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The Toxic and the True

Long, long before it was trendy to decry “toxic masculinity” on social media, we had a serious problem with masculinity. Although distortions of masculinity—played out in the lives of self-indulgent men who think that sex is for self-gratification and that women are objects to be taken, conquered, traded or sold—have been much in the news this year, our modern predicament is hardly new.

Indeed, it could hardly be older.

At the dawn of creation, Adam was the first man to distort real, godly masculinity, and Eve was the first woman to be let down and left hurting by a man’s inability to understand and live out his manly calling.

Man Down

Adam was called to protect his bride, to provide for her, to populate the world with her. He was given to be selfless in his service toward her, caring more for her own good than his own. And things were going swimmingly until he and Eve suddenly found themselves face to face with the father of lies in the form of a serpent.

When the serpent approached the woman with his wicked distortion of God’s Word (“Did God actually say … ?”) and outright lies (“You will not surely die”), where was Adam? When Eve saw that the fruit was pleasing to the sight and good for food, where was her husband? Hint: he wasn’t out cultivating a garden, checking on the animals or otherwise exercising his lordship over creation.

He. Was. Right. There.

“She took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” (Genesis 3:6, emphasis mine) It is almost as if Adam has been treating his wife as a kind of lab rat with which to test the veracity of God’s Word. Will she die? Only when she doesn’t immediately keel over does he join her in eating the forbidden fruit. Eve, Paul tells us, “was deceived and became a transgressor.” (1 Timothy 2:14) Adam “was not deceived,” and yet he sinned. He failed to intervene to shield his wife from the attack from the serpent, to wield the Word of God he had been given to preach against this slithery deceiver.

Then, when they hear the sound of their Creator walking in the Garden and Adam has the opportunity to emerge from the fog of selfishness, what does he do? He tells God, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:12) In other words: “If we’re being honest, God, the blame falls first to her and second to You for giving her to me in the first place. Keep that in mind as You’re doling out punishments.”

Jerk.

This is toxic masculinity. Adam would rather throw his wife under the bus than expose himself to divine wrath. He shamefully and selfishly cowers behind his wife’s fig-leaf skirt.

Since then, every man has been an heir of Adam’s selfish distortion of manliness. We men are all selfish jerks by nature. We all are more inclined to save our own hides than to offer our bodies and lives for the good of others entrusted to our care. We’re born rebellious against God, with our shoulders slumped and our eyes downcast, curved in on ourselves. This is sin.

Man Up

Only one Man in history has not been guilty of this kind of selfish, toxic masculinity. He is the Man born of Mary, the Eternal Word who became flesh—the One who, though Man, remains fully and distinctly God.

Jesus was, is and always will be the perfect Man. He is everything Adam was created to be. Where Adam was self-centered, Jesus is centered on the good of those He comes to save. Where Adam was self-preserving, Jesus is self-sacrificing. Where Adam was self-serving, Jesus came not to be served but to serve (Matthew 20:28).

Real masculinity is not a matter of having big enough muscles, big enough tools, guns or trucks. Those things are fine, but they don’t exhibit masculinity. The strongest man can still be selfish.

Real, God-pleasing masculinity exists in seeing one’s self and giving one’s self for the good of others. Men were created to serve, to give, to love, to be instruments for the benefit of their neighbors and the flourishing of creation.

And no one except Jesus exhibits that kind of masculinity perfectly.

The cross is the perfect display of masculine giving. Nothing is more manly—in the theological sense of the word—than Jesus’ selfless sacrifice on the cross. There, He holds nothing back, spends Himself completely for the good of His Bride, the Church. He succeeds where Adam—and all men—failed. And even Adam, along with all the rest of us cretins, is saved from his own selfishness by the perfect self-sacrifice of Jesus.

Men Up

Jesus alone, true God and perfect Man, is the solution to toxic masculinity. His Bride is the only one who has no cause to lament having suffered at a man’s selfishness. He loves her selflessly and perfectly. He endures abuse so that she can be adorned with His own righteousness. In this Church, then, men—and women—have hope.

