I BELIEVE… October Message from Pastor

Together we have embarked on a year long emphasis of Welcoming: Providing Hospitality & Extending Invitation. Every committee, every small group, the choir, the band, the handbell ensemble, and every member of this congregation is encouraged to explore ways that our congregation might provide that deeply authentic sense of hospitality and extend an invitation to your neighbors, co-workers, and friends to become a part of what God is calling us to become. This year is shaping up to be a very exciting year. Here are few highlights: The Mission Statement Taskforce continues to meet every two weeks with Rev. Glenn [...]

2017-11-06T19:00:04+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|

I BELIEVE… from the Pastor in September 2017

Acts 2: 42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Each of these four activities of the first followers of Jesus became identifying activities of God’s people. These marks of discipleship defined the first group of Christians and I believe they still impact our life in faith today. Over the past three years this little Bible verse has guided our congregational life. Each program year (September through May) we have focused our life together on one of these marks/congregational values: 2015-2016 Fellowship = Serving Youth affected by Food and Housing [...]

2017-10-03T19:29:35+00:00 September 7th, 2017|

I BELIEVE… from the Pastor in August 2017

Acts 2:41-42 41 So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Over the past three years we as a whole congregation have together explored our past, present, and leaned into God’s future by discussing: “Who did God create St. John’s Lutheran to be back in 1883?” “Who have we become today?” or “Who are we now?” and “Who is God creating us to become?” Then we distilled our thoughts and conversations further [...]

2017-09-07T21:03:50+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|

From the Pastor… a focus on Welcoming

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen 2016-2017 was a very good year! As a congregation we have made significant improvements to the church facility, from paving the alley to improved sound in the sanctuary. But during the year of focus on Growing relationships with Christ, with each other, and with the world around us, our exposure to the Bible grew as we read a second year from the Narrative Lectionary, our list of participants with Loaves and Fishes grew as Andrew Dosdall recruited friends/ colleagues to join forces with [...]

2017-08-03T12:34:10+00:00 July 7th, 2017|

March Message from Pastor Mark Tiede

Dot 1 Growing our faith in Christ Jesus Dot 2 Growing our relationships with our holy family (St. John’s) Dot 3 Growing our relationships with our neighbors & friends (the world) Dot #1: Last September we embarked on a journey to explore this second of our four congregational values: Worshiping , Welcoming , Growing , and Serving .  Each month, committee members have been giving talks during the offering sharing the ways that their committee’s ministry itself has been an offering to God by giving life to our Growing value by providing opportunities for each of us to be Growing [...]

2017-07-02T16:24:54+00:00 March 9th, 2017|

I believe — a message from the Pastor

During the summers of 2014 and 2015, we held two rounds of  cottage meetings. From those we learned that our congregational  values are Worshiping, Welcoming, Growing, and Serving; and we honed our understanding of serving children and youth adversely  affected by housing and food insecurities. In those conversations I also heard several members candidly express their insecurities with opening the Bible on their own and an overall unfamiliarity with the Bible in general. This is where the idea of switching to the Narrative Lectionary on Sunday mornings was hatched. Starting in the fall of 2016 the emphasis of our congregation’s [...]

2017-07-02T16:24:54+00:00 February 6th, 2017|

December Message from Pastor Mark

God is calling us into something new. The blessed part about this is that God still has purpose and meaning for us. The hard part about this is that something new means something different, which means change. And change can be really hard on us. We know that we cannot continue to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. And we cannot implement change just for the sake of change, either. So now what? Well, here’s what I believe: I believe that I am called to serve you, serve with you, shepherd you, and [...]

2017-07-02T16:24:54+00:00 December 9th, 2016|

November Message from the Pastor

"In everything give thanks, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18 November conjures within me warm memories and a deep nostalgia:the smell of baked goods and a turkey in the oven, stuffing, cranberries stubbornly exhumed out of cans (those are the best kind), blenders whipping the real mashed potatoes, grandmothers with musty perfume, grandfathers in suits, and our home warmed with so many family members gathered. The cousins would be all seated together at the designated kids’ table set kid-friendly, fancy accoutrement in the next room; and with no apparent immediate parental supervision, we [...]

2017-07-02T16:24:54+00:00 November 8th, 2016|

A Message from the Pastor — October 2016

October 2016: Already within the first month of our new program year focusing on Growing:  our relationships with Christ; aka our faith,  our relationships with our Church Family, aka fellowship,  our relationships with our Neighbors; aka our friendships, backpacks of food for Ramsey Middle School families have already been filled once, St. John’s Youth have already met twice, Missionary Circle has convened; the building is humming all the time with the sounds of children laughing, singing (and crying too especially when they wake from the naps), choirs, brass, and hand bells rehearsals; and as October arrives the [...]

2017-07-02T16:24:54+00:00 October 14th, 2016|

A Message from the Pastor — September 2016

September is a month of transitions and juxtapositions. On the one hand, it is the time of year when tree leaves change color, evenings become a little cooler, and days are noticeably shorter. On the other hand, it is the time of year when school resumes, classes refill, excitement about new things is palpable. This month is the commencement of a new ‘program year;’ a time when Sunday School restarts (9:00 AM each Sunday this year), Confirmation reconvenes, choirs and hand bells and brass restart their regular routine, and relationships are rekindled (remember to sign up for the Progressive Dinner [...]

2017-07-02T16:24:54+00:00 September 4th, 2016|