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    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: 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

September 2021 newsletter 

St. John’s Lutheran Church Calendar of Events – September 2021

August 2021 newsletter

August 2021 Calendar of Events

Summer 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 10:15 a.m, and our NewSong contemporary service in our fellowship hall at 9:00 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 will have several outdoor services this summer, including Father’s Day, June 20, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Outdoor services will be at 9:00 a.m.


Current Worship Series:  

Looking Up God  

The Powerful Practice of Prayer 

Why do so many Christians think prayer is complex or difficult?  Prayer is simply talking with God in trust and faith. We will explore the simple way of praying with the God who made us and loves us.

 8/29  Vibingunnamed (1)


9/5    Dog Crumb      Prayers


9/12  Only by Prayer




Upcoming Worship Series:


What do you have in your life? Whatever it is God will use it as a blessing for you and others if you will trust him with it.  The LORD has poured out blessing on you. Christ redeems you to be a blessing to others. So how can you live into being a blessing in every area of your life?


9/19      God’s BlessingBlessing series

9/26      Blessing Boldly

10/3      Sent To Be A Blessing

10/10    Blessing of Showing Up

10/17    Meager Great Blessings

10/24    Daily Blessing


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


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

Women of the Bible

The Friday Morning Women’s Bible Study meets every Friday at 9:00 a.m. All women are welcome to join!


Wednesday Evening Women’s Bible Study
Are you looking to deepen your prayer life? 
Join us for a Ladies Bible Study on June 30th at 6:45 pm. 
We will continue to meet every three Wednesdays. 


The fall schedule will be September 1 and 22, October 13, and November 3. 
We will be reading ‘A Jewel in His Crown’ 
Please reach out to Debra Schoelles for further details.

Young Adult Bible Study

All young adults are invited to join us every first, second, and third Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for time in the Word and how it relates to your life. We will take a summer break and meet again in October


Men’s Prayer Breakfast

The Men’s Prayer Breakfast meets every fourth Saturday at 8:00 a.m. All men are welcome to join them for food, fellowship, and prayer.


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.


Confirmation Class

A new year of Confirmation begins with a Bible 101 class on Sunday. September 19, from noon – 2:00 p.m. All students and at least one parent are encouraged to attend. Confirmation classes will begin with a lock in beginning Friday, September 24 at 6:00 p.m. The first four Confirmation lessons will be taught during the lock in, so all students are encouraged to attend.

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.

Mission District Convocation

Everyone is encouraged to attend the annual fall Mission District Convocation on Saturday, October 2, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., at St. Mark’s on Thiele Road in Ft. Wayne. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Eric Riesen, President of the North American Lutheran Seminary. Tentative breakout sessions will include “Healing Ministry for the Local Church”, “Seeing Our Congregational Reality: Moving Forward”, and “Life-to-Life Discipleship”. The day also includes a Mission District Youth Gathering led by Melanie Crapser. The youth will be serving with the NALC Disaster Response to assemble school supply kits for young people affected by disasters. All Mission District churches are collecting items for these kits. St. John’s has been asked to collect the following items:

5 Backpacks or Duffle Bags

 2 Scientific Calculators

 20 Notebooks

  65 Pocket Folders

Look for the signup board in the narthex or call the church office if you intend to purchase an item. All items are due by September 26.

This year’s Convocation theme is “Connected to the Vine”.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5.

 Join us as we work to stay connected to the Vine, and each other!

Battle Rattle 5k

Please join us here at St. John’s for the third annual Battle Rattle run/walk 5k benefitting the Lutheran Military Veterans and Families Ministry on Saturday, October 30. The run/walk begins at 9 a.m. with registration available onsite beginning at 8 a.m. This will be an official points race for the Ft. Wayne Running Club. After the race, there will be awards and raffle prizes. This is a fun event for the whole family with a beautiful route in the fall country. If you would like to bless the ministry of LMVFM by being a sponsor, or if you would like to preregister for the race, please visit Battle Rattle 21

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.

September Youth & Link Events

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    • Wednesday, September 1, Melanie’s Office Hours

      • 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

      Wednesday, September 1, Group – TCC & MY FROG

      • 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
      • Soup for Seniors Preparation

      Wednesday, September 8, TCC & MY FROG Service Project @ the Kuehnert Farm

      • 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
      • Meet and pickup @ the Kuehnert’s

      Sunday, September 12, Project 216 Packing Party!

      • 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
      • Pizza lunch included.

      Wednesday, September 15, Group – MY FROG & TCC

      • 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

      Friday, September 17, Kid’s Club Kick-Off Party

      • 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
      • @ the Kuehnert Homestead Barn
      • RSVP by September 10.

      Tuesday, September 21, MY FROG & TCC @ Lion’s Club

      • 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
      • Meet and pick-up @ the Arcola Fire Department.

      Wednesday, Sept. 22, TCC & MY FROG Soup for Seniors Dinner

      • 5:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

      Friday, September 24, Confirmation Lock-In

      • Begins at 6:00 p.m., ends at noon on Saturday.

      Saturday, September 25, Link @ Cedar Point

      • Leave church at 9:00 a.m.
      • Bring $40 plus money for food.

      Wednesday, September 29, Melanie’s Office Hours

      • 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

      Wednesday, September 29, Destination Group – MY FROG & TCC

      • 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
      • @ Kuehnert Fall Fest

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