Welcome to St. John Lutheran Church in Abingdon, VA!
St. John Lutheran Church, Abingdon is a community of faithful believers of Jesus Christ, proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the highlands of southwest Virginia. St. John is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Virginia Synod. Take a few minutes to browse the pages of this Website for more information about the ministries of this place. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Pastor G. Scott Homesley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We now have the capability of receiving donations by Credit Card. You will find the button above, just click.
Please check the website frequently for continuing updates.
January/February: Facebook live Worship Sundays 10:00AM on the St. John FB page. You will need your own wine/grape juice and bread for Communion.
It was decided at the January 21st Council meeting that we would continue online-only worship through February, due to the continuing high number of Covid cases in Washington County. The issue will be addressed again at the February meeting. We are following the guidelines of the VA Synod and also the Mt. Rogers Health Department, and we will begin the process of returning to in-person worship when they deem it is safe to do so, or when we reach a high enough level of immunizations.
Please have February Newsletter information in the church office by Sunday, Jan. 24th.
Save the Date: Tuesday Feb. 16th: Drive-in Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. More detailed information to follow.
Special Request: Area churches have been asked by Ellie Schofield, chaplain at JMH, to write notes to hospital workers during this serious time of Covid. Cards and notes should begin with: Dear Health Care Workers, then include a note of concern, inspiration, thanks. Send notes to:
Johnston Memorial Hospital Administration
16000 Johnston Memorial Drive
Abingdon, Va 24211
Social Justice Book Group on Zoom--
Our study of books of a social justice nature, open to both men and women, will continue on Tuesday January 26th at 7PM on Zoom. We will be discussing sections 5/6 of CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson. It is our fervent wish that you will consider this invitation as a journey to greater understanding of social justice and racial equality. Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 870 9117 2037 Passcode: 965418
Sunday Afternoon Book Group: We would like to invite all women of the congregation to join us in a quarterly book choice and discussion, the first of which will be March 21st. We have chosen The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett--a story of identical twin sisters whose paths diverge along color lines. A Zoom link will be shared prior to March 21.
Prayer chain: Lisa Roberts, who will undergo more testing at UVA in February.
Richard Brumleve, continuing to have health issues.
Bob Murphy, recuperating at home.
Helen Findley, recuperating at home.
Edie Hiltebeitel's sister-in-law, Sally Berg, recovering from a leg fracture at home with hospice care; Edie's brother Dale Berg who is helping to take care of her.
Eli Matney, former St. John Preschool student.
Levi Pinkston, infant nephew of Mel Schnelle, who is at Wichita Hospital for Children, being treated for lung and breathing issues.
Prayers of Joy for Brian and Heidi Posey on the birth of baby Charlie on January 11th, weighing 7 lbs. 3 oz. Parents and baby are doing well.
We pray for all on the front lines: doctors, nurses, medical personnel. We especially pray for:
Kelly Read, who is with Mt. Rogers District Health Department;
Beth Roberts, at BRMC;
Alex Depew, who works at a hospital in Richmond;
Kayla Nobles Abrego, Sue Croghan's granddaughter, who is a nurse in Littleton, Colorado.
Continuing prayers for: Sue Croghan, June Bjerke, Jerry French
Homebound: Marty Dunn, Vickianne Dotten, Ann Godsey, Barbara Wright, Nancy King
If you have names to add (or ones to be taken off) the prayer chain, please email Joan at the church office.
During this time of in-person worship being cancelled, we will be making contact by email and online, with Worship on St. John's Facebook page and also on You Tube, and meetings on Zoom.
St. John has a subscription to Zoom. If anyone in the congregation has a need to get in touch with family, please contact Pastor Scott if you would like to set up a meeting through this option.
We thank you for your continuing financial support of the ministries of St. John. You may use the "donate using credit card" button above to contribute online, or mail your contributions to the church.
St. John is following guidelines set by the ELCA, the VA Synod of the ELCA, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Washington County Health Department to determine when we may worship in person again. At this time we encourage people to continue to worship with us on St. John's Facebook page and on YouTube. Please be assured that as soon as it is safe to return to in-person worship we will do so.
"The stone cross on the hill" photo © 2008 "Tambako the Jaguar," used under a Creative Commons license from flickr.com.