Who We Are
About St. John's Lutheran Church
St. John's is a congregation of around 850 baptized members, united as one, loving family in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The members of St. John's Lutheran Church are people who are committed to God's Word, and people who have a heart for those around us. We believe that the Sacred Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God and are, therefore, infallible. They are the only source and standard for our life together as members of Christ's family. We believe that the message of the Bible can be divided into two parts, law and gospel. The law shows us our sin and accuses us. The gospel proclaims the forgiveness of sin and salvation from the law's accusation by the free gift of God's love in Jesus Christ.
The members of St. John's are a people who gather around Word and Sacrament. We believe that God creates and sustains saving faith in Christ through the means of grace. In the Sacrament of Baptism the Spirit creates saving faith, and gives us a new life. We continue in this new life as we gather around the Word when it is taught and preached. In this way we believe that, by the Holy Spirit's blessings, we receive the power to believe in Christ and lead lives which are pleasing to Him. In the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper we know that our faith is nourished and sustained as we receive the very body and blood of Christ. Through these means, as we worship together in the timeless liturgy of the Church, we trust our God to continue to give us growth as a loving, Christian family.
St. John's unites with congregations who share its confession in the The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. There are some 6,100 US congregations; with 2.6 million baptized members. While this association is currently experiencing a crisis in theology and practice, we still believe that by joining with other congregations, we combine our strengths and resources to do things that individual congregations can't do. We send missionaries to other countries, maintain colleges and seminaries to train pastors and teachers, provide loan funds for building churches, and operate a health and retirement system for full-time workers. Together we coordinate missionaries in 55 other countries and connect with nearly two dozen partner churches worldwide. We provide food and medicine where there is famine, and we give support and instruction so other people can become self-sufficient.
St. John's is a family church, and a teaching church. Because we are a people of the Book, we operate programs of Christian Education for people of all ages. Some of the programs we regularly operate are: Sunday School for all ages, Mid-week school for 5th thru 7th grade children, Vacation Bible School one week each summer, intensive adult Bible Study that meets weekly during the school year, and various other groups. Because we believe that the best education is one of both body and soul, we operate a Center for Early Learning, with classes for 3 and 4 year olds, and Pre-kindergarten. We currently have around 70 students enrolled, which includes both members of St. John's and our friends and neighbors. In addition to this program we are members of the Quad Cities Lutheran High School Association, and support the Lutheran schools of our sister congregations.
St. John's is a caring church. For over 15 years we have served the needy in our community through the collection and distribution of food from our food pantry. We employ a part-time parish nurse to care for the needs of our members, and help us in serving the health needs of those around us. We conduct annual blood drives for the community. Our pastor has participated as a volunteer chaplains for Illini Hospital. And various forms of emotional, and material support are offered to others in their time of trouble.
St. John's is an open church. Because we believe that Jesus died for all people and that there is no sin that cannot be forgiven except the sin of unbelief, we welcome all to come and see the great things that the Lord is doing among us. Three times each year an extensive class is conducted to describe in detail our beliefs. Taught by our pastors, the class covers the essential teachings of the Bible and the Lutheran church. Completion of the class is required for membership. For more information on how to be part of this growing, loving, Christian family call the church office at (309) 792-0755 or e-mail us.