» Adult Choir Resumes and Adult Choir Retreat

Posted on: August 19, 2019

Adult Choir resumes Wednesday, September 4 at 7:15pm in the Music Room. The Adult Choir Retreat will be held on Saturday, September 7 from 9am-3pm at Lake of the Isles Church.

To join the choir or RSVP for the retreat, or for information on any of our music programming, please contact Richard Gray at richard.gray@stjohnsstpaul.org.

» Fall Events at St. John’s

Posted on: August 14, 2019


Sung Compline 

Thursdays at 7pm in the Chancel beginning September 5 

A candlelit service of chanting and prayer. Incense is used.


Peace Sunday

Sunday, September 22 at 10am

We’ll join with everyone around the world commemorating the United Nations International Day of Peace.


Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 6 at 5pm in the Holly Street Garden 

Bring your pets for a special blessing at this worship service in honor of St. Francis. A festive reception will follow.


Holy Eucharist for the Feast of St. Luke

Friday, October 18 at 8am in the Chancel

A solemn high Eucharist for the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist. 


Noonday Prayers

Tuesday, October 29 at 12 Noon in the Chancel

Take a moment out of your busy week for this service from the Book of Common Prayer.


Holy Eucharist for the Feast of All Souls

Thursday, October 31 at 7pm in the Chancel

A special service in remembrance of all our departed loved ones.


Baptism Sunday: All Saints Day 

Sunday, November 3

If you are considering baptism for yourself or a child, contact Jered Weber-Johnson at jered.weberjohnson@stjohnsstpaul.org. The preparations will include a rehearsal at church on Saturday, November 2.



Hearts to Homes Chili Bowl Cook-Off 

Sunday, November 10 at 11:15am in the Gym

Enter a crockpot of your best red, white, or vegetarian chili. Then we’ll all come together to eat and to  vote on our favorites. All donations benefit our Hearts to Homes ministry helping mentor families who have recently come out of homelessness. To enter a chili, contact Margaret Thor at margaret.thor@stjohnsstpaul.org.


First Nations Kitchen 

Sunday, September 22 at All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission 

Four times a year, we help this ministry serve indigenous food with a sense of welcome to all who come. Two shifts are available: 

1:30-4pm, food prep and setup:
chopping vegetables, cooking, andup the dining room.

5-7:30pm, dinner and cleanup: serving food, sharing conversation with guests, and dishes.

To help out, contact Margaret Thor at margaret.thor@stjohnsstpaul.org.



Choral Evensong for All Saints

Sunday, October 27 at 4pm in the Church

The Adult Choir directed by Richard Gray and with guest organist Christopher Stroh.


Choral Evensong

Sunday, November 17 at 4pm at Episcopal Homes


Adult Choir 

Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7:15pm and Sundays at 9am, beginning Wednesday, September 4 in the Music Room.


Handbell Choir

Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 5:30pm beginning Tuesday, October 1 in the Church.

To join a choir or to RSVP for the retreat, contact Richard Gray at richard.gray@stjohnsstpaul.org.




Adult Faith Formation 

Sundays at 9am in the Fireside Room beginning September 15


September: “Shaped by Liturgy” 

This series examines how our beliefs about God are formed in the context of Christianity as it is enacted in Liturgy.

September 15: “Liturgy as the Way of Life” presented by Dr. Mark McInroy – Some years ago the French philosopher Pierre Hadot caused a stir in academic circles with his book, Philosophy as a Way of Life. Hadot’s provocative thesis maintains that ancient Greek philosophers have been misunderstood for millennia. Succinctly put, Hadot holds that those philosophers sought not so much to inform as to form. That is, their philosophies do not in fact present dry lists of abstract propositions, as has often been thought; instead they offer wisdom concerning the way one should live. Using Hadot’s thought-provoking work as our point of departure, this presentation will discuss the ways in which liturgy similarly functions to shape one in the Christian life, and indeed the manner in which all knowing is intimately connected to the practices we enact in our lives.

September 22: “How the Liturgy of the Word Shapes Our Way of Life” presented by the Rev. Terry Dinovo – Building on Dr. Mark McInroy’s remarks from the previous week, we will look at liturgy not as a way of being informed, but about being ready to be formed by it, to embody the love of the One who first loved us. [James Farwell, The Liturgy Explained.]

There are two parts to the liturgy, “Word” and “Sacrament.” Together we will look at the first part, “The Word of God.” We hear the Word of God proclaimed from the beginning of the service to the sharing of God’s peace with one another. Through hearing the Word we are formed into a way of life to be lived.

September 29: “How the Liturgy of the Table Shapes Our Way of Life” presented by the Rev. Cynthia Bronson-Sweigert – Although we don’t often think about it, the Evangelists were members of believing communities just as we are; they didn’t just as we are; they didn’t just pick up a stylus or reed one day and impetuously wdrite a gospel. They, too, had shaped in and by their respective communities; even more than being informed about Hebrew Scripture and the Jesus traditions, the Evangelists had been formed by them. They were also formed by gathering for the sacred meal, the Last Supper, where they re-membered and made new the presence of Jesus.

