St. John in the Wilderness

White Bear Lake, MN

If it’s not about love, it’s not about God

The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

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Saturday, May 7

  • 8 am Cemetery Clean-up Day

Sunday, May 8

  • 8 am Holy Eucharist (In-person)
  • 9 am Come & Create - Cookies & Goodies, Fresh from the oven!
  • 10:30 am Holy Eucharist (In-Person and on Boxcast here)

Monday, May 9

Tuesday, May 10

Wednesday, May 11

  • 6:30 pm Transformed by the Word Bible Study (In the Parlor & Google Meet)
  • 7:15 pm Chancel Choir

Thursday, May 12

  • 8 am Morning Prayer (Google Meet)
  • 9 am The Gathering Respite Program

Friday, May 13

St. John's Full Public Calendar
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Cemetery Clean Up Day

Saturday, May 7th

Starting at 8 am

Bring a rake, bring a shovel, bring yourself. Come early, come mid-morning. Come help clean up St. John's historic cemetery on the shores of White Bear Lake, located at White Bear Avenue and South Shore Drive.


Come & Create! This Sunday @ 9:15am

This Sunday, the children and youth groups will be making and baking some special treats for our church community. We will gather in the parish hall and divide up from there. We invite any and all to join us and bring an apron if you have one!


Our Second Annual All Parish Camping Trip!

Mark your calendars now for August 11th - 14th.

The reservations have been made. Join us at the William O'Brien group camp sites (tents only) or reserve your own site in the larger campground. We highly suggest if you want an RV site or your own tent site to reserve as soon as possible. It fills up quickly.

Yes, we will start on Thursday night, come for all or one or two nights, or just join us for the day! A reservation form will be available here soon, so we know who is coming and can plan together what we actually want to do! We may just plan to show up and do nothing!

Great fellowship, games, swimming, boating, and fantastic food! Last year a group took a field trip to Taylor's Falls for a great afternoon of rock climbing. And an incredible Eucharist together in God's cathedral to end the weekend. 

We have two of the group sites, right next to each other. There is plenty of space, with a fire pit and picnic tables. There is no electric, it is a "pit toilet" and of course water available right next to the site!

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"Transformed by the Word"

Wednesdays @ 6:30 p.m. - on-line & in person in the Parlor


April 20-May 25

Our Gospel Readings

A discussion of the Gospel reading for the coming Sunday. We'll study and discuss one (or more) of the lectionary readings for the following Sunday. With 4 choices of OT, Psalm, Epistle and/or Gospel, it will be a rich study!

To get a head start for each week you can look up the readings on the Lectionary Page here. Offered in a hybrid format (both in person and Google Meet)

Join us Wednesday nights here on Google Meet
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Rummage Sale News

Yes, we are planning to have another rummage sale this year. Please start saving saleable items and paper grocery sacks. This endeavor touches many of the church's functions with community assistance, outreach, fellowship, income, and more.

Preparation for the sale will begin Sunday, October 2nd, after the last service; and we will finish after clean-up on Saturday, October 8th, at about 1pm. Please mark your calendars for a fun and productive time. You don't have to be there the whole time – even just a few hours is a big help.

As it gets closer, we'll let you know when we can start bringing in stuff for the sale. Don't bring it in yet! Questions? Please call Lynn Gadbois at 651-270-8934 and leave a message if no answer.


What was the last book you read? Was it one you would love to share with your St. John's Family? We need book reviewers for upcoming months, contact Carrie here.

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Habitat for Humanity Dates

This summer we will be working on a build located at 255 2nd St. N, Bayport, MN on July 20th – 22nd from 8:30-4 PM.

To volunteer for the build, go here. All volunteers must be at least 17 years of age and follow the covid protocol and safety rules outlined on the volunteer website and commit to working the full days shift. Each volunteer will be responsible for their own food and drink while at the build.

For more information or questions, please contact George Gorbatenko at (651) 216-4125 or

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Help Rescue and bring delicious foods to our market!
The White Bear Area Food Shelf is looking for Food Rescue Drivers for the following roles:
  •  Someone to drive our box truck on M, W, F to a local retailer to collect pallets of food (using a pallet jack) and bring it to the Food Shelf
  • Someone to use their own truck/SUV to pick up and deliver boxes of food on Mondays
  • Others serve as a substitute Food Rescue Driver! 
Morning shifts: 7:45-9:15am (M, W, Th, F) 10:45am-12:15pm (Tu). Role does involve lifting up to 40 lbs., bending, and twisting. 
Volunteer must be able to pass a simple background check and have a valid driver’s license and car insurance.
Contact Deb at or 651-433-7286
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ECMN Night at the MN Twins!

Episcopal Night at the MN Twins

Tuesday, June 21, 6:40pm, at Target Field

Order your tickets here!!

Episcopal Relief & Development Ukriane Response
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Parish Family Prayer List

Charlie R, David G, Greg B, Holly, Jan G-T, Janet K, Janni K, Jeff W, Jeffrey C, Karla C, Kathy S, Kimberly, Kevin O, Larry K, Lorna C, Marcella S, Marilyn K, Mark K, Melissa S, Nancy H, Pat P, Rick S, and Members of the Armed Forces.

For those who are mourning.

Click the button or email prayer@stjohnwilderness to request prayers and to be added to the parish prayer list. The list is renewed monthly.

How can we prayer for you? Click here to let us know.

Morning Prayer & Compline

Morning Prayer and Evening Compline is continuing!!

Join us on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8 AM for morning prayer and

Monday and Friday evenings at 8:30 PM for Compline.

Both prayer services are held via Google Meet. All are welcome.

Go here to find the Google Meet info for Morning Prayer & Compline
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The Collect

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings for The

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Our current Health & Safety Protocols

  • St. John’s encourages all of its members to get vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible.
  • If one feels sick or has the typical symptoms of Covid-19, we ask you to worship with us online.
  • Masks are optional while inside all parish buildings for those who are boosted and vaccinated. For those who are unvaccinated and for your own protection, we recommend that you worship with us online or that you continue to wear your mask while inside our buildings. If conditions change and we experience another surge of Covid-19, we may have to alter our protocols and ask our members and guests to wear masks once again.
  • Contact tracing will continue, and we ask all those entering the church to sign our Contact Tracing Form.
  • While seated in the Church or in the Parish Hall, we recommend that all maintain an appropriate physical distance from those outside of your household.
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St. John In The Wilderness Episcopal Church

2175 1st St. (Clark Ave. at 1st St.)

White Bear Lake, MN 55110-3462

1 (651) 429-5351

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