Cultivating Sacred Connections

This Sunday is the first Sunday of our Stewardship Season, which is focused on the theme, “Cultivating Sacred Connections.”  During the next three weeks, we will be sharing stories of how we connect with God, with one another, and with the world through the ministries of St. John’s.  Where have you seen Christ alive in our community?  What connections have you made at St. John's, and what connections have been nurtured, deepened, or transformed?  Each week in worship, you will have the opportunity to reflect on one of our three sub-themes:  connecting with God, connecting with one another, and connecting with the world.  Together, we will give thanks for the connections God is growing within and among us.  These are the connections that make up the kin-dom of God.  
Happy Birthday to those born 10/21-10/27:
  • David Stover, 10/22
  • Leela Chittajallu, 10/24
  • Pastor Allison Bengfort, 10/27
Happy Anniversary to those celebrating this week:
  • Tim & Laura Witt, 10/27
Additions to the Prayer List:
  • Eric Shalkhauser, family friend of Jim Dossa, cancer diagnosis 10/16/22
  • Steve Farr, friend of Stephanie Gonder, congestive heart failure 10/21/22
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.
Children's Book Donations for Bernie's Book Bank
St. John's Youth are collecting new and gently used children’s books until Sunday, October 30th.  These books will be donated to Bernie’s Book Bank which empowers nearly 300,000 Chicagoland children to read their way to a better life through book ownership. Please NO adult books, textbooks, dictionaries, activity books, coloring books, reference material or religious books. (Spanish language and dual language books are accepted).

Seeking Children’s Church Volunteers
We are fortunate to have a very vibrant Sunday School program going this year, and we are looking for volunteers who would be interested in teaching or assisting with Children’s Church. If you’re interested, please sign up here. If you would like to learn more information about the curriculum and what a typical lesson looks like, please reach out to the Youth Ministry Team (Luke & Erin Rasmussen and Jason Shutters).
Chicago Choral Artists Performs: Encompassing Life, Encircling Light
Sunday, October 23, 4:00 pm, Grace Lutheran Church
7300 Division St., River Forest, IL 60305
The Chicago Choral Artist’s (CCA’s) 2022-23 season opens with concerts featuring Bob Chilcott’s stirring Circlesong, a seven-movement work reflecting on the human lifecycle. Circlesong uses twelve poems from indigenous North American traditions. CCA collaborates on this program with Pro Musica Youth Chorus and four percussionists associated with the Chicago Sinfonietta. Additional works include Circle of Life by Sheena Phillips based on five Native American peoples, Judith Cloud’s Mesa Songs, a work inspired by the incredible landscape of Northern Arizona, and J. Aaron McDermid’s four-movement work, From Light to Light based on original texts by Susan Paulo Cherwien.
This is Luke Duroc-Danner’s second season as a singer with this ensemble. If you have any questions about the music or tickets, you can email him at or visit CCA’s website at
Sunday, October 23
9:30 am  Hybrid Worship with Children’s Church
10:30 am  Coffee Hour
11:00 am - 11:30 am  Youth Choir Rehearsal
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm  Joint Confirmation at Immanuel Evanston
Tuesday, October 25
11:00 am - 12:00 pm  Bible Study
Thursday, October 27
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  Zoom-only Men’s Lunch
Sunday, October 30
9:30 am  Hybrid Worship with Children’s Church
10:30 am  Coffee Hour
11:00 am - 11:30 am  Youth Choir Rehearsal
Sunday Sermon Video

If you missed last week's service or want to watch it again, you can view it here.
Worship:  Joshua Renews the Covenant
Preaching & Presiding Minister:  The Rev. Allison Bengfort
Assisting Minister:  Jason Shutters
Minister of Music:  Luke Duroc-Danner
Cantor:  Audrey Neace
Minister of the Word:  Jan Wendel
Ushers:  Bill Kaspar, Brandon Leinberger
Altar Guild:  Jan Wendel
Camera Operator & Zoom Host:  Aidan Maglocci
Children's Church:  Youth Ministry Team
Coffee Hour Host:  The Flachsbart Family
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