Announcements

Christmas and Epiphany Services

Christmas Eve Services
Sunday, December 24

9 am, Morning Service, Church (The Rev. Jimmy Hartley)*
Sunday school and Children's Chapel will not be held this morning
3:45 pm, Children’s Choir Carols, Church
4:00 pm, Holy Eucharist with Children’s Choirs & Soloists, Church*
5:30 pm, Festival Holy Eucharist with Volunteer Choir & Violin, Trumpets, Church*
10:00 pm, Carols of Christmas, Church
10:30 pm, Festival Holy Eucharist with Chancel Choir & Instruments, Church

Christmas Day Service
Monday, December 25

10:30 am, Holy Eucharist with Christmas Hymns, Church (Bishop Charles Duvall)

First Sunday after Christmas
Sunday, December 31

10:30 am, Lessons and Carols, No Sunday School or Children’s Chapel*

Mandatory Practice of Feast of Lights
Friday, January 5 

- These roles will meet in the church for rehearsal at 5:00 pm: Holy Family, Watchman, Traveler, Narrator, Angel Gabriel Soloist, Angel Gabriel, 3k-5k (Lambs and Little Shepherds), Angels of the Lord, 1st and 2nd graders (Heavenly Host of Angels), 3rd and 4th graders (Visiting Shepherds)
- These roles will meet in the church for rehearsal at 6:00 pm: ​Holy Family, 5th graders (Royal Court), Wise Men, Pages to the Wise Men, John the Baptist, Apostles, ​Lord, Bishop, Priest, Deacon

The Epiphany
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Feast of Lights & 12th Night Party, 6:30 pm, Church and Barr Center

Sunday after Epiphany
Sunday, January 7, 2018

8 am & 10:30 am (Baptisms & Confirmation) Services, Church
Children's Chapel and Sunday School resumes for all Ages

Nursery Provided*




Feast of Lights & 12th night Party

Saturday, January 6




Keenagers Christmas Luncheon

Thursday, December 7, 1 pm,

Dining Room




Kanuga Parish Weekend

Mark your calendars

Friday, February 23 - Sunday, February 25, 2018




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




Yoga

No Yoga Class Today, our instructor is under the weather.




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.




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, Multi-purpose room
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. 




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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