From its humble beginnings as a small group of six families meeting in a living room almost 100 years ago, our St. John Lutheran Church & School mission has focused on people not buildings. And it is that goal of connecting the eternal love of Jesus with people of all ages and circumstances today and into the future that is moving us into a campus-wide master site renovation and expansion project entitled ONE Legacy. Our Campus Master Site Plan seeks to honor the prayerful legacy of those who had the God-led vision to establish our church and school ministry campus at 1011 University Drive in the heart of Rochester over 75 years ago, and to maximize ministry impact with excellence for the future.

Click to watch Pastor Marc’s explanation
of Phase I of the ONE Legacy initiative:

On Saturday, October 6, we gathered together as a St. John church and school family to give thanks for all the Lord's faithfulness throughout the years, and break ground on all that is ahead! Immediately after this special service of prayer and celebration, hundreds of those in attendance went out as God's people to serve our community as His Church! 

Click  to view the Groundbreaking Celebration held on October 6!

CLICK HERE for the Channel 4 news coverage of the October 6 Groundbreaking/Serve Event!  

Special Congregation Meeting  | March 24 at 12:30 PM

As we excitedly prepare to officially begin ONE Legacy construction in May/June, we are seeking final voter's approval to move forward with the Phase I renovation work at the current budgeted costs and scope.  Secondly, we will be sharing further details while seeking important direction on our updated Phase 2 new construction costs and timing.  

Phase 1 | Beginning Spring/Summer 2019 (blue)
• Campus Site Work (utilities, parking lot expansion, water retention, front sanctuary plaza, etc. beyond what is shown in the illustration)
• Full Renovation of School and Lower Level Administration Office Area

Phase 2 | Beginning Fall/Winter 2019 (yellow)
• New Construction of Gymnasium, School Administration Offices, and extended Atrium spaces.
While very exciting, much will be involved in the upcoming months of extensive construction that will require a great deal of flexibility in normal campus operations and ministry activities. However, any temporary inconvenience will be well worth it as the Lord positions us to make an even bigger impact on our community into the future!

Sacrificial Generosity Continues - We remain beyond grateful for the generous response and demonstration of sacrificial giving so many of you have made in response to your Savior's love! Please keep it coming! Every pledge and every gift (over and above your regular ongoing giving) makes a difference as we prepare to finalize our construction loan financing in the next few months, and every dollar given now will be one less dollar financed once construction begins this spring.
Please continue to pray for the Lord’s guidance as we continue to make important steps together in all that is ahead!

While it is nothing short of amazing to realize the response to God's faithfulness as so far we have received pledges totaling over $3,456,000 toward the ONE Legacy initiative, we are still prayerfully hopeful the Lord may continue to provide further pledges. Keep in mind this project isn’t just about our local campus and ministry. True to our missional focus as a church and school, we have committed to passing along a 10% tithe of these pledged resources to further God’s kingdom through our local, national and global mission partners as well! To learn more about making a pledge to the ONE Legacy initiative, CLICK HERE.

May the Lord continue to bless these efforts for the future! Please keep praying for the Lord’s guidance and provision for all that is ahead. These are truly exciting times!

Click to watch the most recent 3D Fly-Over rendering
of the Master Site Plan project:


CLICK HERE for our sermon archive, to view the ONE Legacy messages you may have missed, as well as many other archived messages. 

Want to learn more? 
for more information and FAQ. 
CLICK HERE to view a brochure with pictures and timeline.

Hear what others are saying:

Erv Bauer 
St. John Principal 1946-1961

Roy Kaiser
St. John Principal 1961-1995


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