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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” ---Romans 15:13 (NIV) “Will you be my Valentine?” is often a question asked during this month of February: the month devoted to love. Stores are filled with heart-shaped boxes of candy and heart-shaped cards and vases of flowers with heart-shaped gift tags. All of these things are available for the consumer so that one can find the appropriate expression of one’s devotion to a loved one. This year Ash Wednesday is on Valentine’s Day. As we will begin our Lenten journey on that day, we remember that God proclaims He loves each of us (John 3:16). His love is not expressed through heart-shaped boxes or cards but in the shape of a cross and an empty tomb. “God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). His valentine isn’t just given on February 14th but is given to us over and over throughout the year. Martin Luther reminds us just how much God loves us in his explanation to the first article of the Apostles Creed: “I believe that God has created me and all that exists; that God has given and still preserves my body and soul with all their powers. God provides me with food and clothing, home and family, daily work, and all that I need from day to day. God also protects me in time of danger and guards me from every evil. All this God does purely out of parental love and divine goodness and mercy, though I do not deserve it….” Every single thing in our lives has been given to us by God. And the reason God gives all these things to us is because His heart is so full of love that it is simply overflowing. Through the love that God shows to us and has placed in us (1st John 4:19), we here at the Lutheran Church of St. John seek to demonstrate that love through hearts that overflow. Whether through our words, actions, or even ashes on our forehead, we seek to proclaim the love for the Lord and demonstrate our trust in the one true God. We seek to connect with one another, to our neighbors, and to our world. Working together we celebrate God’s heart is overflowing, pouring love into our hearts so that they, too, overflow. Hallelujah! Thanks be to God! God comes to each of us and says, “…you are precious in My eyes, and honored, and I love you,…Fear not, for I am with you.” (Isaiah 43:4-5) Yes, we ARE His valentine! Blessings!



ELDER LIST Our church has eight Elders, and each Elder is assigned a portion of the congregation. The elders assist the Pastors in the spiritual life of the congregation. If you have a spiritual need or issue anytime or when Pastor Steve and Pastor Kendall are out of town, you can contact your Elder listed below.

USHERS: 8:00: 10:30: GREETERS: 8:00: Jody and Jodie Mauck 10:30:

Elder Paul Johnson Steve Barteau Rustin Otney Matt Dietrich John Schonarth Jason Watkins Mike Happel Aaron Clark

ELDERS: 8:00: Mike Happel 10:30: Rustin Otney ALTAR GUILD:

Melanie Schertel, Haley Schertel Julie Dietrich

Phone Member Name 217-577-3669 (A-B) 660-349-8095 (C-E) 785-766-9776 (F-Hi) 217-653-0944 (Ho-K) 217-224-3375 (L-M) 217-257-2345 (N-R) 217-222-2858 (S-T) 217-209-1830 (U-Z)


4 – Jim Waack 11 – Kim Rosevold 18 - Hugh Roderick 25 – John Schonarth

The Lutheran Church of St. John Phone number: 222-8579 Fax number 222-1182 Emails: Pastor Steve Hayden – [email protected] Pastor Kendall Meyer – [email protected] Marilyn – [email protected] Jan – [email protected] Website: Church office hours: Mon.-Fri.: 8:00am-4:00pm.

If you need to call to request a ride or cancel a ride for Sunday mornings, call 222-8579 and leave a message at extension #408 for the Van Driver.

February Prayer Focus – Horizons: Our congregation is a partner church with Horizons, our local soup kitchen ministry. They serve thousands of hot meals every year to families struggling with food insecurity. But beyond that they also minister to them with the Gospel of Christ. Pray for their daily food distribution that they would continue to have the food needed to share with the people that God brings to them. Pray for their empty bowls fundraiser that will take place later this month that God’s people would open their hearts in support of this ministry. Pray for the staff and volunteers that through their service the community would see the love of God reflected in their lives.

Sermon Series Continued Feb. 4 & 11 ALL 2 ALL AN EPIPHANY SERMON/SMALL GROUP SERIES ON 1 CORINTHIANS 6-9 “I have become all things to all men, that by all means I might save some.” (1 Cor. 9:22)  Week 3 - Removing Stumbling Blocks in Order to Save Some  Week 4 - Tailoring the Gospel in Order to Save Some The Small Groups will continue their study series the first two weeks of February.


