Church Council Highlights
The following are some highlights from the July 18, 2019 Church Council meeting.
Finance Report Year To Date thru June 2019:
Budgeted Income $181,883 Actual Income $187,350
Budgeted Expense $187,629 Actual Expense $148,912
Behind Budget on Regular Offerings by -$7,996
August Scriptures for Worship
August 4: Eighth Sunday of Pentecost
Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23 Our vocation must be about more than material gain.
Colossians 3:1-11 Those who Christ has raised up must live a new life in him.
Luke 12:13-21 Jesus’ parable warns us against complacency and false security.
August 11: Ninth Sunday of Pentecost
Genesis 15:1-6 Abraham is declared righteous through trust and faithfulness.
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 Faith is defined through the example of Israel’s ancestors.
Luke 12:34-40 Be alert every moment for the advent of Christ.
August 18: Tenth Sunday of Pentecost
Jeremiah 23:23-29 The prophet’s message of God’s judgment is rejected.
Hebrews 11:29-12:2 We are close to the fulfillment of God’s promises to his people.
Luke 12:49-56 Jesus warns that his coming will bring upheaval and division.
August 25: Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost
Isaiah 58:9-14 God promises a restored Israel, founded on justice and mercy.
Hebrews 12:18-29 Through faith, believers participate in God’s new order of creation.
Luke 13:10-17 Jesus is reprimanded for healing a woman on the Sabbath.
Lunch In The Park
The Mendota Lutheran Home is hosting Lunch In The Park on Friday, August 23rd from 11am to 1:30pm.
The menu includes a variety of grilled sandwiches (pork chop, brat, cheeseburger, hamburger, hot dog), chips, desserts, and beverages.
All proceeds will be designated to the MLH Enhancement Fund.
St. John's Task Force Update
Task Force chairman, Ken Ladenburger and Susan Garner presented a check for $7,000 to Carol Alcorn, Executive Director of IV PADS Homeless Shelter for their building expansion. These funds will be used toward creation of a family sleeping room and an executive office. A recognition plaque will be displayed in these two areas.
Crossroads Counseling Center
Over one year ago, Allied Counseling Group of LaSalle became our new providers. We are pleased to be able to provide professional behavioral health counseling services for members of our congregation and for the entire Mendota area.
Thanks to the generosity of St. John’s, the services provided at Crossroads are affordable to everyone. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.
Appointments can be made by calling the Allied Counseling office at 815-224-4522 and asking for the Mendota site. Ms. Pamela Wolf, LCPC - Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, serves at our Crossroads Center.
St. John's Scholarship Fund Recipients
Scholarships in the amount of $12,000 were awarded to several young church members. Congratulations to:
Peyton Baird (St. Francis University), Katie Beetz (St. Ambrose University), Grace Brandner (IVCC), Lukas Brandner (University of Iowa), Gabrielle Brown (Illinois State University), Natalie Landgraf (Western Illinois University), Gabrielle Peasley (Illinois State University), Abby Phalen (Augustana University), Cameron Schumacher (Bradley University), Gillian Sutton (St. Ambrose University), MiKayla Wilhelm (Southern Illinois Univeristy—Edwardsville), Katherine Wohrley (Northern Illinois University), and Melissa Wohrley (North Central College).
Our college students are also asked to please share an updated college residence address once they get settled in. Addresses can be emailed to the office or sent via text/email to Karen Goy at (815) 228-2391.
Lutheran World Relief School Kits
Can you believe it is almost time for the new school year? School supply lists are ready and the stores have all the supplies on their shelves. This is a reminder that we at St. John's continue to support Lutheran World Relief. In addition to making quilts, we also assemble school kits. A total of 8 items are needed for each kit. LWR is very specific about items that are allowed in the school kits, so please refer to the list shown below. When you are shopping, would you consider purchasing and donating any of these items for our LWR School Kit Project. There is a box marked "School Supplies" in the Fellowship Hall for these items. Thank you for your continued support of LWR.
Notebook (spiral 70 pages) #2 Pencils (unsharpened)
Ruler Ink Pens (no gel)
Pencil Sharpener 16-24 box of Crayons
Scissors (blunt) Eraser
Thrivent Financial Members
Please make sure that you have designated St. John’s as the recipient for your Choice Dollars. Also, remember that you are eligible to receive two grants of $250 each year. We have been blessed to be able to use these grants for Vacation Bible School, many youth events and activities, and Outreach activities. If you are interested in applying for a grant to be used for St. John’s ministries, please contact Karen Goy. She would be happy to help write the grant as well as the follow up report. Thank you in advance!