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 – August 2018


Friends Day at St. John’s, August 12!       Right-Click on the filename below to download this image and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As"

St. John’s Lutheran Church of Lake Township always welcomes new people, but this is a special day to focus on inviting friends to join us for worship & fellowship, especially those that don’t already have a church home. Sponsored by TCC youth group and Outreach Committee, let’s make this day great by bringing our friends with us to church on August 12. Refreshments served after each service.


Backpack Blessings – August 12        Right-Click on the filename below to download this image 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 12 @ 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.


Ice Cream Social to Benefit LOM-IK Scholarships        icecream_2962c1_web

For the last few years Risen Savior Lutheran has hosted an Ice Cream Social to fund special projects for Lutheran Outdoor Ministries. Risen Savior will again host an Ice Cream Social with freewill donations going to benefit Camp Scholarships on Sunday August 12th, funds raised will be used for camp scholarships. In commemoration of 25 years of service to our camps by Pastor Mark Radloff the goal is to raise $25,000. From 2:00 to 2:45 pm there will be a short camp service program with some of our summer camp staff, the new Executive Director, Pastor Stephen Flynn will participate as well. There will be ice cream, along with other foods to enjoy, music and yard games for kids till 4. There will be a drawing for free camp scholarships for 2019 and a raffle drawing for pre-season Colts tickets. Join area church members in this fun Sunday summertime activity!

Family Fun Night         family fun night

On Friday, August 24th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. we will have a Family Fun Night at St. John’s! Everyone is welcome to come. This will be a potluck dinner with the meat and drinks provided. Bring your family, friends and neighbors. Please RSVP to Chrissy VanEvery so we can get an estimate on the meat.

Last Summer Movie Night!      movie3c

Please join us for our LAST summer movie night of the year on Sunday, August 19, at 6:00pm. We will be showing two movies. “The Case for Christ” is based on a true story that inspired the 1998 book of the same name by Lee Strobel and follows an atheist journalist who looks to disprove his wife’s Christian faith. Spoiler alert: he fails. At the same time we will also be showing, “Paddington 2”. Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. This is a sweet and funny movie about compassion, empathy, kindness, and the importance of families — good entertainment for audiences of all ages. We hope you will join us for one of these movies and we would LOVE for you to invite a friend or neighbor! As always, popcorn and drinks will be provided.


TCC Car Wash           carwash_4850c

The TCC (High School Youth) will hold a Fundraiser Car Wash at the church Sunday, August 19 from 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 n. They will wash your car, truck, tractor or whatever for a free will donation. So bring those dirty vehicles and see them before or after services.

Red Cross Blood Drive           blood drive

St. John’s is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, August 22nd 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.


Sunday School Rally Day         rally-day

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 9th.  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.


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 2nd so that all the points may be totaled and prizes can be handed out at Rally Day September 9th. There is still time left so keep reading.


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 Friday morning women’s Bible study group will begin a new study by Beth Moore called “The Quest”, which focuses on growing in a deeper and more intimate relationship with Jesus. We meet every Friday morning from 9a.m.-11a.m., starting January 5, and we would LOVE to have you join us! Please see Melanie Crapser or Susie Groeling for more information.



WNALC Bible Study        women_WNALC-4493c1_web

The WNALC Bible Study will be starting Thursday, January 4th at 9:30 a.m. everyone is invited and welcome! We would love to see some new faces.


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!



August Youth Events            youth_group

  • Wednesday, August 8, Group – TCC & MYFROG
    • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Sunday, August 12, Friends Day – Invite a Friend to Church

    • All Services

    Sunday, August 12, Backpack Blessing – Everyone

    • All Services, BRING YOUR BACKPACK!

    Sunday, Aug. 12, Link Lunch – High School Seniors & College Age  

    • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at church

    Wednesday, Aug. 15, Discipleship Group (D.S.G.) – TCC & Older

    • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at church

    Friday, August 17, Discovery Group – Young Adult

    • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. location to be determined

    Sunday, August 19, Car Wash – TCC

    • 8:15 am – 12:00 n

    Wednesday, August 22, Group – TCC & MYFROG

    • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Friday, August 24, Family Fun Night – All Ages Welcome

    • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Potluck Dinner! Drinks and meat provided invite family & friends RSVP to Chrissy VanEvery

    Saturday, August 25, TCC / Link Kick-off Party

    • 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Niman’s

    Wednesday, Aug. 29, Discipleship Group (D.S.G.) – TCC & Older

    • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at church

    Sunday, September 9, Sunday School Rally Day / Picnic to follow late services – Everyone!

    • 9:00 a.m. Rally Day Begins



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

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.


Summer Adult Sunday School

One of the adult Sunday School classes has decided to continue to meet during the Summer.  We are a small class and would invite anyone interested to join us.  We meet at 9:00 in the north-west corner on the lower level. Please pray about it and we hope to see you!


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, August 2 — 9:30 a.m.

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

Bible Study — Thursday, September 6 — 9:30 a.m.

Sewing Work Day — Tuesday, September 11 — 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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