Advent 2: December 9, 2018

Adult Forum: “John – Jesus the Man from Heaven” The Gospel of John, the forth Gospel, is a book that is so different from the other three that sometimes it is known amongst scholars as a “maverick” Gospel.  John provides a completely different portrayal of Jesus; no longer merely a miracle worker who proclaims the kingdom of God, Jesus is himself divine – the one sent from God.  Join the conversation. Join us following the 8:00 a.m. service in Saint Mary’s Chapel.

Saint Nicholas Day Festival will be held today following the 10:15 Service. Please join us for lunch where you can purchase Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Tomato soup or Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup (made by Earlene Ayrer), chicken salad sandwiches and chips. There will be crafts for the kids to make and take home.  Don’t forget you can purchase delicious baked goods from the Snowflake Bakery. Saint Nicholas will be there to take pictures with. We hope everyone will join us and make this a wonderful day together. 

Volunteers are needed as Greeters and Docents for Saint John's participation in the city wide Holiday Houses of Worship Tour.  Your commitment would be only 2 hours on Wednesday, December 26 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM and/or 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  This night is an opportunity for our church to share its architectural splendor with our community.  If you are able to assist us including refreshments, setup or cleanup, please contact Dusty Graham at 301-991-5612 or Bruce Massey at 240-675-4498. Thank you!

The Christmas boxes for Bester:  These shoeboxes are due back today. Thank you for all of your Santa Claus help. Florence Forbes, Karla Davis, Lou Lamb, Carol Cox, and Julie Barlup

Bester School and DonationsDue to a jump in the student population at Bester Elementary School this year, the former rooms used for storing donated clothing are now being used for classroom needs. Therefore, until further notice, we will no longer collect clothing for the school. However, the school still needs to replenish its underwear supply for young children – both boys and girls, sizes 4, 6, and 8.  Please contact Lou Lamb to provide underwear for Bester’s young and needy students.



Christmas Boutique: The Christmas Boutique will be open for business after the 8AM and 10:15 AM services: today and on the 16th.  As in years past this is a fundraiser to support the activities of our Journey to Adulthood (J2A) group. It is not too late to still donate re-giftable items that are clean and in good condition, and might make the perfect gift for someone else. Just drop them off in the Boutique Donations box, or on the stage. See a more detailed announcement in “Soundings”, but be sure to come check out the goodies to see if there is something you can purchase in support of our youth. There might even be some loaves of fresh baked bread to entice you! And thanks! Questions?: Contact Melissa Hutton 240-625-6550 or

Christmas is coming and Saint John’s Shelter will once again be collecting donations to give the families at the shelter a gift card from Wal-Mart, cookies, fruit and candy.  If you would like to donate please make checks payable to Saint John’s Shelter noting in the memo section “Christmas”.  Give checks or money to Bill Soulis or Ann Chaney by December 16th.  Thank you. Saint John’s Shelter Board

AmazonSmile is a simple, safe, and automatic way to support St. Johns every time you shop at Amazon, at no cost to you, using your current Amazon account.   Go to and log in with your account or signup.  Go to your account and select/change your charity.  Search St Johns Parish Episcopal, and choose us as your charity.  Bookmark the page and use it every time you shop.

Holiday Houses of Worship Tour: Christmas cookies, lemon bars, brownies and other hand held desserts are needed for the Holiday Houses of Worship Tour scheduled for Wednesday, December 26.  Last year we had approximately 400 visitors.  A contribution of a dozen cookies will greatly help us to demonstrate the hospitality of Saint John’s. A signup sheet is located at the Antietam Street entrance. Please drop off your donation at the church office between 8 AM and 4 PM Monday through Friday or in the Trimble Hall Kitchen at the Christmas Eve Services. Questions may be directed to Ann Chaney or Caroline Wright.

Saint John’s Week at Reach Cold Weather Shelter:  Sign up for the Reach Cold Weather Shelter at the Antietam Street Entrance. Choose a time, day and what service between  Feb 10-16th or contact Missy at  or 717-420-7118.  Kitchen volunteers between the ages of 13 and 17 are WELCOME when accompanied by a responsible adult! Carla Charles is once again coordinating the kitchen & meals for Saint John’s.  All volunteers in the Shelter must be adults 18 or over. A variety of tasks are available and most commitments are just 2 to 3 hours, some a little longer, none more than overnight. Once you have signed up for a task please go online and fill out your volunteer form on the Reach website below.  You can visit the Reach website: or call Missy for more information. THANK YOU!

Van Drivers and/or Supervisor: We are in need of van drivers and/or a Supervisor. This ministry provides transportation to who cannot get to Saint John’s without assistance. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Bob Speelman at 540-247-2482.

Welcoming Bouquet: If you would like to be part of this ministry for 2019 the following dates are currently available: February 10th, 17th, and March 3rd.  Please contact Judy Raysely or the church office if you are willing to provide flowers for one of these dates.

Micah’s Backpack Shopping List

Each “backpack” receives the following:

2- Cans of Vegetables – Corn/Green beans                     1 - 24 oz. Can of Apple Sauce

2- Cans of Soup – Tomato/Chicken Noodle                    1 - Packet of Instant Oatmeal

      *Other types of Soups are okay                                         2 - Types of Cracker Packets

2 - Boxes of Juice – Must be 100% Juice                                       *Peanut Butter and Crackers work well                       

 1 - Can of Tuna                                                                1 - Individually Wrapped PopTart                                 

1 - Can of Chef Boyardee                                                          *Make sure a box of PopTarts is

      *Spaghetti and Meatballs or Ravioli                                                              individually wrapped

What’s Cookin’ for Christmas at the Community Café: Allegheny Power has donated reusable shopping bags and LED light bulbs with information about conserving energy and saving money. They have also included information about how to get assistance with power costs.

We would like to add some grocery items to fill the bag. If you would like to help fill a bag they will be in Trimble Hall on the table under the Service & Outreach Bulletin Board. Please sign the sheet with contact information and how many bags you are taking.

For the next two weeks if you add one item each day you can fill a bag and lighten the load for one of our neighbors! On December 16th bring the bag to church with you and leave in Trimble Hall.

Dec. 1         Box of Cereal                                                             Dec. 8         Canned vegetable

Dec. 2         Peanut Butter                                                              Dec. 9         Jar of applesauce  

Dec. 3         Boxed Potatoes (your choice,                               Dec. 10       Box of crackers

                  mashed, scalloped etc.)                                          Dec. 11       Package of pasta

Dec. 4         Can of Fruit                                                       Dec. 12       Spaghetti sauce

Dec. 5         Can of Tuna                                                                Dec. 13       Can of chicken noodle soup

Dec. 6         Macaroni & Cheese                                                     Dec. 14       Can of tomato soup

Dec. 7         Dessert Mix                                                       Dec. 15       Package of oatmeal

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