Holy Week Worship
For a video overview of our upcoming Holy Week services, please CLICK HERE
Our Holy Week services commemorate the final week of our Savior’s journey to the cross and the empty tomb. These are the events that procured our salvation, and that give us the forgiveness and hope that are the foundation of our lives. All services will be in person and streaming, with the exception of Easter Sunday 11:00, which will be in person only.
Please go to this page (https://stjohnslutheran.net/live-streaming-worship-at-st-johns/ to download the handouts for the services, and to link to the live stream itself. We will be streaming on our Facebook Page as well: https://www.facebook.com/sjlcnapa
- Maundy Thursday (April 1), 7:00 PM – We commemorate the institution of the Lord’s Supper. This will be a Communion service
- Good Friday (April 2), 7:00 PM – This will be a traditional Tenebrae service, with he gradual darkening of the sanctuary, as we commemorate Christ’s death for our salvation. Guest preacher will be Pastor Ted Zimmerman.
- Easter Vigil (April 3), 8:00 PM – The Vigil is the beginning of the Easter celebration. The service will begin with the Service of Light in the Faith Chapel (weather permitting), and process into the sanctuary.
- Easter Sunday (April 4) There will be two services on Easter Sunday. Both will be Communion services.
- 9:30 AM – In the sanctuary and streaming
- 11:00 AM – In the Faith Chapel. Because we will be outside, this service will involve live musicians and congregational singing.
Are you planning to come to the 11:00 Easter Service?
If you are planning to come to the 11:00 Easter Service in the Faith Chapel, there are a couple of things that we want you to know:
- We are not setting up chairs but will mark with blue tape where the rows could be.
- The chair racks with folding chairs will be in the patio area between the sanctuary and the gym. Worshipers can bring their own chairs or take chairs off the racks and place them in the Faith Chapel where you wish. Ushers will be standing by to help those who need assistance with the chairs.
- We encourage people to sit with their “bubble,” while maintaining safe social distancing from others.
- Singing: We are not restricted from singing while outside, so please sing!
- Communion: We will be distributing Communion at stations, as we used to do pre-COVID in the sanctuary. More will be explained at the service.
Help Wanted (for the Easter 11:00 Service)
We can use a few more people to serve as ushers at this service, as well as two more people to serve as Communion assistants. If you are interested, please contact the church office or Pastor Mike. (Training provide for those who have not served in these ways before.)
Family and Children Resources
“Children’s Church Lesson” This is a weekly Sunday School/Children’s Church type lesson for parents to lead with small children. Please use this at home during this time when we are unable to offer our regular Children’s Church. Here are this week’s suggestions:
EASTER: JESUS DIES AND RISES AGAIN (VIDEO) Click Here
SONG: 1, 2, 3, JESUS IS ALIVE by YANCY Click Here
We are gratefully accepting donations for Easter flowers. You can either use a designated envelope or donate online. Thank you!
Pastor Mike out of the office next week
Pastor Mike will be off next week, from April 5-10. Please contact the church office for any church or pastoral needs.
Welcome Myles Mathison!
Kevin and Megan Mathison are the proud parents of their new son, Myles. He was born on Tuesday, March 30. May God bless the Mathison family!
April 11 Guest Preacher: Rev. Michael Lange, CNH District President
Our guest preacher for the service on April 11 will be Rev. Michael Lange, the District President of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod. We are delighted to invite President Lange to worship with us and to bring God’s Word to us.
Wednesday Night Worship
Wednesday Night Worship will be taking the month of April off. The next Wednesday Night Worship is scheduled for May 5.
A Health Update From Pastor Mark
My recovery from lung surgery is going well, just slower than I had hoped. I am gaining strength and learning to adjust to having 20% less lung capacity. From a surgical perspective all the cancer has been removed. From an oncological perspective that is not absolutely certain. I am being referred to the cancer center at UC Davis for more tests and to biopsy more lymph nodes to get a clearer picture of next steps. I am very thankful for all the prayers on our behalf, the cards, encouragement, and love. God has greatly blessed us. Blessed Easter!
Click on this link for a video update from Pastor Mark: https://youtu.be/-yuBY6Nnxkw
From our Director of Children’s Ministry
We are in need of volunteers for VBS 2021 as well as other Children’s Ministry areas. Please click on these links from Janis King…
April 2021 monthly Vine now available on our website.
To keep up-to-date with what is happening at St. John’s, CLICK HERE
Children’s Ministry Easter Egg Hunt Click here for details
Social Media Ministry Team
Do you love Jesus? Do you like Social Media? Our Social Media Ministry Team is looking for people to join with us building up and improving our ministry through social media (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube). During COVID, we have seen our ministry reach expand well beyond our property, our city, our state, and our country. If you would like to be part of this ministry, please contact Pastor Mike (firstname.lastname@example.org, 707-255-0119).
Napa State Hospital Donation UPDATE
Napa State has changed their donation request list. Please note the following…
- greeting cards-no glitter
- construction paper
- water color paints
NO LONGER ACCEPTED:
Magazines and yarn
Where do I find sermons and services that I missed?
You can find previous sermons in three places. The full services are available on the YouTube channel.
- YouTube Channel:
- There are playlists for sermons, Sunday Services, Wednesday Night Worship and teaching on Matthew
- RightNow Media Channel
- Scroll down to find recommendations as well as sermon and Gospel of Matthew lessons
- The sermons are arranged by worship series
Right Now Media Recommendation
Sacrifice and Atonement in the Bible
Even though the Bible stretches on for pages and pages, it tells a consistent story. For example, the Israelites used the sacrificial system to atone for their sins, but Jesus put an end to those rituals when He died. This video from The Bible Project provides an overview of the theme of sacrifice and atonement in the Bible. The goal of this video is to help you see how this overarching theme contributes to the story of the Bible, understand the implications of this theme, and apply this theme to your daily life.
If you haven’t already signed up for Right Now Media, CLICK HERE.
Support SJLS through Scrip! Easiest Fundraiser Ever!!
Click here to watch a video on how easy Scrip is using the RaiseRight app. Remember there are always cards you can purchase in the school office especially our local vendors, Foodshed, Hop Creek and Tarla Bar and Grill, but using the RaiseRight app is so convenient for all of your everyday purchases.