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 Fellow Sinners and Saints,

We keep thinking along the lines of Gifted & Grateful this fall. I write this as the birthday of the Lutheran Church (Oct. 31), and All Saints' Day (Nov. 1) comes, and so I invite you to note what a gift the Church is! (And I don't mean the building, though our facilities are wonderful gifts too!)

In scripture, the Church is often described as the body of Christ. That image goes two ways: 1) Christ's presence is experienced in the gathering of believers, and 2) We (the Church) are Christ's hands and feet in the world. We're his living presence! We give thanks for Christ's presence among us, and for the chance to represent our Lord in the world!

Jesus refers to the Church as his flock. (He, being the Shepherd). A flock of sheep needs tending, protection, and care. Some will stray. Hopefully others will help gather them in! The title 'pastor' implies 'shepherd' too! We give thanks for our Good Shepherd, and for all shepherds in the Church

The Church is the fellowship of believers. Don't assume the term 'fellowship' is outdated! People are hungry to belong; to be accepted and welcomed; and to feel like they have something to offer. I'm thankful that in the ELCA we're learning how to be accepting and welcoming of all. It isn't easy, but it sure seems that Jesus was welcoming of all!

And this fellowship of believers (and doubters) is there for us, so we don't have to do life and faith all on our own. We do rejoice with those who rejoice. We do weep with those who weep. We do encourage each other and bear one another up. Church can be 'the great 3rd place' (besides home, and work/school) where people know their lives matter to God, and matter to others. Give thanks that we can gather with young and old; with rookies and veterans; with those who are strong and those who are weak; with those who vote the same as us and those who don't...all of whom we have so much in common with!

-Pastor Paul

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Posted on Nov 15 2019
GALATIANS 5 = FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT Bible Background: Galatians begins as a harsh letter, where Paul confronts Christians who are turning away from the Gospel. He goes on to give practical advice on how to live with the freedom we have in Christ, and what it means to “live by the
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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Posted on Nov 07 2019
1 Corinthians 12 = The Body of Christ Bible Background: Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth have lovely words and harsh words. The Christians there were gifted and challenged at the same time: divided when they could have been united; cocky when they could have been humble; selfish
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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Posted on Oct 31 2019
THE BOOK OF RUTH Bible Background: Ruth seems to be the story of an ‘outsider’, who, amid all the ups and downs of life, becomes an ‘insider’, whose famous great-grandson grows up to be King David (and ultimately has a place in the family ‘tree’ of Jesus.)
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Sunday, October 27, 2019 – Reformation Sunday

Posted on Oct 24 2019
KEY LUTHERAN TEACHINGS On this 502th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, let’s review some key Lutheran teachings: Grace Alone: Luther insisted that we are “justified by God’s grace as a gift” (Romans 3:24) rather than by good works. We do not make ourselves
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