» My St. John’s Parishioner Portal

Posted on: May 24, 2017

We are getting ready to launch our online parishioner portal called “My St. John’s,” which gives parishioners and staff anytime, anywhere access to their member and family records, plus a church pictorial directory. The system is fully secure and monitored. It will allow us to connect and engage with each other while providing the most up-to-date, accurate information. It’s a very exciting development that will help us all get to know our neighbors better!

More information will be shared in church by email June 2 and in church June 4. In the meantime, contact Sarah Dull with any questions at church@stjohnsstpaul.org.

» Blessed Ramadan Signs & Dinners

Posted on: May 24, 2017

To stand against hateful rhetoric and demonstrate a caring spirit, the Minnesota Council of Churches is coordinating a yard sign campaign that supports our Muslim neighbors during Ramadan (May 26-June 25) this year. The signs read: “To Our Muslim Neighbors: Blessed Ramadan.”

In Ramadan, a holy month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. Fasting during Ramadan, which falls during the summer season, is one of the “five pillars” of Islam and is performed to learn compassion, self-restraint, and generosity.

Pick up your sign from Dave Borton in the narthex on May 28. A $10 donation is requested to cover the cost. You may also find a PDF of a free version to print out at home and put in your window at tinyurl.com/blessed17.

St. John’s parishioners are also encouraged to attend Taking Heart Iftar dinners during the month of Ramadan. Join with our Muslim neighbors to eat together and share stories. Taking Heart is a long-running program coordinated by MCC and the Muslim American Society of Minnesota (MAS-MN) in which mosques and Islamic Community Centers welcome their non-Muslim neighbors for the traditional evening Iftar meals that break the day-long Ramadan fast. This program helps regular people of different faiths get to know each other over a meal and conversation. They are free and open to the public. Sign up to attend at tinyurl.com/takingheart17.

» Joint Evensong at St. Clement’s

Posted on: May 10, 2017

On Sunday, May 21, the combined choirs of St. Clement’s and St. John’s will present a service of Evensong at 4:30pm at St. Clement’s (901 Portland Ave), featuring the music of Bernard Rose, Herbert Howells, H. Balfour Gardiner, and John Stainer. All are invited to attend.

» Summer at St. John’s

Posted on: May 9, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 8:00pm
“Taking Heart” Ramadan Dinner
Members of St. John’s will be joining the Bushiri family (the refugee family we sponsored from the Congo) at an Iftar dinner at Masjid Taqwa, 1608 Como Avenue, St. Paul. Mosques and Islamic Community Centers are welcoming their non-Muslim neighbors for the traditional evening Iftar meals that break the day-long Ramadan fast. Known as Taking Heart, this program helps regular people of different faiths get to know each other over a meal and conversation. Sign up to attend at tinyurl.com/takingheart17.

Saturday, June 3, 8:30am-3pm
Workshop: “If not you, who? If not now, when? Living Into Our Baptismal Covenant”
Dr. Fredrica Harris Thompsett will lead a workshop to help us explore the ways that living out our Baptismal commitments can make profound differences in our lives today. Click here for all the details on this event.

Sunday, June 4, 8 & 10am
Pentecost Worship
Please wear red to church on June 4 to celebrate the feast of Pentecost! We will welcome gifted theologian and teacher Dr. Fredrica Harris Thompsett as our guest preacher at 8am and 10am. Our 10am worship will also be a festive service with baptisms. If you are interested in baptism for yourself or a child, please contact the Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson at jered.weberjohnson@stjohnsstpaul.org.

Sundays, June 4-Oct 8, 9am-Noon
Farmers’ Market
St. John’s is again partnering with farmers from Holy Apostles who will sell their produce in our parking lot. Come shop the market this summer!! We also need volunteers to greet visitors, as well as deliver produce after the market closes. Sign up at tinyurl.com/farmers17.

Wednesdays, June 7, 14, & 21, 7:30-9pm
Back Porch Series: Cool Drinks, Hot Topics
The New Testament teaches us that in Christ, we are all one. How do we manifest this unity in such a divided world? How do we talk about the “Hot Topics” of our day with substance, in gracious conversation?
In this summer’s Back Porch Series, we’ll tackle “Race & Gun Violence,” “Race & Privilege,” and “Race & Immigration” using the Building Bridges curriculum. It provides a model of respectful dialogue by using mutual invitation and deep listening, and relies on a set of carefully followed group norms to preserve respect and openness throughout. The conversations will go from 7:30-9pm and will be facilitated by our clergy. Leave your distractions behind you and come prepared for tough but caring conversations with other adults from St. John’s. Contact Jered Weber-Johnson at jered.weberjohnson@stjohnsstpaul.org with any questions.
June 7 will be at the Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson’s house: 1765 Jefferson Ave, St. Paul.
June 14 will be at the Rev. Barbara Mraz’s house: 1666 Jefferson Ave, St Paul.
June 21 will be at Josh & Tisha Colton’s house: 576 Lincoln Ave, St. Paul.

