A Message From The Chairman

This was most certainly an unusual year so it is nice to reflect back on all the daily blessings given to us by God during the year, and this annual report is a great reminder of all the things we have experienced together from July 2020 to June 2021.

 

During the past two years at our annual Budget Voters Meeting, I had the rare privilege to announce a surplus of giving over expenses. Unfortunately, this past year we fell a little short of that goal but still ended the year in good shape financially. I’ll chalk up this past year as an effect of Covid but pray we will return to our awesome giving. One thing this past year taught us is the only thing we can truly rely on is the grace of God. I pray that your vocation, or retirement, continue to be blessed by Him. If you haven’t already, please consider using the automated giving on our website much like you may currently do for your phone or utility bill. If you’re not sure how to start, please give Sue a call in the office and she would be happy to walk you through it.

 

In our last annual report, we talked about our excitement for the start of Maia Jorgensen as our new Communications Director. What a start it has been – she created a weekly email blast to keep us all informed on the goings on at St. John’s, was a co-host of the Emmy Award nominee ‘Coffee Talk”, and created a broadcast network for our services and bible studies. All of this starting from scratch. I’d like to also credit our Church Admin and co-host of Coffee Talk – Sue Wakeford for keeping us all informed, entertained, and keeping the wheels turning at St. John’s. Please know that it will be hard for Maia and Sue during this Pastoral transition so please offer them your full support and any help they request.

 

I pray for God’s continued blessing on you and our congregation.

 

In Him!

 

- Bill Yocius

 

The St. John's Family

MEMEBERs

437

NEW MEMBERS

7

BAPTISMS

18

CONFIRMANDS

5

WEDDINGS

FUNERALS

4

Sermon Series

St. John's began the year in the Old Testament by exploring the stories of David and Solomon, to then navigating a new season and asking questions such as "Where do I turn?" and "Why is 2020 the worst?". The Fall kicked off with a 6 week challenge of being like Jesus followed by remembering that we are called to stand united in the midst of disagreement and adversity. 2020 ended with what we needed this and every year: Christmas. The winter and Lent seasons were spent studying how the prophecies of Isaiah reveal the willpower of God. After Easter, we were reminded that we are loved and sent by God. Finally, we explored 8 words Jesus spoke from an Old Testament prayer that are reminders of how to follow Him more closely every day.

 

COMING OUT OF COVID

In July 2020, St. John’s resumed in-person worship outdoors and drive-through Holy Communion. On August 16, 2020, the congregation  worshipped indoors for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. On June 12, 2021, Saturday services resumed. St. John's was able to offer in-person and online attendance through the entire year. As Covid cases decreased, members felt more comfortable attending. In-person attendance increased and activities slowly began to resume. Technology updates were made throughout the year to enhance worship  including the addition of screens in the Sanctuary and new livestream equipment.

3 Online Bible Studies

 

Fall Leaf Clean Up

November 2020

An 18 Hole Mini Putt Course

January - March 2021

Fat Tuesday at Short Stacks

February 2021

Lawn & Landscaping Day

May 2021

 

6th Annual All Saints Golf Outing

On August 23, 2020, St. John's hosted its 6th Annual Golf Outing. Each year consists of nearly 100 golfers, a delicious dinner, and over 20 prizes. After being shutdown for months, participants were thrilled to get together on the course and support a great cause. Proceeds from this year's Outing were given to Informed Choices, a non-profit pregnancy center in Crystal Lake and Grayslake.

100 ATTENDANTS

1,060 RAFFLE TICKETS

$3,500 RAISED

Christmas

Over 400 people participated in 4 days of Christmas worship in-person and online. Enhancing and rearranging the Christmas decorations, including the purchase of a new tree and the addition of Share The Spirit Tree, allowed those worshipping online to participate to the fullest in Christmas at St. John's.

You are the Joy that fills the heart of Jesus at Christmas 

- Pastor Brian

Easter

After spending last Easter at home, the people of St. John's were thrilled to gather in-person to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. Holy Week this year consisted of 9 total services, the return of Easter Breakfast, and an egg hunt in the Jericho Room.

