Monthly Archives: November 2012

Evensong December 2

Sunday at 4:00 p.m. in our nave, St. John’s will celebrate the arrival of Advent with a service of Evensong. This event is sponsored by our Deanery (the northern third of our Diocese) with congregations, choirs and clergy from the Deanery involved in the liturgy. It includes a massed choir of members from those churches, readings, Canticles and Advent hymns, centered around the sung service of Evening found in the Book of Common Prayer. Please let Kathy Girard know if you can help with the reception that follows.

Christmas Wreath Sales Today

Christmas wreaths will be sold Sunday (12/2) after both services.  No order is necessary; just come and buy your wreaths for Christmas.  This fundraiser benefits our Compassion Ministry here at St. John’s.

Bishop Nicholas Celebration

Each year during the hubbub of the run-up to Christmas, we gather to remember the life and spirit of Bishop Nicholas: his joy, his healing touch, and his love and care of children. Come for crafts, food and fun: Sunday, December 9, From 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., between services and stay for the 10:30 a.m. and enjoy the kid friendly service. Volunteers welcome!

Help Us Say “Goodbye and Good Luck” to Celissse Johnson

On December 16th after the 8:00 a.m. service, the Vestry is hosting a special coffee hour to thank Celisse for all her work with the church.  Join us between services for this special fellowship.

A Simple Christmas Pageant (a.k.a., The Painless Pageant)

Join us Christmas Eve and be a part of our Christmas Story.  Our “Simple Christmas Pageant” is fun and easy!  No rehearsal, no hassle, just be here at 4:45 pm to pick your costume!  Enjoy the pageant and a lively service.  Refreshments will be served after the service.  Call the church office for more information.

Readings for Dec. 9

For those who would like to preview the lectionary for Sunday, December 9, the scriptures are: Baruch 5:1-9 or Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, The Song of Zechariah (Luke 1:68-79), and Luke 3:1-6.

 

Coming Events (12/2)

Evensong, December 2, 4:00 p.m.
Women’s Bible Study,
 December 3 & 17, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Yoga for Christians, December 4, 11 & 18,  9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Choristers, December 5, 12, & 19, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Choir Practice, 
December 5, 12, & 19,  7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
St. John’s Ringers, 
December  9, 16 & 23,  7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Bishop Nicholas Sunday, December 9, 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
A Simple Christmas Pageant Service, December 24, 5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist Christmas Eve Service, December 24, 10:30 p.m.
Christmas Day Service, December 25, 10:30 a.m.
Soul Kitchen, December 28, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Our Presiding Bishop’s Advent Message

The Presiding Bishop’s 2012 Advent message can be seen here. Here is the text of her message for this year:

As you prepare for the season of Advent, I would commend two questions to your musings and your prayer and your meditation: What is it that you are most waiting for?  And, how are you going to wait this year?

I’m struck this particular season by the waiting of several women in Christian history.  Mary obviously, waiting for the birth of the Promised One in her part of the world, a child born for the whole world.

Also Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptizer, who comes before Jesus. Elizabeth has been promised a child in her old age, these are both very unexpected births, they are waiting.

And I’m struck particularly this year by Elizabeth of Hungary, a saint of the Church who lived in the thirteenth century, who was betrothed as a child herself, married at 14, a mother of three by the time her husband died when she was 20.  She spent her life giving it away, giving it away both physically through her means and through her presence and her healing.  She was an icon of generosity.

What is it you wait for this year?  Is it an opportunity to meet the surprising around you? Is it an opportunity to reflect on what is most needed in your heart and in the world around you?  How are you going to wait for that gift?  Are you going to wait actively?  Engaged?  Honing your desire? Stoking the passion within you for that dream?  Are you going to wait for a dream that will bless the whole world?

That’s what Christians wait for in the season of Advent – of the coming of the Prince of Peace, the one who will reign with justice over this world.  I believe that’s what the world most needs, this year and every year.

May your season of waiting be fruitful and blessed.  May it be filled with surprise and a willingness to engage that surprise.

A blessed Advent.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

More information can be found here.

Pledge Sunday is December 2nd

You can save us the cost of mailing your pledge packets by picking yours up this morning.  They are stored alphabetically on the table at the back of the church.

Evensong December 2

St. John’s will celebrate the arrival of Advent with a service of Evensong on Sunday, December 2 at 4:00 p.m. in our Nave. This will be an event sponsored by our Deanery (the northern third of our Diocese) with congregations, choirs and clergy from the Deanery involved in the liturgy. It will include a massed choir of members from those churches, readings, Canticles and Advent hymns, centered around the sung service of Evening found in the Book of Common Prayer. Please let Kathy Girard know if you can help with the reception that follows.