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     Basic CMYK

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


Newsletter – October 2018,


Worship Service Time Changes           Right-Click on the filename below to download this image and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As"

The last Sunday for the NewSong Service to be held at 9:00 is Sunday, September 2nd.  On Sunday, September 9th, (Rally Day) we will go back to our regular schedule, Traditional services at 7:45 and 10:15, NewSong Service at 10:15 and Sunday School at 9:00.


Kids Club        kids club color

Friday, October 5 KIDS club and youth groups and their families are invited to the Kuehnert Dairy fall Festival at 6:00 for dinner and a great evening of family fun. Hot dogs over the fire, with all the fixins’, baked beans, chips, caramel apples and drinks will be provided. There will be a short devotion and a contest after the meal. The festival is open until 10:00 pm that evening, Enter through the admission tent and tell them you are with St. Johns. A HUGE thank you to the Kuehnert Family for having us out again this year PLEASE RSVP to Chrissy by October 1.


MYFROG         frog color 

Saturday, October 13 MY FROG will be serving at the Mad Anthony Hope House from 9 am-12pm then eat lunch out. We will prepare a meal for the guests and do various household chores while we are there. Drivers may be needed if we have more than 6 attend, please let Chrissy know if you can serve. Drop off at the church at 8:30 a.m. and pick up at 1:30 p.m.


Chili Cook-Off and Trunk or Treat        Right-Click on the filename below to download this image and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As"

On Saturday, October 20, St. John’s Outreach Committee will be hosting a chili cook-off and trunk or treat. If you have a favorite chili recipe, we would love for you to make a crockpot of your chili and enter it in the cook-off! There will be prizes for first, second, and third place. Everyone is invited to come and sample the chilis and vote for their favorite! We will also be serving hotdogs, breads/crackers, and desserts. The chili-cook off will be from 5:30-8:00PM and the winners will be announced at 7:30. This will be a free-will offering event. During the time of the chili cook-off, we will also have a Trunk or Treat from 6:00-7:30. We are looking for volunteers to decorate the trunk or open area of their vehicle and hand out candy to our trick or treaters. You can decorate your vehicle in a theme, Halloween or fall décor, or anyway you like. There are lots of ideas on line if you need some help. The Outreach committee will provide your first bag of candy. We are hoping this will be a big, fun event that will include music, a costume contest at 6:00 and 7:00, and more! Invite your neighbors and friends! Sign up sheets are in the narthex, and if you have any questions please contact Melanie Crapser.


S.O.S.         service_5843c (1)

On Saturday, November 3, from noon until around 3:00PM, the Outreach Committee will be sponsoring the annual fall Serving Our Seniors (S.O.S.) day. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to serve and honor our senior members by doing some light yardwork and miscellaneous jobs. Dress for outdoor work and bring a rake if you have one. Water and snacks will be provided. Rain date will be Sunday, November 4, at the same time. We are also looking for members or non-members who are willing to let us show you some love by helping you with some odd jobs and/or yard work. Please see the sign-up sheet in the narthex and call Susie Groeling or Melanie Crapser if you have any questions.


Get Back in the Habit!!         church family_1334c

Have you let your habit of attending worship on Sunday mornings slip by the way side? September is a great time to get back into the Sunday morning worship routine. Kids are back in school, the days are getting cooler, and our Sunday School programs for children and adults are starting a new year. Do you have to attend worship to be a Christian? No of course not, but there are many places in scripture where we are called to worship, such as Psalm 89:15 Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord. In 1 Corinthians 12 beginning at verse 12 we are called to be the body of Christ with many parts working together to be one body. What do you say, are you ready to get back into the worship habit?


Church Directory App is Here!     

Yes we have an App for our church directory. This gives you access to our directory on your phone or home computer. It’s free and easy to use. The App works on Apple devices and Android devices. There are copies of the instructions to download the App on the table in the narthex. If you have any questions contact the church office.



Church Security    

Koehlinger Security installed an entrance security mechanism at St. John’s. Under normal conditions, the doors will remain locked during business hours. There is an intercom, camera and request button located on the right side of the west main entry doors. Pressing this button will allow the office staff to see, communicate and allow access to the building. Thank you for your cooperation in maintaining the safety and security of our facility and people.


