» Richard Gray Organ Recital

Posted on: January 14, 2019

Director of Music and Organist, Mr. Richard Gray, will present his first recital in the Twin Cities at St. John’s on Friday, January 25th at 7pm. The program will feature music of J.S. Bach, Herbert Howells, Craig Phillips, Jehan Alain, and Louis Vierne. All are invited to join us for the recital and the reception that follows. There is no cost for admission.

» Office Closed

Posted on: January 14, 2019

The church office will be closed Monday, January 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

» Faith Formation

Posted on: January 14, 2019

In 2019, St. John’s will offer a variety of faith formation programs intended to build community and to learn from one another while growing in knowledge and love of God.

Sunday Faith Formation

Adults and youth meet in the Fireside Room at 9am on Sundays for our new Faith Formation series, Epiphany and Beyond: Gifts and Unsung Heroes of Faith.

January 6 – Bette Ashcroft presents a discussion on the “Gifts of the Magi.” Stories from scripture tell us that three gifts were offered to Jesus at his birth; Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. Each of these held deep significance, foretelling his death and identity as the Christ, King of all creation. What gifts has the Spirit bestowed upon you? What gifts will you bring to honor the Savior?

January 13 – Nate Van Yperen presents a discussion on “Unsung Heroes of the Dream: Bayard Rustin.” When we think of heroes of the faith, we often gravitate to the big names: Moses, John the Baptist, St. Paul. What we sometimes forget is that the singular heroes of the faith are really representatives of movements, in which many are working to realize God’s call to beloved community. We will explore the unsung Civil Rights hero of faith, Bayard Rustin, and consider his witness as a lens for appreciating other unsung heroes in the faith tradition.

January 20 – Jonathan Palmer and Dawn Selle from Hallie Q. Brown present a discussion on “Hallie’s Heroes and MLK’s vision of Beloved Community.” Looking at  the tenants of the Beloved Community to reach out and help each other, to end injustice and need, and to bring peace to those we touch, we are reminded of the work and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As we approach his remembrance day, join Dr. Jonathan Palmer (Executive Director) and Dawn Selle (Director of External Affairs and Development) from the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center to hear the  profiles of Hallie’s Heroes from the Center’s long history within the Rondo Community and other heroes from the greater St Paul community who worked for betterment of our world.

January 27 – Paula Cooey presents a discussion on “Pauli Murray.” What gifts, virtues, and deeds come to mind when we think of heroes of faith?  What do we lose as a faith community when such heroes go unrecognized and uncherished?  We will explore these questions together by bearing witness to the life of Civil Rights pioneer and Episcopal priest Pauli Murray.

February 3 – Neil Elliott presents a discussion on “Profiles of dissent in Nazi Germany.” While Christians remember and honor “Confessing Church” dissenters in the Nazi period like Karl Barth, author of the Barmen Declaration, and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer, both prolific authors, other Germans were even more forceful and explicit in their dissent. We’ll discuss a range of figures including Sophia Scholl, founder of the White Rose movement, and Elisabeth Schmitz, a theologian-teacher and early member of the Confessing Church.

Unpacking the Sermon: Community Supper and Conversation

Oftentimes members of our faith community have no opportunity to respond to or discuss a Sermon they heard on Sunday. Gather in the Fireside room on the Wednesdays listed below at 6pm. This is an opportunity to “Unpack” the previous Sunday’s sermon with the Preacher in a casual conversation that engages the voices and perspectives of all ages. While we enjoy a simple supper, we will share our questions; What inspired you? What challenged you? What did you agree or not agree with, and why? What would the preacher have liked to say if they had more time?

January 30 – Jered Weber-Johnson

February 27 – Barbara Mraz

April 24 – Guest Preacher

May 29 – Craig Lemming

Please RSVP for dinner, including any dietary restrictions, to Craig Lemming at craig.lemming@stjohnsstpaul.org.

Theology and Film

Join us Thursdays, 5-6:30pm, in February at Tillie’s Farmhouse (232 Cleveland Ave N.) for a conversation about spiritual themes in contemporary film. Enjoy food and beverages while we discuss a selected film with a guest speaker. The discussion will continue during Sunday morning faith formation at 9am in the Fireside Room.

February 7 & February 10 – Dr. Jennifer Awes-Freeman discusses Jesus of Montreal.

February 14 & February 17 – Dr. Mark McInroy discusses Tree of Life.

February 21 & February 24 – Dr. Nathaniel Van Yperen discusses The Apostle.

February 28 & March 3 – The Rev. Barbara Mraz discusses Dead Man Walking.

Watch the movie then come to one or both gatherings for discussion, exploration, and growth in a safe environment.


Spiritual Life Groups

St. John’s Spiritual Life Groups provide parishioners the opportunity to be spiritually nurtured in intentional communities. As you meet over time, you will deepen your faith and build connections with each other. St. John’s spiritual life groups currently include:

Prayer Shawl – Knitters and crocheters of all experience levels are welcome to meet the first and third Wednesday at 9:30am in the Gathering Space.

Book Group – new comers are always welcome to join the first and third Thursday of the month at 10am in the Fireside Room.

Women’s Group – for all women, this group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at St. John’s.

Men’s Group – for all men, this group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm in the Fireside Room.

OWLs – for anyone who identifies as Older, Wiser, Laity. This group meets three to four times per year for a special program and luncheon provided by clergy and staff.  

Young Adults – for anyone who identifies as a young adult. This group gathers for brunch the third Sunday of each month after the 10am worship as well as one time per month for an activity.


Small Groups

If you are interested in a more intimate setting, our small groups are a place to connect with other Saint John’s parishioners and with God. The groups are gatherings of 8-12 members who meet regularly for friendship and spiritual support; some rotate their meetings among members’ homes, others meet at Saint John’s or in a coffee shop. Some groups meet to study scripture or have a common interest, but all focus on our shared life of faith. Please contact Craig Lemming if you would like to learn more at 651-228-1172 x18 or craig.lemming@stjohnsstpaul.org.

» Youth & Parents Confirmation Meeting

Posted on: January 8, 2019

Youth, and their parents, interested in confirmation preparation are invited to learn more at a meeting on Sunday, January 20th at 9am in the Green Room. For more information, contact Jean Hansen at jean.hansen@stjohnsstpaul.org.

» Discover St. John’s

Posted on: January 6, 2019

Open to all seekers, visitors, and newcomers. Know someone interested in St. John’s? Invite them to this simple introduction to our church on Sunday, January 13 after the 10am worship in the Fireside Room. We’ll answer questions, share what we’re about, and end with a brief tour of the building.

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