Giving just got easier

After months of careful research, we are excited to announce we have a new platform for giving –! We now have the opportunity to set up automated giving or send one-time gifts through our website OR through a convenient app on your phone. Simply visit or search for the “ELCA Giving Tool by” app to get started.

Make the most of your gifts:

  • Select ACH/bank to incur the lowest fees.
  • Opt to “Cover card processing fees” to pay the fees and ensure your full intended amount goes directly to St. John’s.

If you haven’t participated in electronic giving in the past, now is a great time to consider setting up this option! It’s easy and secure. It also makes consistent giving one less thing to think about because works even through vacations, inclement weather, and forgotten wallets. St. John’s will continue to offer envelopes for donations, but we ask that you consider electronic giving!  Giving electronically, is a tremendous time savings when counting and recording donations, it also provides the church with more reliable and steady donations.

Please take this time to consider, if you are able, to enhance your current giving. Even a small step up – such as a $5 or $10 periodic increment over time provides St. John’s the valuable support we need.

If you have any questions about the new system, council members or office staff are available to help!

Participants enrolled in our previous automated giving option will be receiving information about the changeover. Your current automated giving will end April 30, 2019.

Thank you for generosity to St. John’s. We appreciate all the ways you give so that we may live as witnesses of Jesus Christ in our community.

New envelopes in 2019

New envelopes are now available at the Welcome Center and have been placed in the pew slots in the sanctuary with the hymnals. We are using these general offering envelopes instead of the personalized booklets we’ve used in the past. Please take as many as you think you will use. More will be available throughout the year. Please print your name on the envelope so we may ensure you get proper credit for your offering. This use of generic envelopes has helped us save over $2,000 in printing and mailing. Regular online giving is also appreciated – Forms for automated giving are available at the Welcome Desk or download one here. St. John’s is grateful for your regular and special offerings to fund the ministry that we are able to do through your generosity.

WELCA Thankoffering

The Women of the ELCA will lead us in Thankofferings on Sunday, November 12 at both worship services. On this day when the offering is brought forward, women, children, and anyone who wants to participate is welcome to bring food, blankets or whatever you like forward as an offering to those in need. You can use baskets, paper bags or however you like to bring this forward and leave it at the altar. All children are welcome to participate, parents also.

There will be offering envelopes available for anyone to use if they would like to participate with an offering of gratitude.

Thankofferings began in the late 19th century when boxes were placed in homes, the families usually women placed coins in them for times when they were blessed, usually this was every day. This traditions was started by the Episcopal Church women followed by the United Methodist women, later in the Lutheran tradition. This tradition is still active in all of these congregations. Please join the Women of St. John’s in this tradition.

The JOY Campaign

The following letter was sent to congregational members earlier this summer. As of August 26, 2014, we have raised enough for a new bus, 21% of the total requested funds. Have you contributed? Drop your contribution in the office or the offering plate (marked JOY campaign) or click here for online giving options.

Philippians 1:3-5 “I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with JOY in everyone of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.”

Dear Friends in Christ –

I bring you good tidings of great joy! I know you’re accustomed to hearing that during Advent, but we have a lot of celebrate at St. John’s these days. We have a variety of new staff people (Amanda, Katie and Ben) who are doing great things for and with us! Pastor Nirmala is providing outreach and ministry to members who are unable to join us. Attendance at our blended worship service continues to grow, and summer activities are ramping up. There is a lot to be joyful about!

Council members are very pleased about all of these things. However, one of our primary responsibilities is the health and welfare of the church’s finances and ensuring that all the wonderful happenings at our church are financially feasible. Looking ahead, the Council has identified four special projects that need to be addressed to ensure the safety of our children and staff, and to continue to adapt and grow our ministries. To support these projects, the Council is announcing the Joyful Giving Campaign to raise funds for these four special projects, which are described below.

