Announcements

Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Sunday, April 14*
Palm Sunday

Worship Services: 8 and 10:30 am, Church
Dramatic Reading of the Lord’s Passion, 10:30 am with Drum Circle
Reception on the Patio following 10:30 am service, hosted by St. Monica's Guild
Fellowship Breakfast, 9:00 am, Gym
Sunday School, 9:30 am, Heyward Hall
Easter Egg Hunt, 4 pm, Still Hopes, hosted by St. Anne’s Guild

Monday, April 15 through Wednesday, April 17
Holy Eucharist - daily
6 pm, Chapel, Lower Level of Heyward Hall

Thursday, April 18*
Maundy Thursday Service, 6 pm
Followed by All Night Watch

Friday, April 19*
Good Friday Service, 12 pm, Church
Join the Guild of the Flowering Cross to decorate the church for Easter following the service
Office Closed at 12 pm

Sunday, April 21*
Easter Sunday Services: 7:45, 9:00 & 11:00 am
Family Service, 9:00 am with St. John’s Singers and Trumpets
Bring Fresh Flowers to Decorate the Cross

*Nursery Provided




Lenten Wednesday Night Programs and Supper

March 13 - April 10
The New Life of Grace: Our Wednesday night series for Lent includes teaching on the wonder and challenge of Christian life. St. John's clergy and some guests including the Revs. Jimmy Hartley and Susan Heath will be our presenters. Drawing on a prayer near the end of the baptismal service, we will take up themes from the hoped-for life of the newly baptized, including having "an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works.”

The Children’s Lenten program is specially fit to match The New Life of Grace. We will do crafts, play games, and sing songs that relate to the message being taught that week. We would love to see y'all there! If you're interested in helping out with this important ministry, contact Maggie Mallette at mcm@stjohnscolumbia.org.

Wednesday night Schedule:

  • 5:15 pm Nursery
  • 5:15 pm Children’s Music (Choir Room)
  • 6:00 pm Supper (Gym), provided by the Wednesday Night Kitchen Crew
  • 6:30 pm Programs
    • Children (Room 215)
    • Adults & Youth (Dining Room)



Our Worship This Sunday

During the offertory at the 10:30 service this Sunday morning, the Chancel Choir will sing an arrangement of the hymn "Forty days and forty nights" by Harrison Oxley.  This piece uses complex harmonies in the organ to help illustrate the text which the choir sings.

The St. John's Drum Circle will meet at 3 pm this Sunday in the music room.

The St. John's singers will rehearse at 4 pm this Sunday in the music room this afternoon.

Music Makers (4K-Grade 2) will meet Wednesday evening at 5:15 pm in the music room.




Family Ministries

This Sunday Night, we'll have Cornerstone at Trinity Cathedral, from 5 - 7! Meet at Trinity, and from there we'll head to the state house lawn to play some games. We'll have dinner and fellowship with one another, and hear a message from a high schooler from St. Martin's! Hope to see you there!

Lent In A Bag After the service, pick up a paper bag full of items to help with individual or family worship during the season of Lent! Bags will be at the refreshments table, and will help guide you through a season of meditation and contemplation. Contact Maggie for more information!

6th-8th graders: get signed up for Be Unconventional, a diocesan retreat April 5-7, at Camp Gravatt! Have fun with games, worship, and growing in your faith with other people from all over the diocese!

http://www.edusc.org/christian-formation/youth-ministries.html.

Register as "JFMF" for free registration from the Jack Fleischer Memorial Fund. Deadling for registration is Monday, March 18.

5th graders: Get excited for the 5th Grade Bridge Retreat, which will be at Camp Gravatt, April 27-28. Get a taste of what Diocesan Youth Ministry is all about, and make new friends from all over! Sign up at http://www.edusc.org/christian-formation/youth-ministries.html, and register as "JFMF" for free registration.




We're getting geared up for Vacation Bible School 2019!

The theme this year is All Creatures Great and Small--we'll be exploring the critters of the Bible together, scheduled for June 10-13. Registration will open soon for children 3K-5th grade.

If you're interested in helping with this awesome, fun ministry, send an email to Maggie at mcm@stjohnscolumbia.org!




Way of the Cross Services

Fridays at 12:15 pm
March 15, 22, 29; April 5 and 12
Meet on the patio between the church and Heyward Hall for a prayer walk around Shandon.

The Way of the Cross imitates the practice of visiting the places of Jesus' Passion in the Holy Land by early Christian pilgrims. We'll make our own local pilgrimage as we remember the Lord's passion.

Rain location: in the church.




Spring Grounds Day

The Property Committee will hold their Spring Grounds Day on Saturday, April 6 from 9 am - 1 pm.

Bring your garden gloves, rakes and shovels. Water provided. 




