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 ADVENT / OTHER DEVOTION BOOKLETS, 

MATERIALS FOR THE NOVEMBER 29 CONGREGATIONAL MEETING, etc.

 

WITH CORONAVIRUS CASES SPIKING,
WE HAVE SUSPENDED IN PERSON SERVICES --

WATCH WORSHIP VIDEOS POSTED WEEKLY

HERE IS THE VIDEO FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2020   

Please unmute!

 

 

 

 

 

SEE  NOVEMBER 8 and 15, 2020 SERVICES BELOW

 

ST.  JOHN CHURCH IS FAMILY

Click here to read a special message
          from our Stewardship Ministry
          about our special connection 
in Christ

as his family.

Click here for a second message about being family in love and service!

 

Click here for CONGREGATIONAL ANNUAL MEETING
(BUDGET, MINUTES, AGENDA, NOMINATIONS, ETC.

for NOVEMBER 29 (1:00 pm) ONLINE by Zoom!

Please print the information for your use.

Also available at the Elevator Lobby.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 

GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD

AND HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER!

LISTEN HERE FOR OTHER THANKSGIVING GREETINGS AND MESSAGE

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.

  

BIBLE STUDIES

JOIN US

FOR OUR CURRENT CLASSES

THE NEW TESTAMENT
YOU NEVER KNEW

[WITH PR. HUGH
IN FELLOWSHIP HALL--CLASS SUSPENDED FOR NOW]
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." 

 

 

T   h e   B e s t   Y e s 

[WITH RACHAEL BEARTH--
SUNDAY AND THURSDAY EVENINGS  6:00 pm


 

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

Sunday, Nov. 29
IN PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES SUSPENDED
PLEASE WATCH THE
WORSHIP VIDEOS
POSTED LATER THIS WEEK
   THE FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT
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Click HERE for encouragement for today
 
JOIN US  
FOR VIRTUAL WORSHIP
Guided by CDC and state Phase 4 directives for our area, but noting the drastic rise in cases in our area, we have suspended worship once more.  Worship Ministry met Tuesday, November 10 and reached this decision unanimously but with sadness.  But all is not lost-- 
please keep connected to Christ and to his Word in worship by using the 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. 
Worship and sermons will continue to be posted for you.  Provide suggestions to Pr. Hugh for other ways of proclaiming the unchanging Good News of Jesus.
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
November 8 
Pentecost 23
 
 
 
 
Sunday November 15
Pentecost 24
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  November 29, 2020

IT IS ADVENT (NOT YET CHRISTMAS) -- these four Sundays before Christmas that get us ready for Christ's Coming, not only as the Child in the manger, but as the glorious Lord and Judge of all at his Second Coming (Advent means "coming" or "arrival")

 

IT IS A SEASON OF HOPE , anticipation, and preparation.  Although there are hints of Christmas and, in the sanctuary, Christmas decorations are gradually appearing, we are still LOOKING AHEAD. 

 

HOPE means looking with confidence to that which is yet unfulfilled -- the Lord's coming.  For us, we do so already knowing that Jesus HAS COME.  But, we still feel in exile, especially this year. 

 

PASTOR HUGH'S SERMON  or message this Sunday is ADVENT HOPE -- IN OUR EXILE  and is based on the Old Testament reading, Isaiah 64: 1-9.

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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