St. John Confirmation 2015
Congratulations to our confirmands, Scott, Amanda, Kienen, Alijane and Brandon. Check out more pictures on the St. John Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/stjohnoc)
Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!
A blessed Easter to you and your family from St. John Lutheran Church.
Check out more pictures on the St. John Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/stjohnoc)
St. John 'Stations of the Cross' Featured in "Press of Atlantic City"
View Pictures from Pastor Chris Youth Retreat 2012
This past October 17th & 18th, the St. John family held our annual Oyster, Ham or Chicken Dinner, with over 1,100 meals served. Pastor Mark, the OHC Dinner Committee and the entire congregation extend their heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who attended or helped in any way. Funds raised from this year’s event will support, in part, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cape May and Atlantic County and the St. John Lutheran Youth Organization (for their trip to the National Youth Gathering in 2012). We would like to especially acknowledge and thank Boyar’s Market for their help and support.
View Pictures from Rally Day 2011
View Pictures from Church Picnic 2011
Pastor Mark presents a $2,000 check to representatives from CASA of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. The check represents some of the proceeds from the annual Oyster, Ham and Chicken Dinner. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) trains and supervises volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in the foster care system. Volunteers work to ensure that the child is placed in a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.
Pictured in the attached photo are (l to r), Angie Waters (CASA Executive Director), Pastor Mark, Jennifer Valentine (CASA Program Manager) and CASA representative Sue Baker.
Happy Anniversary Pastor Mark!
On Sunday, October 31st, Pastor Mark celebrated 15 years of service at St. John with a cake and the glad thanks of the entire church family.
Pictured below are Pastor Mark and family members celebrating with Alexia French after the Rite of Confirmation (Affirmation of Baptism) on Sunday, May 23rd, as the church welcomed Alexia into full membership. A personalized Bible was presented by the St. John Family. [Pictures courtesy of Sonya McElwee.]
Christ is Risen! He is risen, indeed. Hallelujah!
The St. John family celebrated with Festival Services of Communion featuring the St. John Choir & Bell Choir, St. John Childrens Choir, and a special message from Pastor Mark about jelly beans, which little Nicholas seemed to enjoy immensely.
Palm Sunday 2010
When Jesus made his triumphant entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, great crowds of people thronged the streets waving palm branches to welcome Him. The people shouted "Hosanna" and laid their cloaks and palm branches in His path.
This past Sunday, we relived that moment in St. John as we threw our shirts in the path of the Palm Sunday procession. Thanks, Pastor Mark, for the threads!
A Visit from St. Nick
On Sunday, December 6th, St. Nicholas made a special visit to St. John Lutheran Church and had a special message for the congregation, young & old alike.
The Rev. Eliakim Shaanika, General Secretary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ECLIN), on a mission throughout the United States, visited St. John on Sunday October 4th, and preached the morning sermon.
St. John Sunday School students and teachers provided a wonderful worship service, including music, stories and prayer. Click here for more Childrens' Christmas pictures.
The 50th Annual Oyster, Ham and Chicken Dinner
These young ladies help serve delicious desserts, as we held our 50th Oyster, Ham and Chicken Dinner on Monday and Tuesday, October 20th & 21st. Congregation members volunteered their time and culinary skills to provide the over 1,400 meals served. This annual event brings out the best in church and community members, raising a sizable fund for charity. Proceeds from the event will benefit, in part, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cape May and Atlantic County, the St. John Lutheran Youth Organization, and Hurricane Relief efforts in the Gulf states. See more pictures in our OHC Dinner 2008 Gallery.
Church Picnic 2008
The Church Picnic was held September 14th, at Kennedy Park in Somers Point. We celebrated God's Creation with worship, song, hot dogs, hamburgers, and even a baptism. See more pictures in our Church Picnic 2008 Gallery.
To celebrate the start of a new Sunday School season, a delicious breakfast was enjoyed by the young, and young at heart. Click here for more Rally Day pictures.
A great group of young folks visiting from Mellingers Lutheran Church in Schoeneck, PA, stayed at St. John in August. They enjoyed our hospitality and all the amenities the shore has to offer. God bless you all as you travel home and back to school.
