Our Giving Tree Tradition: Reach Out to Those in Need This Advent

"In as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me."
 - Matthew 24:40

The St. John's Giving Tree has been a part of our Advent tradition for 30 years.  It is our way to reach out to those in need or forgotten during Advent.  This year we are giving to The Midlands Center, Hand Middle School, the Alston Wilkes Veterans, and the Angel Tree Prison Ministry.  Please take tags and return the gifts wrapped, bagged, and tagged to the church by December 8.  Please put the extra tag on your Christmas Tree and pray for this person during Advent.  If you have any questions, call the contact on the bottom of the tag or Laura Williams (446-3504).

Congratulations to those who were confirmed or received on Sunday, November 18!

Phillip Konstantine Koutrakos
Jeff Zeigler Brooker IV
Isabella Claire Fleisher
Nicholas Gramling Sherrer
Logan Jane Wagner
Andrew Michael Barker
Leah Michaele Hug
Henry Waring Gibson
Harper Allan Meacham
Emma Hall Templeton
Elizabeth Elliott Rambo
William Fenton Overdyke
Claire Marie Lewis
Samuel Waddell Baker
Sophie Ann Burkett
Fletcher Owen Stern
Frances Reisey Dillard
Robert Piers Kneece
Charles Keith Rose, Jr.
Josie Ryan
Terri Callen
Erin Brosch  

Advent Festival - Dec. 1

Keenagers Holiday Luncheon - Dec. 5

Join us for a Work Day on the Grounds - Nov. 30

Join the Property Committee for a Grounds Day on Saturday, November 30. We'll plant pansies and mulch the grounds and be at our best when the Bishop visits on Sunday, November 17. Bring your gloves and gardening tools. Water provided.

For more information, contact the parish office at 799-4767.

A (Slightly) New Schedule for Christmas

St. John’s Worship Committee accepted a challenge this fall, to align our Christmas service schedule and musical resources with changing patterns of attendance. For some years, later Christmas services have been declining as early services have increased in attendance. Here is our plan for this Christmas:
 
Christmas Eve
4:00 pm Family Eucharist (Children's homily and children's choir, nursery available)
6:00 pm Holy Eucharist (Chancel Choir and trumpets, nursery available)
10:30 pm Holy Eucharist (Volunteer Choir, Choral Scholars, and trumpets)
 
Christmas Day
10:30 am Holy Eucharist (Congregational carols)
 
The main difference you’ll notice is the move of the Chancel Choir to the middle service and its start time moving 30 minutes later, to allow for transition and warm up. We will still have excellent music at all of our services. Your feedback is welcome; be in touch with Fr. Beasley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parish Annual Meeting & Luncheon - Dec. 8

The St. John's Episcopal Church Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the Barr Center following the 10:30 am service on Sunday, December 8. At this meeting, five new Vestry members, Senior Warden, Junior Warden, one delegate and alternate delegates to the Diocesan Convention will be elected. A light lunch will be served.

All members, 16 years-of-age and older, are entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting, either in person or by proxy. Sunday school is scheduled on December 8. The Fellowship Breakfast will not be held that morning. Children are welcome to enjoy a time of fellowship in the Barr Center Dining Room during the meeting.  
 

Connections Holiday Party - Dec. 19

On Thursday, December 19, Connections will meet for their annual Holiday Party at the Tevepaughs (6114 Hampton Leas Lane) at  6 pm (note the earlier time since this lasts longer than most of our gatherings).  It will be BYOB as normal but a sign up genius will likely go out closer to time to give you details about what to bring since we do dinner.  Also, everyone that wants to participate in the white elephant gift exchange needs to bring a gift.  Make sure it is wrapped or covered well in a gift bag.

For more information, contact Ashley Jaillette at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming Bible Studies, Programs & Classes

Men’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study - Tuesdays, 7 am, Barr Center
The Men’s Bible Study is studying the book of Daniel. We’ll use a workbook, entitled, Spiritual living in a secular world. A permissive society, a power-hungry people, a nation without God. Daniel's situation in Babylon sounds quite a bit like our own. In the midst of such forces, how can we remain loyal to biblical values? How can we have a positive impact on those around us? This group meets Tuesdays, 7 - 8 am, in the Barr Center Dining Room. Breakfast is provided. All are welcome!

Rector’s Bible Study - Wednesdays, 10:30 am, Parlor
The Rector’s Bible Study will not meet this Wednesday, November 6. 
Genesis is a great story of stories, taking us from the origins of the universe to the falling of the Hebrew people into slavery in Egypt. Basics of Christian belief emerge from its pages, as well as riveting family sagas. 
 

Our Giving Tree Tradition Begins this Sunday

"In as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me."
 - Matthew 24:40

The St. John's Giving Tree has been a part of our Advent tradition for 30 years.  It is our way to reach out to those in need or forgotten during Advent.  This year we are giving to The Midlands Center, Hand Middle School, the Alston Wilkes Veterans, and the Angel Tree Prison Ministry.  Please take tags and return the gifts wrapped, bagged, and tagged to the church by December 8.  Please put the extra tag on your Christmas Tree and pray for this person during Advent.  If you have any questions, call the contact on the bottom of the tag or Laura Williams (446-3504).