Midweek 3: God’s Will and My Identity In this service we remember that, in humility, Mary dutifully accepted the role God had given her to become the mother of our Savior. That Son would later accept his role, faithfully following the path his Father had in mind for him to save us all. Pastor Steve Hayden

Lenten Series – Thy Will Be Done A Series of Services for the Season of Lent February 14-March 21 “Not as I will, but as you will,” Jesus prayed to His Father the night before He went to the cross for our salvation. And that is our prayer as well this Lenten Season as we seek to do God’s will in our lives, as we draw near to the observance of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection during Holy Week. Each service in the series focuses on a different aspect of God’s will at work among us. Biblical characters are used as insightful reference points each week to guide us in following our Lord more nearly day by day.

Midweek 4: God’s Will and My Worldview In this service we remember that, on the road to Damascus, Paul had his worldview turned upside down when God called him to preach the name of the Christ he had been persecuting. We follow God’s will by putting the crucified Christ at the center of our worldview. Pastor Mike Fieberkorn Midweek 5: God’s Will and My Response In this service we remember that Lydia followed the will of God by responding in faith and hospitality when the Gospel message of Christ’s sacrifice was preached to her. We follow the will of God by responding in love and service to one another in return for what Christ has done for us. Pastor Kendall Meyer

Ash Wednesday: God’s Will and God’s Promise Join us for the Thy Will Be Done special service for Ash Wednesday. In this service we remember that by faith, Abraham trusted the will of God when he promised that a son would be born to him. God’s will was done when that son, Isaac, was born, and God’s will was done when his Son, Jesus, came into the world to redeem his people.

ASH WEDNESDAY Service will be on FEBRUARY 14TH at 6:00 pm. Midweek Lenten Services will be held on February 21 & 28th, March 7, 14, & 21at 6:00 pm.

Midweek 1: God’s Will and My Inadequacy In this service we remember that, at first, Moses did not think he could free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. But God gave him confidence to set his people free. In Lent we remember that God sent his Son to do his will and set all people free from the slavery of sin. Pastor Martin Eden

The Oasis The Wednesday evening worship service begins at 6:00 pm in the Oasis. This is a casual worship about 40 minutes in length. Child care is available for younger kids and the coffee is always ready. This service is a great opportunity to introduce someone to our congregation or invite someone who doesn’t normally come to church. Services will be held in the Oasis February 7th and March 28th. The Wednesday Lenten services will be held in the Santuary.

Midweek 2: God’s Will and My Dreams In this service for Week 2 of Lent, we remember that, anointed by God to rule in Israel, King David followed God’s will to shepherd his people, but often failed to live up to God’s dream for him. We welcome the Good Shepherd into our lives who fulfills God’s dream perfectly to gather his wandering sheep into the sheepfold of heaven. Pastor Marlin Rempfer 3

WEEK 1 - Key Question: What does kindness look like? While this may seem like a simple question, preteens need to start from a concrete idea before connecting that idea to their own life. When kids can identify the kindness of others, they have a better chance of replicating that in their own life. We want kids to figure out how they can show kindness to others based on the ways people have been kind to them.

Lenten Suppers be serving at 5:00pm – 5:45pm each Wednesday prior to the Ash Wednesday and Lenten Worship Services. Meals or Desserts will also be served following the services 6:45pm – 7:15pm. Free-will offering. Watch the announcements for details. Mary & Martha members will be serving a variety of soups, sandwiches, & dessert on February 14th. The Board of Christian Caregiving will serve their delicious spaghetti dinner with ice cream for dessert. The Board of Christian Education will serve a meal on March 14th. The St. James Pack 2 Scout Troop will serve Pulled Pork and Desserts on March 21st. Details to follow for February 21 & 28.

WEEK 2 - Key Question: When is it hard to be kind? If we’re completely honest, we encounter situations when we don’t feel like being kind. Preteens are starting to understand how to think about what they do and don’t want to do. We hope they can work through the difficulties they face when showing kindness when they don’t want to show kindness. If they can identify when it’s hard to be kind, they can figure out a plan to help them show kindness anyway.


WEEK 3 - Key Question: Have you ever received unexpected kindness? Often the best kindness is the kindness that feels completely random. Help kids discover how they feel when someone surprises them with kindness. Help them figure out the unexpected ways they can show kindness to people in their life.

For the month of December, 2017: Giving: $ 61,246.27 Total All Expenses: $39,847.18 Giving less exp.: $ 21,399.09

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WEEK 4 - Key Question: How can you be kind to people you don’t get along with? There are times when we face people who we feel don’t deserve our kindness. Most likely, preteens have a list of people who they don’t get along with and why those people don’t deserve their kindness. But Jesus tells us to love our enemies. Through this question, we hope kids start to discover how they can show kindness to people who fall into this category.


God was kind to us even when we didn’t deserve it. Even when we were still sinners, Jesus died for us. Because of God’s great love for us, we can be kind to everyone. Jesus personified kindness in the way He lived and interacted with the people He met. But, as we read the Gospels, we find that Jesus didn’t just model kindness. He commanded it. By treating others the way we want to be treated, we live out the way Jesus taught us to live.

