June Events

  • AMen Breakfast! Sunday, June 24th  9:45 - 10:30 am

    Join us for friendly conversation and a free homemade breakfast, stirred up by our own AMen guys!

  • Vacation Bible School - Sun. 6/24 - Thurs. 6/28    5:45 - 8 pm

    Bring your kids, the neighbors', nieces, nephews, grandkids, co-workers' kids, any and all kids! Join us for 5 full nights of fun, music, dancing, crafts, snacks, scripture, and games! There is no cost to join in the fun! Adults, if you'd like to volunteer to help in any way please contact Eric Steinke. To register your child for VBS, please click here.

  • Last Day of Faithbuilders! - Sunday, June 3rd

    Throughout the summer, you are invited to spend the time between services (9:45-10:45) in fellowship with each other, enjoying Coffee Hour. Faith Builder classes for all ages will resume again in September. Thank you so much to all our Faith Builder teachers! You deserve this break!

Joining Jesus on His Mission

Joining Jesus On His Mission will alter the way you see your life as a follower of Jesus and take you beyond living your life for Jesus to living your life with Jesus. Simple, powerful and applicable insights show you how to be on mission and recognize where Jesus is already at work in your neighborhoods, workplaces and schools. You will feel both relief and hope. You may even hear yourself say, “I can do this!” as you start responding to the everyday opportunities he is placing in your path.

Join us, as we work together, as the family of St. John’s, through this congregation-wide bible study. For five weeks in May/June, Pastor’s sermons will cover a section at a time, then we will follow up with discussions in smaller groups through our various adult classes/groups. Please plug yourself in to one of the following classes/groups: Stan Masters’ or Mike Osborne’s Sunday morning Faith Builders classes, Tom Hanson’s Tuesday morning adult class, Grace Hanke’s Wednesday morning ladies class, AMen Thursday morning bible study, HEbrews Thursday night men’s bible study, or Sisters in Faith. 

May Events

  • Family Photos - Sunday, May 13th (Mother's Day)

    Plan now to have everyone in their Sunday best and with their best smiles on! We'll be offering the opportunity for a quick family photo (hopefully outdoors, but we'll be prepared either way)  following both services. Please sign up in the narthex (lobby) while getting coffee and goodies some upcoming Sunday morning. If you'd like a full photo shoot for your family, those will be offered as well, for a fee.

  • Confirmation - Sunday, May 20th at the 11:00 service

    Our 3 confirmands have been working, praying, and studying for this big day. Please join us to support our young people as they take this big step in their faith journey. 

  • Youth Flower Sale - April 22nd through Wednesday, May 9th

    Order forms will be placed in your mailbox or can be found on the counter in the Narthex (lobby). Please consider helping our youth when planning to beautify your yard! Flowers can be picked up here at church on Saturday, May 12th from 10-12, or after worship on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13th. Flowers come from Prielipp Farms & Greenhouse.

  • The Garden of Eaten - ready for planting!

    10x20 plots in our community garden, The Garden of Eaten, are available for just $10. The garden map and sign-up information is available in the narthex. This is open to ANYONE in our community.

  • The Learning Center Graduation - Wed., May 23rd at 6:30 pm

    Watching the darling preschoolers graduate to Kindergarten is a special treat! All are welcome. The ceremony will be held in the sanctuary of the church. While it is always sad to see them leave St. John's, we know they are well-equipped for success as they head off for schools all over Lenawee County, as God's Word has been planted in their hearts.

April Events

  • LWML Zone Rally - Saturday, April 28th, 9:00 am

    Irish Hills Spring Zone Rally: Coffee and registration at 9:00, Rally begins at 9:30. Lunch $5. Information will be shared on LERT (Lutheran Emergency Relief Training) and we will be assembling Emergency Hygiene Kits. For questions, please contact Dawn Sarrault.

