Annual Events at St. John

ASH WEDNESDAY LUNCHEON

A committee of five women from the Women of the ELCA groups meet to plan this meal that occurs on Ash Wednesday every year. They line up decorations, paper goods, food, and times for set-up and clean-up. 
 
Members of St. John are asked to bring a type of salad (hot or cold) to share with everyone. The committee supplies bread, crackers, tea, coffee, and water for the meal.

GOD’S WORK, OUR HANDS 

Once a year, usually in September, thousands of congregations dedicate a Sunday (or a whole weekend) to serving their community in various ways. St. John participates in this effort every year. The projects we do each year are varied and are based on the needs of Bellville and our people.
 
 

SPECIAL SERVICES

In addition to our three regular weekend services, we have anumber of seasonal services that we celebrate during special times in the church year.

Advent Midweek Services
Held at noon and 7 pm on Wednesday evenings in December.
We have 3 different services to help prepare for the birth of Jesus at Christmas. The style and content of these services varies from year to year.

Christmas Eve Services
Held on December 24th.
We have 3 services to celebrate the birth of Jesus and God coming to live among us.

Lent Midweek Services
Held at noon and 7pm on the five Wednesdays between Ash Wednesday and Holy Week. 
We have a series of services to prepare us for the resurrection of Jesus. These services vary in content from year to year.

Maundy Thursday
Held on the Thursday before Easter.
We celebrate the Last Supper and Jesus instituting Holy Communion as a sacrament of the church.

Good Friday
Held on the Friday before Easter.
We remember the crucifixion of Jesus and what it means for us to trust in the cross as source of our salvation.

Easter Sunday
Held at four different service times during the weekend of Easter.
We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the grave. This includes a Sunrise Service and Breakfast at our Retreat Center and an egg hunt at our main building.

THANKOFFERING MEAL

A committee of five women from the Women of the ELCA groups meet to plan this meal that occurs in late November. They line up decorations, paper goods, food, and times for set-up and clean-up. 
 
The committee is responsible for finding volunteers to prepare turkey, ham, rolls, and gravy for this meal. The committee supplies tea, coffee, and water to drink. Members of St. John are asked to bring side dishes to go along with the foods listed above.