September 4, 2020

Although we have some limitations around gathering together to serve in our community this year due to COVID-19, God is still working powerfully in the world and the church can still be powerfully present in that work. This year, our God's Work Our Hands activities will be primarily online, or in our own homes. Stay tuned next week for even more details!

WHAT IS GOD'S WORK OUR HANDS, ANYWAY?

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September 25, 2019

Values identify who we are and what is most important to us; they can be both descriptive (what kind of church are we) as well as aspirational (what kind of church we hope to be).

As part of the recently launched Strategic Planning process, a small group has been tasked with reexamining the Mission, Vision, and Values of our church. We believe this process should begin with a careful examination of our core Values and work its...

Dear St. John’s Faith Community,

Here at St. John's, we are currently experiencing the intersection of two seasons: first, the church's penitential season of Lent and secondly, a season of racial tension in our city. What if we live into both of these seasons with intention, combining them into a Lenten practice?!? Welcome to our special Lenten offering this year - seven special 1-hour Wednesday 6pm Lenten Racial Reconciliation...

February 27, 2019

The following request has been shared with us by our neighboring synod, the Southwest California Synod.

Remember the parents who were separated from their children at the border? You may have heard that a number of them were deported without the opportunity to apply for asylum and that the U.S. government has not been able to locate them. A number of them have been located by the legal organization Al Otro Lado but th...

Dear St. John’s Faith Community,

Since August of last year, a small group of St. John’s members has been meeting as a Racial Justice Group - coalescing as a team and working to discern how St. John’s might more fully engage in racial justice work in our mission to “Live God’s Love in the World.” Given that the Pew Research Center found the ELCA to be the whitest denomination in our country, a most undesirable statistic in the p...

On Monday, January 21, 2019, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Sacramento churches, non-profit organizations, schools, local officials, and residents will join March for the Dream in memory of Dr. King. Marchers will express their continuing or renewed support for the America he envisioned, one where all people, regardless of race or ethnicity, are seen and treated as equally valued human beings and neighbors.

St. John’s Racial Justi...

November 8, 2018

Dear Members & Friends of St. John's,

The violence of mass shootings, a scourge of modern American life, touched close to home last night when 12 (mostly young) people were killed at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks. Borderline is located a couple of miles from California Lutheran University, our alma mater, and the alma mater of others in our St John’s community. While the identities of all the dead and injured are...

June 30, 2018

As many of you know, I was in San Ysidro on June 22 and 23 for an action that was being planned protesting the “zero-tolerance” policy leading to large-scale separation and detention of families coming to our borders seeking refuge. I know that many of you were praying for me over those two days, and several more of you made generous donations to Sacramento ACT, the local federation of PICO California who was helping to organi...

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