St. John’s awarded scholarships to 34 students totaling $26,256. The scholarships are the result of generous gifts from members who want to encourage and support students in their post-secondary education. The scholarships are part of the St. John’s Benevolent Foundation, a $9 million foundation started in 1974. Congratulations to the following recipients: The Thomas E.…

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St. John’s podcasts are now available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and iHeart Radio. Listen to St. John’s sermons on the sermon channel, updated weekly. You’ll also discover a new podcast called “Conversations that Matter,” during which Pastor Rhodes interviews someone in our community who has made a significant impact in our community. “We have…

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By Susan Shinn Turner Congratulations to Pastor Rhodes Woolly, who completed a doctorate in ministry this spring from Emory University. This year, he and Krista are also celebrating 25 years in ministry together. His graduation is the third for the Woolly family during 2020. Anna graduated from Salisbury High School, and Matthew will graduate in…

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By Stacey Shafer After the virus interrupted everyone’s life, Michele Johnson and her parents Richard and Delores Imblum made a decision that it would be best for Sophie to “move” into her grandparents home for a while to help all of them not have direct contact with Michele, a nurse practitioner at Autumn Care retirement…

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By Pastor Rhodes Woolly As the Covid-19 pandemic makes its way into summer, Americans are trying to discern best practices for returning to work, play, and, yes, worship. We’d like to share with you our plan for reentering public worship at St. John’s. March 15 was our first fully digital live worship service at St.…

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Everyone is waiting for this tribulation to end in peace. All eyes are looking towards heaven, seeking help from the Lord the Creator of the universe, the majestic ruler of our world. We have a message from the words of the Bible. In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon wrote clear verses that perfectly apply to…

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By Susan Shinn Turner Ask Dr. Norman Sloop how he’s doing during the COVID-19 quarantine and he’s got two words: “Bored stiff!” That’s not exactly true. He’s using his free time to write his life stories on the computer, encouraged by his nephew, whom he and his late wife, Mary, raised. He’s completed 22 stories…

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By Susan Shinn Turner For weeks now, Bill Johnson and the staff of Trinity Oaks Retirement Community have been working to keep residents safe from the spread of coronavirus. As of mid-April, the entire campus was on complete lockdown, with no resident being allowed off campus. “A lot of residents have learned how to do…

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“Be Courageous and Fear not, for I am with you …” O Lord. The God of Heaven and Earth … the God of love and peace and all that is seen and unseen… Today we light a candle for encouragement and fellowship … the candle of patience and hope … the candle of optimism and…

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By Susan Shinn Turner When Alyssa Smith and Phillip Harris got engaged in August 2018, they had no idea their April 25 wedding would be affected by a global pandemic. “We didn’t plan on a 2019 wedding because my brother is in the Air Force and stationed in a location he wasn’t allowed to leave,”…

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