Call Committee Update

Dear St. John’s Members, October 16, 2014

As you know, choosing new leadership for our congregation requires a thoughtful and patient process. We are seeking someone who will serve with us for many years. It is important that we find not just someone, but someone uniquely suited to work with our other pastors, our staff, and our congregation.

We are seeking someone strong in preaching and worship, outreach and mission, pastoral care and visitation, and who can build a sense of community. We have had many names brought to us. We have interviewed seven candidates, watched several preach in eight different locations, conducted second interviews with two, and even brought one to visit with staff. We have interviewed men and women, persons right out of seminary as well as candidates seeking a second call. Yet none of them have been the right fit for St. John’s.

The call process is different than a regular hiring process. In a call process, you trust the Holy Spirit to work in guiding both the candidate and the congregation to a sense of mutual ministry together. As a committee, we have not yet experienced that mutual call.
Part of the struggle is that in the greater Lutheran church there are more openings for pastors then there are available candidates. To attempt to address this, we have actively reached beyond our synod and even out of state. Availability of candidates changes continuously, so we are hopeful that the Spirit is still at work to guide the right person to us.

With the holiday season approaching, we will look to schedule new interviews in January. While we are eager for another full-time, long-term pastor to join our congregation’s work, we are also grateful for the various ways our congregation has shown flexibility and patience for getting the most important tasks done while we wait for the team to be complete.

While this process is taking longer than anticipated, we are prepared to continue to push it forward in a thoughtful manner. We ask for your continued prayers and welcome any new nominations. We act with every confidence that God has a plan for St. John’s, and we will discern it in the months ahead.

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2-3.

In Christ’s love,
Associate Pastor Call Committee
Mary Cisar, David Gonnerman, Christy Hall-Holt, Andrea Hoff, Barb Knaak, Amy McBroom, Betsy McLaughlin, Scott Swanson, and Gary Wicks. Youth Representative: Bailey Dell. Ex Officio: Pam Fickenscher and Nathan Knutson.

Wednesday Night Meals!

St. John’s Wednesday Meals
From 5:15 p.m. — 6:15 p.m.

October 22: Chili

All are welcome!

St. John’s Annual Harvest Festival – This Sunday!

When: Sunday, October 26, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Where: Brockman/Evenson Farm
5061 320th St. W., Northfield

Come and enjoy fall activities:
Pumpkin carving, pumpkin bean bag toss, bingo, hayrides, and more!

Everyone is welcome!
Feel free to come in costumes!
Bring your friends!

Sunday, October 19, Between Services – Pack the Backpacks!

Every year, St. John’s packs backpacks with school items to give to the Lutheran World Relief School Kit Project.  In places where Lutheran World Relief works, even a few required supplies, like pens and paper, may be more than many families can afford.In July and August, St. John’s members donated enough supplies to pack 120 backpacks!  Join us in St. John’s Hall during the Education Hour and help pack the packs!  This is an awesome service project for kids too!

It’s MEA Break!

No Wednesday after school programming on October 15.

No Sunday School on Sunday, October 19
(But please join us for Pack the Backpacks!)

No Laudate Choir Rehearsal on Sunday, October 19

New Channel Number for Video Broadcast

Due to the change with Charter Cable, the video broadcast of St. John’s services will now be on channel 187 labeled PA12.  For more information go to

Video broadcasts can be seen on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 12

Worship Services
8:30 a.m. (Baptism – Grant Korba)
11:00 a.m. (Rite of Confirmation)

Between Services and After Services
Coffee and Fellowship in St. John’s Hall
Sunday School for Preschool – Grade 5 (9:45 a.m.)
Life Groups for Grades 6-9 and Life Group Leaders for Grades 10-12 (9:45 a.m.)
Accompany Session (9:50 a.m.)
Forum: Women & Gender in Islam – Presented by Dr. Ibtesam Al Atiyat (9:50 a.m.)
Toddler Time (10:00 a.m.)

Laudate Choir: 4:00 p.m. in Room 205

Wednesday Night Meals

St. John’s Wednesday Meals
From 5:15 p.m. — 6:15 p.m.

October 8: Beef Stew and Bakery Bread

All are welcome!


This Sunday, October 5

Worship Services
8:30 a.m. / 11:00 a.m.

Between Services
Coffee and Fellowship in St. John’s Hall

9:45 a.m.
Sunday School for Preschool – Grade 5
Life Groups for Grades 6-9 and Life Group Leaders for Grades 10-12 (9:45 a.m.)

9:50 a.m.
Accompany Session
Forum: Luther’s Small Catechism – Creed Part 3

10:00 a.m.
College Information Session for Grades 10 & 11 and Parents (10:00 a.m.)

4:00 p.m.
Laudate Choir (Room 205)

College Information Session for Grades 10 & 11 and Parents

College Information Session for Grades 10 & 11 and Parents (10:00 a.m.)

Dan Franklin, Director of Admissions Campus Programs and Services at St. Olaf,
will lead a session for upcoming high school sophomores, juniors and parents
on what they can do NOW to be prepared to apply to colleges their senior year.

The session will take place in the Fireside Room from 10:00 – 10:40 a.m.