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Bring Treats for the Messiah Reception

Beginning Saturday, December 14 at 5:00pm you are invited to bring home made or store bought cookies or bars for the Messiah receptions which will be held after performances Saturday, December 14 at 7:00pm and Sunday, December 15 at 4:00pm.

2019-12-16T10:04:59-06:00December 5th, 2019|

Chi Rho October 2019 Highlights

From October 4 - 6, St. Albert The Great Church ladies’ group from Minneapolis will be here to enjoy group talks, have family style meals together, games and puzzles and relaxing. The group has about 20 ladies, and they have been coming out to Chi Rho for a few years now! The following weekend, October 11 - 13, ‘Music Meditation,’ a mixed ladies’ and men's group, comes out to meditate to music and have peaceful walks and talks together. On October 15 - 16, Grace Hill Church will come out from Cokato to have a youth retreat with around 15 [...]

2019-10-08T10:29:19-05:00October 8th, 2019|

Visit the Book Fair!

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday September 24, 25, 26 Join in sharing a love of reading with our St. John’s Child Care students at the Book Fair in the Lounge. It’s a great way to connect kids you know with books they want to read! Consider purchasing a book for one of our classrooms; teacher “Wish Lists” will be posted at the fair. We appreciate your dedication to creating lifelong readers. See you at our Book Fair open 7:00am to 6:00pm!

2019-09-27T17:07:22-05:00September 22nd, 2019|

Thanksgiving Eve at St. John’s

Worship at 6:30 p.m. with special music from the choir. Help is needed for the Thanksgiving Eve pie social following the service this Wednesday, November 27! Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall, or let the church office know if you can bring a pie and/or help serve and clean up. (Servers get to sample all the pies first - yum!) Contact Jennifer Burdick with any questions. Thank you!

2019-11-30T20:31:34-06:00November 18th, 2019|

A Sanctuary Church – What Does This Mean?

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America has declared the church to be a sanctuary for refugees.  Jim and Karen McConkey from Mayflower Church (United Church of Christ) shared their personal experiences with asylum seekers sponsored by their church with the Missionary Circle at their October 2 meeting.  People interested in learning more and moving toward an understanding of 'what this means' for us are welcome to reach out to a Circle member for more on this conversation. Vicky Ercolani hosted the meeting; JoAnn Christopherson is Circle Chair.

2019-10-07T20:45:14-05:00September 22nd, 2019|

The Giving Tree – Thank You!

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 20 years, St. John’s Child Care Center and the congregation of St. John’s Church have worked together on this special project during Advent. This year we are once again partnered with our next door neighbors, Justice Page Middle School. Families have been identified by school social workers as "highly mobile/at risk" families. During winter break we assist those families to help make ends meet with food to prepare and gift [...]

2020-01-04T12:44:11-06:00November 9th, 2017|

Honoring Our Neighbors’ Faith:

A Lutheran Perspective on Faith Traditions in America, is the current focus of ‘Bible Study & More’ with Pastor Mark and others. 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. Sessions meet on Thursday mornings at 10:00 at St. John's. 

2019-12-21T22:12:15-06:00May 19th, 2019|

St. John’s Oratorio Chorus rehearsals

for Handel's "Messiah" continue on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:30 through December 8th. There will be a full dress rehearsal on Thursday, December 12 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. In its 30th anniversary year, the Chorus will perform "Messiah" on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. & Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m at St. John's. Come and meet our new director, Kira Winter!

2019-12-13T18:29:03-06:00September 17th, 2019|

November Thoughts from Pastor Mark

Even though this time of year things become drab and “dry” and the verdant greens turn from vibrant red, gold, yellow, and orange to brown, for me this season feels and is filled with signs of abundance: grain stockpiled in bank parking lots since grain elevators are over capacity, family gatherings during MEA weekend, young moms and dads with their ghosts and ghouls absorbing the timelessness of the moment walking together through neighborhoods, and preparations already started for Thanksgiving and Christmas (too soon?... apologies). While things continue to progress well in the day-to-day operations of your church staff and pastor, [...]

2019-12-05T13:57:41-06:00November 12th, 2019|

Letters to India

On 'God's Work. Our Hands.' Sunday, Missionary Circle invited St. John's people to write letters to students who attend schools in India run by Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry. Here are photos of the students sponsored by Missionary Circle and St. John's Community and Neighborhood committee.

2019-10-08T10:22:16-05:00September 10th, 2019|

St. John’s Chi Rho Family Weekend/Greater Lake Sylvia Association Get-together!

ST JOHN’S FAMILY WEEKEND at CHI RHO CENTER is now being planned for Friday evening, August 9 through Sunday, August 11 to coincide with the Greater Lake Sylvia Association Get-Together on August 10, with live band, family games and activities, and picnic from 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Throughout the weekend, there will be time for food, swimming, canoeing, games, story-swapping, campfires, and of course, relaxing! Come and celebrate and experience our beautiful retreat center on Lake Sylvia, Annandale, MN! Meals and overnight accommodations will be available Friday evening through Sunday morning. Please inform the church office if you plan to attend [...]

2019-08-16T15:36:34-05:00July 13th, 2019|

Love Pancakes?

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.

2019-05-29T15:55:47-05:00May 19th, 2019|