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Advent is a season of holy preparation and a season of holy alertness. A time to prepare for all the ways Christ seeks to come into our lives. It’s not just about preparing for Christmas, though it is also that. It’s a time where we remember the journey Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem. It was a hard journey and there were difficulties along the way. This Advent we are also beginning a process of clarifying our own journey and the mission and vision that will guide us along the way into 2019 and beyond. The process of living life together in a Christian community is never easy, but our process of pursuing revitalization is particularly challenging.
Yet, energy remains high with new ideas and the strengthening of faithful and tested ideas continues. For example, Phase 1 of the proposed Parish House changes is now underway. These changes were deliberated by the Vestry, input was sought from all members of the congregation, tours outlining the proposed changes were given and then the Vestry voted to approve of these changes. These changes reflect the ideas of several people, and no one person’s ideas were taken without modification. The effect of these new changes will be born out as we live into the new spaces and make further adjustments. I encourage you to check out these spaces and to offer your feedback — everyone’s input is welcome. Your input is also important to our revitalization process. Therefore, I encourage you if you haven’t already to take part in our Advent studies. We are asking that everyone participates in at least one study.
In the Bonfire of God’s Hope,
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.
Monday, December 24th, 7 pm. Christmas Eve.
Tuesday, December 25th, 10 am. Christmas Day.
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 12: 11am or 7pm. The Great Commission.
Wednesday, December 19: 11am or 7pm. The Great Tradition.
Please sign up on a connection card or by contacting Susan Meyers, Parish Administrator.
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.
Thank you for all you did to support St. John’s cookie walk! It was a total group effort, that benefits not only St. John’s but also our Community. With your help we raised $1,743 this year!
I hope to join with you in another successful Holiday Sale next year!
I shopped at 7 different places for 3 people on my list and bought 7 gifts. It took me 5 minutes. Here’s how I did it. I emailed Kathe the names of the places I wanted gift cards to including the number of cards and the dollar denomination. Then I wrote 1 check to St. John’s SCRIP. Now I have more time to “be quiet for Advent”. And I helped St. John’s raise a little bit of money. Susan Meyers
Do YOU 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.
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.
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 Vanderah at 563.583.3806.
Our Mitten Tree is in the back of the church by the red doors. Please purchase new hats, mittens or scarves and place them on the tree by January 1, 2019. This year we will be donating all the items to St. Mark’s Community Center. In advance, thank you for your generosity.
Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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.