The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

The 8th annual Community Book Drive takes place Until September 12, culminating in the sorting of books at Fed Ex on Thursday, September 19, the United Way's Day of Caring. Saint John's will be collecting books for children ages toddler – 12 years. Collection boxes are in Trimble Hall on or near the Stage. Books that are donated may be gently used or new. Contact Deacon Sue or Heidi McCusker ( or with any questions. Your donations directly impact vulnerable children. The Hagerstown Area Religious Council, United Way of Washington County, Hagerstown Rotary Club, and FedEx Ground are coordinating this effort.  Thank you for your continued support.

Adult Forum: How did an unwashed dozen start a movement that came to dominate the civilized world? Find out next Sunday immediately after the 8 O’clock service in Saint Mary’s Chapel when the Adult Forum kicks off a new series – “The history of Christianity: from the Disciples to the Dawn of the reformation”  Sit in on this exciting study of the “good, the bad and the ugly” of how that small Jewish sect spread throughout the known world.  This is the fascinating story of a small dedicated band of committed people conquering the world of its day to become the most powerful movement in history. This is what you never learned in Sunday School - be there!

4th Annual South Side Community Block Partyis on September 21st from Noon to 3 pm hosted by the Bester Community of Hope. St. John’s will have a tent near the Band Shell and will be distributing gently used and new clothing. Please empty your closets and dressers for those items to donate and bring them on to Trimble Hall, starting August 25th.We will have boxes ready to receive them.  All clothing is appreciated though the recipients may not have the means to have them dry cleaned (if necessary) or washed before wearing. Banana Boxes (Walmart Donation) are in Trimble Hall.  Boxes for Youth (Girls and Boys) and Adults are marked.  Deacon Sue has a signup sheet at the Antietam Entrance for folks to donate time sorting, setup, hospitality and tear down for the Block Party.

Saint John’s Day – Sunday, September 22:  The theme for this day is “We are One in the Spirit, We are One in the Lord,” and are looking forward to seeing you for this special day of worship, good fellowship and lunch. Mark your calendars now for this special day of celebration.  Invite your friends and family and please let us know you can stay for lunch:  There are sign-up sheets on podium in Trimble Hall and above coffee table.  This is helpful for planning purposes (but not required). Please come!

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