St John Evangelical Lutheran Church

                   
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St. John is a generous congregation that assists programs that align with the mission of the church by "connecting human beings in the Holy Spirit".

 


LAST YEAR, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we live and socialize with one another. As many people struggled with lonliness and depression, the pandemic stressed how important CONNECTIONS are to our well-being! THIS YEAR, we focus on CONNECTIONS - connecting you in the Holy Spirit, and with one another in more meaningful ways.

 

St. John is a generous congregation that assists programs that align with the mission of the church by "connecting human beings in the Holy Spirit".

 


LAST YEAR, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we live and socialize with one another. As many people struggled with lonliness and depression, the pandemic stressed how important CONNECTIONS are to our well-being! THIS YEAR, we focus on CONNECTIONS - connecting you in the Holy Spirit, and with one another in more meaningful ways.

 

ADVENT

 - Internet Connectivity & Motorbikes! -

poinsettiaYour contributions to the POINSETTIA MEMORIAL FUND will purchase poinsettias to adorn the chancel area and to purchase items through the ELCA Good Gifts program which promote making  connections:

  • Internet Connectivity for students - Internet access can open a world of learning, allowing children to continue their education even at home - a key step in ending hunger and pvoerty for them and their communities.
  • Motorbikes for Pastors - How beautiful are the feet (and the wheels) that bring good news!  With a reliable source of transportation, pastors in rural areas can greatly increase the size of the community they serve. Motorbikes help church leaders share the message of God's love in Jesus Christ with people in the most remote villages and communities.
 
~ St. John Giving Trees ~

giving treeAs we build on the vision of "Showing up with love for the neighbor near and far", we connect with families with gifts that are meaningful.  Visit the Giving Trees in the Narthex, Commons Area and on the 2nd floor to choose your Good Gift ornament, or to leave your gift of stories.

  • ELCA Good Gifts - A nice variety of items to choose from - farm animals, trees, vaccinations, and education-related gifts are some of the choices! This is a great family activity to "give a gift that matters" this season.  You can also purchase a gift directly by visiting the ELCA Good Gifts page.
  • Children's Book Drive - Bring in new or your "gently used" children's books and place them under the tree (do not wrap or place them in gift bags). These books will go to the Women's Correction Center in New England to give as gifts to their family members.
 
~ Connecting human beings in the Holy Spirit ~

Worship is at the forefront of ways St. John CONNECTS with people.  Through this pandemic, we also learned ways to reach people EVERYWHERE with radio and livestream Worship services! 

  • Sundays - 8:00 am & 9:30 am  (9:30 am worship is also available via Livestream and KDIX radio)
  • Wednesday - 6:00 pm  (Church School Family Worship - also available via Livestream)
  • Thursday - 7:00 pm

Adult Book Study "Prayer in the Night" by Tish Harrison Warren

(December 5th & 9th @ 10:30 am)

In this book, Tish Harrison Warren explores a season of doubt and loss, navigating themes of human vulnerability, suffering and God's seeming absence. Practices of prayer "gave words to my anxiety and grief and allowed me to reencounter the doctrines of the church not as tidy little antidotes for pain, but as a light in the darkness, as good news."  EVERYONE is welcome to this book study - you do not need to read the book to participate in this class.

 

Church School Christmas Party is on December 15th! (5:00 - 7:30 pm) 

An event for the whole family!  A family meal featuring Pastor Joe's favorite foods as we celebrate the ministry he has brought to St. John, along with Advent activities, Worship and a Christmas Movie Night with popcorn and cocoa! A fun night for St. John families to connect with one another!

 

Service of Lessons & Carols on December 19th (4:00 pm) This festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was first celebrated at King's College, Cambridge on Christmas Eve, 1918. It was an adaptation of a similar service that had been written for the cathedral at Truro in 1880. The lessons and music move deliberately from the season of Advent into Christmastide.  Come and enjoy the story and beautiful music of the season.

 

Our Gifts

OUTREACH CONTRIBUTIONS reach beyond the walls of St. John, giving assistance to local programs and those that reach around the world. Recipients of Outreach contributions include ~

 

AMEN Food Pantry

Angel Tree

Badlands Ministries

Dickinson Backpack Program

Dickinson Ministerial Association

Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Center (DVRCC)

ELCA Good Gifts

Great Plains Food Bank

Harvest Home

 

 

 

 

Beyond giving financial assistance to these programs, you will find that St. John also supports them in other ways. Gathering food for the food pantries and Backpack Program, filling shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, purchasing gifts for those in need through the Angel Tree and volunteering time at the Badlands Bible Camp and Mission trips are examples of other assistance that happens at St. John.

Visit the serving opportunities to learn more about these and other ways to serve through St. John.

 

We hope that you will learn more about these programs we assist financially by clicking on the above links. There is truly a need in our world today, and St. John strives to bring encouragement and healing to those in need.

 

Our Time

 

St. John is strong in its Outreach program – we love to reach beyond our doors to others in the community. There are opportunities throughout the year to be a part of something “bigger”. All of these programs are open to everyone. It is a time for all of us to come together in Christ’s name and be a part of something bigger as we help others in the community of Dickinson and western ND.

GODS WORK. OUR HANDS

This is a big event at St. John, held in the fall. It is a day when we cancel our worship services to put our hands and feet to work in God’s name in our community!   This year, some participants met on the front lawn at 9:30 am for a blessing, then were sent out in the community to do a wide array of activities, while others participated on livestream and completed projects from home.

There were activities for ALL AGES, activities ONSITE, activites to complete AT HOME. Hear about them below:

 

 

 

 

 

Social Media/Advocacy        College Care packages          Thank-you notes &             Garden of Grace 

                                                                                                    Caroling for the                        clean-up

                                                                                                       homebound

 AMEN FOOD PANTRY

Donations for the AMEN Food Pantry are done regularly through several different groups throughout the year. Keeping the local food pantry stocked, and volunteering to assist at the pantry are ways to help in our own community.

DICKINSON BACKPACK PROGRAM

This wonderful program collects food for area children who depend on school lunches. Backpacks are filled for kids to supplement their meals over the weekends and throughout the summer months when school lunches are no longer available.

BADLANDS MINISTRIES BIBLE CAMP

Helping out at the area Bible camp is always a fun thing to do! Going to the Badlands outside of Medora reminds us of God’s beautiful creation and offers a sense of peace and tranquility. Each year, the Bible camp holds a day to get geared up for summer camp, and a clean-up day at the end of summer. Counseling and assisting at summer camp is also a fun option for anyone who enjoys the camp experience. Visit their website for other opportunities they have throughout the year with their retreats and committees!

ADVENT

During the season of Advent, new and different opportunities are available for us to reach out to others to show our love for our neighbor. Some of the projects have included hosting an Angel Tree, sending Operation Christmas Child boxes, and purchasing through the ELCA Good Gifts.  This year, we are doing projects for those at St. Luke's Nursing Home (see information above).

 

 

 


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WORSHIP TIMES

 SUNDAYS

 8:00 am - "in-person" only

 9:30 am - "in-person", Facebook Livestream

& broadcast on KDIX radio

WEDNESDAYS

6:00 pm - Church School Family Worship

"in-person" & Facebook Livestream

THURSDAYS

7:00 pm - "in person" only

 

 

            

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT INFO
St John Lutheran Church
146 6th AVE W
Dickinson, ND 58601

Phone: (701) 225-6747
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