New Music Minister
by Pastor Allison

I am happy to announce that we will have a new Music Minister at St. John's beginning on Sunday, June 19th!  His name is Luke Duroc-Danner, and he introduces himself in the letter below.  The Search Team, made up of Craig Gonder (chair), Richard Rusz, Jan Wendel, Tina Ziegler, and Pastor Allison, were very impressed with Luke's background as well as his musicianship, his passion for including volunteer musicians, and his desire for music to continue to enhance the worship life of our congregation.  Many thanks to the Search Team for their diligent work on behalf of our congregation!  Check out Luke's letter below:

To the St. John’s Community,
My name is Luke Duroc-Danner and I am an organist, conductor, and singer. Originally from Houston, I first came to the city when I attended the University of Chicago in Hyde Park. I received my B.A. in Music in 2016. Since then, I’ve been working with Dr. Phillip Kloeckner, the organist at First United Methodist Church downtown. In 2018, I moved to Seattle to earn my Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington. While I had sung with church choirs fairly regularly since high school, I took my first church job as the choir director at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, Washington. The end of my masters program was somewhat derailed - like so many things were - in March of 2020, but I graduated in June and moved back to the Chicago area that summer. Shortly afterwards, I began working as the organist and choir director at Concordia Lutheran Church. Since moving back to Chicago, I have also gotten engaged, began singing with the Chicago Choral Artists, started conducting Crescendo Choir in Arlington Heights, and have taken up medieval longsword as a new hobby. I also have a rescue cat, and in my spare time, I enjoy cooking, watching history documentaries, and hiking.
I’m very excited to step into a new position as the Music Director for St. John’s. I’m very much looking forward to working with both the rest of the leadership team and the congregation to build a music ministry that serves the spiritual needs of the congregation, engages the community, and uplifts the songs of praise and prayers to God. I strongly believe that music communicates in a unique way that impacts people more than words. Music can reinforce all the activities of the church - from enriching the service to building bridges with the community. I’m excited by the many possibilities available at St. Johns, and I look forward to continuing to grow in service.
Luke Duroc-Danner
Happy Birthday to those born 6/3-6/9:
  • Wilma Wendt, 6/5
  • Natalie Danielsen, 6/7
  • Sara Rutherford, 6/9
  • Samantha VanderPal, 6/9
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.
Memorial Day Unity March & Ceremony
Thanks to those who represented St. John's at Monday's Unity March and Ceremony!

Pictured:  John Hauser, Alla Rusz, Jeff Danielsen, Pastor Allison, Kristen Danielsen, and Michel Hauser.
Not Pictured:  Al Swanson, Richard Rusz, and possibly more!
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!
Evanston’s Interfaith Reparations Effort & Community Launch Event
Interfaith leaders in the Evanston area, including Pastor Allison, are joining together to support Evanston’s groundbreaking reparations program. The Interfaith Reparations Effort will include educational opportunities about reparations, accountable partnership building (atonement, truth-telling, history sharing), financial contributions to the Evanston Reparations Community Fund, and supporting the national reparations movement and H.R. 40. All are invited to our Community Launch Event on Monday, June 13th at 12 pm at Fountain Square in Evanston. Speakers will include clergy, elected officials, and representatives from the Reparations Stakeholders Authority of Evanston.
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.

Senior Recital for Stephanie Chee
One of our frequent cantors, Stephanie Chee, is having her senior recital on June 10th at 6 pm in Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle Drive, just east of Arts Green along Lake Michigan on the Northwestern University campus! She will be singing Strauss and Handel, as well as English and Chinese art songs. She has so much enjoyed getting to know the St. John's community and would love to invite you all to join her in celebration of her four years at Northwestern!
Funds Secured for a St. John’s Brick
We are happy to report that we have reached our goal raising of $250 for a large-sized commemorative brick to be included in Wilmette’s new pedestrian alleyway in the Village Center. Thank you so much for your generosity! We look forward to seeing our church’s name engraved in this central walkway for years to come.
Sunday, June 5
9:30 am  Hybrid Worship with Children’s Church
10:30 am  Coffee Hour
Wednesday, June 8
7:00 pm  Church Council Meeting
Thursday, June 9
12:00 pm  Zoom-only Men’s Lunch
Sunday, June 12
9:30 am  Hybrid Worship with 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.
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Presiding Minister:  The Rev. Charles Plummer
Preaching & Assisting Minister:  Student Pastor Derek Stienmetz
Guest Organist:  Dr. Stephen Alltop
Cantor:  Stephanie Chee
Minister of the Word:  Mylene Pollock
Crucifer:  Chris Maglocci
Children's Message:  Student Pastor Derek Stienmetz
Usher:  Tom Morrison
Altar Guild:  Cindi Rachowicz
Livestream Camera Operator:  Jason Shutters
Zoom Host:  Linda Bengfort
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