Welcome, Luke Duroc-Danner!

This Sunday we welcome our new Minister of Music, Luke Duroc-Danner, as he begins his ministry at St. John's.  We will celebrate his arrival with a festive reception on the side lawn after worship.  Delicious cake, fruit, mimosas, sparkling cider, and games for the kids guarantee a fun time for all.  Take this opportunity to greet Luke, introduce yourself, and get to know our newest staff member!

Luke Duroc-Danner (he/him/his) is a conductor, organist, and singer. Currently living in Chicago, he served as the Organist and Choir Director at Concordia Lutheran Church on Seeley before becoming the Music Director at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wilmette, IL. He holds a B.A. in music from the University of Chicago where he was awarded honors for his thesis on Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah.  He also holds a MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington where he studied with Dr. Giselle Wyers and Dr. Geoffrey Boers.  At the University of Washington, he was the Assistant Conductor of the University of Washington Chorale and later the Co-Conductor of the University Singers. He also conducted the choir at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, WA. He has attended several conducting programs through both Westminster Choir College as well as Chorus America.

He studies the organ with Dr. Phillip Kloeckner at the Chicago International Organ Academy, and he previously studied with Dr. Carole Terry and Joseph Adam while at the University of Washington. He also appeared as an organist in several concerts and recitals in Seattle.

Luke has appeared as an emerging artist with The Strangers Ensemble in 2017-2018. As a pianist, he has appeared as both a soloist and a collaborative pianist – most notably in a performance at the Library of Congress while a Junior Fellow in the Music Division. He has sung with a variety of ensembles in Chicago and Seattle including the Chicago Chorale, the Apollo Chorus, and the UW Chamber Singers in collaboration with Pacific Music Works and Pilobolus Dance. He is currently singing with the Chicago Choral Artists. While in Seattle, he gave private voice lessons, and he presented a lecture on the history of oratorio as well as a course, ‘Music in Shakespeare,’ with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington.

On Flag Day, June 14, 2022, Alla Rusz celebrated the 70h anniversary of her arrival in the United States from the Ukraine!

Happy Birthday to those born 6/17-6/23:
  • Larry Wood, 6/17
  • Ron Witt III, 6/19
  • Stefanie Kric, 6/20
Happy Anniversary to those celebrating this week:
  • Kristen & Jeff Danielsen, 6/17
  • Chris & Michael Maglocci, 6/19
  • Dave & Lyn Brunn, 6/22
We apologize for any omissions. If your birthday, anniversary, or new intention on the prayer list is not included, please contact to be added. Please also let us know of any personal or family milestones, including happy occasions or serious lifecycle events that you would like to share with the St. John's community.
Congregational Meeting June 26
Our end-of-year Congregational Meeting will be next Sunday, June 26th during the 9:30 am worship service.  The purpose of this meeting will be to elect leaders, including new Council officers, Council members, and Nominating Committee members.  Members of St. John’s will be able to vote in person or on Zoom.  We will also reflect on the past year and celebrate all that we have accomplished.  Please plan to attend worship on this important Sunday!
Pride Parade
Student Pastor Derek and Pastor Allison would like to invite you to walk with us in the Chicago 2022 Pride Parade. We will be walking with the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches on June 26th. Following church that day, we will take the L down to the parade's starting point. Youth can join us without a parent with a signed permission slip. Once the parade is complete, we will take the L back to Wilmette. Please reach out to Student Pastor Derek with any questions or to ask for a permission slip for your youth. We look forward to celebrating Pride with you!
Open Mosque Day
Saturday, June 25, 2002, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Muslim Education Center, 8601 Menard Ave., Morton Grove, IL
The Muslim Education Center invites you to Open Mosque Day. Learn about Islam with a questions and answer session. Experience and learn about the Muslim culture from different countries and enjoy authentic food. Experience Jerusalem, Mecca, and other holy places in a virtual reality show. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 224-616-7850 to register.
Special Visit to the Bahá’í House of Worship
You are invited to join members of the New Trier Multifaith Alliance for a special visit to the Bahá’í House of Worship on Sunday, July 10, at 12:45 pm.  Gather in the new Welcome Center for refreshments, enjoy the Temple’s 14th Annual Choral Music Festival, see it’s nine beautiful gardens, fountains, and pools, receive a guided tour highlighting the architecture, view a video about the Temple’s origins, and participate in a Q&A session. 
Habitat for Humanity
Join with the Habitat team at St. Joan of Arc parish in Evanston to help create homes for families in need.  There are two Saturday work dates remaining:  July 16 and August 6.  Volunteers of all skill levels welcome, 16 years of age and over.  For those under the age of 18, a parent must be part of the crew as well.  If you are interested in joining the work team on any of these dates, email Frank Ziegler at   If you would like to read some interesting volunteer stories, and see why your participation is so important, visit
Sunday, June 19
9:30 am  Hybrid Worship with Children’s Church
10:30 am  Welcome Reception for Luke Duroc-Danner
Monday, June 20
Church Office Closed for Juneteenth
Thursday, June 23
12:00 pm  Zoom-only Men’s Lunch
Sunday, June 26       
9:30 am  Hybrid Worship with Congregation Meeting & Children’s Church
10:30 am  Coffee Hour
11:00 am  Chicago Pride Parade           
Sunday Sermon Video

If you missed last week's service or want to watch it again, you can view it here.
The  Holy Trinity
Preaching & Presiding Minister:  The Rev. Allison Bengfort
Assisting Minister:  Alan Swanson
Minister of Music:  Luke Duroc-Danner
Minister of the Word:  Alan Swanson
Children's Church:  Student Pastor Derek Stienmetz
Usher:  Tom Morrison
Altar Guild:  Susan Crist
Livestream Camera Operator:  Michel Hauser
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