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 – Drive-in worship when the weather cooperates!
Sunday Worship 8:00 & 9:45 am 
9:45 worship is also on Facebook Live.

Wednesday Night “Church Nights” for the next month:
July 7-Cookout at 6pm, Campfire worship (with a baptism!) at 7pm.
July 14-Pet Blessing: Come anytime between 6:30-7:30, you can stay or go!
July 21-“Christmas in July!” Christmas carols, cookies, maybe Santa?? 6:30-7:30
July 29-(Thursday!) “Story Time/PJs/Snacks” 6:30-7:30
Aug 4-St. John’s Olympics-Summer Games!

 

 

 

Click here for more details

Events

Covenant of Care

Click the link below to view the Covenant of Care before you enter the church.

Download Covenant of Care

Virtual Tour of St. John's Lutheran Church

Pastor's Message
Dear Friends in Christ,

"Hope". What a concept! What a gift! What a scarce resource, at times! We've been working through the book of Jeremiah-not exactly a comforting book-and yet in a time of national crisis, judgement, and despair-God, through Jeremiah, issues a word of hope! One of the more treasured verses of Jeremiah reads: "For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope." (29:11)

In these times we live in, we have seen hopes dashed and hopes lifted up. Covid dashed many hopes. Vaccines are helping supply hope. We've been through some very rough days and events as a nation. Yet some still dare to hope in this experiment known as 'democracy', and in the possibility of 'liberty and justice for all!'

Where does our hope come from? Is it from optimistic thinkers and dreamers? They might help, but our hope is rooted in God who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. Our source of hope is Christ, whose love conquers sin and conquers death. Our hope is found in the Good News that God isn't finished with any of us or this world just yet. God is making all things new!

I tend to discourage people from having unrealistic hopes, like of winning the lottery, or that left and right, black and white will have some beautiful "kumbaya" moment, if we all just pray enough. But hope is what followers of Jesus are to 'major' in. This is Christ's gift to us and one of our gifts to the world! And hope is what might keep us praying and imaging and dreaming of a world where all can dwell securely; where all children are clothed and fed and loved; where creation does not cry in pain; where despair and evil do not win the day.

Here's one of St. Paul's great insights on hope: Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Romans 5)

As long as God is still God; as long as God still loves us and this world; then we have reason to be filled with hope, and we are sent to be agents of hope! -Pastor Paul

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Posted on Jul 28 2021
EPHESIANS 6 = BE STRONG IN THE LORD! Bible Background: This letter was written for people who were very much in the minority in their culture, and whose allegiance to Christ was putting them at odds with their own families and communities. This is not a strategy towards a more aggressive
Read More →

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Posted on Jul 23 2021
EPHESIANS 4 = LIVE A LIFE WORTHY OF YOUR CALLING! Bible Background: In this chapter Paul’s builds on what God has done for us in Christ, and challenges us to live up to our calling to be Christ’s own, and to be united by the Spirit, in love. What follows is a series of do-able
Read More →

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Posted on Jul 16 2021
Ephesians 2=Christ is our Peace! Bible Background: Chapter 2 is deep on meaning and long on words again! Verse 8 is a key one for Lutheran theology: “For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not your own doing, it is a gift of God!” Verses 11-22 really focus on how
Read More →

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Posted on Jun 30 2021
Jeremiah 31, 33=The New Covenant Bible Background: This mid-section of Jeremiah, nicknamed “The book of Comfort”, is where we hear beautiful words of hope and promise. The God who judges is also the God who saves. And God’s judgement is not mainly about punishment. It’s
Read More →