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St. John’s Email Update for Friday, July 31, 2020
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
421 East Avenue
Red Wing, MN 55066
Phone: 651-388-2149
Website: www.stjohnsredwing.org

Sunday Worship options:
In-person: 8 & 10 am (Monday, 7 pm) (Sign Up Genius link here)
Online: St. John's Facebook page, 10 am

Radio: Lutheran Chapel of the Air, 9 am, KCUE (1250 AM)
TV: Time of Grace, 10:30 am, KARE 11

Dear members and friends of St. John’s,

The Lord in his wisdom called home Fred Wilson, brother to Rod Wilson and Bev Steele, who had been living in the memory care unit up at the Villa. We keep Fred's family in our prayers as we rejoice in the victory he is enjoying in heaven. A graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery will be held next Thursday at 11 am. 

This weekend is the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost. The sermon will look at the 1 Peter 4:1-8 and how to live in our sinful world as we wait for Jesus to return.

Quick Cleaning after Worship
2 volunteers are needed after each 8:00 & 10:00 Sunday service to disinfect pews, railings, etc. This volunteer job takes only about 10-15 minutes. If you are able and willing, please sign up for one of the slots here.

School Year Plans

Gov. Walz announced his Safe Learning Plan for schools yesterday.  Here is an update from Mr. Avila:

Governor Walz announced today that each school district will decide the best re-opening plans for their district. Over the next few weeks, our school will work with the Red Wing School District using guidelines outlined earlier this summer by the MN Department of Education to determine our opening plans for fall 2020. We have prepared for 2 scenarios to be implemented at any time during the school year: full opening with social distancing or distance learning. We will cap enrollment in classrooms to avoid implementing the third hybrid learning scenario. We are following state recommended safety protocols in our school to make reopening as safe as possible at St. John’s. Some of these steps will be daily temperature screening for all students, staff, and faculty, and placing hand sanitizer dispensers in each of the classrooms and in high traffic areas. We’ve installed air purifiers in each classroom and students, staff, and faculty will wear a face covering. More specifics about our school re-opening plans will be available in the upcoming days. We pray for your patience and understanding as we prepare this upcoming school year.

We will also be talking more about how this will affect plans for Sunday School and bible classes this fall.

School Registration

Registration plans are underway. Due to COVID-19, things will be collected a bit differently this year. 

• Lutheran Elementary School Registration: in-person, by appointment only
Aug. 5-7, day times and evenings available
Sign up for your registration time slot here: Elementary School Registration

• Little Blessings Preschool Registration: in person, by appointment only
Aug. 25-26, day times and evenings available
Sign up for your registration time slot here: Little Blessings Preschool Registration

All the normal paperwork will be updated, permission slips signed, tuition collected, and each family's home visit will be all-in-one during your family's 45 minute time slot. Sign up through SignUp Genius at the above links. Your children may also attend.  We have allowed time after your time slot to sanitize so we'll be ready for the next family, and we ask that you help us by arriving on-time and wearing a mask. Remain in your car when you arrive and we'll call you on the cell number you provided on SignupGenius (or you're welcome to call us at 651-388-2611 when you arrive).

Next week:

• Tuesday - CPR Training for faculty and staff, 10 am - 2 pm

• Thursday - Church Softball Game - 6:30 pm
• Wednesday - Friday - School Registration by appointment

On a personal note, Julie and I are happy to announce that, Lord-willing, we will be welcoming a new addition to our family, due in early January. The boys are excited to find out whether they'll have a new little brother or sister.

Lord's blessings on your weekend,

Pastor Sternberg


A Devotion from new MLC President, Rich Gurgel

In this time of COVID-19, the discussion around wearing masks has been ongoing, with many different opinions, especially now as Minnesota has required them in indoor settings (including at church).  President Gurgel shared a video devotion last week on the topic (click here).  He is speaking to the campus family of faculty and students returning this fall, but yet what he says applies in many settings as we work together in God's kingdom in Christian love.

If you are curious about MLC's plans so far to return this fall, that is available here.
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