The Children's Choir & Bell Choir performed a tribute to Mom entitled, "Thank You God For My Mommy." To listen, visit our St. John Podcast Page.
Pastor Mark blesses Lauren Cancelosi and Sarah Ford during the Rite of Confirmation (Affirmation of Baptism) on Sunday morning, May 11th, as the church welcomed both young ladies into full membership. Personalized Bibles were presented to both Sarah and Lauren by the St. John Family, Sarah and Lauren's Families and the Women of the ELCA (WELCA). See more pictures from Confirmation by clicking here.
A delicious All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast was held at St. John on April 26th to raise funds for Pastor Mark's trip to Namibia. Click here for more pictures.
Pastor Mark preaches on the power of the jelly bean to an enthralled group of youngsters during the Children's' Meditation on Easter Sunday morning. See more pictures from Easter Sunday morning services on our Music Page by clicking here.
New members were received into the family of St. John during both services on Sunday, March 2nd. A delicious breakfast reception welcoming the new members was held between services. Click here for more pictures.
St. John Lutheran Church donated $2,000 from
the proceeds of the Oyster, Ham and Chicken dinner to Volunteers in
Medicine of Cape May County. Board Member, and Cape May County
Clerk, Rita Marie Fulginiti of Ocean City, accepted the donation
from Pastor Mark. Mrs. Fulginiti thanked the members of St. John
for their generosity. "VIM's motto is Neighbors Caring
for Neighbors; thank you members of St. John for being caring neighbors."
Volunteers in Medicine of Cape May County began six years ago with the goal to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the medically uninsured population living in Cape May County. The clinic, located at 423 Route 9 in Cape May Court House, is open five days per week. VIM's clinic has treated over 2,500 patients constituting over 9,000 patient visits.
Mrs. Fulginiti explained that VIM's patients are people who work but whose incomes are at a such a low level that they can not afford a doctor visit or their medication. "Without VIM our patients would have to choose between paying for food or rent and paying for medical care; our patients are the working poor who have no access to medicare or other insurance." VIM patients must qualify for services according to their income. There is never a charge to a VIM patient for any medical service or medicine. "The overwhelming majority of our patients are those with chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease." Fulginiti said.
If you need the services of VIM or want to learn more about being a volunteer please call 609-463-2VIM or contact Mrs. Fulginiti at 609-231-1813.
For more information about Volunteers in Medicine, see their web site: www.vimi.org
Pastor Mark presents a $2,000 check to representatives from CASA of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. The check represents some of the proceeds from the 49th annual Oyster, Ham and Chicken Dinner (held this past October). CASA (Court Appointed special Advocates) trains and supervises volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in the foster care system. Volunteers work to ensure that the child is placed in a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.
Pictured in the photo, Pastor Mark hands over the check to Executive Director, Angie Waters. Also pictured (left to right) are CASA representatives, Jenn Hammer and Sue Baker.
For more info about CASA, see their web site: www.atlanticcapecasa.org
The 48th Annual Oyster, Ham and Chicken Dinner
The annual Oyster, Ham and Chicken Dinner was held on Monday and Tuesday, October 16th & 17th. As you can see from the pictures below, it was a fine time for food, fellowship, and fund-raising. Proceeds to benefit, in part, Lutheran Volunteer Corp, The Fresh Air Home of North Wildwood, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cape May and Atlantic County, St. John Lutheran Youth Organization, and The Nickel Mines School Victims Fund.
The Annual Church Picnic was held September 24th at Kennedy Park in Somers Point. A Creation Celebration (including Communion) was followed by good eats, fellowship, and fun for all ages. Here are just a few pictures, courtesy of Colin Stewart.
Another Successful Pancake Breakfast!
An All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast was held on Saturday, March 11th. As you can see from the pictures below, it was a fine day for flapjacks and fellowship. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit Sara Bruesehoff's International Servant Trip" Building Bridges: Journeying Together" to Bosnia in June. To contribute, please contact the church office, (609) 399-0798 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about this year's IST, click here:
Church Painting Project
The sanctuary ceiling painting is finally finished! A big thank you goes out to Ron and crew. Now, we wonder what they'll be doing with all their free time on Saturday mornings. . . .
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1001 Central Avenue
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The Reverend Mark P. Bruesehoff, Pastor
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