Sunday, November 2, is All Saints Sunday

This morning we will remember by name those who have been baptized
and those who have died since last All Saints Sunday 2013.

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

Between Services
Coffee and Fellowship in St. John’s Hall
Sunday School (9:45 a.m., Lower Level)
Life Groups – Grades 6-9 & Life Group Guides – Grades 10-12 (9:45 a.m., St. John’s Hall)
Accompany Session (9:50 a.m., Rooms 203 and 205)
Sunday Morning Concert Series: Piano Recital (9:50 a.m., St. John’s Hall)


Volunteers Needed for Christmas Day Dinner

Following our long history, St. John’s will again host the Community Christmas Dinner.  St. John’s Lutheran Church is located at 500 3rd St. West.  On December 25, 2014, a traditional Christmas dinner with turkey, meatballs, potatoes, salads, and desserts will be served from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  This dinner is St. John’s gift to the community as we celebrate the birth of Christ.  There is no charge and all are welcome!

Members of St. John’s will be asked to volunteer by providing either food or service time on December 24th and on Christmas Day the 25th.  Immediately after Thanksgiving, there will be opportunities to sign up to provide a potato bake dish or a dessert or a salad to supplement the other foods that must be purchased.  Other (or the same) members will be asked to volunteer 1.5-2 hours of their time on the 24th or 25th.  Set up for the dinner will begin at 9:00 a.m. on the 24th.  Christmas Day work shifts will begin at 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. both in the kitchen and in St. John’s Hall.  As in the past, volunteers will sign up for a particular task at a particular time.  Consequently, each volunteer will know exactly what his or her specific duty will be that day.  And as in the past, we never ask for volunteers to show up in hopes of having something for them to do.  The entire dinner, a gift from St. John’s, depends upon our members for its success.  We warmly welcome your contribution.

Christmas is a joyous time!  The Magi celebrated the birth of the Christ child with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  As part of our celebration, we open our doors wide to the community with our gifts equally precious: service; nourishment; human kindness.

Come in your PJs to Movie Morning!

Kids 5th grade and younger are invited to come in their pajamas to movie morning at St. John’s!  Come for breakfast and stay to watch a movie!  Feel free to bring friends!

Where: The Commons for Breakfast, Movie in St. John’s Theater
When: Monday, November 3 – NO SCHOOL DAY!
Time:   9:00–11:00 a.m.
Children younger than kindergarten need to be accompanied by a parent.

Sign up on the bulletin board in the Commons or call Julie at 645-4429

Thanksgiving Pie Social

Our Thanksgiving Eve Pie Social is fast approaching and we need a coordinator for the event as well as volunteers to help plate pies and clean up.  If you can help please contact the Church Office at 645-4429 or


Wednesday Night Meals!

St. John’s Wednesday Night Meals

Served from 5:15— 6:15 p.m.

October 29: Mac/Cheese and Hot Dog Bar

All are welcome!



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