  1. Security Windows In Office and Sunday School Room Doors
    St. John’s staff and volunteers are requesting that fire-rated observation windows be added to the five office doors, nursery door and ten Sunday school room doors that are currently without windows. These windows are being requested because of the priority we place on safety and security, especially as it pertains to our children. Estimated costs are $3000. This project will be managed by the Properties Commission.
  2. Reliable Transportation
    For the past several years, St. John’s has made use of the “big blue bus” to transport approximately 70 students from school to St. John’s each Wednesday for Oasis. We have also been able to utilize the bus for occasional field trips for Creation Kids Preschool and other youth programming. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons including maintenance costs and safety reasons, the current bus is no longer an option and needs to be retired. A committee of volunteers which includes the current bus mechanic and several congregation members has researched several transportation options and is recommending that St. John’s purchase a newer, used school bus. Estimated costs for this project are $6000. This project will be managed by the Transportation Committee.
  3. Video Ministry
    St. John’s sees the need to provide a new video outreach ministry that has the potential to reach out to many people, both inside the walls of our building and beyond. We are attempting to start a Video Ministry where we video record our services to make them available to both members and non-members in multiple formats. Funds are needed to cover the start-up cost of this ministry. These startup costs include the purchase and installation of a video recording system (video cameras, video mixing board, wiring, etc.) and training on how to operate the system.This video ministry will reach many people. It would be used to help those in attendance when we have an over-full worship service (Easter Sunday, for example) by showing video of the service on TV screens in the narthex and fireside room. Video of worship services would also be streamed or podcasted on our website to allow both members and non-members to view our worship when they are unable to attend. Recorded video of the service would also be available in other formats (flash drive, DVD) to be delivered to people who are unable to attend worship, or do not have website access.New technology provides exciting opportunities to meet the needs of our congregation and to evangelize to the world around us. Estimated costs for this project are $10,400. This project will be managed by the Media Commission.
  4. Increased Personnel Costs
    As I mentioned earlier, we have a variety of new staff on board doing wonderful things for St. John’s. We also have long-time staff people who help keep St. John’s up and running, and we are starting the call process to bring a second full-time pastor to St. John’s. It is imperative that we are able to pay our current (and future) staff living wages in line with similar positions in other congregations throughout our region. We would also like to be able to utilize additional, temporary staff for increased office coverage during our busy holiday seasons. We are asking for $15,600 to cover a variety of personnel costs during 2014. This funding will be managed by the Personnel Commission.

The total request being made through the Joyful Giving Campaign is: $35,000.

If you have any questions, please ask any one of your Council members. Council will be providing regular updates on the progress of this campaign. We thank you in advance for your support.


Jakki Trihey, President and St. John’s Council, Pr. Randy Fett, Dennis Foster, Sharon Melquist, Jay Harris, Paul Beeman, Roger Carlsen, Lori Evans, Randy Price, Deb Smith, Bill Thornburg, Tim Tjosaas and Dan Ziebell

Dodge County Back to School Program

backpackThe Mission of the Month for August 2014 is the Dodge County Back to School Program. For over 10 years, the Dodge County Back to School Program has helped kids in need get the school year started on the right foot. It is an independent program that is supported by various funding sources: private citizens, businesses, charitable organizations, and churches serving Dodge County residents.

Drop off financial or material donations for the program at St. John’s by August 17. Items to consider donating include:

  • Backpacks
  • Pens/pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers/crayons
  • Glue/glue sticks
  • Pencil cases
  • Erasers
  • Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Notebooks (spiral bound, composition, and steno notebooks)
  • Folders (2 pocket with and without prongs)
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Dry erase markers
  • Basic calculator/scientific calculator (not graphing calculators)
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Book covers
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Sharpie markers

Anyone interested in applying for the program can get an application through Dodge County Human Services. Applications MUST be received NO LATER THAN August 15th.

The Dodge County Back to School Program is not a government subsidized program. The role of Dodge County Human Services is merely to verify the applicant’s status as qualifying for assistance from the Dodge County Back to School Program. Applications submitted to the Dodge County Back to School Program are filled on a first come, first served basis which is also based on availability of goods and funding of the program. Submission of application does not guarantee goods will be available.