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This fall we are going to invite all of you to participate in a focus group. Our goal is to better determine your needs – and the needs of the community around us – as we seek to become an even more faithful congregation of disciples and servants. Jeri Lampman and Saundra Hudson - both Vision Team leaders - will conduct the groups. Pat Zimmermann (Administrative Council Chair) and Dennis Denby (Lay Leader) will assist as well.


Because we are all at different stages in our lives, we invite you to attend a group that best matches your stage. However, as you will see, many of you could fit into several different groups, so please pick the one that makes the most sense to you. If you cannot attend your stage of life group and another time works for you, please feel free to sign up accordingly. We truly want to hear from as many of you as possible.

To make them as accessible as possible we have currently scheduled them for Sunday mornings from 10-11 am in Rm. 104. If we need to schedule other times, we are willing to consider that too. You can sign up online or at the Servant Center at the back of the Ministry Center. We also invite you to be in prayer for this exciting process!


Sep. 7 Parents with Grown Children

Sep. 14 Parents with Young Children

Sep. 21 Older Singles

Sep. 28 Younger Singles/Couples

Oct. 5 Parents of Elementary Children

Oct. 12 Retired People

Oct. 19 Parents with Teens

Oct. 26 Parents with College Age Children

Nov. 2 H.S. Youth


 

Focusing on Prayer


Throughout the scriptures – both the Old Testament and the New – we are given many different instructions on how to pray. We are encouraged to pray together and alone. During this summer we spent 6 weeks looking at how we can connect with God through prayer. We also spent some time during worship each week practicing different types of prayer. As we go forward, we have created some new ways for us as a congregation to keep our focus on prayer:

  • On non-communion Sundays we will provide an opportunity to pray at the altar, so you can spend some time on bended knee in communion with God. On communion Sundays we will continue to come to the altar to receive communion and pray.
  • Each Sunday we will announce a prayer focus for each of us to lift up throughout the week (see below). 
  • We will soon have 2 prayer boxes for everyone who comes to St. John’s to use, including the outside groups who use our building and grounds. One will be in Fellowship Hall inside the building and the other will be installed by the ball field. The prayer requests that we receive in these boxes will not go on the prayer chain, so we can assure confidentiality.
  • We are looking for a few people to participate on a prayer team that would meet weekly to pray over the requests we receive in the prayer boxes. They will also pray about the guidance of the Holy Spirit for us as individuals, and as a faithful Body of Christ. Please sign-up at the Servant Center if you are interested in this new prayer ministry.
     
  • We will also continue to have our St. John's email prayer chain, which is an active ministry of about 100 people praying for requests that are brought to our attention.

We hope these will provide us all more opportunities to pray throughout the week, and be in communication with God. If you have other ideas or suggestions, please come speak to me. ~ Pastor Sheryl
 
 



Each week we will announce a church-wide prayer focus. This is something we ask you to lift up in your prayers as you go through your week.

Week of Aug. 31: With the start of the new semester, we would like to pray for all the SIUE students in our community.

Week of Aug. 17 & 24:
Our thoughts and prayers have been centered on the family of Michael Brown and community of Ferguson, MO. We want to continue to lift them up in the upcoming week. 
 
Week of Aug. 10: As summer comes to a close and the kids (& adults, too!) prepare to return to school, we want to lift up all our students and teachers in prayer. We will also bless their backpacks in both services on Sunday. Students of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks to church. This is our way to start our school year with fresh beginning, surrounded by God's grace and love.

Week of Aug. 3: Our prayer focus is the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This remains the worst documented Ebola outbreak in history and there is no indication when the virus will be contained.