Parish Services

The Sunday Morning Divine Service

The Divine Service is the center of our life of faith in Christ. It is celebrated every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. The Sacrament of the Altar is celebrated on odd Sundays of the month and festival days. Wednesday evening Services are scheduled during selected portions of the year, as well as the Advent and Lenten seasons.

Advent & Christmas Worship Services

Our Wednesday Advent services will lead us on this journey of watching and waiting for Jesus to come—for His birth AND for His glorious return. The title for our midweek Advent theme is: “It’s About Time.” Please join us on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for Matins or 7:30 p.m. for Vespers. The three individual Wednesday titles are:

  1. “Wait Till Your Father Comes Home!” (Isaiah 64:1–9)
  2. “It’s Time to Wake Up!” (Romans 13:11–14)
  3. “Something Is About to Happen” (Mark 13:33–37)


  • Advent Services at both 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5th, 12th and 19th
  • Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols Service 6:00 p.m.
  • Christmas Eve Holy Communion Candlelight Service 10:00 p.m.
  • Christmas Day Service with Holy Communion 9:00 a.m.
  • New Year’s Eve Service with Holy Communion 6:00 p.m.
Most Recent Sermon Audio - Archived Files
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - "Jesus is the One"
Opportunities for Further Growth in January

Those Serving During the Month of January - 2019 Greeter Schedule

Sunday School & Adult Bible Class
  • Sunday School is held after service from about 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. throughout the school year.
  • The Sunday morning Adult Bible class continues to walk through the Gospel of Mark. The current plan will be to use three Sundays for this study and interrupt one week a month with a one session topic of interest. Please join us for our studies. Read up on Mark and come with your questions. And if you have any suggestions for topics of study or interest please let Pastor Toensing know.
Catechesis & New Membership

Catechesis means "Instruction in the Christian Faith." Catechesis begins when one inquires about membership in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church and continues in various forms throughout the life of a Christian.

Those desiring membership at St. John are asked to speak with the pastor. In order to receive the Lord's Supper, instruction in the Christian faith according to the Scriptures and Luther's Small Catechism is necessary. There is no fee or obligation for instruction.

Those who are already members of St. John mature and deepen in their understanding of the faith and their love for the Lord and neighbor by attending Divine Service and, as schedules permit, partaking of one or more of the following forums for ongoing catechesis:

  • Adult Bible Class, held Sundays after service in the basement.
  • Youth Study, for high school students; meets Sundays after the service.
  • Midweek School, for Grades 4–8 preparing to receive the Lord's Supper; meets Wednesdays during the school year from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. in the basement.
  • Adult Catechesis (new member instruction) contact the pastor for the current schedule or to schedule a time.
Visitation of the Hospitalized and Homebound

The pastor regularly visits those members of the parish who are hospitalized or homebound. Visitation includes Scripture readings, prayers and the Lord's Supper. Please contact the pastor or Elders if you know of someone in need of pastoral visitation.