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



Jacob’s Light Foundation  - For the past several years, we have been collecting batteries and deodorants for the Jacob’s Light Foundation. This mission was started by a mother who continually sent “care” packages to her son while he was stationed overseas. When Jacob asked his mother, Dorine Kenney, to send a few more packages for some of his friends who never received any, she immediately took action. Following Jacob’s death in 2003, Dorine founded Jacob’s Light Foundation so she could continue to provide many of these “care” packages for servicemen and women. Most months, 9,000 pounds of supplies were shipped. Sadly, this mission will be shut down for lack of the needed funds for shipping the packages, etc. Please note that Sunday, November 9th will be our last collection date. We thank all who have helped with this mission since it began.


 Social Ministries/Human Care – The food pantry is in need of several items as we prepare for the making of the Thanksgiving food boxes. Please remember the food pantry as you shop each week and consider the following donations:


November 1 & 2             canned fruit, canned tuna, jar tomato sauce, toilet tissue, paper towels

November 8 & 9             cereal, oatmeal, cranberry sauce, canned yams, mini-marshmallows

November 15 & 16         stuffing, instant potatoes, turkey gravy, hot cocoa, apple juice


All donations can be placed in the Cloak Room off the Narthex. If you would like to donate a turkey, please let us know so we can order only what is needed and bring it to the church no later than Saturday, November 22nd. Also, several families have asked for Gift Certificates ($25). If you would like to donate one, please let us know. We will begin assembling the boxes on Saturday, November 22nd at 9:00am; however, if you have some free time on Friday night (the 21st) around 6:00pm, we would welcome your help with the set-up to prepare for the making of the boxes. We will be in the undercroft. If you know of anyone in need that would benefit from this ministry, please let us know.

Linda & Vic Bonventre, 631-273-6826

Atlantic District Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (AD LWML) – On Sunday, November 9th, we will be celebrating LWML Sunday. The LWML is the official women’s auxiliary of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The LWML is an organization that encourages women to live their lives in a Christian way in active missions through the gifts God has given her. Here at St. John’s, our Atlantic District LWML Society is the Mary Martha Guild. Our president is Pam Kennard. One of the ways the Mary Martha Guild helps reach out to others is to collect “mites” to support the $76,000 Atlantic District LWML Mission Goal for the 2014-2016 biennium. As you leave church this morning, you will have an opportunity to help us reach that goal with your donations in our mite box. We also have small mite boxes for you to take home for your daily use. Please prayerfully consider filling them up with your “mites” and return them to the church office. You will find more information about the missions we support on the bulletin board in the gym foyer. We invite you to join us today at the Coffee Hour hosted by the ladies of the Mary Martha Guild.


Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes are available in the Narthex today after the service to take home and pack. Filled boxes should be returned to the church between November 16 – November 23 (by noon). Individual items should be at the church no later than November 19.

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.


Fellowship Club:  Join us on Thursday, November 13th at noon in the undercroft for snacks and a movie (“Heaven is for Real”).


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.

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.


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.