Advent III

Adult Forum: Constantine and the Established Church ~ We have seen how the Roman Empire turned from a persecutor of the Christian religion to its protector and patron. The personal convictions of Constantine were never entirely clear, yet he seemed genuinely devoted to the cause of Christianity. Constantine referred to himself as the “servant of God” but he never exercised the same direct control of Christianity that the Roman emperors has over worship in the empire. Join us in Saint Mary’s Chapel following the 8:00 a.m. service as we follow the story beyond the Sunday school teachings of your childhood.

Community Christmas Concert: The local Cumberland Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) will sponsor a Christmas concert today, December 15 at 4:00 p.m. Area musicians, including Mark King will participate. The event will take place at Grace United Methodist Church, Hagerstown. The concert is free and the public is invited to attend.

Saint John’s Shelter: Thank you to those who have already made a generous donation to the Shelter's Christmas fund.  Included in today's bulletin is an envelope for your year end support for our Family Shelter.  Thank you, Saint John's Family Shelter Board.

AmazonSmile is a simple, safe, and automatic way to support our parish 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.

Counter Needed: This is an important ministry that happens behind the scenes. Beginning January 2020, one counter is needed for the 2nd Sunday of each month plus one additional week each year. Counting is typically done on Sunday following the 10:15 a.m. service (other arrangements can be made if necessary). Confidentiality is of utmost importance as well as accuracy. Training and detailed instructions will be provided. If you are interested in this ministry or have questions, please contact the Church office or the treasurer.

Ushers: Two ushers are needed on team #7 at the 10:15 a.m. service. If you are interested, please contact Mike Mummert or the Church office.

Martin's and Sheetz Gift Cards are the perfect gift for that special someone who has everything.  They are also great stocking stuffers too. They are a Win/Win:  Easy shopping for you and a contribution to J2A and our Personal Blessing Ministry. If you are thinking about giving multiple gift cards this holiday season, please see Joelene Young at the Antietam Street Entrance to place your order today. Your early order will ensure we have the inventory when you need them.  Thank you

Save the Date! Cabin Fever: Flannel and Frost will be held on Friday, January 31. This is an opportunity for fun & fellowship as well as a fundraiser.  We will have a live band for entertainment, as well as a dessert competition.  Warm and cozy comfort food will be served for dinner. Tickets will be $25 and will go on sale in early January. Space will be provided for dancing. See Betty Markle or Bruce Massey for more details. 

Micah’s Backpack Shopping List

Each “backpack” receives the following:

2- Cans of Vegetables – Corn/Green beans

2- Cans of Soup – Tomato/Chicken Noodle

      *Other types of Soups are okay

2 - Boxes of Juice – Must be 100% Juice

1 - Can of Tuna

1 - Can of Chef Boyardee

       *Spaghetti and Meatballs or Ravioli

1 - 24 oz. Can of Apple Sauce

1 - Packet of Instant Oatmeal

2 - Types of Cracker Packets

       *Peanut Butter and Crackers work well

1 - Individually Wrapped PopTart

      *Make sure a box of PopTarts is individually wrapped

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