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Posted on: April 10, 2019

Faith Formation

Wednesday Supper + Unpack the Sermon

April 24 – Come and enjoy a simple supper and then “unpack” the liturgies of Holy Week together on Wednesday, April 24 at 6pm in the Fireside Room. What inspired you? What challenged you? The Rev. Neil Elliott will lead the conversation. All are welcome!

Please RSVP (including any dietary restrictions) to Craig Lemming at craig.lemming@stjohnsstpaul.org.

May 29 – Gather in the Fireside Room at 6pm for an opportunity to “Unpack” the previous Sunday’s sermon with The Rev. Craig Lemming in a casual conversation that engages the voices and perspectives of all ages. While we enjoy a simple supper, we will share our questions; What inspired you? What challenged you? What did you agree or not agree with, and why? What would the preacher have liked to say if they had more time?

Please RSVP (including any dietary restrictions) to Craig Lemming at craig.lemming@stjohnsstpaul.org

“SHAPE” Spiritual Gifts Retreat

Each of us has a unique shape for ministry. How has God prepared you to serve? Come to the Spiritual Gifts Discovery workshop on Saturday, May 11 from 9am-1pm and explore your own gifts, including a meeting with a trained consultant.

Please RSVP to Lea Anne Schmidt at leaanne.schmidt@stjohnsstpaul.org.


We’re Making Music

Artaria Chamber Music School Spring Concert

Artaria Chamber Music School is pleased to present their free spring concert at St. John’s. Everyone is welcome to come and hear these exceptional young musicians on Friday, April 26 at 7pm in the Church. A festive reception will follow.

Artaria Presents Patricia Ryan in Concert

Cellist Patricia Ryan, an avid chamber musician, is the current cellist of the Artaria String Quartet based in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has performed with some of the world’s leading chamber musicians and has performed internationally. Hear her in concert at St. John’s on Saturday, May 11 at 5:30pm.  

Festival Choral Evensong

St. John’s Choir, directed by Mr. Richard Gray and with guest Organist Dr. Sean Vogt, presents an Festival Choral Evensong for Eastertide on Sunday, May 19 at 4pm. Music performed includes Richard Dirksen, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Craig Phillips’ Suite for Organ, Brass Quintet and Percussion.


Pentecost Art Project
Sarah Stengle is creating a silk wall hanging artwork called “Annotated” in collaboration with our congregation. Words and phrases contributed by parishioners will be transcribed onto it. The format of the hanging will be inspired by the Korean Pojagi tradition, which is pieced, geometric, and intentionally irregular. Two color schemes will predominate: a pale blue-green palette will support positive qualities of those within the congregation, as participants describe themselves or others anonymously; a darker red palette will support comments on which compliments are the most uncomfortable to receive, and why.  All members of the St. John Community are welcome to contribute text to the project. Sarah will work on the project in the Meditation Room during coffee hour on the four Sundays following Easter, and she invites YOU to come in and participate. The completed project will hang in the undercroft during the Season of Pentecost beginning Sunday, June 9, 2019.

New Member Welcome
New members will be received into the church during the 10am worship on Sunday, May 5. Following the service, members being received are invited to a luncheon in the Fireside Room at 11:30am.

For more information, or to RSVP for lunch, contact  Lea Ann Schmidt at leaanne.schmidt@stjohnsstpaul.org.

Noonday Prayers and OWLs Luncheon
Everyone is invited to a service of Noonday Prayers on Tuesday, May 14 at 12pm in the Chapel. Afterwards, all who identify as “Older, Wiser Laity” are invited to a luncheon at 12:30 in the Fireside Room. Lynn Hartmann and Mary Johnson will speak on “Six Decades at Mayo.”

Please RSVP to the luncheon at 651-228-1172 x10 or email church@stjohnsstpaul.org.

Capital City Grief Coalition

The Capital City Grief Coalition will meet Thursdays from May 2 through July 25 at 5:30pm in the Gathering Space. The Coalition seeks to provide an opportunity for people to help one another understand and express their grief experience. You may join anytime. Each meeting includes an educational presentation and small group discussions. Guest speakers share their professional knowledge on grief and loss, or their personal experience with the death of a loved one.

For more information, contact Lois Knutson at 651-227-4430.


Service Sunday
April 28

On Sunday, April 28, St. John’s will celebrate Service Sunday. Staff and ministry leaders will take time to specially thank all the wonderful volunteers from St. John’s. We will also present the Dusty Mairs Servant Leadership Award to this year’s winner. If you volunteer for any ministry, help with Faith in Action programs, work with Faith Formation, serve on committees, participate in worship, or perform other important services, we will honor you and bless your work for the year to come. We will also celebrate outdoors after worship with a cupcake truck! (If the weather is bad, cupcakes will be served in the Gym.)