March Special Events

  • Ash Wednesday Worship – March 6 | 5:20 pm & 6:30 pm
  • Daylight Savings Time Begins March 10
  • CKP Sunday – March 17
  • Deacon Amanda returns – March 17
  • WELCA Doing Day  – March 20
  • Chili Cook-off & Bingo Event – March 24 | 11:30 am

Full schedule of events at

Lent & Holy Week Worship

Join us on the journey to the cross this Lent and Holy Week:

  • Ash Wednesday
    March 6 | 5:20 pm & 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday Lenten Worship
    March 13-April 10 | 6:30 pm
    Soup Suppers at 5:15 pm (benefiting our youth: the summer service trip, Sugar Creek Bible Campers, and Creation Kids Preschool)
  • Maundy Thursday
    April 18 | 11:00 am & 6:30 pm
    (evening service includes First Communion)
  • Good Friday
    April 19 | 6:30 pm
  • Easter Sunday
    April 21 | 6:30 am, 8:00 am, & 10:15 am

Foundations of faith

Pastor Dave Efflandt
Lead Pastor

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. (1Cor 3:10-11, NRSV)

Grace and peace to you all! I am so excited to finally be here with you, to accompany you on this sacred path of faith, to encourage you through the proclamation of the Gospel, to provide leadership, to extend God’s peace, but most importantly, to be a fellow sojourner along the way, partnering together for ministry.

You know, this passage from Paul is fitting as we find ourselves together here, at the beginning of our time together. Paul encourages us to gives thanks for the pastoral leaders that you’ve had in the past, for their proclamation of the Gospel, and for the leading of the Holy Spirit through the mission and ministries of this church in the past. And, Paul wants us to remember that we take this precious treasure that is our faith, and do our best to nurture and care for it during our lives. Then, we find ourselves doing what our parents and grandparents have done for us: we hand this treasure along to them, and help nourish their faith as well. We take what was handed on to us, care for and build upon it the best we can, and hand it on. That is the way of the faith. It was never meant to be kept solely for ourselves. This faith has, and always will be, meant to be shared with the world.

And so, let’s step out together with this precious treasure. Let’s get out there into the community, sharing the good news of God’s love for it, and for the whole world. Let’s do our best to plant the seeds of God’s faithfulness in our homes, in our schools, in our communities, and yes, even in the places where we work. Let’s scatter the Word of God far and wide, and show the world that God is up to something amazing here in our community of faith.

God’s peace and courage to you as you do your best to take the faith handed on to you, share it with the world, and watch as God goes to work in and through you.

Thanks be to God.

Season of Lent

Lindsay Colwell
Youth Ministry Coordinator

The season of Lent is upon us as we head into the month of March. I started to fall in love with Lent when I was in seminary. Growing up, my family never practiced the discipline of giving things up for Lent. To be honest, most of my memories around Lent revolved around going to worship and the emphasis being put on Easter morning.

When I started seminary in 2007, I fell in with a great group of friends who taught me how to immerse myself in the season of Lent. I think Lent appealed to me because there was an element of dark in it, an element of it’s okay to not be okay. As someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety for a long time it felt good to feel that acceptance and the call of God to find peace in the saving death and resurrection of his Son. Seminary was also the first place that I encountered the practice of taking on a discipline for that season, rather than giving up something. I have never been good at giving things up, especially when I try to do it intentionally. I don’t know about you, but for me, habits are hard to cultivate and they are even harder to break. But for this Lent, what about trying something new with me? Well, it isn’t that new, since I introduced the idea to you last Lent in some of our prayer stations. The idea comes from the book, Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline by Catherine McNiel. Let’s try taking on the spiritual discipline of prayer. But there is no need to make it complicated. Try reciting the Lord’s Prayer in your head when walking. Try taking 5 minutes to breathe deeply with the words of John 1:5, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” Let’s see if we can allow the Lenten season to become part of who we are this year, rather than just another thing we have to do. May the peace of the Lord go with you now and always.

Revive Your Soul

If you missed signing up for our Lenten discussion of The Best Yes there is still time! If you’re soul is overwhelmed, now is a good time to join in. Groups meet Thursdays at 7:00 pm, Saturdays at 10:00 am, and Sundays at 9:00 am. The study will take place March 7 through April 14. Sign up at or the Welcome Center.

Lasting Hope: Devotions for Lent

Lasting Hope devotional books are now available. These short devotions share insight on the Psalms to nourish our souls. Pick up one per family at the Welcome Center.

Easter Lilies for Sale

The Altar Guild will be selling Easter lilies to decorate the building for Easter Sunday. Sales begin Wednesday, March 13. Purchase before Wednesday worship or between Sunday services OR from the office. One for $15 or two for $25. The last day to purchase flowers will be Sunday, April 7.

2019 WELCA Doing Day

St. John’s WELCA (Women of the ELCA) will be holding their annual “Doing Day” on Wednesday, March 20 inviting all women who would like to help in putting together all the kits we send to many different organizations. There will be guidance from 8:00 am until we finish packing. There will be lists on the Women’s bulletin board of items we need for packing. Come for the time that fits your schedule or just to have coffee with us at 9:30 am and lunch at noon. The CKP students will help pack school kits, help us bless our work, and have lunch with us. We have special t-shirts for them to show they were part of “Doing Day.” Please join us as we pack to help those in need of these supplies.

2019 CKP Sunday

On Sunday, March 17, we will celebrate the ministry of Creation Kids Preschool on “CKP Sunday.” Please help us welcome the special guests and visitors who come to share the day with the children.

4th Graders: Register for First Communion by March 31

First Communion Classes will be held Saturdays, April 6 & 13 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. All 4th graders are welcome! If your student is older than 4th grade and has missed First Communion, we welcome their presence as well. Please see the February Messenger or get a form from the office for registration and other information. We look forward to celebrating your first communion on Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 6:30 pm worship.

Caramel Rolls are Coming!

Starting March 31 our summer service trip youth will be selling caramel rolls to be picked up Palm Sunday (April 14). Watch for details!

Apply for funding

St. John’s Foundation accepting applications through March 31!

If your ministry group has a need that was not part of the 2019 budget, you may apply for Beyond the Budget funding from St. John’s Foundation.

If you are planning to attend an ELCA college in the 2019-2020 school year, the Foundation has scholarship funding available!

Both applications for funding are available at or in the office. Application deadline is March 31.