Welcome to St. John's Episcopal Church. We look forward to you joining us in worship on Sundays or participating in our various fellowship programs, Bible studies or other activities. If you would like to speak to someone about our church or receive further information, please contact Holly with our Newcomers and Guests' Committee.
Weekly Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm
St. John’s is hosting a Marriage Weekend on Friday evening February 10 - Saturday mid-afternoon February 11, 2017. The program is designed for married couples but singles, engaged couples, divorced persons, and widowed persons are all welcome. Individuals will be offered an on-line assessment to help identify strengths and areas for potential growth. Cost: 25. Dinner, breakfast and lunch will be served, and childcare will be provided. So, mark your calendars! If you have any questions, contact Sarah Montgomery at Sarah.M.Montgomery@usdoj.gov. Registration and Payment DEADLINE: February 5, 2017
With your help, St. John’s Church will be decorated for Christmas, showing forth the glory of our Lord through the beauty of flowers. For $25 you may contribute to the purchase of altar arrangements, wreaths, arrangements under the altar, and poinsettias in memory of, in honor of, or in thanksgiving for a loved one.
The deadline is Thursday, December 15.
We at St. John's are blessed in our calling to join disciples of Christ down through the ages in Gospel ministry and Kingdom-bringing! Contexts and circumstances change from century to century, from continent to continent, from culture to culture, from congregation to congregation, but the message is the same and unchanging: "Spread the good news - God is love - Christ is Lord!" That simple message may look and sound slightly different in every life based on what's important to us as individuals, and what our current reality is. Some of us are doing fine; some of us are facing trouble at work, and others may have challenges at home; some are grieving loss, while others are anticipating new life and opportunity. We are the family of God, the Body of Christ. He has brought us together to be united as one in his Spirit, that we might bring his light to the world.
Remembering these truths, it's that time of year when we are all asked to make an accounting of our blessings and of our giving, and to make pledges for the new year ahead. I join the members of our vestry in expressing to each of you my sincere thanks for the many gifts of time, talent, and treasure so freely, generously, and cheerfully given for the work of ministry at St. John's!
Here's where we are on the cusp of 2016-2017:
1) We are about $62,000 short on pledged income for 2016. October was good and on-budget, but we have carried this running income deficit for several months. Let's not carry it into December! If you made a pledge for 2016, thank you! If you think you might possibly be behind, please don't hesitate to call the church office and speak confidentially with our Financial Administrator about your anticipated giving through the end of 2016.
2) We have received 126 pledges for $514,950 so far towards the 2017 budget. Thank you! (We received 190 pledges for $760,000 towards the 2016 budget. St. John's counts about 500 households on its membership rolls.) If you haven't yet made a pledge towards the 2017 budget, I invite you to do so! Budgeting work has already begun, and the vestry would like to be able to propose a workable budget at its next meeting on December 8
The members of the vestry, the staff, and I are at your service if you have questions or concerns. It is our privilege to serve you, and to plan responsibly for effective worship, programs, and other ministries that bring glory to our Lord and blessings to his people.
Again, with my thanks to all at St. John's,
“How many members do we have?” “How do I know if I’m a member of St. John’s?”
The Episcopal Church counts membership in its congregations in three different ways: “Baptized Members;” “Confirmed Communicants in Good Standing;” and “Average Sunday Attendance.”
1) Baptized Members are either baptized in the particular congregation (and have not transferred out by letter), or have had their record of baptized membership transferred in from another congregation (any denomination). All baptized persons listed in a congregation’s register are officially members, regardless of their age or where they happen to have been baptized. All baptized members of any age may receive Holy Communion (as can baptized visitors and other baptized non-members). Members of a congregation aged 16 years or older are eligible to vote in congregational elections. St. John’s currently counts 1,413 baptized members on its rolls, though the exact number changes almost weekly because of transfers in, transfers out, baptisms, and deaths. Another 100 or so affiliate and regularly participate at St. John’s, but for various reasons have not requested that their record of baptism be officially transferred to St. John’s. Anyone whose baptized membership is currently on record in an Episcopal congregation is also officially counted as a member of The Episcopal Church.
2) Confirmed Communicants in Good Standing have either been confirmed or received by a bishop in the particular congregation (and have not transferred out by letter), or have had their record of confirmation transferred in from another congregation. Confirmed (*received = confirmed; *baptized as an adult = confirmed) members listed as such in a congregation’s register, and who receive Holy Communion at least three times in a year, are considered confirmed communicants in good standing. Confirmed members are eligible to stand for election to the parish vestry and to diocesan office. St. John’s estimates that about 850 of the baptized members on its rolls are confirmed communicants in good standing, though it is impossible to be exact since we obviously do not keep individual attendance records from week to week.
