» 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.

» Julie Luna’s Graduation

Posted on: May 3, 2018

Our deacon and seminarian, The Rev. Julie Luna, will be graduating with her Master’s of Divinity. You are invited come to the commencement ceremony to celebrate and support her: Sunday, May 20 at 3pm at Mount Olivet Church, 5025 Knox Avenue South, Minneapolis.

» “Blessed Ramadan” Yard Signs & Iftar Meals

Posted on: May 3, 2018

Yard Signs

To stand against hateful rhetoric and demonstrate a caring spirit, we are again participating in the Minnesota Council of Churches’ campaign and offering signs you can put in your yard to support our Muslim neighbors during their holy month of Ramadan (May 15-June 14). The signs read: “To Our Muslim Neighbors: Blessed Ramadan.”

To participate: After church on Sunday May 6 and 13, pick up your sign from Dave Borton in the narthex. A $10 donation is requested to cover the cost, but not required.

You can also download a free PDF to print out at home and put in your window: Blessed Ramadan (PDF)


“Taking Heart” Iftar Dinners

During the month of Ramadan (May 15-June 14 this year), local mosques and Islamic Community Centers welcome their non-Muslim neighbors for the traditional meals that break the day-long Ramadan fast. This long-standing program by the Minnesota Council of Churches helps people of different faiths get to know each other over a meal and conversation.  Click here to learn more about the program, or click here to see the list of dinners and sign up.

» Children’s Music Meeting

Posted on: May 3, 2018

On Sunday, May 6 at 11:30am in the Chancel. Come to hear our new vision for children’s music that will begin this fall. Parents and caregivers of children age 5 through 8th grade, and everyone who is interested in music and children’s ministry, grab your coffee hour treats and come to the chancel for this meeting. You will also be able to meet our new interim Music Director Monte Mason, and our Children’s Music Leader Jessica Bandelin.