» Summer at St. John’s

Posted on: May 29, 2019


Instructed Eucharist

Many of us at St. John’s who grew up in other faith traditions (and even some cradle Episcopalians!) have questions about our liturgy. What is the meaning behind our words and rituals? Why do we do what we do?

To illuminate these answers, the Faith Formation commission will be presenting two Instructed Eucharists: real-time worship commentary that sheds light on the various elements of the service.

On June 16, our 9am Formation Hour will show the How2charist videos (a digital version of Instructed Eucharist) on the Liturgy of the Word. (You can watch them at home instead, at www.how2charist.com.) The first half of our 10am worship that day will be an Instructed Eucharist.

On June 23, our 9am Formation Hour will show the How2charist videos on the Liturgy of the Table. (You can watch them at home instead, at www.how2charist.com.) The second half of our 10am worship that day will be an Instructed Eucharist.



Sing with the Choir this Summer

Help lead the congregation in the hymns and service music. Beginning June 16, any Sunday you’d like to sing with the choir, come to the music room by 9am to rehearse that day’s music. It’s a great opportunity to try out choir for the first time, or simply to add your voice to the chorus glorifying God. Form more information, or any questions, contact Richard Gray at richard.gray@stjohnsstpaul.org.



First Nations Kitchen

First Nations Kitchen is a ministry of All Saints Episcopal Mission that serves traditional indigenous food every Sunday evening. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve meals on Sunday, June 23.

Volunteer shifts include:

  • Food prep and setup from 1:30-4pm: chop vegetables, prepare the meal, set up the dining room and grocery give away.
  • Dinner service and clean up from 4:00-7:30pm: take orders from guests, plate and serve food, bus and wash dishes.

All saints Episcopal Indian Mission is located at 3044 Longfellow Ave., Minneapolis. Fore more information, contact Margaret Thor at margaret.thor@stjohnsstpaul.com.


Faith Builders

St. John’s is joining other local churches on a Habitat for Humanity build the week of Monday, June 24-Friday, June 28 at 1024 Seminary Ave., St. Paul. No construction experience needed and anyone age 16+ is welcome! Tools and instruction are provided if necessary.

We’re also hoping to find people to provide a day’s lunch for the crew.

Click here to register now.

For any questions, contact Don Postema at postema@comcast.net.


School Tools

Every year, St. John’s partners with Interfaith Action to collect school supplies for hundreds of local children from families in poverty or experiencing homelessness. From July 14-August 18 we will collect donations of new school supplies. More information will be available in church.

You can also help with a financial donation. Make checks payable to Interfaith Action with “School Tools” in the memo line.

For more information, contact Holly Weinkauf at betterwein@gmail.com.


Farmers’ Market

All summer, we’ll host farmers from our companion parish Holy Apostles, Sunday mornings from 9am-12pm in our parking lot. It features fresh produce and flowers and also supports Fields to Families, a project providing fresh, local produce to area food shelves.

To help as a greeter or by delivering produce after the market to First Nations Kitchen, click here.


All Parish Listening Session for Children, Youth, and Family Ministry

As we’re hiring a new Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry, we’re also taking stock of our resources for faith formation for children and youth at St. John’s. We want your feedback about our hopes and aspirations as a community of faith in regard to ministry with our youngest members and their families. Weather you have children or not, please come Sunday, June 2 at 11:30am in the Fireside Room to share honest opinions. Nursery care is available for children age four and under.


Young Adults Trinity Barbeque

All young(ish) adults are invited to a casual barbecue celebrating the conclusion of the program year on Sunday, June 16 at 11:15am in the Holly Avenue lawn. Gather on the lawn north of the church after 10am worship. Bratwurst, hamburgers, and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided; please bring a side or dessert to share.

Please RSVP to Jayan Nair at jtn.nair@gmail.com or Kevin Seitz-Paquette at kdseitz77@gmail.com.


Connect Meals

St. John’s Summer Connect Meals are back by popular demand. As our St John’s community continues to grow in numbers, so does our need to grow deeper in community with each other. A number of families have graciously agreed to host small-group gatherings throughout the summer so newer and older members alike can better get to know one another over a delicious meal.

Come to eat together, share stories, and connect with old and new friends. Click here to signup now, or contact Lea Anne Schmidt at leaanne.schmidt@stjohnsstpaul.org with any questions.


Ice Cream Social

On July 14 following 10am worship, come to the parking lot for ice cream and games.


Parish Picnic

St. John’s parish picnic will be Sunday, August 4 at Lake Phalen Pavilion (1600 Phalen Dr., St. Paul). We’ll join our companion parish Holy Apostles for outdoor worship, baptisms, and picnic lunch. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Also, please bring outdoor games if you have them.


Capital City Grief Coalition

Capital City Grief Coalition meets Thursdays in the Gathering Space from 5:30-7pm through July 25. 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. Following the speaker, small group meetings provide an opportunity to share experiences and caring support with others experiencing a similar loss. Each group is led by trained facilitators.

Coping with the death of a loved one is one of life’s most difficult challenges. It can be lonely and confusing. The Capital City Grief Coalition seeks to provide an opportunity for people to help one another understand and express their grief experience.

For more information, call Lois Knutson, Coalition Coordinator, at 651-227-4430.