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Ministry Architects

St. John’s Parish Assessment & Recommendations


Ministry Architects will be working with St. John’s over the next 18 months to help us more clearly define our parish mission, vision, and values, and develop stronger internal systems needed to support our growing parish — systems such as parish communications, volunteer coordination, and the like.

We invite you to stay abreast of news about these efforts and take advantage of opportunities for parish-wide input and participation!


CLICK HERE to view our parish assessment, key findings, and recommendations (video recording of webinar from Sun, June 6th)


CLICK HERE to view our written parish assessment, and recommendations (full written report)



The Latest from St. John’s

July 2021 Status Update on Children, Youth, and Families Ministry at St. John’s

From The Rev. Sarah Phelps, Rector  Past, Present & Future In early 2019, St. John’s made an historic decision with parish-wide participation and financial investment, to hire a half-time minister to lead our children and family ministries for the first time in our parish history. We hired Sarah Bentley Allred fresh out of seminary at…

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Message from Joy Shillingsburg, Dir. Youth & Outreach Ministries

Being in close proximity to marginalized people always challenges and clarifies my faith.  Listening to the stories of the poor, those experiencing food insecurity, those dealing with chronic health problems and mental illness is messy and time consuming, and I almost always reflexively play the old tape in my head that questions, “Where is God…

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Celebrating Juneteenth!

What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth (“June” plus “nineteenth”) commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston,Texas and informed enslaved African Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. This announcement gave voice to the written words of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two and a…

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Earth Day at St. Johns!

Earth Day at St. John’s! Join us on April 25th to celebrate Earth Day at St. John’s at 10:15am following the Zoom Worship service.   We will gather in the native Teaching Garden between the church and the education building for a garden blessing. All ages are encouraged to participate in a “Wonder While you…

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A message from Mo. Sarah+

I prayed for you all and for our ministry together this week as I spent 3 1/2 days on personal retreat. There is much in flux during this gradual entry into post-pandemic reality, and I treasured this time to step back from the daily tasks in order have uninterrupted time for prayer and reflection. Thank…

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Message from Sarah Bentley Allred, Director of Children & Family Ministries

One of my favorite Godly Play stories (although it is hard to choose!) is “The Circle of the Church Year.” With words, color, and gesture this story explores the Christian view of time. “Some people say that time is in a line,” the storyteller explains. But as Christians we know that “for every ending there is a…

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Walking with Jesus Through Lent

Lenten Practices with St. John’s One Parish, One Book for Lent “Walk with Jesus: The Stations of the Cross” by Henri Nouwen From the back cover: This book of meditations by Henri Nouwen, inspired by a series of drawings by Sr. Helen David, represents traditional Stations of the Cross through the passion and suffering of the…

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St. John’s Financial Update

Our Annual Giving Campaign for 2021 has “officially” concluded, but it is never too late to let us know your “estimate of giving” (or pledge) for the year ahead. It is how we build a responsible budget for our ministries.   2020 v. 2021 Comparison In 2020, St. John’s received 140 financial pledges totaling $366,235.…

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