September Pastor's message

Dear members and friends of St. John’s:

As we welcome the month of September, here are seven quotes for you from

  1. Make it a September to Remember.
  2. All at once, summer collapsed into fall. -Oscar Wilde
  3. And then the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and Autumn was awaked. – Raquel Franco
  4. September is the month of wonderful weather – Unknown
  5. By all these lovely tokens, September days are here. With summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer. – Helen Hunt Jackson
  6. Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple. – JK Rowling
  7. September tries its best to have us forget summer. – Bernard Williams

Where did the spring and summer go? It seems like yesterday we began having two drive-in services. The past few months with you have been unforgettable. How can we forget,

  • being outdoors and breathing fresh air?
  • feeling the steady breeze that seemed to come up every Sunday, sometimes blowing the bulletins right out of our hands?
  • opening windows, turning on the air conditioning and turning up our FM radios like we did in school?
  • seeing the sun rise over St. John’s tower, and being stirred by the peeling of its soon-to-be repaired bells.
  • Hearing Todd sing and play the keyboard, making a joyful noise in our hearts.

I will never forget that we were able to have fellowship and keep social distance, and wearing a mask to visit with you before and between services. The part I liked best was waving at you as you waved back after the benediction. We look forward to carrying this spirit of positivity into the fall. Church Council has prayerfully discerned that our two drive-in services (at 8:00 and 10:30) and service in the sanctuary (at 9:15), should continue through the end of October. Whether you are new to the church, are staying for a season in your lives, or have been here for many seasons, I am so very thankful for your support of the ministries at St. John’s and always glad to see you at our “Sunday go to meetin’” in a car! As autumn awakes, the sun takes a step back, the leaves lull themselves to sleep, and the air gets as crisp as a golden apple, I look forward to making more memories with you, as summer’s best of weather turns to autumn’s best of cheer.

In Christ’s love,
Rev. Mark

Guidelines for the Reintroduction of Indoor Worship
at St. John’s United Church of Christ

Adopted at a meeting of the Church and Ministry Committee on Tuesday, June 16, 2020

  • A social distance of at least six feet will be maintained at all times. Families and friends who have come to church together, may sit together maintaining that same distance from other worshippers.
  • Every other pew will be roped off.
  • Wearing face masks is highly recommended. (Now Required)
  • Bulletins will be available on PDF and at both entrances. There will be plates set out for offerings. Hymnals and Bibles may not be used.
  • Ushers will be available for assistance, to light/extinguish candles and ring bells. They will be required to wear masks and gloves.
  • Access to the church is ONLY through the south entrance (wooden doors). Doors will be locked during the worship service.
  • The elevator entrance will be open. The elevator may be used, one person at a time. A family member or friend may ride along. Masks are required.
  • The fellowship room is closed except for access from the elevator. The ramps will also be closed.
  • The two restrooms off the hall to the sanctuary will be available for use. The restrooms below, near Hermann Hall, may also be used.
  • Doors will be propped open before and after the service to limit touch.
  • Worshippers will be dismissed by pews.
  • There will be no nursery during any of our worship services.
  • Rev. Mark Katrick