This Wednesday, September 17, at St. John’s!

3:45 p.m.
Snack / Opening (Grades K-5), Fellowship Hall

4:15 p.m.
Alleluia Choir (Grades K-2), Room 205
“DOG” – Discovering Our Gifts (Grades 3-5), Lower Level
Homework Hangout (Grades 6-8), Youth Room

4:45 p.m.
Kid’s Club (Grades K-2)
Jubilate Choir (Grades 3-5), Room 209
Homework Café (Grades 4-5), Resource Room

5:15 p.m.
Wednesday Night Meal – Sloppy Joes, St. John’s Hall
Jubilate Schola, Room 209

6:15 p.m.
6th, 7th and 8th  Grade Confirmation, Fellowship Hall
9th Grade Confirmation, Fireside Room

7:00 p.m.
St. John’s Chorale, Room 209

Mark Your Calendars!

WelcomeFest Weeks
starts this Wednesday, September 10,


Wednesday Night Meal
Served from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. in St. John’s Hall.
On the Menu: Taco Boats

and continues with

Preschool 1 Open House at 6:00 p.m. in Room 15
This Open House is for children beginning Sunday school (age 3 by September 1, 2014)

Catechism/Confirmation Orientation at 6:15 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
This is for parents and children in grades 3 – 9.
An important information session for families with confirmands about the mission and vision of the program, details about the calendar, expectations, and changes for the coming year.  This session includes acolyte training for 5th grader and anyone else who need a refresher course.


Call Committee Update

The committee that has been charged by the congregation with finding an associate pastor has been meeting regularly since March. Our 10 members are chaired by Gary Wicks.

Although summer vacations have added a twist or two to our schedules, over the past few months we have interviewed a number of candidates, and we also have managed to observe and listen to some of them “in action” during services.

Since we can’t predict when our search might end, we appreciate your continued patience and trust as we work our way through this process.

And although we can’t divulge any details, feel free to approach any member of the committee with questions or concerns.

Members of the Call Committee: Gary Wicks (chair), Mary Cisar, David Gonnerman, Christy Hall-Holt, Andrea Hoff, Barb Knaak, Amy McBroom, Betsy McLaughlin, and Scott Swanson.

Come and Learn about Immigrants and Refugees!

Thursday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. in St. John’s Hall 

Sponsored by WELCA:
DeAne Lagerquist, Professor of Religion at St. Olaf, a member of St. John’s, and church historian will speak to us about the history of work with immigrants and refugees in the Lutheran Church, including St. John’s.

Everyone is invited – men and women!


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