From Pastor Jo


“Where is the child?”

Happy New Year! As we usher in the new year, we find ourselves catapulted into the season of Epiphany – the church season that celebrates the coming of the Light of the World to all creation, a time of joy that focuses on the teaching and healing ministry of Christ. The scripture lessons on which we will focus are chosen to lead us to grow toward a fuller understanding of the significance of Jesus’ entire life.

The first event to Jesus’ adult life that we encounter during the Epiphany season is his baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. This event is identified by gospel writer in Mark as the acknowledgement of Jesus as God’s beloved Son, and is the starting point of his adult ministry. Jesus’ baptism marked a “new beginning” in his life, with God’s words of affirmation to sustain him in that ministry. As Christians sharing in Christ’s baptism, we, too, are called to respond to God’s voice calling us into new directions in our lives. We, too, have God’s words of affirmation to sustain us as we carry out God’s mission in the world.

St. John’s is also entering a time of “new beginnings,” as we begin to put together a church profile and search committee, as well as explore new directions that will help us to step into the future. Please know that all of these endeavors will take time and patience – nothing will happen overnight. There will be new defining moments as we continue to minister together, always relying of the grace of God to guide and direct us, and to carry us through.


It is a joy to serve among you and I am delighted to be able to share this time with you!


Blessings and Peace,

Pastor Jo



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