Opportunities for Outreach and Ministry Spotlight

WHO: Every Member at St. John’s!

WHAT: SOS - Saturday of Service!

Join us for doughnuts and coffee the morning of October 5 and then go out and serve our city – volunteering with Harvest Hope, Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter, Home Works, Cooperative Ministry, The Friendship, Family Promise, Kairos, etc… There will be something for everyone! Help for a few hours or all day! Every Little Bit Helps!
After we have served our city, we will all gather back here at SJE for a Family Style Tailgate Party – we will watch a football game on the big screen and enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers provided by the Men of St. John’s. Bring your favorite tailgate food to share, lawn chairs, your cornhole sets and let’s celebrate our day of service!

WHEN: Saturday October 5 – Volunteer during the day and Family Tailgate Party at Night!

WHY: Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. - Margaret Mead

HOW: Final list of volunteer opportunities and registration link available next week.
 
ACT JUSTLY. LOVE MERCY. WALK HUMBLY. MICAH 6:8

Save the Date(s)!

Harvest Dinner
Sunday, September 22
Reception beginning at 6 pm on the Patio

Did you receive your invitation? RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
by September 9

 
Men of St. John's Shrimp Sale and Steak Supper
Thursday, November 7
King's Grant Clubhouse

Family Ministry Updates - 9/8/2019

Maggie needs volunteers for Wednesday Night programming for fall! Come enjoy programming with our youngest parishioners from September 19 - October 30. If you can help with any or all of those days, reach out to Maggie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Family Promise is coming back to St. John’s in October, during Halloween week. Do you have any Halloween costumes lying around that don’t fit anymore? Maggie would like to gather options for the children who will be staying with us. Contact Maggie for more details, or if you would like to get involved in a Halloween costume swap shop during the week of Family Promise.

One of the goals for family ministries at St. John’s is to have everyone who interacts closely with our youth and children complete the Safe Church Training course offered by the diocese. Are you a Sunday School teacher, nursery volunteer, or EYC helper? Please consider attending the upcoming training being held at Trinity Cathedral on Wednesday, September 10, at 12:30 pm, if you are able. You will be contributing to the safekeeping of our youngest members!

EYC kickoff is SUNDAY!! 6th-12th graders, join us at 5:00 pm for a nerf battle, dinner, and compline. We will discuss the upcoming program year as well. Pick-up at 7:00.

Training for Acolytes  6th - 12th graders who want to get involved, or need a refresher please join Acolyte Master Brian McCants on Sunday, September 8, from 12 pm to 1 pm. Brian will train Crucifers (9th-12th grades) on Sunday, September 29, from 12 pm - 2 pm. Additionally, we will have an acolyte commissioning service on Sunday, October 13. If you are an active acolyte, you are invited to be commissioned at this service and receive an acolyte pin. We appreciate the youth of St. John’s who are involved in this way!

Upcoming Bible Studies, Programs & Classes

Rector’s Bible Study: Genesis
Wednesdays, 10:30 am, Parlor
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. Pick up an Interpretation Bible Study ($10) in the Heyward Hall Atrium.

Men’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study
The Men’s Bible Study will study the book of Daniel this fall. 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!


Wednesday Evenings this Fall
September 18 - October 30
Supper at 5:45 pm
Programs for children and adults at 6:30 pm
The Wednesday evening series for adults is Southern Literature and the Gospel. We’ll read short stories by Georgia’s Flannery O’Connor and Kentucky’s Wendell Berry to lead us into Christian doctrine and practical theology. Our first session is led by Bishop Henry Parsley, the retired bishop of Alabama, a gifted preacher and student of literature. Your clergy, USC faculty, and others will lead us in other sessions. A course packet of readings is available here, in the church and in the Heyward Hall Atrium. 

A look ahead:
September 18:  Belief/Practice: The Fall; Story: Flannery O’Connor, Greenleaf; Presenter: Bishop Henry Parsley
September 25: Belief/Practice: Compassion; Story: Wendell Berry, The Hurt Man; Presenter: The Rev. Nicholas Beasley
October 2: Belief/Practice: Grace; Story: Flannery O’Connor, Revelation; Presenter: Professor Larry Rhu

Scream Free Parenting Class 
Sunday evenings, September 29 & October 20
WANT A PEACEFUL HOME? This practical, effective guide for parents with kids of all ages introduces proven principles for overcoming the stress and anxiety of parenting, forged in the personal trenches of countless families. If you’re like most parents, you want to know you’re doing a good job raising your children. You want to feel like you can handle anything. You want to feel confident, competent, and hopeful for the future, for both your kids and yourself. (Oh, and along the way, you’d like a little peace, quiet, and respect as well.) All of the above are possible, even probable, if you can learn to become “Screamfree.”

