The Christmas Sharing Tree, Now – December 4

Our annual “Christmas Sharing Tree,” a program sponsored by the Northfield Community Action Center, is on display in St. John’s Commons until December 4th. The Giving 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 under the tree, unwrapped, with the paper star attached by Friday, December 4th. Thank you for your donations!


CAC’s Pajama Project

This year St. John’s has supported the CAC’s Pajama Project by funding all the materials for this annual gift to Northfield families in need.  Volunteers have cut and sewn pajamas for toddlers through teens, which will be distributed at Christmas to every family the CAC serves.  You can support this ongoing work by purchasing some of the “extra” pajamas at the annual craft fair at Carleton’s Weitz Center on Friday, Dec. 4th, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Thanks to the St. John’s Foundation for these funds!


Sunday, November 29, Forum

An Introduction to Year C and the Gospel of Luke

This Sunday we begin a new liturgical year with the season of Advent.  For churches that use the Revised Common Lectionary (the set of Scripture readings assigned for each Sunday), it is also the beginning of Year C and the Gospel of Luke.  Between now and next November, our gospel readings will regularly focus on the Gospel of Luke.  Join us from 9:45-10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary to learn more about the Gospel of Luke and what themes we can be looking for in the upcoming year.


Advent Fair

Advent Fair
Wednesday, December 2, 5:15 – 7:00 p.m.

 Bring your friends and family to St. John’s Advent Fair!
The more the merrier!

The schedule for the evening:
5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Dinner in St. John’s Hall
(Pulled Pork Sandwiches / Hot Dogs)
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Fair Trade Fair in the Commons
(The Fair Trade Fair sells handcrafted items and food
by global artisans and farmers abroad.)

Plus, create Christmas Crafts, enjoy “hot off the griddle” leftse and live music!


Thanksgiving Eve: Everyone’s Choir Rehearsal and Pie Social

Everyone interested in singing during the Thanksgiving Eve service, please meet in the Choir Room upstairs at 5:45 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve.  Nathan Proctor will be leading the group.  Following the service, join us in St. John’s Hall for our annual Thanksgiving Eve Pie Social.  Everyone is welcome!  Please sign up in the Commons to bring a pie, or help with preparations, serving and clean up.  Thank you!

World Hunger Donations

God richly provides for daily bread — the earth can produce enough food for everyone. Yet, many of our sisters and brothers still go hungry.  More than 800 million people — that’s 1 in 8 people in our world today — are hungry. Working with global partners, ELCA World Hunger is uniquely positioned to reach communities in need. From health clinics to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals to advocacy, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible for the ELCA to respond, supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty.  Our goal at St. John’s is to raise at least $10,000, a goal we have consistently met. To make a donation, use the special ELCA Hunger envelope in your packet, or write a check to St. John’s with ELCA Hunger on the memo line.  Thank you for reaching out to our neighbors in need.

Sunday, November 15th

8:30 a.m. (Mentor Commissioning)
10:45 a.m.

Between Services:
Coffee and Fellowship in the Commons and St. John’s Hall
Sunday School: Preschool – Grade 5 (9:45-10:30 a.m.)
Life Groups: Grades 6-9 (9:45 a.m.)
Life Group Guides: Grades 10-12 (9:45 a.m.)
Forum: A Presentation on Iconography (9:45 a.m.)
Accompany (9:45 a.m.)
Bold Cafe (9:45 a.m.)

Join Us for a Parent Discussion

Wednesday, November 11 & November 18
6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

In an era of selfies, sexting, gaming, and social media, it can be difficult to navigate healthy relationships with emerging technologies in our families.  This is why we’d like to invite you to join us for a discussion facilitated by Pr. Pam.  The discussion will feature insights from the book “iRules” by Janell Hoffman and will focus on how parents and youth can covenant with each other to create healthy usage and boundaries with new technology.

You can help our Sunday School Kids by donating “Birthday Bag” Supplies

The Northfield Community Action Center, supplies “Birthday Bags” for families in our community to pull off a special birthday celebration for their children.  From October 11 until November 8, Sunday school kids, along with congregation members, may donate one or more of the supplies to our donation box in either the lower and upper Commons.  In November, the kids will pack the bags and bring them to the CAC to be distributed.

Here’s a list of supplies needed to fill a Birthday Bag:

  • Cake mix (prefer “add water only” kind)
  • Can of Frosting
  • Box of Birthday Candles
  • Package of Balloons
  • Hats, Streamers, Banners, or anything that would help make a birthday party special.  

This is a simple and fun way to share with our neighbors the many blessings we have been given.  Thank you!

Wednesday Night Meals: Served from 5:15-6:15 p.m.

On the Menu for Wednesday, October 21: Beef Stew and Bread

Gather together on Wednesday evenings in St. John’s Hall for a delicious meal and warm fellowship. This meal is sustained through people sharing their Time and Talent, and a free will offering.  Would you consider making a goal of giving 15 – 30 minutes of your time per month to help put on Wednesday Meals?  Here are examples of ways you can contribute: leading the prayer, food prep, facilitating a mixer or table discussion, serving, helping with clean up.  The next five Wednesday Meal menus and helper sign-up sheets are ready online.  Please click here to sign up.  Or call or email Christy Hall-Holt at 645-4429 or