Farewell and Godspeed to Pastor Fritsch and Connie.  After over 39 years of service as a pastor in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, including 20 years at St. John’s, Pastor retired on September 19, 2021.  St. John’s had a retirement celebration for Pastor and Connie at the Stewartville Civic Center with a meal from Gleason Catering and a short program.  Thank you to all that attended and helped in anyway!  Pastor and Connie will be truly missed!

Pastor and Connie will be moving to Tea, South Dakota, a southern suburb of Sioux Falls.  God’s blessings!

SUNDAY SCHOOL 2020-2021 was certainly a challenge with COVID guidelines.  The Sunday School meet in the fellowship as a large group. We are so grateful to the handful of people who worked diligently in Sunday School during this year of COVID-19: Jennifer Reed, David and Emily Fritsch, Pat Dahl, Cara Rentz, Rick Reed, and Becky Fredricksen. They were assisted by parents who lent their time and hands as needed. Pastor Fritsch, Pastor Justin and Dave Erickson each took a month in 2021 to lead the sessions.

CONFIRMATION was celebrated the weekend of October 1 and 4, 2020 at all three worship services. Eight young people completed the instructional course: Cooper John Horn, Ella Rae Ann Krahn, Lindsey Jo Rentz, Bo Ryan Boettcher, Alyssa Jean-LaVonne Miller, Megan Tamara Myhrvold,  Natalie Marie Goetsch, Haley Ann Laures. We pray the good Lord to keep these young people strong and steadfast in faith, receiving His grace unto life everlasting.

A SALT (Step Ahead Learning and Tutoring) family supper was held on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.  Over 50 people enjoyed a delicious spaghetti supper.  The meal was held in celebration of the end of the first half of the school year.  SALT is our Wednesday tutoring program for students in first and second grade.  We are grateful to all the tutors who make it possible for us to offer this community program.  The program focuses not only on academics but on friendship and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Chili Cook-Off, Bean Bag Tournament and Lunch held on Sunday, January 26, 2020 was a great success.  About eighty people attended the lunch with forty participating in the bean bag tournament and seven entries in the chili-cook off.  Special thanks to the Elders and Christian Service Committee for organizing this event. It was enjoyed by all!

Mugs & Muffins social event, hosted by the Ladies Aid, on Saturday, January 11, 2020 was enjoyed by 48 women from St. John’s and the surrounding churches.  It was an opportunity for women to get together, share with one another and make new friends.  It was a delightful time!

During Advent the Sunday School students proclaimed Jesus!  On December 11, 2019 the 7/8 grade students participated in the service titled Happy Holidays. On December 18 the Preschool – 6th grade students joined in the service called, To Christ, Creator, Savior, King.

Christmas Caroling

The Men’s Group, JOY Group (those 60 and over) and other St. John’s members went Christmas caroling on Sunday, December 15, 2019.  They visited the Stewartville Care Center as well as a number of homes in Stewartville.  After caroling, the group returned to church for chili and desserts.  It was an enjoyable evening for everyone.

Songs of the Season

Our annual Songs of the Season celebration was held on December 4, 2019.  We thank the many members who sang or played instrumental songs of the Advent/Christmas season.  It was a wonderful way to focus this holiday season on Christ the Lord born in Bethlehem.

Advent by Candlelight Tea

Thank you to everyone who attended the Advent by Candlelight event on December 1, 2019. Sixty-five women had a delightful time enjoying delicious food on beautifully decorated tables with entertainment from Marette Jorgenson an amazing pianist / humorist. Special appreciation goes to Dave & Monica Erickson and Gary Betcher who decorated and helped serve and to our table hosts: Arleen, Charlotte, Myrna, Kim, Diane, Marlys, Emily, Kathy and April!

Table or Treat 2019

Table or Treat was held on Saturday, October 26, 2019.  About 170 children plus parents and grandparents attended. They thoroughly enjoyed the treats, crafts and the opportunity to visit.  Special thanks to the members of the Christian Outreach committee for organizing this event and to all the members who decorated tables and gave out treats!