August 9-15, 2017

The ECW, in partnership with Family Ministries, is holding a school supplies drive during the month of August.  While purchasing new backpacks, notebooks, pencils, graph paper, and other school supplies is something many of us take for granted, preparing for school is a significant challenge for many in our community.  But you can help! Starting this weekend, and running through August 27th, our parish is collecting school supplies to give to children in need at Merry Oaks Elementary school (near Galilee Ministries).  If you would like to help, simply purchase school supplies and put them in the donation bins you will see at the church.  While all gifts are appreciated, items such as backpacks and calculators are particularly welcome.  If you have any questions, please contact Matt Williams by email ( matt@saintjohns-charlotte.org) or by phone (704-366-3034).
Vestry nominees
It's not too soon to start thinking about whether you are called to serve your parish as a candidate for the Vestry.  We will be officially calling for nominations for the Vestry starting October 1, and we will need to have at least 4 candidates.  Vestry members serve a 3-year term.  Benefits include a deeper insight into the life of St. John's and a wonderful fellowship with your colleagues.  Contact any Vestry member to get your questions answered and explore your call.
Diocesan Delegates
At the July 24 Vestry meeting, the Vestry elected Jennifer Mullis and affirmed Justin Mullis as St. John's Diocesan Delegates for a 3-year term ending in 2019.  Rick Parker and Celeste Brockington will serve 1-year terms as Alternates, attending the Diocesan Convention if any of our 4 delegates cannot serve.  We give thanks to God for their willingness to represent St. John's!
Please remember to wear your name tag whenever you are at church. This will help Rob get to know us. 

If you do not have a name tag, please contact Laura Pruitt (lpruitt@saintjohns-charlotte.org). She will have one made for you and any members of your family!

Summer Worship Schedule
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (Nave)

7:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist (Nave)
8:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist
(Parish Hall)
10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist

ECW Fall 2017 Retreat: October 20-22, 2017
Are you a female member of St. John's who is at least 18 years old? Then you are a member of the Episcopal Church Women ("ECW") and you are invited to the fall retreat! The theme of this year's retreat is "Be Still and Know" based on Psalm 46:10. The weekend's activities will help us learn how to be still so we can hear God's voice in this busy world.  
We have rented two adjoining houses in North Myrtle Beach which sleep approximately 40 women. To sign up for the retreat, click here:  Register  Your registration is not complete until payment is received. Checks should be written to St. John's Episcopal Church with "ECW Fall Retreat" in the memo line.  Payment is due on August 15th.
Checks may be mailed to the church, placed in the ECW bin near the mailboxes, or placed in the ECW folder that will be at the Welcome Desk on Sunday mornings. Space is limited so mail your payment to the church soon!
The cost of the Fall Retreat is $200 per person. Registration fees cover five meals beginning with dinner on Friday night plus lodging and all programming costs. Please consider making an additional donation to our scholarship fund, if you are able. If you would like to be considered for financial assistance, please let us know.
Contact Suzanne Meeker at smeekerny2014@gmail.com or 518-727-6845.  Space is limited so mail your payment to the church soon!

YogaOne teachers training is offering a free class August 12th at 10:30 am in Tilson Hall to St. John's, EYC, and The Lunch Project donors, volunteers, staff, and SOS families. 
This is part of a larger community event on called YogaOne EVERYWHERE CLT. Goals of the event : to bring awareness to TLP; help connect the community thru yogas benefits to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and wellness; to show that yoga is fun and possible for everywhere for everyone(every size, shape, and ability) If you plan on attending please contact Sarah Clark by call, text or email. 
Mobile: 864-884-5668 Email: sarah.clark7182@gmail.com  

On Saturday August 5 th  the St. John's Habitat volunteers consisting of Thomas Walker, Justine MCAbee, Judie Ratcliffe, Todd Woodhull, Richard Reif, David Cash, Rebecca Penaloza, Louann Talbert, and Christ Koconis completed another interior trim workday on a new Habitat home.  St. John's works once a quarter and usually helps Habitat doing interior trim in their new homes.  Our next assigned day is likely to be in November.  We are always looking for more people who would help on a Saturday morning. To put your name on the list to be notified call or email Christ Koconis, St. John's Habitat volunteer coordinator. Phone; 704 364-4197, Cell: 704 502-8614, email; ckocnis@bellsouth.net  or  ckoconis.38@gmail.com .
 Crisis Assistance
 It's time again to help Crisis Assistance sort through their  multitude of donations and have great clothes ready for the  children starting back to school. 
 We'll meet in the church parking lot at 8:30am on Tuesday,  August 8th. We'll carpool to C.A.  After a morning of work we'll stop for lunch and conversation. Newcomers always welcome. Questions: judieratcliffe@gmail.com or 704-534-2695. 

Acolyte Recruiting: 
The Acolyte Guild of St. John the Evangelist is actively seeking new acolytes to begin service this fall.  All youth in grades 6 through 12 are eligible and encouraged to join, and training will be provided.  Please contact Shirley de la Canal and Karen Melton at sje.acolyte@gmail.com to express interest or ask questions.  

Fill that Wagon!
Thank you, your constant support of Loaves & Fishes is greatly appreciated. The amount of families needing  our help has increased. Besides nourishing food we have a constant request for instant coffee, powdered creamer, toothpaste, tooth brushes, bar soap and dish liquid.
Dollar Tree is a great source for these items. Please continue your generosity. 
Want to volunteer at a pantry? Call Judie Ratcliffe 704-534-2695 or judieratcliffe@gmail.com 

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.

The Rev'd Dr. Robert Voyle
Interim Rector

Sending Forth Disciples Since 1956

The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina
The Rt. Rev'd Samuel Rodman
The Rt. Rev'd Anne Hodges-Copple
Bishop Suffragan