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

Saint John’s Giving Tree

The tree is up by the Welcome Center; the opportunities for giving include gifts for needy families at Laurel Elementary, gift cards for Alpha Center and visitation ornaments for the elderly homebound of Saint John’s. Please come take an ornament and return corresponding gifts or cards by Sunday, December 17.

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, December 3, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Next Year’s Offering Envelopes Available

Members, pick up your envelopes at the table by the Welcome Center. If your envelopes are missing, please notify the church office.

“God’s Love at Christmas” Midweek Advent Services

Advent and Christmas is the story of God’s love. It’s not a sappy, mushy or romantic love story. It is a true love story; an astounding love story! Though we deserve it not, though sin makes us quite unlovable, God loves us in spite of it all. St. John reminds us, “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:9) Advent is a season of reflection and expectation. Each Wednesday we gather to share prayer and meditation on the Word. 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM services, meals at Noon and 5:45 PM.

ChristLife Campus Ministry Christmas Party

Annual Christmas party for our college students. Saturday, December 9, at 6:00 PM in Watch the Facebook group or contact the church office for details.

Preschool Christmas Program

The preschool classes will celebrate Christmas by sharing the songs and talents they’ve been practicing through the fall semester—come see the fun! Thursday, December 14, at 6:30 PM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Children’s Program Rehearsal

The children of the Sunday School will meet to rehearse their December 17 Christmas program. Saturday, December 16, at 10:00 AM in the Worship Center. The rehearsal will be about an hour-and-a-half long.

Family Christmas Celebration

The children of the Sunday School proclaim the Christmas story, the birth of Jesus. Sunday, December 17, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.

Open Arms Christian Preschool Bake Sale

The preschool parents will be providing delicious snacks for the fellowship time and a few special items to take home. Sunday, December 17, at 10:00 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall. The freewill offerings and a gift from Thrivent Financial will be used to support our preschool ministry.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

We gather in the light of candles to hear the great Christmas story, witnessing once again the birth of our Savior and the proclamation of the angels: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you!” Sunday, December 24, at 6:00 PM in the Worship Center. Holy Communion will be celebrated.

Christmas Day Service of Carols and Lessons

Christ, the Savior, is born, and we proclaim the wondrous birth with word and sacrament. Monday, December 25, at 10:00 AM in the Worship Center. Holy Communion will be celebrated.

Christmas Cleanup

Epiphany Sunday marks the end of the Christmas season, so it’s time for us to gather to take down the decorations of the season—but don’t worry: we get to enjoy each others’ company at the Eat and Greet potluck lunch, and many hands mean the work goes very quickly! Sunday, January 7, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Epiphany Sunday

Epiphany is from a Greek word meaning to “reveal” or “make manifest,” and the season of Epiphany is our time to focus on the revelation of “who” Jesus is: true God and true man. We celebrate the Festival of Epiphany with readings of the visit of the magi (Matthew 2:11). Through these foreigners, who acknowledged that this infant was the Son of God, God was showing us that Jesus was the Messiah and Savior of not just the Jewish people, but of all people, around the world. Sunday, January 7, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.

Baptism of Our Lord

In the waters of the Jordan, Jesus takes His place among sinners and takes all the sins of the world upon Himself. Though He has no sin, He undergoes the Baptism of repentance in order to fulfill all righteousness for us. He submits Himself to the curse of sin and death in order to redeem us! As we share His Baptism and are “united with Him in a death like His,” we also share His resurrection unto newness of life. Sunday, January 14, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.

Election Results

At the November congregation meeting, Dale Walters was elected President, Don Gibbons was elected Vice-President, Sam Gardner was reelected Treasurer, and Kimberly Pepmiller, Eric Gardner, Jim Bernecker and Stephen Maffett were elected to Council. Many thanks to Bruce Bachman, Jo Fredin, Sharon Gibbons and Joel Sanford, whose terms will be complete at the end of the year.

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.

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. Thursday, at 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..