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 AND HAPPY EASTER~MAY ITS MESSAGE SUSTAIN US!

OUR OFFICES ARE CLOSED AND CHURCH WORSHIP IS SUSPENDED

CONTACT PASTOR OR STAFF DIRECTLY

YOUR PRAYERS, FRIENDSHIP AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT ARE NEEDED

PLEASE WATCH THE WORSHIP VIDEOS AS POSTED


HERE IS THE VIDEO FOR MAY 24, 2020  Ascension of our Lord

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SEE  EASTER DAY  and  MAY 17, 2020 MESSAGES 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

suspended until further notice

JOIN US

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." 

 

 

marriage matters

[WITH RACHAEL BEARTH--
MEETS IN THE LIBRARY]


 

 

 

 

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

Sunday, May 24
NO SERVICES
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE
WHEN POSTED LATER THIS WEEK
   THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD (OBSERVED)
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Click HERE for encouragement for today
 
COVID-19 UPDATE
 
In keeping with CDC and state guidelines, all church activities and services are canceled until further notice, at least through May.  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 
May 17, 2020 
Easter 6
 
 
 
 
Easter Day,
April 12, 2020 Message
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)
Kids for Christ
Mission Trip to Indianapolis
July 2020

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

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   May 24, 2020

CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN!  ALLELUIA!

HE IS RISEN INDEED!  ALLELUIA!

 

The Easter Alleluia's continue because the new birth and living hope of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is an ongoing power for our lives.

When Jesus blessed his friends but disappeared from their sight it left them speechless, bewildered and confused.  But his Ascension to the "right hand" of the Father was and continues to be our advantage -- for not only lives and reigns with the Father, but also intercedes (prays) for us, taking our needs to the Father.  In traditional worship today (when we observe the Ascension--40th day after Easter--actually Thursday, May 21, but transferred to this Sunday), the Paschal candle , lit at worship since Easter, is extinguished during the reading of the Ascension account.   It is lighted throughout the year, however, at baptisms and funerals.  Pastor Hugh's encouraging message for this Sunday is  AT GOD'S RIGHT HAND--FOR US!  and is based on Ephesians 1: 15-23 and John 17: 1-11.

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) 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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