Pool Party!

Northfield area churches invite families with children who have completed 5th grade and younger to our Annual Pool Party at the Northfield Outdoor Pool on Wednesday, August 5 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  The cost for admission is $3.00 per person or you may use your pool pass.  Churches will be providing free food 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.)

Night to Unite 2015

Night to Unite Neighborhood Gathering
August 4th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in St. John’s Parking Lot.
All are Invited!

St. John’s will be hosting our 5th Night to Unite celebration.  This is part of a national program in its 31st year that encourages neighbors to come together on the first Tuesday in August to strengthen community and increase the safety of neighborhoods.

Menu: Sloppy Joes, Hot Dogs, Chips, Freezies, Lemonade

Attractions:  Bouncy Tent, Games, Exploring Safety and Other Interesting Vehicles — we have requested a Northfield City Snow Plow driven by our own Marty Gallagher and painted by our own Kelly Lynn Stanton Nutt’s Art Program students!

The Friendship Family Program at St. Olaf!

This fall St. Olaf will welcome approximately 65 first-year international students to campus from over 30 countries, you and your family are invited to be a part of the welcoming committee.  The Friendship Family program at St. Olaf is a cross-cultural exchange program connecting St. Olaf international students with families in the Northfield and surrounding communities to share friendship and culture. Friendship families come in all shapes and sizes: young, old, or in between; single person or with spouse/partner; with or without children – all are great Friendship families. Students live on campus, and generally get together with their families several times during the school year to share a meal, attend a concert or sporting event, attend a family gathering, go hiking, etc.

Go to for more information about the program, including photos, testimonials, and expectations. Also check the “For Families” link under Programs in the left bar.

Go to to complete an information form to become a family.  The college requires that all families and students participating in the program sign an agreement form. There is a link to the agreement form on the information form.

Questions?  Contact Lori Middeldorp at

School Kit Donations

Lutheran World Relief has sent an alert that there is an urgent need for school kits.  Donations go to places of crisis and need, such as Syria, where 6,350 school kits were recently distributed. Last year St. John’s  sent 120 kits, and we would like reach that goal (or more) again this year.  Why is this important?  To the children who receive School Kits, these supplies often mean the difference between getting an education or not.  You can help by purchasing items from the school supply list, or contributing cash.  Make checks to St. John’s WELCA, write school kits on the memo line, and put in the offering plate, or leave in the Church Office.  You can find school supply lists and turn in purchased supplies at the school kit display in the Commons.  You do not need to sort the items into packages.  We will have a kit assembly forum on Sunday, September 13th where all are invited to help assemble the kits.  Suggestion to parents:  bring the list along when you take your kids shopping for school supplies, and let them be part of the project.

School Supply list for one school kit:
Four 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately
8” X 101/2”; no loose-leaf paper
One 30-centimeter ruler, or a ruler with cm on one side and inches on the other
One pencil sharpener
One blunt Fiskar scissors (must be the Fiskar brand as the other ones break easily)
Five unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
Five black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
One box of 16 or 24 crayons
One 2 1/2 “ eraser

We need many volunteers for VBS and “On the Road”!

Volunteers needed for VBS:

  • Crew leaders – lead a small group of children to various stations
  • Station Leaders and assistants – lead music, crafts, games Bible storytelling, snacks
  • Decorating and prep – prior to VBS
  • Help with Registration on Monday, August 3
  • Nursery Care


Volunteers needed for “On the Road”:

  • Provide and housing for Good Earth Village camp counselors

Please contact Julie Brehmer if you are able to help.  Thank you.

You Can Direct Thrivent Dollars to St. John’s!

If you are a Thrivent member, you regularly have the opportunity to direct dollars to the Lutheran charity of your choice.  Search for St. John’s by its location in the Thrivent menu, and direct those funds to help our ministry here in Northfield.

Next Sunday is “Red, White, and Blue” Baker’s Choice Fruit Sunday

Between Services in St. John’s Hall

A fruit Sunday with a twist — this is something new at St. John’s responding to requests for desserts with blueberries and raspberries.  It’s time to think of recipes that will celebrate the colors of our national Independence Day celebration.  Sign-up in the Commons to help set up, serve, bring a dessert, and/or clean up.  Thank you!

Mental Health First Aid Class Available

On July 21 and 22 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., St. John’s will be hosting a Mental Health First Aid class, geared especially toward people who work or volunteer with youth.  This class will help you identify when a young person is in crisis and know what resources are available in the community to assist them.  The class is free. You can register through community education at this link:

Cottage Meetings with Pastor Davis

The Children’s Board and the Youth Board are organizing cottage meetings or, “getting to know the new pastor” meetings during the summer months.  There are three open houses that have been scheduled thus far as follows:

Wednesday, July 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., hosted by Mary Hoff
Wednesday, August 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m., hosted by Bill & Jill Malecha and Family
Tuesday, September 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m., hosted by Bryan and Andrea Hoff and Family

Additional dates, times, and hosts are still in the works.  Please watch the News Blasts and bulletins for additional information.

Church Office and Building Closed

The church office and building will be closed on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, in observance of the 4th of July holiday.

Blessings for a safe and wonderful holiday!