Celebrating the Year & Electing New Leaders
by Pastor Allison

Please join us Sunday at 9:30 am for our Congregational Meeting, included in the worship service.  The meeting will include the election of new Council and Nominating Committee members (see nominees below), highlights from the past year, and reflection on where we are as a congregation.  Members of St. John’s will be able to vote in person or on Zoom.  Please join us for this opportunity to reflect, celebrate, and lift up new leaders!

2022-23 Council Nominees:
  • Mylene Pollock, President
  • Craig Gonder, Vice President
  • Alissa Gemeny, Secretary
  • Cindi Rachowicz, Treasurer
  • Peter Hauser, at-large member
  • Laurel Malhotra, at-large member
  • Greg Oreskovich, at-large member
  • Jason Shutters, at-large member
2022-23 Nominating Committee Nominees:
  • Kristen Danielsen
  • Jim Dossa
  • Michel Hauser
  • Lisa Hogarth
  • Lisa Loesel
Sunday's meeting will also include a vote to approve the minutes from our last Congregational Meeting on January 30, 2022.  These minutes can be downloaded below. 
January Congregational Meeting Minutes
Happy Birthday to those born 6/24-6/30
  • John Hauser, 6/24
  • Cameron Wise. 6/24
  • Chris VanderPal, 6/25
  • Luke Rasmussen, 6/30
  • Susanne Rutherford, 6/30
Happy Anniversary to those celebrating this week:
  • Lyn & Dave Brunn, 6/22
  • Cindi & Earl rachowicz, 6/29
Additions to the Prayer List:
  • Sarah Rink, upcoming breast cancer surgery
  • Thanksgiving for the discernment of the Search Team & God’s guidance in bringing Luke Duroc-Danner as our new Music Minister
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.
Pride Parade
Student Pastor Derek and Pastor Allison would like to invite you to walk with us today in the Chicago 2022 Pride Parade. We will be walking with the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches. Following church today, 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!
July Faith & Fellowship Dinners
You are invited to four, $4 Wednesday dinners at St. John’s.  Each Wednesday in July, we will gather at 6:15 pm in The Fellowship Hall for food, fellowship, and conversation.  You are invited to bring any faith topics or questions that interest you for informal conversation.  The menu for July 6 will be Karl's meat loaf, mini roasted potatoes, cold veggies, and dessert.  Please RSVP to the church office by Tuesday, July 5.  Rides available by request.  Feel free to invite your friends and family!
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 this link.
Update on Mindy
The St. John’s community has been helping our dear friend, Mindy Davis, who has been struggling with housing and financial issues this past year.  Mindy moved to Ohio a few months ago to be closer to family, and she is moving again at the end of June.  Employment opportunities have not worked out, and she is again in need of assistance.  You can read Mindy’s update in full here, and you are invited to make a donation through her GoFundMe page.
Sunday, June 26
9:30 am  Hybrid Worship with Congregational Meeting & Children’s Message
10:30 am  Coffee Hour
11:00 am  Chicago Pride Parade
12:00 pm   Zoom-only Men’s Lunch
Sunday, July 3
9:30 am  Hybrid Worship with Council Installation & Children's Church
10:30 am  Coffee Hour
Sunday Sermon Video

If you missed last week's service or want to watch it again, you can view it here.
2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Presiding Minister:  The Rev. Allison Bengfort  
Preaching & Assisting Minister:  Student Pastor Derek Stienmetz
Minister of Music:  Luke Duroc-Danner  
Violinist:  The Rev. Allison Bengfort       
Minister of the Word:  Alissa Gemeny
Children's Sermon:  Student Pastor Derek Stienmetz
Usher:  Buckley Crist
Altar Guild:  Cindi Rachowicz
Livestream Camera Operator:  Luke Rasmussen
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