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Meet Our Pastor

Jennifer Shaw

Pastor

Pastor Jen joined the St. John’s community in January of  2016. She comes to ministry with a wide range of vocational experience, including Managing Editor of the Fuller Writing Center, Manager of Lakeshore Learning Store in Ventura, CA, and Communications Manager at Universal Studios Hollywood. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Westmont College, a Master of Arts in English from Cal State University, Northridge, a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Seminary, and a Certificate of Advanced Theological Studies from Pacific Lutheran Seminary.

Pastor Jen was born in Visalia, CA and grew up in Fillmore, CA. Her parents, and two sisters and their families, reside in Ventura Country, CA. She enjoys writing poetry, reading on a variety of subjects, watching and discussing films, hiking, playing tennis, and conversing with old and new friends. Her vision for ministry is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the whole of her life – to communicate the good news that the Triune God made, loves, redeemed, and will restore the world. She is grateful to be doing so at St. John’s.

Calendar of Events

Mar
24
Sun
Traditional Worship
Mar 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Traditional worship at 9:00 AM is a liturgically responsive worship service, based on the Bible and the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal. St. John’s talented Patrick Karst accompanies this service on organ and keyboard and Laura Stave provides her beautiful voice as cantor and soloist. This service is formal, yet relaxed, allowing time for prayer and reflection, with communion each Sunday.

St. John’s choir, directed by Laura Stave, also provides special music on occasion.

Communion Assistant Training @ St. John's Lutheran Church
Mar 24 @ 10:15 am – 10:45 am
Praise Worship
Mar 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our 11:00 AM Worship is a “lighter” liturgy than the 9:00 AM service. The service’s jazz and praise beat encourages participation from the worshipers and although we mainly sing contemporary praise songs, we don’t neglect beloved hymns. The Praise team is directed by Bob Corwin and is comprised of Bob Corwin, pianist, Danny Flahive, bass fiddle, and Ron Mercier on the drums. Samantha Corwin and Laura Stave are the lead singers whose rhythmic harmony strengthens participation. These talented women also sing solos and duets each Sunday.

Lessons, sermons and announcements are the same at both services with Holy Communion every Sunday.

Mar
26
Tue
FIND Food Distribution @ St. John's Lutheran Church
Mar 26 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

FIND Food Bank offers this service for hungry and food-insecure residents of eastern Riverside and southern San Bernardino Counties. St. John’s offers food the 4th Tuesday of every month. 

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Worship Times & Location

Where

42-575 Washington Street,
Palm Desert, CA 92211

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When

Saturday, 4 PM
Sunday, 9 AM and 11 AM

Worship Schedule