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
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.
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)
BUILD AN ALTAR
OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONES
TRUST AND OBEY
AFTER 40 DAYS
NEVER AGAIN A CURSE?
AN EVERLASTING COVENANT
Also available in the Elevator Lobby --
The Road Back to God Daily Devotions for Lent
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
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
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).
Grow in his Spirit
Show his Love
Pillows and Pillowcases for Kinder Cottage in East St. Louis
Mascoutah Food Pantry
Weekend Lunch Program
Convoy of Hope (flood relief)
Previous and Ongoing Mission Projects
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
Backpacks for the Homeless
Community VBS 2019
Senior Center Meals on Wheels
UCC Christmas Fund
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
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
Everfaithful Fellowship of Women Guild
Serving Others Committee
Middle School / High School / College Youth groups
Confirmation May 19, 2019