He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces - Isaiah 25:8

Raising The Next Generation

Sunday School
Summer Family Night
First Communion & Confirmation
Congratulations High School Graduates

Catalyst In Our Community

Perry Partnership

St. John's  was able to support Perry Elementary this year by assembling 550 Perry Packs (meal kits), providing gifts and refreshments for teachers, and raising $3,060 for the Annual Giving Tree.

Orphan Grain Train Collection

The Ladies of St. John’s organized their annual Undie Sunday collection. Members contributed new socks and underwear for all ages to be sent to people in need. This year was the biggest collection yet: 2,041 items!

Interfaith Food Pantry

Two food pantry drives were held, collecting both physical and monetary donations totalling 689 items and $3,250.

Blood Drives

St. John's hosted 2 blood drives during the year with over 30 donors and saved 90 lives.

Mission Resale Shop

Run and operated by volunteers, the Mission Resale Shop continues to serve the community by selling donated goods and clothing. Proceeds support missions at St. John's and the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Stop in and say hello!

Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township

St. John's partnered with the Boys & Girls Club in the Fall  and became a remote learning center from December to March. Students participated in their online classes with help as needed. They returned in June for a 7 week summer camp with 45 students. We look forward to welcoming them back next summer.

Duck A Diet

In May 2021, St. John's welcomed a new partner: Duck A Diet. Executive Chef Andres Lopez and his team prepare 700-900 meals a week for busy adults and top level athletes. Say hello to them in the kitchen: there's always something cooking!

Pakistani Ministry

For the past 2 years, members of the Pakistani/Indian/American community in the Northwest Suburbs gather monthly to worship at St. John's in their native language of Urdu. These services are streamed across the world and include singing, prayer, preaching, and a meal following.

Stewardship

2020-2021 presented some challenges to our finances. Contributions for the second half of 2020 suffered as a result and came in under budget. In 2021 as contributions  picked up as attendance recovered,  many members increased their giving. There was a significant increase in online giving , which cut the number of physical envelopes in half. Expenses increased by 3.5% and income decreased by 5.2%; however, St. John's ended with a 22% increase in funds available compared to the previous fiscal year.

 

For more information on the financial statements of St. John's, please contact [email protected]

$8,849

Weekly Giving Average

22% Increase in the Endowment

$48K Received from the PPP Loan

2.3% Decrease in the Loan Balance

Looking Forward

As we work to call a new Pastor, a  softer budget for 2021-2022 has been approved as a result of lower Pastoral costs. Additional re-structuring of the  fiscal budget has allowed St. John’s to increase the Trustees’ maintenance budget which will allow significant repairs to roofing, heating, windows, and lighting.

Farewell To The Lee Family

Like you, I’m wrestling with many emotions now that Pastor Lee has taken a Call to Montana. Most certainly, I’m sad that we have to give up our awesome Pastor and great friend, but also happy. I’m happy he got to move back home to Mantana to be closer to his family and hometown. (and no, I didn’t misspell Montana – as all of  you know he always referred to it as Mantana). I’m happy that the Holy Spirit is helping fill a spiritual need for Trinity Lutheran in Kalispell. I’m happy that the Holy Spirit has selected who we need as our next Pastor – now we just need to discover that name ourselves. Blessings to you Pastor Brian Lee, Diane, Madelyn, Caleb, and Rebecca as you begin your new adventure. Also, blessings to you my fellow members of St. John’s. We were enriched by the presence of the Lee’s but also look forward to the wonderful plans the Holy Spirit has for us right here at St. John’s. I can’t wait to see what it is!

 

Bill Yocius


Simply put, St. John’s has blessed the Lee family beyond our wildest expectations! We love you all with all of our hearts. You will always be our Illinois family and we will be praying for you as you move forward. God has great things in store for your next chapter! Jesus loves you and "Everything is going to be ok!"

 

In Christ,

Pastor Brian & Diane

Madelyn, Caleb, Rebecca