» Farewell to Susan Moss

Posted on: October 2, 2018

On Sunday, October 7, we will bid farewell to the Rev. Susan Moss who served as our Interim Associate Rector beginning in November 2017, and then as our Sabbatical Priest in Charge since June of this year. We will celebrate Susan’s marvelous ministry at St. John’s with a reception at coffee hour in the Gathering Space after 10am worship.

» Safe Church Training

Posted on: September 20, 2018

Safeguarding God’s People: Sat, Sept 29 from 9am-noon in the Gathering Space

Safeguarding God’s Children: Sun, Sept 30 from 11:30am-1:30pm in the Fireside Rm

RSVP to the office at 651-228-1172 x10 or church@stjohnsstpaul.org .


In the Episcopal Church, we provide a safe and welcoming environment for all who participate in our worship, programs, ministries and any other church supported activities. We especially strive to maintain a safe place for children, youth and vulnerable adults with an awareness that everyone can be vulnerable at certain times. Safe Church Training is required for

• Clergy & All paid employees
• Vestry
• Youth leaders, teachers & volunteers
• Lay leaders
• Ministry leaders
• Volunteers involved with vulnerable adults
• All key holders

If you fall into one or more of these roles and you have not taken Safe Church training in the past five years, then it’s time to sign up! (You can contact the church office to look up the date of your last training.)

» Handbell and Youth Choir Rehearsals resume

Posted on: September 20, 2018

Singing or ringing in a choir is a wonderful way to praise God! You are always welcome to try it out and make music with us. Handbell and Youth Choir rehearsals were postponed one week but will begin soon!

Handbell Choir: 5:45pm Tuesdays, beginning September 25.

Youth Choir (grades 7-12): 5:30pm Wednesdays, beginning September 26.

To join a choir or learn more: richard.gray@stjohnsstpaul.org


» Stateless, Stuck and Syrian:  Lessons from a Refugee Camp

Posted on: September 20, 2018

Monday, September 24 from 7–9pm in the St. John’s Fireside Room.

In this panel “Stateless, Stuck and Syrian:  How an 8 Year Civil War Has Devastated a People – Lessons from a Refugee Camp,” Minnesotans Malia Remackel and Mohamad Khouli will speak about their unforgettable experiences volunteering with the Syrian American Medical Society in refugee camps at the Syrian/Lebanon border. They will tell the stories of Syrian refugees who experienced the horrors of war and are now stuck in limbo at the border. They will also talk about what we can do to help. Free of charge. Open to adults and teens. Sponsored by Twin Cities Nonviolent.

» Faith Formation for Youth & Adults

Posted on: September 20, 2018

9am Sundays in the Fireside Room

In discussions led by our clergy, staff, and parishioners, together we will learn, reflect, discuss, and deepen our understanding of Christian faith.

Oct. 21: Rev. Craig Lemming, our assistant rector and volunteer chaplain of the Circle of the Beloved, the Minnesota chapter of the Episcopal Service Corps, speaks on the theme “Building the Beloved Community.”

Oct. 28: Jean Hansen, Director of Children, Youth, & Family Ministry, convenes a discussion of “Faith and Family Practices.”

Nov. 4: As the midterm elections near, parishioners Tisha Colton, Libby Snelson, Jamie Bents, and Gregory Torrence will share their perspectives on “Faith and Civic Responsibility.”

Nov. 11: Parishioner Richard Bryntesen speaks on “Awe, Joy, and Happiness”: Why do we often focus on disgust rather than awe? How is joy different from happiness, and how can we build happiness practices into our own lives?

Nov. 18: Parishioner the Rev. Ernie Ashcroft will speak on the Book of Common Prayer 1979 as a resource for faith.