3) Average Sunday Attendance (“ASA”) is the newest and most practical way to consider membership or church size, though its major drawback is that it does not account for confirmed communicants and other baptized members who do not attend Sunday worship on a weekly basis. A congregation’s ASA changes constantly depending on several factors like neighborhood demographics, school calendars, weather, and the varying degree of investment and participation in congregational life by each member household. The most recently tallied ASA at St. John’s was 252 (includes both 8:00 and 10:30 services over 12 months).
If you would like to check or update your membership status against our records, please contact Dan Bernardo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office at 803.799.4767!
Fall Sunday School Offerings
Youth and Children
3K & 4K
Preschool and kindergarten will use the Little Lambs curriculum and explore the books of the Bible starting with the Creation Story in Genesis. This class will help lay the foundation for an early understanding of God's love for each of us and the thread of this love throughout the Old and New Testaments.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade; 2nd and 3rd Grade; 4th and 5th Grade
Grouped by grades, students in elementary school will explore part of each Sunday’s scripture readings and connect it to their everyday lives. They will learn about Old and New Testament stories and discuss traditions of the Episcopal Church, deepening their knowledge of the Bible in an approachable and interesting way. This year, elementary students will also look at the “why’s” of worship, breaking down different parts of Sunday services and the meaning behind them.
Middle School and High SchoolMiddle Schoolers will meet in room “356” each Sunday morning and high schoolers will meet in the neighboring room for a time of fellowship, food and scripture based and topical discussions about living out their faith in their daily lives. In the Spring, high school juniors and seniors are invited to participate in Confirmation class during the Sunday School.
Every Sunday at 9:30 am
The Wired Word, Parlor
Each week, participants are invited to engage in stimulating and thought-provoking conversation on current events in the context of relevant Bible scripture and from a Christian perspective.
Jesus in Genesis, Multipurpose Room
This 10-week course will explore how Jesus was present in the Old Testament from the very beginning of creation. Using the book The Promised One by Nancy Guthrie as a guide, we will gain a fresh perspective on the book of Genesis and a broader understanding of Jesus as the fulfillment of scripture.
Monthly Offering, First Sundays, Following the 8 am Service, Light Breakfast Served
The Miracles of Jesus, Dining Room
Jesus not only preached the kingdom of God in word, but he demonstrated it in power through his miraculous deeds. This unique, in-depth look at the miracles of Jesus will open your eyes to their impact on the lives he touched, what they reveal about God's heart, and their significance for us today. This study shows how each miracle reveals God’s character, the kingdom of God, and his love for you.
Second, Third, Fourth, & Fifth Sundays at 9:30 am
Effective Parenting in a Defective World, Dining Room
Raising children is a challenge in today's world. In a world of over-extended schedules, amoral messages, and incessant peer-pressure, how can you raise a confident child that follows God's will, not the world's? This course will explore Chip Ingram's practical tips to help parents bringing up Christ-centered kids who feel secure and significant no matter what comes their way.
Kanuga Parish Weekend has been set for next year!
Mark your calendar for Friday, March 31 - Sunday, April 2, 2017.
St. John’s is hosting a Marriage Weekend on Friday evening February 10 - Saturday mid-afternoon February 11, 2017. The program is designed for married couples but singles, engaged couples, divorced persons, and widowed persons are all welcome. Individuals will be offered an on-line assessment to help identify strengths and areas for potential growth. Cost:TBD. Dinner, breakfast and lunch will be served, and childcare will be provided. So, mark your calendars!
If you have any questions, contact Sarah Montgomery at Sarah.M.Montgomery@usdoj.gov
Hand Middle School needs donations of composition notebooks, USB memory sticks (flash drives) and index cards for the new school year.
Please leave your donations in the blue box in the Heyward Hall staff break room across from the parish office.
Do you have a heart for children and want to be a part of helping them know God? If you'd like to be a part of our wonderful rotating team of Children's Chapel or nursery volunteers...
Please contact Madelyn at email@example.com.
If you haven't noticed that our altar rail cushions are not in good shape, your knees probably have. The new altar rail cushions have been designed and painted by nationally recognized artist, Linda Mote. The cushions are based on the seven "I am" statements from John and illustrated, primarily, with scenes from our church. They are beautiful! (We promise that the new cushion inserts will be thick and better for your knees!)
If you would like to be a part of this project or have questions, contact Mackie O'Keefe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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