Announcements

Resealing Parking Lot Today

We are resealing the parking lot today. Please park on Holly or Wheat Street.

We apologize for any inconvenience.




Tweenagers

Our October meeting is Thursday October 19th, at 6:30 pm. I hope you can come.  Please bring a snack or drink to share.

For more information, please contact Cathy Bourne at cbourne@sc.rr.com 




Youth Basketball

Youth Basketball for 2nd grade through high school: Please contact Charlie Sterne (cwsterne@gmail.com) by October 22 if your child would like to play on one of St. John's teams this year.

There will be a $50 per child fee with checks made out to St. John's.




Fall Inquirer’s Class

Explore our beliefs, traditions, and ministries. Your questions are welcome here! Most of all, you’ll have the chance to get to know other inquirers in a warm, informal setting. This class is open to adult newcomers who may be interested in membership, and also to any long-time adult members who would like a “re-tread” on their faith. Classes will meet on Sundays 10/22; 10/29; 11/5 during Sunday school hour in Room 9, lower level in Heyward Hall. Nursery for 0-3 years is provided. Breakfast snacks and coffee provided.

To sign up for this class, and for more information, email the Rev. Scott Fleischer at srf@stjohnscolumbia.org.




Rector's Bible Study

The Rector’s Bible Study has resumed.

Thursday mornings at 11:00 am




Sunday School Offerings

Children and Youth
We hope you'll join us for this time of learning about and experiencing God, growing in faith, and building community!
Upstairs Sunday School rooms will be moved around a bit until basement renovation is completed, so follow the signs (and the smell of fresh donuts) this Sunday to find your age group.
3k and 4k - Downstairs classroom across from toddler nursery
5k and 1st - Upstairs room 226
2nd-5th (Temporarily combined rooms) Upstairs room 215
Middle School - Upstairs room
at the end of the hallway
High School - Upstairs room 222

Adults
Every Sunday at 9:30 am 
The Wired Word, Parlor
Participants are invited to engage in lively and thought-provoking conversations about this week’s headlines from a Christian perspective, using relevant passages of Scripture. Join parishioner and high school science teacher George Matsui as we learn how to apply our faith to current events!

Gospel Shaped Outreach, Dining Room (Beginning next Sunday, October 29!)
What do you think about when you hear the word “Evangelism”? Many Christians are nervous about sharing their faith. We prefer to leave it to the clergy. This study will explore the proper motivation for evangelism, and consider how we can work together as a church to share the good news with the world around us.

Early Morning after the 8 am Service, Second Sunday of the Month
Thinking through Paul: A Survey of His Life, Letters, and Theology, Dining Room
This class will first look at Paul’s life before and after his encounter with the risen Christ en route to Damascus, then examine each of Paul’s letters individually, and finally synthesize the Pauline writings to highlight the main strands of Paul’s theologizing―all the while keeping in mind the particular context of first-century Christianity. Filled with images, maps, charts, and questions for further study and discussion,Thinking through Paul is both engaging and easy-to-follow, making it the perfect choice for study. 




Wednesday Night Supper and Program

September 20 - November 15
Menu this Week:  Chili (meat and vegetarian), crackers, cornbread, salad bar and peach cobbler.

Children's Choir: 5:00 pm, Upper Level of Heyward Hall
Nursery: 5:00 pm, Room 137
Supper Hosted by WNS Crew: 6:00 pm, Gym
Adult Program: 6:30 pm, Dining Room
Middle and High School Students: 6:30 pm, Dining Room
Chancel Choir: 7:00 pm, Music Room

Wednesday Night Program Offering for Youth & Adults
Financial Peace University

What if you were following a plan for your money that you knew worked? With Financial Peace University you can take control of your money, get out of debt, and create a plan for your future. The program is open to anyone who is interested - adults and youth (6th - 12th grades). There are two ways to participate in this class. One way is to simply come and watch the videos at no cost. Those who wish to go deeper are encouraged to purchase a Membership Kit. Kits include a class workbook along with several other resources. They may be ordered by CLICKING HERE, or call 1.877.378.2667 to place an order by phone. In order to receive your materials in time for the class, please place your order by September 8. If you don't have access to a computer and need assistance purchasing the class materials, please contact the Rev. Scott Fleischer at srf@stjohnscolumbia.org.

Planning on attending every week? Use this form to RSVP once and save yourself some stress.

Are you unsure if you can make it every week? Use this form to RSVP each week.




Monday Yoga at St. John's

Join parish member and instructor Lori Thrall for yoga on Monday evenings  at 4 pm in the Barr Center Gym. For all ages, free of charge - bring your yoga mat and water bottle. Her dance background and diverse training helps Lori bring a classical yoga to her teaching (Iyengar, Hatha) and she likes to blend Pilates (Joe Pilates) into her teaching as well. Lori enjoys working with all ages and is excited to share her talent at St John’s in Columbia. She really appreciates the warm welcome that she and Scarlett have received from St John’s and can’t wait to give that back to the church by offering complimentary yoga for all levels.




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.




Would you like to serve in Children's Chapel or Nursery this year?

We're growing our fantastic team of children's ministry volunteers who take part in Sunday morning leadership. Children's Chapel and Nursery volunteers rotate when they serve based on monthly schedule and are vital to Sunday mornings being a welcoming and safe space for visitors and members at St. John's. Middle and high school students can also serve as assistants if they have babysitters' training or an equivalent training certificate.

Contact Madelyn Smith at mas@stjohnscolumbia.org if you'd like to serve!​




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. 




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