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St. John 2016 Christmas Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ at St. John,   Greetings in the Name of Jesus, our Reigning and Coming King!   First, I may need to introduce myself.  If we have not yet had opportunity to meet, my name is Rev. Troy Countryman.  I was installed as Senior Pastor here at St. John Lutheran Church and School on... Read More

Second Grade Christmas Service Project

A grade school classroom, warm with commotion, excitement, and the promise of Christmas vacation soon at hand. Amidst the whirl of small students and activity, Valerie Schultz, second grade teacher at St. John Lutheran School, speaks up. “Before we start, second graders, who are we doing this for? Who gets them?” she... Read More

Welcome to the Countryman Family!

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As the St. John family eagerly awaits the installation of Rev. Troy Countryman as our senior pastor on December 11, here is some background about Pastor Troy, his wife Andrea, and their three children Piper, Oliver and Drew. Pastor Troy was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Lutheran parochial education was an important part of... Read More

What's the deal with Advent?

Advent is a funny word. If we grow up in the church, we see it a lot and we know when it comes. It’s the thing right before Christmas, the church season now identified with blue and the wreath at the front near the altar. The word comes from a Latin phrase- “ad venit”. This means “he comes to”. When we... Read More

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