Celebrating 150 Years

By: Steven Johnson, Director of Worship & Music

St. John’s Lutheran Church members and friends will come together to celebrate the installation of four new stained glass windows designed to honor our 150th Anniversary. We are honored that ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will be with us to bless the new windows.  

The imagery of our new windows provides a symbolic reminder of the significant rites that shape our spiritual development and lives in faith as individuals and as a vibrant worshipping community. 

Font Symbolic Window: For all who have been baptized at this font.

Chalice Symbolic Window: For all who have been fed at this table.

Wedding at Cana Window: For all who have been married at this altar.

Baptism of Jesus Window: For all who have worshiped in this place.

Please join us in welcoming Bishop Eaton at the festival worship and service of dedication Saturday, August 5th at 4 pm. A congregational BBQ of fellowship will follow the in Goethe Hall. Bishop Eaton will also preach at all three services on Sunday, August 6. 

Sincere thanks and appreciation to our generous members for making these new windows possible. These gifts also allowed for the repair of several of the older windows. Special thanks goes to the Sesquicentennial Committee who, under the leadership of Gregory and Bea Favre, dedicated hundreds of hours to making our sesquicentennial year one of celebration and remembrance. Other active members of the committee are George & Patricia Lytal and Steve & Heather Mercer.

The weekend promises to be a true testament of St. John’s living God’s love in the world! Festival worship services will resound with our voices singing of praise and thanks for the many blessings God has bestowed upon us. As a vibrant urban church, St. John’s continues to live it’s mission of service into the world. Not only are we in the heart of midtown Sacramento, we are also in the heart of Christ. 

A Special Note: St. John’s Lutheran Lutheran Church was established in 1867. This November, 150 years later, thanks to your generous contributions to the Living Stones Campaign, we will celebrate the  “burning of the mortgage” because we will have completed payments for the beautiful restoration of our sanctuary. You look forward to that celebration as well!