Saint John Youth in Detroit

IMG_20150714_14420139812 youth (AJ Baxley, Jacob Campbell, Laura Chatmon, Savannah Harvil, Leanne Hightower, Kaila Hoffman, Liesl Kompelien, Sequoya McLendon, Chris Perrault, Micah Stansell, Errick Sturm, Tyler Swenson) and 4 chaperones (Amy Droegmiller, Gayle Harvil, Amy Kompelien, Darrel Sturm) from Saint John Lutheran Church will join 28,500 other Lutherans at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Youth Gathering in Detroit, July 15-19. The event will take place primarily at Detroit’s Cobo Center and Ford Field. Teaching and music will center on the theme “Rise Up Together,” grounded in the Gospel of Mark.

The Youth Gathering for high school-age youth takes place every three years and includes faith formation, worship, study, fellowship, service and play. They will explore and strengthen their faith by studying God’s word, serving their neighbor, sharing Holy Communion in worship, participating in lively faith discussions and broadening their experience of God’s world and diverse communities through travel.

In her sermon on Sunday, July 12, Pastor Katie said,  “We are sending them to be immersed in our baptismal life:

to live together in a faithful community;
to participate in daily Bible study, prayer and worship;
to hear thought-provoking speakers and share their own faith;
to learn about inadequate housing and health care, unemployment;
to help restore property by cleaning, repairing, painting, planting;
to work in soup kitchens, food pantries, summer camps.

We send them to be inspired, encouraged, strengthened and connected.  We send them to experience that even in the face of death the people of God wrap themselves in God’s promises of life and reach out to raise others up. This is the way we teach our youth to be the church together for the sake of our crazy world.”

Holy Week and Easter Schedule, 2015

235March 29, Palm Sunday, worship at 8:15 and 11 am

April 1, Wednesday in Holy Week, 6:30 pm Service of Healing

April 2, Maundy Thursday, covered dish dinner at 6 pm, worship at 7 pm

April 3, Good Friday, worship at 7 pm

April 4, Property work day, 8 am to noon; Easter Egg Hunt, 11 am to 2 pm – includes lunch

April 5, Vigil of Easter at 6 am, Breakfast at 7:15 am, Festival of Easter at 11 am

Saint John Welcomes Intern

WP_20150301_001Kyoung Ki Kim (“K”), a divinity student originally from South Korea, is a candidate for ministry in the ELCA Southeastern Synod. He has earned his Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. The one requirement that he needs to fulfill in order to be approved for ordination in the ELCA is a year-long internship. An internship is similar to student teaching or an apprenticeship.

“K” began his internship year at Saint John on Sunday, January 4. He assists with worship at both services, preaches once a month, and observes or teaches a Sunday school class. During the week, he attends meetings, takes communion to the homebound and visits hospitals and homes. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays he meets with Pastor Katie for supervision and works with ministries in the Griffin community.