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“The Cross in Art and Visual Culture”: Exhibit at St. John’s

The cross is the central symbol of the Christian faith, representing both suffering and salvation, sacrifice and forgiveness, redemption and hope.  Throughout the ages it has been the focus of Christian art and architecture, worn as jewelry, and cherished as an object of personal devotion.

Throughout the Easter season, the church will feature an exhibit of crosses and cross artwork from members of St. John’s, plus a photographic survey of 100 crosses from diverse sources and…


Added by St. John The Evangelist Church on March 30, 2016 at 11:55am — No Comments

Maundy Thursday Eucharist and Agape Dinner

The Liturgy of the Word will begin in the church. The Holy Eucharist will take place in the Parish Hall followed by a simple yet delicious meal prepared and cooked by our very own, Scott and Donald Svoboda (Two Dudes Catering). 

After this meal shared by our Christian sisters and brothers, we will then go back to the church making the church bare for Good Friday and praying before the Blessed Sacrament. All are asked to volunteer time throughout the night to watch and pray with Our…


Added by The Rev. Dr. Rob Cavanna on March 24, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

Join us for A Procession with Palm Fronds and a Reading of the Passion of Our Lord According to Luke read by the youth and adults of the parish.

Please wear red for the occasion.

Coffee Fellowship follows in the Parish Hall.

All are invited.

Added by The Rev. Dr. Rob Cavanna on March 20, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Lenten Quiet Day/Retreat

In this Lenten Quiet Day/Retreat there will be readings, prayers and meditations centered around one's relationship with God and one's discipleship.

The purpose of the Quiet Day is to enter more deeply into a conversation with God. One of the real challenges that we too often find in our busy lives is finding the time to pray and meditate. This scheduled time will give you an opportunity to deep your relationship with God and to connect with your faith before the beginning of Holy…


Added by The Rev. Dr. Rob Cavanna on March 19, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments


Quieting the Mind is a new offering at St. Mary's in Ely. It is a weekly gathering of diverse individuals, drawing from the contemplative practices of meditation and centering. We meet primarily in silence, followed by a time of reflection and sharing. Those who are new to quiet meditative practices who do not think that they can hold silence for two 22 minute sessions are welcome to bring some reflective/spiritual reading with them to read to themselves while the group continues in…


Added by Eunice Koch on February 28, 2016 at 1:56pm — No Comments

Church accounting

We are having a discussion at St. John's about changing the software we are using for our accounting.  We are currently using Quikbooks and it seems to work well enough.  The alternative would be to purchase one of the programs designed specifically for churches. 

One of the things we are not doing in Quikbooks is pledge reporting.  The entries are made as a deposit but that does not help with statements. 

Is there anything that does the job well, does not cost a bundle, and…


Added by Larry Brugger on February 16, 2016 at 10:47pm — No Comments

160th Annual All Parish Meeting and Pot Luck Lunch

The Annual Meeting will review all aspects of the life of Holy Trinity from the budget and finances to pastoral care to evangelism to worship and liturgy, to name some of the topics. The Wardens and the Vestry members will report to the community and people will be recognized for their contributions to the mission and ministries of Holy Trinity.
Join us for the 10:00 am Eucharist and a delicious Pot Luck Lunch before the beginning of the meeting.

Added by The Rev. Dr. Rob Cavanna on January 17, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Project Home returns to St. John's this February

During the month of February, St. John the Evangelist will provide homeless families with a place to sleep, snacks and hosts with compassion for their present situation. As a Parish, we are combining our efforts with those of St. Clements Episcopal Church and our companion parish, Holy Apostles Episcopal Church. We are asking everyone to band together and volunteer their time to help us provide an invaluable service to those greatly in need.

Beginning Monday, February 1, we need…


Added by St. John The Evangelist Church on January 5, 2016 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Family to Family- Partner with a Family in Kayoro, Uganda

Our faith calls us to care for one another and serve those in need. Yet the magnitude of the world's needs can seem overwhelming, beyond our ability or capacity to affect.  So it was in 2008 that St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church made a seemingly modest, but incredibly bold decision to do “one good thing.”

Five years ago, after much consideration and with a lot of faith, St. John’s decided their “one good thing”  was to get to know…


Added by St. John The Evangelist Church on October 19, 2015 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Stewardship at St. Luke's Minneapolis Off to a Great Start!

Sunday, October 11, marked the opening of a five week emphasis on stewardship at St. Luke's Minneapolis using the theme 'God the Giver,' a program resource provided by The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS). Despite the competition of an unusually warm and sunny fall day, there were many in attendance.

