March 2020  
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  • Update Related to Coronovirus and St. John's

Growing Together in Christ by Sharing the Gospel with All People

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Status of Ministries at St. John's do to COVID 19

Grace, mercy, and peace be to you from of God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Developments have certainly changed rapidly in regards to COVID-19 over the last week. We want to thank you for your prayers and support. This has been a stressful and trying time for everyone. We appreciate your grace and understanding as we minister in these unprecedented circumstances.

District President Sailer emphasized that the issues we face is NOT an Acts 5:29 thing that “we must obey God rather than man.” Instead, it is a Romans 13:1-4 thing that we “submit to the governing authorities” established by God and obey God in so doing, and a Philippians 2:3 thing that we “do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”

With this in mind of having concern for others, especially those most affected by this pandemic, St. John’s leadership has decided to suspend all St. John’s gatherings and activities until further notice. We will re-evaluate as needed as new information and guidance becomes available.

The ministry team will continue providing online worship and other information via Facebook. Sunday services will be live-streamed on Facebook at 8:30 AM and Lenten Services on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM. All services are available to view and participate with at any time after the live stream. The Sunday service can also be heard on KYNT at 9:30 AM on Sundays. You can also watch Main Street Living at 10:00 AM on KDLT or We also encourage you to develop a good devotional habit or family worship using Portals of Prayer, daily Bible reading plans, Luther’s Small Catechism, or other devotional materials.

We are making sanitary and responsible physical distancing arrangements in consultation with medical professionals for drive-up communion in your vehicles, if you so desire, on Sunday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 AM. The pastors will distribute the Lord’s Supper while you remain in your vehicle from the carport at the southeast entrance of the building. Please drive through the western entrance of the parking lot, enter from the west side of the carport, and exit out onto Jackson St. If you are ill, we ask that you please stay home.

If the current status continues through Holy Week, we will provide Holy Week services via Facebook. Once we are able to gather again in person, we intend to reschedule our Holy Week celebrations! Funerals will be limited to private family only as directed by the funeral homes, with the option of a public memorial service at a later date. Baptism arrangements should be made in consultation with the pastors.

The pastors are not permitted to visit people in the care centers or hospital in person until the visitation restrictions are lifted, except for end of life situations. However, the pastors will make phone calls to our sick or shut-in as we are able. We encourage you to call family, friends, and neighbors to stay socially connected. Let us know if you are willing to make phone calls or do grocery runs for our more vulnerable members and we’ll do our best to get you connected in a responsible physically distanced way.

We thank you for your generous financial support. While we understand that some of you may be facing financial limitations at this time, we encourage those of you who have sufficient financial means to continue to give your offerings and tithes as usual by giving digitally, making arrangements to drop off your offering, or mailing it to St. John’s.

Finally, we are suspending the Ambassador newsletter until further notice due to the lack of activity and the ever-changing status of events. Information will be communicated primarily via Facebook, email,, and text. If you are not receiving emails from us, please check your spam folder or provide the church office with an accurate email and cell phone number. This information can be made private and for church use only. If you do not have text or computer access, you may also call the church office for the most up-to-date info.

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27


St. John’s is a congregation dedicated to Bible-based preaching and teaching of the Good News of Jesus Christ. We value family life and caring for people of all ages with the love of Jesus.
If you are looking for a church home, we invite you to join us for worship and church activities. If St. John’s is where God is leading you for membership, please contact one of the pastors.
If you are visiting the Yankton area, you are welcome to join us for worship and Bible study.
Please browse our website to learn more about St. John’s and our ministries.
 Thank you and God Bless!

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The 2011 Department of Defense Freedom Award recipients were announced and St. John’s Lutheran Church of Yankton, South Dakota was one of 15 recipients of that year’s award! The Freedom Award is the DoD’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. St. John’s Lutheran Church stood out among a field of 4,049 nominations submitted by Guard and Reserve service members or their families.
This is a great honor for St. John’s Lutheran Church.  The 2011 honorees were recognized in Washington, D.C. at the 16th annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Ceremony on September 22, 2011. As of 2011, since 1996, only 145 employers have been presented with the Freedom Award. St. John's was the first church in the nation to ever receive the award. Recipients met privately with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta prior to the ceremony. 



Contact Us  
St. Johns Lutheran Church
1009 Jackson St
Yankton, South Dakota 57078
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Phone 605-665-7337
Regular Schedule  


  • Worship
    – 8:00 AM
  • Education Hour
    – 9:15 AM
  • Worship
    – 10:30 AM

Church handicap van

The church's handicap van is available for ANYONE needing a ride to church on Sunday mornings, for both the 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. services.

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