CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

2017 is a significant year at St. John's. Not only is it our 150th anniversary as a congregation here in Sacramento, but also the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation that started in Wittenberg, Germany when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Castle Church door.


150 years ago, a group of German-Americans gathered in Sacramento and opened our doors for the first time. In 1912, the group moved to our current location on 17 and L Streets and built our beautiful church. We are excited for the many ways we plan on celebrating this beautiful year.

January 18, 2017

On this Wednesday in the Week of Christian Unity, St. John’s members, along with Roman Catholics, Protestants and other Christians, are invited to study and join in ecumenical conversation at Westminster Presbyterian Church, share a meal at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and worship together at 7:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Of special note is the candlelight procession at 6:30 pm from the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament to St. John’s.  How about that for symbolic significance of how our divided Church can come together!

June 13-25, 2017

Through the Luther 2017 Choral Festival travel program, St. John’s is planning a trip to the Reformation era sites of Germany, and also to Rome – a program designed to consider the significance of the Reformation, and to sing! This will be a great trip – not just for the musically inclined, but for anyone interested in a tour examining the Reformation 500 years later.

August 5-6, 2017

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, the Presiding Bishop of our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will join us at St. John’s to celebrate our 150th anniversary through worship, fellowship and teaching events – Bishop Eaton sharing her vision and direction of our ELCA. Our four new stained glass sanctuary windows will be blessed by Bishop Eaton at a special worship service at 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 5, and on Sunday August 6, Bishop Eaton will be our guest preacher at all services.

October 29, 2017

Reformation Sunday 2017. This will be our big celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. We will gather for celebratory worship, and at the educational hour at 10:15, all ages will gather together in an intergenerational Reformation-inspired event.

November 26, 2017

On this Christ the King Sunday, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, our Sesquicentennial year of celebration will end with an all-congregation celebration. Trusting that with one last push from new donors, and the fulfillment of Living Stones pledges, we will gather for a celebratory burning of the Sanctuary mortgage.  We will join the great 150 year old cloud of faithful witnesses that is St. John’s Lutheran Church, giving God all of the glory!