Second Sunday after Epiphany

Adult Forum: You are invited! Sunday morning, following the 8 O’clock service in Saint Mary’s Chapel, you are invited to join in adult examination of contemporary issues facing Christians in today’s world.  Watch leading theologians, authors and church leaders wrestle with ideas and concepts with which we all struggle.

Be a part of the vigorous conversation!  This week, January 17th, we will be digging into “What’s the Nature of Human Nature?” 

Future topics include, “What’s God Got to do With Evil?”  “How do we Right the Wrong?”  “Finding God!”  Everyone is welcome.

Annual Meeting:  Saint John’s annual meeting will be next Sunday, January 24, 2016.  

Contribution Statements: The statements for 2015 have either been emailed or mailed during the past week.   If you have not receive your statement by the end of the week please contact the office.

Giving Envelopes: Envelopes for 2016 are located at the back of the church. Please take your envelopes and review your number as it may have changed.  If you do not have envelopes and would like envelopes, please contact the office.

Search Committee Update: The Rector Search Committee met on January 10th. During the session, we discussed criteria for rating potential candidates, and looked over the Diocesan guidelines concerning interview questions which are appropriate and those which are not.  We were also split into three smaller work groups; each small group will meet independently of the larger search committee on their own to work through specific targeted questions prior to the next whole-group meeting at the end of the month.

Mayfest: The first organizational meeting for Mayfest 2016 will be held on February 7th following the 10:15 service in Sunday School classroom #4. Please join us if you are interested in being a part of the team that puts together this fantastic evening of food, fellowship and outreach fundraising!  If you would like to volunteer, but are unable to attend the meeting, please contact Sareen or Kevin Hebb at 301-766-0834 or sareen@myactv.net.

Youth Group:  The Youth Group planning meeting is scheduled for February 7th.   Youth grades 6 and up, and interested parents and adults are invited to attend and discuss plans for the youth group moving forward.  The meeting will be held in Saint Mary’s Chapel at 11:30 a.m.

Party on Prospect: Don’t miss a really good time!  Tickets are going fast, and you don’t want to be left out in the cold!  Dr. Mark Cook and Friends will provide an evening of cool jazz along with heavy hors d’oeuvres, fabulous desserts, beer, and wine as Trimble Hall turns into an elegant cabaret for the evening. Winter Wonderland is the theme for the February 5 soiree from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

Only a limited number of tickets are available at $35 apiece.  All proceeds will go to Saint John’s Outreach Projects.  See Sue Sowers at the Antietam Street entrance right after the service for your non-refundable ticket or contact her at 301 733-4370.  The event is scheduled with the expectation that the weather will cooperate, however a blizzard date is Sunday, Feb. 7 from 5 – 8 p.m. Think warmer temperatures and plan to enjoy the evening and its entertainment!

Reach Cold Weather Shelter: There are hundreds of homeless folk right here in Washington County and there is a great need for the Reach cold weather shelter and for volunteers during St. John’s week February 28 through March 5. 

A variety of tasks, shifts and chores are available…stop by the table at the Antietam Street entrance, visit with Becca Burford and Teresa Taylor in person between services or via email: rlburford@myactv.net (Becca) or phone 301-471-1947 (Becca) or (Teresa) 301-471-4512. 

Betty Markle has graciously agreed to handle the coordination of all the kitchen duties. Please contact her directly to offer your assistance in that area.

To learn more you can visit the Reach website www.reachofwc.org.

Two big changes this year: sorry but no volunteers under the age of 13 are allowed. Teens 13-17 are allowed in the kitchen only and each must be accompanied by an adult and we’re allowed no more than 10 in the kitchen period. All volunteers must fill out the annual volunteer form online! Teresa & Becca will be happy to assist with this!

Gift Card purchases support the outreach efforts of the Saint John's Shelter. Gift cards are available from Martin’s for $20, $50, and $100; and from Weis for $50 and $100.  You get full value, the church gets 5%, and the stores get your business: it’s a WIN WIN WIN. Cards are available at the Antietam Street entrance after each service.

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