  • Adventures in Grilling - Saturday, April 28th, 4 pm

    The grill is hot at 4 pm and dinner starts when your meat has been charred to perfection! All men of the congregation and their fathers, sons, and mentors are invited to join us for this afternoon of fellowship. We will hear an inspirational message from Joshua Schumacher, head football coach at CUAA. Bring your meat of choice. Sides are provided by the AMen guys. See any member of AMen or HEbrews for more information. There will be an offering taken for the homeless youth of Lenawee County.

  • Ladies Palette Painting Party - Saturday, April 21, 2-5 pm

    Ladies and girls of all ages are invited to join us for an afternoon of fellowship and painting fun! There are several designs to choose from. Please see our Facebook event page. Please choose your design, then get paid and registered by Easter Sunday, April 1. The class is limited to 50. The cost is only $15 per person. The sign-up sheet is on the Welcome Counter and the Facebook event page.

  • Art Show - April 8-15

    Calling all artists! If you have been blessed with a special creative talent, please share it! Whether you paint, draw, construct, weld, crochet, knit, quilt, blow glass, sculpt or take photos, you are invited to display your work in the Art show! Please contact Jim Peters or Karmen Wilharms and bring your work to the church the week of April 1-7.

  • Rock 'n Bowl - Date: TBA; moved to this FALL @ Lenawee Rec

    This fun event will help us raise funds for those going on the mission trip to Nicaragua in January of 2019. The purposes of this trip include providing an eyeglass clinic, and building relationships with local people and spreading the Gospel through Bible stories in a VBS format. This is an ongoing mission trip that we've already made for four years and will continue for several more. Teams of 5 can bowl for $25 per person, which includes 3 games plus shoe rental. Raffle tickets are $5 each and can be purchased by anyone, as you need not be present to win. Please contact the office for more information! (517) 265-6998.



March Events

  • Proverbs 3:24 Project Day - Saturday, March 10th 9am -12pm

    All women of the community are invited to help make plarn out of plastic shopping bags, or crochet the plarn into sleeping mats for the homeless. No skills required! If you can cut with scissors, you can make plarn. If you crochet, please bring a P hook. Feel free to start collecting your shopping bags, but keep them at home until this event. We have nowhere to store them here at church. Make it a family service day - on this day we'll also be packing meals for the hungry (see above)!

  • Women's Ministry Brunch - Saturday, March 24th 10-12

    All women of the congregation are invited to attend. There is a sign-up sheet on the counter in the lobby. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, a Visual Faith bible study, updates from the women's ministries, and a speaker from the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Lenawee. This is an opportunity for the women of St. John's to come together. 

  • Cupcake Sale - Sunday, March 25th

    Ladies Aid will be selling their beautiful and delicious homemade cupcakes between services today. All proceeds benefit their ministry, which provide quilts and lap robes to the ill in our community and those in need all over the world.

  • Kids Against Hunger! Saturday, March 10th, 9 am - 12 pm

    This will be St. John's 11th year of participating with this very worthwhile cause. Join us again as we pack 3200 meals to be distributed to hungry people all over the world. Each meal costs just 30 cents, but that's a total of over $9,000 for that many meals. Collection jars are around the church. Consider taking up a collection at work, or school, or in a group to which you belong. We currently have 8 other organizations that will be helping us this day. Please pass the word, as we'd love to have even more! We'll also be making sleeping mats for the homeless during this time. Please see Proverbs 3:24 Project below:

  • Noisy Offering - Sunday, March 4, 2018 at both services

    Clean out the car, the couch, and your purse! The kids will be coming around with pots and pans to collect your change for our Kids Against Hunger campaign (bills and checks will be allowed, too!). This is a fun way to get the kids and adults involved in serving those less fortunate. All can help with the offering on this day, and all can help pack the meals on March 10th (see below).

  • Holy Week Services - March 25 - April 1

    Palm Sunday, March 25th - 8:30 and 11:00 - the children will sing at the 11:00 service.

