Christmas is a time many travel to be with family,which we all
know is a wonderful thing. However, being away for the Holidays
has one drawback – missing the beautiful Christmas Eve service at
St. John’s. Missing Christmas Eve won’t be a problem this year.
That’s because our first Christmas Eve worship service will be on
December 18 at 7 pm – A Christmas Eve for Travelers – a
candlelight service with carols, choirs & our traveling
members in our pews worshiping the coming of the baby Jesus,
Emmanuel, God with us.
Lutherans believe in the Triune God who is loving, forgiving, and
nurturing. We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who died
to free us from our sins. And we believe in the Holy Spirit who
is active in our lives bringing inspiration and transformation to
each of us. For more about what Lutherans believe, take a look at
of Belief of the ELCA.
Yes. We believe that the gifts of God are free. We commune by
intinction most of the time. You will be handed bread and will
dip it into the cup. The red liquid is wine; the clear liquid is
grape juice. To read more about the Sacrament of Communion, visit
our Baptism & Holy Communion page.
Each service has its own feeling largely dictated by the music
choices for that service. However, all services follow the basic
Lutheran liturgy and include reading of the scriptures, time for
prayer and confession, praise and thanksgiving, and usually the
celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. For more
information about our individual services, please visit our
Each year at Christmas we are challenged as Christians to focus
on the baby Jesus in the manger amidst the extravagance and
busyness of the Holiday season. At St. John’s, one way we focus
is through a congregational gift for the Christ Child. May this
be the first of all the gifts you give this year!
Everyone should be able to snuggle up in cozy jammies and read a
story before bed! So we are collecting new books and pajamas for
the women and children of the St. John’s Shelter Program.
Bring your donation of new, unwrapped pajamas and books to the
church office by Friday, December 20, and we will deliver them to
the Shelter in time for Christmas.