Chapel Fiesta Dinner, Saturday, September 20

Mexican Fiesta
We are having a Chapel Fiesta Dinner to raise funds for the landscaping and a maintenance fund for our Historical Chapel.
Join us at St. John’s for a festive dinner, raffle, piñata for kids, music and fun on Saturday, September 20.
Doors Open at 5:30 p.m. and Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $25/Children (5-12) $12.50 and 4 & under are free.
Take out orders are available.  Tickets are on sale now!
Church office:  209-369-3381

Financial Peace University

September 7 –Financial Peace University Preview- following both services
If you have considered attending the Financial Peace University, or would like more information—please attend the special information session next Sunday following both services. Both Dee Mayfield and Elaine Breckenridge will be on-hand to answer any questions about the program.

 Dave Ramsey
Tuesday Evenings at 7:00 p. m.
September 16 – November 11, 2014
St. John’s Church
1055 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi, CA
Contact:  Dee Mayfield at 209-747-7996 or
go to web-site below for all information:

Reminders for this week

Monday, September 1 – Labor Day Holiday – Office Closed

Tuesday, September 2
Morning Prayer, 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Chapel
Yoga for Christians, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Nursery

Wednesday, September 3
Evening Prayer, 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Chapel

Thursday, September 4 – No Scheduled Events
Friday, September 5 – No Scheduled Events
Saturday, September 6 – No Scheduled Events

Sunday, September 7
Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Church
Preview of F.P.U. after both services, Hospitality Room
Men’s BBQ, 5:00 p.m., Church
St. John’s Bells, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Nursery

Men’s BBQ, September 7

Please note that the Men’s BBQ is scheduled for Sunday, September 7, 2014
at 5:00 p.m. Please join us for fun and fellowship.
We look forward to seeing you there!

St. John’s Choir

St. John’s Parish Choir begins another year of singing on Wednesday,
September 10, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Our Parish Choir serves weekly at the 10:30 am liturgy, providing music and leadership for that service, but also at special times in the year, like Christmas Eve, Liturgies in Holy Week, Easter and other times. If you are interested in coming, please call (327-1870) or email Randy Knutson (, so we can have music and a choir folder ready for you when you come.

Sermon from 8/31

A Sermon by Elaine Breckenridge
August 28, 2011, Proper 17A 2011
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.08.31 EHB

“Satan get behind me!” I am reminded of the little boy who developed the terrible habit of climbing through a hole in the fence to play in his next door neighbor’s yard. The child was told to stay in his own yard, but you know the neighbor’s yard was just more interesting. Finally the mother said, “Son, the next time you are tempted to disobey me by going into that yard, I want you to say, Satan get behind me!” About an hour later the mother went outside and found her son playing in the neighbor’s yard. Dragging him home, she sat him down in the kitchen and said, “Son, didn’t I tell you what to say when you were tempted to go next door?” “Yes, Mother. I was standing near the hole in the fence, and I so, said, ‘Satan get behind me.’ He did. And he pushed me through the hole into the yard.”
Well, that’s about all I am going to say about this morning’s reading from Matthew. Today, I am departing from my usual practice of preaching on the Gospel. I am turning aside from Satan, Peter, Jesus and the cross to instead join Moses in the desert. Together, let us contemplate the mystery of the burning bush.
This morning’s first reading, the call of Moses is a favorite of mine. And over the years I have tried staging it. Once, during the sermon, I invited all the children to take off their shoes because they were on holy ground. They remained barefoot throughout the whole service, including coming to communion. The children and the adventurous loved it– others not so much. So the next year I made a visual display of the burning bush which sadly caught on fire in the middle of the service. Now that I am older and perhaps wiser, this morning, I shall simply read from a children’s story.
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Sermon from 8/24

The Rev. Jim Stickney
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 16
August 24, 2014
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.08.24 JS

Youth Ministry News

St. John’s is moving forward with its plan to offer two new Christian formation programs for middle and high school youth on Sunday mornings. Both groups will be held following the second service beginning Sunday, September 14. Provided we can get enough volunteers, we plan to provide lunch, or at least a substantial snack every week, at approximately 11:45, before the programs. Both groups will meet together for the meal and then separate into two different age appropriate groupings. Both programs will end at 1:15.
The middle school group (called Rite 13) will meet in the chapel for their program. Carol Foote, Josie Daughrity and Jay and Kathleen Bell have agreed to serve as adult mentors for this program.
The high school group (called J2A) will meet in the Hospitality Room. We will begin with a seven week program featuring confirmation instruction which I will offer, assisted by Deacon Randy Knutson. Steve and Sylvia Augusto have offered to help with this program. It is my hope to find additional adult mentors, as Randy and I cannot lead this program indefinitely.
We need the parish’s support and help for these initiatives. If you can volunteer to be with our teenagers in anyway,
please contact Penny in the church office or Mother Elaine.

Sunday School & Chapel for Children

Mark the date. Children’s Chapel will be held on September 7.
Children’s Chapel will be held the first Sunday of the month,
led by Carol Foote and Josie Daughrity.

The Sunday school program for elementary age school children begins on September 14, (not September 7). Chapel and the class is held during the Liturgy of the Word during the second service. Children begin in church with their parents and then process to their classes during the singing of the Hymn of Praise. They return during the Exchange of the Peace so they can receive communion with their parents. This year the class will continue with the “Connect Program.,” focusing on Jesus and the New Testament.
For more information, contact Penny Wilson in the church office.

Adult Forum returns on Sunday, September 14

Living the Questions—Coming on Sunday mornings
Held in between the two Sunday morning services in the Hospitality Room, come and enjoy the presentation of a video series called, Living the Questions. LtQ2 features thirty acclaimed scholars, theologians and other experts, who offer presentations on various theological topics which will be followed by discussion. Each session is designed to stand alone, so individuals will certainly gain something from the series even if they cannot attend every session. The 20-
minute video segments include conversations with leading voices of faith, digital stories illustrating aspects of an evolving faith, and concrete spiritual practices and disciplines.
Join us as we seek to explore the future of Christianity and what a meaningful faith can look like in today’s world. Come early to pick up a cup of coffee in the narthex and join us promptly at 9:30. Childcare is provided.

Sermon From 8/17

St. John’s Church, Lodi
Tenth Sunday After Pentecost, August 17, 2014
Pastor Jim Stickney
Read this… Sermon 2014 08 17 2014 PJS    or
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.08.17 PJS

Sermon from 8/10

The Rev. John Day
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 14
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.08.10 JD