Parish Life

Group of Church Members

Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20

Lay Eucharistic Ministers- Our lay Eucharistic ministry team takes communion to members who are ill or not able to attend church.

Altar Guild- Our altar guild is responsible for setting up for all services throughout the church year; as well as maintaining the vestments, altar linens, silver, brass and communion supplies.  See Marie Rodli for further information.

Parish Bike Rides/Walks- The last Sunday afternoon of the month, a group gathers on the local Rails-to-Trails trail to walk or bike during the summer. Contact Kari Tietjens for further information.

Weekly Coffee Hour- In case you haven’t already noticed, we at St. John’s like to eat!  Following the 10:00 a.m. service, church members take turns hosting and providing refreshments.  This is our great opportunity to catch up with each other and to greet newcomers. Celebrations are also offered at this time for Baptisms, Confirmations and baby showers.

Caring for Parish- Members of the church care for their fellow parishioners in time of need and joy.  We often take turns providing meals for individuals for families during an illness, other hardship, or the birth of a baby. 

Work Days- Parishioners take great pride in the care and maintenance of St. John's! Days are periodically scheduled to do yard work, painting, and general upkeep. Parishioners also take turns mowing the churchyard.

Parish Summer Picnic/Christmas Dinner- The parish gathers on the second Sunday of August for Eucharist followed by a picnic at a local state park.  In December the congregation gathers for a potluck Christmas celebration and holiday fellowship.

Blessing of the Animals- On Rogation Sunday, the congregation gathers in the churchyard as our priest blesses dogs, cats, hamsters, and beloved stuffed animals.

Game Nights - Parishioners of all ages gather periodically during the winter months to play board and card games. Children enjoy cookie decorating in the kitchen!

Christmas Caroling - A few days before Christmas we travel around town and sing Christmas Carols for community and parish friends. We end the joyous evening with home-made cookies and hot cocoa!

Always something new…We enjoy each other and being together!  One of the best qualities of being a small parish is the flexibility and speed in which we can throw things together.