» Lent 2020

Posted on: February 11, 2020

In light of the best guidance from healthcare professionals and experts, and the belief that we can do the most good by practicing social distancing, we have decided, effective immediately, to suspend or cancel all in-person group activities, worship, events, or functions at Saint John’s until on or after April 1st, including the Lenten Choir Concert.


Daily Morning Prayer
Weekdays at 8am

Wednesday Lenten Healing Eucharists

Wednesdays March 4 — April 1 at 12:15pm (except March 25)

Join fellow parishioners for midweek services of Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayer and Anointing during Lent. Gather in the Library for casual conversation and fellowship following the service. Please bring a bag lunch if you wish.

Holy Eucharist for the Feast of the Annunciation

March 25 at 12:15pm

Observe the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord to the Virgin Mary.


Lenten Congregational Read Sponsored by Faith Formation

During Lent, we’ll read Beauty: The Invisible Embrace as a congregation. Bestselling author John O’Donohue opens our eyes, hearts, and minds to the wonder of our own relationship with beauty by exposing the infinity and mystery of its breadth, and reveals how beauty’s invisible embrace invites us toward new heights of passion and creativity even in these uncertain times of global conflict and crisis. Copies are available beginning Sunday, March 1 at the back of the church. A $10 donation is appreciated, but not required.

For more information, contact Karen Chatt at karen.chatt1@gmail.com.

Lenten Film & TV Series

Wednesdays March 4-April 1 from 6-8pm, Fireside Room
This Lent, Youth Group continues their Wednesday night Film/TV series inter-generational discussion focusing on resurrection and rebirth. All ages are encouraged to come.

  • March 4: Grey’s Anatomy
  • March 11: A Dogs Purpose
  • March 18: Star Wars
  • March 25: The Simpsons & The Good Place
  • April 1: Beauty and the Beast

Basics Classes

Sundays March 15-April 19 (except April 12) at 11:30am, Fireside Room

This series of five discussion sessions is designed for people interested in becoming a member of the Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church community or for those preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism, Confirmation, or Marriage*. It offers a brief introduction to the fundamental teachings and shape of the Christian faith, a basic introduction to the Episcopal Church and Anglicanism, and lastly it provides an overview of life at Saint John’s. In the end, all we do as Christians, Anglicans, Episcopalians, and members of St John’s, is geared toward helping us be better disciples and followers of Jesus, and to equip us to serve God’s mission in the world.

*Note: While those preparing for new membership or preparing for a Sacrament at Saint John’s are strongly encouraged to attend all five sessions and read the chapters as assigned in preparation for each session, all five of the Spring 2020 Basics sessions are open to everyone at Saint John’s. Any Saint John’s member may attend one or all five sessions.

  • March 15: The Episcopal Identity
  • March 22: Episcopal Authority
  • March 29: Spirituality and the Episcopalians
  • April 5: The Episcopal Temperament
  • April 19: Episcopal Polity and Wrap-Up

RSVP: Otto Paier at 2miaguys@gmail.com.


Lenten Choir Concert

March 15 at 4pm

The Parish Choir with professional guest soloists and orchestra join together to present Bob Chilcott’s St. John Passion. A reception will follow the performance.

Bach Birthday Bash with the American Guild of Organists

March 21 from 1pm—2pm, Sanctuary

With the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, St. John’s will participate in the afternoon long event hosting a variety of performers from around the cities in the sanctuary. Refreshments will be provided.

Sung Compline
Thursdays at 7pm, Sanctuary

Led by The St. John’s Compline Choir, The Mirandola Ensemble and Lumina. Incense is used.


Iona, Scotland Pilgrimage Info Session

March 8 at 11:15am, Fireside Room

Cynthia Bronson Sweigert and Karen Mosso will lead an informational session to see if there’s interest in a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Celtic Christianity. All are welcome.

For more information, contact Cynthia Bronson Sweigert at revcbs11@gmail.com.


Pack the Pews & Mustard Seed Offering for Hallie Q. Brown

March 1 during 10am service

Donated grocery items will be blessed during the 10am worship and then delivered to our local food shelf at Hallie Q. Brown.

First Nations Kitchen

March 1

Volunteer to prepare, serve, or cleanup a meal of traditional indigenous food. Volunteer shifts include Food Prep and Setup from 1:30-4pm and Dinner Service and Cleanup from 4-7:30pm.

Contact: Margaret Thor at margaret.thor@stjohnsstpaul.org.

Creation Care Meeting

March 1

Buff Grace from Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light (MN IPL) will be helping us prepare an action plan to lead St. John’s to become a designated Climate Justice Congregation. All are welcome to participate.

For more information, contact Eric Odney at ericodney@icloud.com.

Days for Girls and New Mama Kit Donations and Assembly

A St. John’s group is traveling to Uganda in March and will take Days for Girls reusable menstrual kits and new Mama Kits with them. To make these kits, we need receiving blankets, newborn onsies, and washcloths (preferably dark colored. Please place donations in the black bins in the narthex or CYF Center by March 8.

On Sunday, March 8 at 11:15am in the Gym help assemble reusable menstrual kits and new mother kits for girls and women in Uganda that the St. John’s group will deliver.

For more information, contact Margaret Thor at margaret.thor@stjohnsstpaul.org.