Considering Jesus' First Miracle at St. John Lutheran Church

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St. John: On Sunday, Jan. 17, the Rev. Hannibal Frederich will preach on "The First Sign," based on John 2:11, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday at St. John's Lutheran Church, 115 N. Spring, Elgin. They will consider Jesus' first miracle, changing water into wine. Everyone is welcome. Sunday school and Bible classes meet at 9:15 a.m. St. John's School has prekindergarten classes through the eighth grade. Enrollment for the next school year will begin soon. For details, call (847) 741-0814.

St. Peter: On Sunday, Jan. 17, the Rev. Eric Gawura's sermon will be "The Church: A School for the Gifted," based on I Corinthians 12:1-11, at 8 and 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 18N377 Galligan Road, Gilberts. The Drama Ministry will perform "Five Finger Prayer." Christian education classes for 3-year-olds through high school starts at 9:15 a.m. The Tuesday adult Bible study from 9:30 to 11 a.m. has begun a new study titled "How to Share Your Faith Confidently." The church is wheelchair accessible. For details, call (847) 428-4054 or visit The Sonshine Christian Preschool offers classes for 3- and 4-year-olds. For details, call (847) 551-9935.

St. John Lutheran: This weekend, the Rev. William Stroup will deliver the message "Different Kinds of Gifts," based on 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 Jefferson St., Algonquin. Adult Bible class Sunday at 9:15 a.m. A supervised nursery is offered at the 10:30 a.m. service. Sunday school children meet at the 10:30 a.m. service and are excused to go to their classes after the children's message. Coffee and fellowship follow the Sunday services. Call (847) 658-9300 or visit St. John's Lutheran School offers a day school program for first to eighth grade; all-day kindergarten; and morning and afternoon preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds. Church membership is not required. To register or schedule a school tour, call Principal Ralph Peterson at (847) 658-9311.

St. Peter: On Sunday, Jan. 17, the Rev. Gerhard Mau preaches on God's Gift of Life, God's Gift of Grace at 9 a.m. at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 43W301 Plank Road, Hampshire. Sunday school and Bible class meet at 10:20 a.m. Jan. 17 is also food pickup date for the Burlington/Hampshire Area Food Pantry. Items for the pantry may be dropped off that morning or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Wednesday Ladies' Bible Study meets at 9:30 a.m. The Senior Card Club invites you to join them at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. For details, call the church office at (847) 464-5721. Little Saints Preschool is accepting registrations for a new 3-year-old Intro to Preschool class for those who missed the September age deadline and for the 2010-11 academic year. Call Kristina, preschool director, at (847) 464-5134.

Shepherd of the Prairie: This weekend, the Rev. Mark Boster will lead at the 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services at Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church, 10805 Main St., Huntley. Holy Communion will be celebrated at each service. Sunday school and nursery care is available at both Sunday services. On Sunday, Jan. 17, Homeless Helpers will help serve dinner at Bethany Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake. On Sunday, Jan. 24, after the 10:30 a.m. service, the annual congregational meeting will take place. On Sunday, Jan. 31, a new member gathering will take place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the church. Call the church office if you are interested in becoming a member. On Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13, an "All Generation Winter Retreat" will be held at Lutherdale in Elkhorn, Wis. The deadline for signup is Sunday, Jan. 24. Call (847) 669-9448 or visit

Country Covenant Church: On Sunday, Jan. 17, the Rev. Mark Anderson, a retired missionary from France, will be the guest minister at the 10:30 a.m. service at Country Evangelical Covenant Church, Route 47 and McDonald Road, Campton Hills. …