Mid-week Advent Worship Services 

  • Wednesday, November 30, 7:00 p.m. at Saint John (Flatrock)
  • Wednesday, December 7, 7:00 p.m. Children’s Service (Grades 4 to 8) at St. John (Flatrock)
  • Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 p.m. children’s Service (PreK4 to Grade 3) at Emmanuel (Soest)

Children’s Christmas Treats

On Sundays, November 27 and December 4, a donation canister will be available in the Narthex and Foyer.

Christmas Tree Decorating . . . 

will take place on Monday morning, November 28, following the opening school devotion. A few volunteers are needed to assist with this project. Please consider helping if you are able.

Christmas Flower Orders

The Altar Guild is offering you the opportunity to order Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, Amaryllis, and Norfolk Pine plants to use in the Chancel on Christmas Eve and Day. Forms placed in mailboxes and additional copies are available in the Narthex and Foyer or download order form. Orders may be placed in offering plate or in Altar Guild mail slot in Narthex. The deadline for ordering is Sunday, December 4.

Ladies Christmas Party

All ladies of the congregation are invited to the Ladies Evening Guild Christmas Party which will be held on Tuesday, December 6, in the Fellowship Center. Hors D'oeuvres will be served at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Again, there will be no gift exchange, but instead please bring a gift for the Hope Clinic in Decatur. At this time, they are needing girls' and boys' clothing, winter coats (sizes 12 months and up [kindergarten]), and toys for infants to kindergarten age. They can always use diapers but larger sizes such as 4, 5, and 6 and pullups 2T to 5T. Items should not be gift wrapped. If you are not able to attend and you still would like to bring a gift, please place it in the designated container outside of the Fellowship Center and mark it for the Hope Center. There will also be fun, games, food, and fellowship. Sign-up sheets are available in the Church Narthex and Foyer. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Wolf at (260) 705-0303 or Kathy Minich at (260) 341-9108.

Youth Group Christmas Party

The St.John-Emmanuel Youth Group will be having a Christmas Party on Saturday, December 10, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Center at St. John! All youth grades 6 to12 are invited. Please contact Mr. Muehler or Mrs. Coblentz with any questions.

2023 Calendar

Christian wall calendars from Zwick and Jahn Funeral Homes are available in the Narthex and Foyer.

Christmas Family

The congregation is again sponsoring a family through the Lutheran Social Services of Indiana Christmas Program. This year’s family has six individuals. Monetary donations can be placed in Robyn Fry’s church mailbox through Sunday, November 27. Using the money collected, gift cards from the Church Scrip Program will be purchased. If you have any questions, please contact Robyn Fry at (260) 623-3845. 

I Was Hungry Food Collection

Items will be received for local area food banks on Sunday, December 4, 2022. This in gathering takes place monthly on the first Sunday of the month. Donations support the Monroeville and Hessen Cassel Food banks. The food banks also appreciate either Meijers or Walmart gift cards so they can pick up what is most needed.

Treasurer’s Note 

With the onset of COVID-19 and suspension of regular services, there was a real concern as to our congregation’s finances. Would we see a drop in contributions since our members would not be attending normal services? The result? – you have been extremely faithful, and we have been able to cover our expenses and even taken on some projects that needed to be done. Now it needs to be brought to your attention that during the current year our offerings have fallen off some and we are currently struggling to meet our expenses. Thank you for your faithfulness over the past few years and please consider what you can do to help us maintain a healthy financial position. 

175th Anniversary Celebration

Flatrock’s 175th anniversary committee is seeking volunteers interested in serving on a sub-committee for our year of celebration. Support will be needed in a variety of areas including worship, historical records, social events, marketing, special projects, and more. Look for more information in your mailbox, on the bulletin board in the Narthex and Foyer, or at Contact Jim Doner, Tom Grotrian, Brian Hockemeyer, Kathy Minich, or Claire Roettgen with questions. We appreciate your prayerful consideration! 

Cemetery Pre-Planning Note

The St. John (Flatrock) Cemetery Committee is reviewing the congregation’s cemetery guidelines with regard to best practice recommendations to make sure that they line up with State guidelines for cemeteries and has extended the hold on any pre-planning sales of cemetery lots until further notice. 


Tiger Night 

Make plans to join SJ-E for Tiger Night on Saturday, January 28, 2023! The evening includes dinner, a dessert auction, silent and live auctions, and game night! This year’s event will be held at the Eden. Invitations have been sent out. The event is open to all adults over the age of 21, but tickets must be purchased in advance. This is the largest fundraiser for our school, which is the greatest outreach for our congregations. Come show your support and have a blast! For more information or to reserve your seat, contact Amy Schlaudroff at the school office at (260) 639-0123.

Donations for Tiger Night

If you would like to contribute to Tiger Night in other ways, we are accepting donations for auction items, restaurant gift cards, sponsorships, and monetary gifts. Contact Amy Schlaudroff at (260) 639-0123 or Kathy Baker at (260) 409-9942 or (260) 623-6148 for more information about donating items for Tiger Night.

Search for Principal The SJ-E 

School Board continues to search for a qualified individual to fill the position of principal for the upcoming school year. Please pray that God will guide our search and bless our school with the person of His choice to lead SJ-E into the future. If you know of anyone who may be interested, or may like more information about the position, please contact Ina Guenin at or speak to any school board member.