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Homecoming 2018

Dear Friends of St. John,

Greetings from the St. John Board of Directors! As we prepare to celebrate our Annual Homecoming, we look forward to renewing old friendships and establishing new ones.

Our 94th Annual Homecoming Service for 2018 will be held on Sunday, August 19, at 11:00 a.m. Immediately following the worship service will be our traditional picnic luncheon held on the Church grounds.

The preacher for the service will be The Rev. James Bangle, retired pastor from Marion, Virginia. He of course served recently as an interim at Holy Trinity in Wytheville.

This yearís worship service will include some liturgy and music consistent with that which was used for worship in the early 20th and late 19th Centuries.

The St. John Board has accepted the responsibility of preserving our heritage and our property. Many of you have family and friends buried here, and it is incumbent upon us to maintain and care for the cemetery, property, and buildings. St. John, as with all properties, has ongoing needs for maintenance. This is accomplished through income derived from our endowment and from the annual giving from friends. We rely on your generosity to maintain this beloved place, and please know that all sizes of gifts are welcomed and appreciated. Also please know that we welcome questions, suggestions, and feedback in relation to the St. Johnís property.

A 2016 revised and updated edition of the St. John Lutheran Cemetery Survey and index for burial plots is now available for $10.00 (plus shipping) by contacting the Holy Trinity Church office at 276-228-2171.

In closing, we thank God for all the saints who have passed before us bearing witness to the Gospel in this place. As we reflect upon their faithful witness to Christ, may we also renew our commitment to share the good news of Godís love in Jesus Christ.


Reverend James Bangle
Our speaker for 2018 is The Reverend James Bangle. Pastor Bangle retired as Pastor from Marion, Virginia. Pastor Bangle was born in Charlotte, North Caroling and grew up in both North and South Carolina. During his seminary internship in Charlottesville, he became a part of the Virginia Synod where he has served since 1970. He was pastor of St. Matthew Lutheran in Richmond, Virginia for six years and Ebenezer Lutheran in Marion, Virginia for thirty-one years. During his time in Marion, he also had a fifteen year stint as an FBI Chaplain. Jim "retired" in 2007. In retirement he has completed three interim ministries, the third of which was at Holy Trinity in Wytheville. He is currently Interim Pastor of Holy Trinity in Kingsport, Tennessee and continues to practice part-time as a psychotherapist.