Every week we offer a number of opportunities to study the Scriptures, explore the depths of God's grace, and grow in our understanding of our faith. Our classes are light-hearted, engaging, and welcoming. Come join us! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us. 



  • Sunday morning lessons bible study

    Time: Sundays, 9:15am

    Location: Connecting Room (downstairs)

    Leader: Deacon Charlie Turner

    Current Topic: Weekly Lectionary Readings


    During our Sunday Morning Bible Study, Deacon Charlie Turner will take you through the Scripture readings appointed for the day. You will learn key insights about the texts that will enrich your understanding of the Scriptures and prepare you for worship!

  • Confirmation

    Time: Sundays, 9:15am

    Location: Board Room (upstairs)

    Leader: Pastor Jake Allstaedt

    Current Topic: The Small Catechism


    Confirmation is an opportunity for students in 7th Grade (or older, if they have not been confirmed) to make a personal confession of Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. In preparation for their confirmation, students are taught the truths and habits of the Christian faith. On Confirmation Sunday, students will take responsibility for their faith and the church, committing to Christ what is already His through Baptism: their lives.

  • DISCUSS THIS

    Time: Thursdays, 12:00pm (begins again on September 26)

    Location: Board Room (upstairs)

    Leader: Paul Koppelmann

    Current Topic: "Not-So-Nice Bible Stories: Master Criminals" by Jonathan Schkade


    "Discuss This" is a weekly book discussion lead by our Ministries Coordinator, Paul Koppelmann. We are currently reading and discussing "Patience & Perfection: Finding Peace in God's Plan for You!" by Daniel E. Paavola. Here's a snippet about the book: "In this life, we’ll never be perfect. We take one step toward perfection and two steps back, losing confidence in ourselves with each movement. We might lose patience with ourselves—can’t we just be perfect already!?—but God gently smiles and continues walking with us. God is slowly but consistently sanctifying you. He is patient with you. He loves you. And He declares you perfect in Christ.

  • weekly bible study

    Time: Tuesdays, 11:00am and Thursdays, 7:00pm

    Location: Connecting Room (downstairs)

    Leader: Pastor Jake Allstaedt

    Current Topic: Luther's Small Catechism


    Written by Martin Luther in 1529, the Small Catechism provides a brief, clear summary of God’s Word on the essentials of the Christian faith. In question-and-answer format, it explores the Six Chief Parts of Christian Doctrine and includes daily prayers, a table of duties for Christians in their various callings, and a guide for Christians as they prepare to receive Holy Communion. An explanation designed to help readers understand and apply Luther’s Small Catechism has accompanied editions of the catechism since the early days of Lutheranism. The 2017 edition offers an updated and expanded explanation, tackling issues prevalent in our culture today. Come learn and explore with us!

  • Sunday School

    Time: Sundays, 9:15am

    Location: Fellowship Hall (downstairs)

    Leader: Diane Jellema

    Curriculum: Enduring Faith


    Sunday School is for all ages! We meet together in our Fellowship Hall (downstairs) for a time of snacks and songs at 9:15am before breaking off into class. Classes are split by age group and offer an opportunity to learn the Bible with age-appropriate curriculum. Families are encouraged to come together! We have an adult Bible Study group that meets at the exact same time.

Our communion policy

We celebrate Holy Communion every week. Located in each of our pews is a Welcome Card that contains our Communion Policy. Please take a minute to fill in that card and read our communion policy before communing. Cards will be collected by an usher before your pew is dismissed for communion. If you're new to St. John's or have questions, our pastor would love to speak with you!


The Bible teaches us that...

...we are sinners who were born dead in sin.

...we need God's forgiveness and salvation.

...we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus alone. 

...Jesus is truly present in, with, and under the bread and wine of the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion).

...Jesus' body and blood are given and shed for us for the forgiveness of our sins.


If you are baptized and believe what we believe, we welcome you to come to the altar and receive Christ's body and blood for the forgiveness of your sins. Again, please fill out the Welcome Card and hand it to an usher during the distribution of the Lord's Supper. 


If you are unsure about the Christian faith, what we believe, or have questions, you're probably not ready to commune...and that's OK. God still loves you and still wants you to come to know Him more closely. We still welcome you to come forward during distribution and receive a blessing. Simply cross your arms over your chest while you are at the railing. 


Our facility

  • Elevator

    We have an elevatorOur main entrance only has stairs, but we have an elevator located on the Willis Avenue side of our building. You can't miss it. Our elevator will give you access right into the Sanctuary (top level) and into our Fellowship Hall (bottom level). If you have any questions, ushers and greeters will be more than happy to help you out. We'll give you the code to open the door.

