• St. John Lutheran Church

    Columbia, MD

    A Discipling Culture Church

    Asking the essential questions:

     

    "What is God saying to me?"

    "What am I going to do about it?"

     

  • ST. John Lutheran COVID-19 Update

    “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayers and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

    [Philippians 4:4-7]

    This week at St John:

    • Worship live on Sundays at 10:15 AM at the “St John Lutheran Church, Columbia, MD” Facebook page.We’ll send the link out by e-letter as the broadcast begins for those not on Facebook.

    • Holy Week services will be at 10:15 AM on Sunday and 7PM on Thursday 4/9 and Friday 4/10.
    • Gather your supplies for Communion: Pastor Dan will lead a virtual Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday 4/9 and Easter 4/12. Have bread and grape juice (or wine) for your family so we can share the elements together during worship. If you don’t have juice, just bread is fine.
    • A team of staff and lay pastors have been making phone calls to every member for care and connection. If we missed you, or you have specific needs now, send a message to office@stjohnmd.org or call the office at (410) 799-8888. Please make sure we have your updated contact information.
    • We are praying for you daily and also for the needs of the local, national, and global community.

       

      United with you in Christ,

       

     

    Peace in Christ,

    —Pastors Dan and Karen


     

    VIRTUAL CHURCH

  • Sunday,  March 22 Message

    Join us Sunday morning on the St. John Facebook page at 10:15AM for this week's message from Pastor Dan by clicking on Virtual Church image above.

     

    Click the link below for previous weeks' videos.

  • 4 Days of Devotions and Activities

    Click the button below to download 4 days of devotions and activities while you are home alone or with family.

  • Have a Virtual Easter Egg Hunt!

     

    Join or start a community egg hunt!

     

    Print your favorite egg designs or create your own. Decorate and then display your creations in windows at home. Some folks are even making egg sculptures for their yards!

     

    Share this with your neighbors and community. Then go for a walk on Easter (Sunday, April 12) or the days before to see what you can find! Even while social distancing, we can be a community that cares for one another.

     

    St. John Lutheran Church created these simple designs for you to use and share. We'd love to see your creations. Post them to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StJohnColumbiaMD/.

     

    Join us online for virtual services on Easter and each Sunday while we practice social distancing. All are welcome!

  • Pastor Dan's Lenten Blog

    Lenten Theme for the 4th week: Charity

    I look at life right now and it feels sometimes like I am looking at a painting – it just doesn’t seem real! Around my house the streets are quiet, the only noise I hear is that of my kids, and as most parents will relate to I am sure, I wish I could turn that down a notch.

     

    The world we know is changing. We have had to move our worship gatherings to Virtual Church, and Pastor Karen and I are working on ways in which we can be community at other times and in smaller groups, connecting with one another and setting up support and accountability structures.

     

    Our 40Acts theme this week has been that of Charity. When you hear that word, I wonder what it is that you think of. For most it will direct your minds to giving, supporting, or helping those who are in need. That is some of it, but it is the place that these actions come from which are more prevalent for us today.

     

    “And now abideth faith, hope and charity, these three, but the greatest of these is charity.” [1 Corinthians 13:13, KJV]

     

    More modern translations of the passage from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians reads “…faith, hope and love.” The actions we take should come from a place of love. A love which is in us, because of our relationship with Jesus Christ.

     

    We are called to act out. As I have been reading and praying over this week, I have felt God saying that; Mission is His activity of love toward the world, and that discipleship is the call to be part of that. We are called to be acting OUT! But how can we do that in this time where we find ourselves social distancing, self-isolating or as things progress maybe entering quarantine?

     

    It all needs to start with connection. We have got to be investing in our relationship with Jesus, and from that place being missional. Everyone who loves is born of God (John 4:7). We get to love because He loves us. But we are not able to do it alone. At the start of Luke 10, we read of Jesus sending out the seventy, two by two, we are called to be acting from UP through IN to OUT.

