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Livestream Ministry Continues to Grow

By Angel Owens On Jan. 1, 1939, WSTP radio began its first broadcast — the 11 am Sunday service at St. John’s — a broadcast that continued until the station closed in 2016. It shows a long-standing commitment to sharing our Sunday worship with an audience that reaches beyond the four walls of our sanctuary.…

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St. John’s South Sudan Ministry

By Karen Puckett Walk for Wisdom: District-wide effort raises 20% of funds needed for Water Well at South Sudanese School. $2500 of donations for this event came from St. John’s Endowment fund. $2000 was applied directly to the well project, and $500 was applied to prizes at the “Refugee Student Art Show.” Global service learning…

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“Pray for Our Schools” Event, Aug. 21 at 6:30 pm

By Susan Shinn Turner Our annual “Pray for Our Schools” event is set for 6:30 pm Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the Faith Center. All students, parents, educators, and anyone with a child or grandchild going back to school are invited. “This is a time and space to pray for our students and teachers, for a…

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Joy Chaffin Retires as Office Manager

By Susan Shinn Turner As of Aug. 1, there will be no Joy in the church office. That’s “Joy” with a capital J. Joy Chaffin, office manager, will retire after three years in a position that was created when she joined the St. John’s staff. When asked about the variety of her duties, Joy laughs…

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St. John’s CDC 20 Year Celebration Gift: A New Outdoor Learning Environment

By Angel Owens This year marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the St. John’s Child Development Center in September 1999. CDC Director, Courtney Bost, shares that in the past 20 years, families have expressed appreciation for a wonderfully dynamic learning center where children feel loved and nurtured while getting prepared for school. All…

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Kai Thurow Accepts A New Call

By Susan Shinn Turner During the 2018-2019 school year, some 120 middle-schoolers and high-schoolers were active in the St. John’s youth program. The best attended Sunday night welcomed 49 middle-schoolers and 41 high-schoolers — just a random Sunday evening with 90 kids. Those are amazing figures for the youth program, which has been under the…

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From the Pastor

August brings a lot of change in our congregation. Joy Chaffin, our wonderful Office Manager, is retiring on Aug. 1. Joy has been on staff three years and brings a sense of calm to almost any situation. She’s always spinning fifty different plates in the air, but you would never know it. We send her…

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Medical Equipment: Your Health Care Ministry Team has the Tools, and We’re Here to HELP!

By Gerrie Blackwelder If you are sick or in need, you’ve got a friend. And that friend has walkers and canes, but more importantly a motorized wheelchair with a car lift, bedside commodes, lots of wheelchairs, shower chairs, rollators and other items that may make life less challenging and a bit more mobile. Know that…

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From the Pastor

When do you stop singing songs at the top of your lungs? Pastor Laura and I are at Lutheridge this week with 17 confirmation campers. It’s been a great week, no doubt, and a wonderful time to experience these students on a different playing field. On the way to lunch, I heard counselors leading their…

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Guatemala: How important is the zoo anyway?

By Paula Bohland What are your best memories of school? Mine are of my class going on field trips to the zoo and museums. It was fun to get away from the school building but the real fun was being able to SEE dinosaurs in a museum, play with science concepts, experience lions roaring at…

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Jane Britt builds “The Empty Tomb”

By Susan Shinn Turner “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here but has risen.” Luke 24:5-6 The empty tomb was brought to life this Easter season by the St. John’s decorating committee. It becomes the latest addition to our growing collection of three dimensional art used in worship. At…

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Middle and High School Summer Programming

By Susan Shinn Turner It’s a busy summer planned for youth ministry, and Kai Thurow, youth minister, is ready to roll. Well, just about. “This is when I switch into summer mode,” Kai says of the month of May. Here’s a look at what’s going on at St. John’s this summer for youth group members…