Gathering In Person Again

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 Dear people of St John’s, With the Governor’s most recent guidance on “turning the dial” to loosen some COVID restrictions, and the fact that both Minnesota and Hennepin County have trended below 5% positivity rate for COVID, we are now able to envision more ways to gather together in person in[…]

Church Service Update

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 Dear people of St John’s, As we approach the one year anniversary of our COVID-19 closing, we may be seeing a little light at the end of the tunnel. This update will provide some details of what’s to come, including our current Easter service plans – and what we have yet[…]

Report on In-reach

During October and November, 16 members of St. John’s volunteered to take on a big task — to reach out to everyone in the St. John’s community to check in with them, ask how they are doing, and to get a sense of what they need from St. John’s during these challenging times. The people[…]

COVID-19 Update on building use

October 29, 2020 Beloved St. John’s community, I know it’s been a long time since I’ve updated you on St. John’s COVID-19 building use guidelines and plans. Because of this, I wanted to remind you what we are currently doing and when that might shift. Occasionally some of you have asked whether a group might[…]

Home Altars

During this extended time of pandemic, we know we need time for quiet, for prayer, and for connection with God. And we know that it’s more important than ever to be experiencing and sharing the transformation God offers us in our Monday – Saturday lives. With that in mind, we’re offering a “worship box” —[…]

Transition for the Care Circles

We established the Care Circles this past March to connect and support all St. John’s members as we closed the St. John’s building due to the pandemic. In March, we were entering an unprecedented situation, and we knew we would need to adjust as we go. Now, almost six months into the shut downs, we[…]

Support Our Partners in Haiti

On my first trip to Haiti, I was visiting a school that our volunteers had built in Northern Haiti. We were there at lunch time, and the people in charge gave me a large basket with sandwiches made on buns with some kind of filling. I was told to pass them out to the students[…]

Justice and Service Committee Update

Justice and Service Committee Update Justice and Service identified three emergency needs among our neighbors: A growing number of people without homes are encamped in public parks. Violence has increased dramatically, particularly on the Northside. There are “food deserts” where grocery stores have either been closed or damaged. In response, we voted to provide St.[…]

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.[…]

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[…]

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[…]