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Three Good Things That Will Happen in September

1. We will hold a congregational meeting on Tuesday, September 6. This meeting has two main purposes: 1) to share the results of this summer's capital campaign feasibility study and 2) to extend a call for a pastor of youth and outreach. All congregation members are invited to join us at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall or virtually at www.sjtosa.org/video for the open forum portion of the meeting. 

2. We will hold our annual Unity Sunday worship service. This year, we're thankful to return to our traditional Unity Sunday format of a single worship service in our school gym. Please plan to join us on Sunday, September 11, at 9:00 a.m., and click here for more information from our Board of Elders.


3. We will take a new step into the digital world and kick off a sermon podcast. Our pastors preach beautiful law-and-gospel sermons every week, and we want to share them with you! Beginning with Unity Sunday, we'll be distributing each week's sermon as a podcast on Tuesday morning. Watch for more information and a link coming soon.

 

 



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Unity Sunday

Sunday, September 11
After a two-year hiatus, we're looking forward to resuming our single Unity Sunday worship service at 9:00 a.m. in the school gymnasium. This service presents us with the dual blessing of recommitting ourselves to in-person worship and reconnecting with each other as fellow believers. Please join us as we celebrate the presence and encouragement we enjoy as members of the body of Christ. 



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Three Good Things That Will Happen in August

1. We'll kick off another school year. School starts on Tuesday, August 23, with our Back-to-School night on Sunday, August 21, at 6:00 p.m. We hope our students, staff, and faculty members enjoyed their summers, and we're excited to welcome everyone back for another year!

2. Our summer childcare program will wrap up another successful stint. With themes like "Holiday Hoopla" and "Splashtacular," it was a fantastic summer! We'll close for a couple of days later in August and then start up fresh with our Early Learning Center and after-school care.

3. Planning will begin for our annual Unity Sunday service. After a two-year hiatus, we'll return to our "traditional" Unity Sunday format: a single worship service in our school gym. Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 11, at 9:00 a.m., and watch for more information in a special mailing coming soon.



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Two Good Things That Happened in June

1. We began the non-festival half of the church year. After a focus on the life of Christ from Advent through Pentecost, we've now shifted our focus to the life of the Christian. The parament (altar decoration) color changes and special liturgies might not be as frequent, but this season is no less important for our spiritual lives.

2. The work of our Rooted & Mowing team kicked into high gear with planting, lawn mowing, weeding, mulching, and more. Rooted & Mowing is especially looking for teens and adults who can help with weeding and watering this summer. Sign up for a week (or more!) and then come anytime during that week. Click here for more details or to sign up. 



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Summer Sermon Series

Beginning Sunday, June 19
When Jesus walked among us, the Bible consisted only of what today we know as the Old Testament. Of the 39 books that comprise it, the last 12 are perhaps the least known or understood for us as New Testament Christians. This summer, we will draw our sermons from the Bible Jesus read and consider what God continues to teach us through each of these little-known but important Minor Prophets.



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Three Good Things That Will Happen in June

1. We will kick off our summer sermon series. Beginning June 19, we will focus on the last 12 books of the Old Testament. We'll draw our sermons from the Bible Jesus read and consider what God continues to teach us through each of these little-known but important Minor Prophets.

2. We will hold our annual Voters' Meeting to approve the 2022-2023 ministry plan (budget). At this meeting on Tuesday, June 7, we will also extend a call for an outreach and youth ministry pastor. All members of St. John's are encouraged to attend this important meeting.

3. We will finish out our fiscal year and wrap up our current ministry plan (budget). As mentioned in last week's mailing, our June Council Project of the Month is "Finishing Gratefully": an effort to replenish the Undesignated Memorials fund. Please prayerfully consider contributing; click here to donate.



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Ascension Worship

TODAY, Thursday, May 26
Our Ascension worship service will again feature our traditional walk through the church year. In addition, we'll be singing a number of the new hymns from Christian Worship. Please plan to join us and dive a bit deeper into our new hymnal!

 

 

 

 

 



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8th Grade Graduation Service

Wednesday, May 25
Please plan to join us at 6:00 p.m. in celebrating our 8th grade students as they graduate from St. John’s and take their next steps along life’s path. Please also keep our students and faculty members in your prayers as the school year winds down and everyone looks forward to a restful and relaxing summer break!



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Ascension Worship

Thursday, May 26
Our Ascension worship service will again feature our traditional walk through the church year. In addition, we'll be singing a number of the new hymns from Christian Worship. Please plan to join us and dive a bit deeper into our new hymnal!

 

 

 

 

 



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Two Good Things That Happened in April

1. We kicked off a new Sunday morning Bible study. Through the end of June, Rev. Dr. John Lawrenz will be leading us in a look at the book of Daniel, and it's not too late to begin attending! Click here for class materials and video.

2. We celebrated our Savior's death and resurrection in our yearly Holy Week walk to the cross and the empty tomb. After the online-only services of 2020 and the capacity-restricted services of 2021, it was a wonderful blessing to gather together as a church family for Easter worship.



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