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Posted on: May 9, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 8:00pm
“Taking Heart” Ramadan Dinner
Members of St. John’s will be joining the Bushiri family (the refugee family we sponsored from the Congo) at an Iftar dinner at Masjid Taqwa, 1608 Como Avenue, St. Paul. Mosques and Islamic Community Centers are welcoming their non-Muslim neighbors for the traditional evening Iftar meals that break the day-long Ramadan fast. Known as Taking Heart, this program helps regular people of different faiths get to know each other over a meal and conversation. Sign up to attend at

Saturday, June 3, 8:30am-3pm
Workshop: “If not you, who? If not now, when? Living Into Our Baptismal Covenant”
Dr. Fredrica Harris Thompsett will lead a workshop to help us explore the ways that living out our Baptismal commitments can make profound differences in our lives today. Click here for all the details on this event.

Sunday, June 4, 8 & 10am
Pentecost Worship
Please wear red to church on June 4 to celebrate the feast of Pentecost! We will welcome gifted theologian and teacher Dr. Fredrica Harris Thompsett as our guest preacher at 8am and 10am. Our 10am worship will also be a festive service with baptisms. If you are interested in baptism for yourself or a child, please contact the Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson at

Sundays, June 4-Oct 8, 9am-Noon
Farmers’ Market
St. John’s is again partnering with farmers from Holy Apostles who will sell their produce in our parking lot. Come shop the market this summer!! We also need volunteers to greet visitors, as well as deliver produce after the market closes. Sign up at

Wednesdays, June 7, 14, & 21, 7:30-9pm
Back Porch Series: Cool Drinks, Hot Topics
The New Testament teaches us that in Christ, we are all one. How do we manifest this unity in such a divided world? How do we talk about the “Hot Topics” of our day with substance, in gracious conversation?
In this summer’s Back Porch Series, we’ll tackle “Race & Gun Violence,” “Race & Privilege,” and “Race & Immigration” using the Building Bridges curriculum. It provides a model of respectful dialogue by using mutual invitation and deep listening, and relies on a set of carefully followed group norms to preserve respect and openness throughout. The conversations will go from 7:30-9pm and will be facilitated by our clergy. Leave your distractions behind you and come prepared for tough but caring conversations with other adults from St. John’s. Contact Jered Weber-Johnson at with any questions.
June 7 will be at the Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson’s house: 1765 Jefferson Ave, St. Paul.
June 14 will be at the Rev. Barbara Mraz’s house: 1666 Jefferson Ave, St Paul.
June 21 will be at Josh & Tisha Colton’s house: 576 Lincoln Ave, St. Paul.

June 23-25
Pride Weekend
St. John’s will once again march with St. Mark’s and other Episcopal faith communities in the GLBT Pride Parade. We will also organize other events for fellowship during Pride weekend. More details to follow!

Until July 16
Donations Needed for Kayoro Trip
The St. John’s travelers will be visiting Uganda at the end of July, and hope to bring much-needed supplies to the Kayoro clinic. Donations needed are: prenatal vitamins, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, allergy tablets, folic acid supplements, multivitamins, iron tablets, sanitary napkins, magnesium tablets, KY Jelly. Please drop off your donations in the Gathering Space.  For more info, contact Lea Anne Schmidt at

July 23-29  |  July 24-28  |  August 6-12
Youth Summer Camp Opportunities
The Episcopal Church in MN is offering Youth Quest Camp for grades 6-8 (and for grades 9-12 leadership) on July 23-29; Creative Arts Day Camp for age 4—grade 6 on July 24-28; and Youth Music Camp for grades 3-12 on Aug 6-12. Visit for all the details. St. John’s has funding available to partially cover the registration cost for our youth; contact Jean Hansen at for info.

July 24-28 & July 31-August 4
Faith Builders
We’ll be joining with other local churches to work on a new Habitat for Humanity project in Saint Paul Park. All skill levels welcome. Tools and training are provided. To sign up, go to, click a date you’d like to work, and follow the registration instructions.

Sunday, August 6, 4:30pm
Evensong with the Organ Historical Society
The combined choirs of St. John’s and St. Clement’s will present a service of Evensong with special guest members of the Organ Historical Society’s National Convention.

Sunday, August 27, 10am
Blessing of the Backpacks
Kids, college students, seminarians, and anyone else returning to school this fall: bring your backpack or school supplies to be blessed during the worship service.

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