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Ugandan Orphans Choir Coming to St. John!

Ugandan Orphans Choir Coming to St. John!
The Ugandan Orphans Choir, a group of ten talented Ugandan children, will be performing at St. John on July 11 at 7:00 p.m., as part of the Three Rivers Festival opening day activities. All ten children have been given hope through Childcare Worldwide’s Sponsorship Program and now they are here to spread that hope to audiences all across the United States. The choir has performed nationwide at churches, schools, at Disneyland, on King 5 Television’s “New Day Northwest,” at Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks, and on the steps of the White House.

These children delight audiences with traditional African songs and dances. Megan DiRienzo, Curator of Education at the San Angelo Museum of Fine arts says, “All of you have amazing talents, beautiful voices and some serious dance skills! A performance like yours was a once in a lifetime opportunity. We fully support you on your mission to end child poverty!” Mark your calendars now, and also consider whether or not you might be willing to provide housing for 3 days for some of the choir during their stay in Fort Wayne. Look for details on this later this month.


What exactly is a healthy spiritual life? And how do you get one? Is it possible that all the richness of human experience is spiritual? So to live is to experience God. But how then do we take it further and intentionally do what it takes to lean into the presence of God? What does it look like to walk with God every day, in every aspect of your life?

Over 12 weeks this summer, beginning June 15/18, we’ll explore 12 words that speak to the seasons of the spiritual life. Words that we say in times of joy, and words groaned in sorrow. With each of these words, we’ll spend time on both Sunday and Wednesday evening digging into the practices each word represents, and where we see them in the Bible. We begin with ‘Here’ and move clockwise around the circle, ending Aug 31/Sept 3.


We are looking for a drummer to spice up our 11:00 a.m. service over the coming months. Interested in learning more? Got any leads? Contact Pastor Paul (426-5751, x101), Jay Heare, or Heather Offhaus for more details, or to share any leads. Thanks!

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St. John’s next New Member Orientation will be held on two consecutive Mondays, February 3rd and 10th, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. each evening.  We’ll start with dessert of some sort.  The course, entitled “Knowing and Showing God’s Love,” is intended for anyone who wants to grow in their understanding and practice of the Christian faith in general, and as a follower of Jesus at and around St. John in particular.


Those non-members attending the orientation will be invited to join St. John on Sunday, February 23rd during the 11:00 a.m. worship, following a brief introduction and welcome with congregational leaders at 10:15 a.m. in Room 101.  If you’re interested in attending this orientation, please register your interest with Jamie Robbins in the church office (426-5751).



Date of Post:  January 5, 2014

Due to the impending snow set to arrive later on today, this evening’s Advent Small Group gathering has been canceled.  If you had already purchased or identified that perfect White Elephant gift to bring, feel free to give it to a neighbor instead!  Happy Twelfth Night, everyone!


St. John will be experiencing something different from its usual Sunday morning worship on January 5, the day the Church celebrates the Feast of the Epiphany, when the wise men (or magi), following the star, found the child Jesus in Bethlehem.  On this day we will participate together in a service of healing, as we bid farewell to the remaining trappings of Christmas and welcome the new year of God’s grace in Jesus Christ.

Custodian Wanted–Oct 30 deadline!

St John Lutheran Church is looking for a person who would be interested in cleaning the church on a weekly basis. This is a part-time job with no more than 20 hours a week. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please contact Jane Gresham by Wednesday, October 30th for consideration!


Remember Applebee’s Dining to Donate is the 1st Tuesday of every month. Be sure to pick up or print a flyer so your meal counts. You will find a link to the flyer each month in the calendar entry, or look under the News/Events menu.


Hey, Middle and High School youth!  Want to get to know some other youth in the Fort Wayne area?  Want a fun night sampling food at various fast food restaurants?  Sign up for the Fast Food Progressive Dinner!  We will gather at 4:30 pm at St. John, leave at 5:00 p.m. to tour around Fort Wayne and finish at Risen Savior Lutheran Church at 8:00 pm.

Churches involved: Come2Go, Faith Lutheran, Risen Savior Lutheran and St. John Lutheran.

Stops include:  Coney Island, Burger King, and Zesto’s.  Each person is encouraged to bring $7 to help pay for food.  Sign up sheet is available after worship, or text your name and ‘PROGRESSIVE’ to 348-6357.  Contact Cheryl Kienzle for more details (480-7814).

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