Dear Friends,


We are still limiting attendance to 80 per service to maintain social distancing.  In order to do that in an organized way without having to turn anyone away, we’re asking our members to sign up on a first come, first served basis.  Also, per the governor's executive order, face masks are now required in public gatherings, churches included.  Thanks for your patience as we navigate through these unprecedented times!

John and Paul Ministries Easter Event ~ Easter for Kids is taking on a new look this year! Easter Outreach Baskets will be available the weekend before Easter at church with the invitation to take one (for you) and give one (as outreach)!  To complete the baskets we are looking for: Bags of Chocolate Easter Candy (jelly beans are included, so aren’t needed as donations) and plastic Easter Eggs  Donations can be placed in the marked bin in the church narthex.  Thank you!

Join us for an Easter canvas! ~ Join us on March 13th from 9 - 11 am for a walking Easter canvas!  Easter worship postcard bags, neighborhood routes, and coffee/donuts will be provided, starting at St Paul's church Fireside room.  Any questions, contact Beth Scharf at  See you then!

St. John’s Church Campout ~ We are so excited to announce the first ever St. John's Church Campout at the Sleepy Eye Sportsmen's Park the nights of June 25-26. Both one or two night reservations are possible. The link to reserve your campsite is HERE Once a reservation has been made, please make your payment within a week to hold your spot. There will be a church service at the campsite at some point during the weekend, and other fellowship activities will be included as well. We can't wait to see you there!

Sending Offerings through Bill Pay ~ Several members of St. John’s have asked if there is a way for them to make their weekly offerings automatically either online or by an automatic bank transaction.  St. John’s is investigating our online giving options, but are not yet ready to receive online gifts.  For the time being, we suggest that our members consider using your bank’s online Bill Pay service to make weekly or monthly gifts to St. John’s.  If you have questions about using Bill Pay to make donations, please contact Financial Secretary Mike Thom at 507-217-7671. 


You may also send your offerings by mail to:  St. John's Church

                                                                                 627 South Washington St.

                                                                                 New Ulm, MN 56073

In-Person Bible Classes ~ Thursday Bible classes will be the topic of Angels at 10:30 am given by Pastor Bovee.  Pastor Guenther will lead a study of the book of Revelation at 7 pm. Sunday morning Bible class starts at 9:30 am.  The First 1,000 Years of Christianity will be taught by Prof. Keith Wessel. There are 25 tables available in the church basement with one family per table.  Please sign up for a table by clicking the button below.  All of the in-person classes will be held in the church basement or join online by clicking  HERE

Charity Donations through Amazon ~ Support St. John’s at no extra cost when you shop In the Account tab, go to Your AmazonSmile. You will find St. John’s Lutheran Church, New Ulm as an option when you do a search. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchases to St. John’s!

   St. John's Fortress Newsletter  

Good News; Bad News

Have you noticed the newspaper headlines and the lead stories on the news? Sure the last twelve
months have been pretty different. But in another sense, it's all stayed the same. The headlines don’t
really change that much over the years, do they? Plenty of ink is spilled about wars, murders, riots, or
other forms of violent crime. Our eyes watch freezing temperatures, floods, hurricanes, and
earthquakes unfold before us on the Internet. Life can often look pretty bleak in many parts of the

The Passion of Our Lord

Some years ago, Christian contemporary singer Amy Grant published a children’s Bible, nicely
bound and brightly illustrated. Sadly, she purposely omitted the account of the crucifixion of Jesus
regarding it as too graphic and violent for young children. For this she received a great deal of
criticism. After all, what is the gospel account of the Lord Jesus Christ without his crucifixion, which
also means no resurrection...

Satisfied in 2021

About this time of the year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions. We make them
because there is some area of our lives that we would like to change. We want to stop doing
something (overeating, smoking, drinking) and start doing something else (being a better parent,
doing a better job at work, living a healthier lifestyle). Can we find satisfaction in keeping our
resolutions? Maybe, at least we can for awhile. ..

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627 S. Washington Street | New Ulm, Minnesota |  (507) 354-6744


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