Third Sunday in Advent

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

Calling all current and future youth lectors! Father Todd will hold a training session for all current and aspiring youth lectors today at 12:15 PM in the Nave.  If you are currently a lector, or if you would like to participate as a lector in future youth-led services, this session is for you. Please come and learn more about serving in this important ministry of sharing God's Word.

Toys for Tots: Shepherd University Music Department is having a Toys for Tots Campaign. A drop off box for toys is in Trimble Hall near the stage.

Saint John’s Shelter: The Board of Directors of Saint John's Shelter is asking you to help us keep dreams intact this Holiday Season for the five families currently living in the Shelter. At Christmas we strive to provide each family with some fruit, cookies, and candy, as well as a Walmart gift card for EACH resident (not just each family) this enables them to purchase gifts for each other or buy items the family needs. We will gratefully accept donations toward this effort through today. Please see Julie Barlup or Ann Chaney before/after 10:15 services or Becca Burford before/after 8 o'clock services (or reach Becca at 301-471-1947 or We ask you to keep the resident families of Saint John’s Shelter in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you!

Martins and Weis gift cards are the perfect gift for those for whom it is difficult to shop.  Your gift card purchase includes a gift to Service and Outreach projects too!    Purchase your gift cards early at the Antietam Street entrance after each service.   Please note there will be no gift cards sales on Sunday, December 24. 




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!

Holiday Houses of Worship Tour: Christmas cookies, lemon bars, brownies and other hand held desserts are needed for the Holiday Houses of Worship Tour scheduled for Tuesday, December 26.  Last year we had approximately 400 visitors.  A contribution of a dozen cookies will greatly help us to demonstrate the hospitality of Saint John’s. A signup sheet is located at the Antietam Street entrance. Please drop off your donation at the church office between 8 AM and 4 PM Monday through Friday or in the Trimble Hall Kitchen at the Christmas Eve Services. Questions may be directed to Gail Petre or Kristy Gross.

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.

Announcing Party of Prospect III! - Please mark your calendar for an evening of jazz in Trimble Hall on Friday, February 2.   Dr. Mark Cook and accompanists will provide live jazz entertainment to soothe the winter blues!  More details to follow.

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