We finish out our month in Matthew 5:43-48. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus expands the scope of who deserves our kindness. Not everyone will be kind to us; some may be quite mean to us. Jesus says that we should love our enemies and pray for them. 4

Bottom Line: Be kind to people who aren’t kind to you. As kids discover what Jesus says about loving our enemies, we pray that your kids discover ways they can show God’s love and kindness to people they might not get along with all of the time. They don’t have to be best friends, but they can be kind. A good lesson for all of us.

BOARD OF CHRISTIAN CAREGIVING FOOD PANTRY - In the month of December, our food pantry served 343 households. These households were comprised of 1327 individuals and of those 540 were children. Thank you to all that generously share monetary donations and/or donate items for the Food Pantry. The funds enable Jan to purchase a variety of food at much lower than retail price through the Central IL Food Bank, which distributes food approved and under the guidelines of the USDA. A special thank you to everyone that helps each day the pantry is open and with the different shipments and food deliveries. We do appreciate your hard work.


Part Time FOOD PANTRY ADMINISTRATOR The Lutheran Church of St. John is accepting applications for a part time Food Pantry Administrator. This position provides a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the community by serving those who deal with food insecurity. This individual would oversee all aspects of operating the Food Pantry, including managing volunteers and ordering food. A complete job description can be obtained in the church office. The position is not limited to members of the Lutheran Church of St. John. This position is for up to 16 hours per week. Resumes should be submitted to the church office. If you have any questions about the position, see Pastor Steve.

Guatemala Mission Team The Mission offerings will assist in purchasing items to be taken with the Guatemala Mission CRADLE ROLL There are thirty children enrolled in the Cradle Roll. Children receive materials until age 3, that parents can share with them about God’s love. If you have a child in this age range that has been baptized at St. John’s, watch your church mailbox for materials that are brought for them. If you find a note, the corresponding materials will be placed on the shelf in the coat rack area, with your name on it.

The Food Pantry is always looking for additional volunteers to help on a Monday or Thursday, even if for just a couple hours. Or, if you can help portion bulk items and restock shelves on other days. Sign up on the bulletin board by the office or stop in the office if you can even be a backup that we can call when shorthanded. If you have questions, see Jan or any of the members on the list.

February Birthdays: Cassidy Michelle Altgilbers 3 yrs. old on Feb. 9 Holden Michael Lord 1 yr. old on Feb. 9 One Addition in January: Daisy Sue Dickhut Birthday: Baptized:

December 10, 2017 January 17, 2018

CLOSET OF GRACE –Cleaning your closets? We always especially need clothes for babies, kids and teens. Spread the word to your family and friends too. We have also received donations from local resale shops; and we thank them all for the donations.

One Removed in January: Bentley Monroe Willing 3 years, Jan. 11, 2018 New Birth: Lucy Jo Mauck – January 15, 2018 --Wilma Tieman, Nursery Roll Coordinator 5

The LCOSJ Food Pantry will be participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring 2018. St. John’s will be a participating agency and will receive a portion of any non-perishables and monetary donations. We will be a collection site and you can bring items and donations by Sunday, February 4th. The Souper Bowl of Caring is a national movement of young people working to fight hunger and poverty in their own communities around the time of the Super Bowl football game. In the weeks leading up to or on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb.4), young people take up a collection (many use a soup pot), asking for one dollar or one item of food for people in need. They give 100% of their donation directly to the local hunger-relief charity of their choice.

Thank you so much for your continued support of the Hearts Overflowing Debt Reduction Campaign. Donations of more than $331,000 received through mid-January have enabled us to reduce our mortgage principal from over $666,000 at the end of May 2017 to under $345,000 at the end of January 2018. We have paid off 48% of our remaining mortgage through the Campaign in just 8 months! If you need more green Hearts Overflowing envelopes to assist you in regular giving to the campaign, additional envelopes may be found on the information desk in the Church Narthex. Using these envelopes will help the Board of Stewardship keep accurate giving records. Thank you for your sacrificial giving to the Campaign! Please continue to pray that God would bountifully bless the Lutheran Church of St. John through this Campaign.

MANNA MEALS - If you or a loved one could benefit from having a couple of home cooked meals a week during a time of illness or after being hospitalized, please let Jim & Janet Totsch, Pastor Steve or Marilyn know and these can be arranged for 2 or 3 weeks. If you would consider taking meals to a church member in need, please let Jim & Janet know via email [email protected] or call 779-8603 or 779-3303. Each person usually makes 2-3 meals a year.

2018 Stewardship Events: The Board of Stewardship is planning the following events for 2018:  June - With the first anniversary of the Hearts Overflowing Debt Reduction Campaign, we will be conducting a 3-week sermon series called “Life to the Highest Power.”  October - We plan to combine the midpoint Recommitment and Re-Envisioning Event for the Hearts Overflowing Campaign with our fall stewardship emphasis. The sermon series and small group Bible studies will culminate with a single worship service and luncheon on Consecration Sunday on October 21st.

BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP 2017 Contributions to the General Fund: Contributions to the General Fund in the last 3 months of 2017 resulted in finishing the year with income exceeding expenses by over $20,000. We are so thankful for the superb response to increase your giving…praise God for your sacrifices! Please continue to pray that our income will exceed expenses throughout 2018.



BOARD OF EVANGELISM HORIZON’S – Serve meals. Volunteers are needed to help serve meals on every 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board by the office. Sign up for February, March and April. Hot meals are served 11:30am – 12:30pm. A couple of the regular volunteers are out of town so if we could use additional volunteers for a couple of months.

Senior High - join us on Sunday morning for Sunday school at 9:30am in the Youth Room with Aaron Clark as their leader Aaron has been known to stop by and pick up donuts every once in a while! HY-VEE SCRIP - Members of the Teen LYF group sell scrip. Use these cards at the Hy-Vee grocery store and at their gas stations. It’s just like cash—Hy-Vee donates 5% of each card to our Teen LYF group. You can also buy Scrip during regular church office hours from Marilyn.

Empty Bowls 2018 - February 25th, 11:00 AM2:00 PM - QHS Cafeteria and Commons Tickets will go on sale at Horizons on February 4th: Lynda Keller will have tickets available the first two Sundays in February. $10.00 per person or $50.00 max for families of 5 or more. Ticket includes a simple soup meal and a hand painted bowl. All proceeds benefit Horizons Social Services

FATHER AND DAUGHTER DANCE February 3rd, 2018 Time- 5pm-8pm Cost- Can food item Meal- Free will offering Theme-Under the Sea This event is for Daddy's and daughters only. RSVP or for any questions - contact Melissa Baker 217-653-9963, [email protected]

CONGREGATIONAL EVENTS VOTER’S ASSEMBLY MEETING The first 2018 Voter’s Assembly meeting is scheduled for Sunday, February 19, beginning at 11:30am. Lunch will be served and a free-will offering collected. Voter’s Packets and the 2017 Annual Report will be available to pick up on Sunday, February 4th, in the Narthex. You do not need to be a Voting member to stop in for lunch after church.

T-LO Super bowl Party All junior and senior high youth are invited to join us for our annual Super bowl Party, Sunday, February 4th. More details to follow.

Connection Point Café in the OASIS Stay after worship, come early before Sunday School and Bible Class, or before worship and enjoy some coffee, tea, or hot chocolate along with some breakfast treats and a chance to meet and visit with fellow members and is a great opportunity to welcome visitors. A sign-up sheet is on the counter in the office if you would be willing to provide some breakfast treats one week.

FAMILY NIGHT of BOWLING put on by Board of Youth & Family Ministries Mark your calendars for Monday-February19th, Family fun event – Bowling Night at the Tangerine Bowl, 3530 Maine St. Watch the announcements for more information. A sign-up sheet will be at the Information Center to allow for better planning.



First Place 4 Health groups will continuing their program on Saturday mornings from 8:00am-9:00am and 9:00am-10am. First Place 4 Health, a Christ-centered total-wellness program, and will be offered again. If you have questions about this program, contact Melissa Baker at email [email protected] or call her at 217-653-9963.

SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE CLASS begins at 9:30am. Walk Where Jesus Walked Are you passionate about your walk with Jesus? Why is it often easier to be excited about hobbies, sports, homes, and occupations than about our faith? Walk As Jesus Walked: Making Disciples, presents teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan on location with faith lessons from the first disciples. This study will inspire and motivate as you learn what discipleship means, who can be a disciple, how to be a disciple, and what to expect as a disciple. Grab some coffee and/or donut/treat at the Connection Point Café and join us.

SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS MARY & MARTHA GUILD All women of the congregation are invited to the Mary Martha meeting on February 6 at 6:30pm. We will be organizing hygiene kits, and doing a service project in the food pantry. We will also make plans for the Ash Wednesday Soup supper on February 14. Pat Heineke, the Quincy Zone President will be our guest, bringing updates on LWML projects and events. Serving with gladness! See you there.

