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Service of Lessons & Carols

The music ensembles of St. John’s will present a service of Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 10 at the 8:00 am and 10:15 am services. A shortened service will also be presented the following Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 pm. This is the twenty-fifth year the musicians of St. John’s have shared advent and Christmas music with the congregation. String players from the congregation and flutist Sarah Vinzant, from Kasson-Mantorville Schools, will join the ensembles this year.

A service highlight is four short movements from a Christmas Cantata entitled “For Us a Child is Born” for choir, bass soloist, and instruments. This piece was originally thought to be composed by J.S. Bach. Scholars now attribute it Johann Kuhnau, Bach’s predecessor at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig.

This joyous service of spoken word and music will tell the Christmas story from the prophesy of the ancient prophets to the celebration at Jesus birth. Please invite your friends to join us.

Handbell Choir to Begin Rehearsal

Handbells to begin rehearsal on November 8 at 6:00 pm. New and returning members are all welcome. Come and learn to ring with us!

Free AGAPE* Concert

On Wednesday, May 17, 7-9 pm (after Wednesday night worship), AGAPE* will be joining us at St. John’s for a FREE evening of music and storytelling. We will be collecting peanut butter and jelly (plastic containers only, please) for our Food for Friends program.

AGAPE* (Dave Scherer) combines rapping, dancing, storytelling, and his fluency in Spanish to connect with his listeners in a way that they really “get it.” His energy is contagious, and his stories of faith transcend differences. Even those who do not normally enjoy hip-hop find themselves dancing to his music and captivated by his unique presentation of the Gospel. You can find more information here.

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Service of Lessons & Carols on December 11

The music ensembles of St. John’s Lutheran Church will present a service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 11 at the 8:00 am and 10:15 am services. This is the twenty-fourth year the musicians of St. John’s have prepared a program for the community. Participating in the service will be the Senior Choir, Senior Bells, Children’s Chimes, and Blended Team & Adult JAM . String players from the congregation will join the ensembles this year.  The joyous service of spoken word and music will tell the Christmas story from the prophesy of the ancient prophets to the celebration at Jesus birth.  All are welcome at this celebratory service.

Sing with the choir!

Conducter's Hands and WandThe St. John’s Senior Choir and their director Clark Johnson would like to invite you to join us in singing in choir this fall. The choir is always excited to receive new members ages high school and older. We would ask that you make an initial commitment to sing through December. The choir will sing four services a month at the 8:00 and 10:15 worship services and an occasional Wednesday night service.

The Senior Choir will begin the year with a rehearsal on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, from 6:45-7:40 pm. Please come and join this wonderful group of musicians.

If you have any questions, please call choir director Clark Johnson at (507) 635-5465.

Thank you worship leaders

worshipmusicThe Worship and Music Commission would like to extend a special thank you to the many volunteer musicians who participated in our Holden Evening Prayer Lenten services this year:

  • Week 1:  Deb Smith, Laura, Steve and Marlyn Schroeder
  • Week 2:  Julia Evans, Amanda and Justin Sabelko
  • Week 3:  Deb Smith, Carrie and Harrison Hepplemann, Kimberly Johnson
  • Week 4:  Sam, Jessica and Justin Marsland, Marlyn Schroeder
  • Week 5:  Gretchen and Kimberly Johnson, Kayla Hanson, Terry Vatland, Amanda Sabelko
  • Week 6:  Patty Foster, Karl Huppler, Justin Sabelko

Coffeehouse Concert

Join St. John’s Adult Fellowship Sunday night, November 9, for some local entertainment, specialty drinks and treats, lefse sale, silent auction including quits, a nativity set, and more!

Freewill offering will support St. John’s general fund. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is supporting this event with matching funds from Thrivent Choice up to $3,000 and an anonymous donor pledged a match up to $200.

See you there for a great evening!

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Support Our Ringing Choirs

Community Days bookletBuy a Herberger’s Community Days Coupon Booklet for $5 and you will receive a $10 coupon plus several other coupons. St Johns Ringing Choirs get to keep the $5. Community Days are November 14th and 15th. You can purchase a coupon booklet from any Sr. Bell ringer or Linda Wunderlich (linda.m.wunderlich@gmail.com).

Coffeehouse Concert Nov. 9

Save the Date!

Sunday, November 9th. Coffeehouse Concert sponsored by Adult Fellowship at 7:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

More information to come.

Can you hear the bells?

You want me to do what with these???

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Do you want to contribute to the worship life?  If the answer is yes, consider joining a St. John’s bell choir for a very rewarding experience. There are three choirs that you can join.

Senior Bells ring Wednesdays, 7:45-8:30 p.m. and is for 9th graders on up. We work on ringing techniques and prepare music for worship once a month. We will have two major programs in December and May. We will begin ringing Wednesday, September 3.

Junior Bells ring Wednesdays 5:50-6:25 p.m. and is for 4th to 8th graders. We will work on developing ringing techniques, rhythm and reading music. We will ring at least once a month for worship. This year we will ring a narrated Bible lesson and ring for two major programs in December and May. We will begin ringing Wednesday, September 3.

Children’s Chimes ring Wednesdays 3:45-4: 15 p.m. and is for 2nd to 4th graders. We we learn how to ring chimes, read music, and learn rhythm. We have fun learning a new language of music with practice and games. We also will ring for worship services (usually Wednesday) when ready and the programs in December and May. We will begin ringing Wednesday, September 24.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Linda Wunderlich at (507) 635-5676. Come join the excitement of ringing!

Make a JOYFUL noise with the senior choir

Notes Bouncing alongSing aloud unto God our strength:
make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.

The St. John’s Senior Choir and their director Clark Johnson would like to invite you to share your musical talents in praise to God. The choir will celebrate our fall message of joy with the congregation through music. We will conclude 2014 with our annual Service of Lessons and Carols in December. Please consider joining this wonderful group of musicians for inspiring music and great fellowship.

The Senior Choir will begin the year with a rehearsal on Wednesday, September 3 at 6:45 p.m. We will be sharing music with our congregation on Sunday, September 7. Membership is open to high school students and adults. The choir will sing four services a month at the 8:00 and 10:15 worship services and an occasional Wednesday night service. Wednesday rehearsals will run from 6:45 p.m. until 7:40 p.m. in the music room.

If you have any questions, please call choir director Clark Johnson at (507) 635-5465.