Thursday, October 27, 2022

Join Us for Worship-October 30th, 2022


Please join us for Worship, Sunday, October 30th, at 9:30 am.
Reformation Day!
Pastor Otto's message is taken from John 8.
FREE!! - through the WORD!
Stay for Bible Study and refreshments.
Everyone is welcome!

Monday, October 24, 2022

SCLA-Homestay Famlies Needed

Homestay families are needed for international students who will not be traveling home from 
Saturday, December 17 through Sunday, January 1.

Homestay families provide a private room, bedding, meals, access to bathroom and laundry facilities, and transportation for the visiting student. A $600 stipend is granted for hosting. Background checks will be required and provided by SCLA.

This is an excellent opportunity to share family traditions and make Christmas brighter during a sometimes lonely time.

Sign up online. Thank you for considering, and please contact me with any questions.

Tamara Julian
Dormitory Student Advisor
St. Croix Lutheran Academy
Office - (651) 455-1521 ext. 1118

Friday, October 21, 2022

SCLA Alumni Meet-Up


Marjorie Johnson-Full Obituary


Marjorie L. Johnson (nee Lavoie), 90, of Oakdale passed away peacefully,
surrounded by family, on October 17, 2022.
Marjorie was born on May 24, 1932 to Mark and Emma Lavoie at home in Burchard, MN. She grew up on the family farm outside Tyler, MN. After graduating in 1950 from
Tyler High School, she worked at the local café and then Brentwood Eggs.
In 1956 Marjorie married George E. Johnson. They settled in Oakdale, MN in 1959 and raised four children, Jorie, Evy, Vicky and Rodney.
Marjorie was a talented seamstress, making clothing for herself and family. She was a talented homemaker. She worked several part time jobs including at Montgomery Wards and Video Ventures. In the 1990’s Marjorie and George owned and managed
LaVoie’s Kaffee coffee shop in Oakdale.
Marjorie loved travel. She traveled the world with George and sometimes family, seeing Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Italy, Germany, and Hawaii just to name a few places.
She was also interested in genealogy– doing research and keeping records on the
Lavoie and Kronke families.
Marjorie was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Paul
and head of the Ladies Aid for many years.
As the Johnson family grew, Marjorie loved taking care of us all,
especially babysitting her grandchildren.
Our family sends gratitude to the caregivers at Woodbury Estates and
Prelude Homes and Services.
Preceded in death by husband, George; parents, Mark and Emma; brother Donald, grandsons Adam and Joshua.
Survived by daughters, Jorie (Keith) Miller, Evy Snyder and Vicky Johnson;
son, Rodney (Megan) Johnson; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sister Gertrude.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Marjorie Johnson's Funeral Luncheon

There will be a luncheon following Marjorie Johnson's funeral service at St. John, on Monday, 
October 24th. If you would be able to provide a salad, dessert, or veggie tray, please contact 
Rhonda Evgen to let her know. Rhonda can be reached at 651-208-4642.  Thank you. 

Join Us for Worship-October 23, 2022


Please join us at St. John for Worship on Sunday, October 23rd, at 9:30 am.
Pastor Otto's message will be from Psalm 85.
"God's Commandments"
Stay for Bible Study and refreshments. 
Everyone is welcome!

Obituary-Member Marjorie Johnson

Age 90 of Oakdale Passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Oct. 17, 2022. Visitation 2-5 PM Sunday, Oct. 23rd, at Roberts Funeral Home, 8108 Barbara Ave., Inver Grove Heights. 
Funeral Service 11 AM Monday, Oct. 24th, at St. John Lutheran Church, 765 Margaret St., St. Paul. Visitation is 10-11 AM prior to the service at church. Graveside Service 12 Noon Tuesday, Oct. 25th, at St. Peter's Cemetery, Balaton, MN. Full notice Sunday.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Trunk or Treat - Sponsored by Immanuel Hmong


Sunday, October 30th, from 4:00 pm-5:30 pm.
(backfield of St. John/Immanuel Hmong)
If you wish to decorate your car and participate along with Immanuel Hmong,
 there is a sign-up on the table as you leave church.
Come and bring the kids for an enjoyable afternoon.

Friday, October 14, 2022

The restoring of God's saving truth through the Reformation!

A special opportunity 

Redeemer Lutheran Church
9200 Elm Creek Blvd.
Maple Grove
Sunday, October 30th, at 4:00 p.m.
featuring choirs, Reformation Brass, and handbells

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Notes from Your St. John Council



1.     St. John / San Juan / Immanuel Hmong new digital sign is about ready for submission and should be installed in March or April.

2.     Much time was spent discussing the many major repairs and projects necessary on our aging property. A crisis was avoiding when repairs were made in the boiler room.

3.     New appliances have been installed in the parsonage kitchen; again, badly needed.

4.     Our sermons are being livestreamed on our Facebook page for those who cannot attend worship in person.

5.     Our tech committee is working on developing a new web site for St. John that will be more useful along with several other efforts with social media. They are always looking for input and ideas says, Steve Ross, committee head.

6.     With Pastor Hennig taking his call, Jenny Otto has been asked to take over his wife, Karen’s, work in New Day ministry. She, along with Pastor, will be running the program along with our volunteers. (See pastor’s report.)

7.     We will have a 6:30 Thanksgiving service on Wednesday evening at 6:30 November23 and a 4:00 pm Christmas Eve service at St. John.

8.     Immanuel Hmong is featuring a Trunk or Treat on Halloween out on the athletic field,

St. John members are invited to participate. A sign-up sheet is provided for those interested.

9.     To further relieve Pastor Otto so that he can focus more on Hispanic outreach, we are inquiring again about a part-time pastor to assist him. We are also seeking to have a guest preacher twice a month until and if a pastor is available.


Church council:

•             Jeff Abrahamson, Chmn.

•             Brandon Wales, vice chmn.

•             Alan Salchow, secretary

•             Mike Tholl, Trustees

•             Jim Connolly, treasurer

            •             Jim Julian, Christian life

•             Tom Koepsell, elder


Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Join Us for Worship-October 16, 2022


Please join us at St. John Lutheran for Worship, Sunday, October 16th, at 9:30 am.
We welcome Professor Aaron Robinson as our guest preacher.
His message will be from Genesis 32.
Stay for refreshments and Bible Study.
Everyone is welcome!

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Join Us for Worship-October 9, 2022


Please join us for Worship, on October 9, 2022, at 9:30 am.
Pastor Otto's message will from Genesis 8,
"Why Should I Make Offerings a Priority?"
Stay for refreshments and Bible study.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

SCLA Homecoming Week

 It's Homecoming Week at SCLA! We hope to see you on Friday, October 7!
Join us at 5:30, rain or shine, at the alumni tent for a social hour with free pizza and Killebrew Root Beer! Make sure to pick up your free alumni t-shirt (or wear yours from last year) and get free admission to the football game vs. Spectrum.
RSVP for the alumni tent here to help us with numbers for food.
At the end of the 1st quarter, we will recognize all eight State football teams in SCLA history ('06, '11, '12, '13, '14, '15, '16, '17). Catch up with former classmates and coaches in the alumni tent before the game!

Parade 5:00 p.m.
Alumni Tent 5:30- 7:00 p.m.
Football Game vs. Spectrum 7:00 p.m.