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The Newsletter of St. John’s Lutheran Church

What’s New(s) and Upcoming Events

St. John’s Values: Preach, teach, and live the Gospel; Welcoming church for all ages; Shared leadership

Mission: Where Christ meets community           St. John’s Vision: Continue to grow in our faith

Rally Day

September 10 is Rally Day, the day we rally the troops back to church—when Sunday school starts back up and we celebrate the end of summer (or grieve the end of it together!) with an all-church picnic. Sunday school starts at 8:30 and is for kids ages 2 through grade 8. Come a few minutes

early to fill out a registration form if you can. Worship will be outside that day; dress accordingly. Then bring your best dish to pass for an all-church potluck. We can’t wait to taste what you bring!



We are deeply humbled and thankful to announce that St. John’s was awarded two grants in August.


The first grant is from the McHenry County Community Foundation and is for $1,455 to

purchase an automated electronic defibrillator, a machine that can be used to save someone’s life should they have a cardiac episode. Along with the machine, the Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire and Rescue Squad has agreed to offer multiple CRP/AED trainings this fall to show us how to use the new machine. Our first training will be Thursday, September 21, from 6-9pm. More will be scheduled soon. Sunday school teachers, ushers, nursery workers, and anyone involved with Celebrating Seniors is urged to make this a priority. Many thanks to Jim Lange, Tom Linneman, and Pastor Sarah for their hard work on writing this grant.


The second grant is from the Lilly Foundation and is for $49,973 for congregational and

pastoral renewal. In other words, this grant will allow Pastor Sarah to take a sabbatical in 2018 and St. John’s the opportunity to do some exciting renewal activities (cool art workshops, an all-church retreat at a castle, and some creative worships, for example)! This spring we submitted a proposal for the 4th time. It was hard to be rejected the first 3 times, but we decided to try once more. Deep thanks to those who contributed to this proposal over the years. Many people willingly served on these committees, and we’re very grateful for your hard work. A special thanks to Deanna VanderPal for her excellent writing skills on the previous proposals that we used for this final one.

“God’s Work. Our Hands.”


Sunday, September 10, is when many ELCA churches focus on serving our neighbor. In the past we’ve done this by cleaning up Rte. 47 or by writing thank you cards to our local rescue squad. This year the entire church is invited to participate in a food packing session at Lutherdale Bible Camp in Elkhorn, WI, from 2-5pm that day. This will be similar to what we do at Feed My Starving Children, but we’ll be able to take some of the food home with us to give to the Hebron Food Pantry!

Lutherdale is asking that we donate $.25 per meal we pack, so we’re asking everyone who can to bring at least $10. If you can’t bring $10, just come. If you can give more, that would be great! There’s no age limit to who can help, but if you bring children, you’ll need to be responsible for them. First grade is a good age to start this kind of service project. Please sign up at church by September 3.