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BEHOLD THE MAN Lenten Series

Tuesday, March 13th Lenten Service at 6:00 pm -  "A GOD BEATEN" (Isaiah 52:13-53:12, John 18:19-24) with                                                 Pastor Martin Eden

“Behold the man!” was Pontius Pilate’s short, yet most profound, sermon. Our endeavor this Lententide and Easter Sunday is to behold the man, God in human flesh, Jesus. Each time together, we are meditating on and proclaiming His real, bodily suffering and death as well as His physical resurrection. He knew all that real bodies experience; He suffered, wept, bled, ate, and hoped.

Today, we recall that the man Jesus was struck in the home of the high priest, although He was our great High Priest. He was struck according to God’s will; He was beaten for us!

As we move through this season of Lent, it will become increasingly clear why God became man: He lived this physical life in order to be nailed to a cross. Thereby, we are truly preparing for the celebration of His real, bodily, flesh-and-blood resurrection. Without that, our faith and our preaching are all in vain. God the Son became the embodied, incarnate Son of Mary. In Jesus, God has human flesh, a body, just like us. What could be more profound? Behold the man, who has led the way for us through death to our own physical resurrection!

FISH FRY:  Come early at 5 pm to enjoy a meal and time of fellowship. The Youth group will be hosting a Fish Fry to raise funds for their trip to the National Youth Gathering.



Winter Women’s Retreat - March 15 & 16, 2018 - The God of Restoration - “I will restore.”  Joel 2:25

We are excited to present the 5th Annual Winter Woman's Retreat with our guest speaker, Deborah Lein. From sharing Scriptures around the world for half a century, to walking alongside her mom as they navigate the adventuresome journey of her father’s Alzheimer’s, Deborah’s true love is always The Word (Jesus Christ) and His Word (the Bible).  The Retreat runs Friday March 15th from 6:30pm-Saturday, March 16th at 11:00am. The cost of the retreat is $10 per person (to cover conference room and distributed materials).  More Information about the retreat and an overnight room is at the Information Center.  Please return the bottom half of the registration form and $10 to your church’s point of contact– to St James-Angela Fieberkorn or LCOSJ-Melanie Schertel (217-222-8579) or Our Redeemer-Malinda Eden.  Please contact Angela Fieberkorn if you have any questions, or if you would like to help in some way let me know.          937-689-7485  Please Register by February 17th.


Pick up a copy of the Lutheran Hour Ministries Lenten Devotion Booklets at the Information Center.  “People of the Passion” provides a daily devotion based on Scriptures for each day beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on the Monday after Easter. 


The Ladies Aid Society and Mary & Martha members are collecting bars of soap to be donated to Cannon Place for veterans.  Cannon Place is a 65-unit shelter for homeless veterans and their families, located in Danville, IL.  If you would like to participate in  this Gift of Love, please bring those in to the office by the end of March.  The members will also be piecing together four large quilts to also be donated to the veterans in Danville.  If you would like to help cut or pin or sew or tie, you can join us at 1:00 pm on March 20th in the Family Life Center.


Central Illinois LLL Convention will be held here on Saturday, March 30 

8-9 a.m. Registration, followed by their Annual Business meeting. The public is invited to a catered lunch with music followed by the presentation.  The Keynote Speaker Tony Cook will present “Spiritual Conversations in the Digital Age”.  Registration Fee of $7.50 for Adults, Children & Students are free (Includes coffee & pastries at 8am, and catered lunch at Noon).  2:30 p.m. Adjournment.  Registration due by March 18th.


MUSIC MAYHEM #2 – Will be held on MAY 5. 

      Featuring the food, fellowship, and music.  The proceeds will go toward the National Youth Gathering. 

Do YOU want to be showcased in the Music Mayhem Program Sunday evening, May 5? Well, YOU can!  If you play an instrument or if you want to sing a solo or with a small group, we want YOU to join in the fun! Participants will be given a time slot and these times will fill up fast. It’s easy…contact Denise Pearcy 223-0908,, as soon as possible!  She’ll need to know the name of the participant(s), the title of the song (or music piece), the instrument (voice, trumpet, piano, etc), and about how long it takes to perform. Be sure to include a contact number and/or email address. Deadline to register is Monday, April 29th. Time slots are limited, so don’t delay!!




Stop by the Thrivent Table this morning.  Eligible Thrivent members earn Choice Dollars and can choose how they are distributed.  The Thrivent Choice® charitable grant program engages Thrivent Financial members in providing grants that support charitable activities, furthering Thrivent’s mission and its purposes under state law.   Members become eligible based on insurance premiums and contract values and are designated Choice Dollars that they can direct to enrolled charities.  If your Choice Dollars haven't been directed to a particular fund, such as Lutheran Church of St. John, St. James Lutheran School, Lutheran Hour Ministries, etc.  Choice Dollars are distributed monthly to the member’s selection. St. John’s has been blessed to receive $8.098.00 in Thrivent Choice in 2018.  Thank you to all our Thrivent members.  If you have any questions you can call Thrivent Financial Associates Josh Schenck at 217-257-0232 or Mick Goslin at 314-452-0477, or ask Marilyn in the office.


St. James Lutheran School

OPEN HOUSE – Our Prekindergarten and kindergarten Open House will be Monday, March 25th from 6 – 7 pm. All children that will be 3, 4, or 5 years of age by September 1st are eligible. Share the word. Call the school office (222-8267) if you have any questions.

SPRING FLING – Thank you to everyone who supported our Spring Fling. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and amazing! Thank you all the people who spent many hours to make this evening as grand as it was. We are truly blessed through all your efforts.