December 8   

       Winter Schedule:  Church 8 & 10:15 a.m.
Sunday School at 9:05 a.m.        
***Angel tree gifts are due for return on Sunday, December 10 and please, no later than Monday or Tuesday. 
December 10  Music Sunday at 8:00 service 
                        Christmas Program  10:15          
                        Christmas Treat Sale
                        Youth Board Soup Lunch Fundraiser   
December 12   Women's Bible Study
                        Council meets 6 p.m.  
December 14   Do Day Quilters  
December 24  Christmas Eve Day  one service at 9:00 a.m .
                        No Sunday School  
                        Christmas Eve Candlelight services 4:00 p.m.
                                                                                5:30 p.m.
                                                                                7:00 p.m.  
December 25  Merry Christmas  Church offices will be closed.
December 27   No Wednesday night activities. 
December 28   St John books close at noon if you have some end of                            year donations to bring in. 
December 31   No Sunday School but regular church services.
January 1         Office closed  
 Wednesday night supper, December 13.  
Pork loin, Mac-N-Cheese, corn, pea salad, Éclair dessert
Put Jesus on your Christmas List!
The Stewardship board would like to encourage everyone to take the typical amount that you would spend on a Christmas gift and put it in an envelope and then place it in the special box that is in the Narthex. Envelopes can be found next to the special. These gifts, which are above and beyond your regular giving, will go toward the general budget and be used to carry on the many ministries  
of St. John! 
POINSETTIAS: If you would like to donate toward the poinsettias for Christmas, please notify the church office at 228-3397 .
Greeters needed:  On the glass case in the Narthex is a signup sheet for 8:00 a.m. greeters!    
Ushers needed for Christmas Eve Services.  Please contact the office if you would like to volunteer. 
Christmas Treats Fundraiser
By Women's Ministry
December 10th before and in between services in the Narthex & after worship in the Parish Hall during the soup lunch. 
We have expanded the menu of goodies that we are looking for.
Wanted: Donations of candy, cookies, caramel corn, etc. (basically your favorite holiday treat) will need to be at the church by 9:00 a.m. December 9th. Help is needed on the 9th to plate and also on the day of the sale. Please contact Kathy in the office if you can help.
Funds from this ministry traditionally have been used toward large purchases in the church, especially the kitchen area or for a special need in the congregation.  

Soup Lunch 
 The Youth will be holding a Soup Lunch on December 10th at 11:20 am in the Parish Hall.
We will be serving chili, potato soup, and chicken noodle soup along with dinner rolls. Plan on feeding the whole family here after the Christmas Program! All free will donations given at this
event will go to the St. John accounts of the youth working at this event to put toward mission trips, Bible Camp, etc.
Sunday School for Adults & Seniors     
Time: 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
     Location: Chapel.     
12/10   Prayer 2 by Kathy Rogotzke  
12/17   Teach us to Pray by Dr David  
Prayer Shawls to deliver
In this season of joy and celebration of our Savior's birth, lets not forget people that are going through difficulties.  There are quite a few shawls and lap robes that could be taken to those folks.  Just go to the church office and Kathy can help you get them from their storage totes.  Then don't forget to take the card that goes with them which shows our love and support. 
It's also a good time of year to make some more shawls during these cold dark evenings.  The need is always there so please keep this in mind when you want a project.   Free yarn is available in the clothing room to make them.  It can also be used to make hats and mittens for Coats for Kids next year.   When done drop them off in the office. 
Homes for Haiti needs vitamins 
"Our upcoming mission trip to Haiti begins on December 29.  We are on the home stretch and are hoping for one more thing to assist us in meeting our goals.  We have a pressing need for children's vitamins.  With 100 children at the orphanage and vi siting medical clinics, we will need many vitamins to distribute.  The children at Imagine Missions only receive 2 meals daily and protein 3 times weekly, so vitamins are essential to their health.  Children living in the community have even less.  During this holiday season, please consider donating children's vitamins.  A collections box will be in the narthex to hold these donations or they can be dropped off at the church office.  We will take all donations with us and we can assure you they go where you intend-to the children of Haiti.  Thanks in advance for your help and your generosity.  Blessings to all of you during this holiday season." Homes for Haiti
Unable to come to Sunday worship? Would you like to listen to the service? If so, go to the St. John website. www.stjohncharlescity.org
under the Watch & Listen tab click on podcast & choose the date of the service you would like to hear!

St. John Lutheran Church
Editor:  Janet Petefish