Women’s Bible Study Group      womens-bible-study

The Women’s Friday Morning Bible Study Group (sorry, we don’t have a snazzy name) will start up again September 7, 9:00 a.m. at church with a study by Max Lucado called, “Anxious for Nothing”. It is a six session study that focuses on the worries we often carry and how we can exchange it for true peace that only God can give. We would LOVE to have you join this fun group of women who love Jesus and enjoy learning from one another! Please see Melanie Crapser or Susie Groeling with any questions you may have.


WNALC Bible Study        women_WNALC-4493c1_web

Our NALC Bible study class will not meet in September. We will start a new book on Thursday, October 5th. It is “Forgotten God” by Francis Chan. We will have a workbook to help us through it. It is a book about the Holy Spirit. We would like to invite anyone who has not attended a Bible Study to join us. We meet at 9:30 on the first Thursday of each month. I have extra books so if you would like to join us see me, Penny Heggen, and I will get you a book. My cell number is 415-3796.

We are a non-threating group. If you don’t like to read we won’t make you read. If you don’t like to talk, we won’t insist on it. If you talk too much ask the Holy Spirit to hold his hand over your mouth, and to give you courage when He wants you to speak!


T.C.C./Link Kickoff Party     kick off party

The T.C.C./Link Kickoff Party will be held at Rob & Erin Niman’s house (7819 Greenwell Rd, Churubusco, IN 46723) on August 25th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. All T.C.C. and Link members and their families are encouraged to come. There will be a meat and drinks provided, but if families can bring a pot-luck dish to share that would be appreciated. There will be important information shared about the upcoming year, so please plan on coming if at all possible!



October Youth Events            youth_group

Wednesday, October 3, Youth Bells

  • 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 3, GROUP – TCC & MYFROG

  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 5, Kids Club ­– (Sour Candy) and youth

  • 6:00 p.m. – ?, Kuehnert dairy fall festival, dinner provided

Sunday, October 7, Confirmation / H2H – MYFROG

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 10, Youth Bells

  • 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 10, GROUP – MYFROG

  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 10, Discipleship Study Group – High School & Older

  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 12, Young Adult – Discovery Group

  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 13, MYFROG – Hope House

  • 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 14, Confirmation / H2H – MYFROG

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 14, Youth Leadership Council

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17, Youth Bells

  • 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17, GROUP – TCC & MYFROG

  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 20­, Trunk or Treat / Chili Cook Off – All

  • 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 24, Youth Bells

  • 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 24, GROUP – MYFROG

  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 24, Discipleship Study Group – High School & Older

  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 28, Confirmation / H2H – MYFROG

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 28, Link Lunch – High School Seniors & College Age

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Dartball League          dartball_1932c

WANTED – People between 14 and 100 that want to have fun. Male or female. Know – baseball or softball? Can you throw underhand like cornhole? You already know most of the rules and can do it. Like to laugh and have fun? Looking for an activity with friends? Try dartball! The Fort Wayne Lutheran Dartball League plays weekly October 1 to March 1. We’ll help you get started! No entry fee for new teams! Contact Rich Greener or 437-4933. Deadline to get in this year is Sept. 15. Don’t wait too long!


2019 Committee Positions        join a committee

The Elders Committee is about to start the process of gathering names and candidates for next year’s Church Council positions. If you know of a member who would make an excellent candidate, please contact Barry Gynn or Lowell Felger or the church office. We thank you in advance for your input.


Opportunities for Service

Soon we will be asking everyone to fill out Opportunities for Service sheets. We need everyone’s help on this! As a family and community of believers, we need everyone to participate! You may think I’m too old, too young, or too busy to help but everyone can do something, even if it is to volunteer to make phone calls, or pray for our congregation. If you can’t commit to a whole month of service put down what you would be available for, include your phone number and return the call when someone from the church calls!



