~ A Message from Pastor Kim ~
Brothers and Sisters,
I am happy to be helping out with pastoral care and Saturday services during the interim until a new pastor is called. I hope to get to know you, and you, me. However, since my hours are limited, it is important that you let the church office know when you or a loved one is hospitalized, has moved into or out of a care facility, and/or could benefit from a pastoral visit. That way I can make the most my Tuesdays at St. John’s.
When I am not calling upon members of St. John’s or leading worship, I am the part-time pastor of another St. Johns, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church also known as “The Church on the Hill” (Princeton, IL), a wife and mother (my husband, Barry, and I have three grown children), and a volunteer at PADS homeless shelter.
I have been an ELCA minister of word and sacrament for over 25 years. Prior to ordination I was a lay youth minister and an early childhood educator. An interesting fact: Pastor Dell Olson presided at my installation service at “Church on the Hill” 12½ years ago while he and his wife Pastor Fran Olson were pastors here at St. John’s.
I have had the privilege of serving on Synod Council, being an intern supervisor, visiting our companion synod the Arcot Lutheran Church in S. India, and teaching Diakonia.
Interests include performing the Gospel of Mark from memory, singing in choir (I’m an alto), swing dancing with my husband, knitting, and hiking. My favorite animal is the hippopotamus.
Joyfully yours, Pastor Kim Lee-Brown
Church Council Highlights
The following are some highlights from the February 15, 2018 Church Council meeting:
· Decision to resume two distinct worship services,
· Task Force Projects - Kids Against Hunger, Mission
Mendota, Another Child Foundation shoe collection;
· Starting to search for Call Committee members;
· Discussed hiring an Interim Youth Director.
Finance Report thru January 2018:
Budgeted YTD Income $33,479
Actual YTD Income $31,608
Budgeted YTD Expense $29,609
Actual YTD Expense $29,509
Behind Budget on Regular Offerings by -$2,951.
Special Offerings $1,190 (Mendota Lutheran Home in Honor of Pastor Lepp and St. John’s “Feed the Need” Task Force).
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.
Attention Thrivent Members...
Please be sure that you have designated St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota for your 2018 Choice Dollars before the end of March.
In 2017, we received $2,308.00 through the Thrivent Choice Dollars Program.
We thank you for choosing St. John’s!
Our newly-elected Church Council met recently and made the following appointments:
Steve Florschuetz -- President, Stewardship
Ken Ladenburger -- Vice President, Worship
Karyn Bock -- Treasurer, Finance
Melissa Nosalik -- Secretary, Youth Huddle
Dorothy Brandner -- Youth Huddle
Gary Duttlinger -- Property
Bill Garthe -- Property
Nancy Holland -- Scholarship, Food Service
Dawn Kendall -- Youth Huddle
Becky Lowers -- Memorial & Remembrance, Stewardship
Shylah Ward -- Educational Ministry
Adult Education Opportunities
Growing in Faith through the study of the Bible, serving with others to make a difference in the world, and making lasting friendships give purpose to Christians of all ages. With that in mind, please note these Sunday morning opportunities at 10:10 – following Sunday morning worship.
Faith Followers – Meet with us after worship as we continue on our personal “faith journey”. Come join us in the north Fellowship Hall!
Soul Sisters – This is a women’s group for women of all ages. They meet in the Luther Lounge located next to the Fellowship Hall.
Fellowship Time – Volunteers set out coffee, lemonade and light snacks each week in the Fellowship Hall so that people have the opportunity to greet friends and meet new people. There is still time to attend other classes following this time of fellowship.
These groups are open to all people. We invite you into the friendships and learning they provide.
You are invited to join St. John’s quilting group on the fourth Tuesday of each month beginning at 9am in the Fellowship Hall. You do not need to know how to quilt or sew in order to help create these beautiful and versatile quilts that are sent worldwide through Lutheran World Relief. If you are unable to attend the work day, you may take a Quilt Top Kit (found in the Information Booth) home with you and return it when you are finished. The next work day is Tuesday, March 27th and we hope you will join us!
The Ministry of