The First Sunday in Lent

Adult Forum: Genesis 25-36, the Jacob Saga., today at 9:00 a.m. in Saint Mary’s Chapel. “Form Criticism” is not designed to set out what is historical, it is designed to tell a good story using certain literary conventions that people will recognize.  Dr. Levine will take us on a fascinating walk through the Jacob Saga beginning with the story of Jacob and Esau. Dr. Levine’s ability to tie the ancient literature to contemporary issues with depth and good humor makes her presentation fascinating.  Next week, “Folklore Analysis!” 

Mercersburg Academy Chorale will present a concert today, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. as part of our Music at Saint John’s Series. Co-directors of the ensemble are Bryan Morgan and Jim Brinson (a parishioner of Saint John’s.) The program will include choral, clarinet and organ music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Randall Thompson, Dan Locklair and Ola Gjeilo. A reception in Trimble Hall coordinated by Charlie and Katherine Foreman will follow the concert. The program is free and the public is invited to attend. Plan to come to the concert and invite a friend to attend with you.

The Reach Cold Weather Shelter: We are in our final week to sign up for the Reach Cold Weather Shelter, Feb 25th thru March 4th, and are in need of help in hospitality, laundry and intake. Please take time to stop by the Antietam Street entrance and sign up to provide a much needed service for those in our community who are in need.  Only a small amount of your time can make a major difference in someones life.

Eagle Scout Project Donations: Matthew Mummert is currently working on his Eagle Scout rank and his project is making five cement benches for Saint John’s. Donations are requested to pay for supplies. A donation jar will be located in Trimble Hall.  Thank you for supporting this project.


Save The Date(s)!  We’re working on a new pictorial parish directory and we really, really want everyone to be included. More details to follow, but for now the important information is: Photographers from Lifetouch will be set up in Trimble Hall on April 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. Signups will begin shortly and can be done online or in person following each service. Each family (or individual) sitting for a portrait will receive a FREE 8x10 in addition to their FREE directory. Additional portraits will be available for purchase at a discounted rate. We also NEED pics to fill out our “activity” pages; candid shots and posed shots are both welcome. Did you take pictures at Community Café? MayFest? Party on Prospect? Breakfast Bunch? Reach Shelter? DOKs or JDOKs? Clean-up and Mulch day? Youth Mission Trip? The Church Picnic? Could you/would you share them, please? The more the merrier!  Contact Cathy Bushey cgcl08@aol.com or Becca Burford rlburford@myactv.net

Miscellaneous plated silverware pieces for sale - Check out the plastic box at the Antietam Street entrance if you are interested in purchasing odds and ends silverware for $1.00 each. These are pieces from our kitchen we will no longer be using, and are looking for new homes for them. Proceeds will go to Parish Life. Pick out what you want, and give the money to Dusty Graham. We are on the honor system!

Saint John’s Silver Plated Place Settings: A signup sheet is at the Antietam Street entrance. Orders are being taken until March 15. Knife, fork, and spoon sets are $10.00 each. Serving spoons are $5.00. After that date the sets will be distributed, with everyone receiving at least one set, and hopefully all each person requested.

Saint John’s Owned Cemetery Plots at Rest Haven: Fliers are on the table at the Antietam Street entrance. If you are interested, please call Dusty Graham.

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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