by Rob Durocher A little over a year ago on April 19, 2019 the world was stunned to hear that the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris was literally burning down. While this tragedy was unfolding there were many people lining the streets singing together. Many of them were singing a beautiful song Je Vous…

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By Susan Shinn Turner The date is set for the annual church-wide retreat to Lutheridge: Sept. 18-20. The theme is also set: One Church, One Purpose, One Weekend — Unified in Christ. “We’re really trying to bring all three services together and focus on an inter-generational weekend,” says Donna Groce, who’s heading up the planning…

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By Pastor Rhodes Woolly After five weeks of our G2G Phase 2 Campaign, you have pledged or contributed $3.2 million, based on a total project goal of $3.8 million. What a remarkable response! Your investment shows that you believe in the ultimate goal of our campaign: to prepare space for a new generation of ministry.…

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By Susan Shinn Turner The fellowship hall has served a multitude of purposes over the years: receptions, Sunday School, Luther League meetings, community meetings, funeral meals, and Wednesday night meals. It was also one of the locations that homeless men stayed before Rowan Helping Ministries was built. “I went to Sunday School over there,” Chris…

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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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On June 2, St. John’s awarded scholarships to 27 students totaling $26,700. 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:…

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By Susan Shinn Turner Christian Terry’s motive for writing a book was simple: He saw a problem and he wanted to fix it. The problem is homelessness, and he and his fiancé, Daysja Phillips, decided to write a book that would not only tell stories of unsheltered people, but would address the complicated nature of…

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By Susan Shinn Turner The second phase of the Generation to Generation campaign has begun, titled G2G Phase 2. The G2G Steering Committee has been meeting once a month since February, says Mark Lewis, chair, while an executive committee has been at work since last spring. Members of the committee include: Amy Ritchie, Ben Goodman,…

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By Diane Poole Did you know that St. John’s has a Comfort Foods Ministry? The church’s freezer is stocked with meals provided by Wednesday Night Meals and other volunteers, that can be given to those in need. What a treat! If a person you know is getting out of the hospital and not well enough…

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By Susan Shinn Turner If you’re asking the question “What is the purpose of my charity?” then you’re asking the wrong question. Pastor Rhodes poses a different question: “How can I serve in a way that honors Jesus?” And if you look deeply into the life of Jesus, “you’ll discover that Jesus wasn’t a very…

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