    Maundy Thursday, March 29 -  4:30 and 7 pm.

    Good Friday, March 30 - Worship at 1:00 and 7:00 pm.

    Easter Sunday, April 1 - Worship at 7:00 am, 8:30 am, & 11:00 am; Easter Breakfast 7:30-10:30 and Family Easter activity 9:45-10:45


February Events

  • Ash Wednesday - Wednesday, February 14th - 4:30 & 7:00

    Plan to join us for the imposition of ashes at either of our services that will begin the Lenten season; and every Wednesday throughout the 6 weeks of Lent.

  • Easter Plant Sale - through March 12th

    If you would like to purchase a plant for the altar for Easter Sunday, please fill out the form in your mailbox, or grab an extra form from the Welcome Counter. Orders will be turned in the first week of March, and again on March 12th. To insure your first pick of type and color, please get your order in early!

  • LERT Disaster Training - Saturday, February 3, 2018

    8:30-3:00 pm

    LERT = Lutheran Early Response Team. Get prepared to join a team and offer relief at a disaster close to home, or across the country. This training is $25 per person and is open to adults of all ages, and youth, as well. The cost of the training covers a light breakfast, training manual, volunteer vest, lunch, and a certification badge. This training is provided by LCMS Disaster Response. We must have at least 25 people registered in order to hold this event. Please see registration forms on the kiosk in the lobby at church or contact Darcel Shankle at darcel76@hotmail.com.

January Events

  • Proverbs 3:24 Worshop - Saturday, January 13th, 9-12

    Sisters in Faith are hosting a workshop to create sleeping mats for the homeless out of plastic grocery bags. We can use your help if you know how to crochet, or even just cut with scissors. All ladies from the community are invited. You may bring grocery bags with you that day, but please do not drop them off at the church beforehand. If you crochet, please bring a P or Q hook. Otherwise, just bring a pair of scissors. Breakfast will be provided. Ladies, come and join this purposeful time of working together to serve those less fortunate! RSVP by click here.

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive - Monday, January 22nd

    12-5:45 pm

    Please give blood if you can. We'll also take your donation of crackers, cheese, veggies, fruit, juice or bottled water to refresh those who give blood. This is a fundraiser for our high school youth, who will receive $10 for every unit of blood donated during this drive.

  • Disaster Relief Mission Trip to TX - Jan. 1-5

    Please support and pray for our team heading to Texas to help with hurricane clean-up.

  • Advent Aglow - Tuesday, December 5

    This ladies-only event is always the first Tuesday in December. We have about 22 ladies who serve as hosts and decorate a table, invite 7 guests, and serve dessert. We offer musical entertainment and an inspirational speaker to get our hearts prepared for the true meaning of Christmas. 

  • Children's Christmas Program - Sunday, Dec. 10th at 11:00 am

    EVERYONE is involved in this program, though it is led entirely by our youth. From preschoolers to high schoolers, everyone plays a part, reads a line, or sings. The Handbells, Adult Choir and Adult Praise Band will also be involved.

  • Christmas Decorating - Friday/Saturday, Dec. 1st and 2nd.

    Join us as we decorate the church for Christmas! Many hands make light work, so please plan to pitch in for an hour or so when you can! Wednesday night, immediately following the Advent services, we'll carry boxes up from the storage room. Friday we can use help anytime throughout the day, starting with the Mary Martha Room, the nativities, and putting up the trees. On Saturday, we can start as soon as the Children's Program practice is over at 11:30.

  • Poinsettia Sale - through December 3rd

    The Board of Outreach is offering you the opportunity to purchase beautiful foil-wrapped poinsettias for your home or the sanctuary. Those purchased for the sanctuary can be purchased in honor or in memory of a loved one. Honorariums and Memorial messages will be printed in the bulletin for Sunday, December 24th. For more information, please contact Karmen Wilharms, Director of Outreach and Assimilation.

