St. John United Church of Christ

55 West Church Street at North First,  PO Box 153

Mascoutah, Illinois    62258

618 / 566.7311    Fax 618 / 566.7622

AT THIS TIME OUR OFFICES ARE STAFFED but OPEN ONLY PART-TIME (DAILY 9 am - 2 pm)

CALL 618 566 7311 TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS.    THE ELEVATOR LOBBY IS OPEN  9 am - 8 pm 

TO DROP OFF ITEMS FOR MISSION PROJECTS & TO PICK UP DEVOTION BOOKLETS, etc.

LENT BEGAN ASH WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 17

NO MIDWEEK SERVICES THIS YEAR.

 

CLICK HERE FOR CORRECTED, UPDATED

COMPLETE DAILY PRINTED DEVOTIONS

FOR DOWNLOAD

WATCH ASH WEDNESDAY VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRIEF IN-PERSON WORSHIP WILL BE OFFERED ON SUNDAY, MARCH 7 (8:00 and 10:30 am)  with MASKS and SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED.  COMMUNION AVAILABLE 8:30-9:00 and 10:00-10:30 am

VIDEOS WILL CONTINUE TO BE POSTED WEEKLY--
HERE IS THE VIDEO FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2021
   Please unmute!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEE FEBRUARY 14 and FEBRUARY 21, 2021 SERVICES BELOW

FOR OTHER SERVICES, GO TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL
or FACEBOOK PAGE

Welcome to St. John

 

People matter to Jesus and so you will be welcomed here to experience an enthusiastic church family, centered in the transforming love of God in Christ's cross and resurrection.

 

Come with your struggles, doubts, fears, hurts, and messy past to share the power of God's mercy and forgiveness.  We welcome all without exception, no matter where you are on life's journey.

 

We celebrate the new life we have in our Lord through Spirited worship, discipleship and growth, friendship, fellowship and fun, witness and serving.

 

We affirm the unchanging, historic truths of the Christian faith (including the Apostles' Creed and Nicene Creed as well as our UCC Statement of Faith), value the insights of the Protestant Reformers, and apply God's Word (the Good News of Jesus Christ) to the realities of our life and world today.

 

We are a congregation with a broad commitment to serve those in need in our community and world and actively support many human care and evangelistic ministry organizations.

  

Lent 2021

 

COVENANT PROMISES, COVENANT PEOPLE

Sunday Worship Series and Daily Meditations

This correlated series of videos will be available online. 

Click here for daily devotions
for download 
(to print,

if you wish)

MARCH 2

BUILD AN ALTAR

MARCH 1

OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONES

FEBRUARY 23

TRUST AND OBEY

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 24

AFTER 40 DAYS

 

FEBRUARY 25

NEVER AGAIN A CURSE?

 

 

FEBRUARY 26

AN EVERLASTING COVENANT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also available in the Elevator Lobby --

The Road Back to God Daily Devotions for Lent

BIBLE STUDIES

OUR CURRENT CLASSES ARE SUSPENDED

WE LOOK FORWARD TO RESUMING CLASSES IN PERSON

Sunday, March 7
IN PERSON WORSHIP
8:00 & 10:30 am
WORSHIP VIDEOS WILL ALSO BE POSTED ONLINE  
THIRD SUNDAY
IN LENT
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In-Person Worship
 Sunday March 7th   

30 minute simple services for Word and Prayer together

8:00 am or 10:30 am  

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED

  but MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING will be enforced.

 

COMMUNION will be available  

8:30-9:00 & 10:00-10:30 am

Weekly Virtual Worship
Though providing some in-person services (for those who are not ill and are cautiously comfortable), we continue to be guided by CDC and state Phase 4 guidelines.   
 
So we will continue to provide weekly video services online.  Please keep connected to Christ and to his Word in worship by using these worship videos posted on Facebook, YouTube and this website. 
INCLUDE YOUR FAMILY including children AND HELP OTHERS who may be more tech-challenged.  Prevent folks from just drifting away from the Gospel message.
The church office is open part-time but you need to call to be admitted.  Face coverings area requested. Watch our Facebook page for other information. 
Please continue to maintain SOCIAL DISTANCE.  Sanitize HANDS and PRAY for ALL.  Please look out for neighbors, family members, church friends, the elderly and ASSIST them as you are able.  Phone calls, cards, and running errands are all important and helpful.
CELEBRATING OUR COVENANT CONNECTION
REJOICING IN THE LORD'S COVENANT WITH US
Below are videos for Sunday Worship
February 14
Transfiguration
 
 
 
 
Sunday February21  Lent 1
Join us for Worship

 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO RESUMING Sunday Morning services at 8:00 am and 10:30 am
in our beautiful traditional sanctuary

 

Christian Education for all ages

9: 15-10:15 am

 

Attendants (paid staff) in nursery for children through Kindergarten  7:45-11:45 am

 

There is no need to dress up unless you wish to do so.  Most of us don't.

