» Young Adult Events

Posted on: September 13, 2018

Our Young Adults group is active and growing! They will be meeting for brunch after 10am worship this Sunday, September 16 at Bon Vie Cafe on Selby. They will also be gathering at 7pm on Wednesday, September 19 for “Sharing Our Sacred Stories,” led by the Rev. Craig Lemming. If you identify as a Young Adult, come drop in at either or both events and see what this group is all about!

Contact Jayan Nair about the brunches, or get in touch with Kevin Seitz-Paquette to talk about all other young adult activities.

» Worship Ministry Training

Posted on: September 6, 2018

Sunday, September 23 at 11am in the church. Please attend if you are interested in helping out on Sunday mornings (or if you already volunteer). Lunch will follow in the Fireside Room.

Reader and verger ministries are open to grade 10 and up; acolytes are open to 4-12th grade; usher ministry is open to all (individuals, couples, and people with children).

If you are interested in liturgy training please RSVP to julie.luna@stjohnsstpaul.org .

» Altar Guild Luncheon

Posted on: September 6, 2018

Thinking about Altar Guild? Please come to lunch on Sunday, Sept 16 at 11am in the Fireside Room to ask questions and learn what we do. RSVP to Diane Power at 651-222-1031 or powerdianep@gmail.com by Sept 9.

 

» Small Groups Forming Now

Posted on: August 15, 2018

Our Saint John’s small groups are a place to go deeper into relationship with each other and with God.

  • We have a number of groups of 8-12 members who meet for spiritual support and a shared life of faith. Contact the Rev. Julie Luna if you are interested in joining one of these.
  • Our Men’s Group meets in the Fireside Room on the second Tuesday of each month. Men are welcome to drop in any time. Contact Josh Colton for details.
  • Our Young Adults small group is active and growing! The group meets one weekday a month for activities like trivia night, and also gathers for brunch after worship on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Open to everyone who identifies as a Young Adult. Contact Jayan Nair about the brunches, or get in touch with Kevin Seitz-Paquette to talk about all other young adult activities.
  • We have a new group for Young Families: parents and children (birth-elementary school aged). Contact the Rev. Julie Luna to join or ask questions.
  • A group for Women is starting this fall. Would you like to gather with other women once a month to share stories, listen to speakers, learn about each other, share your faith life, and build community?  Please let the Rev. Julie Luna know you’re interested. We’ll begin meeting as soon as we have enough interested people.
In our New Testament stories we learn that Christ is present when two or three are gathered to break bread and share stories in his name. Small groups at St. John’s are a fabulous way to engage in sabbatical time all year long; to step out of our lives briefly to share hospitality with others.  They are places where we are, truly, “Companions in Transformation.”
» Fall Events

Posted on: August 15, 2018

Homecoming

HOMECOMING SUNDAY CELEBRATION & LUNCH
11:15am Sunday, October 14 in the Gym
We’ll celebrate the successes of our sabbatical, the return of the Weber-Johnson family, and the resumption of all our fall programming. Come enjoy food and conversation together. Lunch will be provided by the church; you may bring dessert if you like.

Worship

SUNG COMPLINE
7pm Thursdays beginning September 6 in the Choir Stalls
A candlelit service of psalms, chanting, and mystery, led by local vocal ensembles. Incense is used.

PEACE SUNDAY
Sunday, September 23, 10am
Respond to violence with prayer, for the United Nations International Day of Peace.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
Sunday, October 7, 5pm in the garden on the north side of the church
Bring your pets for a blessing at this service in honor of St. Francis.

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY
Sunday, November 4, 10am
A festive service with baptisms.
For info on baptism: contact Susan Moss at susan.moss@stjohnsstpaul.org

Music

ADULT CHOIR RETREAT
Saturday, September 8, 9am-5pm
St. Paul’s Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis
Reconnecting and getting a head start on our repertoire. If you’re interested in singing with the choir, it’s a great way to get started!
To attend the retreat or learn more: contact director Richard Gray at rlgray3@me.com

CHOIR REHEARSALS RESUME
Adult Choir: 9am Sundays and 7:15pm Wednesdays, beginning September 5.
Handbell Choir: 5:45pm Tuesdays, beginning September September 18 September 25 — please note new date.
Youth Choir (grades 7-12): 5:30pm Wednesdays, beginning September 19 September 26 — please note new date.
To join a choir or learn more: contact director Richard Gray at rlgray3@me.com

EVENSONGS
Sunday, October 21, 4pm in the Church
Sunday, November 18, 4pm at Episcopal Church Homes

FEAST OF ALL SOULS EUCHARIST
Thursday, November 1, 7pm in the Choir Stalls
Remember all our departed loved ones at this Eucharist with special music: William Byrd’s “Mass for Five Voices.”

