NURTURE

Make Disciples

Scroll down to learn more about our fellowship, Christian education, children, and youth ministries. Interested in getting involved? Contact the ministry leader listed or email [email protected]

Card Writing
This ministry helps to nurture our congregation by filling out and send- ing birthday and anniversary cards. Cards are assigned a month at a time and can be done in the comfort of your home. All supplies are provided.

Contact: Maxine Nilsen

 

 

Cursillo
Cursillo is a life-changing weekend designed to raise up people of the church and give them tools to share the Good News with those in their communities through a dedicated life of piety, study, and action.

Contacts: Don Greer and Carol Hermes

 

Financial Peace University
Participants have the opportunity to learn Dave Ramsey’s system of getting your finances in order, which will bring financial peace to your life.

Contact: Chris & Tori Smith

 

Feed My Sheep
Inspired by John 21:17, this ministry provides nourishment for both church members and our neighbors by offering pre-cooked and microwavable frozen meals that are available downstairs in the new building, or by coordinating a “meal train” for those who have been hospitalized, welcomed a new baby, or are having a hard time. A team of volunteers delivers meals to those in need, per request.

Contacts: Ron Morrison and Heidi Forgione

 

Newcomers Welcome Ministry
Newcomers ministry welcomes and shares the love of Christ and St. John’s with those new to our church family. We do this in many ways — including note writing, giving tours of our church facilities, and hosting the Newcomers Dinner.

Contact: Heidi Forgione

 

Pastoral Care Ministry
Our call by Christ is to love all people. This ministry is for those who discern a call to listen, care for, and to encourage those in our congregation who are going through a crisis or difficult time.

Contact: Rob Soeldner

 

Prayer Shawls
During the pandemic, the prayer shawl ministry meets on the third Wednesday of each month on Zoom. We provide hand-knitted and crocheted shawls for those in need of healing and comfort as well as baby blankets that are presented to infants upon baptism. Come knit or crochet with fellowship and fun while serving others. All skills are welcome.

Contacts: Carrye Franzel

 

Prayer Warriors
Are you being called to become a warrior of prayer? We’re a group dedicated to praying for the needs of others. Information is sent via email and you may pray wherever and whenever it is comfortable for you.

Contact: Pat Jefferson

 

 

Stephen Ministers
Stephen Ministers are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. Participants will learn how to listen to, care for, and walk with those going through difficult times in life. Training will be provided to equip participants with essential caring and relating skills

Contact: Karen Shumway

FELLOWSHIP

Home Groups
During the pandemic and isolation, this ministry will need people who can be called on regularly to ensure others are doing well. We will connect people to create friendships in this time when we are often lonely. If you prefer, you may call the church office for more information.

Contact: Karen Shumway

 

Dessert & Discussion
All ladies are welcome to join us. We meet one Monday evening a month in a casual setting to grow in our faith and share fellowship.

Contact: Linda Lund

 

Family Faith Night
Small groups of families gather on Zoom for fellowship and to study God’s word.

Contact: Shannon Drichta

 

Lunch Bunch
Food, fun, and fellowship! The Lunch Bunch meets the second Wednesday of each month to eat and share fellowship at various restaurants around town.

Contacts: Rita Nelson and Maxine Nilsen

 

Men of St. John’s
“Connecting, Growing, and Serving as Brothers in Christ”
The Men of St. John’s group is open to all men of the parish and the wider community who desire to connect, grow, and serve Christ together. Our informal meeting format typically involves fellowship, food, discussion, community service, and a short devotional or teaching lesson.

Contact: Steve Hager

 

Hospitality
During this period of physical distancing, we are taking this ministry (AKA Small Acts of Kindness Ministry) on the road. If you would like to help reach out to the congregation through non-contact delivery of goodies (our specialty), information, and kindness (also our specialty), please sign up. We will identify different areas of the congregation every month for a special delivery from our St. John’s Family.

He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25

Contact: Sarah Reeves

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Adult Christian Education
A variety of Christian class topics are offered. Volunteer to facilitate a multi-week class or contribute as a special presenter who is a member of a team of facilitators. Serving as a special presenter is a great way to volunteer for anyone who would like to commit to facilitating a single class.

Contact: Adrian Quintanilla

 

Children’s Sunday School Volunteers
Consider using your talents and time to nurture, pass the faith, and have fellowship with young people. Teachers and assistants are needed for Sunday mornings (lesson plans/supplies provided). You do not need to have teaching experience.

Contact: Cheryl Smith

 

Men’s Bible Study
Operating at St. John’s for (at least) 29 years, this group meets weekly on Thursday mornings via Zoom at 7:30 a.m. The study focuses on the lectionary readings for the following Sunday.

Contact: Clark Hendley

 

St. John’s 101
A 10-week class designed to help understand the Episcopal Church and how we at St. John’s live into who we are called to be. This is informative for life-long Episcopalians and those wondering if this is the church for them. Class will take place on Zoom. Anyone interested in joining St. John’s or being Confirmed in the Episcopal Church should take this class.

Contact: Ripp Hardaway

Thursday Morning Women’s Bible Study
The group meets every Thursday morning on Zoom at 9:00 a.m. The study is led by the group and is a great way for women of all ages to connect and share their faith.

Contact: Jan Harrison

 

Weekly Bible Study with Rev. Lucy Strandlund
This group meets on Zoom on Wednesdays at 10am to study and reflect upon the readings for the coming Sunday. Reflecting together on the readings will enrich our understanding of scripture and also help us feel further connected during worship on Sunday mornings.

Contact: Rev. Lucy Strandlund

CHILDREN & YOUTH MINISTRIES

Children’s Sunday School
Fall 2020 classes will take place in the following format:

1st Sunday of the Month – Zoom call with all children and families begins at 1:00 p.m. The Zoom gathering will include a monthly challenge!

2nd Sunday of the Month – Pick up supplies for Sunday school. Drive -by begins at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m. Join us for some Sun- day fun!

3rd and 4th Sunday of the Month – Prerecorded lessons will post on Sunday morning. Families can choose a time that fits their schedule to participate. Projects will include those with supplies given out on the second Sunday of the month.

This Sunday school schedule begins September 6 and repeats through October and November. On November 29, we will begin Advent activities coinciding with the Sundays of Advent. Please join the private St. John’s Children’s Ministry Facebook page for posts and updates concerning the Children’s Ministry.

Contact: Cheryl Smith

 

6th-12th Grade Christian Education and Youth Group
St. John’s Youth Group is open to grades 6-12. Both middle school and high school students will meet at the same time this year on Zoom. Fellowship and Christian Education will take place biweekly on Sunday evenings at 6pm. Every last Saturday of the month will focus on an outreach project corresponding to a monthly theme. This semester the youth group will delve into the themes of St. John’s mission to love God, love our neighbor, and make disciples.

Contact: Emma Kypuros

 

Youth Group Adult Volunteer
Adults are needed to assist with and drive for youth activities. The Youth Group is open to all incoming 6th-12th graders. During the pandemic, youth group will meet remotely for worship, fellowship, and service, as well as many other fun activities.

Contact: Emma Kypuros