Saint John's Evangelical Lutheran Church 
48 Greene Avenue, Sayville, New York 11782
Office: (631) 589-3202 - Fax: (631) 589-1419 - E-Mail:
Rev. Brian Noack, Pastor



BAKE SALE – The Dinner Dance Committee will be holding a Bake Sale at the Sayville Ferry Terminal on Friday, August 29. Donations of baked goods (whole cakes, plates of brownies and cookies) will be most welcomed! Please bring your baked goods to the church kitchen on Thursday, August 28 or by noon on Friday, August 29. Thanks as always for your support!




You are holding in your hands a piece of history!  This is the last edition of St. John’s Good News in print.  Beginning in October, the Good News will move to an electronic format which will be emailed out at the end of each month.


What does this mean?  A very Lutheran question you ask.  Well, if you are currently on our email distribution list, then you needn’t do anything at all except look in your inbox towards the end of September for an email from the church with the newsletter attached, open the email, open the attachment, and enjoy the new and improved Good News.


If you are not currently on our email list, then please fill out the bottom of this slip and please make sure to print legibly.  Another alternative is to email the church office at and let us know that you’d like to be added to our email list for the purposes of receiving our newsletter.  Don’t worry, we don’t send out a lot of emails and we don’t really have any deals or specials to try and entice you to come in, save the precious and free Gospel of Jesus given out each week in the Divine Service!


If you are not on our email list and do not do email, have no fear.  We will make a few hard copies and make them available in the narthex on the way out of church.  Live too far away?  Don’t worry…we will mail you a copy, but since we will no longer be getting the bulk price for postage, we would simply ask you for a small donation of $10 to cover the costs of shipping for one year.  Either way, just check the appropriate box on link below.


If you have any questions, let us know in the church office.  Thanks, and look out next month for the new Good News still filled with all the great things happening at St. John’s, and more!

(Click here if you would like to view a copy that you can print and return to CHURCH OFFICE to be added to email list or receive a hard copy)


September Youth Events                    Jr. Youth Group         

(Grades 5th through 7th)

Friday September, 12 and 26 from 6:30pm-8pm



Senior Youth Group

(Grades 7th through 12th)

Wednesdays September 3, 10, 17 & 24 from pm-7:30pm



Young Adult Group

(Ages 18 and up)

Wednesdays (Every Other week), September 10 and 24 at 8:30pm

Members & none members of St. Johns can attended!!!


Lazertag at

Saturday September 20th from 7pm 10:30pm.

We will meet at Lazerland between 7pm so we can register and begin play at 7:30pm.

(54A Motor Parkway, Commack, NY 11725)


Yes friends can come and parents welcome to play. If you need a ride contact Chris at or on his cell 1-413-626- and don’t forget to sign up on the bulletin board.


1st Communion & Confirmation – Classes for each of these is beginning in September. You read that right, and there are changes this year. 1st Communion will now meet throughout the school year just like the confirmation classes. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6pm-7pm, starting with an orientation on Tuesday, September 9. This is geared for those who are entering into the 6th grade. 1st Year Confirmation will meet on Wednesdays from 5:30pm-6:30pm, and 2nd Year Confirmation will meet on Wednesdays from 7:30pm-8:30pm. Orientation for both classes will be on September 10 at 6pm in the sanctuary. In between those classes each week, our music programs for youth will meet, so there is no conflict, or, the gym will be available if you’d like to get some energy out with the high school youth. Please come to these orientation nights because there is much to discuss and explain.

Faith Renewal Class – If you are interested in becoming a member of St. John’s, or simply refreshing your memory or learning more about the faith as it practiced here, then please consider taking our Faith Renewal class. If you are interested, please contact the church office as soon as possible. An agreeable time and day will be discussed and classes will hopefully start up in October.

Financial Peace University – To go along with our stewardship emphasis this Fall, we’d also like to offer an opportunity to help you learn to manage your personal finances better so that you can be more intentional with your gifts too, for how can you give faithfully if your home is in disarray. Beginning on Saturday, October 4 at 10am, we will offer Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University which is a nine week course designed to help you look at all of your financial assets from a Biblical perspective, to see how you can manage them faithfully, and become good stewards of all that God has given you. For more information, check out . If you are interested in attending, please contact the church office.

Snow Patrol – I know you don’t even want to think about this now, especially after the summer we have had, but, St. John’s is looking for people who might be interested in being on a team to snow blow/shovel the church parking lot and sidewalks during snow events. We spend an astronomical amount of money for snow removal, but if we could find a team of people to work together, we could not only save some money but also build some camaraderie as well. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Pastor in the church office.


MUSIC MAKERS AT THE KEYBOARD – registrations for the Fall Semester class that begins in September are now being accepted. Open to those aged 6-9, children will explore music via singing, drumming, echoing, movement, rhythm patterns and melody patterns as they are introduced to the keyboard, learn to read and hear music and grow in their ability to improvise and compose. Parents’ involvement is also strongly encouraged! Brochures and registration forms are located in the narthex. Contact Cindy Holden to register your child or learn more.


