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.

Saturday Worship 5:00 pm
Sunday Worship 8:00 & 9:45 am 
9:45 worship is also on Facebook Live.


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Pastor's Message
Dear Partners in the gospel:

We're always hungry for good news! With so much bad news in the world, good news is what we crave. The resurrection of Christ brings the biggest bombshell of good news to the world! God is alive! God is with us! God has the last word-not death, not sin, not sorrow. The good news of that first Easter changed lives and changed history! Let's not underestimate the power and the 'pull' that good news still offers!

Then, we have great news to share regarding our Building Loan! It is paid off! Alleluia! When we built the new worship space, entryway, and lower level in 2003, we raised about $450,000 and we borrowed about $1.1 million. (That was a big leap back then!) Thanks to all your small, medium, large, regular, and special gifts, that debt is gone! There will still be maintenance, upkeep, and repairs needed-so thanks for continuing to give. But with that debt retired, that opens up some more options for ministry! Thank you! And thanks be to God! (We're planning a Mortgage Burning later this year when we celebrate St. John's 160th anniversary!)

And we have caring news from our partners at Ulong'a Parish in Tanzania. This medium-size church, in a village on the slopes of Mt. Meru, have been our friends and partners for 15 years. They pray for us, we pray for them. We share some of our Lenten offerings so they can do the good work they do in their community. Here's part of the email we received from dear old Dr. Nanyaro there:

Greetings from Ulong’a Lutheran Parish in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior. We thank God for granting us opportunity to continue serving Him.

We presume that you have noted a period of silence concerning our communication which has been caused by a number of events including diseases, change of Parish leadership and other factors affecting lifestyle of the partnership members.

At present we have been blessed to have Pastor Emmanuel Isangya in charge of Ulong’a Lutheran Parish. He is a very good spiritual leader, and we hope through his good leadership the Parish will move forward in accomplishing its strategic plans.

Like other countries last year, we went through hard times and great fear caused by Covid 19. In our Meru Community we lost a good number of relatives and friends. However, we thank God for the availability of vaccines, and now this infection seems to be under control in our country. But we are not yet free in our social-economic life because of War between Russia and Ukraine which has disturbed the world economy. As you know in such a situation the developing world is always the greater sufferer. Again, this year we anticipate acute shortage of food supply nearly in the whole country caused by long period of drought.

Please Pastor Mittermaier, let us continue with bilateral prayers and believe that God our Heavenly Father will change the situation and let his people live a happy life.

Having partners around the world, to share our faith, our hopes, our concerns, our love for Christ with-continues to be good news! And it is our privilege, duty, and delight to share it!

Pastor Paul

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Posted on May 13 2022
John 14:23-29 = Farewell, Promise, Peace Bible Background: 1. We’re stepping back into the lengthy ‘farewell discourse’ in John’s Gospel, which is fit into the Last Supper scene in John. Chapter 14 begins with: “Do not let your hearts be troubled….in my
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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Posted on May 07 2022
John 21:15f Jesus, Peter, and the Beloved Disciple Bible Background: 1. This is that final appearance of the risen Jesus in John’s Gospel, having ‘breakfast on the beach’ with 7 disciples. Part of why this story with Peter seems to be here, is to ‘rehabilitate’
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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Posted on Apr 29 2022
John 21:1-14 The Risen Jesus and the Disciples, Scene 3 Bible Background: 1. Matthew and Luke give us relatively brief appearances of the risen Christ, limited to that first Easter day. Mark gives us none! John gives several reports that spread out over many days. And like all of the encounters
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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Posted on Apr 22 2022
John 20=Risen Jesus + Thomas + Us Bible Background: John records the risen Jesus making multiple, very personal, and very convincing appearances. Tradition refers to “Doubting Thomas”, but pay attention to the rest of his story! His nickname implies, wrongly, that doubt and faith
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