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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..

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!

“Return from Exile—A Lenten Journey” Midweek Lent Services

As Christians, we embark upon a daily movement from exile—life under the burden of sin—to the joy of the Gospel that is ours in Christ Jesus. We enter this Lenten season contemplating the reality of our earthly journey, but with eyes fixed on the destination: the empty tomb and the open gates of everlasting life. Wednesdays, 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM services, meals at Noon and 6:30 PM.

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, March 4, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Palm Sunday

Jesus' grand entrance into Jerusalem, which we celebrate with waving palms and shouts of “Hosanna,” sets the scene for His final acts and words before the crucifixion, which we will meditate upon in our Holy Week services. Sunday, March 25, at 12:00 AM in the Worship Center.

Holy (Maundy) Thursday

At the heart of the Holy (Maundy) Thursday liturgy are Jesus’ commands—“love one another” and “do this in remembrance of Me”—which we honor as we celebrate the holy meal, given and shed for us, and remember His sacrifice for us. Thursday, March 29, at 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM in the Worship Center. There will be a ham dinner after the 11:00 AM service (freewill offering).

Good Friday Tenebrae Service

Good Friday is the second part of the three day service called the Triduum. It is a time of somber reflection on the mystery of the cross, that from a death should flow forgiveness and life. We may be separated from the actual events of the crucifixion by two thousand years, but it was for our sins that our Lord suffered and died and to us that He gives the fruit of His suffering and death. Friday, March 30, at 7:00 PM in the Worship Center.

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. 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.

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!

Early Registration is Open (Current Students and Saint John's Members Only Until January 26)

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.

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, February 4, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Open Arms Open House

Anyone interested in learning more about Open Arms Christian Preschool is invited to come meet director Kandy Wise, our teacher aides and current parents at our upcoming Open House. Thursday, February 8, at 5:30 to 7:30 PM in Preschool Classroom. Children are encouraged to come along and play!

Transfiguration of Our Lord

In the Transfiguration, Jesus is revealed to His disciples as the Son of God. It is the culmination of the season of Epiphany, in which the character of Jesus is revealed to us in numerous ways. Now, just before the beginning of Lent, we see Jesus in His glory, “as bright as a flash of lightning,” a timely reminder that the man who walks the path to the cross is at the same time Almighty God, sacrificing Himself for us. Sunday, February 11, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.

Ash Wednesday

We begin the holy season of Lent by reflecting on our sin and mortality, but also rejoicing in our hope: that Jesus, our Savior, suffered and died to rescue us from sin and save us from the finality of death. Wednesday, February 14; 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM services, meals at Noon and 5:45 PM.

Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Event

Sign up at the Welcome Center to join the Saint John’s group that will be assembling packages of food to be sent to starving children around the world—or donate to the cause! Saturday, February 17, at 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Meet at church to carpool to The Ranch. Donations should be made to Saint John’s with a note that they are for “Feed My Starving Children.”

Midweek Lent Services

Lent is a season of confession and reflection, and each Wednesday we gather to share prayer and meditation on the Word. Wednesday, February 21; 11:00 AM and 5:45 PM services, meals at Noon and 6:30 PM.

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 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.

This Year’s Council

This year, Dale Walters is serving as president, Don Gibbons as vice-president, Sam Gardner as secretary and Nancy Behm as treasurer. Jim Bernecker, Stephen Maffett and Kimberly Pepmiller join Chuck Calvano, June Donaldson, Eric Gardner, Sue Gardner, Zach Stephens and Grant Wolf on Council. Many thanks to Bruce Bachman, Jo Fredin, Sharon Gibbons and Joel Sanford, whose terms were complete at the end of the year.

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..