We continue to celebrate the Easter season! Come a few minutes early, breathe, let your heart settle for worship during the musical prelude. Worship includes Holy Communion and special music each Sunday. Stay and enjoy fellowship over donuts and coffee.
Come and have breakfast at Chi Rho, served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 26 (Memorial Day weekend)! Enjoy good food, fellowship, and fun at St. John’s Chi Rho Retreat Center on Lake Sylvia near Annandale, MN.
Volunteers from St. John’s are needed, May 27 at 2:30 p.m. to prepare the evening meal for the many guests of Loaves & Fishes at St. Stephen’s on Clinton Avenue. Please contact the church office or Marlene Holden (612- 927-6369) if you are available to help. You will be much appreciated!
A Lutheran Perspective on Faith Traditions in America, is the resource for the next few sessions of ‘Bible Study & More’ with Pastor Mark and others on Thursday mornings, beginning June 6 at 10 a.m. in St. John’s Lounge. Hundreds of Christian denominations and dozens of non-Christian traditions have followers in the United States. How do we view this wide variety of beliefs and practices? How does the Lutheran tradition compare with others? All are welcome to come and explore key teachings, worship patterns and practices, and other aspects of main religious traditions in our country today.
after worship on Sunday, June 2!
is scheduled for Sunday, June 9 following worship, with celebration of ministries, election of new council members, and update on chart of accounts with financial summary on the docket. Note that we plan to publish annual reports of committees, task forces, all ministry teams in the June issue of the Messenger to give opportunity for review before the meeting on June 9. Please submit reports (and any other information for the June newsletter) to the church office by Tuesday, May 28 in order to be included.
However on Sunday, June 30 St. John's will worship at Lake Harriet at 10:00 am in collaboration with the St. Thomas the Apostle congregation again this year.
The Community & Neighborhood cupboard is BARE! Please help us fill the last fifteen backpacks of THIS school year for families at Justice Page Middle School. Here’s the list of items we need by this Sunday, May 12: Cereal (Cheerios, Rice Krispies and Mini Wheats), peanut butter, tuna and chicken, chunky soup/stew, ravioli, boxed dried noodle soup, canned fruits and vegetables, applesauce, pudding snack packs, mac and cheese, and brown rice. Money to purchase fresh fruit is always welcome. Make checks out to St. John’s and write 'Backpack food' in memo, or drop off Aldi or Cub gift cards at church. YOUR generosity feeds [...]
For April 5-6, we will have a ladies’ group of about 15 from Trinity Lutheran Church here for a spiritual retreat. Outside of groups, we are organizing the camp in a manner that will be dramatically different with storage of equipment and making more space in rooms and buildings. I'm work- ing with Keith Korsmo, our new ‘grounds foreman.’ We are developing and working on projects to tidy things up and improve the efficiency of the camp in general and to improve the look of the camp. Snow is melting quickly and Spring is upon us!
...for a midweek Lenten Worship service which is contemplative in nature. April 10 soup is served (free will offering) at 5:00-5:45 p.m. in the fellowship hall, and worship starts at 6 p.m. in the chapel. Worshippers will enter the worship space in silence and in near darkness and wait. We will sing a little, hear readings, pray together, sit in intentionally long moments of silence, and bask in the peace and presence of Christ. I sincerely hope you come and have a deeply moving experience of Encountering the Cross of Christ, a continual unfolding event in the lives of followers [...]