Ash Wednesday, March 1

As the days slowly lengthen, we begin the holy season of Lent. The ashes we receive on our foreheads remind us that we, along with all of creation, are dependent on God’s grace. Services with the imposition of ashes will be at 12:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Join us for a soup supper beginning at 5:15 p.m.


NAYW Night of Awesomeness

When: Friday, February 24, 5:30 p.m.-Midnight
Where: Pickup and drop-off at St. John’s
Who: 6th-8th Graders
What: A fun all night-adventure awaits! Swimming and gym time at the YMCA, cosmic bowling at Jesse James Lanes, and Romans & Christians at St. John’s are on the docket for evening jam-packed with awesome activities. Bring your friends!

Help Serve at Thursday’s Table, March 9!

Thursday’s Table is the Northfield Community Action Center’s free evening meal. The St. John’s community will be serving and helping out on March 9. Not only will get you the opportunity to serve others, but also enjoy the meal with our Northfield community. Signups are available, on the bulletin board in the Commons, by contacting Christy Hall-Holt at, by phone at 507-645-4429, or follow this link to CCB.

Shifts are available in the following areas:
(1) Room Set Up (2:30-3:00 p.m.)
(2) Set Tables (3:00-4:00 p.m.)
(2) Beverage & Dessert Servers (4:45-6:30 p.m.)
(1) Food Server in Kitchen (4:45-6:30 p.m.)
(2) Table Cleaners & Re-setters (4:45-6:30 p.m.)

Can you be a Prayer Buddy?

During the Lenten season, 4th and 5th grade Catechism kids are paired with an adult member from our congregation to be their “Prayer Buddy”. This program is in its 3rd year helping to build faith-based, cross-generational relationships between children and adult members in the congregation.

Prayer Buddies pray for their buddy during the Lenten season, beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 1, until Easter Sunday, April 16.

If you are interested in being a buddy for a child, please email Julie Brehmer at or call 645-4429. Thank you!

Additional Mission Goal

Carol Stubbs has been in the prayers of our church in recent weeks, as she goes through treatment for plasma cell leukemia at a hospital in Pretoria, South Africa. Additional Global  Mission contributions are requested to support the Stubbs family as they provide care to Carol. Although ELCA medical insurance is covering her medical expenses, there are additional family expenses for travel to visit her. Randy travels back and forth from Tanzania, and her oldest daughter Megan has traveled from Finland where she is a college student. St. John’s Mission Partner Team has set a goal of raising $2000 to help the family. This is in addition to the regular funds that are raised to support our missionary sponsorships of the Stubbs in Tanzania, the Klines in Colombia, other mission work of the ELCA, and the mission trip of 3 of our St. John’s members to Tanzania in March.  If you would like to support these missions, as well as the Stubbs family, please use the Mission envelope, or write a check to St. John’s, noting Missions on the memo line.

Plans for 150th Anniversary Benevolence Project

The Benevolence and Social Concerns Board is charged with choosing a benevolence project that would inspire our congregation as we celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2019. The board decided to focus on the Northfield area, and came up with a list of 32 nonprofits from which to request proposals (click here to see the list). The board will review the proposals submitted, and choose one or more to fund. We wonder if we have missed a worthy group. Please review the list, and send additional suggestions to Jane Rinehart at


Collection Donation Items for Refugee in the Twin Cities

As an extension of a class project, St. Olaf students Kaziah Josiah and Zachary Rivera are seeking support from the members of St. John’s to donate items for refugees in the Twin Cities. Specifically, refugees are in need of cleaning supplies, winter supplies, hygiene items/bathroom supplies, kitchen supplies, and household goods (a complete list of items is available in the Commons). Items can be deposited in collection box located in the Commons. All items will   directly benefit refugees in conjunction with Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services, and Arrive Ministries. Given the current uncertainty surrounding refugee resettlement in the U.S., your contribution is even more important and appreciated. If you have any questions please contact Zachary Rivera at or Kaziah Josiah at

Click here for a complete list of items.



Youth Fundraiser 2017!

When: Sunday, February 12, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Where: St. John’s Hall

Who: For Everyone at St. John’s (but put on by Youth)

What: In effort to defray costs for Summer Activities such as the 2017 Mission Trip to Nashville, Camp @ Green Lake, and Magical Mystery Tours, we are running a silent auction and breakfast for the congregation. Youth are encouraged to donate their time by helping serve breakfast and talents by donating items or services to the silent auction. The donation form for the silent auction can be found on page 15 of the January Voice.

Board Orientation – Tuesday, January 24

We will meet at 5:30 pm. for pizza, fruit, and desserts. At 6:15 p.m. we discuss items of importance for new board members. Returning board members will join at 7:00 p.m. for regular board meetings. Returning board members are welcome to attend the orientation

Annual Meeting / Potluck on Sunday, January 22

The annual meeting of St. John’s will take place Sunday, January 22, at noon in St. John’s Hall. Following a potluck lunch we will meet to hear reports, elect council and board members for 2017, and approve the 2017 budget. The St. John’s Foundation meeting will take place just before the congregational meeting.

Can you help with set up or clean up? Can you bring a dish to share? If you can help with any of these items, please sign up in the Commons. You may also sign up by contacting Mary Kelvie at 507-645-4429 or or sign up online thru CCB.