Parish Services

The Divine Service

The Divine Service is the center of our life of faith in Christ. It is celebrated every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. The Sacrament of the Altar is celebrated on odd Sundays of the month and festival days. Wednesday evening Services are scheduled during selected portions of the year, as well as the Advent and Lenten seasons.

Special combined Reformation Service with Bethlehem in Crete - October 29th

Please be aware that on Sunday, October 29th, the St. John Worship Service will be joined together with Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Crete for a special Reformation Service to be held in Crete at Bethlehem. Therefore, there will be NO service here at St. John on that Sunday! Therefore, mark your calendars and please join us as we find the opportunity to worship together with our local sister congregation!

Joint Reformation Service at Bethlehem Lutheran

A Joint Reformation Service for both St. John and Bethlehem will be held on Sunday, October 29th. Please make note of the Sunday Reformation service on the 29th as there will be no worship service here at St. John, or Sunday School or Bible Study here at St John that Sunday. We will be participating with Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Crete. Worship will be at 10:00 am, with Holy Communion. There will be a luncheon following.

We pray that this joint venture between St. John and Bethlehem will give witness to the unity we share as Lutherans in our community. We pray that it may be a blessing for us to see the working relationship we share with our brothers and sisters in the faith at Bethlehem.

Opportunities for Further Growth in October

 

Those Serving During the Month of October

 

Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

Sunday School is held after service from about 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. throughout the school year. Summer break begins May 14th for 2017. The last week of Sunday School will be on Sunday, May 7th.

Catechesis & New Membership

Catechesis means "Instruction in the Christian Faith." Catechesis begins when one inquires about membership in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church and continues in various forms throughout the life of a Christian.

Those desiring membership at St. John are asked to speak with the pastor. In order to receive the Lord's Supper, instruction in the Christian faith according to the Scriptures and Luther's Small Catechism is necessary. There is no fee or obligation for instruction.

Those who are already members of St. John mature and deepen in their understanding of the faith and their love for the Lord and neighbor by attending Divine Service and, as schedules permit, partaking of one or more of the following forums for ongoing catechesis:

  • Adult Bible Class, held Sundays after service in the basement.
  • Youth Study, for high school students; meets Sundays after the service.
  • Midweek School, for Grades 4–8 preparing to receive the Lord's Supper; meets Wednesdays during the school year from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. in the basement.
  • Adult Catechesis (new member instruction) contact the pastor for the current schedule or to schedule a time.
Visitation of the Hospitalized and Homebound

The pastor regularly visits those members of the parish who are hospitalized or homebound. Visitation includes Scripture readings, prayers and the Lord's Supper. Please contact the pastor or Elders if you know of someone in need of pastoral visitation.