Welcome to St. John, a small Lutheran Church that welcomes everybody. St. John has some exciting events planned for the next couple of weeks. Read on to get the low-down, or check out our calendar.
April 15 Service at the G. Armstrong Home, 10:30am; Pastor Joel presiding; Bible Study group meets, place tbd.
April 17 Maundy Thursday Service, 7:30pm.
April 18 Good Friday Service, 11:00am; choir practice following this morning’s service
April 20 Morning Devotions 8:30am in Ebinger Hall, followed by breakfast and special activities for younger children; choir practice before worship about 9:15am; the Resurrection of Our Lord celebration service, 10:00am. ‘Food Cart Sunday’ for Partage Vanier.
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The mystery of Malaysia Flight 370 has been making headlines for weeks. On CNN, the coverage is virtually non-stop, every angle of the story over-analyzed: When will the black box stop working? What’s the ocean like where the plane might have gone down? Profiles of the pilots. Promising lead becoming dead end. More debris seen on satellite only to find an empty ocean. Continue reading
More than a few of us may get a little uncomfortable with the phrase “born again.” It’s much like the term “evangelical,” which means “gospel-bearing.” Unfortunately, these phrases have been co-opted to represent a certain kind of believer. In culture and media, it now stands for a right-wing fundamentalist. This simplistic belief in the Bible has been used to argue all manner of condemnations, a label mainline denominations have taken pains to clarify. Continue reading
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In all the glitz and glamour of the Oscars, last week, one small movie made by a pair of Canadian filmmakers took home a golden statue. Between, the Matthew McCaughaneys and the Jennifer Lawrence’s, it was easily overlooked. Who pays much attention to the award for Best Documentary short, especially when it’s about a little old lady, lacking in glamour? But even though it was a small movie – just 36 minutes long and with no special effects – it captured a very big heart, and a remarkable tale. It tells, in her own words, the story of Alice Herz-Sommer, the oldest known Holocaust survivor. She is the woman in apartment No 6, as the title declares, and music saved her life. Continue reading
How often do we meet people from our past – an old school friend, perhaps, or a work colleague, and we say to them, “You haven’t changed!” We mean it as a compliment, that the years have been easy on them, that they look the same. But of course, sometimes you only have to meet that un-changed person for coffee and hear how the years have gone, and you realize that underneath it all, they have been very much changed. Continue reading
At Northwestern University, a class called Marriage 101 has students lining up at the door. It is not the traditional marriage prep course – or very similar to the ones universities used to offer decades ago in a much different time - and it’s not particularly lovey-dovey. University students are presented with a pragmatic view of marriage, and the course texts are predominantly scientific journal articles on marriage. The idea is that the course lectures – the term papers that include interviews with marriage couples – will make students wiser and more realistic when they enter into long-term relationships down the road. Continue reading
Someone told me this week about a study that explored how the tastes buds of Canadians and Americans differed, and how health experts were taking that into consideration when they explored food labels and other regulations. Americans, apparently, love their sugar. But for Canadians, we can’t get enough salt. Certainly, salt is as central to us in winter as it would have been in Jesus’ day: obviously for different reasons. Anyone who has lived by the ocean, knows the power of salt water to heal a cut, or take the sting out of a bad day. When I was floating in the Dead Sea, lifted by those salt heavy waters, it was one of the most buoyant afternoons of my life. Continue reading