November 15-21 , 2017

Our Vestry Election was held last weekend. The Vestry class of  2020 will be made up of the following parishioners:
Dana Burgess,  Tracey Gillespie,  Bill Nuttall and  Bo Proctor

We thank all 7 parishioners who stood for election this year. St. John's is incredibly blessed by your willingness to serve your church in this capacity.
The Loaves and Fishes Fall Food Drive concludes this Sunday, November 19!
Now is the time to place food in those barrels or adopt one. 
There are three ways that you can donate:
  •  Place your food donations in one of the readily-available barrels
  • "Adopt a barrel" with your family, your Bible Study group, your choir, your Sunday School class, your preschool class
  • Make a cash contribution for the "Personal Shopper" to purchase food for you. A check in the collection plate with "L&F Personal Shopper" on the memo line and you are good to go!
Please DONATE and help us make this food drive a resounding success in the typical St. John's fashion!
Our 27th Annual Salvation Army Angel Tree will be set up in the Rector's Gallery this coming weekend,  November 18-19. 

We invite you to select a tag, note your tag number on the sign out sheet, take a plastic bag in which to return your UNWRAPPED gifts with the Angel tag affixed, and return them to the area behind the reception desk no later than MONDAY, DECEMBER 4.   Please honor this return date so that we can deliver the gifts by the date they are needed for distribution.   Questions?  Please call or text Toni Robinson @ 704-517-9550 or email @ ToniLRobinson@gmail.com .
Blessing of the Pledges and Parish Tail Gate Party: 
Sunday, December 3, 2017

We will be combining our 9am and 11:15am services to one 10:00 am service that morning. This will be followed by a "monster tail gate party" in the Parish Hall and the opportunity to watch the Panthers play the Saints on a big screen TV. 

  • Childcare will be provided
  • Games for children of all ages 
  • Flag football games for everyone
  • Tailgate style lunch will be served
Please stop by Tilson Hall and sign up to bring a game or food or to help referee the football games. For more information, please contact John Patrick at  704.299.1775 or  1john.patrick@gmail.com
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, 10:15 a.m. - Christian Formation for all ages
Sundays, 11:15 a.m., Rite II with The Living Water Praise Band in the Parish Hall
SANDWICH SUNDAY!  Everyone is invited to join us during the education hour on Sunday, November 19, as we make and bag sandwiches for the Urban Ministry Center.  We will meet in Tilson Hall starting at 10:15 to make a thousand sandwiches for our homeless friends and neighbors here in Charlotte.  We hope you will join with your parish family in this simple act of love and service!

Parents, please note:  no children's Sunday School classes will be held so children can attend the sandwich packing event!
If you would like to hear the Saturday or Sunday sermons a second or third time, go to:  http://www.saintjohns-charlotte.org , find the WORSHIP tab, then from the drop-down selection, choose SERMONS, then click on "LISTEN" (or "DOWNLOAD" it if you want). 
Special music is posted at the "St. John's Sounds" tab:
Find the "St. John's Sounds" tab, click on "LISTEN."  Not all music is posted every Sunday but you can select what you would like to hear.
If you have questions, or an interest in serving on the AV team, please email nlla31415@gmail.com.
The 2018 ALTAR FLOWER CALENDAR is now available for review and scheduling.  It is posted next to the brochures in the hallway between the main reception area and Tilson Hall. Interested persons should consider available dates, and contact the Altar Flower Coordinator (Charlotte Pfeifer at 704-643-6615 or ckpfeifer@gmail.com) for GUIDELINES and scheduling. 
Please Note: 2017 weekend dates still available for scheduling are December 23-24 and December 30-31.
ECW General Meeting!  Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 19, at 12:45pm in Tilson Hall for a luncheon and General Meeting. All women in the church are members of ECW, so all are invited to join us!  Sign up sheets are at the Reception Desk or linked to a Sign up Genius on our Facebook page, St. John's Episcopal ECW.  Lunch will be catered from Zoe's Kitchen and will be $12 each.  We will discuss some upcoming changes, dates and events for the 2017-18 year.  Join us and learn about our inreach and outreach and fellowship opportunities!!  For more info, contact Rawles Kelly at rawles153@att.net