KELLER MONDAY NIGHT STUDY GROUP On January 8th, the Monday night Bible study group will finish their All2All study and meet at Bill & Lynda Keller’s home, beginning at 7:00pm. WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY The Tuesday morning women’s group will continue a Beth Moore study on “DAVID”. Join us one morning if you would like to check it out, we’d love to have you. They meet at 9:30am in the Oasis.

LADIES’ AID SOCIETY The Ladies Aid members will on Wednesday, February 7th at 12:30pm for fellowship & refreshments and their meeting will begin at 1pm, weather permitting. Wilma Tieman and Marilyn Humphrey will serve on the Cheer & Social Committee. The February LWML Mission devotions will be read and Mites will be collected.

WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE CLASS Join us as they continue with the small group series “All 2 All”. This short 4-week study is a great way to try out our bible study. MENS BIBLE BREAKFAST This group of men meets on Thursday mornings at 6:30am in the Family Life Center, for Bible study and breakfast, and some of the best coffee in Quincy. This group is usually finished around 7:30am to give you time to head to work or your todo list. If you would like to join this group, either every morning or just a few, enter through the kitchen on the south side of the building.

MEN’S CLUB The Men’s Club will meet on February 19th at 7:00pm at St. James’s. Doug Allen will be the Devotional Leader. “A Man Named Martin Part 2” will be led by Pastor Kendall Meyer. The Officers will serve on the Social Committee. February 4th is recognized as Lutheran Hour Sunday All men of the congregation are welcome to join them and learn how this men’s organization serves St. John’s and St. James’ and our community. 8

OASIS Wednesday Evening Nursery – Allison Hollenstine is coordinating the volunteers to supervise the nursery during the 6pm-7pm worship in the Oasis. The nursery is right next door and has lots of toys and things to entertain the young children while their parents are in worship. If you would be willing to help one or more evenings, please contact Allison at [email protected] or 217-430-7844

St. James Lutheran School News SAVE THE DATE – FEBRUARY 5TH – Stop in ZOUPS! and enjoy a delicious hot soup. Pickup a flyer at church to take along that will give St. James Lutheran School a portion of the sales. St. James’s students will be singing at St. John’s on Sunday, February 11th and will be holding a Bake Sale that morning.


SCHOOL ENROLLMENT: We are in the process of enrolling students at St. James for the 2018-2019 schoolyear. Pass the word! Satisfied customers are our best advertisement for our school. If you are pleased with St. James School, please tell others. If not, please tell Principal Landskroener.

Guatemala Mission Registration Open The next team is being formed for the group that will travel to serve with Groundwork Guatemala from September 1-8, 2018. There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, February 1 at 7:00 pm in the Oasis for all those interested in being part of the team. If you are interested in going, but can’t make the meeting please speak with Pastor Steve.

PREKINDERGARTEN/KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE will be held Tuesday, March 20th. Come any time from 6:00 – 7:15 pm. Children who will turn 3, 4 or 5 before September 1st are eligible to enroll in the PreK3, PreK4 or Kindergarten class for the 2018-2019 schoolyear. Tell you friends, neighbors, relatives and enemies! ATTENTION THRIVENT MEMBERS! St. James Spring Fling committee could use your Thrivent Action Team to help fund the upcoming event on March 3rd. See Michelle Soltwedel (217841-0800) for more information.


FLORIDA TRIP – A fundraiser to help our 7th/8th grade class fund their Florida trip from June 27th – July 2nd will be held at Elite Studio 425 Hampshire Street. This “Yoga Night” is open to friends, family and the public. It will be held February 2nd at 6:00 pm at Elite Studio. The cost of this class is $15 and all proceeds will go towards the class trip. Anyone and any age is welcome, so grab up your family and friends and come support the 7th/8th grade students at St. James! Contact Holly Schell (217-653-9894) for further information

NEED VOICES - St. John’s Choir and One Voice are always looking for additional Singers and Musicians for their next musical offerings. If you are interested, see Pastor Steve or Denise Pearcy with any questions, or stop in the church office.


NEWS & NOTES Winter Women’s Retreat – February 23-24, 2018 “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” Romans 10:15

Women’s Scrapbooking Retreat

We are excited to present the 4th Annual Winter Woman's Retreat. The retreat is an opportunity for women to get into God's word and spend time in fellowship together. The tentative agenda for the retreat is listed on the Registration Forms. The Retreat runs Friday Feb 23th from 6:30pmSaturday, Feb. 24th at 11:00am. The cost of the retreat is $10 per person (to cover conference room and distributed materials). Information about an overnight room is at the Information Center. Please return the bottom half of the registration form and $10 to your church’s point of contact– to St James-Angela Fieberkorn or LCOSJ-Melanie Schertel or Our Redeemer-Malinda Eden Please contact Angela Fieberkorn if you have any questions, or if you would like to help in some way let me know. [email protected] 937689-7485

The Camp CILCA

The Spring 2018 Scrapbooking Retreat is coming up March 23-25. The cost is $80 for your room and meals. (Private rooms will be an additional fee.) Contact the office (217)-487-7497 / [email protected]) to register.


"Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice." (Isaiah 32:1)

Men’s Woodcutters Retreat: Feb.16-18 Pastor Jeff Hemmer Presenting:

Summer 2018 Camp CILCA is a great place to get away from the ordinary & experience God’s grace in His creation. Campers can get involved in a variety of activities like: hiking, games, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, archery, creek walking, crafts, basketball, volleyball, softball, disc golf, fishing, & more. Campers also have opportunities to grow in their Christian faith through Bible studies, campfire singing & devotions. Register by clicking on the logo above at

Do you have an axe to grind, or a chainsaw that is looking for a good excuse to get used? Join other men from around central Illinois at the CILCA Men’s Woodcutters’ Retreat. The cost is $30 for the whole weekend and includes 4 meals and 2 nights in the hotel style rooms of the Christian Growth Center. Register at, call the camp office, or email [email protected] 10

their languages that teach children about Jesus. These brightly illustrated books, such as A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories, God’s Word for You, and Bible Stories in Pictures, are given free of charge to the parents and missionaries who need them. Children Need Jesus in Mongolia! In many countries, where Lutheranism didn't exist a generation ago, parents want to teach their children about Jesus. The major obstacle is that NO Lutheran children's books are available in their language. With your help, the Lutheran Heritage Foundation is changing this! Thailand, China, and Mongolia, the Lutheran Church is growing among young believers eager to pass along their new faith to their children, but there are not enough Lutheran children’s books in their own language, and are unaffordable to many. Through this mission grant, Lutheran Heritage Foundation is translating, publishing, and distributing children’s books, such as “A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories”, “God’s Word for You”, and “Bible Stories in Pictures”. For more information, go to

Find information about all CAMP CILCA summer programs by exploring the Summer Camp FAQ'S tab.





Our staff is trained to help first-timers make new friends quickly. Camp CILCA is open to everyone whether they go to church or not. Non-Christian friends will find that camp is a fun way to learn more about God and His love for everyone. If you and a friend wish to be in the same cabin you BOTH must put the other’s name down as a cabinmate request (for the same camp). Camp is a great place to make lots of new friends, so if you limit the number of your cabinmate requests, you will have more opportunities to make some great new friends from around the state!



The Chelsea Schofield Memorial Campership Fund has been established to assist those who cannot afford the full cost of camp. Please consider a special donation to help grow this fund. For those who have financial need, contact the camp office with any requests and have in mind the amount you are able to pay. Also check with your pastor to see if your church or church organization may be able to help. If you still have needs or don’t have a church home, be sure to request a campership during the registration process. We are grateful that many campers are able to attend because of the Campership Fund. Donations to this fund are welcome. It is our hope that everyone can attend camp, regardless of their ability to pay.

“Serve the LORD with Gladness”

Many resources are available on the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod website on many different topics. VIDEO - LCMS Disaster Response continues to support local Synod districts, congregations and partners in long-term recovery efforts following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. PHOTOS - St. John’s Lutheran in Racine, Wis., is one of many terrific LCMS schools caring for His children. The Synod officially celebrates National Lutheran Schools Week Jan. 21-27. AUDIO - Before the 45th annual March for Life on Jan. 19, the Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz and KFUO host Kip Allen examine how science supports the concept that life begins at birth. Listen to interview at

Mission Grant #6 – Lutheran Children’s Books for Families Worldwide thru Lutheran Heritage Foundation - $100,000 Lutheran churches, missionaries, and new Christian families around the world will be provided with Bible story books, translated into 11

"Hearing the Gospel through mass media from the privacy of their own homes may be their only opportunity to hear it at all," says Gates. "This effort will provide hope for millions of people searching for answers." "When we have worked with other ministry partners, we've produced programs in their facilities in Europe," says Ascott. "This partnership with Lutheran Hour Ministries provides a new opportunity in that we are providing the facilities and technology to produce the content." This strategic ministry partnership will also involve future opportunities for coordinated audience relations follow-up, new approaches to social media engagement, joint fundraising, and joint research initiatives.

