Manna and Mercy Retreat, led by Pastor Alan Storey…

South African pastor Alan Storey will be leading a Manna and Mercy Retreat Friday evening, September 30th through Saturday, October 1st at St. John’s. Using Daniel Erlander’s book Manna and Mercy (a book we use for Confirmation here at St. John’s), Alan Storey developed a retreat as a journey from Genesis to Revelation over the course of two days, with sensitivity to the contexts in which the scriptures were written and of our present day. The cost for this event is $40 but if this cost is a hindrance to you, scholarships are available. For more information and to register for this event click here.

Adult Fellowship Gathering…

Re-Membering – Connecting Through Our Stories
Calling all adults! As we start off this new program year, it is good for us to spend some time getting to know each other. This Sunday at 9:45 a.m., please join us in St. John’s Hall for a time of meeting new people and re-connecting with old friends. Pastors Pam and Jonathan will lead us through some questions that will help cultivate discussion.

This Wednesday at St. John’s…

Ministry Fair Continues
Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday Night Meal ~ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Wednesday from 5:15-6:15 p.m. in St. John’s Hall

“Rock”, Reaching Out to Christ’s Kids
Begins this Wednesday for children in grades K-5. St. John’s will be providing bussing for children from Greenvale, Bridgewater and Sibley Schools and from the Middle school for Prairie Creek students who are interested in participating in our Wednesday Afterschool Programs. For additional information contact Julie Brehmer.

Confirmation for Grades 6-9 Begins
Wednesday from 6:15-7:30 p.m.

Welcome Fest Week 2016

Invite your friends and neighbors to join us!

Wednesday, September 14
5:00 p.m.

Wednesday Meal
(Picnic Style along with bouncy tent, face painting, sno-cones, and more!)
Children Choir Open House (Grades K-5th)

5:30 p.m.
Catechism Orientation  (Youth in Grades 3rd-5th along with Parents)

6:00 p.m.
Open House for our Preschool Children starting Sunday School

6:15 p.m.
Confirmation Orientation (Youth in Grades 6th-9th along with Parents)

7:00 p.m.
St. John’s Chorale Kickoff


Sunday, September 18
9:45 a.m.

Ministry Fair between services in St. John’s Hall
(An opportunity to learn about different ways to connect, learn and serve!)
Sunday school begins for Preschool-9th Grade
Fair Trade Sales of Coffee and More

10:20 a.m.
First Day of Sunday School Treats

Check out St. John’s Website for our NEW online registration information for Children and Youth 2016-2017 School Year!

Click here to go to the website where you will find all the forms needed for registering children and youth for the 2016-2017 school year plus information on how to volunteer for upcoming events and programs. We appreciate registrations turned in by August 7th for returning members. Visitors and new members are invited to register at any time during the year. Please contact Julie Brehmer or Mike Skunes, 645-4429, if you have questions regarding programming.

Please note that this is the first year with online registration. If you are having technical difficulties please contact Leah in the church office at 645-4429 or

Night to Unite – Tuesday, August 2, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Northfield area churches invite families with children who have completed 5th grade and younger to our Annual Pool Party at the Northfield Outdoor Pool. The cost for admission is $3.00 per person or you may use your pool pass. Churches will be providing free food (hot dogs, grill cheese, french fries, pop/water) at the event from 5:00–7:30 p.m. so come and eat, swim and enjoy! (We will cancel the event if the pool closes due to the weather.)

Red, White, & Blue Fruit Sunday coming up on Sunday, July 31.

Sign-ups to bring a red or blue fruit dessert or to help out will be in the Commons this Sunday.

Magical Mystery Tour II

Who: Middle School Youth who’ve completed Grades 5-8
When: Wednesday, July 20, 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (meet at Bethel Lutheran Church)
What: Magical Mystery Tours are events organized by the youth directors of churches in Northfield. The ‘mystery’ part of it is that we try to keep our destination a secret from our youth. The youth do not find out where we are going and what we are doing until we get there. A letter went out in the mail explaining where we’re going. If you did not receive that letter and want to know what we’re doing please contact Mike Skunes at 507-645-4429 or

Summer Sunday Hospitality

Reminder Monthly Hospitality Groups are not in service during the summer. Would you be willing to check your calendar and sign up for one of these Sunday morning hospitality roles?

  • Greeter & Welcome Desk
  • Communion Preparer, Clean Up & Server
  • Coffee Preparer, Server, & Clean Up

Please call or email Christy Hall-Holt at 507-645-4429 or to sign up or go to the online sign up by clicking here.

Curtis and Katie Kline are coming to St. John’s!

Curtis and Katie Kline, lay mission workers we help sponsor in Colombia, are coming to St. John’s to lead us in worship this Sunday, June 26th. This is their first visit to our congregation since we began sponsoring them one year ago. The donations that members make in the Mission Offering envelope (in the packets sent in January) are used to support the Klines, as well as the Stubbs in Tanzania. The Mission Partner Team is hosting a lunch with the Klines in St. John’s Hall after the second worship service starting about 11:15 a.m. You are invited for this opportunity to visit informally with the Klines. If you would like to be at the lunch, please RSVP to David Norman by Monday, June 20thYou may reach David at or call him at 785-317-1477.