Worship Services

RECAP from the TOWN HALL MEETING on JULY 8th:

 

Praise Service to move into sanctuary

Town hall meeting details new worship schedule starting August 19

 

At St. John’s town hall meeting Sunday Pastor Eric Waters and Congregation President Scott Kramer expounded on the plan for a new worship schedule with the goal of growing the church’s membership. The church council, led by a strategic planning committee, developed the schedule, which moves the praise service into the sanctuary, sets a 10:45 a.m. start time for the late traditional service, and reestablishes the family life center as a venue for church fellowship while offering a safe and inclusive space for Sunday school children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Beginning August 19 all three worship services will take place in the sanctuary with Sunday school options offered in the family life center and the education wing:

8:00 am:  Early Traditional Service

9:15 am:  Sunday School

9:30 am:  Praise Service

10:45 am:  Late Traditional Service

 

Citing a need for St. John’s pastors to remain present during all services in their entirety, Pastor Waters said he believes moving the praise service into the sanctuary will increase that service’s attendance. The move also will allow the family life center to function as originally intended, that is, providing a place for fellowship, recreation, and education in an informal setting.

After the early service adults and children of all ages will be welcomed into the family life center for a light breakfast of juice, coffee, and pastries. As a key initiative from the planning committee, this ‘morning manna’ opportunity is expected to bear good fruit: strengthening relationships among current members and appealing to a new generation of prospective, younger members who can better connect while lingering over coffee and snacks in a friendly and nonjudgmental atmosphere.

Following the time of fellowship, members will have choices.  The younger children may stay in the family life center for Sunday school activities, crafts, and learning.  Adults and the junior and senior high youth may attend regular Sunday school classes, which will convene in classrooms on both floors of the education wing. Or, adults and children of all ages may opt to attend the praise service.

The plan to move the children’s Sunday school classes from the buildings across Turner Avenue was fueled by the perception that the youth were far removed from the heart, soul, and hub of the church. During the town hall meeting Pastor Waters related a comment he recently received from a prospective new member. The young mom said that one key reason her family would not join St. John is that the children’s building across the street is “dank, dark and distant”.

Most members attending Sunday’s town hall meeting were positive and optimistic, as well as thankful to the church council and the planning committee for their work on the project. One member commented that as much as Lutherans do not like change, the congregation should keep a positive attitude and give the new schedule a chance.

Other comments and questions dealt with details such as changes in the altar guild procedure, the practice schedule for the choir, and the setup of the praise band equipment.

worship schedule changes infographic

Worship Service Schedule Change FAQ’s

 What will the 8:00am service be like under the new worship schedule?

  • It will be the same Traditional Worship Service in the Sanctuary at the same 8:00am time.
  • Communion will be served each week.
  • The music will be traditional hymns along with guest singers and guest musicians, etc.
  • Pastor Waters or Pastor Mariola Bergquist will be leading the worship along with the Assisting Ministers, Lector Readers and other volunteers.

 What will the 9:30am service be like under the new worship schedule?

  • The 9:30am service will be our Praise Service and will now be located in the Sanctuary instead of the Family Life Center. The Sanctuary setting provides for more seating capacity, opens the Family Life Center, and conveys the importance of the Praise Service to St. John’s future.
  • The songs will be praise and worship songs sung by the St. John Praise Band, led by Audry Ortegon and Robert Galvan.
  • Pastor Waters or Pastor Mariola Bergquist will be leading the worship and preaching the sermon and will be able to be present for the entire service.

 What will the 10:45am service be like under the new worship schedule?

  • It will be the same as the current 10:30am Traditional Worship Service in the Sanctuary, but will begin 15 minutes later.
  • Communion will be served each week.
  • The music will be traditional hymns along with the Sanctuary choir, guest singers and guest musicians, etc.
  • Pastor Waters or Pastor Mariola Bergquist will be leading the worship along with the Assisting Ministers, Lector Readers and other volunteers.

 Why is the Worship Schedule being changed?

  • Rearranging the worship schedule allows our Pastoral leaders to be truly present at all services, without ‘splitting time’ between them.
  • By moving the time and location of the Praise Worship Service to 9:30am in the Sanctuary, the Family Life Center can be better utilized as a multi-generational gathering place, as it was meant to be.
  • Multi-generational Ministry is a cornerstone for the future vision of our church.

