News & Events

St. John's German Meal 

You are invited to the annual German Meal at St. John's Lutheran Church of rural Bath  (10844 N Co Rd 1400E, Bath, IL 62617) being held on Monday, October 19 from 4:30-7:30. Funds raised at this meal will go toward the support of Deaf Missions in the Central Illinois and especially at Christ for the Deaf Lutheran Church of Jacksonville, IL. The menu will include: Schnitzel, Spaetzle, Bratwurst, German Potato Salad, Red Cabbage, Sauerkraut and a great assortment of desserts. This will be a “to go” meal only all for a donation of your choice. Customers are asked to enter through the north doors of the church to pick up their meals and to please observe safe distancing. For more information call the church at (309) 546-2434 or text Pastor Lesemann at (309) 256-6514 or email at


LERT Volunteer Training Events

Saturday, April 18, 2020
St. John’s Lutheran Church

The registration fee ($35.00) includes your disaster response training manual, disaster response vest, Certificate of Completion, I.D. badge, breakfast, and lunch. Please register at least one week before the event, if at all possible. Walk-ins are welcome. Please pay with check made out to the host church. If you are already LERT certified, the event is considered continuing education (no charge).

Welcome to the Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) volunteer training program provided by the LCMS Office of National Mission. Together we will walk through a simple training program designed to help you serve as a trained Christian volunteer when a disaster strikes.

This training is part of a Synod-wide disaster response program, facilitated by a network of District Disaster Response Coordinators and Teams, under the direction of LCMS Disaster Response. At the close of the program, you will receive a certificate of participation and a LERT volunteer credential issued by LCMS Disaster Response.

In the chaos of disaster, it’s important to stay focused on the task at hand. This training will help you focus on the most important thing to remember as you prepare for or respond to a disaster in your community or beyond. At the center of our LERT volunteer training is one thing— MERCY! Christ’s mercy is the basis for everything we say and do.

This training event will equip you to be an effective volunteer should a disaster strike in your community.


LERT Chainsaw Training Event

(None scheduled at this time)

Welcome to the ADVANCED CHAINSAW volunteer training program provided by the Central Illinois District – LCMS. In order to attend this course, you MUST have completed the six hour Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) basic training.

This eight hour event will consist of an instructional and operational based training. Once certified in chainsaw disaster applications, you will be equipped to be an effective chainsaw volunteer should a disaster strike your community.

You will be required to bring hearing protection, eye protection, helmet, chaps, leather gloves, leather steel toe boots, chainsaw, bar oil, and fuel. If you do not have these items, we will provide them for you at the time of the training.

The cost is $35.00, which includes breakfast, lunch, manual, and certification.

Bring your LERT disaster response vest and your LERT I.D. certification badge.


Video Resources

Video/Commercial - Spread the Good News of Jesus’ birth on your congregation’s website, Facebook page, Local TV/Radio station, etc. This high resolution file can be sent to you from the CID office. You can see this video on the CID website ( under the Video Resources Tab.