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


September 2017 Calendar


Worship Service Time Changes

The last Sunday for the NewSong Service to be held at 9:00 is Sunday, September 3rd.  On Sunday, September 10th, (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.

Rally Day is Almost Here           rally-day

Join us for The Fruit of the Spirit as we kick off another year of Sunday School on September 10 in the fellowship hall. The program will begin at 9:00. We will be celebrating with a balloon launch at the end of the program. Help us welcome in our teachers for the 2017-2018 year. Sunday School is open to children who are age 4 by August first through adults.

Our key verse is Galatians 5:22-23 “The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

Congregational Meeting        congregational meeting

There will be a congregation meeting on Sunday, September 17th at 9:00 to vote on recommendations by the Outreach Committee as to how the undesignated Benevolence funds should be used


New Church Directory    

We’ve had many changes at St. John’s since our last pictorial directory 4 years ago; with that said we have arranged for Universal Church Directories (a new company for us) to do a new directory for us. Photos will be taken September 20, 21, 22 & 23. You can sign-up for your families photo sitting after services on Sundays or online at Sign-in with our church number of IN1419 and password of church. We would like to have all members get their pictures taken so that Pr. Ric and Barb along with new members, can put names and faces together. For more info check the insert in this newsletter.


WNALC Bible Study        women_WNALC-4493c1_web

The WNALC Bible Study will be Thursday, September 7th at 9:30 a.m. everyone is invited and welcome! Read Romans 8:18-39 and you will be prepared.  We would love to see some new faces.


MYFROG Kick-off Party          frog color

Thank you to Ginger Buesching, their family has volunteered to host the MYFROG/confirmation kick-off party on September 10th. We will meet after second service/1130 a at the Buesching’s for a potluck lunch, paper products meat and drinks will be provided. Please bring a dish to share. This is a family event please bring bathing suits and lifejackets for little ones/non-swimmers and fishing poles if you would like. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend to get a lot of important information for the upcoming year!


Sunday School Teachers Needed       sunday school web

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.


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.




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.


September Youth Events            youth_group

Wednesday, September 6, & 20 GROUP, TCC & MYFROG 

  • 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 9, Parkview Picnic

  • Helpers needed starting at 8 am, sign-up in the narthex

Sunday, September 10, Sunday School Rally Day 

  • 9:00 a.m. In the fellowship hall

Sunday, September 10, TCC Youth Leadership Council 

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 10, MYFROG/Confirmation Kick-off Party 

  • 11:30 a.m. @ Buesching’s

Wednesday, September 13 & 27, Discipleship Study Group

  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., TCC and Adults

Sat. & Sun., Sept. 16 & 17, Cedar Point – Point Fest – TCC & Link

  • Depart church at 8:00 a return Sunday at 12:00 n

Sunday, September 17, Confirmation Class Begins

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Begins with Acolyte training

Friday, September 22, Discovery Group

  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Young Adults, location TBD

Sunday, September 24, Covenant Sunday, Confirmation Class

  • 10:15 a.m., Traditional Service – Confirmation class & parents

Sunday, September 24, Confirmation Class

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 24, LINK Lunch

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Friday, September 29, Kids Club Kick-off

  • 6:00 p.m. @ Kuehnert’s Dairy Farm



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, September 7 — 9:30 a.m.

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

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

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


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.

In September we will begin 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. Our September meeting will be on the 16th at 6:30 p.m. at the home of John & Julie Mattes. 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 10K Challenge

First, please accept our thanks for your support of LMVFM. Your gifts of prayer, encouragement and financial support have brought LMVFM to its 10th Anniversary of “Serving Those Who Have Served” through Christ-centered counseling.

Second, you’re invited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of LMVFM by joining the “10 K Challenge” – a race to raise $10,000 by October 21st, over and above current individual giving and grants, that will be matched, dollar for dollar, by another $10,000 by a generous supporter of this ministry. This means that your generous gift in any amount to the Tenth Anniversary 10K Challenge will double: $10 becomes $20, $100 becomes $200, $500 becomes $1,000, and so forth, up to $10,000 becoming $20,000.

Why support the 10K Challenge? Simply this: Without you, there is no LMVFM.

Your gifts of prayer and financial support of prayer and financial support make life-changing differences, one vet, and family, one congregation at a time. Your extra-mile gift to the 10th Anniversary 10K challenge will help keep LMVFM in the race alongside veterans and families who bear the invisible cost of protecting our freedom and security.

The entire volunteer LMVFM Board of Directors joins me in making and accepting this invitation. We’re each making our own financial gifts to the LMVFM 10th Anniversary 10K Challenge by the matching deadline of October 21, 2017. Won’t us join us meet, and even exceed the $10,000 matching gift challenge? Send your generous 10th Anniversary gift for LMVFM today, and watch it double. When sending your check to assure that it will be applied to the LMVFM 10th Anniversary 10K Challenge mark as such in the memo line. We thank God and you, just as the veterans and families we serve thank you.

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 |