• 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. 

August Events

  • Red Cross Blood Drive - Monday, August 7th  12-5:45 pm

    Please consider donating blood, as this drive is being run as a fundraiser for our high school youth. They will receive $10 for every pint of blood collected during this drive. Every pint of blood also saves three lives! If you cannot give blood, we can use your help in setting up, tearing down, registration, serving refreshments, or just bring refreshments to be served (cookies, crackers, cheese, fruit, veggies, juice, water).

  • AMen Breakfast - Sunday, Aug. 13th  9:45-10:30

    Join us for fellowship and a free homemade breakfast, served up by the AMen guys!

  • 4th Annual Community Carnival - Sunday, Aug. 27th 5-8 pm

    Join us for free family fun! Games, prizes, sno-cones, cotton candy, inflatables, face painting, magician, kiddie train and more! An event like this takes lots of volunteers, so please consider helping in some way. The whole community is invited!

  • Mission Trip to LaJoya, Nicaragua - August 4th-12th

    Our team will be traveling to help spread the gospel and assist with eye exams. Please keep them and the citizens of LaJoya in your prayers throughout their trip.

July Events

  • Tommy Brandt performance - Sunday, July 23rd  7 pm


    Tommy is now touring and appearing at more than 150 venues a year. He has become one of the most recognized Inspirational Country singers today. Tommy has shared the stage with country artists such as Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Daryl Worley, Little Big Town, Porter Wagner and Roy Clark. He has ministered along side Christian artists Guy Penrod, Del Way, Jason Crabb, Point of Grace, Chonda Pierce and Josh Turner. He has appeared on GAC, CMT, GMC, Sky Angel, Cornerstone Television, TCT Network and many more. Tommy has won 29 major Christian music awards, has had 14 #1 songs on the Inspirational Country Music charts and has been invited to perform on some of the largest stages and churches around the country.

    And WE will have him all to ourselves! He'll be performing in our outdoor pavilion on this evening, so bring your family, your neighbors, and your friends! And bring some lawn chairs to kick back and relax while he entertains us with his strong voice and his passion to use the gifts God has given him.

    There is admission for this outdoor concert, but we will be taking an offering to give to Tommy.


  • Western Days! at the Lenawee County Fair

    Tuesday, July 25th

    There will be  Cowboy Camp from 12-4 pm in the Rodeo Arena. The camp will consist of stations teaching Roping, Panning for Gold, Horsemanship, Cowboy Cooking, Branding, Bull Riding, and Bull Fighting that all parallel with teachings from the Bible.


    The Main Event will be the Ronnie Sowle Memorial Bull Riding  at 7pm in the Grandstands!

    This will also be a free event that the entire family will enjoy. 5 time Inspirational  Country Music Award winner Tommy Brandt will sing and present the Gospel in a way that is unique and inspiring! The intermission shows during  the bull riding will also be once in a lifetime performances that are not only unique, but exciting, presented through horses!

  • AMen breakfast - Sunday, July 9th   9:45-10:30

    All are welcome to enjoy the fellowship and free homemade meal, served up by the AMen guys!

June Events

  • Last Day of Faithbuilders! - Sunday, June 4th

    Throughout the summer, you are invited to spend the time between services (9:45-10:45) in fellowship with each other, enjoying Coffee Hour. Faithbuilder classes for all ages will resume again in September.

  • Vacation Bible School - Sun. 6/18 - Thurs. 6/22    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 or Hannah Walsh. To register your child for VBS, please click here.

May Events

  • Youth Flower Sale - now through Wednesday, May 10th

    Order forms were 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 13th, or after worship on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14th. Flowers come from Prielipp Farms & Greenhouse.

  • Confirmation - Sunday, May 21st at the 11:00 service

    Our 7 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. 

  • The Learning Center Graduation - Thursday, May 25th 6:30 

    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

  • Holy Week Services

    Palm Sunday, April 9th - 8:30 and 11:00 - the children will sing at the 11:00 service.

    Maundy Thursday, April 13 - Seder Worship at 4:30 and 7 pm.

    Good Friday, April 14 - Worship at 1:00 and 7:00 pm.

    Easter Sunday, April 16 - Worship at 7:00 am, 8:30 am, & 11:00 am; Easter Breakfast 7:30-10:30 and Family Easter activity 9:30-10:30

  • Adentures in Grilling - Saturday, April 22nd, 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 Rex Stump, FCA Director for NW OH and SE MI. Bring your meat of choice. Sides are provided by the AMen guys. See any member of AMen or HEbrews for more information.

  • Rock 'n Bowl - Sunday, April 23rd; 12:30-3:30 @ Lenawee Rec

    This fun event will help us raise funds for 15 of us to experience a mission trip to Nicaragua in August of 2017. The purposes of this trip include providing an eyeglass clinic, and building relationships with local peopl and spreading the Gospel through Bible stories in a VBS format. This is an ongoing mission trip that we've already made for three 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.



  • Art Show - April 23-30

    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 Karmen Wilharms and bring your work to the church the week of April 17-21.