Then and now, liturgy services as a primary source of the symbols and metaphors through which we can make sense of our world, envision a renewed future, and participate in that renewal. Building on what Dr. Mark McInroy and the Rev. Terry Dinovo have discussed, I too, hope to show how liturgy helps to shape our lives as Christians, specifically by looking at the metaphors and symbols of the Liturgy of the Table.

October: “Faithful Stewards of God’s Bounty” 

Our four pledge campaign witnesses will discuss how Henri Nouwen’s book A Spirituality of Fundraising helped them connect their personal stories of faithful stewardship with the four Gospels appointed for the Sundays in October. 


November: “Seeing, Noticing, and Welcoming Eucharistic Symbols in the Media” 

This series will explore ways the symbols of Holy Eucharist unexpectedly appear in film, fine art, and television. 


Youth Faith Formation for Grades 6-12

Wednesdays 5:30-8pm beginning September 11

Gather for open gym at 5:30pm and dinner at 6:30pm followed by programming. To register or learn more, contact cyf@stjohnsstpaul.org.


Children’s Faith Formation for Age 5-Grade 5

Sundays beginning September 15

From 9-10am, there will be activities available in the CYF Center (formerly known as the Gathering Space). Then Godly Play Sunday School will be offered from 10am until the Peace during worship, when kids will rejoin their caregivers in church. To register or learn more, contact cyf@stjohnsstpaul.org.


“The Basics” Classes

Sundays October 13-November 17 at 11:15am in the Fireside Room

Explore the basics of Christianity, the Bible, and the Episcopal Church. Lunch is served. RSVP to Lea Anne Schmidt at leaanne.schmidt@stjohnsstpaul.org.


Young(ish) Adults Book Study

Thursdays October 17-November 21 at 7:45pm in the Library

This group for parishioners in their 20s and 30s will be reading Rowan Williams’ book Being Disciples. To join, contact Jayan Nair at jtn.nair@gmail.com.


S.H.A.P.E. Spiritual Gifts Retreat

Saturday, November 2 from 9am-1pm in the Green Room

Each of us has a unique shape for ministry. Come to discover and consider your own spiritual gifts. RSVP to Lea Anne Schmidt at leaanne.schmidt@stjohnsstpaul.org.




Young(ish) Adults Brunch Socials

After 10am worship on September 22, October 20, and November 17

Everyone in their 20s and 30s is encouraged to gather at Bon Vie Café for food and fellowship. An RSVP is preferred (contact Kevin at kdseitz77@gmail.com) but you can also simply drop in!


OWLs Luncheon

Tuesday, October 29 at 12:30pm in the Fireside Room

“Celebrate the City!” All who identify as Older, Wiser Laity are invited. Local writer Bill Lindeke will speak about St. Paul and his upcoming book. Please RSVP to the church by calling 651-228-1172 x10, or email church@stjohnsstpaul.org.  


Ramsey Hill House Tour

Thursday, September 19 from 3-8pm 

St. John’s will be one stop on the Ramsey Hill Association’s tour of stunning architecture. To assist with extending a warm welcome to our neighbors, contact Lea Anne Schmidt at leaanne.schmidt@stjohnsstpaul.org.


LGBTQ+ Spiritual Life Happy Hour

Friday, September 20 at 5pm in the Fireside Room

Everyone who identifies as LGBTQ+ is invited! We’ll talk about how we can grow together through liturgy, service, fellowship, and faith formation offerings in the new liturgical year. Feel free to bring a friend.Please RSVP to Lynn Hartmann at hartmann.8234@gmail.com.

» Children’s Ministry Meeting for Caregivers

Posted on: August 7, 2019

Caregivers with children birth through fifth grade are invited to an informational meeting to learn about our children’s program offerings for the 2019-2020 year on Sunday, August 25 at 11:15am in the Music Room. This will be a chance to get to know Richard Gray, Director of Music, Haley Olson, Assistant to the Music Director, and Katie Madsen, Director of Children, Youth, and Family. Each will discuss his/her vision and plan for children’s ministry in the life of the parish and you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions about the weekly offerings and experiences your child will have within each program. Parents are welcome to drop their children off at the Holly Tot Lot for ice cream with the Rector and CYF volunteers and then return for the meeting.

For more information, please contact Richard Gray at richard.gray@stjohnsstpaul.org.


» Alert: Spam Emails

Posted on: August 6, 2019

Several members of the parish and staff have reported receiving questionable emails that appear to be from Jered Weber-Johnson. They ask for assistance or “a favor” and request a reply to the email.

We believe these emails are a scam. They are not from Jered. If you receive one of these emails, we recommend you delete it and report it as “spam” to your email server. Please do not reply to it; do not send financial aid of any kind, personal bank or credit card information, or pictures/scans of gift cards, etc.

» Creation Care Meeting

Posted on: August 5, 2019

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden He created to work it and take care of it.”

Genesis 2:15 NIV

Please join us in the Undercroft after the 10am service on Sunday, August 18th to talk about what we at St. John’s can do to take care of and protect our earth, the home God created for us. What can we, as individuals and members of this faith community, do to energize our efforts to recycle and reuse, reduce consumption and our carbon footprint, and to protect and sustain our environment. We might call this Creation Care.

For more information, please contact Eric Odney at ericodney@icloud.com.