St. John's Lutheran Church
Sunday Worship: 8:30AM
Holy Communion 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month, festival Sundays, and Christmas Eve
Sunday School: 9:30-10:30AM weekly (September -May)
Vacation Bible School Third week in August
In 1891, thirteen immigrant families from Germany who had settled in the Cedarbrook area formed the St. Gemeinde Lutheran church and called a Pastor from Duluth. The first church was a log building with each family contributing logs to build it. The second church was built of cinder blocks with a bell tower; it was dedicated in 1952. A handicapped accessible addition with a large gathering room, Pastor’s office and kitchen (upstairs), and individual Sunday school rooms downstairs were added and dedicated in 2004.
From Pastor George Finke in 1891 to Pastor Sandy Berg-Holte, there have been a total of 20 pastors to have served this congregation since its beginning. Presently, as many of the small rural churches have had to do, St. John’s Lutheran Church of Cedarbrook is aligned with Bethesda, Rossburg as part of Faith Lutheran Parish, served by Pastor Jon Yarger.
In 2016, St. John’s celebrated their 125th anniversary with a festival worship with Bishop Thomas Aitkin preaching, Pastor Sandy Berg-Holte presiding, Pastor Otto Sotnak, and Pastor Bob Mueneke participating, followed by a meal.
At St. John’s Lutheran Church of Cedarbrook our Sunday worship is a traditional and liturgical service with the celebration of Holy Communion on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month. Our service includes singing favorite hymns, prayers, Holy Communion, and reading of scripture, weekly children’s sermons, and engaging proclamation of the word using the Narrative Lectionary.
Most ELCA congregations either use the traditional Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) or the newer Narrative Lectionary (NL), created by Luther seminary professors, to choose weekly Scripture readings. Starting with Genesis in September, the Narrative Lectionary works its way sequentially through Scripture focusing on favorite, or pivotal, stories celebrating Jesus’ birth at Christmas, focusing on Jesus in the Gospels until Easter, and then on the growth in the early church from the book of Acts after Easter. From Holy Trinity Sunday (May or June) through Labor Day, Pastor Berg-Holte offers a topical series of sermons based on the Small Catechism, books of the Bible, or the Lutheran Confessions—our topic for this summer in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
Some of St. John’s traditions are the giving of the Faith Chest at Holy Baptism, the Blessing of Backpacks to start the school year, the Blessing of our high school graduates and the giving of a quilt, Healing Services, Midweek Lenten suppers and worship, Memorial Day service held in the cemetery, Vacation Bible School, Sunday School Pie Auction to raise money for Sunday school, camperships and youth ministry activities, Christmas caroling at Nursing Homes and Maryhill.
Confirmation Classes for grades 7-9th provided.
Bible Study is 1st Thursday of the Month at 1:30PM.
Council meets on the second Monday of each month at 8PM.
Faith Lutheran Parish Board meets quarterly.
Mission Trips: previous mission trips include: 2014 to Robin’s Nest orphanage in Jamaica.
Focused on caring for hurting children, to serve the homeless, and learn about hunger and poverty in Omaha, Nebraska in 2017.
Missions to Honduras: Pastor Sandy joined the NEMN Synod Mission Team to Honduras in 2005. Teresa Hasskamp, as Parish Nurse, was on the NEMN mission team to Honduras in 2006, 2007, & 2008.
Quilters meet from January to Easter on alternate Mondays.