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


February 2018 Calendar

Lent and Easter          ash wednesday_10005c

The Lenten Season will begin with Ash Wednesday on February 14. As in the past, we will have a special communion service beginning at 7:15 p.m. with imposition of ashes on this occasion.  During lent we will hold services each Wednesday evening at 7:15 p.m. Before service each week the MYFROG group and their parents will be serving a soup and sandwich supper. Holy Week will begin with Palm Sunday on March 25 and conclude with Easter, Sunday April 1. Mark your calendars to attend these special services.


Ash Wednesday Supper          ash wednesday dinner_8431c3_web

Please join us on Ash Wednesday, February 14th for an Italian dinner hosted by MY FROG. Dinner will be served from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken to support the MY FROG (Middle Youth Fully Rely On God). We look forward to serving you!


A Change For Our Newsletter

Beginning April 2018. In an effort to save paper, copies, money and office work, we will begin to send out our monthly newsletter online as of April. Our Crossroads Conversation will continue to follow the same format that we see every month. Starting in April it will be coming to you on your E-Mail and will be available on the website as well.

Now Wait! If you do not have E-Mail or just really want to read the hard copy, you can call the church office and request to have your address added to a paper copy list. If you have a new E-Mail address that the office does not have, please submit that as well. We have two months to get ready for this changeover. We can do it!


Red Cross Blood Drive       blood drive

Our next Red Cross Blood Drive is February 15 2-7 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Sign-up on-line or by calling the church office.



Outreach Committee wants you to know that February is going to be B.Y.O.B. Month! That is: Bring Your Own Bible (to church). We believe that God’s Word is an incredibly important gift that the Lord has blessed us with and it is vital for us as Christians to be comfortable reading and using it. We would like to encourage everyone to Bring their Bibles to Church and use them during the service. Don’t worry, there will be time provided so you can look up the verses, and we will still print the lessons in the bulletin. Don’t have a Bible, that’s okay, we’ll have a supply in the back of the Church where you can pick one up to use and even take home!


Giving Statements & Offering Envelopes   

The 2017 Giving Statements that were not picked up from the narthex have been mailed. If you did not receive your giving statement and made contributions in 2017 please contact the church office.

Also if you have not yet picked up your 2018 offering envelopes they are still available in the narthex to be picked up any time. If you cannot locate your envelopes on the table please contact Julie in 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 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.


Baby Bottle Campaign      bottle_5572c

The Outreach Committee will again be sponsoring a Baby Bottle Campaign to benefit A Hope Center, whose mission is to offer hope in pregnancy and life. The baby bottles will be available to pick up beginning at the Ash Wednesday service on February 14. Please fill the bottles with your extra cash or change and return them to the church by Palm Sunday, March 25. Thank you!

WNALC Bible Study        women_WNALC-4493c1_web

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


Blessing Bags

The middle school youth group is taking on a service project and we need your help in two ways!

  1. We will be assembling homeless “blessing bags”. These bags will contain items such as: open & consume foods, toiletries, bottled water and even an inspirational Bible verse (list below). Donated items should be left in the box in the library no later than Feb. 11.
  2. Please help us distribute these by taking one of the bags on February 18 and safely give it when you see a person on need.

Ideas for bags: bottles of water, protein sources: meat sticks, nuts, tuna packets, protein bars, peanut butter crackers; applesauce & pudding cups/pouches, raisins, granola bars,  Kleenex packets, handi-wipes, chapstick, cough drops, nail clippers, gloves (Dollar Tree), hand warmers, hotel toiletries are great too!

Feel free to buy larger bags that we can break down into single serve, snack sized bags, and the gallon freezer bags that hold all of this. PLEASE NO: hand sanitizer, razors or medication Proverbs 19:17 17  Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.


Kids Club         kids club color

The next Kids Club meeting will be Friday, February 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall; dinner will be served.  All children age 4 thru 5th grade may participate. If you have friends or relatives that would like to join us, please invite them. Helpers – Middle School, High School and adult helpers are always appreciated. We can’t do it without you! Please RSVP with the number of children that will be attending to Chrissy VanEvery 515-4646 or the church office.

February Youth Events            youth_group

Sunday, February 4, Confirmation Class – MYFROG

  • 11:30 a .m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 7, GROUP – TCC & MYFROG

  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at church

Thursday, February 8, Winter Jam – TCC

  • depart church 4:00 p return approx. 11:00 p

Sunday, February 11, Youth Leadership Council – TCC

  • 11:30 a – 1:00 p

Sunday, February 11, Confirmation Class – MYFROG

  • 11:30 a .m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 14, Ash Wednesday Dinner & Service

  • 5:30-7:00 p Dinner arrive by 4:30 p, 7:15 p Service

Friday, February 16, Kids Club

  • 6:00 p – 8:00 p

Sun., Feb.18, Link Lunch – H.S. Seniors & Young Adults

  • 11:30 a – 1:00 p

Sunday, February 18, Confirmation Class – MYFROG

  • 11:30 a .m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 21, Lenten Supper & Service

  • 6:00-7:00 p Dinner, 7:15 p Service, MYFROG Families Host

Sat. & Sun., Feb. 24 & 25, Youth Toboggan Weekend

  • depart church 2:30 p on Sat. – return 10:30 a Sun.

Sunday, February 25, Confirmation Class – MYFROG

  • 11:30 a .m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 28, Lenten Supper & Service

  • 6:00-7:00 p Dinner, 7:15 p Service, MYFROG Families Host



Matthew’s House Opening

A Christ centered childcare and preschool ministry at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, has several full-time or part-time staff openings. Must be at least 21 years of age. To apply please call 471-4699 and ask to speak with Lori Long.

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.


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

This year we are beginning a young adult Sunday School class along with our children’s and adult Sunday School classes. It will be taught by Rob Niman and Andy Swihart. Be sure to join us week Sunday at 9:00a.m.!


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.


Looking for a Women’s Bible Study Group?        womens-bible-study

Please join us every Friday beginning September 8th at 9 am in the church conference room for some laughter, fellowship, prayer and most importantly, healthy Bible Study! One of our strengths is the range of ages and seasons of life we all bring to the group. The body of Christ is blessed to learn from one another no matter who we are and what we bring to the table. The Bible tells us if we only gather a few in His name, and He will certainly be there too (Matthew 18:20). Our first study will be on the life of Peter and how we can learn from him to better follow Jesus. Childcare is provided. Please contact Susie (579-7047) if you’re interested.


Women of the WNALC      women_WNALC-4493c1_web

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

Sewing Work Day — Tuesday, February  1— 9:00 a.m.

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

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


WNALC 2017

WNALC Stands for “Women of the North American Lutheran Church.” They sponsor and participate in many activities and ministries of our congregation including sewing the quilts on the pews. The quilts are 60” x 80”. In 2017 the ladies sewed and sent 112 to Lutheran World Relief and have sewn another 77 since then. 22 bags of clothing and miscellaneous items were also given to Cross Borders.





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.

In September we began a new study, “Staying in Love” by Andy Stanley. “Falling for someone is easy. But staying in love? Ah, there’s the rub! Pastor Andy Stanley guides you through a proven plan to help you keep romance alive and deepen your commitment to one another.” We meet once a month (usually the 3rd Saturday) at various homes. We will be having our February homebuilders at the Dowling’s at 6:00p.m.   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.


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.


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.


7914 West Cook Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46818
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