Senior warden, Scott Smith, preached a dynamic sermon based on the gospel of the day, and three of the five music ensembles of St. Luke's presented magnificent offerings of… Continue

Added by Larry Reynolds on October 14, 2015 at 3:15am — No Comments

Women's AA Basic Text Meeting at St. John's

Beginning November 7, St. John’s will be hosting a women’s AA Basic Text group every Saturday at 10 am in the Fireside Room. All are welcome. Contact Stephanie Senum for more information at  stephanie.senum@gmail.com.


Added by St. John The Evangelist Church on October 12, 2015 at 1:18pm — No Comments

St. John's Choir to be in Guthrie Performance

This fall, the Guthrie Theater presents an American Touring Company production of The Events, a riveting new play by author David Greig.

St. John’s Adult Choir will participate in the Guthrie Theater’s presentation of The Events, which explores themes of community, tragedy, healing, and forgiveness surrounding the tragic shootings in Norway 2 years ago. Unique to…


Added by St. John The Evangelist Church on September 29, 2015 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Cabaret Fundraiser at St. John's

The 2nd Annual Cabaret to benefit Kayoro Clinic & St. John's Youth Pilgrimage will be a fun evening of live entertainment, auctions and great food. Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 21, 7-10 pm. We’ve gotten some fabulous donations for the auction, and we’re still looking for more for our auctions and game prizes. These can span a…


Added by St. John The Evangelist Church on September 10, 2015 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Hearts to Homes Family in Need

One of St. John’s H2H families is in need of a single/twin bed & mattress for her son. Please contact Diane Wallace-Reid at 651-303-1154, if you know of one that can be donated.  Also, the H2H “supply” closet is getting rather low and we are taking in a new family soon. Please bring donated items such as toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, toothpaste, dish soap, shampoo/conditioner, etc. and place them in the H2H box in the Kent Street entrance. Thank you for your help.


Added by St. John The Evangelist Church on July 21, 2015 at 1:06pm — No Comments

St. John's Farmers' Market Grows Strong Families

The Farmers' Market at St.John's parking lot on Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons, has again been offered a $1,500 matching grant for Fields to Families! Donations to the program are collected at our farmers market and used to purchase produce from the farmers.This produce is then delivered to our neighborhood food shelf, Halle Q. Brown. Last year we were able to donate over 6,000 pounds of fresh food, feeding hundreds of families with healthy produce and supporting Hmong farmers from…


Added by St. John The Evangelist Church on June 30, 2015 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Hymn Micro-commission

You've probably heard of micro-breweries, micromanagement, and microbes, but are you familiar with micro-commissions of new music? Through a micro-commission, a large number of people contribute any amount, large or small (even $1), toward the commissioning of a piece of music. For example, in 2010, over 400 donors combined their resources to commission a full-blown symphonic work for the Minnesota Orchestra. Here at St. John’s, we have the possibility to participate in micro-commissions as…


Added by St. John The Evangelist Church on March 25, 2015 at 8:13pm — No Comments

New Changes for St. John's Huge Sale

At the February vestry meeting, after a discernment process with the Huge Sale committee and the wider community, it was voted to end the Huge Sale in its current form. Instead, we will extend this wonderful tradition into furthering our partnership with the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, which has a community closet and an annual rummage sale. They are excited to have everything we have already collected for the Huge Sale as well as your future donations. They also welcome…


Added by St. John The Evangelist Church on March 5, 2015 at 6:18pm — No Comments

St. John's History Book is Published

The eagerly awaited illustrated history of St. Johns, For All The Saints, will be available for sale in February. This 311-page volume was written by our former Music Minister, Jim Frazier and is filled with pictures and stories of the myriad families and individuals who have made St. John's the place it has always been. 

The narrative brings to life the the eras of all of our 16 rectors from Mr. Kittson in 1882 up to the…


Added by St. John The Evangelist Church on January 8, 2015 at 6:39pm — No Comments

St. John's Travels to Kayoro, Uganda in January

The parishioners at St. John's have been incredibly generous. In particular, their generosity has led to the building and support of St. John's Clinic Kayoro in Uganda. In 2008, St. John the Evangelist embarked on a relationship with the people of Kayoro, Uganda through a partnership with Give Us Wings. Through our relationship with the people of Kayoro, we have come to know and cherish them. Our community has shared in their joys and struggles and has reached out to assist them as they…


Added by St. John The Evangelist Church on December 8, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Composer in Residence Program

From October 2014 through June of 2015, the St. John’s Music Program will include a pilot year for a composer-in-residence program! Our St. John’s Music Commission and Vestry have created a pilot program for this year with Paul John Rudoi, former tenor section leader from our St. John’s Adult Choir, and a member of Cantus. The residency program gives individual parishioners the opportunity to commission new works, designed for use within St. John’s liturgy. In addition to any…


Added by St. John The Evangelist Church on November 19, 2014 at 6:09pm — No Comments

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