Join us for our next ladies tea party at the Galilee Center Friday, December 1, from 9:30-11 a.m.  This is a wonderful gathering of ECW and Galilee refugee ladies sponsored by the ECW for the women served by the Galilee Center.  The Center is located at 3601 Central Ave.  Come meet some wonderful new friends from different cultures who are new to our country.  Sign up to attend and bring tea party goodies through Sign-Up Genius which will be coming shortly.  Contact Melissa Conway ( mconway@carolina.rr.com), or Margaret Burkhart ( mburkhart@carolina.rr.com) if you have any question.
Do you find yourself on your knees more and more these days? Do you feel a need to pray with and for others? Please consider joining our Intercessory Prayer Team. We meet on the first and third Monday of the month at 9:30am to pray confidentially for the needs of parishioners and others.    For more information contact Anna-Louise Fitzgerald at  allwfitz379@gmail.com , or phone her at 704-551-7075. 
Wednesday Night Dinner:  Wednesday night dinner menu, November 15, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  This week's menu features pork loin, baked potatoes, green beans, dessert.  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.
Want to see what is going on at SJE this week? Click on the link below!
In just 3 weeks, St. John's opens its doors for the Urban Ministry Center's Room in the Inn ministry.  Your generosity of time and treasure is what makes this possible.  We have several of our volunteer slots filled thanks to you but there are still many opportunities to serve.  Our immediate need for December is for Overnight Hosts and Dinner Crews (especially the first 2 weeks). As you think about our brothers and sisters being left out in the cold, please consider this ministry. It has a significant impact on many lives.

Here are some ways you can help:
  • DONATE - We NEED individually packaged toothbrushes, travel-sized toothpaste, and travel-sized deodorant (unisex) for the hygiene kits we give to every guest.  We also need gallon-size Ziploc plastic bags, Clorox Wipes and donations of sweat pants, sweat shirts and new white t-shirts (Medium, Large, XL, XXL, and XXL sizes).  These items can be dropped off anytime at the small donation basket in the church reception area.  Please note we do NOT NEED travel shampoos, conditioners, or lotions at this time.  If you have these items please consider donating them to the Hagar's Pantry ministry in Room 134.
  • VOLUNTEER - We need people to help on Thursdays each week to help prepare the room, drive the bus, to stay as overnight hosts, to cook dinner for our guests and the overnight hosts, to bring bag lunches to provide to our guests when they depart Friday morning, and to wash sheets and towels after guests depart.  Please prayerfully consider volunteering your time and talents to this meaningful and much needed ministry.  If you are interested in volunteering, you can sign up on our Sign-Up Genius page:   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f4ea4a628a64-20172018.
  • GIVE - Cash donations are always welcome.  This year we hope to begin replacing some of the older mattresses and pillows, but we cannot do so without your generosity.  Checks should be made payable to SJE but please indicate that the donation should be allocated to the Room in the Inn ministry.
  • PRAY - Even if you can't volunteer or donate, please pray for our homeless neighbors, the Urban Ministry Center, and for all the people caring for and ministering to our homeless neighbors. 
Thank you so much for your thoughtful prayers and active support of the Room in the Inn Ministry.  Please do not hesitate to contact Carol Fortenberry at carol@fortenberrylambert.com or Janice Stafford at janicestafford@parkerpoe.com if you have any questions or would like additional information.
The Annual ECW Bake Sale will take place Sunday, December 10, in Tilson Hall after each service. Please bring baked goods, crafts, jellies, etc to Tilson Hall on Saturday, December 9, from 8am-noon - wrapped for Christmas, if possible. All proceeds go to St. John's and outreach. Questions? Nancy Joyner 554-6359. 
Would you like to receive or continue to receive weekly offering envelopes for 2018?  
If so, please send your name and envelope number in an email by Tuesday, October 31st to: