I Love a Parade

John 12: 12-19


  • Church services are postponed through Easter Sunday – April 26 which includes all Holy Week services.
  • Wednesday Lenten Service will be live streamed at 1:00 p.m.
  • Services are live streamed on Saturday (Traditional) at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday (Contemporary) at 11:00 a.m.
  • All school, preschool, Tiger’s Den, Children’s Youth and Cross Training Ministry have been cancelled through April 26
  • Leaders continue to meet each Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. to organize and lead during the COVID-19 epidemic.
  • We will keep you informed of ministry events as things continue to change and measures are taken to control this.
  • Keep all in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your patience, acts of love and care and support during this challenging time.  
  • We will continue to minister to you through a variety of social media sites (Twitter, REALM, Facebook, email, web page and blogs).
  • We respect your God given conscience. Involve or seclude yourself from ministry and life events and choices for what is best for you and your loved ones.


BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES – All postponed until further notice

  1. MERE CHRISTIANITY – Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
  2. “GENESIS” BIBLE STUDY Thursday morning from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.  – POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
  3. WINTER “LIFE WITH GOD” (LWG) the current session will conclude when we are able to. There are three weeks left. 


LIVE STREAM SERVICES – those that have watched our services online via YouTube. 

  • March 28 at 5:30 p.m. – 183 views
  • March 29 at 11:00 a.m. – 172 views
  • Podcast (audio of sermon – 26 listeners
    • We have people listening from all over: Scottsdale, AZ, Northampton, PA, Put-in-Bay, OH, Carlsbad, CA, Norwood, OH, Columbus, OH, Hilton Head, SC, Mount Vernon, OH and Mansfield, OH. 



  • Wednesday, April 8 – 1:00 p.m. – Live Streamed
  • Thursday, April 9 – 7:30 p.m. – Live Streamed
  • Good Friday, April 10 – 1:00 p.m. – Live Streamed
  • Saturday, April 11 – 5:30 p.m. – Live Streamed
  • EASTER Sunday, April 12 – 11:00 a.m. – Live Streamed


MINIMALISM MINISTRY: Continues to move forward and thank you for your support.  Here are the new conditions for items that we wish to be donated.  Any questions, please contact Pastor Mews or Margaret Beach. 

  1. Pre 1950’s antiques Estate Donations
  2. Precious metals                   Over $100.00 worth
  3. Designer jewelry


BUILT ON THE ROCK, “THE HEALTHY CONGREGATION” has ordered the congregation leader’s pack to continue to build on this ministry.  If interested in viewing the workshop and receiving the program booklet, check with the church office.


SCHOOL NEWS – The teachers and I are working diligently to provide education experiences to the students.  We have met and will begin e-Learning on April 6th.  The teachers will be using various websites, Google and other programs to help students learn and grow.  During this time we ask each of you to pray for our families and staff as we navigate this unique time. If you need Mrs. K. please call her at 402-270-7172 (cell).  She is available and ready to help! 


REALM – please sign up for REALM if you have not already done so.  Contact the church office if you have questions.  We would like for all our members to join! We currently have 157 people participating. 


LENTEN MEAL – There will be no Lenten Meal provided on April 8.


ORGAN REPAIRAs you know all things need to be maintained. The organ is in need of repair. The estimate for the repair is $7,840.00. We are so close to our goal!  We currently have $6,677.25 to go toward the repairs.  We are so grateful to those that have donated to help.  THANK YOU!  On our webpage at stjohndefiance.com you will find a link to submit donations electronically.  Thank you.  https://thrivent.contribute.co/events/384890/detail?src=crowd-fundraise-active-charity-mailto-185


FOOD PANTRY MANAGER UPDATE If you would like to manage the Food Pantry for 5 to 6 hours a week, please contact the church office or email sjl@defnet.com. This will be a paid position.


FOOD PANTRY SUB – If you would like to help out some of the time in the food pantry and be put on a sub list, please let the church office know.


POWER POINT PREPARATION – If you would like to help once a month with finishing the power points, please contact the church office. The power points can be done remotely and sent back to the church via email or Google docs. Thank you


CARDS OF CONGRATULATIONS may be sent to Zech & Darcey Teasdale 8809 Anchorage Lane St. Louis, MO 63126.  Zech was our former DCE Director of Christian Ed/Youth Director.  Their first baby was born on February 28-Kira Josephine Teasdale. Congratulations!


YOUTH NIGHT – Grades 6 – 12 will be held as a zoom conference on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.  Please send your email address to Angie Morris at morris-sjl@defnet.com so your youth can be invited. 


OFFERINGS – are approximately 25% of the essential $88,000 needed per month.  We are working on a ‘drop box’ for the church and school.  You can also mail in your giving or give online.  Your contributions make our ministry to YOU possible.  Thank you!
CHURCH OFFICE- The church office will remain open with at least one secretary working in house. The other two are working remotely. The hours will be the same from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A doorbell was put in place on the south lobby door. If you push the button we will be notified and answer the door. We will continue disinfecting and adhering to social distancing procedures.


5:30 p.m. 
8:00 a.m. 
9:30 a.m. 
11:00 a.m.
– Worship Services –
Traditional Services
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, 8:00 and 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Service