Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost ~ Proper 28

Thanksgiving Pies: If you ordered a Thanksgiving Pie, please remember to pick it up on Tuesday between 5-7 PM or Wednesday 3-6 PM and pay for it, if not already paid.  Thank you!

Saint John’s Shelter: The generosity shown to the Saint John's Shelter residents is overwhelming and the Shelter board sincerely thanks you. Your heartfelt gifts allow us to provide each family with a $100 Weis gift card for Thanksgiving. We would like to keep that momentum going and move right into requests for the Christmas season. Our hopes are to provide each family member with a gift card to Walmart so they might purchase Christmas gifts for each other. We will gratefully accept donations toward this effort through Sunday December 17. Please see Julie Barlup before/after 10:15 service or Becca Burford before/after 8:00 service. You may also place your donation in the offering plate, please clearly mark it as St. John's Shelter - Christmas. Tiny Tim said it well, "God Bless us everyone" and thank you for bringing some cheer to our homeless families throughout the holidays and we ask you continue to keep them in your prayers as they move forward.

Bake Sale Raffle & Luncheon coming on Sunday, Dec 17 after 10:15 service.  Buy your raffle tickets in Trimble Hall and place your tickets in the jars showing some on the best baked goods available this season:  Raffle sales will begin next Sun., 12/3 – Sun., 12/17.   We will have hot, homemade Chicken/Turkey Noodle Soup and Vegetable Beef Soup, along with sandwiches for everyone to enjoy for this fundraiser.  Raffle Winners will be drawn during lunch this date.   We thank the many bakers, soup Chef Lee Mangum, and all working together for this special event, and all who can stay for lunch!   All proceeds will go toward the purchase of new flatware for our Parish kitchen.  



The Christmas Boutique: It is time to start collecting items for our second annual Christmas Boutique. We are looking for items appropriate as gifts and Christmas-themed décor, all of which should be in good to excellent condition. The proceeds of this activity will be given to the J2A for their urban excursion. Some ideas are: board games, puzzles, working electronics, collectibles, jewelry, pictures, table linens, home décor, kitchen items, cookbooks, CDs, DVDs, media players, decorative pillows, pottery, toys, books, small appliances, lamps, small furniture, needlework and craft supplies. There will be two large cardboard boxes on the stage in Trimble Hall marked “Christmas Boutique Donations”. If you have questions or would like to participate in this fun event, please contact Melissa Hutton at 240-625-6550 or

Come Join us for the Saint Nicholas Day Festival on Sunday, December 3rd following the 10:15 Service. Please join us for lunch where you can purchase hot dogs, chili, soups, sandwiches and chips. There will be several crafts for the kids to make and take home. Don’t forget you can purchase delicious baked good from the Snowflake Bakery to enjoy there or take some home with you. Saint Nicholas will be there to take pictures with. We hope everyone will join us and make this a wonderful day together. If you would like to volunteer to make any of the food for the luncheon or to help, please contact Kathy Argueso, 717-643-0254 or by email at and for the Snowflake Bakery donations contact Judy Raysely at 301-739-0748 or by email

Spread Christmas Cheer to Bester School! The shoe boxes are here!  Select a card with the age and gender of a child you wish to provide presents for. Pick up a plastic shoe box and a lid.  Sign your name and phone number along with the age and gender of the child on the sign-up sheet. Purchase age appropriate gifts that fit in the box.  Wrap the box with Christmas paper and tape the card with the age and gender of the child to the top of the box.  Return the wrapped box to the church NO LATER THAN DEC. 10TH!  God Bless you for making a child’s Christmas merrier!

Christmas at the Community Café: Christmas is coming! Making up the packages last year went great and we think everyone was pleased with the groceries and personal hygiene items…

but we would like to try something else this year. The sentiment of many of our customers is that they love that our meals and desserts are home made. Even when what we are serving is not one of their favorites or is not quite right, they like that we care enough to put extra effort into preparing the food. There is a lot of heart in what we do at the Café. We are thinking it would be nice if we made up cookie boxes and possibly add a couple pieces of fruit as our Christmas gift this year. We want the cookies to be homemade and that means we are calling for the bakers in the parish to bake an extra dozen cookies or more to fill the boxes. Anyone who doesn't bake and. wants to participate might bring some oranges or apples. We need to know by December 3rd. what and how much you are planning to bring. Then we would need all of the items by Dec. 17th. Then we can spend the next week packaging the items. If you are baking cookies - how many dozen. If you are bringing fruit - how much. We want to thank everyone in advance for all of your support throughout the year.  Susan and Bob Rauth


Volunteers are needed as Greeters and Docents for Saint John's participation in the city wide Holiday Houses of Worship Tour.  Your commitment would be only 2 hours on Tuesday, December 26 (snow date December 27) from 3:00 to 5 PM and/or 5 PM to 7 PM.  This night is an opportunity for our church to share its architectural splendor with our community.  If you are able to assist us, please contact Gail Petre at 443-205-5670 or Kristy Gross at 240-385-6654. Thank you!

Bester School Needs:  Bester School continues to need our help in providing underwear for its young children. The school greatly appreciates all that we've donated in the past and all that we can do now and in the future.  Sizes needed are 4, 6, and 8 for both boys and girls. Please contact Lou Lamb at church or call her at 301-437-5704.  Thank you.

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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