Notice of Congregational Open Forum on June 6th
Please make every effort to attend
As the next step of the Mission / Vision Setting phase in our Crossroads Consulting program,
you are encouraged to join the upcoming open forum discussion on Sunday, June 6th at
9:45AM following the worship service in the Fellowship Hall.
The forum will explore the second option determined in phase two of the Crossroads Consulting
Program: Stay and, with the help of a partner, pursue a future together.
Specifically, we will explore a potential merger of Immanuel Hmong Lutheran Church and St.
John Ev. Lutheran Church. In February, the senior leadership of both congregations met to
discuss a potential merger. It was agreed there that both congregations would carry this idea to
their respective members for feedback. Immanuel Hmong has done this and returned positive
feedback to the idea, so now it is our turn to further explore this idea among the St. John
The open forum is set for Sunday, June 6 at 9:45AM following the worship service to discuss
what a potential merger might look like and to gather your thoughts and questions going
• How does this happen?
• When would this happen?
• Would we still call a pastor?
• What would the name of the congregation be?
• Will this strengthen outreach programs?
• Would this bring additional souls to God’s Kingdom?
• Would this strengthen our presence in the community?
• How can I help?
• Along with any other questions you may present.
This is simply a conversation to develop additional questions as well as work to provide
answers to the congregation. No official votes will take place during the forum.
Your input is vital to the future of St. John, we need as much feedback as possible, and
sincerely encourage your participation in whatever form is most comfortable for you.
If you are unable to attend, we still very much welcome your comments to Vice President, Jeff
Abrahamson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-616-9050. If you prefer to mail written
comments, please send them to the church office: 765 Margaret St., Saint Paul, MN 55106
Additionally, if you feel more comfortable speaking with another member of the Council, please
reach out to them.
We, the Council, look forward to hearing from you and/or seeing you on Sunday, June 6th