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.
Each year the women of the church have a bake sale to raise money for scholarships. The sale is always held on Maundy Thursday.
There is a committee that plans the advertising, securing the place for the sale, and actually receives the items and prices them. Brochures are distributed to businesses in town where people will see them, some are taken to businesses in town that have many employees where brochures are then put in their break room.
Volunteers usually arrive at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the sale and the contributors are asked to have their baked goods there by 8:00 a.m. Items are priced as soon as they are received and sales start as soon as the baked items arrive. Most items are sold by about 10:00 a.m. Any items left are taken to the church to be sold at the noon service.
This is one of our biggest events of the year out at our Retreat Center.
Join us for a joint worship service located in the outside chapel at the St. John Retreat Center that is followed by a shared meal provided by the men of St. John.
Our Social Concerns committee then oversees the running of all games, auctions, and the desserts for after the meal. We often have carnival type games for the kids and BINGO for adults in the Mewis Center. Sometimes we have plant walks or cake walks as well. Activities may vary from year to year.
There is often a fishing contest earlier in the morning before service begins as well.
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.
St. John Lutheran Church of Bellville brings that beautiful night of Jesus' birth back to life at their
Retreat Center every December. Volunteers help to become a 'Living Nativity' that uses both people and animals to enhance the viewers experience.
Those who wish to view this scene simply drive thru our Retreat Center property, bearing witness to the birth of Jesus. The LIVING NATIVITY usually consists of four stations that will depict the Christmas Story. Live characters and animals will be featured as well as villagers strolling throughout.
ALL are welcome to the FREE Christmas event which is sure to become a part of your holiday traditions.
In addition to our three regular weekend services, we have a number of seasonal services that we celebrate during special times in the church year. Please note that dates and times are subject to change from season to season. Any changes in the scheduling will be reflected in the announcements for each service both on the homepage and the Current Events page as needed.
Lent Midweek Services
Held at noon and 7 pm 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.
Held on the Thursday before Easter.
We celebrate the Last Supper and Jesus instituting Holy Communion as a sacrament of the church.
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.
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.
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.
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.