Go & Be the Church
“And if you give yourself to the hungry, and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness, and your gloom will become like midday.” Isaiah 58:10
At St. John’s we strive to be a missional congregation. God is calling all of us to be Disciples of Jesus; to get involved and be the hands and feet of Christ. The ultimate measure of the effectiveness of a congregation is not how many people come to the church, but how many people go from the church inspired to make a difference in the world. On Sun, Apr. 19, we will be offering several opportunities to join your church family as we go out and serve our community. There is something for everyone! Here are some of the ways you can help:
- General clean-up at the Glen Ed Pantry
- Working to get our Mission Garden ready for spring planting
- Taking a bag and filling it with food for the Pantry (bring it back to church by April 19).
- Sorting and packing food at the church to take to Pantry
- Taking loads of food to the Pantry
- Playing bingo with residents at a nursing home
- Doing construction work at the Faith Coalition house at 922 Grand Ave. in Edwardsville
- Collecting food outside of Schnucks in Edwardsville (1 hour shifts on Sat, Apr. 18 between 9 am and 4 pm)
- Working at the TWIGS building in Granite City to clean and organize.
On that Sunday we will start with a light lunch at noon, and then leave for our work sites. There will be sign-up sheets at the Servant Center at the back of the Ministry Center starting on Mar. 29. Come join us as we work together side by side to “Be the church.”
These are exciting times at St. John’s as we transition from Pastor Sheryl leaving us for Faith UMC in Champaign, IL, and Pastor Troy coming to us on July 1. We have a lot going on in the coming weeks. Please join us for worship at 9 or 11 am on Sunday mornings.
April 12 – Second Sunday of Easter: We will be discussing the notion of doubt, and looking at the story of the Disciple Thomas and his doubt of Jesus rising from the dead as told in John 20:19-31. The children will also be collecting loose change in a “noisy offering” for Heifer International. If they can collect $500, Pastor Sheryl will kiss a live cow!
April 19 – Be the Church Sunday: Join us as together we go into our community after church to do various mission projects.
April 26 – United Methodist Women Sunday: The UMW will lead us in both services, and we will also share holy communion. Pastor Sheryl will kiss a cow to celebrate reaching our goal of raising $500 for Heifer!
May 3 – Confirmation Sunday: This is a special service where we welcome our 2015 class of 14 confirmands into full membership of the United Methodist Church. We will also have our annual Chicken & Dumpling Mission Meal immediately following.
May 10 – Youth Sunday: Our middle school and senior high youth will lead us in both services. Their theme is the Calling of the Disciples. We will also celebrate Mother’s Day.
May 17 – Combined Contemporary Service: This is one of only a few times a year we worship together as one congregation at 10 am. We will also recognize our high school graduates and celebrate the 5th grade milestone. Immediately following the service we will celebrate with our annual church picnic.
May 24 – The Past: Pastor Sheryl begins her last sermon series with us. It is also Memorial Day weekend and Pentecost.
May 31 – The Present: We will be discussing our strategic plan, Join the Journey.
June 7 – The Future: We will talk about what the future may hold for us, St. John’s and the Church as a whole.
June 14 – Combined service at 10 am for Pastor Sheryl’s last Sunday: This will be a tough day as we say goodbye to Pastor Sheryl and thank her for 8 wonderful years of ministry at St. John’s. She will be going to Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign, IL to become the Senior Pastor.
June 21 – Rev. Roger Grimmett Preaching: We are pleased to welcome Rev. Grimmett, who is the District Superintendent for the Mississippi River District of the Great Rivers Conference of the UMC. We will also celebrate Father’s Day.
June 28 – Lay Speaker Sunday: We will be blessed to have one of our talented lay speakers lead us in both services.
July 5 – Pastor Troy’s first Sunday: Join us as we welcome Rev. Troy Benton, who is coming to us from Christ Church in Fairview Heights, IL where he is currently the Associate Pastor.