It seems drive-throughs have always been around for things we need – food and banking, mostly. But what about connecting with the almighty?

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Peru is experimenting with filling that particular need, and you don’t even have to get out of your car.

It’s just once a week for now – whenever the sign is out on the sidewalk on Shooting Park Road between Peoria Street and Northview School. But the church hopes to offer drive-by blessings and prayers more often.

Interim Pastor Tom Redig was sitting in the parking lot Tuesday morning after school drop-off. He says the environment is perfect for a quick bit of reflection.

He says it’s not about helping everyone. It’s about being there for anyone who stops by when the sign is out.

Redig says he or others from St. John’s want to be there, in good weather and bad, and to make it as convenient as possible for passers-by.

Rev. Redig also is a retired high-school chemistry teacher from Downers Grove. He says every good teacher gets some ideas from others. And this one came from an article he read in a Lutheran magazine.

You can hear more of this interview on this weekend’s edition of For the Record, at 8:50 on Sunday morning on Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO, and online before and after the broadcast.

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