ATTENTION - Church Services have resumed!!

Everyone is welcome to our Sunday worship service at 10:45am.


During this pandemic time, we will adjust our traditional worship service as follows:

  • The service will be held outside (weather permitting) on the south lawn of the church for the month of July. 

  • Everyone is to bring their own lawn chair. 

  • Social distance (6 feet) will be followed

  • Masks are optional (outside)

  • No singing (feel free to hum)

  • No shaking hands

  • No communion

  • Bulletins will go home with each member

  • Offering will be collected (Not passed) 

  • Hand sanitizer will be available 

  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home

Prayer of the Day:

Glorious God, your generosity waters the world with goodness, and you cover creation with abundance. Awaken in us a hunger for the food that satisfies both body and spirit, and with this food fill all the starving world; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen


Isaiah 55:1-5

Psalm 145: 8-9, 14-21                Romans 9:1-5 

Matthew 14: 13-21

St. John's is collecting school supplies for the Essex Students.  Click on Ministries above for details.

Click here to hear Christian Best Hymns. 

A Note from Pastor Ann

The Pastor in the orange lawn chair!

 If you would like me to visit you, give me a call. I will bring my lawn chair into your yard. You can bring a out chair and we can safely chat in the yard 10 feet apart. We won’t touch, share Communion, or any food. I’ll have my water bottle. We can see each other chat about whatever you wish and I’ll say a quick prayer before I leave.

Call me if you want a visit with the pastor in the orange lawn chair!



Please remember that St. John’s Lutheran church

& St. John’s cemetery continue to have financial obligations.

Your support is appreciated!

Prayer Ventures -  August 2020 

These petitions are offered as guides to prayer for the global, social and outreach ministries of the ELCA, as well as for the needs and circumstances of our neighbors, communities and world.  Thank you for your continued prayers for the life and mission of this church.


2 Pray that the story of Jesus feeding the hungry crowd will inspire us to be compassionate and generous, and that, individually and together, we will be able and equipped to respond to the needs of our neighbor.


3 Give thanks for artists and craftspeople who share their creative gifts and perspectives, arousing our joy, wonder, reflection and appreciation of life.


4 Pray that we will not be too inhibited to wrestle with God and God’s Word, or to have candid conversations with God, and that the Spirit will deepen our trust in God’s love, concern, forgiveness and patience with us.


5 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Young Adults in Global Mission program will not be sending out volunteers this year. Give thanks for young adults who have volunteered for global service over the years, and pray that the Spirit will guide the Young Adults in Global Mission program as it prepares to continue its work and ministry alongside our global companions.


6 Ask the Spirit to help us be bold and articulate in sharing who God is, what God has done and what God is doing in the world for the sake of all people.


7 Pray for the leaders, voting members and others gathered for the Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly and participating in online sessions, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them in choosing leaders, proclaiming the gospel, growing the church, serving our neighbor and doing God’s work in an ever-changing world.


8 Pray for the Spirit to stir within us humility, wisdom, empathy and a commitment to dismantle the barriers between people who live in wealth and people who live in poverty. Pray that all will have sufficient resources for daily life and self-sufficiency but also will develop a deeper commitment to mutual care and will value one another and our interdependence.

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