Family Promise Returns!

We are excited to announce that St. John’s will be hosting Family Promise families for three weeks, from May 1-22.  Currently there is one family in the program (a father and his 12-year-old son), with another family expected to join soon.
Our youth ministry program is hosting a welcome party on Sunday, May 1, which will include supper and getting to know our guests. For the evenings that follow, we are asking volunteers from St. John’s to sign up to provide dinner and/or spend time with the families.  Dinner is served each night at 6:00 pm. Those providing meals are invited to eat with the families and stay and visit afterwards.  If you can’t be here for dinner, you may still come and spend time with the families after the meal.  Some games are available at church or you can bring your own. Family Promise staff will stay overnight each night, so overnight hosts are not needed. 
Since the families will be here for three weeks, it would also be nice to have snacks, fruit, milk and juice available for them to enjoy while they are here.  These items can be brought over to church anytime during the week between 9am & 5pm.  Just call the church office and let Jan know when you’re coming.
Family Promise is a wonderful program that provides services and housing for families who are currently in temporary homeless situations.  Please consider taking part. Your involvement is appreciated and will make a difference in the lives of these families. Please check the Signup Genius link here or contact the church office to sign up to participate or to learn more about Family Promise!

Thank you!
Thank you and Godspeed to Christine Kraemer, who completes her time as Interim Music Director and Organist at St. John's this Sunday. 

Happy Birthday to those born 4/22-4/28:
  • Eva Oreskovich, 4/23
  • Molly Bolash, 4/27
  • Alla Rusz, 4/27
Happy Anniversary to those celebrating this week:
  • Ron & Janet Witt, 4/23
Additions to the Prayer List:
  • Chad Johnson, shoulder replacement surgery on 4/27/22
  • The people of China, who are still suffering greatly from the Covid-19 pandemic 
  • The people of the US, that we as a predominantly white country may respond to the people of China’s need with loving, useful action
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.
Farewell Reception for Christine Kraemer
We are incredibly thankful to Christine Kraemer for serving as our Interim Music Director and Organist for the past six months.  This Sunday is her last day at St. John’s, and we will celebrate with a Farewell Blessing during the service and a reception in her honor after the service.  We wish Christine many blessings in her new role at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Evanston.

Welcome, Pastor Erik Christensen
We are happy to welcome Pastor Erik Christensen (he/him/his), our guest preacher and presider for this Sunday and next Sunday while Pastor Allison is away.  Pastor Erik is the Pastor to the Community and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC).  He formerly served as Pastor at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square, where he supervised Pastor Allison during her part-time internship.  We are so grateful to have him visiting St. John’s.

First Communion/Thanksgiving for Communion Classes
Student Pastor Derek is leading a three-week First Communion/Thanksgiving for Communion class with children and youth beginning this Sunday. The class meets during Children’s Church time this Sunday, May 1st, and May 8th, in person only. We will celebrate and receive first communion on May 15th during the 9:30 am service. All children are welcome and encouraged to participate regardless of whether they’ve received communion previously. If you’d like to volunteer to assist or have questions, please email

Adult Forum Completes Book Study - Newcomers Invited
This book study will be held on the two Sundays after Easter: this Sunday and May 1, from 11 am to 12 pm, in person. The book is Materiality as Resistance: Five Elements for Moral Action in the Real World by Walter Brueggemann. Copies of the book are available if you’d like to read in advance, but it is not necessary. Please contact Peter Knobel at 847-494-2815 if you would like a copy of the book or have any questions.

Considering Matthew Shepard: An Oratorio
In October of 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young, gay student at the University of Wyoming in Laramie was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in a lonely field under a blanket of stars. Five days later, when Matt passed away, the world was watching. Approaching the eve of the 20th anniversary, Craig Hella Johnson has responded with his first concert-length work, Considering Matthew Shepard. This three-part fusion oratorio speaks with a fresh and bold voice, incorporating a variety of musical styles seamlessly woven into a unified whole. Johnson sets a wide range of poetic and soulful texts by poets including Hildegard of Bingen, Lesléa Newman, Michael Dennis Browne, and Rumi. Passages from Matt’s personal journal, interviews and writings from his parents Judy and Dennis Shepard, newspaper reports, and additional texts by Johnson and Browne are poignantly appointed throughout the work. Tickets can be purchased at
Performance Dates:
  • Friday, April 29, 7:30 pm, St. Luke's Lutheran Church
       (1500 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL)
  • Saturday, April 30, 7:30 pm, Grace Lutheran Church
       (7300 Division, River Forest, IL)
  • Sunday, May 1, 4:00 pm Grace Lutheran Church
       (7300 Division, River Forest, IL)

From Holy Family Ministries: You are invited to A Hope and A Future 2022!
Each year, Holy Family Ministries raises funds to enable west side children to attend our programs through our Spring Benefit. Through the generosity of friends like you, we raise funds to support the more than 600 children who excel academically, grow spiritually, become effective leaders and expand their life experiences through Holy Family programs. You are invited to Holy Family Ministries’ annual Spring Benefit in celebration and support of the children of Holy Family. Join us online from the comfort of your own home and share with us in a very special evening Saturday, April 30, 2022. “Virtual Doors” open at 6:45 pm. Program begins at 7:00 pm. Use the link here to register for free.
Sunday, April 24
9:30 am  Hybrid Worship with In-person Communion Class
10:30 am  Coffee Hour Reception for Christine Kramer
11:00 am  Adult Forum: Materiality as Resistance
Tuesday, April 26
11:00 am  Zoom-only Bible Study

Thursday, April 28
12:00 pm  Zoom-only Men’s Lunch
Sunday, May 1
9:30 am  Hybrid Worship with In-Person Communion Class
10:30 am  Coffee Hour
11:00 am  Adult Forum: Materiality as Resistance
Sunday Sermon Video

If you missed last week's service or want to watch it again, you can view it here.
Easter Sunday
Guest Minister:  The Rev. Erik Christensen
Assisting Minister:  Jason Shutters
Interim Music Director & Organist:  Christine Kraemer
Cantor:  Stephanie Chee
Minister of the Word:  Jan Wendel
Crucifer:  Chris Maglocci
Bell Ringers:  St. John's Handbell Choir
Usher:  Tom Morrison
Altar Guild:  Susan Crist, Cindi Rachowicz
First Communion:  Derek Stienmetz
Livestream Camera Operator:  Luke Rasmussen
Zoom Host: Luke Rasmussen
Coffee Hour Host:  Jan Wendel
Through your investment in this community, we can continue to grow in love and life together. 
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