St. John’s Presents: “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Friday, November 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. What fun will the night hold? We’ll gather in the St. John’s Lounge for Thanksgiving-themed crafts and activities. 6 p.m. — We’ll fill our plates with pizza and settle in to watch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” on our new projector screen! The movie is family-friendly and only 30 minutes long. Feel free to color or continue to make crafts during the movie! 6:30ish p.m. — After the movie, people can stick around for fellowship or head out. We’ll wrap up before 7 p.m. What to bring: [...]
Sunday School is from 9:15 to 10:00 am. Share your hopes and dreams for children, youth, and family programming at St. John’s! (No Sunday school on November 25, Thanksgiving weekend) Homework House! Tuesdays 3:10-5:10 p.m. Middle and high school students can hang out with friends from the community each Tuesday in the lounge to work on homework. (No Homework House on Tuesday, Nov. 20 - Thanksgiving break) Drop-in! Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. Grow in your faith through discussions with other middle and high school students in St. John’s revitalized youth group. We’ll meet Wednesday nights throughout the year. (No Drop in on Nov. [...]
Bible Studies on the Gospel of Mark are held Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in St. John’s Lounge with Pastor Mark. All are welcome! Note that sessions will not meet on November 21 or 22.
...and pie Wednesday, November 21, 6:00 p.m! This year, the worship committee is asking that we connect our message of thanksgiving to the theme of “God’s Work, Our Hands” with which we began our program year in September. On Thanksgiving Eve, please bring a physical object that represents how God’s work is manifested by your hands both inside and outside the church. Examples: knit hats or towels for the homeless, page backpack provisions, pictures or information about a charity you support, a shovel that demonstrates physical labor, etc. We will use these items during ourworship service as we ask for [...]
Beginning on Wednesday, November 28, we’ll gather for a meal at 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, then move to the Chapel for a worship time from 6:00-6:30 pm. Hark, the Glad Sound! is our theme for mid-week worship and celebration at St. John’s this Advent season. From each verse ofthe hymn, “Hark, the Glad Sound,” one can draw aconnect to our Core Values. Each Wednesday evening in Advent we will focus on one of these Values—Welcoming, Worshiping, Healing or Serving—with a unique style of worship and activities together. Week 1—November 28—Welcoming Week 2—December 5– Worshiping Week 3—December 12—Healing Week 4—December 19—Serving [...]
St. John's Oratorio Chorus and Orchestra perform Handel's Messiah on December 8 (7:00 p.m.) and December 9 (4:00 p.m.). Plan to attend this annual concert in its twenty-ninth year! Rehearsals began on Sunday, October 21. Seven regular rehearsals on Sundays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. through December 2. One orchestra rehearsal on Thursday, December 6 from 6:30-10:00 p.m.
A note about Stewardship: While November can be a cold and grey month, it is nevertheless for me a month of nostalgia and warm fuzzies as I recall the harvest. I fondly recall the smell of freshly tilled soil, the ubiquitous clods of dirt on the roads and highways from the farmers’ tractors and grain wagons, the sound of the large tractor combines humming in the distant fields, and my sense of awe at the stark beauty of the now empty fields; and I’d stare amazed at the enormous piles of corn (some well over 50 feet high) temporarily stored [...]
Our next book will be a collaboration with the RIC committee (Reconciling in Christ). Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt is the book we will read and discuss on October 28! Bring your questions, thoughts, comments (and coffee/donut!) at 11:15 a.m. for a lively discussion. All are welcome! Contact Jennifer Burdick with any questions: email@example.com.
Missionary Circle Will Host Dinner When: Sunday, October 21, 5:00 p.m. Where: St. John’s What: Enjoy a special meal of pork loin with apples, potatoes, old-fashioned green bean dish, salad and dessert. Be entertained by the Metropolitan Boys Choir. Why: To raise funds in support of Operation Bootstrap Africa Who they are: Founded in 1965, Operation Bootstrap Africa (OBA) is a non-profit organization that partners with communities in Tanzania, Kenya, and Madagascar to help them educate their children. Grounded in a "self- help" philosophy, Bootstrap works in partnership with local groups, uses local resources, and follows local priorities to improve [...]
Sunday, October 28 from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. at Lynnhurst UCC Middle and high school youth will head to Lynnhurst UCC after fellowship hour for lunch and board games with other local churches. Youth should bring their favorite board games (labeled with their name) and $5 for pizza. Email Amy with questions.