October 9, 2020 

Dear St. John Family & Friends; 

It is with a heavy but hopeful heart that I write to tell you that, given all the best lights of the Leadership of your beloved St. John (ie. your St. John Wellness Team, your Pastor, your Church Council and its Executive), it is determined that it is in all our best interest, because of the recent spike in COVID, State and Citywide, to once again SUSPEND WITH WORSHIP AND OTHER GROUP ACTIVITIES AT ST. JOHN.  This is not forever, to be sure, but it will be for a number of weeks after what has already been a great many months, certainly until local COVID numbers present a more positive outlook.  I, personally, as one upon whom you rely to make such decisions, would be completely undone by any illness or, heaven forbid, death, that could occur because we hadn’t at what we now know to be a very dangerous time, exercised just such an abundance of caution.  I know that everyone else involved in this decision feels no less deeply the gravity of their responsibility for a people deeply beloved, the body of Christ at St. John comprised of each and every one of you.   

Your Wellness Team, chaired by Travis Spier, will assemble again on October 29, to revisit both COVID numbers and community statistics to determine next, safest steps we may take to return to some semblance of normalcy per worship and other church activities.  In the meantime, online opportunities for worship will continue to be available via St. John’s website (www.stjohnlutheran.net), and on Facebook.  Parents, please watch for information forthcoming per Sunday school, virtual confirmation, and other youth programming.  As I write, friends from St. John are being enlisted to assist me in making regular phone calls to St. John members to share information, offer encouragement, lend a hand, share a prayer…  (If you’re able to be a part of our phone-calling team, please call me, post-haste!  We can all use your help!)  Please also watch your email and other printed announcements to keep abreast of St. John’s progress and join in the work of the church, as it is, whenever an opportunity arises. 

Thank you for your continued financial support of St. John’s mission and ministry through your regular giving.  Your gifts matter.  They matter a lot.  Options for gift-giving include: 

  • Personal checks to St. John American Lutheran Church, 1912 W. 13th Street, Sioux Falls, SD  57104.
  • Online giving through our website or Facebook page.
  • Call the church office (336-3253) to sign up for St. John’s monthly Automatic Electronic Funds Transfer.

The church office will remain open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., but church business and pastoral ministry at and beyond St. John may at times necessitate that staff lock the doors.  Please call before coming over.  If you need immediate help from Pastor Paul, he may be contacted by phone or email (605-595-6313 / pastormatchan@msn.com).  Please leave a message. 

Thank you for staying in touch with one another and with church staff to share your faith, passion, and humanity with our faith community at this important time in all our lives.  


With gratitude, love, and all my prayers, 

Pastor Paul