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



Conversations in Faith: Answering Objections to Christianity - Please come to a six-week “Conversations in Faith” that will be based on the book titled Making the Case for Christianity: Responding to Modern Objections edited by Korey D. Mass and Adam S. Francisco. Start time is 10:30 AM in the undercroft. Ray Keating will lead the discussion. You don’t need the book for the class, but it might not be a bad idea to get a copy. It can be purchased at or at Why not come to the 9:00 AM Divine Service, drop in at coffee hour, and then join the discussion?

Join Us to Discuss Our Church: What We Do, What We Need To Do - Please join us for the second of our two-part session for reviewing what we do and need to do at St. John’s. We will meet once again on Saturday, October 25, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. As a continuance of our October 7th discussion, we will go through a general agenda covering what committees, groups, etc. are doing and planning to do at St. John’s, other issues, ideas and needs, with the goal being to create potential action items for church council and our entire church community to consider so that St. John’s can move forward together and in faith. Please email ideas about our boards and committees, or other things, to Ray Keating at And, please join us for this important gathering.

Gold for God – Are you of a willing heart? – At this critical time as an additional means of raising funds, we at St. John’s as a congregation in whole are being asked to help in fulfilling scripture (see Exodus 35:20-29). Many of us have unwanted and/or broken pieces of gold jewelry, cast aside hoping one day the mate to that earring would show up, maybe I’ll get that ring sized, bracelet fixed, what about that high school ring you will never wear again, coins stashed away sitting idle. We would like to collect those pieces of gold that your heart has been stirred to contribute. Gather up those pieces and come, all of you, to dedicate your offering of gold to the Lord. Extra donation envelopes may be picked up in the narthex, and all donations may be placed in the offering plate, or given to the church office. Please have all donations in by November 9th.

Mark Your Calendar: The next Congregational Meeting is Sunday, November 9 starting at 10:00am. The agenda includes: next year’s Church Budget; progress report on Church Renovation Plans; and summary of ideas from recent Gatherings. Plan on attending, participating and voting. Minutes of the May 2014 Congregational Meeting are available for review in the Church Office.


Faith Renewal – The Faith Renewal course is intended for those interested in membership at St. John’s, or those who just want a refresher on what we believe as Lutherans and why that is important.  The next set of classes will begin on Saturday, October 25th at 9:30am downstairs by the kitchen.  Classes will run on Saturdays until January and last about 1 hour each week.  No need to register, just come.  Hope to see you there.

Cupcakes For You!  On Sunday, October 26th, the Mary Martha ladies will delight you with their very festive cupcakes. Just in time for that special party you might be planning or just for enjoying. Stop by at the Coffee Hour and get your selection while they are still available. All donations will go to support their missions.

Social Ministries/Human Care – In preparation for the Thanksgiving Food Boxes, Social Ministries is requesting the following items: Ramen noodle soup, oatmeal and apple juice. Please leave your donations in the Cloak Room off the church Narthex. Thank you to all!




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)


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.