Vol. 79 Issue 18 | Week of May 3-9, 2021
Worship on May 9, 2021: Eastertide

This coming Sunday morning we will worship together online in this season of Eastertide. The scripture passage is 1 John 5:1-5 and Romans 8:35-39. Dr. Foust will offer a message called, "More Than Conquerors."

The worship video will be available at 8am via our YouTube channel and at our website under the Worship tab for you to view. You can also link to worship from the Realm Connect App Events list.

If you missed worship last weekend, click here!
Can you answer one question?

As we move toward re-gathering this summer in phases, we are conducting an anonymous, blind survey of the St. John's community to gain perspective on how many are vaccinated or are planning to be vaccinated.

Therefore, we hope you will take a few seconds to take the 1-question survey by clicking the button below. None of your personal information will be stored or tracked with this survey.

Thank you for helping us as we regather in the coming weeks.
Collection for Refugee Support Services on May 23

“Arrive, Survive, and Thrive” is the goal of Refugee Support Services as they extend a welcoming, supportive arm to newly arrived refugees who come to Charlotte from around the world, having left their homelands under very difficult circumstances.  RSS provides an array of services to assist these new neighbors in their adjustment to a new culture. During the pandemic, RSS had to suspend many of their “in-person” services but quickly pivoted to address the financial hardships of the many people who suddenly found themselves among the unemployed. Throughout the pandemic, RSS has provided for these families each week over 100 boxes with basic foods and household necessities. Thank you to several St. John's servants who have participated regularly in this service!!
To give an opportunity for others to participate in this effort the Mission Resource Team has designated RSS as the recipient for a collection of items to bring for the next Sunday food truck event on May 23.  You may bring whatever quantity you choose of bags of lentils or chickpeas or rolls of toilet paper. You do not have to attend the food truck event to contribute to this collection.

Our contributions will join with those of other individuals and groups in Charlotte to help fill out the boxes for the week of May 24. Meanwhile, don’t forget that you can sign up at  https://www.refugeesupportservices.org/events/refugee-101/ or the button below to learn more about refugees in Charlotte and services for them. 
Ending Hunger Can Start with a Letter

The Mission Resource Team joins Bread for the World in continuing their effort in this Season of Sustenance to help increase access to food and nutrition to those in the greatest need in our community, nation, and world. Over 270 million people in the United States are facing extreme hunger right now, which is up from 135 million before the pandemic. Increased access to nutritious food, vitamins, safe drinking water, and support of breastfeeding will enable more children and families at risk to grow and reach their full potential. 

Did you know that simply writing a letter or email to your representative in Congress can help make a difference on this front? One letter or email can urge Congress to pass legislative victories that will accelerate progress on national and global nutrition. Get your pen and paper or keyboard ready and join Bread for the World and St. John’s in this important initiative!

Click here for a sample of what you can send via handwritten letter or personalized email to your representative today! Click here to look up your representative by region and get your letter in the mail to them today!
Prayer Concerns, Thanks & Sympathy
Polly Hull, Gene & Carol Poole, Elma Thomas, Barbara Ledford,
Carol Hager (sister of Betty Harkey),
Mary Birdsong Brown (granddaughter of Stan & Martha Brown),
Bryon Bullard, Tish Philemon, Andrew Adair, Nancy Burgess, Angie Wheeler

Sympathy to Kim Blanchard in the death of her brother, Kevin, on April 26. The obituary and details for the celebration of his life can be found at this link.
Please email info@sjcharlotte.org to share a prayer request, thank you, or celebration.
Financial Ministry Plan Report

Week of April 27-May 4: $29,102
Income through May 4: $372,991
Annual 2021 Ministry Plan Budget Goal: $1,175,000

Community & State Missions: $4,325
You can make contributions, view your giving history and pledge status, as well as update your pledge and giving information anytime by accessing your personal
Realm profile online or via the Connect App.
Contact the Staff
To email a staff member, click on their name below
Dennis Foust - 704-359-7234
Lee Gray - 704-451-1309
Nate Dove - 704-662-2154
Allison Benfield - 828-448-8412
Kevin Gray - 803-524-0287
Jacquelyn McAbee - 434-579-1177
Mallory Brown - 704-477-3349
Derek Henson - 704-879-1805