Seasonal News

SJU Stays Connected

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To stay current on what’s happening at SJU, please sign up to receive our e-newsletter! Some news highlights are below.

Note: The weekly e-news is managed by Victoria Poling, our Director of Community Engagement. Email if you have something you’d like to be included, such as committee updates, or volunteer opportunities.

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Social Media

If you use social media, be sure to follow our Instagram Feed and  Facebook page for all our public info, including some great photos of all the things we’re still up to, despite not being able to gather.  Join the Facebook Group: Community of St. John United, a private group open to all friends of SJU. Use #SJUStaysConnected to share and find posts!


Sunday Service of the Word

We are grateful to be able to offer Service of the Word in-person in our sanctuary. We are currently in our “Red Phase” of Covid protocols, which means that masking is required on the property, except in verified, vaccinated spaces where we are limiting capacity to 50%. See here for the full list of protocols.

A live-streamed Service of the Word is available every Sunday and will be hosted by staff and volunteers on our YouTube Channel: SJU by the Zoo. View at your leisure and consider sharing it with friends.


Send us your summer photos or video

We need your help to keep in touch this fall! Send us a picture of yourself. Show us what you’ve been up to! Whether you relaxed at home, made a project, visited friends & family, or travelled, no experience is too small or too big to share. When you experience a moment of beauty, wonder, inspiration, comfort, or intrigue just take a photo and upload your video or photo to this folder: Welcome Back Video or share #peopleofSJU on SJU’s private community Facebook page. You can also click here to view all of the past photos in one place.

Green team update: New Street Trees. We’ve received our free trees from the City of Seattle’s Street Tree program. If you are stopping by the church, take a look: we’ve cut up the concrete wells on Argyle St. to prepare for the planting. Turkish filberts. We will be hosting a party & celebration with treats and activities, once the trees have been planted. Neighbors and friends are welcome!

Join the Church Choir

Are you ready to start singing again?  We’ve phased out the virtual choir, as we gradually return to in-person worship.  If you are fully vaccinated, you may choose to voluntarily share proof of vaccination with any member of the church staff. If you’re ready to sing in-person, or simply curious, contact Nathan ( to let him know and we’ll know that you’re ready to be invited to sing

Fellowship Hour is Changing: Coffee, Tea, and Treats on 1st Sundays on the back patio. Every other Sunday, unhosted fellowship on the front patio.

This summer, the back patio has been a pleasant gathering place to say hello and catch up in-person. This fall, we will continue to gather outdoors. Since many of our coffee/tea hour volunteers are not able to attend in-person, we’ve decided to have a simple, treat-free gathering most Sundays. We will call for volunteers for the 1st Sunday of the month for a special fellowship hour. You are encouraged to gather for conversation and bring your travel mug with your preferred hot drink! This is our interim approach to keep the warmth of fellowship going as the weather gets cooler.

World Theology and Alternate Universes Reading Group

Meetings have been changed to the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Join us for the book discussion, or if you’ve watched the Amazon series! Email to join.

The Word in Season Devotional Booklets

The Word in Season Devotional booklets for Oct-Nov-Dec 2021 are available. Small booklets and large print copies are in the narthex if you would like to stop by and pick one up.  If you would like to have a booklet mailed to you, please email Susan at, or leave a message at the office (206) 784-1040.

SJU in the News

Our very own Hot Meal Program and staff were recently featured in two news articles recently! Check out the Seattle Times piece, Volunteers Stay Home, Meal Programs To Go – and Homeless Feel the Effect of Social Distancing  and The Atlantic: Who Will Run the Soup Kitchens?.  

Our past intern Deaconess Sister Jessica and Pastor Anna were also interviewed for an article, Fast Company: Meet the Christians Giving Up Carbon for Lent, about our Lenten Fast from Single-Use Plastic.  That was before we know we’d be giving up far more for Lent than plastic.  Check out the pictures of our sanctuary!

Thank you for giving!

You continue to keep our community vital through your gifts of time, talent, energy, compassion, in-kind donations and offerings. The best ways to give are by check through the mail, or online using the giving page. Through the website you can donate once, or set up recurring gifts.

Offerings Monthly Update

(figures updated monthly after books are reconciled)

August 2021 Monthly Offerings


In-person gatherings are allowed at the building, but some groups are still meeting via Zoom, including the Church Council, the Finance Committee, and the Green Team.  If you’re interested in hosting a virtual meeting, ask an SJU staff member or someone from one of these teams for some tips on how to use Zoom. We’d be happy to give you a little tutorial, and have a nice face-to-face conversation at the same time!  Anyone can set up a free account for meetings up to 40 minutes long.

Building and Office Information

Our office hours are currently as follows:

MON Closed

TUES 9–2

WED 9–2

THU 9–2

FRI 9–12pm