News & Upcoming Events

August 2020

New Bible Study

Sundays, August 23 & 30
Summer is winding down, and we're wrapping up our summer Bible study! Please join us virtually the next two Sundays as we welcome back Rev. Phil Henselin from Institutional Ministries. This Sunday, Pastor Henselin will be presenting on forgiveness: what it is and what it isn't. Click here for class materials and video. 



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Voters' Meeting

Sunday, August 30
Mark your calendars for our voters' meeting to approve our annual ministry plan (budget). The meeting will begin shortly after 11:30 a.m. in the main church sanctuary. For more information on the upcoming ministry plan being presented for approval, click here to view last weekend's Open Forum. Questions on the information presented in the Open Forum can be submitted to church leadership by clicking here. All voters and interested parties are encouraged to attend the August 30 voters' meeting.



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Unity Sunday

Saturday & Sunday, September 12 & 13
Unity Sunday will look a little different this year. We'll be holding three separate services (according to our regular weekend schedule), and we'll be worshiping in church instead of the school gym. But we will still be celebrating the unity that is ours in Christ! One part of our celebration will be a mortgage burning ceremony. Watch for more information in a separate e-mail next week. 



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Cleanup Help Needed

Friday - Sunday, August 21-23 
The recent storms in Iowa left devastation in their wake, especially in Cedar Rapids. This weekend, Christian Aid and Relief, along with the members of Good Shepherd in Cedar Rapids, is organizing a work weekend to help with cleanup and recovery. If you are able to help, please contact Laura King at (608) 855-0185. 



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Open Forum

Sunday, August 16
Please join us for an open forum following our 10:30 a.m. worship service and communion (beginning around 11:40 a.m.) in the main church sanctuary. The proposed ministry plan (budget) that is set to begin in September will be presented and discussed. The open forum will be broadcast online here for those unable to attend in-person, and questions can be submitted before or after the meeting to openforum@sjtosa.org. A voters' meeting to approve the ministry plan will be held after the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, August 30. All members are encouraged to attend, either in-person or virtually.



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New Teacher Installation

Sunday, August 23 – Please join us next Sunday in person or virtually as we officially welcome and install our two new teachers: school principal Dan Markgraf and 4th grade teacher Megan Bauer. Welcome to St. John’s, and God’s richest blessings on your ministry.



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Back to School

Wednesday, August 26
There are many new and unexpected uncertainties in our world today, and we are hard at work planning to make sure our students will be safe this year. We're so excited to see that planning come to fruition in just a couple of weeks when we welcome our students back to school on August 26! Please keep our faculty and staff in your prayers as they continue to prepare for the return of our students. 



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Open Forum

Sunday, August 16
Please join us for an open forum following our 10:30 a.m. worship service and communion (beginning around 11:40 a.m.) in the main church sanctuary. The proposed ministry plan (budget) that is set to begin in September will be presented and discussed. The open forum will be broadcast online here for those unable to attend in-person, and questions can be submitted before or after the meeting to openforum@sjtosa.org. A voters' meeting to approve the ministry plan will be held after the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, August 30. All members are encouraged to attend, either in-person or virtually.



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Retirement Well Wishes

This weekend, we are celebrating the retirement of our former principal, Mr. Scott Uecker. Due to the pandemic, we are only able to host a small gathering of faculty and staff to mark this occasion. However, we invite the congregation to wish Mr. Uecker the best with a card this weekend! Look for the box in the church narthex, drop off a card at the church or school office, or mail your card to the school office. May God bless you in your retirement, Mr. Uecker! 



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Rooted and Mowing

We are looking for volunteers to help with church and school weeding and garden maintenance on our designated workdays. Work areas are spaced for social distancing, and details about work to be done and tools needed will be sent in advance. Click here to e-mail us and be included in the gardening e-mails or to sign up. Please plan to bring your own garden gloves and weeding tools. 



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