Right now, the world needs men. Real men. Manly men. Strong men. Courageous men. Christ-like men. Masculine men. Men who will give of themselves for the good of their wives, their children, their communities, their congregations, their countries. The Church needs men, too. She needs men to be the spiritual leaders of their families—husbands who will love and forgive their wives as Christ loves and forgives His Church; fathers who will catechize their children in the faith and set the example for them in the pew of what a man forgiven by Jesus is and does. The Church needs older men who will mentor younger men. She needs martyrs who will boldly confess Christ in the face of persecution. Above all, the Church needs men who will work to solve the problem of toxic masculinity by embracing God’s call to embody the higher, holier, selfless masculinity they find in Jesus.

The problem of distorted, defective masculinity is older than our modern predicament. But so is the solution. The solution is the Man up on the cross, the savior of sinners and the example for men.

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.1 Peter 2:21–24

Jeffrey Hemmer is the author of Man Up! The Quest for Masculinity. Article reprinted from the June/July 2018 Lutheran Witness (Vol. , No. ).

Notes from the Flock

There's always something happening at Saint John's. Read on to keep on top of activities, signups and other opportunities!

Thank You from the Funkes

Sometimes one may be overwhelmed by a word, a gift, or some “action of love.” We certainly have been so by the love demonstrated by the family of Saint John’s, which prompts this note.

For months, in the outpouring of love heaped on us through meals (Bill is a lousy cook), calls and visits, “love” and “family” took on new meanings. One definition of family, other than the obvious one, is “A group of people who are generally not blood relatives, but have common goals, interests and attitudes.” Another is “A collective body of persons who form under one head.” A moment’s thought shows both apply in describing the family of Saint John's. The first definition is very obvious when one considers this group with which we are fortunate to share membership. The second one is even more clear. The family of Saint John’s is certainly a close group under the leadership of one head, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You can't improve on that!

Good friends, we truly thank God for your concern and help with gifts of meals and support. A special thanks to Nelly as the “leader of the project.” We take this means to thank all of you without risk of missing one of our “angels.” Our heartfelt thanks to you all, and God’s blessings to all the Saint John’s family.

—Lola and Bill Funke

Support Your Saint John’s Eagles Softball Team

It’s always great having a supportive crowd!

  • Sunday, July 1: 9:00 PM at Fossil Creek Park, west field
  • Sunday, July 15: 9:00 PM at Fossil Creek Park, west field
  • Sunday, July 22: 6:15 PM at Lee Martinez Park, west field
  • Sunday, July 29: 5:20 PM at Lee Martinez Park, west field

The playoffs are August 5 (at Fossil Creek Park, west field) and August 12 (at Lee Martinez, west field). We keep playing as long as we keep winning. Watch the bulletin for times!

Church Office Closed

We will be closed Wednesday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday.

Colorado Rockies Faith Day

Watch the bulletin for information on how to sign up for this summer Rockies game (versus the Athletics), talk by players (Charlie Blackmon, Jon Gray and Ian Desmond) and concert by Passion. Sunday, July 29, at Coors Field. The game is at 1:10 PM with the concert to follow. We will carpool from the church.

Wolf Pack Visit to Saint John’s

LCMS Missionaries John and Jenn Wolf and their family will be visiting us during their furlough this summer. As the Africa region’s project manager, John provides oversight and support for projects and grants across the region, with a particular focus on mercy work. During the Adult Bible Study hour, John will give us an update on his work and ministry in Africa. Sunday, August 5, at 10:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Registration is Open

Please invite your family and friends with three- to five-year olds (three years old by September 15) to consider Open Arms Christian Preschool for next school year. More information and a registration form are available at the Welcome Center, or call Kandy Wise at 482-1357.

Newsletter Publishing/Article Submission Schedule

This newsletter is published ten times per year.

