Seasonal News

Here are some of the highlights this season. For more information, scroll to the bottom to download a copy of our newsletter, or sign up to receive them via email.

SJU Stays Connected

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!

#PeopleofSJU

Share a snapshot of what you’re up to as part of our new community photo collection, #peopleofSJU! When you experience a moment of beauty, wonder, inspiration, comfort, or intrigue take a photo and email it to Victoria, our Director of Community Engagement at victoria@stjohnunited.org. These moments may be as you spend time nesting in your home, as you go on walks for fresh air, as you pray, play, create, or so much more. The photos will be shared on SJU’s private community Facebook page, which you can chat on! You can also click here to view all of the past photos in one place.

Mid-Week Reflections on Zoom

Another way we’re staying connected is through regular zoom calls, every Thursday at 7pm, using Zoom . You can join by phone (+1 669 900 9128, meeting ID:461 845 707) or online((https://zoom.us/j/461845707). The online version allows for video.  The calls are only 45-60 minutes, and you can even show up in your pajamas!  We usually reflect on a question, just as a conversation starter, and then end in prayer. The time will be led by Pastor Anna every week until we’re able to worship in-person together again.

Phone Calls and Notes

So many of you have been finding creative ways to stay in touch, from sending note cards to dropping off groceries from a distance.  Keep it up! If you’d like to be involved in an organized effort to stay connected, consider joining the Listening for a Change Team, or becoming a member at large! Contact Victoria, our Director of Community Engagement at victoria@stjohnunited.org for more information.

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!

Building and Office Administration

Our staff are working almost entirely from home, so there are no office hours until further notice.  The building is closed to the public. Unless you’ve made arrangements to take care of essential work, please don’t enter the property for your own healthy safety.  Voicemail and email are still check regularly, so you can leave a message if you’d like to reach us. We’re very much still working, just not from home.

The weekly eNews and Eagle Newsletter are managed by Alicia, our Office Administrator. Email office@stjohunited.org to sign up! If you have something you’d like to be included in communications, like committee updates, or ministry news, send them her way.  Copy Pastor Anna if you want it show up on the website or social media also.

Worship

Sunday Service of the Word

We continue to offer Service of the Word online and on Zoom every Sunday,  publishing the video to our YouTube Channel: SJU by the Zoo, website and social media. View at your leisure and consider sharing it with friends. When last checked, last the video from last Sunday had 135 views, which is exceptionally good worship attendance for us!

You can participate in our video worship!  Contact our Music Director Nathan Jensen, our most excellent video editor, to do a reading, play an instrument or sing with the choir (that’s right they’re recording individual from their homes!).  You can record video or audio from home using a phone or computer, and then simply upload it to our shared folder. 

We need your help to keep in touch! Send us a picture of yourself, and or upload it to this folder: Selfies, and we’ll use it for our Sunday worship.  Just be sure to include yourself, as we want to see you beautiful faces.

Holy Week & Easter

We’ll be sending out Holy Week & Easter worship videos, even as we long to be together in person.  Stay tuned for three services, part of a collaborative project Pastor Anna is working on with other rostered ministers in our Synod.

Good Friday: Tenebrae Service of Darkness & LightMusical meditations on sacred texts composed by Nathan Jensen with Mark Wilson on guitar, spoken word readings, video & animation/

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil – Biblical Storytelling, holy hilarity and chaos, around a fireplace.

Easter Sunday: Resurrection of Our Lord—A Service of the Word.

Events

In-Person gatherings are not allowed at the building, but some groups are still meeting via Zoom, including the Church Council, the Finance Committee, and the Listening for a Change Team.  Of course, Wednesday evening Conversation & Prayer time meets also! If you’re interested in hosting a virtual meeting, ask an SJU staff members of 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.  

Quilting for Lutheran World Relief

There will be no LWR gathering of quilts and kits this spring.  We will keep making quilts and look forward to sending them all off in the fall, hopefully.  If the SS wishes to make school kits or health kits for LWR, they will appreciate them next fall.

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