First Sunday of Advent

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Date Time Event
Sat, Dec. 01 8:00 AM Cookie Walk
Sun, Dec. 02 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist
Sun, Dec. 02 11:00 AM Advent Potluck
Wed, Dec. 05 11:00 AM A Great New Year
Wed, Dec. 05 12:10 PM Midweek Prayer
Wed, Dec. 05 5:30 PM Finance and Stewardship Team Meeting
Wed, Dec. 05 7:00 PM A Great New Year
Thu, Dec. 06 11:30 AM Episcopal Church Women's Luncheon

From the Rector

This Sunday marks the beginning of a new Christian year with the season of Advent. Advent is a reminder that to be a Christian is to be counter-cultural. Advent reminds us that while the popular culture is celebrating Christmas, we are holding back, waiting, and preparing ourselves spiritually. In this way, Advent is a good opportunity to be reminded that to be a disciple of Jesus Christ is to march to the beat of a different drummer. If you haven’t given thought to how you and/or your family will observe Advent this year. It’s not to late.

We have an Advent planner that can help you to do that. But the power of most of the seasons of the Church year, certainly Advent, is found in their observance in the home. The liturgical year is more than color coding for the Sunday hangings. The liturgical year is an opportunity to practice our faith, recall our faith, and be shaped by our faith by its annual cycle of seasons, saints’ days, and more. To mark the new Christian Year, we’ll be celebrating a potluck this Sunday following the 10 am Eucharist. I hope to see you there!

In Christ the King,

Father Kevin

PS: I also want to remind you of our Three Minute Ministry. You are fully empowered by virtue of your baptism to be part of this ministry. It involves taking the first three minutes after the Sunday Eucharist to talk with people you don’t normally talk to, whether first-time guests, or someone you do not know as well or usually don’t talk to. As we begin the new Christian year, I encourage you and empower you for the Three Minute Ministry.

Advent Study: A Great New Year

Advent marks the beginning of the Christian year. Advent is traditionally a season of preparing, a season in which Christians prepare to encounter God through the three arrivals of Jesus: 1) Preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas; 2) Preparing for the return of Jesus at the end of time as King of Kings and Lord of Lords; 3) Preparing to encounter God now in the many ways Christ seeks to enter our lives today. We’ll mark our own preparation for these arrivals by studying the three GREATS of the Christian faith: 1) The Great Commandment, 2) The Great Commission and 3) The Great Tradition.

These conversations will help us individually as disciples and collectively as a congregation prepare for our near future together as a parish family. You can show up to one study. You can show up to all three. We are asking that all members of the congregation attend at least one of these sessions as your input is important as we move forward in our revitalization process.

Wednesday, December 05: 11 am or 7 pm. The Great Commandment.

Wednesday, December 12: 11 am or 7 pm. The Great Commission.

Wednesday, December 19: 11 am or 7 pm. The Great Tradition.

Please sign up on a connection card or by contacting Susan Meyers, Parish Administrator.

Thank you for Pledging

Sunday we celebrate the generosity of this parish family. If you’ve pledged again or for the first time, thank you! It’s still not to late to make a pledge for 2019. Pledge cards can be found in the back of the church.

Christmas Cookie Walk, December 1st

St. John’s Christmas Cookie Walk is Saturday December 1st from 8 am-2 pm. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year.  We hope that you will come and shop the day of the sale, have some soup for lunch, and share in the fun of the day.

If you’re going to be out of town and can’t make anything or come to shop and work, consider making a donation. Maybe the price of a Christmas Gift?

Bring any questions or suggestions you have to Becky Johnson-Stewart.

Advent Potluck, December 2nd

We’ll be celebrating the start of the Christian New Year with the first Sunday of Advent, on Sunday, December 2nd.

Green Coffee Hour, Beginning December 2nd

The Fellowship & Hospitality Team is encouraging us to move toward being more green, by encouraging people to bring their own mug and wash their own mug for coffee hour. Mugs will also be provided that can be used and washed. We will try this as an experiment as part of our Advent observance, starting Sunday, December 2.

Food Pantry Sunday, December 2nd.

The Food Pantry is requesting paper products such as toilet paper and even diapers.  Those on assistance cannot use assistance funds to purchase these items so your generosity is appreciated.  Food items are also welcome.

Finance and Stewardship Team Meeting, December 5th

The Finance and Stewardship Team will meeting on Wednesday, December 5th at 5:30 pm.

Episcopal Church Women luncheon, December 6th

Come join other Episcopal Church Women for a delicious meal at Caroline’s located in the Hotel Julien Dubuque.  Come for laughter, good food and good company.  Leave full of not only food but spirit and friendship.

SCRIP Gift Cards

Need gift cards for Christmas?  Kathe will be ordering from Great Lakes SCRIP on December 10th and December 17th.  Stop by the SCRIP table on Sundays or let Kathe know what you need so it’s here in time for your gift giving.

Christmas Flowers

Your Altar Guild is asking for donations for the purchase of two sprays of “live” flowers for the altar and other flowers to decorate the church for Christmas.  Also, the Altar Guild is thinking of projects to beautify our church during the year, namely spring and fall floral arrangements.  Our first project will be to have a florist create one or two artificial sprays, that are appropriate for the months of January thru May.  These winter arrangements would be put on tables in the church.

Flowers for Christmas will be purchased and any additional money will be used to help toward the floral arrangements.  Donations will be collected  from until December 16.   Please use the insert from Sunday’s bulletin to list the name(s) of the person(s) you want to memorialize, what you want to give thanks for, etc.  If you have any questions, please contact any Altar Guild member (Ann Anderson, Susan Forshey,  Cathy Esser, Dave and Vivian Roberts,  or Becky Stewart).

Forms and checks can be put in the offering plate, given to Kathe Richardson at the SCRIP table or taken to the Parish House during office hours.

If you write a check, please put Christmas Flowers on the memo line.

Thomas Merton Society, December 9th

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the death of Thomas Merton at a Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on December 10, 1968, the Dubuque Chapter will present a “Film Biography” that includes scenes from the Conference and the passing of Thomas Merton and  prayers by other participants.      The meeting will be at 1 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church Parish House, 1458 Locust Street.  For further information contact David at 563.583.3806.

Collect for Sunday 

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

 Happy Birthday

  • Helen Scheppele

Happy Anniversary

  • Joseph and Debra Hickmon

 In Memoriam

  • Susan D. Hurst
  • H. Spencer Smith
  • Florence McLaughlin
  • Timothy Cavanaugh
  • William Hohnecker


                  St. John’s Episcopal Church, Dubuque, IA

                              “Doubts Okay, Questions Welcome, Please, Come As You Are.”

Ministers: The People of St. John’s
Senior Warden: Kim Miller
Junior Warden: John Stewart
Clerk: Pam Van Vleck
Treasurer: Bill Richardson
Vestry Members: Bud Geyer, Christine Darr, Haley Lammer-Heindel, Susan Forshey, David Kendall, David Roberts
Organist: David Pitt
Parish Administrator: Susan Meyers
Priest-in-Residence: The Rev. Dr. Kent Anderson
Rector: The Rev. Dr. Kevin Goodrich, O.P.
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Alan Scarfe, D.D.

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