… began at the grassroots level as the Lutheran Laymen’s League, a group of 12 laypeople who came together to support the church in word and deed. What began with 12 has become a movement of tens of thousands of volunteers and supporters around the globe. Lutheran Hour Ministries is excited to announce a new strategic partnership with SAT-7, the first and largest Middle East and North African Christian TV network. The two Christian broadcasters will work together to co-produce a new television series for Arab youth and young families from the SAT-7 studio in Cairo, Egypt. "Our primary goal is to share the Good News with people who have little or no possibility of hearing the Gospel," says LHM President & CEO Kurt Buchholz. "This partnership allows us to produce culturally-relevant television programming that will be watched by millions of needy and hurting people throughout the region with a message that God loves them, a message that gives them hope for the future." "SAT-7 works with many partners but one thing they all have in common is a commitment to biblical truth and the importance of sharing the Gospel with people who have never had the opportunity to hear it before," says SAT-7 CEO Dr. Terence Ascott. "We share these values and objectives with Lutheran Hour Ministries." "We are thankful that through this partnership with SAT-7 we can capitalize on each other's strengths in bringing the love of God in all its fullness to the people of the Middle East & North Africa," says Dr. Douglas Rutt, LHM's director of international ministries. "I can think of no more compelling way to fulfill LHM's mission of Bringing Christ to the Nations— and the Nations to the Church than to expand our mass media outreach throughout the Middle East," says Eric Gates, LHM's regional director for Africa and the Middle East. "Our goal is to become a visionary creator of original Arabic content for the region, while providing the best care and nurturing possible to those seeking to learn more about Jesus."

LERT (Lutheran Emergency Response Team) Volunteer Training Events 8:00am-4:30pm: Registration begins at 8:00 am Sessions begin at 8:30 am Saturday, March 3, 2018 Holy Cross Lutheran Church 4107 21st Avenue Moline, Illinois 61265 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Saturday, May 5, 2018 Trinity Lutheran Church 1201 West Jackson Street Auburn, Illinois 62615 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Saturday, July 28, 2018 Concordia Lutheran Church 316 South Oakwood Avenue Geneseo, Illinois 61254 8:00 am to 4:30 pm


The registration fee ($35.00) includes your disaster response training manual, disaster response vest, Certificate of Completion, I.D. badge, breakfast, and lunch. Please register at least one week before the event, if at all possible. Walk-ins are welcome. Please pay with check made out to the host church.

eligible based on insurance premiums and contract values. Eligible members are designated Choice Dollars that they can direct to enrolled charities. If your Choice Dollars haven't been directed to a particular fund, such as Lutheran Church of St. John, St. James Lutheran School, Lutheran Hour Ministries, etc. Choice Dollars are distributed monthly to the member’s selection. St. John’s have been blessed to receive $7.547.00 in Thrivent Choice so far in 2017. If you have any questions you can call Thrivent Financial Associates Josh Schenck at 217-257-0232 or Mick Goslin at 314452-0477, or ask Marilyn in the office.

Welcome to the Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) volunteer training program provided by the LCMS Office of National Mission. Together we will walk through a simple training program designed to help you serve as a trained Christian volunteer when a disaster strikes. This training is part of a Synod-wide disaster response program, facilitated by a network of District Disaster Response Coordinators and Teams, under the direction of LCMS Disaster Response. At the close of the program, you will receive a certificate of participation and a LERT volunteer credential issued by LCMS Disaster Response.

Need Seed money for Projects?? Thrivent Action Teams may be able to help your group or organization. If you are a Thrivent Financial member or have a Thrivent Member in your group, you can apply for Thrivent funds to help with a fundraiser or to finance an event. It’s easy and fun! Go to and simply APPLY. Thrivent will provide resources to help you plan the event, promotional items, and a Community Impact Debit Card loaded with $250 of seed money. To learn more you can speak to a member of the LCOSJ Thrivent Action Team Committee; Steve Barteau, Jan Fritz, Marilyn Humphrey, Denise Pearcy, Michelle Soltwedel, or Jim & Janet Totsch. It’s a great way to help financially many of the activities that we have here at the Lutheran Church of St. John, St. James Lutheran School, or other groups that you may be involved in. Gather your “Team” and hit APPLY.

In the chaos of disaster, it's important to stay focused on the task at hand. This training will help you focus on the most important thing to remember as you prepare for or respond to a disaster in your community or beyond. At the center of our LERT volunteer training is one thing— MERCY! Christ's mercy is the basis for everything we say and do. This 6-hour training event will equip you to be an effective volunteer should a disaster strike your community. Download the Registration Forms at

DESIGNATE YOUR CHOICE DOLLARS FOR YOUR FAVORITE CHARITABLE FUND By MARCH 31st Eligible Thrivent members earn Choice Dollars and can choose how they are distributed. The Thrivent Choice® charitable grant program engages Thrivent Financial members in providing grants that support charitable activities, furthering Thrivent’s mission and its purposes under state law. Members become

