Getting Involved

We have a variety of opportunities for you to get involved here at St. John's Lutheran Church.
Select an area of interest for more information.

+ Youth and Education

St. John's strives to train our next generation of disciples to be active in all areas of church life now—in worship, in education, in fellowship, and in service. We feel it is important for them to “own” their faith and grow in it.

Sunday School: Available for all members and visitors. 3 years old – 6th Grade, downstairs in the education wing. 9:15-10:00am, October through May. Children learn the basics of the faith through Bible, song, service, and prayer. Children also rehearse for participation in worship on occasion.

Children’s Church: Available for all young worshippers following the children’s sermon.

Confirmation: Available for all members and visitors in 7th - 12th grades, downstairs in the education wing. 9:15-10:00am, October through May. Youth learn and discuss their faith with adult leaders and pastor. Prayer, Bible Study, Music, Lutheran instruction, service projects, and faith sharing are tools for helping youth in their lives of faith.

Bible Camp: St. John's sends all eligible youth to Lutherwood Bible Camp each summer, with the aim of providing scholarships to them all. Scholarship applications available in the church office, due March 15th.

+ Adult Education and Spiritual Practices

Faith Development and Spiritual Practices are vital for a healthy life of faith and a healthy congregation. St. John's supports members' own practices and aims to offer opportunities for growth.

Sunday Adult Education: Available for all members and visitors. Upstairs in the conference room. 9:15-10:00am, year round. This study is a mixture of Bible and faith related topics, chosen and led by the pastor and members together.

Men's Bible Study: Offered the third Wednesday of each month at the Spring Creek Retirement Community (223 E Bakerview Rd, Bellingham) at 7:30am. Breakfast is provided. Topics are chosen by those who attend.

Women's Bible Study: Offered at one of our members home each one Monday each month. Topics chosen by those who attend. All are welcome to attend. Please contact the office for more information.

Spiritual Direction & Coaching: Please contact the church office for more information about these opportunities.

Book Club: Offered one Monday a month at one of our members homes. Books are chosen by those who attend, and reccomendations are always welcomed. All are welcome to attend. Please contact the office for more informaiton.

+ Outreach, Social Ministry & Community Partners

Partnering with others is an important part of our mission and ministry. The Outreach Team coordinates regular and special service projects. Money and in-kind donations are collected. Many outreach projects also qualify for grants from Thrivent Financial. If you have a Thrivent Account, you may easily qualify for a grant to the ministry of your choosing. For assistance in applying, please contact Pastor Cara.

Below is a listing of some of our ministry partners:

Whatcom Food Bank & Salvation Army Foodbank: Our youth have joined the nationwide Souperbowl Sunday Food Drive and also sponsored a Baby Needs Drive.

Camp Lutherwood: Our local ELCA Bible Camp on Lake Samish. We have a long history of partnership with this great ministry. Summer camp scholarships are available, application forms available in February.

Lutheran World Relief: St. John's members have supplied Backpacks, School Supplies, and Refugee Comfort Kits through this Ministry of the ELCA.

CAST Ministry: (unofficially, Coffee And Sandwiches Together) is now housed at St. John's in partnership with the Interfaith Coalition (made possible by many community volunteers), preparing and serving simple meals to hungry people downtown Bellingham. Please contact Mary Ann O’hara to volunteer one day a month or to donate supplies.

The Interfaith Coalition of Whatcom County: We hold several collections throughout the year that help support the Interfaith Coalition including a winter coat drive, a holiday family gift collection, and summer collections for toiletry items.

Spring Creek Retirement Community: St. John’s hosts their Men’s Bible Study at Spring Creek and welcome all others to join. Generally on the third Wednesday of each month 7:30 – 9:00 AM. Please contact Bob Jacobson for more information.

The Agape Home: St. John’s members have collected for the Agape Home for Mother’s Day for the past several years. Our collection changes by the year depending on the need request from the Agape Home.

The Lighthouse Mission: : St. John’s members collect socks and underwear for ‘Unide Sunday’ in honor of Father’s Day for the Lighthouse Mission.

The Sunnyland Stomp: We have been a proud sponsor in our local Sunnyland Stomp. A neighborhood summer celebration which features games, art, food, activities, music and so many more opportunities for the members of not only the neighborhood, but the entire city. St. John’s has been a stop for the treasure hunt on the map for the children to search for.

