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Pastor's Update
St. John’s Email Update for Friday, January 17, 2020
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Phone: 651-388-2149
Worship services:
Sunday: 8 & 10:30 am
Monday: 7 pm
Dear members and friends of St. John’s,
This past Sunday we issued a call to Mrs. Rachel Hahm to serve as our 1st & 2nd grade (& part-time kindergarten) teacher next fall. Mrs. Hahm currently teaches at Lord of Life Lutheran School in Thornton, Co. Please keep the Hahm family in your prayers as she deliberates this call.
Mr. Avila also announced last week that he has returned to call to serve at Christ Lutheran School in Eagle River, WI. We are thankful that the Avilas will be staying and pray that the Lord bless Christ Lutheran as they continue their calling process.
This weekend we will welcome Shiloh Arlene Klindworth, the daughter of Jacob & Lindsey Klindworth, into God's family through the washing of Holy Baptism.  May the Lord continue to watch over this little one and her family!
A look at the upcoming week:
• Ladies Lunch at Mandy's, 11:30 am
• Home basketball games are cancelled for tonight due to weather
• 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
• The sermon looks at Isaiah 49:1-7 - The Lord's Servant is Revealed
• 10:30 service - Klindworth baptism and LES K-8 sing
• Sunday School, 9:15 am
• Open Forum, 9:15 am - we will meet upstairs in church (more information below)
• School Open House, 1-4 pm - Attached is flyer that can be shared with those you might want to invite.
• Worship, 7 pm
• Wise Penny Board Meeting, 1:30 pm
• Radio Recording, 4 pm
• Bible Class, 10 am - This group will begin a look at the book of Job
• Public School Confirmation, 4 pm
• Council Meeting, 7 pm
• Away basketball games vs. St. John's, Goodhue, 7 & 8 pm
• YPS - Escape Room Challenge, 6 pm
Sunday Open Forum
Fifteen years ago St. John’s explored new building project options, including a new school on the current site, a new school on another site (possible Spring Creek Rd location) with the possibility a future new church building as well. At the time no one plan found good consensus as the best way forward and things moved ahead with maintaining our current facilities. Since then, especially over the last five years, the Lord has blessed us with a number of major projects that have been completed, with a total of $280,000 given to pay for these projects. But there are still other projects needed on the near horizon.
So how do we move forward? Do we still think about new construction?  Do we continue to raise money for project by project when many of these will have larger price tags?  How do we prioritize projects when all are needed and some may be needed sooner than an extended timeline allows? Do we put it all together and fund a large building project with a capital campaign to get all of these things accomplished?  
These are all big picture types of questions. To discuss these things further we will hold an open forum for the congregation on Sunday, January 19 between the services (9:15-10:15 am) upstairs in church. More details about different options will be presented along with the opportunity for questions and sharing of thoughts and feelings. In a large congregation not everyone will have the same feelings and opinions on every aspect of these things. But we can agree that the Lord has blessed us and the ministry of St. John’s. Come and help us make plans for our facilities to continue that ministry into the future.
Lord's blessings on your weekend,
Pastor Sternberg
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