Service of Solace to be Held December 7

As we start Advent and preparatioSt. John's Alter - Closens for Christmas, we often find ourselves over-scheduled and tense. For those dealing with the recent or impending death of a loved one, sadly the holidays can be a very dreary time.

For all those facing anxiety and loss, St. John’s Hartsburg is hosting a Service of Solace – a time to worship, share memories and remember those we hold dear but are no longer with us. As a community of faith, we share in each other’s joys and pain. All are invited to join together for a quiet service interspersed with songs and a hopeful message for those who are grieving.

According to Pastor Lisa Goodwin, the service will be a time to reflect but also to celebrate and be thankful.

“The Service of Solace is a time we set aside to pause and honor those we miss, especially at Christmas,” Goodwin said. “We gather together in fellowship to sing traditional Christmas songs and remember the blessings God has given on each of us.”

The service will take place at 4:00pm on Sunday December 7. A soup supper will be served in the church fellowship hall directly following the service.

Praise and Pie Scheduled for November 26

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, St. John’s Hartsburg will host its annual “Praise and Pie” service on Wednesday, November 26 at Pie & Praise Graphic7:00pm.

The service, led by several ladies in the congregation, will feature scripture readings and songs relating to Thanksgiving. Refreshments including pie and coffee will be served after the service.

Praise and Pie is a tradition started several years ago at St. John’s to give our congregation time to share the blessings that have been bestowed on our community. A time to come together as a church family and reflect on what makes us truly thankful.

What better way to praise the Lord and enjoy holiday fellowship? Out of town family and friends are more than welcome to attend!

Pastor Lisa Goodwin Installed at St. John’s

St. John’s Lutheran Church will install Pastor Lisa Goodwin during a special ceremony on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 2:00pm.  Community residents and present and past church members are invited to join the celebration.St. Johns Lutheran Church Pastor Lisa Goodwin Installation

Both church council members and Pastor Lisa are pleased to make this position official.  She has served as interim pastor for more than a year.

“When I was called to serve as interim pastor at St. John’s, I knew immediately I would enjoy working with the congregation,” said Pastor Goodwin.  “I am honored they called me to serve this congregation and that the ELCA leadership approved the placement.”

Council members agree that Goodwin is a good fit for the church.

“Pastor Goodwin brings a sense of community,” said Tom Anderson, church council president.  “At some point we have all been able to relate to a story or message that she shared and have appreciated her leadership and guidance.”

The installation will be conducted by Bishop John Roth. Roth serves as Bishop for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s Central/Southern Illinois Synod.  Pastors and other officials from the Synod have been invited to attend the ceremony.

The day will begin with a Service of Holy Communion at 9:00am.  The installation service will start at 2:00pm with a reception and refreshments immediately following the service in the church meeting hall.