Welcome to St. John's Lutheran Church!

God has blessed St. John’s since 1862 with faithful members, pastors, and newcomers. We’re a congregation of sinners and saints of all ages. Our worship blends traditional and contemporary, with opportunities for growth, fellowship, and service. We extend Christ’s welcome to all who seek to worship, know, and serve the Lord.

Saturday Worship 5:00 pm  – We’ll worship in the parking lot when the weather is good!
Sunday Worship 8:00 & 9:45 am 
9:45 worship is also on Facebook Live.

 

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Pastor's Message
Dear Friends in Christ, "What's new?" people will ask. Sometimes we have an answer. Sometimes, it's "Same old, same old". Sometimes we like new things: a new outfit, a new TV, a new job! And sometimes we prefer old, familiar things: an old friend, an old pair of jeans, an old recipe. Sometimes we long for new faces and new voices in politics. Sometimes we prefer the old. Life and faith always create a bit of tension between old and new, between the familiar and the unknown, between the past and the future. We always need a mix of old and new!

One of the last promises in the Bible (Revelation 21:5) has God declaring: "See, I am making all things new!" This is after we learn that "death is no more" and that "mourning, crying, and pain" are no more; and that God has come to dwell with God's people!

We're celebrating St. John's 160th anniversary this year! Some of the good old ways of worshipping and doing ministry and being church together have served well. Others-not so much! God keeps blessing us with new people, with new life, with new beginnings. That's where our hope for the church (and for the nation and world) lies! God is good at doing new things. God has practice doing new things! And then it's on us to try to see what God is up to, so we can play our part in the new future God is creating!

As a congregation, we're always trying to find that mix between old and new. One ongoing challenge for every church is how to help the next generation have a living and growing faith in Christ Jesus; and a living and growing relationship with the church of Christ.

So what new ideas do we have for reaching and teaching (and learning from) young people?

We've found we can offer online worship-which has its benefits and limitations. How can we be more of a 'hybrid' church, that can gather and grow together in different ways?

How can we serve in and connect with our community in new ways? 160 years ago, a church was often at the center of community life. Not so much anymore! How can church be a sanctuary for the weary in these days? And a source of life and hope for people?

And 160 years ago, people weren't too worried about God's good creation. But these days, the pressure on the planet, and on natural resources, and on persons and all living things is so much greater. How can we as church help renew God's creation? Are we ready for a community garden? Could we envision a solar project here? How can we be the Church of Stewards that we are committed to be?

Questions are usually easier than answers. But going into our 161st year, let's be pondering, asking, and discussing and imagining what kinds of new things God might be trying to do among us and through us! It is promising to hear and believe: "Behold, I am making all things new!" -Pastor Paul

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Posted on Aug 12 2022
John 6 = Feeding of the 5,000+ Bible Background: The Feeding of the 5,000 is perhaps Jesus’ most memorable miracle, and the only one recorded in all 4 gospels! But John doesn’t “do” ‘miracles’. John calls them ‘signs’. Signs point to something
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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Posted on Aug 05 2022
John 21=Do you love me? Bible Background: In John’s Gospel, this is the 3rd and final time the risen Jesus appears to his disciples. It’s at the lakeshore. The disciples have gone fishing (likely for ‘work’). The risen Christ directs them to an amazing catch of fish.
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Sunday, July 31st, 2022

Posted on Aug 01 2022
The 9th & 10th Commandments=You Shall Not Covet Bible Background: Commandments #9 & #10 prohibit coveting. To covet is to want something badly, which is not rightfully ours. Part of the job of loving our neighbor has to do with respecting their relationships and property. In the
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Sunday, July 17, 2022

Posted on Jul 15 2022
Commandments and Holiness-Leviticus 19 Bible Background: The “Holiness Code” is the content of Leviticus 17-26, and gives instructions for how the people of God-about to enter the Promised Land-are to conduct their lives. These rules are both very ‘earthy’ (covering
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