· Couples and singles welcome; invite friends, open to the community. 
· Five (now two - come join us; its not too late) sessions to discuss each section of the book. 
· 5:30 pm supper, 6:15 pm program
· $10 registration fee covers cost of the book; available in the Heyward Hall atrium. 
· Purchase an electronic edition on your own if you are a device-reader.
· Child care and nursery care provided for preschool and elementary age children.

Monday Night Women's Bible Study: Jonah by Priscilla Shrier 
Interruptions. They're aggravating. Sometimes infuriating. But how we handle interruptions actually tell us more about ourselves. What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times, like Jonah, we run! Priscilla redefines interruption and shows that interruption is actually God's invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city. Video teaching by Priscilla followed by small group discussion. Join us Mondays, Oct. 14 - Nov. 18, 7 pm in the Dining Room. Cost is $15. Questions, contact Victoria Fleischer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. - Register Now

Confirmation Class for Adults
Our bishop visits St. John’s on November 17 to confirm and receive people from other parts of the Christian church. Classes meet at 9:30 on Sunday morning, October 13 - November 10. Watch for more information in our announcements.

Music Program Updates

St. John's Drum Circle Rehearses Sunday afternoons at 3 pm in the music room.  Newcomers are welcome, no prior experience necessary!

St. John's Singers (Grades 4-9) rehearsals will be held Sunday afternoons at 4 pm in the music room.  Newcomers are welcome!

Wednesday's music programs start on Wednesday, September 18!  St. John's Music Makers (Children 3k-5k and their parents) and Tilted Halos (Grades 1-3) will meet from 5:20 - 5:50 pm upper level of Heyward Hall. 

 
We are excited to relaunch a handbell choir at St. John’s this year. This group will rehearse most Sundays after church during the program year starting on September 15. We invite ringers age 13 and up, no experience necessary.  Contact Monica at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Education for Ministry Graduates

If you are a graduate of Education for Ministry, Fr. Beasley would love to know it. Email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the parish office. 

Summer Interns

It has been a great summer with our interns at St. John's. The generous support of the congregation enabled us to hire three gifted young people for the summer, Christina Storch, Jerryana Williams-Bibiloni, and Anna Hedges. These three have served in innumerable ways, from Vacation Bible School, to preparing the hymn boards, to creative planning for the fall. They've also sorted out several closets and rooms in Heyward Hall. Their presence has helped the year-round staff move forward on some of out hard-to-get-to projects and has injected a dose of youthful energy to St. John's ministry. Thank them when you see them and thank you for the giving which made this great experience possible. 
 

Scream Free Parenting Class

Sunday evenings
September 29 & October 20

WANT A PEACEFUL HOME? This practical, effective guide for parents with kids of all ages introduces proven principles for overcoming the stress and anxiety of parenting, forged in the personal trenches of countless families. If you’re like most parents, you want to know you’re doing a good job raising your children. You want to feel like you can handle anything. You want to feel confident, competent, and hopeful for the future, for both your kids and yourself. (Oh, and along the way, you’d like a little peace, quiet, and respect as well.) All of the above are possible, even probable, if you can learn to become “Screamfree.” Register at stjohnscolumbia.org 

· Couples and singles welcome; invite friends, open to the community. 
· Five (now three - come join us; its not too late) sessions to discuss each section of the book. 
· Sunday evenings,:September 29, and October 20
· 5:30 pm supper, 6:15 pm program
· $10 registration fee covers cost of the book; available in the Heyward Hall atrium. 
· Purchase an electronic edition on your own if you are a device-reader.
· Child Care and Nursery care provided for preschool and elementary age children.

St. John's Drum Circle, Singers & Handbell Choir Rehearsals

St. John's Drum Circle will start meeting regularly on Sunday, September 8, at 3:00 pm.  Participants ages 9-99+ are welcome, no experience necessary!  Contact Michael at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.
 
St. John's Singers (Grades 4-9) will have their first Fall rehearsal on Sunday, September 8, at 4:00pm.  Newcomers are welcome!  Contact Michael at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
with any questions.
 
We are excited to relaunch a handbell choir at St. John’s this year.  This group will rehearse most Sundays after church during the program year starting September 15th. We invite ringers age 13 and up, no experience necessary.  Contact Monica at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
with any questions.

Children's Ministries Volunteers Needed!

We are always looking for more volunteers for children's ministries during worship on Sundays. If your family benefits from the nursery and children's chapel, or if you are looking for a simple and joyful way to give back to the St. John's community, please consider contacting Maggie to be put on the rotation for nursery and children's chapel. Pro tip: If BOTH parents volunteer in the nursery or children's chapel, the family will be split up for worship half as often.

Dads, we would love to have y'all's help!