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September 3, 2017


Mustard Seed Offering | TODAY
Today’s Mustard Seed Offering will benefit Episcopal Relief and Development’s Hurricane Harvey Response Fund.


Worship and Music

Choir Rehearsals Resume
Handbell Choir: Tuesdays 5:45pm, beginning September 5.
Adult Choir: Sundays 9am and Wednesdays 7:15pm, beginning September 13.
Youth Choir: Wednesdays 5:30pm, beginning September 13. For grades 7-12.
For info: contact Jayson Engquist,

Adult Choir Retreat | Saturday, September 9
A great way for new and current singers to enjoy a day together and become familiar with the anthems..
To RSVP for the retreat or join the choir: contact Jayson Engquist,

Gathering Sunday Sunday, September 10
We’ll celebrate the return of fall programming with a Connection Fair and Potluck. Come enjoy food and conversation together. Please bring a dessert to share.
Location: in the Gym following 10am worship.

Sung Compline Thursdays beginning September 14
Join us every week for a service of prayers, chanting, and mystery. Incense will be used.
Location: at 7pm in the Choir Stalls.

Peace Sunday Sunday, September 24
We’ll add our intentions to those around the world, responding to violence with prayer. 10am worship will end with a blessing of the Peace Pole.

Blessing of the Animals Sunday, October 1
**Please note the date — the one in the fall mailing was incorrect.**  Bring your pet to this Eucharist for all creatures great and small. A reception with treats for animals and humans will follow.
Location: 5pm in the Holly Garden (or in the Gym in case of rain)


Spiritual Life

“Sharing Our Stories” for Youth & Adults
Sundays beginning September 10
Each week, we’ll present a short lecture, followed by discussion and inquiry. Come on Gathering Sunday to learn about church matriarch Sarah.
Location: 9am in the Fireside Room
For info: Kate Bradtmiller, 651-228-1172 x18.

“Children’s Faith Connections” for age 5-6th Grade
Sundays beginning September 17
Kids will connect with each other, explore different ways to pray, deepen their family faith and spiritual life, and experience God’s love.

Location: 9am in the Gym

Register your child now:

Youth Ministry for Grades 7-12 | Wednesdays Beginning September 13
Youth gather weekly for dinner, spiritual formation, and Christian community.
Location: starting in the Gym Kitchen at 6:30pm
Register your youth now:

“Building Bridges: Dialogue on Race Relations” Join us as we confront issues of race and truly challenge and deepen our faith.  Topics will be:
September 17: Lives Matter
October 1: Race and Privilege
October 15: Race and Children
October 29: Immigration
November 12: Stand Your Ground
To give the group time to delve deeply into the issues, the series will be capped at 12 participants and we ask you to commit to attending all 5 sessions.
Location: 11:30-2pm in the Green Room
To sign up: Contact Kate at 651-228-1172 x18.

New Daytime Small Group | Starting September 21
A daytime group for friendship and spiritual support will be meeting 10-11:30am at St. John’s on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Contact Kate Bradtmiller at 651-228-1172 x18 to join.

Basics Classes | Starting October 1
An 8-week series about Christianity, Anglicanism, the Bible, and discipleship. For new members, those preparing for a sacrament, and anyone who wants to refresh their knowledge. Lunch is served.
Location: Sundays at 11:30am in the Fireside Room  RSVP: Lea Anne Schmidt,

Giving Opportunities

Ramsey Hill Home Tour | Thursday, September 14
Share our historic church with our neighbors at the Ramsey Hill Home Tour. Volunteers are needed between 3-8pm to give tours of our worship space.
To volunteer as a host: email Libby Snelson, or email Lea Anne Schmidt,

Safe Church Training  |  September 23 & 30
“Safeguarding God’s People” will be offered Saturday, September 23. “Safeguarding God’s Children” will be offered Saturday, September 30. You can contact the office to find out if you need to sign up for or renew your training. Refreshments will be provided.
Location: 9am-noon in the Gathering Space
To register: contact the church office at 651-228-1172 x23 or

Mustard Seed Offerings
Sunday, September 24: Our Mustard Seed Offering on Peace Sunday will go towards Kids4Peace. Look for our new “Text to Give” option that Sunday as well! Founded in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, Kids4Peace is a global movement of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim youth, dedicated to ending conflict around the world.
Sunday, October 1: Our October Mustard Seed Offering will benefit Episcopal Homes & Services.

Altar Flowers: New Opportunities to Give
Every week, parishioners give funds for the altar flowers that grace God’s holy table. We encourage you to not only give in memory of departed loved ones, but also in honor of living family members and events such as a wedding or the birth of a child. Beginning in October, we will continue to list in the bulletin the names of those for whom flowers are given, but no longer say them aloud during worship. This is in acknowledgement that we are a church that prays inclusively, and we keep all our parishioners’ loved ones in our prayers. Beginning January 1, 2018, the requested donation for flowers will be $35, and all Sundays may be shared among several givers. Contact the church office at 651-228-1172 x23 to make a donation or ask questions.

Farmers’ Market | Sundays 9am-noon
Plan to shop the market before 10am worship next week, so you can attend the Connection Fair after the service! Donations of paper and plastic grocery bags needed at the market. We are still working to meet the $1,500 matching grant for a weekly truck delivery of produce to the food shelf. Place your check in the offering plate, marked “Fields to Families,” or give cash at the market.
Sign up to host:

Help Digitize the St. John’s Archives
We have a beautiful archive of papers that document our rich faith history. Now we need preserve these records in a digital format for future generations. Anyone comfortable using a computer is invited to help. It will mainly be simple scanning of documents.
To volunteer: historian Alden Drew, 612-623-8019.

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed | October 1 & 29
Do you love to host and feed others? Volunteers are needed to provide treat for coffee hour Oct 1 & 29.
To volunteer: contact coordinator Paige Hagstrom at


Special Interests

Office Closed | Monday, September 4
The church office will be closed for Labor Day.

“Walking Through Grief” Free Support Group
Offered by HealthEast Hospice. Members will reflect on loss and receive relevant grief education.
Meets: 10-noon, Sept 6-Oct 4 in the Haag-Rinkel Rm, HealthEast Midway, 1700 University Ave
RSVP: 651-232-3543 by September 1.

Crocus Hill Parent Coffee Hour |  Thurs, Sept 7
We invite all St. John’s members and especially ministry leaders to a coffee hour in the Fireside Room, 8:30-10am, welcoming Crocus Hill Preschool families back to school and St. John’s.

New Key Fobs
Our security system has been upgraded, so the old electronic fobs no longer work on the church doors. If you need a replacement, contact Sarah Dull at or 651-228-1172 x23.


Monthly Meetings

  • Prayer Shawl Gathering—Wednesday, Sept 6, 9:30am, Gathering Space. Contact Anneke Krall at 651-248-8932.
  • Men’s Breakfast—Sat., Sept 9, 9am, Gym Kitchen. Contact Jim Johnson at 651-698-5655.
  • Men’s Group —Tues, Sept 12, 7:30pm, Fireside Room. Contact Josh Colton at 612-275-6004.
  • Vestry Meeting—Mon, Sept 18, 6pm, Fireside Room. Contact Jerry Woelfel at 651-283-7798.


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