Dates to Remember: February 3 – Father/Daughter Dance February 11 – The Transfiguration of Our Lord February 14 – ASH WEDNESDAY February 18 – Voter’s Meeting


Kate Cory Mick Gooding Sarah Meyer William Nixon Christine Schlegl Paul Tieman Ryland Bloyd Rosemary Hatfield Steve Epperson Debi Royalty Kathy Roderick Madison Hill Clara Duesdieker Paige Perrine Andrea Rosevold Roy Baker

February Anniversaries Wedding Date Years Don & Sara Rothfuss 2/3/1968 50 Charles & Alma Duesdieker 2/13/1954 64 Fred & Marilyn Schroeder 2/15/1964 54 Rich & Cathy Boren 2/16/1974 44 Rene & Chuck Orr 2/16/2006 12 Jim & Heidi Becker 2/18/1994 24

February Birthdays Chris Duesdieker Justin Heming Rich Gastler Devin Ripper Kellie Evans Kaisley Turner LB Waterkotte Jeremy Houghton Julia Houghton Sky Ufkes Robert Ulrich Benjamin Becker Kimberley Lightfoot Lynda Happel Ashley Anders Logan Steinkoenig Jeff Unser Dave Cory Cassidy Altgilbers Ruth Baker Holden Clopper-Lord Stephen Bangert Virginia Otney Sarah Nelson Carson Bangert Mindy Holthaus Barb Hendrian Elsie Bangert Brittney Cirrincione

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If your name is not on the Anniversary or Birthday list, or if you wish your name removed, please contact Marilyn at the church office. If a date is incorrect, please let me know. The deadline for submitting an article in the March Broadcaster is Friday, February 23.

COMMUNITY EVENTS WINGFEST 2018 Saturday, February 3td, 11am – 6:00pm Family-oriented event is held annually. Sample savory hot wings from talened local chefs of area restaurants as they serve up all you can eat wings, spun in their own special sauces. There will also be domestic and imported beer, drink specials and live entertainment. Proceeds benefit local athletic programs. Admission: $15 for adults, $5 for children 10 & under. Includes all you can eat wings and live music by Soul Shaker. Bounce house for kids.


The Great River Genealogical Society will gather on Thursday, February 8, 2017. Joe Newkirk will take us on a photographic “Trip to the Nation of Poland” and the program will begin at 7:00 pm in the Lutheran Church of St. John’s Family Life Center, 3340 State Street in Quincy. Refreshments will be served following the program. You do not need to be a member to attend. Go to for more Society information and resources.

Quincy Annual Special Event – February 23-25 Town & Country Inn and Suites, 110 N. 54th St.. Friday: 4pm-9pm, Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sunday: 9am-2pm. $4.00 Admission Collectible toys and crafts related to agriculture, construction, transportation and motor sports. Various items include die-cast collectibles, scale models, hand-built custom equipment, pedal tractors, autographs, memorabilia, and apparel. Collectibles, new and old, ranging from Hot Wheels to Tonka to Ertl to SpecCast will be on hand in the hotel lobby, ball room and in the second floor hotel rooms. Every kind of tractor, implement, heavy construction equipment, tractor-trailer, circle-track racer and pulling tractor can be found here for your chance to add to your collection.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES – February 9 – 11, Quincy Community Theatre, 300 Civic Center, Quincy. 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday, 2:00pm on Sunday. Home…It’s a place Anne Shirley has always dreamt of finding. Even though she isn’t the boy her new family is expecting, her spirit, imaginative nature, and unexpected adventures with their hearts. The musical story of love and belonging is for all ages.

SENIORS – Need help with your taxes? Volunteers from the Area Agency on Aging will begin income tax assistance beginning on Feb. 20 at the Quincy Senior & Family Resource Center, 639 York St., 8:00am – 4:00pm. This service is offered through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Electronic filing will be available for clients. Volunteers will be available 8am-4pm on Feb. 20, 21, 22 & 27 and Mar. 6, 7, 8, 20, 27, & 29 and April 3, 4, 10 & 11. Appointments are required, call 217-223-5700 or 1800-252-9027.

COOK’S NIGHT OFF – FEBRUARY 15, 4-6pm $7.00 Dinner includes choice of delicious Roast Beef with gravy or 3-pieces of Quincy’s best Fried Chicken; Mashed Potatoes with gravy, Caribbean Blend Vegetables, Valentine Cupcake, Dinner Roll with butter. All proceeds from the Dinner benefit Meals on Wheels. Quincy Senior & Family Resource Center.

According to the Internal Revenue Service’s website,, the tax return deadline has been extended. The nation’s tax deadline will be April 17th this year – so taxpayers will have two additional days to file beyond April 15th.


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