Early Service Hymn Project

Your feedback is invited as we put together a list of hymns for more frequent use at our 8 AM service of Holy Eucharist. This more intimate gathering (about 60 most Sundays) is enriched with organ music and a final hymn. We'd like for that hymn to be on the lips of most worshipers and hope that a selection of singable, familiar hymns will further that goal. Send your hymnnominations to Michael Brown (mtb@stjohnscolumbia.org) or hand Fr. Beasley a note with your hymn.

We can't promise every hymn submitted will find frequent use but will be thankful for your suggestions.




Connections

A social group for singles, couples and their families in their late 20s, 30s and early 40s. Will meet on April 25 at the Tevepaughs. BYOB and an appetizer to share. Any questions, contact Ashley Jaillette at 803-331-5491.

Newcomers are welcome!




Jack Fleischer Memorial Fund

Along with paying for all Diocesan Retreats the Jack Fleischer Memorial Fund awards grants to the youth of St. John's for summer camp. $100 Grants are available to 6th-12th graders attending Camp Gravatt, Camp St. Christopher or Camp Kanuga. Applications are now open and are due April 1, 2019. (Grant money will be sent directly to the applicant)

JFMF Application

Logo Design by Madelyn Smith

  • The three waves represent not only the Trinity being with us and Jack's faith in the Lord, but also his enjoyment of creation especially by the ocean.
  • White represents baptism into the family of Christ, the same family that rejoices in and will keep proclaiming the hope of Jesus to others through stewarding the gifts of the JFMF.
  • The green represents Camp St. Christopher and Jack's love for that community and building relationships.
  • The yellow is the same shade of yellow used in the Boy Scouts logo and represents the light of Christ that shone so brightly in Jack.

 

Stickers with the logo are available for purchase for $5 with all proceeds going back to the fund. Contact Victoria Fleischer, 803.873.8071.




Opportunity for Outreach and Ministry Spotlight

WHO: Home Works of America

WHAT: Home Works is a Christ centered nonprofit organization providing home repair services to low-income homeowners while mentoring and discipling youth in the process.

WHY: Home Works mission is show God’s Love through serving those in need by repairing homes while assisting with youth development and empowering communicates to care for their own.

HOW: Join us physically (no construction experience needed) or in prayer for our upcoming Home Works events. Youth and adults are always needed and welcome. Registration is easy - Click the Links Below

March 23rd – Home Works Columbia Spring Workday – Helping meet Maggie’s challenge to our youth to complete forty hours of service over the forty days of Lent. For middle school, high school, and adult volunteers. Limited Spots Available! Registration Code: columbia-niu

June 7-9 – Service in the Soda City – Three Day Mission Experience here in Columbia. Two days of service to our neighbors and a last night celebration lock-in. Rising 6th graders and up - high school and adult volunteers needed! No limit on attendees – the more the merrier!

July 21-27 – John’s Island Home Works Mission Trip! Continuing the tradition of serving our neighbors in the low country! Truly a life changing experience. Registration info coming soon. Limited to high school. Adult volunteers always needed.

For More information, contact Maggie Mallette, Director of Family Ministries, at mcm@stjohnscolumbia.org
ACT JUSTLY. LOVE MERCY. WALK HUMBLY. MICAH 6:8




ECW Flowering Plant Sale

St. Teresa’s Guild is taking orders for geraniums, dragon wing begonias and new guinea impatiens. Orders must be received by March 24, and will be available for pickup on April 7 at the church. Make checks payable to St. John’s Episcopal Church at the time of ordering. They are $20 each (10 inch pots) and forms are located in the Church Narthex and in the Atrium of Heyward Hall. Proceeds fund the Episcopal Church Women.

Questions, please contact Mackie at 767-1338.




Summer Youth Intern Application

We are looking for a few students (college and high school) who would be willing to intern at St. John’s during the summer of 2019. Interns will assist with Children’s and Youth Ministries, mission activities, and maybe with some administrative duties, assisting the staff as needed.

An application is available HERE and is due in mid-March.




Family Promise

 St. John's will host Family Promise the week of March 3 - 10. There are many volunteer opportunities available: Overnight Hosts, Dinner, Set-up, Laundry. Please let us know how you can help by contacting the coordinators listed below or volunteer using the Family Promise Sign Up Board on Sunday morning located outside on the patio after each service. Questions? Contact Co-chairs John or Jackie Boylston at jdboylston@gmail.com or 803-636-6753.

