» Lent 2020

Posted on: February 11, 2020


Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist
February 26 at 12pm & 7pm

A service of penitence that marks the beginning of our Lenten Fast.

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.


Holy Catalysts: Episcopal Saints and Social Justice

February 29 at 9am at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 901 Portland Avenue

Learn about three Episcopalians—suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, St. Paul priest and civil rights leader Denzil A. Carty, and intersectional womanist icon Pauli Murray—who audaciously lived and worked at the forefront of social justice movements. Facilitated by Chelsea Stanton, the Rev. Craig Lemming, and Vanne Owens-Hayes.

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.


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner

February 25 from 5:30pm—8pm, CYF Center

Join us for a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner and Mardi Gras celebration. Suggested donations are $5 per person or $15 per family. All proceeds will benefit Children, Youth, and Family Ministry. Last year’s Palm Sunday palms will be burned to create ashes for Ash Wednesday. Join us at 6:30pm in front of the main church entrance on Portland for the burning of the Palms.

Contact: Katie Madsen at katie.madsen@stjohnsstpaul.org.


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.