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:
New Worship Series: THAT IS WHO HE IS!
Seeing the Epiphany of God
Into our broken and fractured lives, the overflowing mercy of God shows up in Christ. While we may not see it, Christ is working in our lives. The work of God in Christ brings hope over your life, family, and city.
1/9 Light In Darkness
1/16 Promise Keeper
1/23 Miracle Worker
1/30 Way Maker
2/6 Rest For The Weary
2/13 World Changer
2/20 Life Healer
Getting to Know You!
Sunday, January 30th, at 11:30 am, we invite you to the New Comer’s Brunch. It’s a great opportunity for you to meet us face-to-face and enjoy some fellowship with other people who live in the area. You can ask any questions you may have about St. John’s. This is an opportunity to get to know Pastor Douglas and other leaders here. You will also find out about our Journey of Faith, and our Vision and Purpose. We will provide a meal and child care.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, so we know how many to expect.
Men’s Prayer Breakfast
The Men’s Prayer Breakfast will meet on Saturday, January 22, at 8:00 a.m. at the Liberty Diner on Goshen Road. All men are invited for time in fellowship, food, and prayer.
Secret Sister Returns!
Calling all women! Secret Sister is returning this year! Secret Sister is a fun program to connect with and pray for women in the congregation. Each participant will fill out a profile sheet that will be (secretly!) assigned to another participant. You become your Secret Sister’s silent prayer partner and lift her up. She will not know who you are, and you will know that someone will be doing the same for you, too.
Throughout the year you can place small gifts, cards, or notes on the table in the church narthex for your Secret Sister. A gift should not cost more than around $5.00. Keep in mind that it is the thought that counts. However, it is important that we be modest since not everyone is able to afford gift giving. Something homemade, a sweet treat, or a simple gift is an appropriate way to say, “You’re in my thoughts”.
Women are spiritual sisters. We have a responsibility to uplift each other. Be an instrument that God has placed in your secret sister’s life to give her the encouragement she needs right when she needs it. “A word spoken in due season; how good it is!” (Proverbs 15:23). If you would like to participate in the Secret Sister program, please pick up a profile sheet in the narthex, complete it, and return it to the church office by January 30. Sisters will be assigned on February 1.
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.
The Bell Choir will not have practice in January, but will resume in February to prepare for Easter services. The Bell Choir is in need of two more participants. No experience is necessary and everything is provided. They generally practice for one hour on Wednesdays. If you are interested, please contact Corbet Elkins.
Food Bank Ministry Partnership
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. And remember, fifth Sundays are designated as food bank Sundays.
Helping At-Risk Children
Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center is a family focused, child centered agency providing opportunities for the growth and development of troubled children and their families–individually, interpersonally, and socially–through caring programs and healing relationships which are reflective of God’s love revealed in Jesus Christ. We are asking people to help out with personal hygiene items for the residents.
White Ankle Socks Women’s Small-XL
White Ankle Socks Men’s Small-XL
Chris Parker from Wernle will be at St. John’s on January 9 to share the story of what God is doing to help transform the lives of children at risk.
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 will begin a new study on Friday, January 7: “Encountering God” by Kelly Minter. Spiritual disciplines are essential to a more vibrant spiritual life and knowing God more intimately. We will look at the biblical foundation for these sacred habits along with approachable ways to practice disciplines like prayer, study, worship, rest, simplicity, generosity, celebration, and many more. Instead of being just one more thing on your to-do list, you’ll find that these habits of faith can actually create more margin in your life—providing peace and rest as you walk closer with Jesus. All women are invited to join us every Friday from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
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, January 16 Noon to 2p
Sunday, January 23 Noon to 2p
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
January Youth & Link Events
Wednesday, January 5, Melanie’s Office Hours
- 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 5, Group – TCC & MYFROG
- 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Friday, January 7, Link Game Night
- 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
- At the Owens’s
Saturday, January 8, Ski Trip
- 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 9, Youth Leadership
- 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 12, Group – MYFROG
- 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Friday, January 14, Girls Only Kid’s Club
- 6:00-8:00 p.m.
- RSVP by January 10
Sunday, January 16, TCC @ Pro Bowl West
- 11:30-3:00 p.m.
- Bring $5. Lunch included.
Sunday, January 16, Confirmation
- 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 16, Blessing Bags Service Project
- 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 19, Melanie’s Office Hours
- 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 19, Group – TCC & MYFROG
- 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 23, Confirmation
- 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 26, Group – MYFROG
- 6:30-8:00 p.m.
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
260-489-5031 | firstname.lastname@example.org