     

    God has placed around us some great leaders. We are very fortunate to be in the position we are in. Pastor Karen, the Lay Pastor Leaders, our present Council, and the rest of the Lay Pastors team. There is so much that we can be doing for one another to help encourage and equip at this time to be getting involved in God’s love for the world.

     

    Our text for the week in the latter part of Luke 10, and the Parable of the Good Samaritan. I will share more about this on Sunday, but here is a man who went above and beyond to act OUT. He acted out of what was perceived to be the norm of the day. He acted out of what was perceived to be his character. He acted out because of love.

     

    If you are able to join me on Sunday, I will again be going live on Facebook at 10.15. If you are not on Facebook, I encourage you to sign up, and like the St John page, which can be found at the following address - https://www.facebook.com/StJohnColumbiaMD/.

     

    Keep tuned for more to come on virtual events, and ways in which you can connect with the community of faith. Remember the purpose of these gatherings, as was the case with our church gatherings when we could meet physically, is to worship and be built up, in order to be equipped as the Body, to go.

     

     

    Pastor Dan

  • Lenten Season

    HOLY WEEK DATES TO REMEMBER: Virtual Church

     

    4/5 Palm Sunday 10:15 AM

     

    4/9 Maundy Thursday 7:00 PM

     

    4/10 Good Friday 7:00 PM

     

    4/12 Easter 10:15AM

  • Kelsey Lamothe in Botswana

    A prayer request from Kelsey Lamothe, our friend and missionary in Botswana:

    Prayers for Youth for Christ Botswana:
    —that God would lead us in how best to minister to people in this unusual time,
    —that He’d keep working in the hearts of the students we’ve been working with,
    —and that we would be examples in adhering to the guidelines put out by the government.

    Let’s also pray for Kelsey’s protection and courage, and for her family in the US.

     

     

    An Excerpt from Kelsey's recent letter (click link below for the entire letter):

     

    "I made it! After about a year of support raising and preparations, I have finally landed in Botswana. As I stepped off the plane and looked into the Gaborone airport, I felt the Lord whisper in my heart, "You’re home." And it's true. I am home. I am back in the nation that completely stole my heart, among people who I absolutely love. "

  • What's New this Year with Children's Ministry?

    Sunday Morning Family Faith Formation has been temporarily suspended.

    Please see notice above regarding COVID-19 update

    Multi-generational Experiences - Opportunities for everyone to do things

    10:00-10:15—Continental Breakfast for all

    Breakfast allows everyone to gather around the tables to eat and share Highs and Lows.

     

    10:15 - 10:30 - Hearing and discussing God's Story

     

    10:30 - 11:00 - Responding to God's Story by participating in different stations

    “Prayground” Station—Manipulative and hands-on materials to help children explore the story

    Art Station—Art and journaling supplies, as well as a project or two…

    Prayer Station—Hands-on

     

    Possible Additional Stations:

    Science, Games, Service Projects, Just for Fun, Computer, Drama

     

     

     

     

  • What We Value

     

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    Our Vision & Mission

    God has given us a wonderful life to live to His glory. Jesus lived such a life and we see this demonstrated as a balanced life in three dimensions. We seek to grow in our relationship with God, learn how to live in community, boldly bring hope to the world.

    Worship

    Join us on Facebook Live on Sundays
    at 10:15 AM at the “St John Lutheran Church,
    Columbia, MD” page.

     

     
     

    Time invested lingering in Christ's presence

     

                     

    Missional Communities as Christ intends

    We believe spiritual growth happens best in community. God didn’t design us to live in isolation or to walk in our faith alone, but rather created us to grow through being with others who are also focused on Him.

     

    Multi-ethnic and multi-engaged - Outreach across the world

    We self-describe as a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-denominational church. We are engaged in our neighborhood, our larger community, nationally through coaching and support and internationally through key partnerships.

     

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