June 18, 2017


VBS Meeting

VBS planning meetings will be on Wednesday, June 28 and Tuesday, July 11th at 6:30pm. If you are interested in helping with the planning or volunteering to help during VBS week, please attend the meeting. There are volunteer sheets to fill out on the table in the main hallway and return to the church office. If you want to help with VBS but are unable to attend the meetings contact Cam Durham by email cdurham2004@yahoo.com or call 815-508-0173.


Widow's Knot Group

A Place for women to meet and be with other women who have lost their loved one. We will be meeting at Trinity on Tuesday, June 27 in the Senior High Youth room from 6:30 pm till 7:30 pm.  Please come join us- reservations not required... for more information please feel free to reach out to Vicki Seisser at 815-762-1338 or vseisser@yahoo.com



Christian Senior Ministries is having their annual pork dinner fundraiser on Thursday, July 20, as a drive thru or eat in at St. John's Lutheran Church, Sycamore.  It will be catered again this year (like last year) by Country Catering, Sycamore.  More information will be coming.  Any questions, please see Eileen Fode for tickets.  Thank you in advance for your support of this ongoing ministry to our senior citizens in nursing/assisted living. Thank you in advance for your support of this ongoing ministry to our senior citizens in nursing home/assisted living arrangements in DeKalb County. 


VBS is July 17-21 from 9:00-12:00

Offerings will go towards the Gracie Center and Comfort Dogs. Parents will be invited to come to the closing each day. A puppet show will be included in the opening each day. There is a donation board on a table in the hallway with sticky notes of items needed for snacks and crafts. We still need teacher for kindergarten/ 1st grade, craft leader, game leader and opening/closing leader. Also need helpers for all classes, crafts, games, and snacks. The next meeting is Wednesday, June 28 at 6:30



Every One His Witness Update

Good news.  We have enough people and the workshop will be held on Saturday, June 24th at Trinity Lutheran Genoa.  One correction though, the workshop time was incorrectly advertised to run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.  My mistake, the actual time scheduled for the workshop is 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 24.  Sorry for the misinformation.  –Rick Happ





LWML Mission in Motion Walk

I will be participating in the Mission in Motion walk on June 23 at the LWML convention. If you would like to donate money for the walk, make the check payable to LWML, put it in an envelope with my name on it and give it to Amanda in the church office by June 19. All donations will support LWML Mission Grants for 2017-2019. Thank you. Cam Durham 815-508-0173


Employment Opportunity

Do you want to guide young people on their faith journey?  Are you gifted in working with children and youth and their families?  Do you have leadership and delegation talents?  St. John’s Lutheran Church in Union is looking to hire a part-time (25 hours per week) Christian Education Coordinator of Youth and Family Ministry.  If interested, please contact Pastor Caleb Schauer at   pastor_caleb@sbcglobal.net  or 815-923-2733.



There is a vbs donation board on a table in the hallway with items that are needed for snacks and crafts. Please have the items to church by July 9. Thank you.


Basket Ministry

Thank you for your continued support and donations to the Baskets etc. ministry.  Please place your donations in the empty basket next to the demo basket, or give them to the church secretary.  They are greatly appreciated.  With much love in Christ,  Laurie H.


LCMS Stewardship Message

Romans 5:8: “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God did not wait for mankind to make the first move. He did not wait for Adam and Even to come looking for Him – but He went and found them. And while we were still sinners, still enemies of God, still set against Him, He sent His Son Jesus to suffer, die, and rise for us. God was moved by His own love and generosity and kindness. We now seek to grow up into His image as loving, generous, and kind sons and daughters of the Heavenly Father.

Mortgage Burning Celebration

 For a few weeks, we have been looking for help in planning the celebration of “Owning our Church” with a Mortgage burning celebration.   We had been hoping for volunteers for this event.  If you would like to help please contact Dave Oleson or Dan Lichthardt no later than  June 18th.  Our celebration plans included one church service, a potluck dinner and celebration activities.  Many hands will be needed to make this celebration happen.  If volunteers are not available, we will postpone or cancel the event planned for August 6, 2017.


Thank You

A thank you to all who donated books to the library, your gifts are truly appreciated!


New Members

We are still looking to add new members to the Altar Guild. If you’re interested, or would like more information, see Tiffene Anderson or another member of the guild.


Trinity Scholarship

Congratulations to this year’s Trinity Scholarship recipient: Todd Durham! Thank you to all who applied this year, and who have supported us along the way.


Thank You

Thank you to Deb Horbus for generously supplying, and planting the plants in the front entry. It looks wonderful!



We need a teacher for the kindergarten/1st grade class, craft leader, and game leader. We also need more helpers with all the classes, crafts, snacks and games. If you want to volunteer to help with VBS contact Cam Durham 815-508-0173 call or text or email cdurham2004@yahoo.com or contact Amanda in the church office.






Last Week’s Giving's

General Funds Needed:  $5,885

General Funds Given: $2,152

Online Giving's:          $2,695

Total:                         $4,847



Building Fund                  $60

Missions                           $55

Comfort Dog                  $10

Benevolence                  $15

Ladies Aid                       $20