St. John’s Presents: “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Friday, November 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. What fun will the night hold? We’ll gather in the St. John’s Lounge for Thanksgiving-themed crafts and activities. 6 p.m. — We’ll fill our plates with pizza and settle in to watch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” on our new projector screen! The movie is family-friendly and only 30 minutes long. Feel free to color or continue to make crafts during the movie! 6:30ish p.m. — After the movie, people can stick around for fellowship or head out. We’ll wrap up before 7 p.m. What to bring: [...]
...and pie Wednesday, November 21, 6:00 p.m! This year, the worship committee is asking that we connect our message of thanksgiving to the theme of “God’s Work, Our Hands” with which we began our program year in September. On Thanksgiving Eve, please bring a physical object that represents how God’s work is manifested by your hands both inside and outside the church. Examples: knit hats or towels for the homeless, page backpack provisions, pictures or information about a charity you support, a shovel that demonstrates physical labor, etc. We will use these items during our worship service as we ask [...]
Beginning on Wednesday, November 28, we’ll gather for a meal at 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, then move to the Chapel for a worship time from 6:00-6:30 pm. Hark, the Glad Sound! is our theme for mid-week worship and celebration at St. John’s this Advent season. From each verse ofthe hymn, “Hark, the Glad Sound,” one can draw a connect to our Core Values. Each Wednesday evening in Advent we will focus on one of these Values—Welcoming, Worshiping, Healing or Serving—with a unique style of worship and activities together. Week 1—November 28—Welcoming Week 2—December 5– Worshiping Week 3—December 12—Healing Week 4—December [...]
St. John’s Congregation Child Care Center and Congregation are teaming up this Advent season for the second annual Giving Tree for Justice Page Middle School families who have been identified by school social workers as “highly mobile/at risk.” Our goal is to provide each family with a backpack bursting with food, one Target gift card and one Cub Foods gift card. To avoid making the backpacks too heavy for students to carry, we are asking folks to choose food packets and plastic when possible. Food items include: peanut butter, packets of tuna and chicken (lighter weight than the cans), cans of [...]
St. John's Oratorio Chorus and Orchestra perform Handel's Messiah this Saturday, December 8 (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday, December 9 (4:00 p.m.). Plan to attend this annual concert in its twenty-ninth year! Performances are open to all at no cost—a freewill offering will be taken to defray production expenses. Performance time is approximately 2.5 hours (including intermission) with a cookie reception to follow. Doors open one hour prior to each performance. Parking is available in the St. John’s lot and on the street surrounding the church at 4842 Nicollet Avenue. Free childcare is available during Sunday’s performance.
Because of the expectant hope and palpable anticipation for the dawning, coming, advent of a new day, Advent is fast becoming one of my favorite times of the year. It is the season where we lean forward to the edge of our seats or are lifted to the balls of our feet with the excitement of heightened expectation. The creators of the liturgical year were wise when they set Advent as the beginning of the church year. For now the church year begins with the promise of the coming Messiah, with impossible pregnancies for Elizabeth and Mary, the miraculous identity [...]
Our next book will be a collaboration with the RIC committee (Reconciling in Christ). Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt is the book we will read and discuss on October 28! Bring your questions, thoughts, comments (and coffee/donut!) at 11:15 a.m. for a lively discussion. All are welcome! Contact Jennifer Burdick with any questions: email@example.com.
This party was a blast! Thank you so much to all who attended. The food (hot dogs) was great. Costumes were creative. Thank you especially to Amy who decorated, lead games, provided crafts, invited folks, and organized the event. Please see the great photos! Happy Halloween everyone!
Missionary Circle Will Host Dinner When: Sunday, October 21, 5:00 p.m. Where: St. John’s What: Enjoy a special meal of pork loin with apples, potatoes, old-fashioned green bean dish, salad and dessert. Be entertained by the Metropolitan Boys Choir. Why: To raise funds in support of Operation Bootstrap Africa Who they are: Founded in 1965, Operation Bootstrap Africa (OBA) is a non-profit organization that partners with communities in Tanzania, Kenya, and Madagascar to help them educate their children. Grounded in a "self- help" philosophy, Bootstrap works in partnership with local groups, uses local resources, and follows local priorities to improve [...]
Sunday, October 28 from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. at Lynnhurst UCC Middle and high school youth will head to Lynnhurst UCC after fellowship hour for lunch and board games with other local churches. Youth should bring their favorite board games (labeled with their name) and $5 for pizza. Email Amy with questions.