Weekly Announcements



Let’s Go Bowling on March 4th from 12:30-2:30 pm.  Cost is $5 per person.  There is a sign-up sheet on the blue bulletin board.


Opportunity to Serve:  Please consider adding your name to our God’s People in Action list and serve the church by being a coffee server, a greeter (individually or with your family), a reader, an usher, or music assistant. Contact the church office by phone, email or just by stopping by if you want to be added to the schedule.   Your help is welcomed and appreciated.


Food Pantry Update:  We currently are serving 41 families so the donations from our November food drive are starting to dwindle.  If you’d like to donate food before our next drive in May, we’d certainly appreciate it.  We’re now purchasing items each month that we’ve already run out of or will be after the February distribution.  They include cereal, crackers, soup, fruit, & pasta sauce.  Thanks!


Annual Report Time:  Church Boards, if you have not already done so, please forward your Annual Report to the Church Office.


Here’s a great gift that keeps on giving!  Give your spouse the gift of yourself on a Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend.  The next Weekend is scheduled in Peoria, IL on April 13-15, 2018.  Apply now at GodLovesMarriage.org or contact Norm and Deb Lopez at peorialmereg@gmail.com for more information.  Preregistration is required—don’t miss out. Registration deadline is March 26th.  Registration after that date will be on a space available basis.



St. Johns in Anchor is hosting the Church Ladies Play. Some of us went about a year ago to see them in Bloomington and had a wonderful time. So let's go again only in Anchor.


The dates are April 7th (Sat.) with doors opening at 6:00 pm and play starting at 7:3o pm. Also April 8th (Sun.) with the door opening at noon and the play starting at 1:30 pm. Both of these programs provide a dinner. The cost for a ticket is $20.00 each. So what I need to know is if anyone would be interested and which day. Talk to me this Sunday (Feb. 18th) or call me (309-256-6068). I am not sure if we are able to get a group ticket price yet, but I would like to get the tickets ordered soon. Thank you, your sister in Christ, Jackie Krueger



February18 (Lent 1)

Mark 1:13 – “And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.” God the Father cares for Jesus even in the midst of his temptation in the wilds. God cares for us in every situation as well. Jesus realized this and always acted from the basis of trust in God the Father’s provision. This is likewise the basis for our life lived in Christ: God cares for us, so we need not act out of fear or greed.