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

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.

Advent & Christmas worship

Advent begins December 1, which means we’re preparing a number of meaningful worship experiences! Mark your calendars for:

  • Children’s Christmas Worship
    December 8, 10:15 am
  • Christmas Rhythm & Readings
    December 11, 6:30 pm
  • Lessons & Carols Worship
    December 15, 8:00 am & 10:15 am
  • WELCA Christmas Luncheon
    December 14, 9:00 am
  • Senior Christmas Worship
    December 19, 2:00 pm followed by refreshments
  • Christmas Eve Worship
    December 24, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 10:00 pm
  • Christmas Day Worship
    December 25, 9:00 am

Poinsettia orders

Altar Guild will sell poinsettias to decorate our sanctuary for Advent and Christmas beginning November 10. Place your order at the table in the nathex Sundays between services or Wednesdays before worship. Forms are also available in the office during regular office hours. Orders must be placed by Sunday, November 24. Costs are $15 for one plant and $25 for two plants

Youth tree auction returns

Once again, our youth will be decorating beautiful Christmas trees to be auctioned off this Advent. Tree and decoration donations will be accepted now through November 20. The auction will run from December 1-15 and will benefit 2020 summer camp, service trips, and day camp. Any questions can be directed to Lindsay at or (507) 634-7110.

Christmas & Advent Special Events

  • Festival of Lessons & Carols
    Dec 9 | 8:00 am & 10:15 am
  • Grief Support Program & Lunch
    Dec 10 | 11:00 am
  • Children’s Christmas Program
    Dec 16 | 10:15 am
  • Senior Christmas Worship
    Dec 20 | 2:00 pm, dessert to follow
  • Christmas Eve
    Dec 24 | 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 10:00 pm
  • Christmas Day
    Dec 25 | 9:00 am
  • No worship
    Wed, Dec 26 or Jan 2
  • One service, coffee to follow
    Sun, Dec 30 | 9:00 am

More times and details about worship at St. John’s here.

Full schedule of events at

Giving Tree

There will be a variety of giving opportunities this holiday season on our giving tree in the narthex. Ornaments with ELCA Good Gifts items will be available, gift cards to resupply our Good Samaritan Fund, and a local family to support this Christmas. All items should be turned into the office no later than Sunday, December 23. Any checks should be made out to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Items for the local family should not be wrapped. Thank you in advance for your generosity! Any questions may be directed to Lindsay at

Tree Auction

Our youth are decorating and auctioning off amazing Christmas trees again this year! The auction will begin on Sunday, December 2 and will end on after worship Wednesday, December 19 (7:30 pm end time). The auction proceeds will benefit our students attending summer youth trips in 2019 to Sugar Creek Bible Camp and our service trip to San Diego. Please be sure to stop into the Fellowship Hall between the above dates to check out all of their great work! Direct any questions to Lindsay at

Advent Conspiracy: Making Christmas Meaningful (Again)

During Advent, we’ll be hosting a book study called Advent Conspiracy: Making Christmas Meaningful (Again). We’ll be re-focusing on what the season is truly about. For many of us, there is a struggle to find the connection between our Christmas to-do lists and the story of Jesus’ birth. An overwhelming stress has overtaken worship and celebration. This time of year when focusing on Christ should be the easiest is often the hardest. Somehow, this had become the new normal. It is our hope that you might create new patterns of celebrating the season!

This study is hosted by Club 56 (5th and 6th graders) and the are welcoming all ages to join them.

Join us!

Sundays, November 18, December 2, 9, and 16
9:10 am
St. John’s Youth Room

Women’s Christmas Luncheon

Ladies – are you ready for a Christmas Luncheon? WELCA (Women of the ELCA) are hosting their annual Christmas Luncheon December 9. The guest speaker is singer Patty Kark sharing her message of hope, healing, and grace. The majority of tickets are sold by the ladies decorating the tables. However, if you still need a ticket, contact the office to see if there are any available. Tickets are $13. Doors open at 9:00 am, program at 10:00 am. Meal catered by Paul Tjosaas.

More about Patty Kark:

Singing since the age of 9, Patty Kark has performed in many locations throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding area. After surrendering her life to Christ, Patty was given a heart for ministry and the desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With her gift of music, and two recording projects What Matters Most and Christmas At the Manger, she gives voice to the message of hope, healing and grace. Her passion is for all peoples—everywhere—to know the joy of abiding in the presence of the Lord. Patty and her husband, John, make their home in Northfield. She is a Registered Nurse and works at the Northfield Hospital and Clinic as the Breast Care Nurse Navigator.