Choir Night begins Wednesday, September 6

5:30-6:45pm: Choir Meal is available in the Parish Hall.
6-6:30pm: PreK-Kindergarteners work with Wendy + Chad in the Library & Sanctuary.
6:30-7pm: 1st-3rd graders work with Wendy + Chad in the Library + Sanctuary.
7-8pm: Chime Choir works with Wendy + Chad in the Library + Sanctuary.
First performances will be on Sunday, September 17. (Please note that Sunday School and Godly play will not happen on the weeks that these choirs perform.) The Chime Choir will play at the 8:30am service, and the Children’s Choirs will perform at the 10:30am service.

Service Choirs’ rehearsals begin Thursday, September 7 & Saturday, September 9

With our new fall Service times, Sunday Service Musicians Practices are now on Thursdays and Saturdays. 

Thursday, September 7, 7-8:30pm: 8:30am Sunday Service Choir will practice.
Saturday, September 9, 11am-12:30pm: 10:30am Sunday Service Choir will practice.

Fall Sunday Service Schedule begins Sunday, September 10

8:30am Service: This service uses the Eucharistic prayers from the Book of Common Prayer, and includes mostly pipe organ 1982 hymnal music. Children’s Chapel will be available (children begin in the Sanctuary).
9:30am Social Time: Coffee Hour and other activities.
10:30am Service: This service uses expansive liturgies from around the Anglican communion and mostly contemporary piano music. Sunday School will be available.
10:30am Sunday School: Kids will start in their classes and then be brought up for Eucharist and the end of the service each week.

Youth Activities Schedule begins Sunday, September 10

11:45am Confirmation Class: For 10th and 11th graders. First meeting with parents. Parish Hall.
3:30pm Pilgrim Group: For 8th through 11th graders. First meeting with parents. Parish Hall.
5:30pm Youth Group: For 5th through 8th graders. First meeting with parents. Parish Hall.

Sermon Discussion Group
Begins Monday, September 11, 7:00pm via Zoom

Many times we leave the Sunday service and have thoughts and questions running through our minds. During the 2023-24 year, we will have the Sermon Discussion Group on Monday nights via Zoom. It will run approximately an hour. All are welcome!  Sometimes the preacher will be there and sometimes not, but we will generally have the sermon manuscript available to jog our memories and provide discussion prompts. If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Swope. Join the Zoom room here (Meeting ID: 843 2210 8656 Passcode: 688259).

Noonday Eucharist
Begins Tuesday, September 12, 12:15-12:50pm in the Chapel

We offer a weekly Eucharist in the Chapel. During the Liturgy of the Word, we have a lively conversation about scripture, offer our prayers verbally to God, and then continue with the Liturgy of the Table. We conclude by 12:50 so people can get back to work.

Spirit Group
Begins Wednesday, September 13, 12:00pm via Zoom

This group meets weekly during most of the program year. Please contact Ginny Jacobson for details.

Adult Forum
Begins Sunday, September 17, 9:30am with The Rev. Blair Pogue in the Parish Hall

The Adult Forum will provide an opportunity to learn more about the two learning communities the ECMN is hosting to support congregational vitality and innovation. Faithful Innovation is a way for churches to learn how to connect God’s presence and reality to the everyday lived experience of people in congregations and their surrounding communities.

St. John’s Book Group
Begins Thursday, September 21, 7:30—8:45pm via Zoom

This Fall, St John’s Book Group will join other congregations in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota reading and discussing the Gospel of Luke. The book is Luke by Thomas Walker. We will start with unit 1, Luke 1:39—56 “The announcement of the Birth of Jesus”. Caren Stebinger and Rex McKee will co-facilitate.

Senior High Youth Group
Begins Sunday, September 24, 7:00pm in the Parish Hall

This group is for youth in grades 9th –12th and will begin on the 24th from 7:00—8:30pm.

Open Mic
Begins Friday, September 29, 7:00pm in the Parish Hall

Join us for the 2023-2024 Season Opener! A safe space and family friendly performance opportunity in the Parish Hall. All are welcome – on either side of the microphone. Contact Chad Smith to get on the program.

New Member Inquirer’s Class
First class on Sunday, October 1, 9:30am

Are you new to St. John’s? Join us on October 1 and we will tell you a bit about our life and ministry at St. John’s. Our goal isn’t to persuade you to join our parish; rather, we want to give you enough information so you can better decide if St. John’s is the right spiritual home for you.