Honoring Our Confirmation Class

Beloved St. John’s community, If the pandemic had not happened, this coming Sunday on Pentecost our Bishop would have been confirming youths from our confirmation class – a significant milestone in the journey of following Jesus’ Way of Love. Since in-person gatherings, including the laying on of hands that accompanies confirmation, cannot safely happen right[…]

Our Saviour’s Food Ministry Update

For more than ten years, a cadre of volunteers from St. John’s has prepared and served meals for homeless guests at Our Saviour’s Shelter on the second Fridays of even months. In April, a number of you very kindly prepared salads and baked goods to supplement pizzas and beverages delivered to the Chicago Avenue facility.[…]

Notes from our Deacon

I pray this finds you well. Some of you know that I am involved with an organization called Isaiah, which is a multi-racial, state-wide, nonpartisan coalition of faith communities fighting for racial and economic justice in Minnesota. This week a number of clergy from Isaiah met to discuss the recent decisions to open up our economy locally and nationally,[…]

Workshop on Writing Psalms

Do current events make you want to cry out or to throw up?  Then you share something with the Psalmist! Our “Turn Group” has been meeting on Sunday afternoons from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm since Lent.  We’re pivoting to a four-week workshop on writing (or reacting to) Psalms starting Sunday, May 17.  We’ll use[…]

Offerings from Exile

Jay Hornbacher and Steve Schewe are proposing an anthology about our faith community’s experience during the pandemic. In Offerings from Exile:  A Handbook of Resilience, we will focus on a Pentecost theme: how is God’s Spirit showing up in your life and in the life of the world—in good times and bad? Share what you see[…]

New Food Ministry Opportunity

St. John’s has a long history of contributing to feed the hungry. Our long financial support of the Joyce food shelf is an example of this. Recently we have been invited to partner with St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Richfield and El Santo Niño Jesús in St. Paul to help feed the Latinx immigrant community,[…]

Update on St. John’s Mission and Finances

An Update Regarding St. John’s Mission and Finances Beloved St. John’s community, As you know, St. John’s is a group of people gathered by the Holy Spirit to experience the healing love of God in Christ and to share that love with all whom we meet. We have expressed that love through traditional and innovative[…]

Earth Day

Earth Month Invitation Happy Earth Month!  While COVID-19 prevents us from celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day as we were planning this year, we are pivoting – as we all have learned to do with so many aspects of our lives during these unprecedented times. During April (Earth Month), and especially as we approach Earth[…]

The Centennial Fund met recently to discuss how to respond to our partners hardest hit by the shut-downs due to COVID 19. In particular, the children and youth at 21st Century Academy run by Liberty Church and the homeless youth served at The Bridge for Youth. Liberty Community Church is experiencing a profound need for[…]

A Message about Our Pledges

To our members and friends of St. John’s, During this COVID-19 pandemic, members of St. John’s are reaching out to help our neighbors. We are donating our time and talents and contributing money to support agencies and organizations working to ease the hardships that so many people now face. Our generosity is crucial, and not[…]

First Nations Kitchen update

Dear Coordinators and Friends to First Nations Kitchen, We send our greetings to you all and our prayers that you are well and safe. To use some of the words of the Right Reverend Steven Charleston (Choctaw) it is clear that we are living through an epic time right now. We hope to do this with[…]

St. John’s Care Circles

Since we cannot gather together inside the church right now, we are bringing the spirit of St. John’s directly to you. We have organized Care Circles of small groups of St. John’s members, so that we can continue to connect with and support each other. Your Care Circle Leader will connect with you regularly, and[…]

Facemasks

Thanks to all the members of St. John’s who are busily sewing masks. Several are running low on supplies. We anticipate Governor Walz will ask people to wear masks in public when the stay-at-home order lifts, so I’d like to make the following appeal: Donations we are accepting: White or off-white Thread; Elastic (1/4”); 100%[…]