  • Christmas Caroling - Sunday, Dec. 17th  4:00-8:00 pm

    Join us for caroling around town to our shut-ins, followed by a potluck back at church. Meet at church at 4 p.m. and bring a dish to pass for the potluck dinner.


NOVEMBER EVENTS

  • Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes! Nov. 13-19

    St. John's is once again the Drop-off Center for all the shoeboxes in Lenawee County. Please help in any of the following 3 ways:

    1. Pray for these shoeboxes to reach children and families open to hearing about God's love and ultimate forgiveness and mercy.

    2. Fill a shoebox and bring it in!

    3. Help in the Relay Center.

    The Relay Center is open during the following days and times and will be found in the lower level of the church.


    Day

    Date

    Time

    Monday

    Nov. 13

    2pm-6pm

    Tuesday

    Nov. 14

    2pm – 6pm

    Wednesday

    Nov. 15

    2pm – 6pm

    Thursday

    Nov. 16

    2pm – 6pm

    Friday

    Nov. 17

    2pm - 6pm

    Saturday

    Nov. 18

    10am-12pm

    Sunday

    Nov. 19

    12pm – 4pm

    Monday

    Nov. 20

    7am – 9am


    Find a Shoebox - average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox.

    Decide if you are packing for Girl or Boy - ages: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.

    Fill with Gifts - include a quality “wow” toy such as a doll, soccer ball with pump, or stuffed animal; add other toys, school supplies, hygiene items & accessories.

    Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.  School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.  Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.  Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.

     

    NOTE: New in 2017 … no candy, no toothpaste allowed in the shoebox!!

     

    2016 Results:  2,630 shoe boxes, 39 volunteers, 176.5 hours served (St. John’s boxes: 143)


  • Bake Sale - Sunday, November 19, 2017

    The Hostesses for Advent Aglow will be selling home-made baked goods to raise money for their outreach event. This event will offer fellowship, inspiration, and raise funds for a local chari. Pick up some yummy snacks, or a homemade pie for Thanksgiving!

  • New Member Class - Sundays, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19  from 9:45-10:45 and a Saturday TBD.

    If you are wishing to officially join the family of St. John's, please mark your calendar. This class is taught by Pastor Sarrault and covers basic Christianity, what we believe as LCMS Lutheran Christians, as well as the ministries and opportunities available here at St. John's. Attending the class does not make you a member, but is required for membership. This class is also open to any current members who would like a refresher course.

  • Sauerkraut Supper - Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017

    4:30-7 pm dine-in upstairs; 3:30-6:30 take-outs downstairs

    This event is open to the public and is the longest running tradition we have here at St. John's (for an event, that is). No one is really quite certain of the date of the first supper, but it has been going on for over 150 years. Join us for this quality meal and fellowship. Seating is upstairs in the Narthex and Mary Martha rooms, or you can pick up to-go orders from the lower level. Dinner includes (all homemade!): roasted pork, sauerkraut, applesauce, baked beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a variety of pies for dessert! All proceeds go to Tabea, which supports many missions and events here at St. John's. There is also a bake and craft sale in the Apostle's Room, hosted by Ladies Aid. This is a non-licensed event.

  • Turkey Trot - Thursday, November 23, 2017

    9 a.m. at the pavilion entrance to the trail

    Also known as the Hands & Feet 5K, this run is every Thanksgiving morning. Come and run off some calories before stuffing yourself! All proceeds go to the Living Water Mission to provide healthy water in Kenya. Early pre-registration is $25; registration is $30 the day of the race. All registrants receive a t-shirt, free beverages at the race, a bonfire, and an authentic gift from Kenya will be awarded to all finishers. Registration form can be found by clicking here.

OCTOBER EVENTS

  • MI District Reformation 500 Service - Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

    This once-in-a-lifetime service, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be at the Breslin Center at MSU, with a choir of over 100 voices from across the state, and more than 14,000 people in attendance. We have 2 charter buses transporting us to the Center. Please see Karmen Wilharms if you'd like to go. Many ushers are needed and will get to sit in box seats and receive a commemorative t-shirt.