 What do we gain by moving to this worship schedule?

  • Both Pastors can be present for the entire service, from beginning to end, casting the vision of St. John and filling the congregation with God’s Word.
  • There will be energy and solid messages in all services, under a consistent leader.
  • Maximizes the use of the Family Life Center by opening it up to opportunities for intergenerational gatherings and teachings.
  • This model offers the same 3 worship services to choose from, only now, all are offered in the Sanctuary.

How will Sunday School be affected by the changes?

  • Pre-K through 5th Graders will now meet in the Family Life Center from 9:15am to 10:30am on Sunday mornings.
  • Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers will have their own Bible Studies centered around ‘The Story’ in the Education Wing.
  • The Adult Sunday School Classes will still be meeting, as usual, in the Education Wing.  Adults will also be invited to be a part of the Ministries in the Family Life Center during the Sunday School hour.

How will the Family Life Center be used moving forward?

  • The Family Life Center will continue to be used for special events, breakfasts, etc., but it will now also be used to house the Children and Youth Sunday School activities.
  • The Family Life Center will be used for family, as originally intended. By having the space and opportunities for all to be learning, singing, crafting as one, we feel that our vision of intergenerational connections creating support, community and guidance for all will be realized.

What about sermon and/or service recording under the new schedule?

  • The Traditional Worship Service and sermon will continue to be recorded and posted online each week.
  • With the move of the Praise Service into the Sanctuary, we may now be able to record these services, as well, in the future.

When will the schedule change take place?

  • The start date for the new worship schedule will be August 19th, 2018. We want to make the changes in time to settle in for the new school year and our Sunday School curriculum.
  • We are aware that it may take a little time to get used to the changes, but truly believe this to be in the best interest of St. John and our vision to Know Jesus and Make Jesus Known. 

What will be the end result?

A major first step toward our vision: “The whole church meets in the same building on the same block, following a plan to optimize and improve our facilities.  The Family Life Center is used for ministry every Sunday.” (excerpt from St. John’s 2018 Vision Statement)

What about Wednesday activities?

Wednesday night will still be a night of gathering, intentional fellowship, worship, Bible and Catechism learning across all ages.  Everyone will meet in the Family Life Center from 6:00pm to 7:30pm each Wednesday.

Traditional Worship Service:
Sunday morning at 8:00am and 10:45am in the Sanctuary

Come experience the presence of God in a traditional setting, with exceptional music provided by our Chancel Choir. Communion is celebrated each Sunday at this service.

 

Praise Worship Service:
Sunday morning at 9:30am in the Sanctuary

Guitar-driven praise songs framed by the Lutheran liturgy create a contemporary worship with a traditional feel.

 

Sunday School Classes:
Sunday morning at 9:15am in the Family Life Center and Education Wing

We offer classes and study groups for all ages from Pre-K to Teens to Young Adults and Seniors.

If you have questions or comments regarding the new worship schedule, let us know! Email us at: vision@stjohnlutheran.com.

SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE:

Infant/Toddler Ministry  (thru age 3)  Nursery

*9am – 10:15am:  Class/Activities in the Nursery

 


 

Children’s Ministry (Pre-K thru 5th grade)  Sunday School

*9am-9:15am:  Parent drop off; snacks/fellowship in the Family Life Center
*9:15am-9:30am:  Pre K – 5th grade in the Family Life Center
*9:30am-10:15am:  Pre K – 5th grade in the Family Life Center
*10:15am:  Parent pick up in the Family Life Center

Click here for detailed information or visit the information desk in the Gathering Place.

 


 

Youth Ministry (6th thru 12th)

9:15 am: Meet in the Family Life Center
9:30-10:15 am: Classes in the Family Life Center and the Education Wing.

Click here for detailed information or visit the information desk in the Gathering Place.

 


 

Adult Ministry

9:15 am-10:15 am: Various class locations and topics in the Education Wing.

Click here for detailed information or visit the information desk in the Gathering Place.

Child care and nursery services are provided during all Worship Services, Sunday School Classes and Special Event Services.