PLEASE NOTE:  In order to keep spending down, WE WILL NOT BE ORDERING OFFERING ENVELOPES THIS YEAR unless you ask for them. If you want envelopes for the year 2015, we are happy to order them for you; please tell the church office no later than September 1st. No orders can be accepted after that date. If you are not going to order envelopes, you may use any envelope including pew envelopes, but you must put your name and/or envelope number on the envelopes you use. Your envelope number will not change, so please use it when making all contributions.

Another option would be Simply Giving where donations are deducted automatically from your checking or savings account on a regular basis. If you are interested, go to our web site at, see Simply Giving on the Welcome Page and click on “Donation Page”. Any questions, please call our bookkeeper Aileen.



CANDY JUST FOR YOU – At the end of the service on September 14, we will have some M & M containers that we will hand out; one per family until we run out of them. We would like you to enjoy the candy that is inside of them….AND….we hope you will bring the containers back to church filled with quarters. Yes, quarters. Each container will hold approximately $13. Our challenge – yours and mine – is to support the General Fund of our church. Thought this would be a fun way to do it. Scripture says “Taste and see…” Psalm 34-8; so let’s taste and see what we can do. AND…Thrivent Financial will support us with additional funds. So enjoy your candy and return your containers to the church by October 5. A box will be in the Narthex of the church. We CHALLENGE you to bring them all back!




Our Thursday morning Bible Study on the books of the Bible will resume beginning Thursday, September 18 at 11:00am downstairs by the kitchen. We will be taking a look at the amazing book of Leviticus. This sometimes overlooked book of the Bible gives us great insight into the worship life of Israel and the great connections to the Diving Service of the New Testament Church and today. Take a peek at chapters one and two in advance of the first class if you can. All are welcome!


October 17, 2014!! Save the Date for St. John’s 15th Annual Dinner Dance - Auction Fund Raiser!!
Our theme this year is “Hooray for Hollywood”


SIMPLY GIVING PROGRAM: Our church offers electronic giving on a scheduled, automatic basis. If you are writing checks and preparing envelopes every week, you will especially appreciate electronic giving. It is convenient for you and provides much-needed donation consistency for our church.

To view DONATION PAGE click here

Look for our Quick Response (QR) code image on flyers and inserts.

simply giving

What is this QR code and why use it?
When you scan this barcode-like QR code image with a smartphone's QR decoder, it will instantly connect you to the mobile version of your web page. Try it yourself! To individuals who are familiar with QR codes, it will provide a quick and easy way to access the web page without having to type out a long web address or locate our link.


TAB COLLECTION - We have been collecting aluminum tabs from soda and other beverage cans since 1995. In years past, we have been able to help send children with kidney disease to a summer camp for two weeks. Since this program is no longer in existence, we are now donating all funds from the recycling of these tabs to the Social Ministries/Human Care Fund here at St. John’s. These funds add to what is needed to help people with food boxes during the year and at the holidays. Please remove all tabs from your cans before you recycle them and bring to the church. Tabs can be left in the Cloak Room as you enter the church. All donations are appreciated.

FAMILY BIBLE STUDY - We are looking to start a family Bible study once a month on a Friday night, where families can come together, study God’s word and meet in fellowship. We would like to have a group of families interested in hosting a Bible study (Bible study material provided) once a month at their home on a rotating basis. The family hosting the study would decide what day and time works best for all. If you are interested, contact Chris Abatelli at 413-626-8841 or email

SIMPLY GIVING PROGRAM: Our church offers electronic giving on a scheduled, automatic basis. If you are writing checks and preparing envelopes every week, you will especially appreciate electronic giving. It is convenient for you and provides much-needed donation consistency for our church.

If you would like to put live flowers on the altar in memory of or in honor of someone, please contact our Flower Coordinator Linda Lee Sharbowicz.

The Neighborhood House of Sayville
The Neighborhood House is a non-profit grief center that provides support
to people learning to live with loss.
8-week support groups are now forming for children, families and individuals grieving the loss of a family member to suicide. Groups will meet Tuesday evenings beginning this fall at New Life Community Church. There is no cost for participating. Registration is open. For more information and to set up a registration appointment, please call Michelle at (631) 589-0055.


The Coffee Hour sign-up sheet is available in the gym lobby for families and St. John's groups to host a coffee hour. Directions for hosting are on the pantry door in the kitchen. If you need assistance, please call Donna Meier at (516) 319-2541.


JACOB'S LIGHT - We continue to collect batteries and deodorants for our service men and women. There are many people in various parts of the world that are still in need. Many receive nothing from home. Please help and pick up a deodorant and/or 4-pack of AA batteries when you do your weekly shopping, and drop the items in the box in the Narthex.