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
BLESSED HOLY WEEK AND HAPPY EASTER~!
ALL CHURCH ACTIVITIES INCLUDING WORSHIP SERVICES
ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (THROUGH APRIL?)
YOUR PRAYERS, FRIENDSHIP AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT ARE NEEDED
Click here for an important letter from our Stewardship Ministry
Click here for an encouraging note from our Pastor
PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEOS AS POSTED
HERE IS THE VIDEO FOR PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2020
SEE 2017 COMPLETE PALM SUNDAY
and GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES BELOW
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.
SUNDAY BIBLE STUDIES
FOR OUR CURRENT CLASSES
THE NEW TESTAMENT
YOU NEVER KNEW
[WITH PR. HUGH
IN FELLOWSHIP HALL
In this video course with N. T. Wright, you will gain new insights into the New Testament...to be able to say "I never knew that."
[WITH RACHAEL BEARTH--
MEETS IN THE LIBRARY]
Details for these studies are in the parish newsletter. Click here to open.
Sunday, April 12
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE
WHEN POSTED LATER THIS WEEK
THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD
Click HERE for encouragement for today
In keeping with CDC and state guidelines, all church activities and services are canceled probably through April. The church office is closed. Watch our Facebook page for other information.
Worship and sermons will be posted for you. Provide suggestions to Pr. Hugh for other ways of proclaiming the unchanging Good News of Jesus.
Please continue to STAY HOME and 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 of services
Palm Sunday 2017
Good Friday 2017
Join us for Worship
Sunday Morning services are 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
Mascoutah Food Pantry
Convoy of Hope (flood relief US and Bahamas)
Mission Trip to Indianapolis
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
Summer Feed the Kids Lunch Program
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 April 12, 2020
CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN! ALLELUIA!
HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!
The Alleluia's return to our worship and the quiet reflections of Lent give way to the joys of Christ's victory, a victory shared with all who turn to Jesus Christ.
Watch the recorded video as Pastor Hugh shares a message of encouragement based on Matthew 28: 1-10, WITH FEAR AND GREAT JOY, words describing the women who heard the message of the angels "Fear not!" In hearts where fear has run rampant in many of us, the Easter message brings calmness, courage, and hope.
Come and 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) 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