  • Proverbs 3:24 Project Day - Saturday, October 28; 9am -12pm

    Sisters in Faith are hosting this wonderful event that includes a light continental breakfast. We'll be meeting downstairs in Koinonia Hall, so you may enter from the lower level, around the back.  We'll  make plarn (yarn made from plastic grocery bags), crochet mats for the homeless, and enjoy each other's company. There is very little skill involved in making plarn. If you can cut with scissors, you can make plarn! This event is open to all women of the community, so invite your friends. Bring scissors, and if you are crocheting, bring a P hook. We have plenty of grocery bags already saved, so please do not bring any more to church.  Please click here to RSVP.

    Proverbs 3:24English Standard Version (ESV)

    24 If you lie down, you will not be afraid;
        when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.


  • Walk to Bethlehem - Oct. 1st through Christmas

    Walk, run, bike, swim, pray! Do what you are able, and as a congregation we'll try to get all the way to Bethlehem. For each mile you walk or run, we get that much closer to our goal. For all other forms of exercise, 20 minutes = 1 mile. For those physically unable to exercise, 20 minutes of prayer = 1 mile. We'll have a map on display in the narthex (lobby), as well as a chart for participants to fill in each week, logging their miles. We'll also have prayer cards available to use during your exercise time. Join us for this fun and healthy activity!

Our Mission Team in LaJoya, Nicaragua

Our team of 15 is currently serving in LaJoya, this week (August 4-12). Please pray for them daily that they stay healthy and safe, are able to serve with joyful hearts, point to Jesus, and assist with the eyeglass clinic, providing free eye exams and eyeglasses to those in need. You can keep up with their adventures by reading their blog here. 1708nicaragua.blogspot.com


SEPTEMBER EVENTS

  • MOPS Open Houses - Monday evening, Sept. 11th from 6:30-8:00 pm and Tuesday morning, Sept. 12th from 9:15-11:30 am

    Mothers Of Preschoolers (MOPS) is for all moms with children from pregnancy through kindergarten. It's a place for friendship, authentic community, support, and growth - because Better Moms Make A Better World! 
    The evening group will meet at St. John's on the 2nd & 4th Mondays (Sept-May) from 6:30pm to 8pm for lite refreshments, while we connect with each other through watching and discussing a short MOPS video! Contact Jennifer at mopsadrian@gmail.com if you would like more information before our Open House. ***Please note that our evening group currently does not have child care available***


    The morning group will meet at St. John's on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays (Sept-May) from 9:15a - 11:30a for lite refreshments, while we connect with each other through watching and discussing a short MOPS video or doing a small craft! Contact Jennifer at mopsadrian@gmail.com if you would like more information before our Open House. ***Please note that our childcare spots are currently full*** Dues are $35 total for the 2017/18 Free Indeed Theme year.


    Check out our Facebook page!


    We look forward to connecting and growing with you!

  • Rummage Sale -  Sept. 22-23; Friday 6-8 pm; Saturday 9-4 pm


  • Man's Day Event - Saturday, Sept. 30th; 1-5 pm

    Grill Meat, Watch Football, Learn to Brew Beer, Backyard games, Bonfire, and Manly conversation.
    Bring food to share, meat to grill, any other Manly thing you want, and invite other guys!
    Proverbs 27:17:

    17 As iron sharpens iron,
        so one person sharpens another.



  • Family Picnic and Talent Show - Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at 12:30

    Join together as a congregational family as we share a meal and share our talents. The BBQ pork will be provided by caterer, Tim Cagle. Please bring a dish to pass. We'll also be hosting a Dessert Competition, so bring your finest! The talent show will be a fun, informal opportunity to showcase a special talent you've been blessed with.