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Homecoming 2019

Dear Friends of St. John,

Greetings from the St. John Board of Directors! We are excited to update you on what has been happening at St. John over the past year and invite you to two wonderful events.

As you know, the St. John Board stewards the history of many Wythe County Lutherans and maintains the buildings and grounds of the church. This past year, much of the work was tree focused. The board learned that several of the ash trees suffered from a borer infestation. Being unable to save the trees, they were removed. Two additional trees fell during a spring storm. No damage was done to any gravestones. Thanks to a generous donation, new oaks and maples will replace these old trees.

Preparations have begun for our 95th Annual Homecoming on Sunday, August 18, at 11:00 a.m. We welcome Bishop Bob Humphrey of the Virginia Synod as our preacher. We hope that you will be able to attend as we praise God, renew old friendships, and make new friends as well. Our potluck luncheon will follow on the church grounds immediately following worship. We're excited to use our new tables for the first time.

St. John Cemetery will also be the site for Wytheville's annual Spirit Tour! On Saturday, October 5, local historians and actors will bring to life the stories of up to eight individuals buried in our cemetery. This is an event that the Town of Wytheville hosts each year in partnership with the local museums. We don't know whose stories will be told, but it promises to be a memorable day of living. Board members will be present to help answer questions and allow visitors to view the inside of the church building. More information can be found on the Town of Wytheville website closer to the event.

Thanks to all the annual and memorial gifts shared, St. John continues to be a place of spiritual encouragement and comfort, natural beauty, and historic importance. Gifts of any size are vital to the maintenance of this beloved place. We invite you to consider making a contribution to St. John. This coming year, we anticipate painting the exterior of St. John, continuing restoration work on the oldest gravestones, and possibly planting more trees. We welcome questions, suggestions, and feedback in relation to the care of St. John's property.

A 2016 revised and updated edition of the St. John Lutheran Cemetery Survey and index for burial plots are still 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.


Bishop Bob Humphrey
Our speaker for 2019 is The Bishop Bob Humphrey. Reverend Humphrey is the bishop of the Virginia Synod of the Evangelical Church in America.

Elected to a six-year term in 2017, Humphrey previously served as Pastor of Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, in Harrisonburg, VA, Grace Lutheran Church in Waynesboro, VA, and Zion Lutheran Church in Waynesboro, VA. Bishop Humphrey graduated from The University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Arts double major in History and Political Science and from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary with a Master of Divinity. He interned at Hothorpe Hall in England. He also enjoyed post-graduate studies in Counseling at The University of Virginia.

Bishop Humphrey has been married to Barbra T. Humphrey since 1977. They live in Harrisonburg, VA. They have a daughter, Jill Humphrey who is married to Johan Grimsrud. They have two children, Elias and Marja and live in New York City.