Worship Service Update

Dear Family of Faith at St. John’s,

In response to President Trump and the CDC’s recommendation yesterday that “Americans avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people for the next 15 days to avoid spread of COVID-19, St. John’s Lutheran Church and School leadership have decided that our buildings will be closed for all activities beginning Wednesday, March 18.

This is an unprecedented and agonizing decision that was not made lightly, or without reservation. Ultimately, it was decided that it would be irresponsible to continue staying open for worship in the face of recommendations from both the Governor and the President.

What does that mean for us at St. John’s?

For nearly 135 years St. John’s has been a place where the Word has been preached and the Sacraments (Baptism and Holy Communion) administered.  We are committed to continued Word and Sacrament ministry. It's important to remember that the “church” is more than a pretty building with colorful windows; together, we are the church.  Where we are fed with God’s Word and strengthened by the gifts of the Sacraments we find the church in action. In the hearts and minds of the believer is where God’s word takes root and grows in faith no matter the circumstances.

Church/Worship

St. John’s will be worshipping online only for at least the next two weeks. 

On Wednesdays, the pastors will offer a Lenten Devotion in lieu of our Lenten midweek service. You may access this devotion on Facebook or on the Sermon audio page of our website. We will also email you a link to the Lenten Devotion.

Sunday worship on 3/22 and 3/29 will be livestreamed on Facebook at 9:30 am. The service will be available on our Facebook page later. Audio of the service will be available after the service.

Building

The building will be closed for all activities. It will remain locked, but open for business, during the day. For now, the church office will maintain regular hours.

School

The school is officially closed through Friday, March 27 and teachers are making plans to provide e-learning for their classrooms beginning on March 30 if school should continue to be closed. 

This is a fluid and delicate situation that is constantly changing.  But we know that our Lord is unchanging! He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).  He is with us. He is our refuge and our fortress, our God in whom we trust (Psalm 91:2).

You are not alone in these trying times.  We are in this together and the staff at St. John’s Church and School are here for you and promise to assist you to the best of our ability.  We need each other and are stronger together than we are apart. Let’s continue to remain in God’s word, to pray for God’s guidance, and care for each other as we stay together even though physically separated. 

If you have any questions please feel free to call the church office, 952.448.2433.

Pastor Snow
Senior Pastor

 
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