MINISTRIES AT ST. JOHN
Our Mission Statement: “At St. John Lutheran Church, our purpose is to make and equip
disciples everywhere by proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.”
……….Connecting with members from baptism through adult life.
Study of God’s Word; and not just on Sunday morning! Bible Studies
Sing onto the Lord; Worship is enhanced through Adult Choir and Hand Bell Choir.
Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML): Lutheran Women in Mission joined
together in fellowship and love through Bible study and service. Meetings are held at the
church on the first Saturday of every month at 9:30 am. LWML
Lutheran Laymen’s League (LLL) Lutheran Hour Ministries: Media/Evangelism
subsidiary of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Individual membership and support is
Fellowship Club: Men and women who organize social activities, service projects and
serve “wonderful” dinners.
Stephen Ministry: Equips lay persons to provide one-to-one care to those in the
congregation and community who have special needs or concerns.
In the Neighborhood
Hope for the Journey Home is a ministry of hospitality at Guardian Angels Church. The mission is to provide a site, volunteers, and a safe, clean, comfortable place for newly homeless families in the local area to spend a night. Volunteer opportunities are available for afternoon shifts from 2:45 – 5:15 pm. and for dinner shift hosts from 5:00 – 8:15 pm. Overnight opportunities also available.
For more information talk with Marty Hanson or visit http://www.guardian-angels.org/justice-and-outreach/hjh.html
Yahweh Youth Group for grades 7-12. Program consists of Bible study, two activities per
month, service projects, and mission trips. Youth programs
Camp Omega: Lutheran Camp, located in Waterville, Minnesota. Youth and adults can
participate in retreats, and young adults can work as counselors during summer months.
OPPORTUNITIES . . .
Don’t forget to check out the numerous opportunities available to help in ministry. We’ve all
been blessed with talents and skills. How will you use yours in God’s kingdom? Be involved and
get connected with one or more of the various ministries we offer here at St. John’s.
A sampling is listed below:
ADULT CHOIR Practices Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm
All voices needed. No experience is necessary.
ADULT HANDBELL CHOIR Practices Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm
Experience is helpful, but complete training is provided as you go. We want this group to grow so
that we can utilize all the bells we have, to create a fuller sound.
PRAISE TEAM Practices Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm
Time commitment is generally less than choir or handbells because you attend practice only when
you are scheduled. Participate as often as you are able. If you like contemporary music, this is the
ministry for you. Many songs are currently played on Christian radio. We utilize 3-4 singers to lead
the congregation in singing, plus band members. Instruments especially needed: guitar, bass,
SUNDAY SCHOOL CHOIRS This is a normal part of the Sunday School hour
The two groups practice a brief time each Sunday morning and sing about once per month.
We’d like to offer a regular practice time for kids in grades 2 – 6 which could possibly start in late
fall or after Christmas, and extend through March. More details will be forth-coming.
Dust off your trumpet, trombone, French horn, flute, clarinet, stringed instrument, etc. and consider
doing a solo for pre-service music, offering, or during communion. Suggest your own music, or
music will be provided for you.
Maybe you have a terrific voice but have been hiding it this whole time. We’d love to know about
Adults, teens, kids! Do you have a flair for anything dramatic? We occasionally use actors for
re-enactments of scripture stories or thematic skits or plays. Sometimes dialog is memorized and
other times it can be read. Requirements and commitments as needed. Puppets might also be
used in the future.
Help present the message to kids in a way that they would understand. Resources are available.
Help our sound system be the best it can be! Take a turn operating the board each service.
Total training is provided and is easy to learn.
***All of these ministries are important! But I’d like to put out a special appeal for more men
to sing with the Praise Team or Adult Choir . . . please consider helping us, guys! Also, men or women
are needed to build up our Adult Handbell group. Please contact me for more information! Watch the
bulletin and calendar for starting times on all these opportunities!
Mary Jo Mehrl e: email@example.com
Sunday School: Age 4 through grade 5, Pre-confirmation class for grade 6, summer Vacation Bible School, special class in preparation for first communion (grade 5), Confirmation class for grades 7-8, monthly event with Youth Director for grades 4-6. Young Voices: Cherub Choir (ages 4 – Kindergarten) Hosanna Singers (grades 1-6).
From the youth packing food for “Feed My Starving Children” and the Sunday School children saving coins to aid needy children, to the pledged financial support of a missionary family serving in Turkey, the congregation supports mission work worldwide. Our collection of food (for the food shelf) and clothing and household goods (for local shelters) is an ongoing project.
Of the collection dollars received, the first ten percent is sent to the Minnesota South District Office for support of mission projects. Other funds received support:
* Bible translators
* Supporting a missionary family in a foreign country
* Disaster relief
* Camp Omega
* Samaritan’s Purse
* Christian Education
* Indigent communities
* Military personnel
* Individuals and families in crisis situations
“Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 26: 34-36