We’re moving closer to the start of a new school year at St. John’s!

Hopefully, you received a mailing this summer with the information needed to register your child(ren) for our terrific programs!  If not please contact either Julie Brehmer or Mike Skunes.  It would be greatly appreciated to receive the completed Health and Registration forms as soon as possible.  It is especially important for soon-to-be 9th Graders to get your registration materials in early so we can work out Mentor assignments for the coming year.  It’s one way you can help support our Children and Youth ministries at St. John’s.

(Thanks if we’ve already received your packet.)

Tuck Pointing Celebration at Both Services on August 17!

When you come to St. John’s for worship this Sunday or for any of the many events which take place throughout the church during the week within these red brick walls, you will notice that the scaffolding which we have been hosting since before Easter has now been removed.

Damaged bricks have been removed and replaced. Deteriorated mortar joints have been cut out and repointed. Precast elements, including decorative rosettes and the entire archway over the front doors, have been recast and reassembled. Whole exterior stair footings and brick balustrades have been replaced. Rotting wood tracery and louvers in the bell tower have been replaced. New steel supports for the bell hanger have been installed.

As a congregation, we are responsible for being good stewards of the gifts we have been given and St. John’s has been blessed with many resources to steward. This critical repair work was paid entirely through the generous gift of Alice Hanson. Consistent with this understanding, Alice’s gift was also used to support local and national needs (such as an educational fund for internships at St. John’s, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Ruth’s House, The HOPE Center, and Lutheran Disaster Response) and our partners in Tanzania and Sierra Leone (music scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students, IAMBI secondary school project, IAMBI hospice program, MWANGAZA, evangelist training, and peace and awareness training in Sierra Leone).

We will celebrate Alice’s gift and the completion of the tuckpointing on this Sunday, August 17 at both services.

Dedication of Banners ~ This Sunday, August 3, at Both Services

This coming Sunday we dedicate two new banners for the St. John’s sanctuary. The first bas-relief you’ve already seen for several Sundays, and the second is now completed. Both are intended to enhance our worship in the ordinary season following Pentecost, the season of growth in faith and gratitude for the Holy Spirit’s work among us.

These banners, conceived by Lynette Swanson, designed by Judy Swanson and artfully constructed out of styrofoam by Noel Swanson, were commissioned by the St. John’s Chancel Guild with a memorial gift from the family of Kathy Mroz, who passed away in May of 2013. Kathy was an avid gardener as well as a faithful member of the Chancel Guild, so the combined gifts to our worship space and our gratitude for the gifts of creation are particularly appropriate.

The “ordinary” season of the church is long, so watch over the weeks ahead, as the light in our sanctuary changes with the seasons, how the shadows on these banners bring out new detail each week.

Cottage Visit ~ Open House Backyard Gathering with Pastor Pam on Saturday, July 19

Cottage Meetings with Pastor Pam:
Open House Backyard Gathering from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Families Welcome!
Hosted by Saul & Amy McBroom at 2808 Oaklawn Dr.

Cottage Visits with Pastor Pam on Wednesday, July 16

Cottage Meetings with Pastor Pam:
Coffee Hour at 2:00 p.m.
Hosted by Mike & Melissa Berthelsen at 208 Manitou St.


Open House from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Hosted by Troy & Jennie Sorenson and Mike & Melissa Berthelsen
at 208 Manitou St.

Sunday, July 27, at St. John’s

Worship Services
8:30 a.m. / 10:00 a.m.

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

Available During 10:00 a.m. Service

Sunday, July 13, is Strawberry Sunday!

Please join us between services for
coffee, fellowship, and delicious strawberry desserts.  
Everyone is welcome!

Worship Services
8:30 a.m. / 10:00 a.m. with Nursery

Cottage Visit ~ Open House with Pastor Pam

Open House
Meet & Greet Pastor Pam
at Keith Homstad’s Icon Studio

See the icons produced in Keith’s studio,
enjoy snacks & beverages,
visit with our new Pastor -
get to know one another a little better!

Where: 311 Manitou Street (in the carriage house behind the main house)
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Summer Noon Organ Concerts at St. John’s on Wednesday, July 9

The summer noon organ concerts this Wednesday, July 9, at St. John’s with Jacob Fuhrman from Eastman School of Music.  The concert is from 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Magical Mystery Tour – Wednesday, July 9

The next Magical Mystery Tour for Grades 5-8 (recently completed) will be tomorrow, July 9.  We will be meeting in the Bethel Lutheran Church parking lot at 10:30 a.m. and should return about 4:00 p.m.  If you have any questions please contact Mike Skunes.