September 13-19, 2017

Episcopal Relief & Development
NEW! Episcopal Relief & Development has consolidated Hurricane Relief donations into a single collection point rather than continuing separate collections for each named hurricane.  So whether you want to donate to support victims of Hurricanes Harvey or Irma or victims in the United States, Haiti or elsewhere in the Caribbean,  there is a single online donation site In this way, the country/region directors and leaders within ERD can apply funds where they are most needed. If you prefer, you can write a check payable to St. John's marked "ERD Hurricane Relief" and send/give it to the church.  Thank you for your donations for hurricane relief, and remember your prayers are needed, too, for victims and first responder volunteers.
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Save the Date!
Parish Work Day
Saturday, October 14

We are excited to be back! Now carrying Simply Southern tees, hats & accessories!

New Hours
Sunday- 8:30-11:30
Wednesday- 10:30-12:30
Wednesday Evening- 5-7 (first Wednesday of the month)
Free Gift Wrapping
Credit Cards accepted
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*All proceeds from The Parish Shop go to benefit St John outreach programs*
Soup Jars for ECW:  ECW is collecting used and new quart jars only for our vegetable soup to be sold at the ECW Bake Sale in December. Please leave them at the reception desk or in the kitchen. Thanks!

New Fall Service Schedule Has Begun!

Saturdays, 5:00 p.m. Rite II in the Nave
Sundays, 7:30 a.m., Rite I with hymns in the Nave
Sundays, 9:00 a.m., Rite II with choirs in the Nave
Sundays, 10:00 a.m. - Christian Formation for all ages
Sundays, 11:15 a.m., Rite II with The Living Water Praise Band in the Parish Hall
New Adult Education Series Begins this Sunday, September 17, 
f acilitated by Matt Williams, Family Minister!

Life is complicated...following Jesus is not! In a world of paperwork, processes, requirements, and expectations mere words like "Department of Motor Vehicles", "Form 1040", "Medicaid Part D", and even "PTA Fundraiser" fill us with dread. Because we are all too familiar with the rules,   complications, and technicalities surrounding our lives, we assume everything is difficult.  Luckily, following Jesus is not one of those things.  In this three-part interactive class, we explore three simple rules that make it easier to live as a disciple. 
Session 1, Sunday, September 17 - To be is to do. (Room 208)
Session 2, Sunday, September 24 - It is never about you. (Room 208)
Session 3, Sunday, October 1 - Be intentional, not accidental. (Room 208)
Sunday Rector Forums, Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1:  
Practical Compassion for an Angry World
Facilitated by Rob Voyle, Interim Rector
Topic for this Sunday, September 17 - How we can forgive

      In these three sessions we will explore the three faces of compassion:
Tenderness, Fierceness, and Mischievousness and hope to use them as agents of transformation in the world. The "three faces" are practical ways we can meet the challenge of "staying in love" in the midst of chaos and hate.
Wednesday Night Dinner:  Wednesday night supper, September 13, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  This week's menu features Hawaiian ham steak, salad, confetti rice, green beans & pineapple upside down cake. All are welcome without a reservation, but calling the church office or signing up for your reservation helps Janie prepare the right amount of food.
Now is a Great Time to Join a Choir!
Contact Alan Reed in church office about a choir for you or your child, ages 5-85+!  We have groups for singers, ringers, and instrumentalists.  St. Nicholas' Training Choir meets Sundays at 11:15 a.m. (beginning September 17); Treble Youth RSCM Choir (grades 3-12), Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.; St. John's Choir for teens and adults, Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.; Bells of St. John's, Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.; St. John's Bells, Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m.; Living Water Praise Band, Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.  Come join us!
Hagar's Basket: St. John's Hygiene Pantry Ministry will be opening on Wednesday, September 20!   Items needed for opening day are:

1. Laundry detergent
2. Toilet paper
3. Feminine hygiene products
4. Bath soap
5. Disposable razors & shaving cream
6. Body lotion

Place your donations in the large basket weave barrels at the entryways to the church.  If you feel called to become involved with this ministry, please contact Laura McGinley ( lcmcginley@gmail.com) or Michelle Sellers (sellerspc@aol.com).
Visitation Ministry Opportunity:  Visitation ministry provides an ongoing relationship between St John's and those parishioners who are homebound or unable to attend Church regularly. Members of the home visitation ministry team visit once every 4-6 weeks.  All that is required is a desire to help maintain the tie to St John's for those unable to travel to Church. If interested, contact Becky Maness at 704-907-2754 or bmaness2@gmail.com or Carol Clark 704-575-4619 or carolsclark228@gmail.com   
Fill that Wagon!  Besides all the great nutritional food you've donated, what is needed now  are more volunteers to work the two pantries St. John's is associated with.  We need workers at Galilee Ministries on Central Avenue on Monday or Wednesday, 10am -1pm. We also need workers every 4th Thursday of the month ,also 10-1, to work at the Pantry located at Sugaw Presbyterian Church at the corner of Sugar Creek and North Tryon. If you can help with this please let me know. Thank you, judieratcliffe@gmail.com or 704-534-2695. 
All things come of thee O lord,  and of thine own have I given thee.
                                       1 Chronicles 29:14b
Have you offered your Commitment Card to God and St. John's yet?   If not, there are cards available for each member of your family here at the church or you can call the church office and we will be happy to mail them to you.  Completed cards may be returned to the baskets on the Altar in the Nave, Chapel or Parish Hall or you may return them by mail if that is more convenient for you at this time. You can also pledge on line by clicking here.
Thank you, St. John's, from the Loaves & Fishes Pantry. August donations totaled 483.4 pounds! Your kind and generous contribution have surely helped our neighbors in need!