We continue to explore ways to remain connected. Pastor Mark posts occasional live video blogs on St. John’s Facebook page, offering informative updates, reflections, and encouragement. A St. John’s Facebook Group continues to form for sharing information, prayer concerns, joys and sorrows within the St. John’s community. A Calling Tree has been set up as one more way of reaching out to one another. Committees and Council have gathered in conference calls and Zoom meetings.

During this uncertain time, the Church Staff will be in and out of the office, BUT will have access to their voicemails and emails. So feel free to call the church or email us. We will get back to you as soon as we can. And please do call Pastor Mark with prayer concerns or if you are in need of encouragement or help.

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 Bookkeeper Lisa, Business Administrator Dan or Assistant for Ministry Ann Paulson will be checking the mail and recording the checks that come via US mail. Or,
3.  Use your cellphone and Text the word GIVE to 612-800-0444 and follow the prompts. This will record the gift from your credited/debit card or by online transfer to our bank through our Church Management software called Breeze (there is a 3% fee for this but that’s on the church’s end). Standard Data rates do apply.

Please do follow the advice of the MDH and CDC. Please do everything you can to get authentic information from trusted sources and practice physical distancing. But while we do that, please ALSO pick up the telephone and call people you know who are living alone, or whose loved ones are away or abroad. In anxious times the edges of the ditches of despair and loneliness are greasy and people need to know they are thought of and loved. So PLEASE do call others while we remain apart.

Through the prophet Isaiah 41:10 our God proclaims: “So do not fear, for I am with you; Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Be wise and prudent. Wash your hands and keep a distance, but be of good cheer and ambassadors of hope. For you are God’s child and God loves you very much. We are in this together and there will be an end to all of this. God bless you!