  • The first issue of the year is the late-January/February issue, published January 15 (articles due by January 1). The cover theme is “Love” (unless Lent begins early).
  • The second issue of the year is the March issue, published March 1 (articles due by February 16). Cover theme is “Lent” unless Easter is in March.
  • The April issue is published April 1 (articles due by March 16). The cover theme is “Easter” (if Easter is in March, the theme will be “Spring”).
  • We publish the May issue on May 1 (articles due by April 16). The cover theme is “Pentecost.”
  • The June issue comes out June 1 (articles due by May 16). The cover theme is “Missions.”
  • For the late summer, we run a combo July/August issue published July 1 (articles due by June 16) with a cover theme of “Summer.”
  • The September issue is published September 1 (articles due by August 16). It’s back-to-school time, so the cover theme is “Christian Education.”
  • We publish the October issue October 1 (articles due by September 16). The cover theme is “Reformation.”
  • The November issue covers the end of the ordinary church year and the beginning of Advent. It is published November 1 (articles due by October 16). The cover theme is “Thanksgiving.”
  • The December/Early January issue is the last issue of the year, and covers Christmas celebrations and the new year. It is published December 1 (articles due by November 16). The cover theme is “Christmas.”

We’re always interested in using members’ photography for our newsletter covers. Please submit any picture you think would fit these themes!

Tom Miles is the Parish Administrator at Saint John’s. You can reach him at the church office Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at 482-5316 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Notes from the Flock

There's always something happening at Saint John's. Read on to keep on top of activities, signups and other opportunities!

Heseder Yard Sale

Our annual Yard Sale allows the Heseders (Saint John's mission group) to turn your “stuff” into someone else's “treasure” while generating money for outreach missions at home and abroad. All day Friday and Saturday, June 1–2, in the Large Fellowship Hall. If you can lend a hand with setup or with the sale, please sign up at the Welcome Center.

  • Cookies needed! We are going to try to hold a bake sale alongside the Yard Sale, and could use donations of cookies, brownies or bars. If you can help, sign up at the Welcome Center and plan to drop off your gooddies by the evening of Thursday, May 31.
  • Drop off donations on the stage in the Large Fellowship Hall starting May 28 or contact the church office to schedule a pick-up. We will not accept old TVs/monitors (flat screens are ok) or other bulky electronics.
  • We could use donations of newspaper and boxes to pack items for customers.

Plunge into VBS 2018

At Splash Canyon VBS, your children will learn that God keeps His promises on life’s wild ride! They’ll explore Bible accounts where our faithful God promises to be with us and gives us life and hope through Jesus, our Savior. It’s free, but pre-registration is appreciated—sign up your three-year-old through sixth grade children today, and invite your family and friends! Visit the table by the Welcome Center, call the church office (482-5316) or visit www.StJohnsFC.org to sign up. 9:00 AM to Noon, June 4 through June 7. We can’t wait to see you there!

Be Part of Splash Canyon VBS, and help us share the message of our faithful God who keeps His promises! We have many ways to be involved to suit your interests and schedule. Sign up today at the registration table! We also have a big list of VBS donation needs. Join us for an exciting VBS this summer!

Support Your Saint John’s Eagles Softball Team

It’s always great having a supportive crowd! If you’re interested in playing, contact Tom Miles in the church office. Here’s the season schedule:

Sunday, June 3: 7:10 PM at Lee Martinez Park, west field.

Sunday, June 10: 5:20 PM at Lee Martinez Park, west field.

Sunday, June 17: 8:05 PM at Lee Martinez Park, west field.

Sunday, June 24: 5:20 PM at Fossil Creek Park, west field.

Sunday, July 1: 9:00 PM at Fossil Creek Park, west field.

Sunday, July 15: 9:00 PM at Fossil Creek Park, west field.

Sunday, July 22: 6:15 PM at Fossil Creek Park, west field.

Watch the bulletin for last-minute updates and information on the playoffs in late July.

Alpha Center Baby Bottle Fundraiser

On Mother’s Day we handed out empty baby bottles for you to fill with change (or cash, or checks) to support our community sexual and pregnancy resource center; if you missed it, you can pick up a bottle at the Welcome Center! Please return the bottles to the Welcome Center by Father’s Day (June 17).

Wolf Pack Visit to Saint John’s

LCMS Missionaries John and Jenn Wolf and their family will be visiting us during their furlough this summer. As the Africa region’s project manager, John provides oversight and support for projects and grants across the region, with a particular focus on mercy work. During the Adult Bible Study hour, John will give us an update on his work and ministry in Africa. Sunday, August 5, at 10:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Registration is Open

Please invite your family and friends with three- to five-year olds (three years old by September 15) to consider Open Arms Christian Preschool for the 2017–2018 school year. More information and a registration form are available at the Welcome Center, or call Kandy Wise at 482-1357.

