Fourth Sunday of Advent

Eve of the Nativity of Our Lord

Birth of Jesus


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Date Time Event
Sun, Dec. 24 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist
Sun, Dec. 24 11:15 AM Fellowship
Sun, Dec. 24 7:00 PM Christmas Eve Service
Mon, Dec. 25 10:00 AM Christmas Day Service
Sun, Dec. 31 10:00 AM Lessons and Carols
Sun, Dec. 31 11:15 AM Fellowship
Sun, Jan. 07 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist
Sun, Jan. 07 11:15 AM Fellowship
Sun, Jan. 07 11:30 AM Stewardship Meeting



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Christmas Schedule

Sunday, December 24, is an unusual Sunday: in the morning service we observe the Fourth Sunday of Advent. That evening we glory in the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve). As the sun sets, so does the season of Advent: our waiting and anticipation become reality as we gather to celebrate Christ’s birth. The next morning, Christmas Day, we gather again to worship our newborn King. Like Advent, Lent, and Easter, Christmas is a season, not a day. Regardless of when the tree goes to the curb, the Season of Christmas lasts until Epiphany, January 6. We shall continue our celebration of our Lord’s birth on Sunday, December 31, with a service of Lessons and Carols. Please come and celebrate this season of joy.


From Jeannie Sims

The St. John’s stewardship committee would like to invite you to attend one of three small group meetings during our January pledge drive to learn more about the pledging process and ways to renew your commitment to St. John’s though giving.

  1. Sunday, January 7 – After church, a 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. small group discussion of stewardship will occur in the church basement.  Light refreshments will be served
  2. Wednesday, January 10 – An evening small group discussion is planned for 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the parish house and will include light refreshments.
  3. Wednesday, January 17 – A third small group discussion opportunity, also with light refreshments, is planned for the 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the parish house.

The pledge drive will be concluded by the end of January when our new rector arrives.

If you have questions or would like more information, please feel free to ask Dave Kendell, stewardship chair, John Stewart, Ally O’Rourke, Dave Vanderah, or Jeannie Sims



Dismantling Racism: Training for Church Leaders

Advent 2017

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

The time has come for us to enter into another round of racial awareness coaching. Over the next two years all church leadership and Board members will be expected to participate in Dismantling Racism: Training for Church Leaders. There will be several opportunities during this time period with the first one coming up early in 2018.

I am writing to ask you to set aside February 10th for the first of these opportunities at Old Brick in Iowa City from 10am through 4pm. Two facilitators from the Diocese of Atlanta will be with us to lead the event which is being sponsored by the new Justice, Healing, and Reconciliation Center of the Diocese.

Dr. Catherine Meeks from the Diocese of Atlanta will be with us in June for Summer Ministry School and Retreat to teach the first part of a “train the trainers” class for people interested in leading Dismantling Racism trainings throughout the diocese. If you are interested in becoming a trainer, please contact

We are grateful to the grant from The Episcopal Church to the new Justice, Healing, and Reconciliation Center which allows us to underwrite the training. The only cost to participants for the day will be lunch ($10). Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible.

This is a very important subject matter for our time. It is precisely the kind of awareness our call to be reconcilers in Christ demands of us.

I look forward to seeing you there.

In the peace of Christ,

+Alan Scarfe

The Rt. Rev. Alan Scarfe, Bishop of Iowa


Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Collects for the Nativity of Our Lord

O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.


Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born [this day] of a pure virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.



24 Allen Meurer

25 Alice Nothaft

25 Clara McLaughlin

28 Greg Oertell

30 Tim Hickey

31 Matthew Richardson


In Memoriam

25 Edna Widdowson

26 Mary Richards

27 Elizabeth Litle

31 Florence Willowby

31 Bernard James Murphy



26  Saint Stephen, Deacon and Martyr

27  Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

28  The Holy Innocents

29  Thomas Becket, 1170

30  Frances Joseph-Gaudet, Educator and Prison Reformer, 1934

31  Samuel Ajayi Crowther, Bishop in the Niger Territories, 1891