The Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost

Weekday Liturgies The congregation is invited to attend Evening Prayer on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Church; the midweek Eucharist is held on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. in Saint Mary’s Chapel.

Adult Forum – Saint Mary’s Chapel 9:10 a.m.: Join our discussion on the place of scripture in our church life. This week we will be delving into “Ancient Judaism” as the basis for our sacred texts and practices.  Early Judaism was not a monolith, any more than today’s Christianity.  How did this affect our early church and our sacred texts? Come and join the conversation.

Sheetz Gift Card’s:   They have arrived!!!  Just like Martin’s and Weis, we now have Sheetz Gift Cards in the following denominations: $10, $20, $50. They may be used at any Sheetz store for gas, food or anything that is sold in their stores. Please see the gift card table at the Antietam Street entrance for your Sheetz card. We receive a 3% discount on all sales. Good deal? You bet!!! 

Organ Recital: All about Hymns, presented by Kathy Barr, Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church, Hagerstown, today at 3:00 p.m.

Yoga: Before the Quiet Day on November 3rd, there will be an optional hour of yoga led by Stephny Lietuvnikas from 9-10 am in Saint Mary’s Chapel.  Everyone is invited to attend as a way to calm your mind and prepare for the Quiet Day. Please bring a mat if you have one, and if you have an extra, please bring it to share.  Hope to see you there!

Quiet Day ~ Learning From the Saints: The Daughters of the King will host a Quiet Day for the whole parish and any interested individuals on Saturday, Nov. 3rd from 10-3 in Saint Mary's Chapel. Fr. Todd will lead a series of meditations which will end with Holy Eucharist. Everyone is invited.  A continental breakfast will be offered.  Bring a bag lunch.  A labyrinth will be in Trimble Hall from 9 am to 3 pm.  Even if you don’t attend the Quiet Day, you are invited to walk the labyrinth.  Please be sure to take off your shoes, wear socks, and observe the silence.  Hope to see you there! To register, call the parish office. 


Diapers and Wipes Needed for Babypalooza: Scheduled for November 3rd in the Bester area. Babypalooza celebrates young families and expectant parents and provides access to local resources and programs that help foster strong families. Families often struggle to afford the essentials like diapers, wipes, formula, and appropriate nutrition. Bester Community of Hope needs our support by providing diapers and wipes for these families. A donation box is located in Trimble Hall.  Donations to be received no later than October 31st.  Thank you for your support.

Artists/Craftsmen’s Fundraiser: Please visit the tables in the Antietam Street entrance showcasing our own artisans’ arts and crafts.  These objects are being donated for sale to help raise funds for our church.  ALL proceeds will go to Saint John’s operating account.  The art and craft items will be available before and after services on November 4, 11, and 18, as well as for Evensong on November 4. Participating in this fundraiser is another way we can show support for our mission to Worship, Welcome, Serve, and Encourage.

Saint John’s Shelter: Saint John’s Shelter is collecting donations to give each family at the shelter a $50.00 gift card for Thanksgiving. If you would like to donate please make checks payable to Saint John’s Shelter noting in the memo section “Thanksgiving”. Give checks or money to Bill Soulis or Ann Chaney by November 15th.  Thank you. Saint John’s Shelter Board

Homemade Thanksgiving Pie and Lemon Cheesecake Sale: The Service and Outreach Commission will be holding their 3rd annual Thanksgiving Pie and Lemon Cheesecake Sale in November. The following homemade pies can be purchased baked or frozen for baking later. Apple, Pumpkin pies -$12 each Apple-Cranberry-Walnut, Cherry, Mincemeat, Pecan-Cream Cheese pies $15 each Lemon Cheesecake $25 each (Sold baked but can be frozen for serving later.) All pies and cheesecakes are nine inches in diameter.  Pie crusts, pies and cheesecakes are made freshly in our kitchen November 19-21. Pick-up will be November 20-21. Orders can be made at the Antietam Street Entrance through Sunday, November 11 or by calling Sue Sowers at 301-733-4370 by Wednesday, November 14. Pre-payment is required. All proceeds support our outreach projects. Thank you for your support!

Christmas Boutique Reminder: Needed donations: items in good condition but no longer needed, that would be a nice gift for someone else. Examples: jewelry, collectibles, artwork, craft items you have made, home decor, etc. NOT WANTED: Christmas decor, old sports equipment, clothing, shoes, furniture, anything worn or dirty. Thanks!

Bester School Needs: Bester Elementary School is back in session and so is the need for new underwear for its youngest students. The school and its needy families greatly appreciate our donations.  Sizes needed are: 4, 6, and 8 for both boys and girls.  Please contact Lou Lamb or call her at 301-437-5704.

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.

Basket Bingo 2018:  A special THANK YOU goes to Cathy and Frank Bushey for coordinating a very successful Basket Bingo for the Service and Outreach Commission. Delicious food, Yummy desserts, Terrific prizes!   Fun was had by all!!!  Thanks to the Busheys.

Saint John’s Week at Reach Cold Weather Shelter, begins Sunday, February 10th through February 16th – Volunteer sign-ups will begin early this year starting on Sunday the 28th.  There are sign-up sheets at the Antietam entrance and you’re welcome to call or email, too: Missy 717-420-7118, nmmjj101119@gmail.com  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 and we hope you’ll prayerfully consider volunteering one or two or even more nights. Together, we shoulder the responsibility of providing a minimum of 10 volunteers PLUS a kitchen crew and warm meal EACH of those nights and one more each morning. 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: www.reachofwc.org or call Missy for more information. THANK YOU!

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