No Third THursday Events Through Summer

There will be no Elderberries Third Thursday potlucks in June, July or August. Plan to join us when we resume in September, and keep an eye out for details on the August Rockies trip!

Newsletter Publishing/Article Submission Schedule

This newsletter is published ten times per year.

  • The first issue of the year is the late-January/February issue, published January 15 (articles due by January 1). The cover theme is “Love” (unless Lent begins early).
  • The second issue of the year is the March issue, published March 1 (articles due by February 16). Cover theme is “Lent” unless Easter is in March.
  • The April issue is published April 1 (articles due by March 16). The cover theme is “Easter” (if Easter is in March, the theme will be “Spring”).
  • We publish the May issue on May 1 (articles due by April 16). The cover theme is “Pentecost.”
  • The June issue comes out June 1 (articles due by May 16). The cover theme is “Missions.”
  • For the late summer, we run a combo July/August issue published July 1 (articles due by June 16) with a cover theme of “Summer.”
  • The September issue is published September 1 (articles due by August 16). It’s back-to-school time, so the cover theme is “Christian Education.”
  • We publish the October issue October 1 (articles due by September 16). The cover theme is “Reformation.”
  • The November issue covers the end of the ordinary church year and the beginning of Advent. It is published November 1 (articles due by October 16). The cover theme is “Thanksgiving.”
  • The December/Early January issue is the last issue of the year, and covers Christmas celebrations and the new year. It is published December 1 (articles due by November 16). The cover theme is “Christmas.”

We’re always interested in using members’ photography for our newsletter covers. Please submit any picture you think would fit these themes!

Tom Miles is the Parish Administrator at Saint John’s. You can reach him at the church office Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at 482-5316 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Notes from the Flock

There's always something happening at Saint John's. Read on to keep on top of activities, signups and other opportunities!

First Sunday “Eat and Greet” Potluck

Bring a dish to share and stick around after the Bible Study Hour to enjoy good food and fellowship at this picnic lunch (the last of the season) hosted by the Board of Fellowship. Sunday, May 6, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Ascension Sunday

Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples one last time to tell them to expect the coming Holy Spirit before ascending into heaven to take His heavenly throne. Sunday, May 13, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.

Support Your Saint John’s Eagles Softball Team

It’s always great having a supportive crowd! The season begins Sunday, May 13. Watch the bulletin for details on the time and location of each Sunday game.

Preschool Spring Program

The preschool classes will be showing off the songs and talents they’ve been practicing through the spring semester—come see the fun! Thursday, May 17, at 6:30 PM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Catechism Trivia Sunday

How well do you know your Catechism? In game show fashion, participants of our Adult Bible Study will break up into teams to answer questions from the Bible and Small Catechism. As part of their “final exam,” second year catechumens preparing for the Rite of Confirmation will lead and be the spokesperson for each team. Sunday, May 13, at 10:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Pentecost

The church celebrates its birthday on Pentecost, recalling the drama of Acts, as the Spirit came to the disciples in rushing wind and tongues of flame and enabled them to go out and preach the Good News. Sunday, May 20, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center. It's traditional to wear red on Pentecost, as a symbol of the renewing fire of the Holy Spirit.

Rite of Confirmation and First Communion

We celebrate the Rite of Confirmation and receive catechumens into full membership. Sunday, May 20, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center. A reception in the Large Fellowship Hall will follow the service.

Preschool Graduation and Picnic

You are invited to come see our four- and five-year-old class graduate from preschool in a special ceremony and presentation, followed by a picnic lunch. Friday, May 25, at 11:00 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Church Office Closed

We will be closed Memorial Day. Normal hours resume Tuesday, May 29.

Spring Yard Sale

Our annual Yard Sale allows the Heseders (Saint John's mission group) to turn your “stuff” into someone else's “treasure” while generating money for outreach missions at home and abroad. All day Friday and Saturday, June 1–2, in the Large Fellowship Hall. If you can lend a hand with setup or with the sale, please sign up at the Welcome Center.

