Do you miss coffee hour at St. John's? Right after online worship, you are invited to come together via ZOOM. It's a great way to catch up with the folks you have been missing. You can even bring your pets. The link for Cyber Coffee Hour is available every week. To join the ZOOM meeting, please use the link below: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87194621011 Meeting ID: 871 9462 1011
On Sunday. September 13th we continued our new tradition in participating with the other +8,000 congregations in the ELCA nationwide with God’s Work-Our Hands Sunday. GWOH Sunday is a day where we take the love of God into our own hands and clean up the neighborhood, or participate in some good work for our neighbor’s benefit. This year we hosted an event AT CHURCH, outside, tying fleece blankets for donation to those needing warmth. Thank you to those who came to help...not only for your service, but as our first real chance to gather and connect with other members, even [...]
Normally, this month’s edition is ramping up for the program year. Normally I am excited to read about plans for Sunday School, Confirmation, TRUST Youth and our own Youth Group stuff. Normally, our director of Worship and Music will have prepared the choirs, brass, and handbells for the celebration of our restart of the program year. Normally... normally? Remember those days when there was a normal? The fact that there is not a normal anymore is the biggest change for me. And while I like routines, traditions, and the expected, I am also one who likes to try new things [...]
A new session of 'Holy Conversations' will begin at the end of September or early October. The virtual book study of “Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US” by Lenny Duncan has wrapped up, and so we break for a few weeks before resuming these 'Holy Conversations.' We hope you will consider engaging in the conversation.
Even though we are practicing physical separation, the ministry needs of our community still exist; so PLEASE keep your financial support coming. You can send your contributions in one of several ways: 1. Consider calling the office and have Ann set you up with Thrivent ACH (Automated Clearing House) transactions, which minimizes the fees to the church and is a way of sending financial contributions on a regular basis to the church accounts. Super easy and totally secure and confidential. Or, 2. Mail your check to the church office. The Morning Bookkeeper David, Business Administrator Dan or Assistant for Ministry [...]
Justice Page Middle School still needs our support. Given the current health risk situation, the Social Workers at Page Middle School have asked if instead of filling backpacks with food we might provide Target and CUB gift cards for hungry families. The Social Workers will give gift cards to the families who need them most. You can help in these ways: Purchase Target or CUB gift cards at the store or online and have them mailed directly to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4842 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55419; Mail a check to church with BACKPACK PROGRAM in the memo line; [...]
Welcome Statement: St. John's is a Reconciling in Christ congregation that celebrates and cares for all people. As followers of Christ, who calls us to reconciliation and wholeness through baptism, the members of St John’s Lutheran Church welcome all who are seeking God. We affirm that this reconciliation extends to people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. We welcome members of the LGBTQ+ community as well as those who may have been excluded because of other human distinctions. We strive to live as a welcoming people in our life together and our outreach to the community. Our doors are [...]
...to be a people of welcoming, worship, healing and serving in this extraordinary time. Members and staff have been working together to provide ways of connecting spiritually, emotionally, and socially while maintaining physical distance. In the meantime: 1) Sunday worship will continue virtually for the foreseeable future at 10 a.m. via Facebook. These worship services can also be viewed through St. John’s website. A worship bulletin for each service will be posted on both the website and Facebook in printable format, or for opening in a separate window, to follow during each service. Then join in fellowship via Zoom following [...]
This is not meant to be a complete list. Your church is here for you. We can help find the resource you need. And please do not hesitate to reach out to Pastor Mark when you need his help. Mental Health Connect: Their mission is to connect especially through faith communities to reach those in need of mental health resources through churches. Their Navigator is trained specifically to help connect callers with resources unique to their need. http://www.mhconnect.org/ 612-312-3377, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the online form. NAMI Minnesota 651-645-2948, email@example.com; National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Text [...]
St. John's continues to collect towels, socks, non-medical masks, toiletries (especially travel-sized) and blankets for the Harbor Light Shelter in Minneapolis. Missionary Circle is leading this effort to help meet heightened needs during this time when they must adapt to all-day sheltering. St. John's members and friends are invited to please bring your donations to the church where receptacles are available to receive your items. You may also have donations shipped directly to St. John's, attn: Bea. For more information on this project, please call the church office. All gifts are much appreciated!
Would you like to learn more? Download the PowerPoint presentation about Rethinking the Foundation. Please be sure to remember St. John’s Foundation in your will! We solicit your gifts realizing that there could be substantial tax savings for your estate as well as great satisfaction to you knowing that your assets will continue to provide support for God’s work in the world through St. John’s Lutheran Church. If you have already remembered us we would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU! For learning more about the foundation, if you have questions, or are interested in donating please call the [...]