» Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany 2019

Posted on: November 19, 2019


The Society of St. Nicholas Ferrar Evening Prayer
December 1 at 4pm in the Chapel
For Episcopalians interested in practicing and promoting the Daily Office. It will launch at St. John’s with a service of Evening Prayer.
For more information, contact Jayan Nair at jtn.nair@gmail.com.

Guest Preacher
December 8
Jay Hornbacher, author of A Letter from Saint Nicholas to Children of Every Age will be preaching at 8am and 10am worship, as well as speaking about the theology of his book at the Faith Forum at 9am in the Fireside Room.

Christmas Pageant
December 22 (Actors meet at 9am in the Gym)
Come and worship with us as children of all ages (adults too) share the story of Christmas during the 10am service.
Those who wish to take part in the pageant are asked to attend at least one meeting/rehearsal (December 15th and/or 21st from 2:30-3:30). You can wear your own costume or use one provided. Contact Katie Madsen (katie.madsen@stjohnsstpaul.org) or Richard Gray (richard.gray@stjohnsstpaul.org) for more info.

Christmas Eve and Day Services
December 24 at 4pm and 10pm, December 25 at 10am
Musical prelude beginning at 3:30pm and 9:30pm. Nursery available at the 4pm service for birth through age 4.

Iconography Event
January 9 at 7:30pm
Immediately following Sung Compline, come into the Chapel of the Beloved Disciple, where St. John’s young adults will be hosting an educational program about Orthodox Iconography taught by Fr. Jonathan Proctor, Pastor of Holy Trinity Church.

Baptism of our Lord
January 12 at 10am service
The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord. To plan a baptism for yourself or a child, please contact Jered Weber Johnson (jered.weberjohnson@stjohnsstpaul.org).

Eucharist and Reception for St. Aelred
January 12 at 4pm in the Church
In honor of the Feast of Saint Aelred of Rievaulx, patron saint of LGBTQ+ Episcopalians, St. John’s invites all to this Celebration of Holy Eucharist which will feature hymns and service music composed by the LGBTQ+ community. The Rev. Mike Angell will be our Guest Preacher. A festive reception will follow the service in the Fireside.
For more information, contact Craig Lemming at craig.lemming@stjohnsstpaul.org.

February 2 at 9am in the Fireside Room
Children, Youth, and Family Ministry and Faith Formation invite the whole parish to participate in making candles together which will be blessed at The Feast of Candlemas Eucharist at 10am.



Lessons and Carols
December 15 at 4pm
(Prelude music begins at 3:30pm)
Readings, choral music and carols led by the Adult Choir, Choristers and Handbell Ensemble. A festive reception will follow. Nursery care is available for children birth through age 4.

Sung Compline
Thursdays at 7pm in the Chancel
Led by The St. John’s Compline Choir, The Mirandola Ensemble and Lumina. Incense is used. Note: no service on Thanksgiving Day.



First Nations Kitchen
December 22 from 1:30-4 or 5-7:30
First shift is food prep and setup, second shift is serving and clean up. First Nations Kitchen serves healthy, organic food ancestral to the Indigenous peoples of Minnesota in a welcoming, family environment. See our deacon, Margaret Thor, for more information (margaret.thor@stjohnsstpaul.org).

Project Home
For the month of February
Once again we will open our gym and provide families experiencing homelessness with a place to sleep, some snacks, and hosts with compassion for their present situation. Signups for volunteer slots will be available online and at coffee hour.



Advent Wreath Making Event and Pop-Up Market
December 1 in the Gym
Advent Wreath Making Event after 10am worship:
Bring back your metal wreath to fill will new greens as we begin Advent and the Church’s New Year. Materials and refreshments provided. To RSVP please email Katie Madsen (katie.madsen@stjohnsstpaul.org).
Pop-up Market after 8am and 10am worship:
Holy Apostles will be selling crafts and taking orders for eggrolls. Give Us Wings, will also host a stand. Contact Margaret Thor (margaret.thor@stjohnsstpaul.org) for more information.

Parish Christmas Party
December 7 at 5:30pm
Please bring a dessert to the Gym to share. Donations to cover the cost of food are not required, but will be gratefully accepted at the party.
Dinner and activities provided in the CYF center for birth through 5th grade, RSVP to the nursery (nursery@stjohnsstpaul.org) by December 1.
Author Jay Hornbacher will be reading with the children from his new book ‘A Letter from Saint Nicholas to Children of Every Age’.

Hanging of the Greens
December 11 at 6 in the Church
We’ll all decorate the church inside and out with Christmas greens, then come together for food and fellowship. Contact Gary Hagstrom (gphagstrom@gmail.com) for more information. You can make a donation to the cost of the greens in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone special. See envelope included in your Advent mailing.

Coffee Hour Epiphany Event
January 5 at 11:15 in the Gym
We will be packing gift bags for Project Home families staying with us during the month of February. All members of your family are welcome!

Annual Meeting
January 26 at 11:15 in the Gym
Hear the stories of all the wonderful work being done at St. John’s. The church will provide lunch; please bring a dessert to share. Childcare provided for kids birth through age 4. Contact Marilyn Conklin (conklinmarilyn@gmail.com) for more information.

OWLs and Noonday Prayer
February 4 at Episcopal Homes
Noonday prayer will be held in the chapel of Episcopal Homes at 12pm. Afterwards, we invite everyone who identifies as Older, Wiser, Laity to a luncheon and program. Please RSVP to the church at 651-228-1172 x10 by January 19th to reserve your spot.

» Volunteer at First Nations Kitchen

Posted on: November 19, 2019

Volunteer to serve traditional indigenous food at First Nations Kitchen on Sunday, December 22. 

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

» Advent Wreath Making Event & Pop-Up Market

Posted on: November 18, 2019

On Sunday, December 1 at 11:15am, all ages are invited to make Advent Wreaths in the Gym. Refreshments and all materials are provided, but please RSVP to Katie Madsen at katie.madsen@stjohnsstpaul.org to ensure we have enough supplies.

After 8am and 10am worship, shop the Pop-Up Market. Holy Apostles will sell crafts and egg rolls. Give Us Wings, our partner with St. John’s Clinic Kayoro, will also host a stand. Come shop for Christmas!

For more information about the pop-up shop, contact Margaret Thor at margaret.thor@stjohnsstpaul.org.

» New Member Sunday and Brunch

Posted on: November 17, 2019

New families will be welcomed into our faith community on Sunday, November 24 during 10am worship. Following worship, all newly welcomed members are invited for a brunch hosted by St. John’s Vestry at 11:15am in the Fireside Room.

For more information, contact Lea Anne Schmidt at leaanne.schmide@stjohnsstpaul.org.

» Lay Eucharistic Ministers & Visitors Training

Posted on: November 12, 2019

Meet our team of Eucharistic Ministers and Eucharistic Visitors and be trained in this pastoral ministry on Sunday, November 24 at 11:15am in the Green Room.