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Our nation is responding to the results of the mid-term elections. Tensions have been high leading up and now, certainly, in the aftermath, continue. In our “Love as the Way” sermon series this fall, we explored the topic of, “Loving Those Far From You: Ideologically and Geographically.” The three principles we explored were, “Pray with Them,” “Ponder with Them” and “Partner with Them.” This is a good time, with a mighty dose of God’s grace to put those principles into practice. If you’d like to listen to that sermon again or for the first time send me an e-mail and I’ll send you the recording. Last Sunday, we celebrated the feast of All Saints and the outrageous invitation of our baptisms to become saints ourselves.
Saints, disciples, growing Christians (however we want to describe who we are in Christ) are people whose passion or priority is the love of God and the love of neighbor. The disciple says, “Here I am God. How can I, with all that I am and all that I have be of best service to you and to my fellow human beings? This question has obvious implications for our financial resources. Christian stewardship isn’t just about giving to the Church, but it certainly includes it. We are challenging you and all St. John’s to make a pledge for the 2019 year and do so by our in-gathering Sunday, December 2. We’ll celebrate the pledges made as we mark the start of the new Christian year with the season of Advent (which will also include a “New Year’s” themed potluck).
In Christ Who Gave to Us so that We Might Give to Others,
This Sunday, at 11:30 am, following the main service, there will be a brief memorial service for David Weidenbacher in the side chapel. David was a long time member of St. John’s, known for his quiet manner, but also for, faithfully – over many years – opening, preparing coffee, cleaning up, and locking the church on Sundays.
Please pray for our leaders as they meet Tuesday, November 13, at 6:30 pm in the Parish House Library.
November is Stewardship month. We invite you to prayerfully consider your giving to this congregation by making a pledge for 2019. We’ll be collecting and celebrating the in-gathering of pledges on Sunday, December 2nd.
Please purchase SCRIP gift cards to do you Christmas shopping. You know you will probably buy some things at Target or Kohl’s, right? So get a gift card now for those stores. There is no added cost to pay for your purchases at stores. You just use the gift card instead of your cash, your debit card or your credit card. It’s a great way to help you budget and help out St. John’s Episcopal Church as the retailer gives us a percentage of the gift card amount.
Our Annual Cookie Walk will be held Saturday, Dec 1st from 8am-2pm. We will need everyone’s help to make this a successful event at St. John’s. We are now accepting gently used Christmas items that can be sold as decorations or as gifts. They can be dropped off at the Parish House during normal office hours or call for an appointment. More info to come!
If you would like an Episcopal Church Liturgical Kalendar for 2019 which features all the saints days, liturgical colors, etc., please contact Susan Meyers in the Parish Office by Sunday, November 18. The cost is $6 dollars.
St. John’s annual Cookie Walk! More info to come but wanted everyone to get this on your calendars.
O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and 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.