UPCOMING EVENTS AT ST. JOHN’S – for DECEMBER, 2014:
Thank you to all who made the 4 Sundays of Advent 2014 meaningful. For detailed information on Christmas 2014 events, click here! Click to got to St. John’s Advent & Christmas webpage
Our Family Service will be held at 7:00 pm with special music offered by the Sunday School Classes, the Cherub and Junior Choirs and the intergenerational ensemble United Voices.
Our Christmas Eve candlelight service will begin at 10:30 pm, featuring the Chancel Choir, St. John’s United Ringers and St. John’s Brass. The worship service that follows at 11:00 pm will include familiar Christmas Lessons, Carols, Christmas Meditation, and Holy Communion with gluten free bread available.
CHRISTMAS DAY- December 25, 2014
Communion will be offered every half hour from 8:30 am to 10:30 am in the Chancel area. Gluten free bread is available.
December 28th 10:15 am Worship: Music: Ring the Bells. Pete Ehly, Soloist &
Christmas Carol, Cayla Liebel, Soloist; Sermon: “Simeon Says”. Join us for an opportunity to sing many of your favorite familiar carols at that service!
NEW MEMBERS are needed now for our Prayer Shawl Ministry & Quilters – please contact the church office for contact information and meeting times.
January 2015 Notes:
- Soup & Stitch – Sunday afternoon, January 18th – we will be stitching walker bags for Elm Terrace Gardens. The Youth of St. John’s will be joining in this activity as part of their annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day of service project.
- Congregational Dinner – Sunday, January 25th. Election of new council members.
Our annual Advent tradition, the White Gift Service, took place at the 10:15 am service on December 7. Thank you to everyone for their generosity. The gifts will be distributed this week to Christian Network Outreach Church UCC in Norristown, Living Water United Church of Christ in Philadelphia, and Urban Promise in Camden. Thanks also to those who donated to the “Mitten Tree” – The hats, scarves and mittens were greatly appreciated by all who received them at Urban Promise. Your generosity has made a difference this winter. THANK YOU!
Our annual St. John’s UCC Coat Drive is also over but thank you to everyone who participated in keeping our neighbors warm this winter!
Still looking to make donations that can make a difference in the lives of young people in this area? You can make contributions to the young people who reside at Bethany Children’s Home in Berks County. Click to link to Bethany Children’s Home Donation webpage
St. John’s Prayerfully Considers the UCC ‘Open & Affirming’ Status! Our 2014 Fall Bible Study has ended – we were studying finding St. John’s identity as an opening and affirming (ONA) UCC congregation by engaging in Bible Study, dialogue, and careful listening to one another’s stories and perspectives. If you missed the classes, here are some UCC resources: Click to learn more about UCC ‘Open and Affirming” Churches
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Did you miss the important sermon by Pastor Sue on Sunday, October 26, 2014, titled “Drawing the Circle Wide”? This sermon addressed St. John’s movement in the direction of claiming for St. John’s the UCC designation “Open & Affirming.” CDs of the sermon are now available from the church office: firstname.lastname@example.org or LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE: Click here to go to October 26 sermon podcast
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Were you there for the last day of the church year, Sunday, November 23? Our St. John’s Dixieland Band played “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and “On a Hill Far Away”, both arranged by longtime member Don Kline (now enjoying retirement in Florida), and the Chancel Choir sang “Sing Praise to God” written by David Kellermeyer, brother of long time St. John’s member Lorene Ahrens. (Pictures below: The choir performs this anthem during worship November 23, and David Kellermeyer is pictured below addressing brother-in-law Herman Ahrens on Herman’s 90th birthday in our Assembly Hall this June.)
St. John’s Trivia: It takes 20 steps and 2 landings to get to this place at St. John’s – where is this? Hint: There are 2 different ways to get there!