  • Drop off donations on the stage in the Large Fellowship Hall starting May 27 or contact the church office to schedule a pick-up.
  • Note: we will not be accepting old CRT TVs and computer monitors (flat screen monitors and TVs are welcome) or other large electronics.
  • Finally: we could use newspaper and boxes to pack items for customers. If you could save yours for us and deliver them to the church, we’d appreciate the help!

Register Now for Mighty Fortress Vacation Bible School

Registration is open for children age three through sixth grade who want to come along with us as we sing fun songs, do crazy crafts, eat yummy snacks, play awesome games and learn about Jesus, our champion who has won the victory! Monday, June 4, through Thursday, June 7. Invite your friends and family—we can’t wait to see you there!

  • Be a part of this year’s VBS, whether you can volunteer (full- or part-time, we have many ways to help to suit your schedule and interests) or help us fill our list of VBS needs! Visit the registration table by the Welcome Center to find out how you can help be a part of this summer’s exciting VBS!
  • Registration forms available after the service at the table by the Welcome Center or at www.StJohnsFC.org.
  • Registration is free; early registration is appreciated!

Registration is Open

Please invite your family and friends with three- to five-year olds (three years old by September 15) to consider Open Arms Christian Preschool for the 2017–2018 school year. More information and a registration form are available at the Welcome Center, or call Kandy Wise at 482-1357.

Help Make Blankets for LWR

Anyone with sewing skills is invited to come help make blankets and quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other community and international needs. Thursday, at 9:00 AM in the Small Fellowship Hall. Please join us any Thursday.

Choir, Bell Choir and Band Rehearsals

Share your musical gifts with the congregation by adding your voice to the choir, bell choir or band—we're always seeking new musicians, experienced or not, interested in lending their talents to help lead worship at Saint John's. Thursdays; Choir meets at 5:30 PM in the Music Room; Bell Choir meets at 6:30 PM in Room 302; Band meets at 7:30 PM in the Worship Center. Contact Tom Miles for more details or with questions.

Newsletter Publishing/Article Submission Schedule

This newsletter is published ten times per year.

  • The first issue of the year is the late-January/February issue, published January 15 (articles due by January 1). The cover theme is “Love” (unless Lent begins early).
  • The second issue of the year is the March issue, published March 1 (articles due by February 16). Cover theme is “Lent” unless Easter is in March.
  • The April issue is published April 1 (articles due by March 16). The cover theme is “Easter” (if Easter is in March, the theme will be “Spring”).
  • We publish the May issue on May 1 (articles due by April 16). The cover theme is “Pentecost.”
  • The June issue comes out June 1 (articles due by May 16). The cover theme is “Missions.”
  • For the late summer, we run a combo July/August issue published July 1 (articles due by June 16) with a cover theme of “Summer.”
  • The September issue is published September 1 (articles due by August 16). It’s back-to-school time, so the cover theme is “Christian Education.”
  • We publish the October issue October 1 (articles due by September 16). The cover theme is “Reformation.”
  • The November issue covers the end of the ordinary church year and the beginning of Advent. It is published November 1 (articles due by October 16). The cover theme is “Thanksgiving.”
  • The December/Early January issue is the last issue of the year, and covers Christmas celebrations and the new year. It is published December 1 (articles due by November 16). The cover theme is “Christmas.”

We’re always interested in using members’ photography for our newsletter covers. Please submit any picture you think would fit these themes!

Tom Miles is the Parish Administrator at Saint John’s. You can reach him at the church office Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at 482-5316 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Notes from the Flock

There's always something happening at Saint John's. Read on to keep on top of activities, signups and other opportunities!

New Life Festival

Families, come celebrate the resurrection at Saint John's at the New Life Festival, featuring live animals, face painting, egg coloring, crafts, games, a bouncy house and—throughout—the great Easter message! Saturday, March 31, at 10:00 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall. Registration is requested: please sign up at the table by the Welcome Center.

  • Please bring an Easter basket for the 11:45 AM egg hunt.
  • We need donations and volunteers! Please sign up at the table by the Welcome Center if you can help.

