Pastor Barbara Lohrbach
1045 West River Street
Kankakee, IL 60901
(815) 932-3336
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Throughout the year, activities are held that enrich the lives of our community. The activities include dinners and fundraisers, camp and retreats, and weekly fellowship.
We all share life together at St. John. Come join us!

Remembering Orlando

Around 2:00am on June 12 an American-born shooter pledged to ISL killed 49 persons at gay club in Orando, Florida. Fifteen others were wounded in the attack. After a 3 hour standoff the gunman was shot by police. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. since the September 11 attacks in 2001.

A remembrance service was held at St John. It was attended by more than 100 people.

The somber event contained prayers, the reading of the names of the victims, singing of songs, and the sad tolling of the bell. The pastor spoke words of condolence and peace.


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Confirmation 2016

The 2016 class of confirmands included six young peopl. With Pastor Lohrbach help and direction they examined and grew their faith in God. The congregation provided support.

During months of study they met almost every week. The confirmands assisted with filling backpacks for needy students. They visited the Roman Catholic cathedral in Chicago and a Jewish synagogue. They also offered major parts of a Sunday service.

In their rite of confirmation they acknowledged their committment to following the ways of the Lord. They were joined by adult sponsors. The congregation pledged its support.

Ground Breaking for a Church Addition

The church celebrated the ground breaking for a new addition. The project is part of the church members' plan for "Dream God's Dream". The process started with a survey. After many meetings the congregation decided that we should add to our church.

The ceremony included many congregation groups, elected officials, and our architect representatives.


Christian Education is important to St. John. Accordingly we have programs to meet this goal.

For infants we have a nursery. In it the youngest children are cared for.

For older youth we have several classes which use the JAM (Jesus and Me) program.

Easter 2016

The Easter celebration began with an early morning breakast. Good food with good friends.

After the breakfast the Easter Egg Hunt was held. Two age groups "searched" for plastic eggs with candy inside.

Finally, the congregation celebrated the risen Christ with an Easter service.

Winter of Our Lives

As people grow older, they worry about many things. This workshop had presentations by specialists on some of these topics.

  • Financial & Estate Planning (Andrew Syska, First American Bank)

  • Planned Giving (Anthony Brown, UCC)

  • Power of Attorney vs. Guardianship (Ketura Baptiste, Prairie State Legal)

  • Funeral Preplanning (Clancy-Gernon staff person)

3rd Annual Business Expo/Pasta Dinner

This event raises funds for two projects each year.

One is for a local mission/ministry project. This year's recipient is "Blessings in a Backpack", a combined effort with churches and organizations to provide weekend nutrition for children who are on the free lunch programs in their schools. Currently we help 100 students in the Bourbonnais and Kankakee schools. The money raised will be for next school year and we hope to double the number of students to 200.

The second project is a neighborhood outreach we call Summer Fest. On an August Sunday we have an outdoor event at the church which includes worship at 10:30 and games, food and entertainment at 11:30. The event is free and open to the public. Come join us on Sunday, August 24!

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Youth Ski Trip

In 2014 the 5th abbual ski trip was to Nordic Mountain in Wisconsin, about a 6 hour drive north. The long weekend trip was Friday to Monday, January 17-20.

Skiing was on Saturday and Sunday with swimming at night. The group included 3 youths and 6 adults. The trip was partially funded for the youths by the gift card sales in December. The adults paid their trips.

Everyone had a great time with many memories for future stories.
River Valley Communities
Blessings in a Backpack

Lead by the River Valley Clergy Alliance, “Blessings in a Backpack” is a new community based mission that began in January. 2014. It provides weekend nutrition for children who are on free lunch programs in school.

Blessings in a Backpack is a national organization that was founded to help children with food insufficiency to have access to food over the weekend during the school year. $80 provides food every weekend for the 36 weeks of the school year.

Nine local churches have joined together to start this project.
2013 Holiday Season

Members of the congregation were Secret Santas for the church's young people. Every week in Advent they put a small gift in their child's stocking. The last Sunday of Advent the youth prepared a breakfast for them. They received a larger gift and learned the idenity of their personal Secret Santa.

The children gave pennies each Sunday and collected more than $250. Congregation members donated food and money. Seven needy families were gifted the food and funds. The local district of the State Police partnered with our church in this project.

Book Club

Book Club meets once a month on the third Wednesday. The meeting is held in a member's home.

In the month preeceding meeting the particpants read the book selection which is in the list of future reads. At the meeting they discuss what they have read.

Membership in the club is open to everyone.
Camp Worship and Wonder and Tenderfoot Camp 2014

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Youth of all ages and adults as camp counselors from St John attend the week-long camp held at Pilgrim Park Camp in Princeton, IL. The youngest campers only spend 3 days there.

The camp offers many activities which seek to draw the attendees closer to God and to each other. The participants learn about their faith and about themselves.

chili dinner slideshow Chili Contest & Supper 2015

Our Fifth Annual Chili Supper was held February 28 to fund our annual out-of-state mission trips.

This year we had six chili contestants. First place was Verna Powell, Second was Sue Lemenager and tied for third place was Steve Luhrsen and Jim Kohout. Total funds raised of $1094.00.

We will receive a matching grant of $1000 from Royal Neighbors for our third year as part of their benevolent programs.

This year may have been the best selection of chilis yet with distinctly different flavors. Thank you to all the contestants and to the public for your support.
Summer Fest 2014

Each August, St. John invites our friends and neighbors to join in a day of worship and fun outdoors!

The day begins with outdoor worship led by Praise--our church music leaders.

We transform the church yard with a tent and bounce house. Food and games are shared there in the afternoon.

Mark your calendars for August 23 for Summer Fest 2015!