The Community and Neighborhood committee wishes to thank everyone again for all of the support for the backpack program last year. This fall we will restart our collection of food in order to continue to deliver backpacks to middle school families. In the meantime, we are collecting school supplies for students in need at Washburn High School and Justice Page Middle School. Please put school supplies in the food collection baskets. Ideas include: backpacks, mechanical pencils, college ruled notebooks, folders, binders/dividers, composition notebooks, highlighters, pencil cases, graph paper, and loose leaf paper. If you would prefer to donate a gift [...]
St. John’s Book Club will meet Sunday, September 10 (originally scheduled for Sunday, August 13) at 11:30 a.m. in St. John’s lounge to discuss Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say by Adam Hamilton. Jennifer Belz has ordered a few copies for those who have been unable to find copies at your local library/bookstore. If you have trouble finding a copy of the book or have questions, feel free to contact Jennifer Belz or Jennifer Burdick (651-636-0899, firstname.lastname@example.org). Everyone, member or guest, is welcome to join the discussion!
August 19-20—Chi Rho SUMMERFEST Saturday beginning at 12:00 p.m: Music, Food, Games Sunday: Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m. - noon Worship at 10:00 a.m. Overnight accommodations are available; you may call 612-827-4406 or contact email@example.com for reservations.
A Community Meal will be served at noon Saturday, August 26 at St. John's. Come and help...come and eat! St. John’s volunteers welcome guests, help prepare food and beverages, bus and wash dishes, and clean up. The time commitment is about two hours, 11:30-1:30 each fourth Saturday. If you would like to help, you may sign up on the poster outside Fellowship Hall, or contact the church office to volunteer or for more information. Bring your family... invite a friend or neighbor!
This year, we are partnering with St. Thomas the Apostle, a Catholic parish in Linden Hills, for worship at the Lake Harriet Bandshell on Sept. 3 at 10:00 a.m. We are excited to be sharing in this ecumenical service with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Worship will be led by leaders and volunteers from both churches. There will be an ad hoc combined choir, with rehearsal at St. Thomas on Aug. 30 at 7:00 p.m. Ask Samuel Grace for more information. Please invite your friends and families to attend!
Acts 2:41-42 41 So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Over the past three years we as a whole congregation have together explored our past, present, and leaned into God’s future by discussing: “Who did God create St. John’s Lutheran to be back in 1883?” “Who have we become today?” or “Who are we now?” and “Who is God creating us to become?” Then we distilled our thoughts and conversations further [...]
Dates to remember: July 2—Fireworks at Chi Rho, Annandale Sponsored by Greater Lake Sylvia Association. News & Notes: Chi Rho held a successful Memorial Sunday pancake breakfast, raising some $1500 for special projects. Chi Rho Center has a ‘new’ piano, thanks to Oly! He found one that was being given away by Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Minnetonka and then moved the piano to Chi Rho. Thank you, Oly. Thank you also to Oly and Julie Stromberg for their donation and installation of a new flag pole at Chi Rho Center.
In June the Missionary Circle will meet on the second Wednesday of the month, June 14 at noon at Marj Sethna's home. Nokomis Square is located at 5015 35Th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417. The meeting is potluck with Elaine Taylor bringing dessert.
The Tenth Triennial Convention of Women of the ELCA will be held July 11-13, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn. The triennial convention is the highest legislative authority within the organization. Visitors are welcome at the Tenth Triennial Convention, and a special visitors seating area will be available. No advance registration is needed in order to attend the convention. Name tags for visitors will be available outside the convention hall. Meta Herrick Carlson, a pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, will lead Bible study at the Tenth Triennial Convention, July 11-13. Download Coloring Devotionals!
Loaves & Fishes St. John’ turn to cook Monday, September 25 at 2:30 p.m. TRUST congregations join together to prepare and serve meals at Loaves and Fishes at St. Stephen’s Church, Clinton Avenue, on the 4th Monday six times a year. If you’d like to know more about serving the community in this way, please ask Marlene Holden (612-927-6369). Your help is much appreciated!