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


St. John’s Newsletter August 2019



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Our Summer worship schedule will run through Labor Day weekend, September 1st. The following Sunday, September 8th we will go back to the regular worship schedule with the Early Traditional Service at 7:45 a.m., Sunday School at 9:00 a.m., Late Traditional Service and the NewSong Contemporary Service at 10:15 a.m.




Backpack Blessings – August 11          For use in printed publications, Right-Click on the filename below to download and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As"

Back-to-school can be scary, fun, uncertain, and happy for our kids. Let’s send our kids into a new year encouraged by God’s Word. Join us for a Backpack Blessing Event Sunday morning AUGUST 11 @ all 3 services. Parents, remind your children, (pre-school through High school seniors) to bring their school backpack to church. We will have a special time in the service to share a Backpack Blessing with them as the new school year begins. Students will receive a laminated backpack tag. And remember include all of our young people in your prayers as they go back to school.


Red Cross Blood Drive       blood drive

St. John’s is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, August 21st from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. You can schedule your donation on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex or go on-line at Walk-in donations are also acceptable. Contact Susan Lawrence with questions.


Family Fun Night         family fun night

On Friday, August 9th from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. we will have a Family Fun Night at St. John’s! Adios to summer vacation! Mexican meal theme and school supply piñata! Open to ALL St. John’s families



Thank You Church Employees! Your Work Is Noticed And Appreciated!    

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           On Sunday, August 18 during services, we will recognize and show appreciation to our hard working staff at St. John’s!  Then, on August 21, there will be a special Appreciation Luncheon provided for our employees. Please take time in early August to thank each of our staff members for the work that they do! 


Strides of Hope    

The Outreach committee will be sponsoring a walking team in A Hope Center’s 2019 Strides of Hope 2-mile fundraising walk in Shoaff Park on Saturday, August 24 at 9:00 am. This is a family-friendly event and is stroller and wheelchair friendly as well. Please join us for a fun morning! You can sign-up on the sheet in the narthex, or under our team name “St. Johns Lake Twp” at their website at



Newsletter Deadline Change  

The deadline for requesting something to be put in the Crossroads newsletter will be changed from the Third Sunday of the month to the 15th of every month. Requests made after the 15th will be put in the following month. Thank you, The Elders


Sunday Night L.I.T.E.       For use in printed publications, Right-Click on the filename below to download and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As"

Love. Inspire. Testify. Enlighten. September 8th.

People of all ages are invited to participate in Sunday Night L.I.T.E. at the church Sunday September 8th. Sing a song, read a poem, show your art, or share a special story of God working in your life. Whatever it is God’s given you to glorify Him and bring joy to others, we want you to share it.



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Please join us for a potluck in September right before Sunday Night Lite! Bring your favorite dish to share!


St. John’s Coffee Mugs         coffee mugs

The Outreach Committee, in conjunction with GiGi’s Playhouse, will be selling St. John coffee mugs as a fundraiser for both groups. GiGi’s Playhouse is the only network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers. Every day, they provide life-changing therapeutic, educational and career training programs for 30,000+ individuals of all ages. Gigi’s changes lives through programs for individuals with Down syndrome from birth through adulthood, their families and the community, through a replicable playhouse model. GiGi’s Playhouse offers more than 25 therapeutic and educational programs that advance literacy, math skills, motor skills and more; all of which are free of charge. The coffee mugs will be made with the help of Gigi’s clients and feature pictures of the church. Each mug will sell for $14, $10 from each mug will go to Gigi’s to support their programs, and $4 will go to the Outreach Committee to support outreach at St. John’s. Look for the display and order form in the narthex. Thanks for your support!


Sunday School Rally Day        For use in printed publications, Right-Click on the filename below to download and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As"

Soon the kids will be heading back to school and families will be getting back into the “school routine”.  It will soon be time to head back to Sunday School as well.  We will be getting the Sunday School year started on Sunday, September 8th.  Please mark your calendars and join us at 9:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall as we begin another great year of Sunday School.


Sunday School Teachers Needed          teachers needed

Rally Day is quickly approaching. Please contact Chrissy VanEvery if you are able to teach or co-teach this year. A weekly commitment is not necessary and there is very minimal prep work, teachers are needed for adult and children’s classes. Even if you taught last year please contact Chrissy to let her know if you plan to do so again this year.

Library Summer Reading Program         summer reading

We have had a great time so far with the summer reading program.  The last day to turn in your reading logs is Sunday, September 1st so that all the points may be totaled and prizes can be handed out at Rally Day September 8th. There is still time left so keep reading.


Link Video Chats      Right-Click on the filename below to download this image and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As"

Our new Youth/Young Adult Director “Melanie Crapser” would like to implement “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 will be in the evenings with a brief devotion and a short time to connect and catch up. Parents please provide Melanie with phone numbers and emails. We hope this will be a great tool to help this group stay grounded in their faith.


