Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Acknowledgement of St. John Teachers and Staff

After the service this coming Sunday, we will have a reception in the Fellowship Hall to acknowledge their faithful service to the school.  They have been a blessing to us and we want to show our appreciation.

Since Miss Lendt will be in the wedding of a good friend on Sunday afternoon, she won't be able to stay after church.  So that we don't miss saying thank you to her, we will take the opportunity to do that at the school picnic on Friday at Indian Mounds Park  (10 Mounds Blvd.).  All are invited.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Anticipating Worship (May 28)

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Worship Focus:  The risen and ascended Christ lives to care for us with his power.

Scripture Readings:
Acts 1:1-14
Psalm 8
1 Peter 4:12-17; 5:6-11
John 17:1-11a

Sermon Meditation:  1 Peter 5:6-11

Look at God's Hand
1.  Powerful to rely on
2.  Powerful to rejoice about

Prayer of the Day:  Almighty God, your Son our Savior was taken up in glory and intercedes for us at your right hand.  Through your living and abiding Word, give us hearts to know him and faith to follow where he has gone; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ascension Service (5/25)

Church, Dom, Window, Stained Glass, Church Window

Tomorrow the Church celebrates Jesus' return to heaven 40 days after his exit from the grave.

We have the opportunity to join some area churches for a special service to recall that important event.  St. John's in Minneapolis is hosting ascension worship tomorrow at 7:00 PM.  Prof. Paul Koelpin from Martin Luther College will be the guest preacher.

Happy Ascension Eve!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Divine Call Received - Mr. Scharf

Dear Friends,

I am writing to inform you that I have received a divine call to serve at Salem Lutheran School in Stillwater, to serve as upper-grade teacher for one year. I ask for your prayers on my behalf, that the Holy Spirit would now guide my thinking and deliberations, so that I may serve in whatever way is pleasing to the Lord.

Serving the Lord Jesus,
William A. Scharf

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Memorial Day Service

Elmhurst Cemetery will hold its annual Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 29, 2017.  There will be a welcome, readings, and music.

Decorating Veterans' Graves

At 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, children are invited to help decorate veterans' graves at our cemetery, Elmhurst. This won't take long and we will work together with our brothers and sisters from Crown of Life. Let David Grabitske know if you and your children will help.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Anticipating Worship (May 21)

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Worship Focus:  We confess the risen Christ with glad obedience to his commands.

Scripture Readings:
Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66
1 Peter 3:15-22
John 14:15-21

Sermon Meditation:  Acts 17:22-31

Attend a Meeting in Athens
1.  It is about the present
2.  It is about the future

Prayer of the Day:  Father of lights, every good and perfect gift comes from you.  Inspire us to think those things that are true and long for those things that are good, that we may always make our petitions according to your gracious will; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Happy Easter!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Celebrating our School Staff!

Sunday, June 4 - following the 9:30 a.m. worship service.

We would like to acknowledge our wonderful teachers and staff who have worked so hard for St. John Lutheran School and have been such a blessing to our children. To say thank-you for their dedication and service, there will be a reception in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, June 4 immediately following worship. If you would like to help with this event, please contact Caroline Wales.  You can call the church or school office if you don't have her number.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Did You Know?

Did you know that of our 29 students in grades K-8, 14 of them take piano lessons from our “in-house” music teacher? That’s half of our student body! Mrs. Julie Balk, a member of our sister congregation, Christ Lutheran in North St. Paul, conducts lessons during the school day several times a week. Next week Wednesday, her students will be offering a recital in our church basement. God be praised for bestowing his gifts on our next generation!

“I will sing & make music to the Lord.”  - Psalm 27:6c

Anticipating Worship (May 14)

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Worship Focus:  God’s Word about the risen Christ makes us God’s people.

Scripture Readings:
Acts 17:1-12
Psalm 33
1 Peter 2:4-10
John 14:1-12

Sermon Meditation:  Acts 17:10-12

Be a Berean
1.  With the right attitude
2.  With the right action

Prayer of the Day:  O God, you form the minds of your faithful people into a single will.  Make us love what you command and desire what you promise, that among the many changes of this world, our hearts may ever yearn for the lasting joys of heaven; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Happy Easter!

And Happy Mother's Day!

St John Youth Summer Camps are now enrolling!

Girls basketball camp will be June 27-29  from 6-8 PM
Boys basketball camp will be July 11-13  from 6-8 PM
Boys and girls soccer camp will be July 18-20  from 6-8 PM

Registration forms are on the table in the Narthex.  Invite your friends and neighbors to join us.
A joint VBS with Immanuel Hmong is scheduled for August 10-12 from 
9 AM to noon each day.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Transitioning to Crown of Life and Christ Lutheran Schools

 Dear Parents,
The St. John Church Council is committed to helping our school families as they move forward and transition to a new school. There have already been informal conversations, a good meeting, and multiple emails with Crown of Life Lutheran School and Christ Lutheran School. They have us in their thoughts and prayers. Christian unity is a beautiful thing. Let’s not overlook that at this challenging time. Both schools want us to know that they want to offer Christian education without causing financial burdens or membership changes.

As soon as the specific information becomes available, we will share that with you. Thank you for your patience.

The crucified, risen, and ascended Lord still sits on his throne in heaven, reigning and ruling.

St. John School

Sunday, May 7, 2017

St. John Lutheran School to Close at the End of this Year

At a special meeting today, the voters of St. John Lutheran Church voted to close St. John Lutheran School at the end of this school year. We praise God for the 145 years of Christian Education at St. John! This was a very difficult decision that did not come easily and was not taken lightly. This issue has been on the minds and hearts of God's people for several years. This closing is not a failure, but an opportunity for St. John to refocus its mission and vision for the future.

St. John Lutheran Church intends to offer financial support to its member families, as they consider other Lutheran schools. Specifics will be discussed and information will be shared with families as soon as it becomes available. 

Christian education is available for all of our St. John students at Christ Lutheran School in North St. Paul, Crown of Life Lutheran School in West St. Paul, and St. Croix Middle School in West St. Paul. The faculty and staff of St. John will help families as they consider these new schools.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Special Voters Meeting

On Sunday, May 7th, following worship, there will be a special voters meeting to decide the future of our school ministry.  We have had 2 open forum meetings to gather input from our members and now this issue needs to be decided by the voters. We ask you to pray that God will lead us in the direction He has planned for St. John.

Little Lights to sing (May 7)

The Little Lights children will sing "I Am Jesus' Little Lamb" for our worship service this Sunday, May 7. We will meet in the music room at 9:00 to line up and practice. The children will sing the hymn at the beginning of the service and then sit with their families. Please contact Hollie Grabitske with any questions. Thank you for your help and support.