» Office Closed

Posted on: November 15, 2017

The church office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 23-24, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

» Christmas Flower Memorials

Posted on: November 12, 2017

Church is a place of sacraments, of outward signs of inward grace, and a place where those we have loved and lost can seem very close to us.

As a way to act sacramentally and express gratitude, we invite you to make a gift towards the cost of the Christmas greens and flowers that will decorate St. John’s this year. Honor a family member or friend, give thanks for a special event (such as a wedding or the birth of a child), or remember a departed loved one. Names of those honored will be included in the Christmas bulletins. If you choose, you may take your flowers home with you after Christmas Day.

Click here to make your flower order online. If you prefer to use a paper form, Lea Anne Schmidt will have order forms available in the Gathering Space on Sundays. Orders are due by December 10.

» Christmas Worship Schedule

Posted on: November 9, 2017

Christmas Eve Worship with Pageant

Sunday, December 24 at 10am: Advent is supposed to be a time of quiet mystery, but often it is the busiest time of our year. To simplify life for all our families so we can focus on what is truly important, our annual Christmas Pageant will use a “no rehearsals” format that has been hugely successful in many other churches. If your child would like to participate, simply come to the Gym at 9am that morning. They can wear their own costume or choose from those provided. We may also ask a few members of the congregation to help the children share the story of Christ’s birth.


Christmas Eve Worship

Sunday, December 24 at 4pm & 10pm (musical prelude beginning at 3:30pm & 9:30pm)


Christmas Day Worship

Monday, December 25 at 10am


» Advent at St. John’s: Share Stories

Posted on: November 9, 2017

Stories of Our God

Morning Prayer: Weekdays in Advent at 9am  (December 4-8, 11-15, and 18-22)
Knowing scripture is the surest marker of deepening faith in God in Christ. One of the ways that Christian communities have explored the stories of the Bible is through observance of hours of prayer and scripture that punctuate the day. So, every weekday this Advent, we will be offering Morning Prayer at 9am. The service will be simple, brief, and will allow us to hear large portions of holy scripture set aside through the Daily Office readings.

Festival of Lessons and Carols: Sunday, December 17 at 4pm
Lessons and Carols was first celebrated in 1880 in a wooden shed in Truro, England. Beginning in 1928, Minnesota Public Radio helped make the service popular in the United States, as tens of thousands of people tuned in each year on Christmas Eve to listen the live broadcasts from Cambridge. The service has been offered at St. John’s for many years.  Our handbell, adult, youth, and children’s choirs, joined by the Artaria String Quartet, share their talents and lovely seasonal music. Whenever and wherever this service is heard, the main theme is the purposes of our Creator as seen through the lens and texts of scripture.



Stories of Faith Formation

“Into the Unknown”: Sundays at 9am, November 5-December 17 (no meeting November 26 due to Thanksgiving)
Explore the stories of the ordinary, extraordinary men and women of the Bible, including Ruth and Naomi, Jonah, John the Baptist, and Mary. What do they reveal to us about our own stories? Gather for a brief lecture or teaching, followed by discussion and illumination. Youth and adults welcome.

Advent Wreath Event: Sunday, December 3 at 11am
All ages are invited! We will make advent wreaths together and prepare ourselves for the birth of Christ. All materials provided. Refreshments will be served. You can also pick up the booklet of parishioner profiles for our all-parish Advent read. To ensure enough supplies, RSVP to Jean Hansen at rjhansen3128@gmail.com by November 26. Let her know if you can bring your wreath ring from last year or if you need a ring.



Stories of Fellowship

Christmas Party: Saturday, December 2 between 5:30-8pm
Drop in anytime during the party to share food, fellowship, music, and stories of  Christmas. Click here for more details.

Hanging of the Greens: Wednesday, December 13 at 6pm
Everyone is invited to join the Men’s Group, the Youth Group, and the Under 40s group at this annual event, when we decorate the church inside and out with greens and garlands. You can order Christmas flowers or make a donation to the cost of the greens, in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone special. Click here to order.


Stories of Our Neighbors In Need

YWCA Giving Tree: through December 13
Help families transitioning out of homelessness with donations of Christmas gifts. We will have Christmas trees at the back of the church and in the Gathering Space with tags containing wishes for 15 families. Choose the tag(s) you’d like to fulfill and then bring the unwrapped gifts to the YWCA at 375 Selby Ave, St Paul, by December 13. The YWCA is also asking for donations of wrapping paper and gift bags this year.


» Parish Christmas Party December 2

Posted on: November 8, 2017

Youth and adults are invited to come enjoy food, music, fellowship, and stories of Christmas! Drop in anytime between 5:30-8pm. St. John’s and Holy Apostles’ own Top Chefs will be serving small plates/hearty appetizers. Guests will sample at each station and can mingle with others at tables. Vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free choices will be available.

Bring a favorite dessert to share. Everyone is welcome regardless of payment; suggested donation is $20/person.

Child care is available for children birth through 6th grade, but you must RSVP ahead of time so we know how many children to expect.

If you have questions or want to volunteer as a chef or another capacity, email Becky Garthofner at stpaulycat@gmail.com.




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