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It’s Time to Listen

By Pastor Rhodes Woolly The last week of May was a particularly trying, frustrating, grief-laden week. As we worried over reentering public space in the midst of the pandemic, we...


This Sunday, June 7, 2020 the Christian Church celebrates and affirms the HOLY TRINITY. Around 829 AD Pope Gregory IX introduced Trinity Sunday as a Christian Festival that honored the...

What is Pentecost?

He Qi, Holy Spirit Coming (detail), undated 21st century. © He Qi, 2013. By Rob Durocher Before the Christian church was established, Pentecost (Shavuot - The Feast of Weeks)...
Norman Sloop Model Airplane

Norman Sloop Recounts Memories of the Polio Epidemic

The B-26 Norman carved by hand during WW2. By Susan Shinn Turner Ask Dr. Norman Sloop how he’s doing during the COVID-19 quarantine and he’s got...

Trinity Oaks Staying Safe and in Good Spirits

Bill Johnson and his staff at Trinity Oaks have been making sure the residents are having fun while staying safe. He has delivered wine and snacks...
Mrs. Jihan Nassar

“Be Courageous and Fear Not”

Mrs. Jihan Nassar “Be Courageous and Fear not, for I am with you ...” O Lord. The God of Heaven and Earth ... the God of...

Rwandan Pastor Receives Theological Studies Grant from the St. John’s Benevolent Foundation

By Susan Shinn Turner Pastor Mulisa Emmanuel has received a grant for theological studies from the St. John’s Benevolent Foundation. Mulisa is pastor of Rukira Lutheran Church in Kigali, Rwanda,...
Food for Thought

Helping Others When It’s Hard to Help: Community Agencies Continue to Need Assistance

By Susan Shinn Turner Even though the governor’s stay-at-home order remains, the need for volunteers at Rowan Helping Ministries goes on. “We’re seeing a decline in volunteers,” says Betsy Warner,...

The Luthergarten Tree in Bloom

  By Susan Shinn Turner When Pastor Carl Sachtleben and his wife, Ann, visited Wittenberg, Germany last fall, they were sure to check on the tree that St. John’s members...

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