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.