News & Upcoming Events

Advent by Candlelight

Sunday, December 5
Registration is now open for Advent by Candlelight! Invite your female family members, friends, and neighbors to attend this Christ-centered preparation for the holiday season, held in the school gymnasium beginning at 1:30 p.m. Space is limited, so sign up to host a table or attend today! If you have 4 or more guests, you are encouraged to host a table. Click here to register.



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Third Thursday Concert

Thursday, October 21
Please plan to join us for these 45-minute concerts held on the third Thursday of each month in the church sanctuary. October’s concert centers around “Made in America” and features organ pieces by late 19th and early 20th century American composers. Mark your calendars and bring your friends to this free concert at 12:15 p.m. in the church sanctuary.



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St. John's Apparel

Through Friday, October 22
Need some new St. John’s clothing or want to get started on your Christmas shopping? The St. John's Store is now open, with orders being delivered around Thanksgiving. Click here to check out our St. John's gear, and let us help you cross some names off your holiday gift list!



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Rooted & Mowing Workday

Saturday, October 30
The Rooted and Mowing team is always looking for volunteers to help with garden maintenance and fall clean up. Please consider joining us for fall clean up work starting at 10:00 a.m. We request that you bring your own gardening gloves and tools. If you’re interested in helping, click here to e-mail Kurt and Kelly Kramer.



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By Scripture Alone Discussion Forum

Wednesday, October 13
By Scripture Alone is going strong in its fifth year, and we’re excited to host another discussion forum! These forums are a wonderful way for By Scripture Alone participants to discuss what has been read so far, and we’ll also be previewing the 2022 reading plan. Please join us from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. To submit questions (in advance), click here to e-mail Pastor Schroeder.



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Fall Festival

Sunday, October 24
Join us at St. John’s School from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. for Fall Festival featuring trunk or treat! St. John’s church and school families are invited to come in costume and enjoy food, games, crafts, and other fun activities for all ages. Volunteers are also needed to help with this event. Adult volunteers, click here to sign up; teen volunteers, click here. We’re excited to host Fall Festival after last year’s hiatus – hope to see you there!  


 



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Council Project of the Month: Ukrainian Lutheran Mission

In 1991, the Ukrainian Lutheran Church (ULC) declared fellowship with WELS. The ULC continues to face challenges in a social climate where the majority of Ukrainians are heavily influenced by the Eastern Orthodox Church and traditions from Slavic mythology. In spite of these challenges, the ULC continues to work faithfully to proclaim the saving gospel and to be a voice for confessional Lutheranism in Ukraine. We’ll hear more about this 700-member, 17-congregation church body in our Mission Festival worship services on October 9 & 10. Click here to donate.



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Three Good Things That Will Happen in October

1. We will celebrate 40 years in the ministry for Pastor Joel Leyrer. Pastor Leyrer has served at St. John's since 1998, and we are blessed to be able to celebrate this milestone with him. Please join us for a celebratory worship service on Sunday, October 3, at 2:00 p.m., with a reception to follow.

2. We will begin our emphasis on "A God-Lived Life." Along with congregations across the WELS, we'll be considering ways in which we can demonstrate what God looks like in how we live our lives. Over the next five months, we'll be talking about various aspects of a God-lived life. Up first: we'll focus on the life of being a disciple in this weekend's services. 

3. Two of our popular school events will return! All church and school families are invited to join us from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 24, for Fall Festival featuring trunk or treat. And families with children K2 - 1st grade (and their siblings) are invited to join us from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, for Bedtime Blessings (click here to register). Hope to see you there! 



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Two Good Things That Happened in September

1. We hosted our first Third Thursday concert in a year and a half. Held on the third Thursday of each month from 12:15 - 1:00 p.m., these free concerts are a wonderful way to take a quick break from the busyness of your day and enjoy some fantastic music! Click here for a schedule of our upcoming fall concerts.

2. We previewed hymns and liturgy from the new hymnal. Christian Worship '21 will be arriving in our pews later this fall, and we're excited to begin introducing it to you! Watch for more information over the next couple of months, and click here for more information about the new hymnal. 



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One Good Thing That You Might Not Know About

1. Our sports teams now have their own YouTube channel! 

Check out www.sjtosa.org/CrusaderTV for live game feeds, highlights, and more. If you can't make it to a game, this is a fantastic way to still cheer on your St. John's Crusaders!



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