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2020 Annual Meeting and Budget Presentation

The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 22 at 7:30 pm. The annual report will be available in hard copy and electronic format in mid-January. There will also be a budget presentation on Sunday, January 19 at 9:10 am so you can ask questions about the budget.

Marriage & Family Retreat

All married couples, no matter how long you’ve been together, and children (or grandchildren or no children!) are invited to participate in a retreat to celebrate their strengths and identify growth areas in their relationship. The retreat will be February 15-16 at Good Earth Village in Spring Valley, Minn.

We will utilize the “Group Program” from Prepare and Enrich, an online relationship assessment tool which each couple will complete prior to the retreat. We hope to encourage couples to dialogue about their relationship in meaningful and productive ways. We will talk about practical relationship skills in Communication, Conflict Resolution, Closeness, Flexibility, and Financial Management. You can expect to come away from this retreat with as an understanding of issues in Personality, Affection, Family of Origin, and more, and have your marriage relationship uplifted and strengthened for years to come.

Children/youth will have special programming led by Deacon Amanda and Lindsay. The time together will be filled with active learning and fun based on the age groups we have attending. The two groups will come together for meals and worship throughout the retreat.

Cost is $76 a person and includes lodging and meals. Families will be housed together in Log Lodge rooms.

Register here.

Any questions? Talk to Pastor Dave ( or Lindsay (

Date Nights provided by St. John’s youth

Need a chance to get out without the kids? Go on a date? Do some errands? Finish a project at home?

The youth of St. John’s will be providing monthly date nights for kids ages 12 months-12 years. Dates for these will be:

  • Friday, January 24, 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Friday, February 21, 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 7, 6:00-9:00 pm (in partnership with coffeehouse event)
  • Friday, April 17, 6:30-9:30 pm

Cost is $15 per child, max cost per family is $40.

Event will include games/active play, craft, snack, and a movie.

Register here.

Funds support the youth going on summer 2020 camps and trips.

Coffeehouse event is coming

On Saturday, March 7 from 6:00-9:00 pm, St. John’s Stewardship Commission will host a showcase of the visual and performing artists in our midst. Come enjoy fancy coffee, appetizers, and performances. Childcare will be provided by the youth. See above.

Do you have a talent to share? Contact Lindsay – or (507) 634-7110).

Christmas Worship 2019

This Christmas, we celebrate the birth of a baby born in the simplest of settings. We rejoice at the hope this baby’s birth brings to our world.

You have a place at St. John’s this Christmas. Come worship:

Christmas Eve, December 24
2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, or 10:00 pm

Christmas Day, December 25
9:00 am

Christmas & Advent 2019

  • Children’s Christmas Worship
    December 8 | 10:15 am
  • Christmas Rhythm & Readings
    December 11 | 6:30 pm
  • Lessons & Carols Worship
    December 15 services
  • WELCA Christmas Luncheon
    December 14 | 9:00 am
  • Senior Christmas Worship
    December 19 | 2:00 pm followed by refreshments
  • Christmas Eve Worship
    2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 10:00 pm
  • Christmas Day Worship
    9:00 am
  • One service, coffee to follow
    December 30 | 9:00 am
  • No worship
    January 1

Full schedule of events at

2020 Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 22 at 7:30 pm. The annual report will be available in hard copy and electronic format in mid-January. All commissions and committees are asked to submit written reports by January 3 to

Christmas Luncheon & Quilt Raffle

There are still spaces available for any ladies eager to attend this year’s WELCA Christmas Luncheon. The luncheon will be held Saturday, December 14. Guests Patty Kark and Jim Anderson will share their message of hope, healing and grace. Contact the office or sign up on the WELCA board for tickets. Tickets are $13. Doors will open at 9:00 am for viewing of the tables, the program will start at 10:00 am.

The quilters will also draw for their quilt raffle at the luncheon. Anyone can purchase tickets for $1 each Sundays and Wednesdays. Proceeds from the raffle go to the Semcac Food Shelf.

Giving Tree

Thank you to all who generously purchased items for the Share and Care gifts and gas cards for those in need. The tree, located just outside the library, still has tags for ELCA Good Gifts. Instructions are on the tree. Gifts come in many levels and help create better lives for people around the world.

Bid & Buy for Youth Programs

St. John’s youth are doing an Advent tree auction again this year from December 1-15 in the Fellowship Hall. The auction will benefit all of the 2020 summer youth programs (summer camp, service trips, and day camp). They will also host a Christmas baked goods and craft sale December 8-18 with sales taking place Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

St. John’s Lessons and Carols Service—December 15

St. John’s will be alive with the wonderful music of a service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 15 at the 8:00 am and 10:15 am services. This is the 27th year musicians of St. John’s have shared Advent and Christmas music with the congregation. This joyous service, entitled “God’s Promise of True Light and Salvation,” will tell the Christmas story through spoken word and music. The lessons include Adam and Eve in the garden, the prophesy of the ancient prophets and the celebration at Jesus’ birth.

Joining the Senior Choir at the service this year will be an excellent trumpet trio of St. John’s members: Morgan Coy, Austin Efflandt, and Pastor Dave. The trumpets are playing on three hymn arrangements and have an exciting solo arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard on High.” The Senior Choir will sing two beautiful new compositions: “Long-Expected Dawn” with violinist Justin Sabelko and “All Praise to Thee.” The choir will also sing a rousing arrangement of the spiritual “Go Tell it on the Mountain.”

We are excited to have our Wednesday night music ensemble, “The Messengers,” participate in the Sunday morning service this year. They will also be presenting a service entitled “Christmas Rhythm and Readings” on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30 pm.

Please invite your friends to join us both on Wednesday, December 11 and Sunday, December 15.

2020 Directory Photos

St. John’s is getting a new directory!

Now is the time to start reserving photography sessions.

The first two dates – December 27-28 – are especially fitting for families with members who are normally away at college, away for military obligations, or just away and they will be home for the holidays. Additional dates are available March 12-14 and March 25-28.

Click here to sign up today!

What to expect

Your photographer will have a variety of ideas for your session. Once photography is complete, your photographer will show you your images and an assortment of products offered. Plan on 60 minutes for your session.

You will receive

  • One free 8×10 standard print
  • Free printed church directory
  • Free Shutterfly gift with purchase

Your commitments

On Sunday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 30 during worship, we collected “Commitment Cards” to help us plan for next year’s ministry here at St. John’s. Sometimes referred to as “pledge cards,” we are thinking about stewardship this year not only as your pledge of financial support, but also your willingness to commit your time and your talents for next year.

If you have not yet submitted a card, there is still time! Leadership asks that you prayerfully consider how you are currently stewarding your time, talents and finances, to consider the many needs to be met here in our congregation, and make a commitment according to your means for 2020. In order to do our best in planning for next year, we are asking that you put your cards in the offering basket or leave in the office by Friday, November 15, 2019.