SAVE THE DATE – OCTOBER 25 -26         For use in printed publications, Right-Click on the filename below to download and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As"

St John’s is planning a leadership retreat, led by Jeff Groeling, at Camp Lutherwald on Friday October 25 and Saturday October 26.  This is open to all confirmed members who wish to explore ways of making our ministry at St John’s more welcoming, efficient, and effective.  Our goal will be to have fun, fellowship and work time as we examine topics such as these:

  • How can we encourage and enable more members to be involved?
  • Do we have structures in place that make it difficult for people to serve?
  • Are there other ways to organize the “business” aspects of the church?
  • What items in in our schedule and procedures are ready to be abandoned?
  • What needs of our members are not being met?
  • What would you like to see happen at St John’s?

As it gets closer, we may ask you to do some preparatory reading to help us use our time together more effectively.  For those who cannot make it on Friday night there will be opportunities for your involvement on Saturday. More information will follow.




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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 Christ in Our Home 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.




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.



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!



Golf League       golf_5772c2_web

The St. John’s Golf League began on Monday, April 29 and will run through August.  The Golf League meets Mondays at Eel River Course at 5:00 p.m.  We welcome both men and women to join the golf league, players of all levels, and we look forward to a time of fellowship and fun.  If you would like to sign-up, or have any questions, please call Tony Eagle at 625-3031 or Terry Heck at 248-8905.



August Youth Events            youth_group

Thursday, August 1, TCC @ Paige’s Crossing, bring $15

  • 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Friday, August 2, MYFROG drive-in movie & lock in

  • 6:30 p.m. – Saturday 9:30 a.m. at church

Saturday, August 3, Link @ Warren Dunes, MI.

  • 2:00 – 10:00 p.m. bring your favorite snack to share

Sunday, August 4, TCC Youth Leadership

  • 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 7, MYFROG, TCC & Link @ Tincaps

  • 6:00 p.m. ; NO Link chat

      Friday, August 9, Family Fun Night, Adios to summer vacation. Mexican meal theme and school supply piñata! Open to ALL St. John’s families.

  • 6:00 – 8:30p.m.

Wednesday, August 14, NO Group

  • 6:30 – 8:00p.m.

Wednesday, August 21, Melanie’s office hours

  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

     Wednesday, August 21, Group – TCC

  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at church

     Wednesday, August 21, Link Video Chat

  • 8:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 21, MYFROG Group to assist BINGO @ Coventry Meadows

  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 24, TCC @ Strides of Hope

  • 8:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 25, Link lunch @ church

  • 11:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 28, NO Group

  • 6:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 8, All Ages – Rally Day

  • 9:00 a.m.



Women of the WNALC      women_WNALC-4493c1_web

Bible Study — No Bible Study in August

There will be no Sewing Workday in June, July & August

 Bible Study — Thursday, September 5 — 9:30 a.m.

Sewing Work Day — Tuesday, September 10 — 9:00 a.m.



St. John’s Yard Signs and T-Shirts          t-shirts & yard signs

There are new St. John’s yard signs and new metal stakes if your sign is still good but the stake has broken. Look for these in the narthex near the library. There are also a limited number of St. John’s t-shirts for sale in various sizes. Please see Melanie Crapser for t-shirt information.




Logan’s Heroes           Logan's Heroes

Dear St. John’s, Please support Logan’s Heroes and the 30,000 young people with CF who will directly benefit from your research donation.  The Indianapolis Great Strides Walk is on June 9th at 1:00 PM.  Your contribution is 100% tax deductible and you should feel good that the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) operates lean and efficient so that 89 cents of every donated dollar goes directly toward CF research and the advancement of care giving. Come join Logan’s Heroes or leave the walking to us. Go online here to donate now: Also donations may be mailed to my address below. I look forward to the day when I no longer have to fundraise for the CFF because these kids are cured!   Thanks, Mike Doseck, 912 Hampton Way, Westfield, Indiana 46074



2K Lives Campaign    

Cross Connections “We will change 2,000 lives through Christ. We will do it by January 1st, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.”

This is our pledge for the next 5 months. We are asking two thousand individuals to donate $50 to help two thousand people to see hope through Christ. We can get there and expand the seating capacity in god’s throne room one struggling person at a time. You can help us! Go to and click DONATE to become one of the 2,000 lives that helps 2,000 lives. Because soon is not a time and some is not a number.



2019 Everlasting Word Calendars   

Sheets & Childs Funeral Home has again graciously provided us with complimentary 2019 calendars. These calendars have the churches name, service times and other pertinent information on the bottom. Please take one for your home or workplace and take a few to share with friends you would like to invite to church. Use these great outreach tools to grow God’s family.


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 November 7th.


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



 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.



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.



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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.


2019 Flower Chart flowers_993c4_web

The 2019 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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