 

Enjoy some refreshments and friendship time between services.

 

An elevator provides handicap accessibility (north side entrance)
 

Our worship includes a user-friendly order of service, a wide variety of songs and hymns, weekly children's message.  We encourage active participation in the liturgy, affirming the prayers, and confessing our faith together.

 

Children are encouraged to attend and welcome at worship but a Children's Church is provided during part of the 10:30 am service for children in grades 1-5 whose parents prefer that option.


Holy Communion is celebrated on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month and is open to all baptized Christians who have examined themselves and affirm Christ's presence in the Eucharist (Open Communion).

Know Jesus
Grow in his Spirit
Show his Love
Current Mission
Projects
Pillows and Pillowcases for Kinder Cottage in East St. Louis
Mascoutah Food Pantry
DuBois Center
Weekend Lunch Program
Convoy of Hope (flood relief)
Kids for Christ

Previous and Ongoing Mission Projects

 

Summer Lunch Program

July 2019 Mission Trip to Rockford, IL
 
Christmas gifts for Hoyleton Youth and Family Services residential youth
Christmas gifts for Trinity Services

Thanksgiving Dinners delivered to over 200 in our community

 

Heifer International development programs

Children's LifeLine (Haiti)

UniPres Kindercottage

Backpacks for the Homeless

Community VBS 2019

Puentes de Esperanza

St. John's Community Cares (Collinsville)

 

Heifer Project

Leu Civic Center

"Mitten Tree"

Operation Christmas Child (Shoe Boxes)

Senior Center Meals on Wheels

UCC Christmas Fund

Habitat for Humanity Houses

One Great Hour of Sharing.

Birthdays at Leu Civic Center

Neighbors in Need

Hoyleton Youth and Family Services

Ronald McDonald House can tabs

ISC Ecuador Mission

 

 

For more information, click on each mission for a link 

 

This Sunday's Worship  March 7, 2021

THE SUNDAYS IN LENT ORDINARILY ARE NOT CONSIDERED PART OF THE 40 DAYS.  And, under normal circumstances, our St. John Church family would gather for Wednesday evening Lenten worship, often with a series based on a theme.  But Lent 2021 means no midweek services.

SO THIS YEAR  OUR SUNDAY WORSHIP (MOSTLY ONLINE)  AND ONLINE MEDITATIONS  will be coordinated for this time of spiritual renewal and spiritual growth.  The theme is COVENANT PROMISES, COVENANT PEOPLE  as we rediscover the Good News with various (mostly) Old Testament figures.

 

ON THIS 3rd SUNDAY IN LENT,  the COVENANT our LORD (and Biblical covenants are initiated and fulfilled by God--although we can certainly break them) made is with JACOB .  Jacob had defrauded his brother Esau, fooled his father Isaac into receiving the blessing, and been forced to flee.  Now he has been directed to return but he is anxious and fearful.  During the night, a divine figure comes to Jacob, and Jacob, wrestling with him, refuses to let go unless he receives the blessing (of God)!  He receives a new name -- ISRAEL -- "he wrestled with God" -- and proceeds to follow God's covenant plan, including reconciliation and prosperity.  Because of Jesus, we also are bold enough to wrestle with God and to look to the LORD for his eternal and abundant blessing.  Pr. Hugh's text for both our IN-PERSON SERVICES and the WORSHIP VIDEO is Genesis 32: 22-31.

Brief DAILY (MONDAY TO FRIDAY) ONLINE MEDITATIONS  will be provided that connect with the Sunday message.  

Be blessed as we share the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ who comes to us even today in his Word (and, when we can gather, in his Sacraments).

St. John's Float "St. John 175 Years; Illinois 2018 Years"  at the 2018 Mascoutah Homecoming Parades

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Community Vacation Bible School (June 24-28, 2019) with almost 250 children, 105+ volunteers...cosponsored by other community churches.  God be praised.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fellowship and Service Organizations at St. John Invite You

Feast of Friends

Theology on Tap

Saturday Nighters

Boy Scouts

Cub Scouts

Everfaithful Fellowship of Women Guild

Happy Quilters

Serving Others Committee

Middle School / High School / College Youth groups

and others

Confirmation May 19, 2019

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