St. John Lutheran church is an ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) congregation located in Belle Plaine, Minnesota. St. John averages a weekly worship attendance of 250 people. The congregation provides Sunday School for children Age 3 – Grade 4 on Sunday mornings, and Connect and Confirmation for Grades 5 – 8 on Wednesday evenings.
St. John Lutheran was founded as a German Lutheran congregation on December 26, 1877. After the original building was badly damaged in a storm, the congregation built a new sanctuary in 1911. It is in this classic, Chaska white brick sanctuary with stained glass windows and a wrap-around wooden balcony that the congregation meets and worships today.
The growing community of Belle Plaine has brought many new faces to St. John. To support the increase, St. John built a new addition onto their sanctuary, dedicating it in November 2003. The 2003 addition features a large Gathering Area used for Sunday morning coffee, special meals, classes, and other events. The addition also features a new kitchen, increased handicapped accessibility, a new office and administration area, and a full lower level complete with classrooms for Sunday School, youth, and other meetings as needed.
The St. John community of faith extends beyond the church building as well. Each year, the youth take part in mission trips across the country. The congregation as a whole also supports an ELCA missionary serving in the West African country of Cameroon. In addition, St. John partners locally with the Catholic and Presbyterian churches in town for Ecumenical Thanksgiving Services and community outreach to those in need through programs such as the FISH Network, Families Moving Forward, and the Good Samaritan Fund.
The work of St. John is supported through a variety of Ministry Teams, including Stewardship, Worship and Music, Communication, Children’s Ministry, Jr/Sr High Youth, Women of the ELCA, Small Group Faith Formation, Personnel, and Evangelism. Together, the people of St. John continue to live out their Mission Statement: “St. John is called to worship, committed to serve, and connected in faith.”
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