Missionary Circle invites the congregation to make November a month of Thanksgiving and Giving. Each Sunday in November members are asked to bring an item for the ministries at Grace Temple and Harbor Lights. For example a Tower of Towels including twin sheets and blankets (new or used) for the homeless shelter, mittens/gloves or coats/jackets, a non-perishable item for the food shelf, a donation of money for the chili provided to the "men under the bridges" or toiletries for the homeless. Look for more details in upcoming announcements during October and November. Missionary Circle thanks you in advance for your [...]
During the season after Pentecost please come to St. John's to worship on Sundays at 10:00 am. Every worship service includes communion, special music and an opportunity for fellowship.
Jazz & Jambalaya Tuesday, February 2 - 5:00-6:00pm St. John’s Fellowship HallReservations Encouraged. Please email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org Add some flavor to your Tuesday night! Enjoy a delicious jambalaya meal and live Jazz music from the top Jazz Combo at the University of Minnesota! Fun for the entire family! There will be hot dogs for those who are not “jazzed” about jambalaya.
During November the scripture readings during worship are from the books of I Kings, Hosea, Isaiah, and II Kings. This year St. John's is trying something new -- following the "Narrative Lectionary." The readings started in September with Genesis and continue through the Bible to Revelation in a four year cycle. The old, old stories may be familiar or may sound new. There is a reason they have persisted. It is their relevance to the pursuit of a worth-while life today. Sunday School will follow the same path. More information is available about the Narrative Lectionary at WorkingPreacher.org
Do you know who are the members of the Worship Committee? Sarah Tellijohn is chairing the committee and working with Samuel Grace, St. John's Director of Worship and Music. Anna Carlson, Marj Sethna, and Vicky Ercolani also attended the October meeting. They want to hear from you! Approach any of them to say what you like about worship and also what you would change or add to the services. You are also welcome to join the committee on a short-term basis to help plan a certain liturgical season or to work on a special project. The next Worship Committee meeting [...]
Our fall stewardship campaign, Giving Together, culminates on Stewardship Sunday, November 15. You will be receiving a letter and a pledge card soon. Prayerfully consider all the ways we give together as a congregation and how your time, talent, and treasure help make that possible. Please join us on November 15 to make your commitment to the mission we all share.
We greet the Thanksgiving holiday with worship followed by pie and coffee, Wednesday, November 25, 7 PM. If you wish to donate a pie, you may sign up in the Fellowship Hall or contact the church office.
Stewardship Sunday Throughout the fall, we heard from St. John’s members Deborah Dunham, Kevin Hurbanis, Anne Nervig, and Mark Gebhardt on how our congregational values of Worshiping, Welcoming, Growing, and Serving provided opportunities for us to be Giving Together. On Sunday, October 25, we participated in the Strategic Planning Committee’s summary meeting of Cottage Meetings 2.0 and gained a little more focus and clarity for our Serving ministry. Responding to and with the grace of God, we are a Body of Christ dedicated to addressing the issues of homelessness and hunger adversely affecting youth and children. In the next few [...]
Mark Your Calendars for Nov. 1 and Dec. 6: How to Build Faith in Children and Youth! The St. John’s Children’s Youth and Family committee invites all parents, grandparents and everyone with children and youth in their lives for two special instructional sessions on how to stir up faith in young people! The sessions will be led by Marilyn Sharpe, a practitioner, teacher, trainer, writer, and coach on Christian faith formation since 1978. Marilyn will share simple, daily, doable ways to share faith with the children and youth that you love, (Remember that all of God’s children are your children.) [...]
Each year St. John’s Child Care Center likes to take on a group giving project to help our children realize the importance of helping others in need. For the past 17 years, St. John’s Child Care Center and the congregation of St. John’s Lutheran Church have worked together on this special project. This year we have decided to once again work with Loaves and Fishes, a non-profit charitable organization. They have a lot of personal contact with the people they serve and have given us “wish lists” for hard working people going through hard times. The needs of these families [...]
October is here. This is the season of harvest and plenty. It is the season when fall leaves turn brilliant colors and when rural roads are littered with rich, black clumps of soil spit from the tired wheels of tractors and combine harvesters after long days and nights of work. The grain bins will be filled to capacity. Corn will be piled 60-feet high in vacant lots and school parking lots. Soybeans will be filling semis at record rates. Sugar beets will provide an obstacle course on roads, amusing teenage drivers and causing pious senior citizens to curse. Churches everywhere [...]