St. John’s Blog

Jesus replied, “… You give them something to eat.”

Community and Neighborhood (CAN)  Committee invites you to volunteer at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in the Longfellow Neighborhood where Food and Supplies are collected and distributed to people struggling due to the COVID pandemic and the murder of George Floyd and events that followed. During August, they will hold distribution events on Wednesdays and Fridays. A link to sign-up is below if you are interested in volunteering. Holy Trinity Volunteer SignUpGenius Also please consider giving a cash donation to St. John's toward purchasing items for distribution by Holy Trinity.  Their request to St. John’s for contributions to distribute to the [...]

2020-08-28T15:49:41-05:00August 2nd, 2020|

South Mpls Summer Day Camp Extension!

The adult leaders had so much fun that we want to keep offering online gatherings over the summer - specically, once/week "Water Wednesdays"! Save the date - and share the word with other friends/kids you know. This opportunity is geared for elementary aged kids (K-5th grade), but middle schoolers are welcome to tune in as well. What: Water Wednesdays When: 9-10am on Zoom, plus videos on our website Dates: Every Wednesday from July 8 - August 26 Register here: https:// sites.google.com/view/ southminneapolisdaycamp2020/home Here is the Zoom link for our Water Wednesdays gatherings: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89173970572

2020-09-03T17:12:33-05:00July 6th, 2020|

Thoughts from Pastor Mark – August 2020

Recently a member of St. John’s attended a webinar called: “Churches that make a difference: Seven Creative Models for Community Ministry” Here are some of my thoughts on what she outlined as the Seven Models: Retool Existing Ministries: I have asked Admin and Council to seriously consider reorganizing our committee structure to become much more nimble in this liminal age AND so that our Young Adults will not feel so much they need to conform to a foreign system of doing things. Partner with groups serving vulnerable populations: We are actively working with Holy Trinity Lutheran and the schools, and [...]

2020-09-18T14:13:48-05:00August 2nd, 2020|

Daily Devotionals

Copies of Christ in Our Home and The Word in Season quarterly devotionals for July—September are now available to the congregation. If you would like a copy mailed to you (some large print copies of Christ in Our Home are available as well as regular print of each) please let the office know.

2020-08-28T15:50:51-05:00June 25th, 2020|

Crafty Missionary Circle

Wednesday, March 4 at noon everyone is welcome to come to St. John's Chapel to make Easter tray favors for Meals on Wheels. Bring artificial flowers and wire cutters if you have them. Tiny cups and Play-doh are provided as well as dessert.  Missionary Circle has enjoyed this craft project for many years. You will too!

2020-03-06T18:32:22-06:00February 23rd, 2020|

Bible Study with Pastor Mark …on hold….

Bible Study & More will not meet at church for the time being. When it resumes on Thursday mornings at 10:00, the focus of discussion will be a Bible overview called Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of Gods Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe, written by Dan Erlander.      

2020-07-11T19:20:53-05:00April 2nd, 2018|

Sunday School not meeting for now….

Sunday school will not meet at St. John's for next few Sundays. When it resumes, Sunday School is offered for children ages 3 through 5th grade Sunday mornings at 9:15 at St. John’s. Join with other St. John’s kids to hear God's word. All are welcome--bring a friend! Children are welcome to worship with their family at 10:00, also when that resumes. Nursery care for children ages 3 - 6 is also available during worship.

2020-05-08T14:25:52-05:00October 12th, 2016|

Thoughts from Pastor Mark… January 2020

Welcome to the new year! (Whew we made it!) Though we started 2019 with a bang, we also had those moments of frustrations and difficulties—especially in the administration side of things. Having 6 different bookkeepers between January and October (Angela, Barb, Angela, Stacy, Sarah, and Patty) caused many glitches within our financial management system. But after bringing in a consultant to assist us in fixing our financial management system and adding new safeguards to our methods of handling money, sending and receiving invoices, recording transactions, and creating reports, I believe we are well on our way to a system that will [...]

2020-03-18T16:23:27-05:00January 4th, 2020|

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|