The Parade: Members of St. John’s have made a tradition of spending the hours before the Memorial Day Parade/Blossom Time Parade/Ski-to-Sea Parade with our doors open for the public to use our restrooms and a refreshments and goodies table outside on our steps. We are located within the staging area of the parade, just north of the official start. Before you find that good seat for the parade, stop on by for some cookies, muffins, coffee or water.

AA, Al-Anon, OA: : St. John’s is delighted to be a space for groups of AA, Al-Anon, NA and OA to come together and hold their weekly meetings for several years at our location. Each group has weekly meetings within our building. For more information on a specific group and their meeting time and date, please go to the organizations website. Several of these groups currently or in the past hold their leadership meetings as well as other meetings within the building on top of their general meetings.

Bellingham Damekor: The Bellingham Damekor is a women’s chorus that sings traditional Scandinavian and American music in all the Scandinavian languages and in English. The Bellingham Damekor has used St. John’s as a space for practice and has several of their concerts at our building. We are also proud that one of the founding members of this group is a member of St. John’s.

Bellingham Mannskor: The Norwegian Men’s Chorus, has used our church as a place of practice weekly and held at least a yearly concert at St. John’s. They sing traditional Scandinavian and American music in all the Scandinavian languages and in English. They perform in nursing homes, retirement homes, and churches.

Bellingham Ukrainian Church: The Bellingham Ukrainian Church has become part our community partners in big ways. The church utilizes our building space regularly twice a week for their worship, languages classes, and for other special occasions. Members of the Ukrainian Church also help greatly when St. John’s members hold our semi-annual facility workdays. This amazing group has been a great contributor to St. John’s and we look forward to continued partnership with them.

Silverado Memory Care: Pastor Cara provides worship with the sacrament of Holy Communion for all interested members of Silverado two Thursdays a month. Silverado is a memory care focused community.

Brookdale Bellingham: Brookdale Bellingham; a retirement community, assisted living and memory care facility hosts local Lutheran leaders for a Lutheran Church Service with Holy Communion the first Sunday of every month to provide church service to all of those who cannot attend their regular church.

Our Visitation Committee and our Pastor provide home-bound members and other/non-members routine visits, check-ins and communion,. For more information and/or to schedule a visit, please contact the office.


+ Church Council

St. John's is governed by an elected church council. The following committees plan and oversee these areas of ministry, with council representative listed. You may contact any of these elected members directly with questions or willingness to serve. Or you may contact the Church Council President, Warren Fox who will direct your concern to the appropriate committee.

Worship and Music: (Contact, Jane Christianson) Worship is the center of our community life...on Sunday Mornings and special annual services. This team plans for worship. There are many opportunities for service including: assistants for worship, music, altar guild, singing, reading, and serving communion. Shared Fellowship Meals — At least one Sunday every month, St. John's gathers after worship for food and fellowship. All are invited. Themes often follow the liturgical church year, as well as other holidays. This team coordinates the schedule, but many cooks and clearers make it easier and more fun.

Congregational Care: (Contact, Jane Christianson) The visitation team consists of members who are trained to visit the homebound, hospitalized, members in nursing homes and care facilities. Members can also sign up to receive special training to become Eucharistic ministers (bringing communion to those who cannot make it to church). A group of knitters provides prayer shawls, a caring reminder of the love and prayers of the community of faith. The stewardship team is responsible for the stewardship education emphasis and annual meal.

Property & Maintenance: (Contact,Larry Hanson or Mike Lindquist) The property team coordinates regular building and grounds work days. These days are announced for anyone to join in the work and fun. This team also responds to on-going and emergency needs and is involved in all special property projects.

Youth & Education: (Contact, Jane Christanson or Maggie Hanson) Classes, programs, service projects are planned for disciples of all ages. This team coordinates curriculum, volunteers, and teachers and others to support our youth programs.

Outreach: (Contact, MaryAnn O'Hara) This team coordinates the service projects, social ministry, and outreach for the church. Find more information in the Outreach tab about our many projects and partners. This team also coordinates publicity, advertising, print and social media.

Finance: (Contact, Erwin Bourhofer) The Finance Committee overseas all donations, expenses, and memorial funds. The church treasurer is Elaine Sheets. The church finance secretary is Jody Fox.

Church Officers:
President: Warren Fox
Vice President: Judy Nelson
Treasurer: Erwin Bourhofer