~ Important News! ~
Worship continues each Sunday morning at 9am in the Sanctuary.
(We will continue to offer the service online via Zoom, Facebook Live, and here on the website.)
From the Pastor...
Worship in the time of COVID
No singing. Keep your distance from your neighbor. Wear a mask. Keep the service short.
The constraints on worship that we have imposed to protect one another from being infected are frustrating. Many of you are staying home on Sunday and participating online. I suspect that some of you may have put worship “on hold” entirely until we can return to our normal practices.
But we need to hear God’s Word now more than ever. We need to be reminded that God is still sovereign. We need to live in hope that God will give us strength and wisdom to overcome COVID. We need to trust that the cross and resurrection have already determined the outcome.
So let’s continue to worship – in person or online – constrained though we are. Let’s continue to pray, uncertain about the future though we may be. Let us remember the word of hope that we heard last Sunday from St. Paul: “Neither life, nor death … nor anything in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39).
~ Pastor Steve Mindrup
An Update from our Seminary Graduate, Maria Bonine!
By the Grace of God and the help of St. John's, I made it! On Sunday, May 17th , I graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary – virtually, from the comfort of my living room through Zoom. (I know some of you attended. THANK YOU!) Naturally, the question of 'what next?' has been at the heart of my thoughts and conversations. The best way for me to describe this time period is "in the holding tank."
I have begun the interview process, and I am in conversation with a congregation in Southern Illinois. With the pandemic crisis, the process is not able to move at the pace the congregation or I would prefer, thus "the holding tank." Not being able to meet in person creates a whole new level of exercising faith, while waiting to take the next step. When the time does arrive for a church to extend a call to me, I will discern if it is the right call for me. After being offered and accepting a call, ordination will follow. I am hopeful that this special service will be able to take place at St. John's. The timeline is uncertain. In the meantime, being in "the holding tank", allows me time to rest and plan for the future.
I am where I am right now because of the church. Each of you has played an essential part of my faith formation as a beloved child of God and as one called to the ministry of Word and Sacrament. Your encouragement and support made it possible for me to discern God's call, accept that call, and journey the path to seminary. Your prayers, cards, and financial support sustained me for four years of intense study and travel to and from seminary commitments.
As I continue to be in awe of the beloved people of St. John’s, I give thanks to God for your faithfulness. I trust that while I wait in “the holding tank” God continues to be at work in my preparing me for first call and is preparing the community I will serve.
In Christ, Maria Bonine
With the exception of Sunday morning worship, the church building remains closed for events and activities.
If you have any concerns or health issues, are high-risk or have been sick or around someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, we strongly recommend you remain at home and watch worship services online via Zoom, Facebook Live or on our website at www.stjohnsmendota.org.
The church office staff is available to assist you Monday—Thursday from 8:30am to noon.