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St. John's
United Church of Christ

216 North Street
PO Box 418
Brighton, Illinois 62012


Rev. Laurie Crelly, pastor

Sunday Worship:  10:15 am
Sunday School:  9:15 am

The Caller Newsletter 
Summer 2017

A Word From Our Pastor

Unveiling Our New Logo

After many months and numerous draft versions, our congregation has approved our new logo that reflects key values of our faith and community vision. Our Motto: "love and acceptance for all" reflects our understanding that God Loves us all and we are called to love and accept one another as Christ first loved us (1 John 4:19 and John 3:16). The Rainbow people around the cross reflects our call to follow Jesus and the diversity of God's People. We are a fully inclusive community seeking to proclaim the Gospel through word and deed to all. 
Summer Worship Series: Roots of our Faith

Starting June 11th we will be looking at the key people in Genesis and Exodus who are the founding people of our faith. Starting with Creation and God creating humankind in God's image, we will explore the relational dynamics that shape our understanding of faith, love, human nature and God. 
Join us as we find aspects of ourselves in the many characters of Genesis and Exodus. They are timeless stories that still shape our relationship with God and one another.  

Highlights from Spring

Quilt Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Trish Catlett Ziegler of Shipman who won our Be my Neighbor Quilt. We raised over $1700 on this raffle and proceeds go to support the Pack A Sack program. Thank you to Janet Saxton and her Quilters for making and donating this beautiful quilt.  

The Pack-A-Sack Program

The Southwestern Pack-A-Sack is now on Facebook. Check it out. We also have arranged with the school district to offer Pack a Sacks through the summer. Thank you to the area churches who helped pack up and are serving as pick up locations in Medora, Shipman, Royal Lakes and Brighton. 


Fundraiser for Pack-a-Sack

Bulk Priced Soaps 

The Loyal Daughters are selling bulk size Laundry Detergent, Dish soap, Shampoo and cleaning solutions as a fundraiser for Pack-a-Sack. Orders and payment are due June 11th. Contact Erin Martin if you have questions 618-372-4692 or leave a message at church 618-372-3737.
Make checks payable to Southwestern Pack A Sack
Orders and payment is needed by June 11th 

Products for $15 /
One Gallon With Pump
Body Wash (Like Dove)
Body Wash (Like Axe)
Shampoo (Like Pantene)
Conditioner (Like Pantene) 
Products for $45
5 Gallons with Pump

All Purpose Cleaner (like Mr. Clean)
Dish Soap (like Dawn)
Fabric Softener (like Downy)
Scent Boosters #300 pods (Like Snuggle Lavender)

Laundry Soap Like Tide
Blue Original
Blue with Breeze
Blue with Fab. Softener
Blue with Bleach
Free and Clear
Laundry Pods #300 

Laundry Soap Like Gain
Original Green
Apple Mango Tango
Green Fab. Softener

Upcoming Events This Summer

Community Pentecost Service and Picnic June 4th

Join us and our partner churches from the Brighton Ministerial Alliance for our annual Outdoor Pentecost service.  It will be held Sunday, June 4th at 10 a.m. at the Betsey Ann Park.  There will be a picnic following the service. Hamburgers and Hot Dogs will be provided, but please bring a dish to share. 

Marriage Reception for Rev. Laurie Crelly and Amy Brooks July 9th
Pastor Laurie announced earlier this year that she is engaged and will be marrying Amy Brooks at a small family service in Minnesota on July 2nd. To celebrate their union, St. John's UCC will be will be holding a reception at the church on July 9th following our morning worship. Friends of St. John's and the new couple are invited to come and celebrate this joyous occasion. 
Interested in Joining St. John's UCC?
We will be receiving new members on Sunday July 16th. If you are interested please contact Pastor Laurie for more information and to get started.
Conference Minister Preaching July 16th

We are excited to have our Designated Conference Minister, Rev. Shana Johnson coming to worship with us on Sunday, July 16th. Rev. Johnson was ordained in 1997 and has been serving UCC churches in Missouri and Illinois before accepting the call to serve as our Designated Conference Minister in 2015. 
Bereavement Support Group starting July 12th
Pastor Laurie will be offering a Bereavement Support Group on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., July 12th through August 30th. This will be a 90 minute group meeting which will be part education and part grief support discussion to help one another along the long journey of grief. All are welcome to attend. 
Semi-Annual Meeting
Sunday, July 23rd
Please plan to attend our Semi-Annual meeting following worship to discuss the business of the church and the upcoming ministry work of the community. We will hold an all church Potluck following the meeting.

The Patchwork Youth Gatherings


We started a new youth drop in night at St. John's UCC to offer a safe, fun and supportive place to gather and make new friends. We have had several youth attend each month from around the area .
This is open to all youth from the Tri-county area - Macoupin, Jersey, and Madison counties. Anyone aged 13-20 is welcome to attend. We meet at St. John's on the Fourth Sunday at 5 p.m.

Adult sponsors are also needed - contact Pastor Laurie if you are interested.  
We had a great Parent and Child BBQ in May at the parsonage.

The upcoming gatherings are scheduled: 

Sunday, June 25th at 5 p.m.
Sunday, July 23rd at 5 p.m. 
Sunday, August 27th at 5 p.m.

Visit our Facebook page if you want to see the latest updates. Find the Youth Gathering Page at

Save The Date Events

St. John's Fall Festival September 16th

Plans are already in the works to offer a Fall Festival on September 16th. We will have a crafters and vendors fair, Fish and Chips Stand and St. John's Country Store of canned and baked goods. If you know of a crafter who may want to participate please email Pastor Laurie at and we will send out more information.

Blessing of the Animals

September 24th

Our annual Blessing of the Animals service is set for September 24th at 10:15 a.m. More details to come soon. Be sure to invite your neighbors and friends. All pets and domestic livestock are welcome, weather permitting. If the weather requires us to be indoors, please bring only smaller house trained animals.
Monthly Meeting Schedule

Women’s Fellowship 
To be Announced

Loyal Daughters
First Monday
of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Ad Team 
Third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.


No choir until August 30th
Every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Worship and WOW Team 
First Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

Other Events of Interest

Community Meals at the Municipal Building

Join us every Wednesday at the Municipal building at 11:45 a.m. for a hot meal and conversation. Suggested donation is $3 for seniors and $5 for people under 60 years old.  Kids under 12 are free. 

Brighton Bistro

First Presbyterian Church in Brighton offers a free lunch on the third Saturday of the month at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend. Meals delivered to the home are also available. Please call the church at 618-372-8241 during the week to sign up for delivery. 
Prayer Requests


Josephine, Micky and Lee H.
Debbie C.
Bill O. 
David S.
Miki S. 

Relatives and Friends of Members
Pauline B - Jason
Joyce W. - Friend of the congregation
Pam G. - Marcia and Lonnie
Joe P.-Friend of Pastor Laurie
Amy - Daughter of Pam G.
John C. - Pastor's brother
Leon W. - Uncle to Rhonda V.
Bill O. Jr - Son of Bill and Shirley O.
In Mourning
Dottie Lou Austin Family
Bill Jones Family
Mary Busch Family (Pastor Laurie's Family)
Guy Baker Family
M. Bonita Oertel Family
Don Gray Family 
Have a Prayer Request? Let us know.
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