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 & 9:00 am Traditional Service
9:00 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Study
10:15 am 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
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:
Over and over again the message from God is, “Do not Fear.” The Lord gives us courage to face the brokenness and darkness of this world as we await the coming Messiah. Waiting for the Christ is courage.
11/28 Courage Of The Name
Jeremiah 33:14-16 Luke 19:28-40
12/5 Courage Of Repentance
Malachi 3:1-7b Luke 3:1-6/14
12/12 Courage From Honor
Zephaniah 3:14-20 Luke 1:26-38
12/19 Courage From the Spirit
Micah 5:2-5a Luke 1:39-56
12/24 Courage of Hope
Isaiah 9:2-7 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-20
12/25 Courage of the Truth
Isaiah 62:10-12 Titus 3:4-7 John 1:1-18
Please join us as we celebrate the Advent season with Wednesday evening services at 7:00 p.m.
- December 1, Traditional Service
- December 8, Youth-led Service
- December 15, NewSong Service
- December 22, Traditional Service
Please join us for our traditional Christmas services as we celebrate the gift of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
Christmas Day Service
Carolfest Service, Sunday, December 26
Cookies, Cocoa, and Crafts
Please join us every Wednesday during Advent for a special time for all members – youth and adults – to have some fun and fellowship. Each Wednesday we will be making watercolor Christmas cards and stamped wrapping paper. All supplies will be provided and no special talent is needed. We will meet in the sewing room from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Please join us for some holiday fun!
Drive-Thru Christmas Caroling
Please join us for an evening of caroling here at St. John’s! Remain safe in your car as you drive thru our praiseful pods of cheerful carolers. Enjoy some hot cocoa and cookies provided by Santa and his elves while you take in some festive lights and a holiday atmosphere. Arrive anytime on Friday, December 17, between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. to enjoy some seasonal sounds. Would you like to participate? Have your fabulous family at St. John’s ready to sing by 6:15.
Children’s Christmas Program
Please join us at 9:00am on Sunday, December 19th, for our Children’s Christmas Program. The children have been working hard to spread Christmas cheer this holiday season. There will be refreshments in the Narthex following our program.
Junior/Senior Friends Gingerbread Bash!
On Sunday, December 19, 11:45am until 1:30pm, all senior/ junior friends are invited to enjoy lunch and make a gingerbread nativity scene together.
Please RSVP to Katie, firstname.lastname@example.org by December 12th.
Christmas Ornament Appeal
Each year at this time, Lutheran Military Veterans and Families Ministry begins their Annual Ornament Appeal. For each donation received from the first of November through the end of January, a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree ornament will be selected and tagged with either your name or the name of someone you wish to honor and then placed upon their Christmas tree. Once there, it will be photographed and featured on their website and Facebook page for your enjoyment.
Though a joyous time for most, the holidays often are the hardest for our warriors more than any other time of the year. The emotional hardships with which they suffer are amplified. This is when LMVFM’s mission statement: “Serve with Christ’s love those who serve” is given its greatest test.
Won’t you please consider serving those who have served this nation with a new or renewed generous gift toward the success of this ministry? Your year-end gift will make a difference in spreading the Word of Christ and its healing effects on His many hurting, heartsick sons and daughters who suffered in war so that we might celebrate these holy days in freedom and joy.
Stuff A Duffel!
It has recently been brought to our attention by a representative of Fort Wayne Community Schools that there are approximately 50 high school students in the system who are classified as “unaccompanied youth.” These students are for various reasons homeless and are not in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian. Shonda Lay-Ankenbruck of the FWCS Families in Transition Office reached out to St. Mathew’s Lutheran Church on Goshen Road in the hope that they might be willing to help provide a small gift for these children at Christmas time. St. Mathew’s has accepted this challenge and asked St. John’s to partner with them.
We have agreed to join them in this challenge with a program we’re calling “Stuff a Duffle.” We are inviting our members to bring in items to provide fifteen sets.
Here is a list of suggested items provided by Ms. Lay-Ankenbruck:
- Duffle Bag (with a closure)
- Fleece Blanket ($5 ones from Wal-Mart or Dollar General)
- Body Wash Gift Set
- Travel container for soap
- Candy/Holiday Candy
- Games (travel size)
- Cards (ex: Uno)
- Hair Brush
- Nail Polish
- Lotion (travel size)
- Push Pop Bubble Fidget Toys
- $5 or $10 Fast Food Gift Card
Check out the sign up in the narthex and help us Stuff A Duffle!
Lectionary Bible Study
We meet each Monday at 6:00 p.m. to sift through the scripture passages for the upcoming Sunday sermon. You will gain a deeper understanding of the Word and Lutheran theology as Pastor Douglas teaches the class. This is a wonderful way to dive into the Scriptures before hearing the sermon.
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
FAITHFUL ELDERS NEEDED
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
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
The Friday Morning Women’s Bible Study meets every Friday at 9:00 a.m. All women are welcome to join!
Marriage Class – – –GETTING MARRIED?
If 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.
Sunday, December 5th Noon to 2p
Sunday, December 12th Noon to 2p
Wedding Coordinator Needed
St. John’s is looking for a new Wedding Coordinator to assist at the weddings held here at St. John’s. This is a paid position through the wedding parties, and you would be paid per wedding. For detailed information about this position, please contact the church office.
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.
Youth & Link Events
Wednesday, December 1, Cookies, Cocoa, and Crafts
- 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 4, Advent Service Practice
- 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 4, Caroling to Shut-Ins
- 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 5, Confirmation
- 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 8, Cookies, Cocoa, and Crafts
- 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 8, Youth Advent Service
- 7:00-8:00 p.m.
- Please Arrive at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, December 10, Kid’s Club
- 6:00-9:300 p.m.
- RSVP by December 5
- Bring a new, wrapped children’s book
Friday, December 10, MY FROG Lock-In
- 6:00 p.m.-9:00 a.m. Saturday
- RSVP by December 11
- Bring a new, wrapped ornament
Sunday, December 12, Confirmation
- 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 15, Cookies, Cocoa, and Crafts
- 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 17, Drive-thru Caroling
- 6:15-7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 17, TCC Christmas Party Lock-In
- 7:30 p.m.-9:00 a.m.
- Secret Santa
Saturday, December 18, Link Christmas Party
- 6:00-10:00 p.m.
- $5 white elephant gift
- At the Mattes’s
Sunday, December 19, Children’s Christmas Program
- 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, December 19, Gingerbread Bash
- 11:45-1:30 p.m.
- Senior/Junior Friends
- RSVP by December 12
Wednesday, December 22, Cookies, Cocoa, and Crafts
- 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 28, Confirmation Day Lock-In
- 9:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
- RSVP by December 22
Tuesday, December 28, TCC & MY FROG @ Ice Skating
- 6:00-8:30 p.m.
- Please bring $5
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 email@example.com. We want to keep in touch with you!
7914 West Cook Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46818
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