Faith Formation

Adult and Youth Faith Formation Series
“HOLDING SCRIPTURE CAPTIVE:
USING & MISUING THE BIBLE IN OUR CONTEMPORARY WORLD”
9am Sundays September 9—October 7 in the Fireside Room
Differing stances on issues such as immigration, poverty, race relations, and climate change have appealed to the Bible for support. Yet some of these so egregiously oppose the overarching themes of the Bible that it seems Scripture has been held captive to serve an agenda.
In this series, local scholars will examine how Scripture is deployed in our society to support a wide variety of causes, and offer resources for interpreting the Bible as it addresses topics that shape our contemporary world.

Sept. 9: Immigration – Dr. Ruben Rivera, Bethel University
Sept. 16: Gender Issues – Dr. Amy Marga, Luther Seminary
Sept. 23: Race Relations – Dr. Paula Cooey, Macalester College (Emerita)
Sept. 30: Climate Change – Dr. Cara Anthony, University of St. Thomas
Oct. 7: Poverty – Dr. Amy Levad, University of St. Thomas
Oct. 14: Reflections and Connections: A Community Dialogue for Interpreting Scripture (facilitated by Dr. Neil Elliott)


CHILDREN’S FAITH CONNECTIONS & GODLY PLAY FOR GRADES K-6
Sundays beginning September 16
Children will come to know and experience God’s love, explore different ways to practice their faith, learn music together, and explore Bible stories using a multi-sensory approach. Parents, please drop children off in the Undercroft by 8:50am.
9am: Grades K-3 meet for Godly Play and grades 4-6 meet for Faith Formation.
9:30am: Grades 4-6 transition to music formation.
10am: Grades K-3 transistion to music formation and grades 4-6 join thir families for worship.
(On the 1st Sunday of each month, there is no Godly Play; all children meet for music formation and sing an anthem during the service.)
To register your child: visit www.tinyurl.com/SJEkids18
To get more information: contact Jean Hansen at rjhansen3128@gmail.com .

YOUTH GROUP FOR GRADES 7-12
6:30pm Wednesdays beginning September 19
Everyone gathers for dinner, then breaks into smaller groups for the Journey to Adulthood faith formation curriculum.
To register your youth: visit www.tinyurl.com/SJEyouth18

ST. JOHN’S LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, October 7 after 8am & 10am worship in the Library
The library committee has been working hard reorganizing our space and invites you to come see the results. Relax, refresh your mind, and restore your spirit. Financial donations are welcomed too so the library can continue to grow and meet your spiritual needs.

BASICS CLASSES
11:30am Sundays October 7-November 11 in the Fireside Room
Learn about the church, living a balanced spiritual life, and growing in community. All parishioners welcome; required for those joining the church or participating in a sacrament (such as marriage or baptism). Lunch is served.
To join or get more information: contact Lea Anne Schmidt at leaanne.schmidt@stjohnsstpaul.org

SHAPE: SPIRITUAL GIFTS DISCOVERY WORKSHOP
Saturday, November 10, 9am-1pm in the Fireside Room
SHAPE helps us find ways that we can be fulfilled in serving others. Explore your own passions and experience, then meet with a trained consultant who will focus on your personal profile to help identify opportunities to use your spiritual gifts.
To RSVP or learn more: contact Lea Anne Schmidt at leaanne.schmidt@stjohnsstpaul.org

 

Connection

CROCUS HILL COFFEE HOUR
Thursday, September 6 from 8:30-10am in the Fireside Room
We invite all St. John’s members and especially ministry leaders to a coffee hour welcoming Crocus Hill Preschool families back to St. John’s on the first day of preschool this year.

DISCOVER ST. JOHN’S
Sunday, September 16, 11:15am in the Library
Open to all seekers and newcomers. If you know someone interested in St. John’s, invite them to this simple introduction to our church! We’ll answer questions, share what we’re about, and end with a brief tour of the building.

NOONDAY PRAYERS & OWLS LUNCHEON
Tuesday, October 16, 12 noon
Noonday Prayers in the Chapel for all, followed by lunch for those who identify as Older, Wiser Laity. With speaker Jered Weber-Johnson talking about his sabbatical. Please RSVP for the luncheon.
To RSVP: contact the church office at 651-228-1172 x10 or church@stjohnsstpaul.org

 

Outreach


CHILI BOWL COOK-OFF
Sunday, November 11, 11:15am in the Gym
Enter your best red, white, or vegetarian chili. Or come taste all the entries and vote on your favorites. All donations benefit our Hearts to Homes Ministry.
To enter a chili: contact Holly Weinkauf at betterwein@gmail.com