors and travel size soaps and shampoos.  Stop by the Outreach table for more information.


Congregational Prayer Group

They Raised Their Voices Together in Prayer to God. (Acts 4:24)

Throughout the Book of Acts we read how amazing healings, conversions, rescues and testimonies happen for the Church. These miracles of THE Spirit happen because the people of Jesus relied upon prayer.

We are recruiting people to join together to ask the LORD to empower the ministry of St. John’s.

We are praying the Holy Spirit would move us to love Jesus Christ more dearly. We are praying to see the Holy Spirit working powerfully among us and through us to bring the Kingdom of God to others.


·  Monday mornings at 9 am., 75 to 90 minutes of scripture study and prayer, to pray for every single person associated with this church, to pray for the ministry of this church, for the welfare of our community and country, and we pray for ourselves.


·  Do not have to be an expert in prayer or scripture. Must have a willingness to grow in faith. Must have a willingness to learn how to pray. Do not have to be there every Monday.

If you would like to inquire about the prayer group, please contact Pastor Douglas



Come join the Congregational Prayer Group just one Monday. We are praying the Holy Spirit LORD to empower the ministry of St. John’s.

  • Monday mornings at 9 am.
  • 75 to 90 minutes of scripture study and prayer.
  • to pray for our people and our community. 

WNALC Bible Study

Billy G.The WNALC women’s Bible study meets every first Thursday at 9:30 a.m. They are beginning a new study in September titled “Nearing Home” by Billy Graham. All women are welcome!


Friday Morning Women’s Bible Study


Do you feel confused or worried when you watch or read the news, wondering what is happening in our world today?

Have you wondered how biblical prophecy relates to current events? Biblical prophecy helps us discover God’s purpose for all of the chaos around us. And in this new study guide, Where Do We Go From Here?, Dr. David Jeremiah looks at issues we are experiencing in our culture today and explains how they are linked to biblical prophecy. Along the way, he also provides practical ways to live with hope and courage in the face of these daunting times.




Wednesday Evening Ladies’ Bible Study
Are you looking to deepen your prayer life? 
Join us for a Ladies Bible Study on April 20 at 6:45 pm. 
We will continue to meet every three Wednesdays. 



Young Adult Study

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            Our Young Adult Bible Study meets every first Friday at 7:00 at the Brewha. All young adults are welcome.


Marriage Class – – –GETTING MARRIED?                       

Marriage GroupIf you or someone you know is getting married, shouldn’t there be as much preparation into the marriage as there is for the wedding? Our church family wants to accompany you in those discussions about what it will mean to be husband and wife. In our premarital prep  group, we read the book Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts: Seven Questions to Ask Before You Marry by Dr. Les Parrott and Dr. Leslie Parrott.  The Parrott’s book is the most widely used Christian marriage prep tool in the world.  The pre-marital group is facilitated by Sue and Walt Dittmer who have decades of marriage experience of godly wisdom and funny stories to share.  If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Pastor Douglas or the church office.



St. John’s Golf League

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The St. John’s Golf League is in full swing and will run through August.  The Golf League meets Mondays at Eel River Course at 5:00 p.m.  We welcome both men and women to join the golf league, players of all levels, and we look forward to a time of fellowship and fun.  If you would like to sign-up, or have any questions, please call Terry Heck at 433-5331 or Tony Eagle at 437-3567.


















Confirmation Class

Sunday, May 1, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Lock-In, Friday, 6:00 p.m. thru Saturday, May 21, Noon 


Jr. / Sr. Friends Bingo



           You are invited to play Bingo with your junior friend on Friday, May 13th, 7:00pm-8:00pm. If you are a “senior”(older member of our church family) and are not currently matched up with a junior friend, please feel free to join this fun event. There are a few junior friends that could use a senior friend. If you have any questions, please contact Katie (260)417-4758,



Sunday School Closing Program


           On Sunday, May 22, at 9:00 a.m., we will wrap up this year’s Sunday School with our closing program. We will acknowledge the students that memorized their verses, thank the teachers for teaching all year, and celebrate the growth our children and youth experienced in their faith.


St. John’s Mission Trip


St. John’s will be joining the NALC Disaster Relief and other Heartland Mission District churches for a mission trip the week of June 12-17. We will be working in the Mayfield/Benton area of Kentucky, which received a lot of damage from the December 2021 tornadoes. We will be staying at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Metropolis, IL, while serving the community. Our costs will be transportation, some meals, and a fun activity if we decide to participate in one. Please let Melanie Crapser know if you will be joining us for this service opportunity.


Summer Worship Schedule


            Our summer worship schedule will begin on Sunday, June 19. Traditional services will be in the sanctuary at 7:45 & 10:15 a.m., and our NewSong contemporary service will be in the fellowship hall at 9:00 a.m. We will have several outdoor worship services this summer, with our first one on Father’s Day, June 19.


Graduate Recognition Sunday


St. John’s would like to recognize all of our 2022 graduates in our June newsletter (you should receive a form in the mail to fill out and return to the church office). Graduates will also be recognized at all three services on Sunday, June 5.  If you are graduating from High School, College, Trade School, etc., please contact the church office with information about your graduation.  We would like to include everyone! 

(If you don’t receive a form in the mail, please call the church office with your graduation information.)


Confirmation Sunday


This year’s Confirmands will be confirmed on Sunday, June 12th, during the 9:00 a.m. Traditional Service.





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” ( 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.

 Youth & Link Events

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  • Sunday, May 1, Confirmation Gathering

    • 12:00-2:00 p.m.

    Sunday, May 1, MY FROG @ Roller Skating

    • 2:00-4:00 p.m., Bring $5

    Sunday, May 1, Youth Leadership

    • 5:00-6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 4, Melanie’s Office Hours

    • 5:00-6:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 4, TCC & MY FROG Group

    • 6:30-8:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 11, Group – MY FROG Service

    • 5:45-8:15 p.m.

    Friday, May 13, Kid’s Club

    • 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dinner Included
    • Please RSVP by May 7th.

    Friday, May 13, Jr./Sr. Friend’s Bingo

    • 7:00-8:00 p.m.

    Sunday, May 15, TCC @ Team Brookie Walk

    • 1:00 p.m. @ Parkview Regional Family Playground.

    Tuesday, May 17, Link @ Escapology

    • 6:45 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 18, Melanie’s Office Hours

    • 5:00-6:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 18, TCC & MY FROG Group

    • 6:30-8:00 p.m.

    Friday, May 20, Confirmation Lock-In

    • 6:00 p.m.
    • Ends Saturday, May 21, 12:00 p.m.
    • Bring overnight items, Bibles, and journals.

    Saturday, May 21, TCC @ Auburn/Garret Drive-In

    • 8:00 p.m., Bring $5

    Sunday, May 22, Sunday School Closing Program

    • 9:00 a.m.

    Sunday, May 22, Link Lunch @ Church

    • 11:30 a.m.

    Wednesday, May 25, Group – MY FROG Service

    • 5:45-8:15 p.m.


Please remember to update any address, email, or phone changes. You can address_142cdo this by calling the church office at 260-489-5031, or emailing the office at We want to keep in touch with you!

7914 West Cook Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46818
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