» GLBTQ Outing to Como Park Concert

Posted on: May 20, 2018

Sunday, June 3 at 3pm at Como Park Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 Lexington Pkwy. Kick off Pride Month at this free concert by the Queer Music Consortium, featuring: One Voice Mixed Chorus, Calliope Women’s Chorus, Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, Minnesota Freedom Band, and the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra. Everyone who identifies as GLBTQ and allies is invited to attend. We’ll meet at the Pavilion.
For more information: contact Ellie Watkins at elizabeth.watkins@stjohnsstpaul.org.


» Young Adult Gathering

Posted on: May 20, 2018

Wednesday, May 30 at 7pm at Sweeney’s Saloon, 96 North Dale Street. This is the revival of the Young Adult Group that was started and met last year with The Rev. Kate Bradtmiller.  We will gather on May 30 to determine a few logistics—where you would like to meet, what time, how often, and what you would like to do when you meet. Everyone who identifies as a Young Adult is invited to attend.
To join in: please RSVP to Kevin Seitz-Paquette at kdseitz77@gmail.com.



» Companions in Transformation: Our Season of Renewal

Posted on: May 17, 2018

This summer will be a season of rest and renewal for our community, to prepare St. John’s for the next season of engaged ministry. We will share meals and listen deeply to one another’s stories in order to discern God’s call for our next step in ministry together.

During our season of sabbatical, we will welcome guest preachers, some from St. John’s and some from the wider community, preaching on the Lessons of the Day and on renewal.
June 3: The Rev. Susan Moss
June 10: The Rev. Neil Elliott
June 17: The Rev. Barbara Mraz
June 24: Ollin Montes
July 1: The Rev. Julie Luna
July 8: The Rev. Neil Elliott
July 15: Nate Van Yperen
July 22: Elaine James
July 29: The Rev. Barbara Mraz
Aug 5: Vivian Ihekoronye

Small-group meals, a chance to pause and connect with old and new friends.
To sign up: visit www.tinyurl.com/SJEsabbath or use the signup sheets in the back of the church over the summer.
For more information: Contact Ernie Ashcroft at ashcrofternest@gmail.com.

Want to know your fellow parishioners better, one-on-one? Put your name in the hat!  During the month of June there will be a drawing at every service to randomly pair parishioners who will then have the chance to meet for coffee, lunch, or happy hour in the following week.
For more information: Contact Judy Stack at Judysn66@yahoo.com.

Following 10am worship, come to the parking lot for a coffee hour that hits your summer sweet spot. Instead of the usual coffee and cookies, we’ll add ice cream and games for a relaxing but fun way to connect after church.
For more information: Contact Elaine James at elainetjames@gmail.com.


» Faith Builders Annual Build

Posted on: May 10, 2018

Since 2005, St. John’s has been a charter member of Faith Builders, a coalition of five area congregations who support Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity with volunteers and financial donatoins to improve affordable housing in the Twin Cities.

This year, the 2018 Workcamp will be at a new home build at 864 Margaret Street, St Paul, only 10 minutes from St. John’s.  We’ll be on site early in the build, and you’ll see dramatic progress.

Volunteers are needed the weeks of May 21-25 and June 4-8 (Monday through Friday each week), from 8:30am to 4:00pm each day. Each day there will be a work crew of 15-18 volunteers (16 years and older).  All skill levels are welcome – you’ll be provided with tools and friendly instructions, if you need them.  You’ll work with like-minded folk, people of faith from other local congregations, and you’ll be addressing the need for affordable housing in a concrete way.

Information and online signup is at https://tchabitat.volunteerhub.com/lp/faithbuilders/.  Plan now for one or more days!

For more information, contact Don Postema at  651-485-9632 or postema@comcast.net.



» Capital City Grief Group

Posted on: May 10, 2018

Capital City Grief Coalition meets Thursdays in the Gathering Space from 5:30-7pm, from May 3 to July 26. You may join anytime. Each meeting includes an educational presentation and small group discussions. Guest speakers share their professional knowledge on grief and loss, or their personal experience with the death of a loved one. Following the speaker, small group meetings provide an opportunity to share experiences and caring support with others experiencing a similar loss. Each group is led by trained facilitators.

Coping with the death of a loved one is one of life’s most difficult challenges. It can be lonely and confusing. The Capital City Grief Coalition seeks to provide an opportunity for people to help one another understand and express their grief experience.

For more information, call Lois Knutson, Coalition Coordinator, at 651-227-4430.