  • Nursery

    We also have a nursery! As explained above, we love to have children in worship. However, if you need to take your child out of the sanctuary for any reason, we have a newly-renovated nursery at bottom of our main staircase. At the bottom of the stairs the nursery is your first door on the left. Our nursery has a changing table, toys, books, a table and chairs, and a wide open space for children to play. A speaker will let you know what's happening in worship. 

  • Parking

    We have a parking lot! You don't have to worry about finding a parking spot on the street or a long walk to our building. Our parking lot is conveniently located directly across from the main entrance to our building on Cornell Street. We have plenty of parking spaces as well as visitor parking and handicapped parking. Parking is also available on Willis Avenue where our elevator is located.

CHILDREN in worship

We love having kids in worship! Seriously, we encourage kids of all ages to be in worship. It doesn't matter how much they cry or how fidgety they are, we highly value the presence of children in God's house. What better way for them to learn the service, grow in their faith, and understand the importance of worship than to be in God's house? Jesus loves little children and He bids them to come to Him. We know this and takes it to heart. 


Of course, if you need to take your child out of worship for any reason, we have a nursery conveniently located downstairs. We also have books and a few toys behind the back left pew if you need those as well. 

what to wear

We do not have a dress code at St. John's. God's "dress code" is perfect righteousness, and He freely gives those clothes by faith through His Son, Jesus, in your baptism: "For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Galatians 3:27). In Christ, you already have the right "dress code"!


Honestly, you will not be looked at differently for dressing down or dressing up. When you come to St. John's, you'll probably see a wide variety of clothing. Some people will wear a suit and a tie, while others will wear shorts and a t-shirt (depending on the weather). Whatever you choose to wear, we would simply ask that you remember that you are coming to a place set aside for worship. 

welcome cards

In the back of every pew is a Welcome Card that has a place for your information. There's also a place for you to request more information about St. John's or have our pastor contact you. On the back of the Welcome Card you'll find our communion policy and a place for prayer requests. Please take the time to fill this card out and hand it to an usher at the time of communion distribution. If we already have your information or if you don't want to share your information, filling out the "Name(s)" section will be just fine!

What to expect

When you come to worship at St. John's, you will experience a little bit of "heaven on earth," a time and place set apart from everything else in the world where God's grace in Jesus is received and celebrated. Everything in our worship is counter-cultural, from the aesthetics and songs to the message and the words we speak. In worship, God gives us what we can't get anywhere else, especially the gift of Christ's body and blood in Holy Communion. Our culture is fast-paced and performance-driven, but our worship causes you to slow down and rest in the grace of Jesus. Above all, expect to leave forgiven and free. 

WEEKLY WoRSHIP SERVICES

St. John's offers two different services at two convenient times in two different locations. Our Wednesday night service has the same theme and message as the following Sunday. Both services offer weekly Holy Communion and a message filled with grace that is sure to leave you free and at peace. Choose one that works for you!

  • Sundays, 10:15am

    Sanctuary (upstairs)

    Our Sunday morning service follows a creative, traditional liturgy with organ-led hymns in a reverent setting. 

  • Wednesdays, 7:00pm

    fellowship Hall (downstairs)

    Our Wednesday night service is a relaxed service with modern acoustic music and modern versions of beloved hymns. We also serve coffee.

LENTen SERIES: Eyes on jesus

"O come, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God" 
(Gradual for Lent, based on Hebrews 12:2).


When the characters in the Passion narrative look at Jesus, what do they see? In most cases, people misunderstood who He is and what He was doing. In some cases, by faith, people recognized Him aright. Our Lenten series this year, "Eyes on Jesus," is based on the Passion according to St. Mark. We will examine how the various people around Jesus viewed Him—and how we should view Him. We will “fix our eyes” on what Jesus has done to save us from our sins by His holy, precious blood and innocent sufferings and death, and celebrate what God sees on account of His work: our justification for His sake.


Join us for our Midweek Lenten Services!


Wednesday, March 4, 11, 18, 25, & April 1

7pm in the Fellowship Hall (downstairs)

worship TIMES

sundays, 10:15am

Wednesdays, 7PM

Our Sunday service follows a creative, traditional liturgy that contains Scripture, singable hymns, a grace-filled message, and Holy Communion. 


Our Wednesday service features the same grace-filled message in a relaxed environment with acoustic music and Holy Communion.


Learn more about our worship services here

Sunday School 

Sundays, 9:15am

Sunday School is for all ages! We have classes for early childhood all the way through High School.


Families are encouraged to come to our Sunday School hour together. We have an adult Bible Study group that meets at the exact same time.


Learn more about Sunday School here.


Learn more about all of our Bible Studies here.