St. John’s Children’s Christmas Program

Sunday, December 11
at the 10:45 a.m. Worship Service

St. John’s Sunday School classes will be participating
in our 10:45 a.m. worship service in St. John’s Sanctuary.
Pre-service music by children in K-Grade 5 begins at 10:30 a.m.

GOD WITH US is the theme of Advent Vespers this year.

We will gather at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday December, 7, 14, and 21 in the sanctuary. We will sing evening hymns and part of Holden’s Evening Prayer. Pastors Pam and Jonathan will offer short reflections on “God-With-Us” as a world-shaping vision for our relationships with creation, with God and with each other.

Beer and Carols

Monday, December 5th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Contented Cow

In place of Pub Theology this month, we are gathering people together to sing Christmas carols at the Cow on Monday from 6:00-7:30 p.m. If you have an instrument that you play, bring it with to play along! This is a family friendly event, so bring the kids and neighbors on out!

Adult Forum: Reconciling in Christ and Spectrum Survey

Sunday, December 4, 9:45 a.m., St. John’s Hall

The St. John’s Church Council has decided that it is time to make a decision on whether to become a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) congregation or not. As elected leaders, the Church Council feels it is their responsibility to make a faithful decision based on congregational input through a spectrum survey. This Sunday during the adult forum time, there will be a brief review of what it means to become an RIC church, explanation of the spectrum survey and the council’s next steps. After that, the spectrum survey will be handed out. If you cannot make it to the forum, the spectrum survey will be open and available until December 18. During the week, it will be in the church office, and out at a table in the Commons on Sunday. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact one of the pastors. For additional information regarding the spectrum survey please see the article on page 11 of the December Voice.

The Christmas Sharing Tree – Extended to December 11!

Our annual “Christmas Sharing Tree,” a program through the Northfield Community Action Center, is displayed in the Commons. The Sharing Tree is decorated with paper stars. Each star has a gift idea, along with the name, age and gender of a child whose family needs help purchasing Christmas gifts this year. Purchased gifts should be placed, unwrapped, with the paper star attached, and put under the tree by Sunday, December 11. Thank you for your donations!

St. John’s Advent Fair: Wednesday, November 30

Everyone is invited to St. John’s Advent Fair on Wednesday, November 30, in St. John’s Hall. Come enjoy our Wednesday Night Meal, the Fair Trade Fair, (through SERRV that improve the lives of artisans and farmers worldwide), and Advent activities for all ages. We encourage you to bring friends. The more the merrier!

5:15-6:15 p.m.:  Wednesday Meal
5:45-7:00 p.m.:  Advent Fair Activities and Fair Trade Fair

Can you help with Advent Fair?
Dinner – set-up, serve or clean-up
Set up and/or sell handcrafts from around the world
Help with crafts/shops
Food demonstration – show how to make your favorite Christmas treat!

Contact Julie Brehmer if you have questions at 507-645-4429 or


Poinsettia Orders for 2016

The Chancel Guild will be taking orders for poinsettias between services on Sundays, December 4th and 11th, and on Wednesday, December 7th during the Wednesday Night Meal.

If you would like to order a poinsettia in honor or memory of someone or in celebration of Christmas, stop in the Commons on the above referenced dates. The order form will also be available in the church office and on the website. The last day to have your order form in is Wednesday, December 14th.

The flowers will be used to decorate the church for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.


Adult Forum: Introduction to the Gospel of Matthew

Sunday, November 27

On this first Sunday of Advent, we mark the beginning of a new liturgical year – Year A. Throughout this year, much of the gospel readings will come from the gospel of Matthew. Join us in the sanctuary at 9:45 a.m. for an overview of the Gospel of Matthew. This forum will touch on the audience for whom Matthew was written and the context in which they were living, the portrait of Jesus that Matthew paints, and other major themes of this gospel.


Thanksgiving Eve Ecumenical Service

Wednesday, November 23
7:00-7:45 p.m.
St. Dominic Catholic Church
(104 Linden St. N)
We are invited to worship with the
congregation of St. Dominic’s on Thanksgiving Eve.
Afterwards there will be a Pie and Ice Cream social.

This Sunday at St. John’s

Guest Preacher: Rev. David Tiede
(Representing Lutheran Social Services)
Dr. Tiede, former President of Luther Seminary and a Luke scholar,
will help us finish up the liturgical year of Luke’s Gospel
as we celebrate Christ the King Sunday.

Adult Forum: Lutheran Social Services – Ministry to Refugees
9:45 a.m., Sanctuary
The forum will focus on the state of refugee resettlement
and the work of Lutheran Social Services in helping
displaced persons find a new home in Minnesota.
Leah Baker from LSS will present.