June 23-25
Pride Weekend
St. John’s will once again march with St. Mark’s and other Episcopal faith communities in the GLBT Pride Parade. We will also organize other events for fellowship during Pride weekend. More details to follow!

Until July 16
Donations Needed for Kayoro Trip
The St. John’s travelers will be visiting Uganda at the end of July, and hope to bring much-needed supplies to the Kayoro clinic. Donations needed are: prenatal vitamins, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, allergy tablets, folic acid supplements, multivitamins, iron tablets, sanitary napkins, magnesium tablets, KY Jelly. Please drop off your donations in the Gathering Space.  For more info, contact Lea Anne Schmidt at leaanne.schmidt@gmail.com.

July 23-29  |  July 24-28  |  August 6-12
Youth Summer Camp Opportunities
The Episcopal Church in MN is offering Youth Quest Camp for grades 6-8 (and for grades 9-12 leadership) on July 23-29; Creative Arts Day Camp for age 4—grade 6 on July 24-28; and Youth Music Camp for grades 3-12 on Aug 6-12. Visit tinyurl.com/ECMNcamps17 for all the details. St. John’s has funding available to partially cover the registration cost for our youth; contact Jean Hansen at rjhansen3128@gmail.com for info.

July 24-28 & July 31-August 4
Faith Builders
We’ll be joining with other local churches to work on a new Habitat for Humanity project in Saint Paul Park. All skill levels welcome. Tools and training are provided. To sign up, go to tinyurl.com/faithbuild17, click a date you’d like to work, and follow the registration instructions.

Sunday, August 6, 4:30pm
Evensong with the Organ Historical Society
The combined choirs of St. John’s and St. Clement’s will present a service of Evensong with special guest members of the Organ Historical Society’s National Convention.

Sunday, August 27, 10am
Blessing of the Backpacks
Kids, college students, seminarians, and anyone else returning to school this fall: bring your backpack or school supplies to be blessed during the worship service.

» If Not You, Who? If Not Now, When? Living Out Our Baptismal Covenant

Posted on: May 4, 2017

St. John’s is honored to welcome Dr. Fredrica Harris Thompsett to lead an all-day workshop June 3 and to preach at 8am & 10am on Pentecost Sunday, June 4.

Her workshop is entitled, “If Not You, Who? If Not Now, When? Living Out Our Baptismal Covenant.” It will be held Saturday, June 3 from 8:30am-3pm (registration opens at 8:30am) in the Gym. Our ancestors across the ages have left a deep legacy of resources for those of us who have shared Christ’s Living Waters. Come and explore the ways that living out our Baptismal commitments can make profound differences even in our lives today! Together we will engage biblical texts, images, poetry, prayers, and occasional splashes of Anglican (Episcopal) history and theology. Immersed in these and other high-spirited resources, we will encourage one another to move forward living more faithfully amid the rigorous challenges people of many faiths face today. Bring your curiosity, your imagination, your commitments, your questions, your good humor, and your experience to share with others. Lunch & refreshments will be served. $10 is requested at the door (cash or check) to cover the cost of food. Click here to register.



GCFredrica[1]Dr. Fredrica Harris Thompsett is a teacher, historian, author, preacher, Anglican theologian, as well as Professor of Historical Theology and former Academic Dean who has taught at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and other Episcopal seminaries for over 40 years. Her passions expressed in her many books are supporting the baptismal ministry of laity and clergy alike, encouraging congregations, women’s history,  anti-racism, and making sane decisions. She recently edited two volumes addressing contemporary issues in the Episcopal Church: Looking Forward, Looking Backward: Forty Years of Women’s Ordination (New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2014) and Encouraging Conversation: Resources for Talking about Same-Sex Blessings (New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2013). Her most popular books are Living with History (New Church’s Teaching Series) and We Are Theologians (1989, 2003, 2015 an EfM Interlude book.) Her current book focuses on conversations between Bishop Barbara Harris and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. She now resides and enjoys living on Cape Cod in Falmouth, MA.

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