Needed:

  • Moving in and out - Beds must be picked up and moved into our facility on Sunday. Beds must be moved out on Sunday morning. Contact Bryant Blakeslee at bryant.blakeslee@icloud.com or Pat O'Keefe at patbokeefe@gmail.com
  • Dinner Providers - 6:00 to 7:30 pm, dinner is served at 6:30 - Sunday night through Saturday night - please contact Leigh Jones at jonesau69@gmail.com
  • Overnight Hosts - Sunday night through Saturday night 7:30 pm to 7:30 am – need a male and female - 2 comfortable cots - 2 rooms available - Please contact John Boylston at jdboylston@gmail.com
  • Sunday Setup - Set up bedrooms for guests Sunday afternoon. Contact Stacy Collins at stacyncollins@hotmail.com
  • Laundry - Sunday will need laundry helpers. Linens and towels need to be washed. No hurry in returning clean items. Contact jdboylston@gmail.com

If you have any questions contact John Boylston at
jdboylston@gmail.com or 803-636-6753




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Help Host or Sponsor Fellowship Breakfasts 

This Fall we are excited to continue our Fellowship Breakfast on Sunday mornings from 9:00 a.m to 9:30 am before Sunday school in the Barr Center.  If you would like to help with this ministry, please consider sponsoring a breakfast, hosting a breakfast, or both. The sponsor is asked to make a minimum donation of $150.  The host group will be responsible for providing juice and fruit, serving breakfast, and cleaning-up.  The Breakfast Committee has established a menu for each week, and the Committee will be responsible for all of the cooking and grocery shopping! Even if you are unable to sponsor or host, bring your whole family every Sunday to enjoy great food and great fellowship!

Sign up to serve or sponsor breakfast online HERE!




Servant Ministry supports Fresh Start

Fresh Start is an outreach program sponsored by St. Luke's Episcopal Church. It is coordinated by Deacon Dianna Deaderick along with her husband Doug. This mission provides free food, clothing, free showers and free laundry services to those in need. All this takes place in the O'Neal Center on Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm and the second and fourth Saturdays.

Donations of laundry detergent, bleach, and men's boxers (large and x-large) would be appreciated. 

Make your donations by dropping off items in the Fresh Start box at St. John's located in the break room across from the parish office in Heyward Hall. Volunteers are always needed too.

Contact Susan Milton at jsmilton@sc.rr.com.




Sponsor Altar Flowers

The Guild of the Flowering Cross invites all parishioners to sponsor altar flowers for any given Sunday throughout the year (even during Lent and Advent when greenery is used, you may still sponsor flowers and it will be acknowledged in the Sunday bulletin). Sponsoring altar flowers is a beautiful way to honor loved ones marking special life events such as birthdays, wedding anniversaries, baptisms, confirmations, in memory of a loved one, or in thanksgiving for life's blessings. More than one person may make a gift on a particular Sunday. Names of those honored will be printed in the bulletin announcements and included in the weekly, online e-pistle for the week they are given.

The cost for sponsoring altar flowers begins at $50 per individual/family. The altar flowers are currently arranged by members of the Guild of the Flowering Cross. Donations can be made online at our Giving Page on the website or by calling the parish office at 799.4767.

Donations can be made online at our Giving Page or by calling the parish office at 799.4767. 




Come volunteer with the Guild of the Flowering Cross 

This is an opportunity to work with one of God’s most delightful gifts to us –flowers. The guild can be a way for you to offer spiritual service and floral beautification of our church on Sundays, Christmas, Easter, and special occasions.  Women and men of all ages can participate.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Emily Davison at  emilyok@gmail.com. 




Capital Building Fund

 The price tag for the replacement of the chiller, the sanctuary doors and other building repairs, totals $75,000. Thank you for your generous offerings. We have $40,000 more to go! Donations can be made to support these projects through the capital building fund.

For more information on how you can contribute to these projects, please contact our finance administrator, Lori Anderson, at lka@stjohnscolumbia.org.




Fall 2018 Sunday School Offerings

Join us for our Fellowship Breakfast in the Barr Center Gym at 9:00 am 
and regular Sunday school classes at 9:30 am, all beginning Sunday, September 9.  

Click HERE For more information on the Sunday School Programs




A Willing Servant of the People

From Servant Ministry at St. John's

We ask the congregation to continue to show its support for Harvest Hope Food Bank.  Founded in 1981, the organization provides food to those in need across 20 different counties in the state of South Carolina. In the fiscal year of 2014-2015, Harvest Hope distributed 27,405,347 lbs of food to provide hunger relief for individuals in our service area.  Harvest Hope accepts a large variety of canned goods and non-perishable foods, but they are especially in need of specific items.
 
List of Items Most Needed
Food items and plastic shopping bags can be brought to the basket containers at every Sunday service at St John's.   You can find the containers right behind the front doors of the Barr Center. 
 
We also ask that you make monetary donations when you can to Harvest Hope.
 
Let's all do what we can to feed a hungry soul today!

“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”  John 6:35




Coins for Change

We ask the congregation to recognize and continue its support for Coins for Change. The program is designed to provide financial support for our Weekend Backpack Food Program, which is coordinated by the St John's Servant Ministry's Committee to help bring needed food items to the students of Hand Middle School. The food is given to students of the school who have been identified as homeless or in transition between homes. Ten dollars in change will feed a child for one weekend. So keep scrambling for those coins from your piggy bank jars to the depths of your sofa cushions!  We have many great children to feed with both the food we bring as well as the love we share with them.

Help the Servant Ministry Team fill the basket with items for Harvest Hope every Sunday.




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