Sanctuary Address 185 S. Center St. Orange Ca 92866
Walker Hall Address 184 S. Shaffer St. Orange Ca 92866
Mailing Address 154 S. Shaffer St. Orange Ca 92866
Health and Safety is a Priority
STATE GUIDELINES The state guidelines for large gatherings are in effect through April 19, 2020. We will evaluate the end of April and May activities as we get closer to those dates.
WORSHIP SERVICES HAVE MOVED ONLINE Wednesday Lenten worship will be posted by Noon each Wednesday during Lent. On Sundays we will broadcast a single service that will be streamed at 9:30am. Please worship with us ONLINE. The online services will be available for re-play at any time.
Church and School leadership is working hard to respond to the ever-changing information regarding the COVID-19 virus. The word “unprecedented” has come up several times in our conversations with one another. We are definitely living in unprecedented times and faced with unprecedented challenges. In times like this we make decisions as best we can, knowing things can change from moment to moment.
It was so exciting to be with you on Sunday through the streaming service. The emails and messages I received on social media confirmed that, even when circumstances are crazy, the people of God find meaning and comfort in worship. People ask me if it was tough to preach to an empty church. I just smile and say, “we couldn’t have physically handled the large number of people who streamed the service live or watched it later.” In these days, technology allows us to be a huge community worshiping together in an entirely different way. Thanks for that.
Here’s the latest update on our work together:
We will continue to worship online only through the end of the month. This includes Lenten Wednesday worship. Pastor Trevor will lead the Lenten services which will be posted online by noon each Wednesday. The Sunday online services will start at 9:30am. You can view Sunday services on our web site. It is our hope that we can all be together on campus for Palm Sunday worship, but we will wait for more clarity in this ever-changing situation before any decisions are made.
Our school and church offices are now closed. However, our teams stand ready to help and serve you in this new dynamic. If you call one of our offices, you will be directed to leave a message. Please do so, as those messages will be forwarded to the appropriate staff person to help you. You can also email us with any questions you have. [ ]
Staff has identified those who are at risk in our congregation and has a plan to reach them with a phone call to check in and see how they are doing. If an individual is struggling, it is our goal to offer appropriate assistance.
A special shout out to our teachers, aides and school staff. Because of their advance planning and the leadership of Dr. Hollatz, our students have transitioned seamlessly to an online format. It has been a joy to see our teachers and students connecting in unique and innovative ways.
This new environment has given us the opportunity to explore new ways to connect to God, grow together, and share Christ. The pastoral staff is excited to share devotional thoughts with you via text messages. Keep an eye out for details in the days ahead.
Finally, it has come to our attention that there was a small glitch with our online giving system (Pushpay) on Sunday which may have impacted your offerings. We believe the issue is resolved, but as a reminder, one-time or recurring offerings can be made by visiting www.stjohnsorange.org/give or checks can be mailed to the church directly.
I love our church and our community. I am continually reminded of the promises of God. One of those that we hold dear is from Romans 8:28. In that verse the Lord reminds all of us that he works all things together for the good of those who love him. I take heart in that promise, and in this Lenten season we see the good work of our Lord Jesus achieved through the pain of the cross. Yet “by his wounds we are healed.” Our Lord is close to us in days like these.
I’ll continue to reach out to you.
Pastor Tim Klinkenberg
MARCH 13, 2020
FROM PASTOR TIM
March 13, 2020
St. John’s UPDATE: COVID-19 (coronavirus)
We are in a continual process of thinking, praying and deciding. I shared with my team that we have not had a pressing crisis like this since we all stood in shock at 9/11. This crisis is different because it’s a virus and we seem to know so little about it. It’s then that the bigness of faith in Jesus Christ reminds me, and all of us, that all things are the Lord’s. Psalm 24 speaks to our hearts,
“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.”
He has this and he has us– our peace is in him.
Upon further thinking, praying, working together, and receiving new information, St. John’s leadership has decided the following:
All on-campus ministry programs will be suspended until the end of March. This includes gathering on-campus for worship.
We will conduct a single worship service that will be streamed online at 9:30am each Sunday. It will also be stored on our website, so you can access the video at your convenience.
School communications and school programs will be delivered online starting Monday. Our Principal, Dr. Jake Hollatz, has been working on this contingency for a number of days and he will communicate details directly to school families.
We are called to be good citizens of our communities and we feel that our witness to the world is best and most compelling when we unite in an effort that links us all together. I encourage you not to panic, but to find God’s hand working with you and in those you love. Perhaps this slowing will lead us all closer to God.
I encourage you to be in fervent prayer. Prayers of frustration and confusion are good to lay before God’s throne. Prayers for our leaders are good for us pray. Prayers for those we love and prayers for protection for all people are huge. Finally, my prayers have been for those who work in healthcare and need the Lord’s protection from the virus so they can continue to be of service to everyone.
God bless you and keep you. You are loved and you are cared for. If there are needs you have, the church office will be open and ready to help.