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 will return to the fellowship hall on September 13. 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.
National Back to Church Sunday!
National Back to Church Sunday started as a call to action and invitation – action for the church, invitation for the world. A single-day event focused on extending the invitation of love, peace and hope to our friends and neighbors.
A single day to reclaim the true nature of Church – exactly as Christ commanded. St. John’s will be joining the National Back to Church Sunday on Sunday, September 20. We ask all members to join us and bring a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker, whomever you want to share the love of Christ! Then join us after second service for a church picnic featuring Nelson’s Chicken!
Outdoor Church Picnic
Please join us on Sunday, September 20 after second service for an outdoor church picnic featuring Nelson’s Chicken! Bring a lawn chair if you have one, and a pop-up canopy if you have one as well! Everything else will be provided, so come and enjoy a care-free time with your church family and good food!
Binding the Wounds of War
On Sunday, September 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. John’s will be hosting a “Binding the Wounds of War” seminar, introducing civilian audiences to military culture, war-time experience, issues common to military households, and practical, proven ways to recognize and respond to the needs of veterans, military contractors and families who live in our midst.
Many in the US military community are struggling silently with Post-traumatic Stress
(PTS) resulting from service-related spiritual wounds or moral injuries, and they’re taking their own lives at the rate of 20+ per day. Increasingly, these morally and spiritually injured veterans and their families live in the midst of civilian neighborhoods and congregations. More than a mental health disorder, the moral and spiritual wounds on a veteran’s soul are best addressed with Christ-centered care, counseling and support. Participating in “Binding the Wounds of War” can be an important first step in equipping clergy, congregations, family members and other civilian caregivers to
RECOGNIZE, RESPOND and REFER members of the military community to Christ-centered counseling and care.
Leader: Chaplain Leslie Haines (MAJ, Ret’d, US ARMY), served 33 years in the Army, a combat veteran and founder of Lutheran Military Veterans & Families Ministries, a nation-wide ministry based in Fort Wayne IN. Founded in 2008, LMVFM provides free Christ-centered counseling, care and support to all veterans, military contractors and their families, regardless of their faith affiliation.
A 501(c)(3) faith-based ministry, LMVFM accepts no government support.
This seminar is especially suited for congregations and faith-based organizations of all denominations, particularly:
● Clinical counselors
● Parish nurses
● Stephens Ministers
● Visitation ministers
● Volunteer coordinators
● Families of veterans and military contractors
● and others who care for or about veterans.
(Please note: Due to the sensitive nature of this subject, this seminar is NOT recommended for
persons under the age of 18.)
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!
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!
Friday Morning Women’s Bible Study
Our Friday Morning Women’s Bible Study will resume meeting on Friday, September 18, at 9:00 a.m. We will begin a new study by David Jeremiah titled “Everything You Need.” Do you feel unprepared to be a difference maker in the world? Take heart—Dr. David Jeremiah asserts that God equips all believers with everything they need! Drawing from 2 Peter 1:3–11, we will explore eight critical tools the Lord provides—diligence, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, kindness, and love—to help us live boldly and confidently. All women are invited to join. Please call Melanie Crapser or the church office if you have any questions.
Chalk the Walk!
To celebrate Back to Church Sunday, we are inviting EVERYONE to stop by on Saturday, September 19, to decorate the walk into church. All supplies will be available all day, so stop by at your convenience!
Battle Rattle 5K at St. John’s
On Saturday, October 24, Lutheran Military Veterans and Families Ministries (LMVFM) will be hosting their second annual Battle Rattle Run/Walk here at St. John’s! This is a great event for the whole family and a great way to support the ministry of LMVFM! Please register at https://runsignup.com/Race/IN/FortWayne?DebMyers
September Youth & Link Events
September Youth Events
Wednesday, September 2, Group – TCC & MY FROG
- 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at church. We will be decorating mum pots for our senior members, as well as our usual lesson, snack, and game time. Friends are welcome!
Wednesday, September 2, Link Video Chat
- 8:30 – 9:00 p.m. We will continue our discussion on why people walk away from their faith, and look at some ways to stay strong in our own faith.
Friday, September 11, Kid’s Club Kick-off
- 6:30 p.m. @ The Homestead on the Kuehnert Farm. The whole family is invited!
Saturday, September 12, TCC & MYFROG Service Project
- 7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Meet at church. We will be serving at Community Harvest and will then have lunch at Weenie Hut Jr.
Sunday, September 13, Link Lunch @ Pigeon River
- Meet at church at 11:30 a.m. We will return when we are good and ready!
Wednesday, September 16, Group – TCC & MYFROG
- 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at church. We will be taking Group on the road as we deliver our mums to our beloved senior members.
Wednesday, September 16, Link Video Chat
- 8:30 – 9:00 p.m. Part three of why people leave the faith. We will discuss how the “world” will push you to walk away from what you believe.
Saturday, September 19, Chalk the Walk
- All day. Everyone is encouraged to come out and decorate the sidewalk and parking lot. Let’s make a huge splash! Supplies will be provided.
Saturday, September 19, Link & TCC Service Project
- 10:30 – 2:30 p.m. Meet at church. We will be serving at The Lighthouse. There will be food. And cake.And you may get wet, so dress appropriately.
Sunday, September 27, Youth Leadership
- 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. at church. Welcome to our new members!
Wednesday, September 30, Group – TCC & MYFROG
- 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fifth Wednesday destination Group at the Kuehnert’s! Meet us at the farm.
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.
7914 West Cook Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46818
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