October 2016 News


Our Bethlehem Experience celebration and production is well underway! The script has been finalized and from the first rehearsal, the enthusiasm of the cast has been outstanding. Some actors are “off book” and others are very close. Several rehearsals have already been held and dress rehearsals took place in October. In November, each playlet is slated for a live rehearsal before the congregation so be on the lookout for those and make sure you attend to support your Bethlehem cast in being fully prepared for their live performance December 9th and 10th from 5-8PM.

Costumes are already 99% done, the tour layout plan is nearly nailed down, set designs have been drafted and started, props acquisition is well underway, lights and sound effects plans have been drafted, the kitchen is prepping for our guests plus the Dickens in Dundee crowd the week before, supporting roles from greeters to tour guides to parking attendants to Santa are all staffed, publicity shots have been taken, polished and blessed, copy for press releases has been finalized and the PR team has a comprehensive plan for getting the word out to the local community via multiple community signs, lawn signs, cards, door hangers and much more. Below are the sets, scenes and playlets that guests will be treated to as Bethlehem recreates a Bethlehem Experience To share the Living Water of Jesus Christ with all who thirst:





Dickens’ Living Window

His Star cometh


Dickens in Dundee Luncheon

Lead us to Bethlehem


Welcome to Bethlehem

Behold The Christmas Star


An Angel Visits Mary

Don’t be afraid


Future Scene

Planned for 2017


No Room at the Inn

Laid in a manger


Shepherds Hear the Good News

The first to hear…


Behold Your Savior

…and first to hold


Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh

Gifts for the King


Jesus is Grace, Forgiveness and Love

2016: Will they see Christmas?


Celebrate with Santa

Food pantry donations welcome


Group Photos

Bring fam & friends!

We don’t want to be spoilers but we can give you a tiny peek into the early days of the production plus the publicity shots of Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus that are on their way to news outlets, announcement cards, websites and more…

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OCTOBER 16, 12:45PM

Please talk to Pastor Jim to sign up for CROP WALK 2016! Click on the Daily Herald image to read the article and learn about the walk, who it benefits and how to donate, register or sponsor walkers. Please contact Darren Timmons on 630-222-7162 or djtimmons@comcast.net for more details.

Did you walk this year? Did you want to see what a beautiful day and stroll thru Dundee that walkers were treated to this year? If so, check out photos from our CROP Walk Gallery below…

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We are currently collecting new and gently used children’s winter coats (ages 4-17) and knitted or crocheted scarves. Please drop off items in the box outside the Church Office by Sunday, October 16. Monetary gifts are also very much appreciated to assist with the orphanage operating expenses. Checks should be made out to: St. John’s Lutheran Church–Romania Mission. Questions? Debbie Kois 847-426-8273.



Do you have the gifts to be a Greeter or Reader? Our Pastor and Deacons’ hope and prayer is that Readers will enhance our services with more member participation and that Greeters will offer a warm welcome to “regulars” and guests and assist with any needs and direction. If you feel so led, please speak with any Deacon about signing up. Names and numbers are listed near the bulletins.



FISH logoH.I.S. (Hearts in Service) is again sponsoring a food drive for the F.I.S.H. Food Pantry in Carpentersville. Let’s share the blessings that we’ve been given and help F.I.S.H. fill up their shelves! We have grocery bags with items listed on it or you can just take a list if you’d like. Please prayerfully consider participating in this worthwhile project. If you’d rather donate money, simply place a check in the offering basket with “F.I.S.H.” written in the memo line. Please bring bags back by Sunday, October 30.



October 16

Continuing in the Faith

October 23

Relating to God and Others

October 30

Reformation Sunday (Saved by Grace)

November 6

All Saints Day



Bethlehem’s Care Ministry is here to offer support through hospital and home visitations, card ministry, shut-in ministry and more. The Care Ministry works with congregation volunteers to make and deliver meals and offer transportation to and from the hospital, home care and other locations. Do you or do you know anyone in need of Care? Please contact Darren Timmons on 630-222-7162 or djtimmons@comcast.net. Volunteers, please use the sign-up sheets if you’d like to help.



SThe Salvation Army Corps Community Center located on Douglas Avenue in Elgin is one of more than 20 corps centers throughout the metropolitan division. Corps community centers are the heart and soul of The Salvation Army and are centers of learning, worship and service. They are the entry point for people in need. They assist with feeding families, paying rent and utility bills and providing educational and recreational programs for people of all ages, counseling, worship and more.

Programs and services offered by the centers are tailored to the needs of each local community. All corps community centers have something to offer to people of all ages. While people from all socio-economic backgrounds may receive aid from The Salvation Army, a special commitment is made to the most vulnerable individuals and families with limited resources and access to services. -H.I.S. Ministry/Missions


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