Easter Sunrise

In a special service at the break of dawn we remember God's saving grace throughout human history, which culminated in the sacrificial gift of Christ Jesus and His resurrection from the grave. Sunday, April 1, at 6:30 AM in the Worship Center.

Easter Breakfast

The Heseders will serve breakfast for a freewill offering to support missions. Sunday, April 1, at 7:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

  • We could use your help! Please sign up at the Welcome Center if you can bake and bring an egg casserole or sweet bread for the meal. Please bring your items by 7:30 AM Easter morning.

Easter Day

Christ is risen—this fact informs all of our lives, for if God can raise Jesus from the dead, He can bring life to any situation; He can take away the fear of death. Sunday, April 1, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.

Third Thursday Potluck and Presentation

This month's presentation will be a northeast coast travelogue by Chuck and Kathi Calvano. Thursday, April 19, at Noon in the Small Fellowship Hall. Please bring a dish to share.

Spring Congregation Meeting

A finance review, board reports and other mid-year business are on the agenda. Sunday, April 22, at 10:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall. A light lunch will be provided.

  • Active members who are eighteen or older and have signed the constitution are eligible to vote.
  • Child care will be provided.

First Sunday “Eat and Greet” Potluck

Bring a dish to share and stick around after the Bible Study Hour to enjoy good food and fellowship at this picnic lunch hosted by the Board of Fellowship. Sunday, May 6, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Preschool Spring Program

The preschool classes will be showing off the songs and talents they’ve been practicing through the spring semester—come see the fun! Thursday, May 17, at 6:30 PM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Seeking Softball Players

We’re looking for players, especially women, for our summer softball team, the Eagles; contact Tom Miles in the church office if you’re interested! Games are Sunday afternoons or evenings, May 14 through August 14.

Registration is Open

Please invite your family and friends with three- to five-year olds (three years old by September 15) to consider Open Arms Christian Preschool for the 2017–2018 school year. More information and a registration form are available at the Welcome Center, or call Kandy Wise at 482-1357.

Help Make Blankets for LWR

Anyone with sewing skills is invited to come help make blankets and quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other community and international needs. Thursdays at 9:00 AM in the Small Fellowship Hall. Please join us!

Choir, Bell Choir and Band Rehearsals

Share your musical gifts with the congregation by adding your voice to the choir, bell choir or band—we're always seeking new musicians, experienced or not, interested in lending their talents to help lead worship at Saint John's. Thursdays: Choir meets at 5:30 PM in the Music Room; Bell Choir meets at 6:30 PM in Room 302; Band meets at 7:30 PM in the Worship Center. Contact Tom Miles for more details or with questions.

Newsletter Publishing/Article Submission Schedule

This newsletter is published ten times per year.

  • The first issue of the year is the late-January/February issue, published January 15 (articles due by January 1). The cover theme is “Love” (unless Lent begins early).
  • The second issue of the year is the March issue, published March 1 (articles due by February 16). Cover theme is “Lent” unless Easter is in March.
  • The April issue is published April 1 (articles due by March 16). The cover theme is “Easter” (if Easter is in March, the theme will be “Spring”).
  • We publish the May issue on May 1 (articles due by April 16). The cover theme is “Pentecost.”
  • The June issue comes out June 1 (articles due by May 16). The cover theme is “Missions.”
  • For the late summer, we run a combo July/August issue published July 1 (articles due by June 16) with a cover theme of “Summer.”
  • The September issue is published September 1 (articles due by August 16). It’s back-to-school time, so the cover theme is “Christian Education.”
  • We publish the October issue October 1 (articles due by September 16). The cover theme is “Reformation.”
  • The November issue covers the end of the ordinary church year and the beginning of Advent. It is published November 1 (articles due by October 16). The cover theme is “Thanksgiving.”
  • The December/Early January issue is the last issue of the year, and covers Christmas celebrations and the new year. It is published December 1 (articles due by November 16). The cover theme is “Christmas.”

We’re always interested in using members’ photography for our newsletter covers. Please submit any picture you think would fit these themes!

Tom Miles is the Parish Administrator at Saint John’s. You can reach him at the church office Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at 482-5316 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..