Welcome to St. John's Lutheran Church!

God has blessed St. John’s since 1862 with faithful members, pastors, and newcomers. We’re a congregation of sinners and saints of all ages. Our worship blends traditional and contemporary, with opportunities for growth, fellowship, and service. We extend Christ’s welcome to all who seek to worship, know, and serve the Lord.

Sunday Worship: 8:00am and 9:45am
Saturday Worship: 5:00pm

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Pastor's Message
Dear Witnesses of the Resurrection:

I love that Easter Day and Earth Day fell side by side this year! Easter is about God's power to make all things, and every one, new! In scripture, the renewal of creation is part of the resurrection promise, too!

I mentioned to the confirmation students last night that I grew up in Ohio, where there was a great mix of farming, industry, coal mining, and people. And when I was in 8th grade, the river that runs through Cleveland caught fire; you wouldn't have wanted to swim in nearby Lake Erie; and air pollution was pretty bad.

That's when Earth Day was born! Those are the circumstances that led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, and many of our current clean air and water laws. Creation got a new lease on life when people and government made a commitment to do a better job of caring for this earth.

I'd like to think that as people of God, we wouldn't need any laws or regulations to remind us to be good stewards of God's creation. We are to care because the earth and everything on it, belongs to God! We are to care because this good earth is the only home that 7.2 billion of our sisters and brothers have to live on. We are to care, because God put us in charge of managing all of these gifts!

Resurrection is not just a physical thing, and not just about God bringing life out of death. It's also about a whole new way of looking at the world around us. I'm praying that individually and together we do everything in our power to be good stewards of this beautiful and stressed 'home', which God has entrusted to us! Our lives and the well-being of 7.2 billion for whom Christ died, depends on it!

-Pastor Paul


Sunday, March 24, 2019

Posted on Mar 20 2019
DIGGING DEEPER INTO MATTHEW 22:1-14 Bible Background: Dr. David Lose calls this “an ugly parable.” None of the characters look good in it. Characteristic of other parables, this one uses hyperbole for ‘shock-value.’ There’s a softer version of this parable in Luke
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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Posted on Mar 15 2019
Parable of the Sower and the Seed Bible Background: A parable takes something from daily life and can make an ‘obvious’ point, or reveal a ‘hidden’ point. Parables often turn things ‘upside down.’ Parables are often intentionally confusing and hard to
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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Posted on Mar 07 2019
Matthew 20:29-34 Jesus Heals Two Blind Men Bible Background: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all report Jesus healing one or more blind men. “Recovery of sight to the blind” (a quote from Isaiah 61) is part of Jesus’ inaugural sermon. He claims that as part of his mission. There
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Sunday, March 3, 2019 – Transfiguration

Posted on Mar 02 2019
Transfiguration = Matthew 17:1-9 Bible Background: The Epiphany season concludes with this wonderfully revealing and mysterious scene of Jesus on the mountaintop, with his 3 closest disciples; his face and clothes shining like the sun! This comes just after he has told his disciples that he
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