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Shop with a Mission this Summer

By Angel Owens When you shop at Seasons Gifts, you shop with a mission. Not only do sales support the Senior Seasons ministry, but most items are Fair Trade and/or...
David Phillips

A Glimpse of Some Ways to Serve

By Susan Shinn Turner Nursery The 9:27 nursery is now open for members each Sunday from 9:15 am to 10:30 am. Children’s Minister Stacey Shafer staffs the nursery with one...
Jay Dees, Reader

Welcome back! A slow return to in-person gatherings

By Susan Shinn Turner As the congregational life of St. John’s returns to normal, some folks — new and old — are asking how they can become involved. “Our first...

Celebrating 25 Years

Sisters and Brothers, Twenty-five years ago (plus one day), at the Virginia Synod Assembly at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Roanoke, VA, these words were spoken. "I present for ordination...
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From the Pastor: Summer Reading List

Some of the Woollys at Garden City Beach, SC Dear friends, One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to find a really...
Trinity by Mark Jennings

A Hymn for Trinity Sunday, May 30: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty (ELW #413)

By Rob Durocher Minister of Worship and the Arts, Deacon True story— MANY years ago, my brother Chris and I were sitting in church enjoying the congregation’s singing of the...
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My Journey in the Pursuit of Racial Healing

Mark and Jane Ritchie By Mark Ritchie When I followed God’s invitation into social justice work fourteen years ago, I began volunteering weekly at Rowan Helping...
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Leading from the Keys: Davis Brown Steps in as Interim Worship Leader

By Susan Shinn Turner Since mid-March, Davis Brown has been interim contemporary worship leader at 9:27 worship. If his name sounds familiar, it should. Davis is a longtime musician for...
John Singleton Copley: The Ascension

The Head that Once Was Crowned with Thorns – A Hymn for the Ascension of Our Lord

The head that once was crowned with thorns Is crowned with glory now; A royal diadem adorns the mighty victor’s brow. (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymn 432) On Thursday, May 13, the...

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