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: May 28th- September 3rd

7:45 am Traditional Service

9:00 am NewSong Contemporary Service

10:15 am Traditional Service

No Sunday school during summer schedule


July 2017 Calendar

Lake Luther Fest & Lake Luther BBQ     Chicken BBQ

This year Lake Luther Fest will be Friday, July 21 thru Sunday, July 23 and combined with the Lake Luther Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, with the Chicken BBQ following at 12:00 n. Camping is free this weekend for families and youth groups. The only cost for the weekend are meals ($20 per person for the weekend with a family maximum of $80,”Sunday lunch not included”). Each camper is required to have a meal ticket. There will be entertainment and activities throughout the weekend. Check the Lutheran Outdoor Ministries website ( for a complete schedule. Make reservations at least 3 days prior at 260-667-7750 or email,


9:00 & 10:15 Services Canceled July 23rd   

Because of the service at Lake Luther, we will be canceling our 9:00 NewSong Service and our 10:15 Traditional service on Sunday, July 23rd.  We will still have our 7:45 service.

There’s Still Time to Register for Camp!      camp - web

There is still time to register your kids for one of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries summer camps! Thanks to a Lutheran Foundation Grant 50% of each camper’s fee will be paid. If you wish to have ½ of your child’s camp fee covered by the grant please turn in your camp registration to the church office. It is our intention to have no child denied a summer Christian camping experience due to financial difficulties. If further assistance is needed, please see Julie Mattes. Camp brochures are available in the west entrance.


Get Ready For Day Camps!

Mark your calendars for our Summer Day Camps! They are July 11 (Christmas in July! Christmas games, crafts and snacks! We will begin our Operation Christmas Child projects) and August 1 (Meet Moses! Outdoor games, team challenges and creative art projects. Learn fascinating facts all about Moses). Just like VBS children ages 4 through 5th grade can attend. Pre-registration is required for the day camps. These will be fun days so invite your friends and neighbors! To register contact Chrissy VanEvery or the church office.



Lutheran Outdoor Ministries   

The LOMIK 2017 “Target Scholarship Program”, targets families new to Lutherwald, Lake Luther and Lutheran Hills by providing a NEW CAMPER a full-scholarship for a week of summer camp. In order to qualify for the scholarship the recipient and family must be new to Lutheran Outdoor Ministries. They or their siblings must not have attended any summer camp program offered by LOMIK previously. A scholarship certificate may be used for ONE child at any camp, any week, any program EXCEPT for a Confirmation Camp week. The scholarship recipient must register by mail using the summer camp brochure registration form and submit the “First-Time Camper Scholarship” certificate at least one week prior to the camp week. If any members of our congregation are interested in this program please contact the church office.

Family-friendly Movie Night       movie3c

The Outreach Committee will be sponsoring a family-friendly movie night on Sunday, July 16, at 6:00 pm. The movie will be Disney, Homeword Bound. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Bring your pillow, bean bag chair, and blankie if you want, and join us for an evening of fun and entertainment. Friends are always welcome!

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 July 5.



Lutheran Night at the Tin Caps        take me out to the ball game

This year’s Lutheran Night at the Game will be on Monday, July 31st at 7:05 p.m. featuring the Tin Caps vs Dayton Dragons.  Tickets are $8.00.  Along with the game, your ticket price includes fireworks after the game. Every Monday night game is Family Feast Night, fans can enjoy select concession items for only $1.00, including hotdogs, popcorn, soft drinks and pizza slices. As in past years we will have a St. John’s block of seats. To order your tickets place cash or a check made payable to the Fort Wayne Tin Caps in an envelope, include your name and how many tickets you are ordering, you can place this in the offering plate or the box outside the church office. Please have all ticket orders turned into the church office by Tuesday, June 27. By ordering our tickets by then everyone will be entered in the early bird drawing for a chance to win autographed team apparel, $50 gift certificates, and chances to throw out the first pitch. $1 from each advance ticket sold will fund scholarships for students attending Lutheran South Unity School in Southeast Fort Wayne. This is a night of fun family entertainment, so invite your friends and family.


