dscn2595 WELCOME!

St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod that has stood in the heart of Joliet, Illinois, for over 150 years.

Like the apostle from whom our congregation takes its name, we are ordinary people whom Jesus Christ has called to follow Him. Like Peter, despite our weakness and sin, we look to Jesus alone for our salvation, confessing to Him and before the world, “You are the Christ, the Son of God!”

Our congregation believes, teaches, and confesses the Christian faith taught in the Holy Scriptures and faithfully witnessed in the Lutheran Confessions, the Book of Concord of 1580. Our worship reflects the glory of the Triune God and our communion in the one, holy Church of all times and places as we observe the historic liturgy. Our children and the children of our community are diligently instructed in the riches of the Christian faith at St. Peter using Dr. Martin Luther’s Small Catechism.

At the center of St. Peter’s worship, teaching, and life together is Jesus Christ the crucified. He is with us, proclaiming the good news that God is reconciled to us sinners because of His blood shed for us on the cross. He washes away our sins in Holy Baptism and heals us, giving us His very body and blood to eat and drink for the forgiveness of our sins. He gives us new life in His Body, the Church, and leads us to the fullness of joy that awaits us in the world to come.

We welcome you in His name and invite you to join us in our life together as His disciples!
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Our Pastor
Rev. David W. Totsky

Worship Services
Divine Service (with Holy Communion): Sundays at 9:00am

Bible Study
Sundays at 10:30am

Radio Broadcast
Sundays at 11:00 am, WJOL 1340 AM
WJOL now does a ‘live stream’ on their website (wjol.com). Just go to their website and click on the “LISTEN LIVE” link at the top of their page.

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Church Phone Number: (815) 722-3567
~ Pastor’s Office (Ext 304)Pastor David Totsky
~ Church Office (Secretary Desk) (Ext 301) Michele Ryjewski
~ Church Office Hours – Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 1:00pm
*-*-* Summer Church Office Hours (June thru Mid-August) Monday – Thursday, 8:00am – 1:00pm (Dates subject to change)
~ Financial Office (Ext 303)
Church Fax Number: (815) 722-6544
Church Email address: stpeterjoliet@aol.com
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Calendar
Our online calendars are up and running. Please click on the “calendar” link on the left side of the home page to see each month’s calendar.
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Upcoming Events and Meetings
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May
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Sunday, May 2 — 10:15am-12:00pm — Covid Vaccination Pre-Registration
Thursday, May 13 — 7:00pm — Ascension Day Service
Saturday, May 15 — 9:00am-2:00pm — Covid Vaccination Clinic (Shot #1)
Tuesday, May 18 — 7:00pm — Church Council Meeting
Thursday, May 27 — 7:00pm — Altar Guild Meeting
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June
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Saturday, June 12 — 9:00am-2:00pm — Covid Vaccination Clinic (Shot #2)
Tuesday, June 15 — 7:00pm — Church Council Meeting
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July
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Tuesday, July 20 — 7:00pm — Church Council Meeting
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Upcoming Sermon Titles
Please join us as our Pastor, Rev. David Totsky leads our services each week. They can be found posted on Facebook. You can also call the church office to have yourself added to our email list.

May 2 — “It’s About… Connections” — John 15:1-8
May 9 — “It’s About… Love” — John 15:9-17
May 13 — “A Promise Given” — Luke 25:44-53
May 16 — “It’s About… Being Sent” — John 17:11b-19
May 23 — “You Can’t Handle the Truth” — John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
May 30 — “You Don’t Understand, but…” — John 3:1-17
June 6 — “He’s Out of His Mind” — Mark 3:20-35
June 13 — “Small Beginnings” — Mark 4:26-34
June 20 — “It Seems He Doesn’t Care” — Mark 4:35-41
June 27 — “They Laughed at Him” — Mark 5:21-43
July 4 — “Do We Know Him ‘Too Well’?” — Mark 6:1-13
July 11 — “What a Promise!” — Mark 6:14-29
July 18 — “Who Would Have Thought It?” — Mark 6:30-44
July 25 — “Watch What You Ask For” — Mark 10:35-45
August 1 — “Looking for Jesus” — John 6:22-35
August 8 — “Bread that Lasts to Eternity” — John 6:35-51
August 15 — “Truly Blessed Among Women” — Luke 1:39-55
August 22 — “Clean Hands but Dirty Hearts” — Mark 7:1-13
August 29 — “The Price of Faith” — Mark 6:14-29
September 5 — “They Didn’t Listen” — Mark 7:31-37
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We are happy to be having services in our beautiful church.

We are still in the midst of this pandemic, so we will be following guidelines set to help us all stay safe and healthy while we worship together as a church family. Please see our new practices here …

Safe Service and Communion Practices

Masks will be worn by everyone into the building. An usher will be at the entrance with some disposable masks available for those that do not have/forget a mask. Once you are in the pew, you may remove your mask until the end of the Service. Please do not leave it lie in the pew. Suggestions would be to leave it around your neck, or place in your purse or pocket. Please put it back on prior to exiting your pew at the end of the Service.

All doors into and throughout the building will be propped open so that it will be unnecessary to touch any of those surfaces. We ask that you go directly to your seats to avoid congregating in the Concourse.

An Usher will be operating the elevator for one occupant at a time. We will have hand sanitizer available at the top and bottom of the staircase in the Concourse for use if you use the banisters. There will also be a table with Bulletins on it. Please pick one up and then take it home with you as a reference throughout the week for prayers, birthdays, and anniversaries. A basket for your envelopes or others gifts will be on the table also. The entire service will be in the Bulletin. The Usher will assist in seating as we will try to seat one person/couple/family group in the middle of a row with empty rows in between. Distancing is of utmost importance. Every other row will be closed.

Our Communion Service has returned to “normal”. We ask that you consider wearing your mask up to communion. It can be pulled down as you take communion and pulled back up when you are done.

At the end of the Service you will be ushered out starting with the back rows to avoid groups congregating in the aisles. Please remember to put your mask back on prior to exiting your pew. We are not to congregate in the Concourse. Conversations are to happen outside with proper social distancing and with masks on. Please take anything with you that you have used during the service.

Bible Study will be held each week in the cafeteria after the service. There will be a Fellowship Hour with proper social distancing.

Although this seems very awkward or stilted, it is the Council’s belief that we must be very prudent in our procedures to avoid the chance of illness and in compliance with Illinois government directives. (Romans 13:1 ff)

Thank you for your patience and understanding with these procedures.

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