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

ADVENT -- PREPARING FOR CHRIST TO COME

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
THE LEGEND OF

THE CHRISTMAS CANDY CANE
Sunday, December 15

NOW AT 2:00 pm
BECAUSE OF WEATHER!!

Refreshments and fellowship after
the Children's Program.

All are invited!

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

9:15 am

JOIN US

FOR OUR CURRENT CLASSES

THE NEW TESTAMENT
YOU NEVER KNEW

[WITH PR. HUGH
BEGINS DECEMBER 8

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." 

 

 

THE ADVENT CONSPIRACY

[DEC. 1, 8, 22 WITH RACHAEL
MEETS IN THE LIBRARY]


 

Details for these studies are in the parish newsletter.  Click here to open. 

Sunday,
December 15
HOLY COMMUNION
 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
THE  THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT
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PLEASE RETURN YOUR 2020 FINANCIAL COMMITMENT CARD TO CHURCH
FULFILLING GOD'S PURPOSE
CELEBRATING OUR COVENANT CONNECTION
 
 
 
REJOICING IN THE LORD'S COVENANT WITH US
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).

Know Jesus
Grow in his Spirit
Show his Love
Current Mission
Projects
Mascoutah Food Pantry
DuBois Center
Weekend Lunch Program
 
Convoy of Hope (flood relief US and Bahamas)

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

Our 175th Anniversary Project raised $17,500 for local and nearby outreach programs

Thanksgiving Dinners delivered to over 200 in our community

 

Summer Feed the Kids Lunch Program

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  December 15, 2019

These Advent Sundays serve as a wonderful time of preparation and reflection preparing for Christ's Coming, his Advent, including his Advent INTO OUR LIVES.

 

Preparing for our Lord is about "MAKING A PATH FOR GOD"  ---  enjoying the blessing of God's loving presence and peace without any obstacles.  The message (homily / sermon) will be HIS WAY IS THE HIGHWAY.  The path we chose will not leave us afraid or alone, because our Lord Jesus will go with us.

 

Come and be blessed as we share the Good News of Jesus Christ  our Advent Lord who comes to us even today in Word and Sacrament.

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) 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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