July has arrived! WOW it is HOT!! March 15th was the last time we assembled in worship together. Today is July 2nd and marks the 109th day since we last assembled at St. John’s. We cannot be together. I miss you. We miss each other. We are required to wear masks. And yet God is still calling to God’s church and so we press on…

 The Reopen Taskforce continues to meet to discuss when and how we might reopen the church for worship and also brainstorm things that we can do as a church in the meantime.

 I am excited to see who the Council will select as new officers for the church! This will be decided at the Church Council meeting in July.

 George Floyd’s murder has had a profound effect on me; provoking me to participate in a peaceful protest march (my video of that is on the church Facebook page) and two separate pilgrimages to the site of his death on 38th and Chicago. I am convinced that these issues of social injustice must stay in the fore of our minds and our lives. We ought not allow things to go back to “normal,” but rather we ought to be intentional about dismantling racism. To wit, I have been in conversation with a few members and Jennifer Burdick who chairs the Membership Committee and I will be hosting a book study in July. On Wednesday nights and Thursday morning starting July 15 at 8PM and 16 at 10 AM, we will be reading “Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US.” The conversations are open to the public and will be hosted via Zoom.

 I am assembling a selec on commi ee for the next Director of Worship and Music. Those names will be published in the bulletin.

 On July 13th at 11 AM I will be presiding at the funeral for Louise Matson, wife of Bill Matson. Her funeral will be held at the Gill Brother’s Funeral Home at 5801 Lyndale South in Minneapolis. Note: Because of COVID-19 you are asked to RSVP your attendance to the Church office so that they can plan accordingly and perhaps even limit the number of attendees.

 Congratulations to Isaac and Kaitlyn Johnson on the birth of their daughter Maisie Jean, who will be bap- zed at the end of July.

Read on and see that this church continues to respond to God’s call to go and serve! You all are doing excel- lent ministry! Thank you for all you do.

Pastor Mark