New Faces Needed        Right-Click on the filename below to download this image and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As"

The Outreach Committee is looking for a few new faces to join our fun team. We are a group of seven working to show the love of Jesus Christ to believers and non-believers by providing opportunities to be involved in the life of the church and the body of Christ. Let’s make this happen! We meet every first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and try to be mindful about keeping the meetings to an hour. For more information, please call Susie Groeling or Melanie Crapser. Or join us at our next meeting on August 7 at 6:30.


New Discipleship Study Group      Discipleship Study Group

The Discipleship Study Group (D.S.G.) is for those in high school on up.  It is intended to be “multigenerational” so that we can build off of each other’s experiences and points of view.  It is primarily focused on Bible study and discussion relating to the themes and lessons taken from the scripture, and offering life applications to help us grow as Disciples of Christ. The link to the Discipleship Study Group Facebook page is meet every other Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Next Meeting January 17.



Funeral Dinner Committees

We are looking for someone who is interested in leading a funeral dinner committee. We currently have 3 committees and would like to add one more. It’s a great way to serve! If you are interested, please contact Susan Lawrence.


Funeral Information Sheet

At the time of death it is often difficult and stressful for families to gather information and to make all the decisions that need to be made. As a help to your family, you are invited to fill out the Funeral Information Sheet that is included in this newsletter and return it to the church office to be kept on file. Having this information on file may help to insure that your desires are taken into consideration in planning your funeral arrangements.


What is Discovery Group?       Discovery Group Picture

Discovery Group is a young adult small group focused on Bible study, relationship building, and personal growth.  It’s specifically targeted towards those in their 20’s – mid 30’s, but all are welcome. Join our facebook group page, at or contact Rob Niman for more information (ph/txt 260-443-6759 | email


How About LINK?         chain_11548c

Link is a group for young adults of “college age” and high school seniors. Link’s focus is on helping each other stay connected to our faith through relationship building, service, and spiritual growth. Join our fa-cebook group page

or contact Rob Niman for more information (ph/txt 260-443-6759 | email


 Keep Church Records Up To Date                   address_142c

Just a reminder, please keep your church information up to date. Let us know if you have moved, changed your phone number, e-mail address or if you have done away with your land phone line. During the winter months there may be times when services need to be canceled due to weather, if we do not have current information we are not able to relay these messages.



Women of the WNALC      women_WNALC-4493c1_web

  Bible Study — Thursday, October 4 — 9:30 a.m.

Sewing Work Day — Tuesday, October 9 — 9:00 a.m.

Bible Study — Thursday, November 1 — 9:30 a.m.

Sewing Work Day — Tuesday, November 13 — 9:00 a.m.


HELP NEEDED!         

The “Lutheran Ministry Veterans and Families Ministries” is in need of office volunteers to help us on Tuesdays.  If you are able to help out, please contact us (any Tuesday) by phone: 1-260/755-2239, email: or, by US mail at: LMVFM, 3480 Stellhorn Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815. We are anxious to hear from you.

Bless You, Leslie Haines, Executive Director



St. John’s is on Facebook!    

Facebook can be not only a way for our members to stay connected with what’s happening at St. John’s, it can also be a valuable outreach tool. And you can help! Just “like” and “follow” our page at St. Johns Lutheran Church of Lake Township, then when you see a new post, “like” or “share” the post to help it reach more people. This will allow others to see our service information, upcoming events, and groups. If you would like your event or group highlighted on our Facebook page, or if you have any comments or suggestions, please call Melanie Crapser.



New Testament Bibles   Right-Click on the filename below to download this image and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As"

In the back of the sanctuary, fellowship hall and in the narthex are paperback editions of the New Testament. Please take one and keep it if you need it, or give it to someone you think may want it – a neighbor, friend, co-worker, or even a stranger. This would be an easy way to share Christ’s message, love, and redeeming grace.


2018 Flower Chart flowers_993c4_web

The 2018 flower chart is now in the binder in the library.  Two or more families can sign up per Sunday.  The cost of the flowers is $15.00 per family.  You can place your donation for the flowers in the offering plate on Sunday.  If you do so, please be sure to designate that in the appropriate box on your offering envelope.


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