Fellowship One




St. John is a growing, vibrant and wonderful congregation that still desires to remain, “The Church at the Caring End of Ministry.” As Pastor, I would ask that you direct your concerns regarding the following requests to the person(s) listed below:

  • Counseling – TBA
  • Sick and Hospitalized – Call your Pastor, The Rev. Jesse Hawkins. I always see parishioners who are hospitalized.
  • Death – Call your pastor.
  • Meeting Space Requests – Please contact the office, or download a copy of the Meeting Room Request Form.
  • Weddings – Call your Pastor.
  • Sick and Shut-In; Need Communion – Please contact the office.

Thank you for your cooperation, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to give me a call. All of these protocol procedures will soon be published in our Membership and Policy Handbook.

2nd Sunday of Advent

2018 THEME: “Revolution”

Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, On earth as it is in Heaven.
Mark: 8 - New International Version (NIV)

MISSION STATEMENT: It is the mission of St. John to be a beacon of faith and transforming presence in the lives of individuals in the community we serve and in the wider world around us.

Celebrating 156 years in Christian Ministry!

From the Pastor's Desk . . .

Shop Small, Shop Black. Let’s support our St. John business people. Please see the items in the Narthex from Mr. Bigham’s Gallery and consider purchasing a Christmas gift for someone you love.

We will be in prayer for Eric Smith, who will be the commencement speaker on Dec. 15 for University of Illinois Chicago’s commencement, Congratulations Eric on this very prestigious invitation.

4th Quarter Connectional (General Budget) of $50 each member is due.

AGAPE – MLK Brunch -  We are pleased to announce that Agape Connection Inc. will host its 18th Annual King Day Celebration on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at The Cathedral of Grace | St. John, 2950 Bilter Rd, Aurora, IL 60502 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are available in the narthex each Sunday for $75 per adult.


New Members class at 8:30 a.m. (the last sessions will be held on 12/9 and 12/16)
Breakfast Fellowship from 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. in the Five plus Cafe`.

The Office will be closed 12/21/2018 through 1/2/2019 for the Holiday.

New Year’s Eve ServiceMonday, December 31st at 7 p.m.


(The Ministries of The Cathedral of Grace | St John are open to all who are interested in Volunteering. 
If you are interested in volunteering with a ministry but not sure who to contact, please call the office.)

St. John Marriage Ministry, Senior Ministry and Women’s Missionary Society will facilitate the service for HESED House on Sunday, December 30, 2018, and Monday, December 31, 2018. We are to prepare dinner for 200 guests on Sunday and 100 sack lunches for Monday. Volunteers are needed to:

  • Donate and prepare food
  • Assist with serving food
  • Assist with preparing the bag lunches
  • Fellowship with the residents
  • Assist the Hesed House Staff
    Assist wherever needed

If you would like to volunteer please contact Ms. Mary. Remember we are all the same however only by His Grace!
Thank you for your Service.

The Music and Arts Ministry of the Cathedral of Grace | St John will be sponsoring two cultural excursions to the Auditorium Theatre:

– On Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. to see "Too Hot Too Handel: A Gospel Jazz Messiah” featuring Rodrick Dixon and Alfreda Burke

– On Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. to see the world renown "Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater" 

To purchase tickets for "Too Hot Too Handel" featuring Rodrick Dixon and Alfreda Burke click here to be directed to the Auditorium Theatre online ticket sales and enter the discount code COGSJ. Discounted tickets prices are $68. $50, $43, $34 and $26.

To purchase tickets for "Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater" click here to be directed to the Auditorium Theatre online ticket sales and enter the discount code COGSJ2. Discounted tickets prices are $120, $86, $70, $54 and $38.

Please note that you may purchase any ticket price level with the discount code and feel free to share the discount code with neighbors, family and friends.
If you have any questions, concerns, difficulty accessing the website or purchasing tickets do not hesitate to contact me at the church office 630.898.5333. – Blessings Rev. Vinson


Darwin Gordon of Gorges Catering prepared the delicious meal on Anniversary Sunday. To learn more about Gorges catering please visit his website at or contact him via phone 773-434-8191.

Let’s not forget our Sick and Shut-Ins:
(Send a card, make a call, stop & visit.)

Bertha Lathen
Roberta Foster
Aldrianna Green
Erma Hawkins
Allen Keys
Florence Shields
Maggie Smiley
Pamela Witzke

(For more information, please contact the church office at 630-898-5333.)

“30 Minutes in the Master’s Presence”
Wednesday at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. with The Rev. Dr. Cheryl Green
Prayer call#: 712-775-7031
Meeting ID: 470657173#

Health and Wellness Ministry - Words of Wisdom for December 2018

” Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.”  Matt 21:22 (NRSV)

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