Reaching Out

The church building is usually bursting with life in September, as kids go back to school, the Fall church programming begins, and we check in with our St. John’s friends and neighbors. Even though St. John’s is indeed bursting with life, worship and programs for children & adults, we know that since these are not happening[…]

Getting Souls to the Polls

“We are blessed as a nation to vote. As citizens of this country this is a right, an obligation, and a duty. Go vote. Vote your conscience. Your conscience informed by what it means to love your neighbor, to participate in the process of seeking the common good, to participate in the process of making[…]

Blessing & Farewell to Amy McGrew

Beloved St. John’s community, It is time to convey our warmest gratitude, blessing and farewell to Amy McGrew, Interim Minister of Children, Youth & Families. Her last day with St. John’s will be Friday September 4 (last Sunday is August 30), before she accepts her next call. Amy has spent the last nine months helping[…]

Farewell Blessing

Farewell Blessing to Jane Gilgun Sunday, August 16th at 9am St. John’s beloved and long-time member Jane Gilgun is moving to Rhode Island, and this Sunday, August 16, is her last Sunday with us (of course we hope she will be back to visit many times). Please join us during the Live Zoom Service at[…]

Earth Matters Resources

Resources for Environmentally-Sustainable Living We at St. John’s are aware of the devastating impact that climate change is having on our planet. Many of us are advocating for state, national, and global policies that will reduce pollution and better protect “this fragile earth, our island home,” as we read in the Book of Common Prayer.[…]

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[…]

Sondra Samuels Preaching

This Sunday July 26, Sondra Samuels, longtime friend of St. John’s, will preach for us and will be present for our zoom sermon discussion and coffee hour 9:30 – 11:30. Sondra is the President & CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone in North Minneapolis, which exists to “permanently close the achievement gap and generational poverty”[…]

Note from Haiti

Greetings to the parishioners of St John’s, I am very happy that you continue to proclaim your faith in God while all of the churches are celebrating the Holy Trinity day. By my,  I had a very nice celebration at St Philippe and St Jacques parish at Greasier with 21 people. Because of Corona Virus,[…]

Welcome our new Intern

Elizabeth Lienesch is a new intern at St. John’s who will be part of our parish for the next two years. She is a student at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, pursuing a Masters of Divinity and is in formation to become an Episcopal priest. Elizabeth grew up in North Carolina and moved to Minnesota[…]

Outdoor Worship Option

Backyard Watch Parties beginning August 2 Our Bishop has recently announced that we may begin to have small outdoor worship services. After reviewing many options, the planning team has decided the safest, most inclusive and satisfying option would be to organize outdoor backyard “watch parties” for limited groups of parishioners. Because we want to remain[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

St. John’s appreciates all those who volunteered their time, skills, passion and presence to serve children and teens while influencing relational and faith formation. The hours spent the past nine months intentionally engaging children and teens is of immeasurable valuable. Thank you for preparing, researching, listening, discerning, teaching, influencing, relating, laughing, and being with young people. We appreciate you: John Bellaimey, Confirmation Dave Carlson, Sunday School Grades 6-7[…]

Contemplative Prayer

Contemplative Prayer by Zoom Sunday Evenings at 7pm A small group of parishioners has been meeting in the chapel for contemplative prayer every Sunday evening at 7 pm for over fifteen years. Since March we have been meeting by Zoom.  We would like to invite anyone interested to join us. The format is simple –[…]

What Would Whipple Do? (WWWD)

Click here to read an update of our current position paper for your information. We continue to meet bi-weekly and will in the near future have more detailed information of activities over the summer and into the fall.  If you have any questions, or want to chat further about the process, please reach out to Rex[…]

2021 Pilgrim Destination

St. John’s tradition is for students to embark on a pilgrim journey of communal, spiritual and personal self-discovery before beginning confirmation, allowing each individual to bring their own self-knowledge and personality to their adult commitment to faith. Pilgrimage is the practice where our youth can build, create, find and shape their faith for themselves. This[…]

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[…]

Lent Madness Update 4.9

Harriet Tubman is awarded the Golden Halo! What a run she had. And, what a shakeup of our standings based on the final two rounds! We started out our Lent Madness game with the Round of 32. Each correct saintly selection was worth 2 points. The powerhouse duo of Mary Corlett and Joanie Hawkinson collected[…]

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[…]

Lent Madness Update 4.2

This is getting crazy! At the time of my last update, half-way through the Saintly 16 round – we had Henry Clayburgh picking up 12 points and looking invincible. After that posting, he failed to get any more points, and dropped from first place to 22nd place! WHAT?!?!?  Susan Swann, who was tied with Henry[…]

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[…]

Our Saviour’s Shelter on 4.10

Your Assistance is Requested on Friday, April 10th Please consider supporting our Shelter Meal Ministry during this season of both atonement and hope. Our homeless neighbors are need of sustenance. Given the constraints of our current situation, we are planning to order pizzas and provide salad and dessert for guests at Our Saviour’s Housing Shelter[…]

Lent Madness Update 3.26

Hello again, Lent Madness players! The lack of sports to follow has greatly enhanced my love of this game. At least this game gives me something I can repeatedly refresh during the day hoping for a different result. Refreshing the news does not help! We are now half-way through the Saintly 16 round. 8 matchups over,[…]


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%[…]

Children, Youth, Family 3.19

Children, Youth & Family As we adjust to a new normal, we are re-imagining children’s, youth and family ministry. We are asking parents to answer 8 questions to help us understand their family’s needs as we consider the possibilities of: – weekly Children’s Chapel pre-recorded or live video – access to Sunday School curriculum for parents to teach children at home[…]

Q: In what ways do you share your musical gifts at St. Johns? A: I sing in the Youth Choir, and I play in the Chime Choir. Q: What music do you listen to? A: Old Rock’n’Roll, Pop, and some Folk. Q: Do you have a favourite musical artist, song or compositions? A: Like my[…]