As I write this article, I am aware that exactly one month ago today Dan and I arrived in Mendota to begin our life together with all of you in this community new to us.We have been blessed with a wonderfully warm welcome and thank you for your generous hospitality.
This past week I was asked by a long-time friend, “What’s the best part of being in Mendota?”My immediate response was, “The worship at St. John’s!I love being surrounded by the ‘body of Christ’ and worshiping with the people here.Each week, in one way or another, I have experienced the living presence of Jesus Christ in our midst.”
I’m delighted that there are so many people of all ages involved in planning, preparing, and then leading in our worship together.The worship space, the visual presentations, and the elements of Holy Communion are all prayerfully made ready.The music staff, Praise Band, and choir are working together to carefully select music which carries the message of God’s salvation in engaging and faith-filled ways.
Bishop Elizabeth Eaton wrote in the May 2015 edition of The Lutheran,
We are the church.At the heart of what we do is worship, and at the heart of our worship is the crucified and risen Christ.Everything else we do is formed, nourished, sustained and transformed by our life as a faith community gathered around Word and Sacrament, abiding in the love of God.
When we gather for worship… we come expecting to be changed.We are touching, tasting, feeling, hearing and seeing the one who knows us and loves us completely.Our lives are restored.We are set free.Fed for the journey we are set loose to go in peace and serve the Lord.Thanks be to God.
In Christ’s love, Pastor Janet Lepp
Sunday School Rally Day Information
PARENTS:Please plan to attend Sunday School with your child/children on Rally Day, September 13th at 10:15am.Following worship, all Sunday School students are asked to sit in the front pews on the north side of the Sanctuary or the choir loft where Mr. James Younger will be greeting them for the opening.Parents are asked to sign their child in on the attendance forms in the Fellowship Hall and then return to the Sanctuary where the Sunday School staff will be introduced and a short video will be shown.Following the opening, students will be dismissed to their classrooms with their teachers.Parents are invited to visit the classrooms as well.Registration forms can be filled out and turned in at this time.Teachers will bring their students to the south side of the Fellowship Hall at 11:15am for dismissal.We are looking forward to another great year!
Join us for Worship
St. John’s Church Council has decided that we will continue with two services each weekend, 5pm worship in the Chapel on Saturday evening and 9am worship in the Sanctuary on Sunday morning followed by a hospitality time in the Fellowship Hall. Holy Communion will be offered each weekend
Please note that the Council intends to survey church members toward the end of the year to evaluate if there is a need for additional service times.Pastor Lepp, members of the staff, and members of the Council look forward to hearing from you with suggestions for how our worship together can best carry the message of God’s love for all people, while transforming us into caring disciples of Jesus Christ.
JOIN US FOR WORSHIP! Saturday at 5pm in our Chapel Sunday at 9am in the Sanctuary Adult fellowship and small groups following worship in the Fellowship Hall Sunday School for all ages (3 yrs to High School) at 10:15am