Library Summer Reading Program       reading_6680c

The Library is once again offering the Summer Reading Program. It is open to all ages. If children are too young to read, parents can read to them. We would like to see older kids, teenagers and adults sign-up as well. Points will be given for books read and books of the Bible count for more points. We will break the prizes down into age categories so that once kids are reading chapter books they will have a chance at a prize. Sign-up in the library. The program will run through September 3rd.

Books can be checked out of the library at any time just remember to fill out the card with your name and the date so that we have a record of where the book is. You can also read books other than those in our library. If you have any questions contact Julie Mattes.


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.


July Youth Events            youth_group



6:30 p – 8:00 p

July 5, Discipleship Study Group

6:30 – 8:00 p, TCC & Older

July 7, TCC Park Cleanup & Summer Lock-in

6:00 p – 8:00 p—Park Cleanup, 8:00 p – 9:30 a, Sat. Lock-in

July 9, TCC Youth Leadership Council

11:30 a – 1:00 p

July 11, Kids Day Camp

8:30 a – 3:30 p, Christmas in July – Youth Helpers Needed


6:30 p – 8:00 p

July 16, Link Lunch

11:30 a – 1:30 p

July 16, TCC & LINK

RSVP Due for Point Fest (Sept. 16 & 17)

July 16 – 18, MYFROG Camping Trip

2:00 p depart church, return Tuesday at 1:30 p


6:30 p – 8:00 p

July 19, Discipleship Study Group

6:30 – 8:00 p, TCC & Older

July 21 – 23, All Church Families – Lake Luther Fest

Begins with dinner Friday at 6:00 p, activities all day Saturday

July 23, All Church Families – Lake Luther Worship & BBQ

10:30 a Worship Service, 12:00 n Chicken BBQ


6:30 p – 8:00 p


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


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


St. John’s Walk / Run Group      walking_5950c3_web

St. John’s Walk / Run Group will begin again April 19th at 6:30 pm. We meet Wednesday evening’s beginning at 6:30 and walk or run at your own pace for approximately 40 minutes. We finish each week with a group devotion. This is a non-competitive fun group so feel free to invite a friend! This year we will participate as a group in 4 different events. Join us for just one, all or none of the events, it’s up to you.





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



Home Builders Marriage Group    home builders_6668c1_web

Have you been thinking your marriage could use some new life? Would you like to have fun, laughs, dessert, and fellowship with other married couples? Consider joining our Home Builders group. This group is open to all married couples, all ages, with or without children.

We meet once a month (usually the 3rd Saturday) at various homes. We will have our last Home Builders meeting before we take the summer off on Saturday May 20th at the Dowling’s.  If you would like more info on this group contact the church office. Join us as we work to strengthen our marriages and our families in a way pleasing to God. Join us again in the fall.


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.


LMVFM’s New Therapy Dog    Right-Click on the filename below to download this image and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As"

Though the VA has yet to recognize the therapeutic value of therapy animals for veterans who have been spiritually and emotionally traumatized, LMVFM not only recognize their value, but believe that veterans in need of trained and certified therapy dogs/ animals should have ready access to them. In fact, we believe so strongly in the therapeutic value of service animals that we have a new four legged LMVFM team member that we will be bringing to St. John’s (with approval of church council) to help train for her work with our ministry. Lilly, a 4 month old Golden Retriever is in training to become a Therapy dog for LMVFM. We will be bringing Lilly to Sunday School and to Church with us so she can become accustomed to being around people and in a church environment. Lilly is working to become a therapy dog to sit in on counseling sessions with veterans and to travel as an ambassador with the LMVFM team to help people understand the benefits of therapy dogs for veterans. Please feel free to come up to Lilly to meet her.




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.

2017 Flower Chart flowers_993c4_web

The 2017 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.

 7914 West Cook Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46818
260-489-5031 |