Vol. 80 Issue 7 | Week of February 14-20, 2022

Welcoming Rev. Jonathan Lee Walton, PhD to the St. John's Pulpit this Sunday, February 20!

We will welcome the Dean of the Wake Forest School of Divinity, Rev. Jonathan Lee Walton, PhD, into the St. John’s Pulpit on Sunday, February 20. Dean Walton is a social ethicist whose scholarship focuses on evangelical Christianity and its relationship to mass media and political culture. Dean Walton's work and insights have been featured in several national and international news outlets including the New York Times, CNN, and the BBC.

We look forward to welcoming Dean Walton to St. John's on February 20! 

36th Annual Elizabeth 8K Road Race

Register TODAY to run in this year's Elizabeth 8K Road Race through the beautiful Elizabeth neighborhood that surrounds St. John's on April 30.

Interested in a code to register for FREE or at a discount? All codes are first come first serve. Contact Mallory Brown for more info!

Youth Sunday 2022 at St. John's!
Thank you to each and every one of our youth who led worship last Sunday morning on the annual Youth Sunday.

We are thankful for your leadership and inspiration!
Wilson Gray

Abby Adams

The Wholeness of God: God Beyond Gender
Women's Retreat, March 4-5, 2022

Women of all ages are invited to participate in this year's Women's Retreat on March 4-5 in Broach Hall at St. John's! This year, our facilitator will be Rev. Dr. Martha Kearse. Beginning at 6:30pm until 9:00pm on Friday, March 4 and going from 9:00am-3:30pm on Saturday, March 5, we will gather to travel from the ways God has been historically presented through the traditional, patriarchal language, into the under-represented feminine expression of Divine Wisdom, and ultimately beyond either of these dualities of God.

The registration cost is $40 and we ask that you please register on Realm by February 25!

If you need assistance registering, please contact Mallory Brown at 704-477-3349 or mbrown@sjcharlotte.org.

Register at the button below!
Easter Lilies 2022

Lilies are a long-standing Easter tradition and are loved by many, except those who are allergic to the pollen from traditional Easter Lilies. This year, we are offering pink-tipped white Calla Lilies in order to reduce the pollen and help everyone enjoy this glorious Sunday of worship. Like Easter Lilies, Calla Lilies can be planted and come back again next year.

The cost is $18.50 each. Be sure to indicate if the Lily is In Memory of or in Honor of a loved one. 

All orders must be placed by Sunday, March 13. You can order via Realm with the button below OR click the second button to print and fill out the form to be turned into Jenny in the office.

Proceeds from the Easter flowers are used to decorate the church for Advent and Christmas. We usually purchase fewer Easter Lilies than ordered to have extra funds for Christmas decorations, so please be sure to indicate if you DO NOT plan to take your Calla Lily after the Easter service.
From the Heritage Room

As Dr. Foust stated last week, the Youth of St. John’s have been involved in leading worship one Sunday during the year since 1947.

The Family News from the early years indicate that the idea of a Youth Week was “a co-operative movement among Southern Baptists wherein the young people train in church membership”.

In the beginning, the Youth leaders were officially installed at the evening worship on the Sunday beginning Youth Week, (Yes, at one time there was a worship service on Sunday evening in addition to Sunday morning.) Youth filled all the official positions of the church including Ministers, Deacons, Sunday School teachers, and WMU leaders. In some years, the Youth presented a play as part of the week’s activities. From 1947 to 1959, Youth Week was in April when it was changed to February. Although the records do not explain the change, it may have been because of a conflict in April with services surrounding Palm Sunday and Easter.

At some point, the concept of Youth Week was expanded to Youth Month. The tradition became the Youth Minister(s) signing the Youth Bible on the first Sunday in February and the Youth led service on the second Sunday. Over 170 young men and women have spoken from the St. John’s pulpit on Youth Sunday. The Youth Banquet was held on the night of the third or fourth Sunday. In the early years, Youth Banquets were formal affairs with long dresses and suits being worn. Each banquet has had a theme affecting the food and entertainment. The theme has also come to include the Youth dressing for the banquet based on the theme, such as The Roaring Twenties and Medieval Times. The other weekend in the month has often involved a ski trip.

The Youth of St. John’s were celebrated on Heritage Sunday 2019. Rev. Lee Gray has said his hope for the Youth of St. John’s is that the church leaves a lasting mark on their character for life. . . that they make their part of the world a better place. . . that they can be Christ out in the world and to one another. . . to realize that our God is big enough to handle all of our questions and doubts. The church’s commitment to the recognition of the young people of the church is just one way in which these hopes are made a reality.
Room in the Inn 2022

St. John's will be hosting Room in the Inn (RITI) with Caldwell Presbyterian in February and March. The FIRST night will be THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19!

Check out the different ways you can help by clicking on the Sign-Up Genius link below and signing up!

Happy Birthday to Jeck Warren who turned 95 on February 14! If you would like to wish her a happy birthday, please send a card to:
Jeck Warren
5039 Providence Country Club Drive
Apt 1013
Charlotte NC 28277-4773
Prayer Concerns, Thanks, Sympathy

Shirley Ballard, Katherine Barr, Tamara Edwards, Caroline Godsey, Bill Hartsell, Ken Hungate, Tish Philemon, Carole Ann Simpson, Don Swofford, Dee Turner.

We extend sympathy to Dr. Richard Kremer (a former Senior Minister of St. John’s) and family in the death of Richards’s father on Saturday, February 12 in Birmingham, AL.

Thank you for the prayers and expressions of sympathy for the family of Betty Fuller after her passing on January 10. This Sunday, February 20, we will hold a memorial service to celebrate her life at 2PM in the St. John’s sanctuary. Following the service, the family will be available to visit for a brief time outside in the front of the sanctuary. If you cannot be at St. John’s in person the service will be livestreamed on St. John’s YouTube Channel at this link.

On February 9, Maddie and Domnhall Minogue welcomed their son, Rory James Minogue. Cian is the happy big brother and Nancy Fuller is the proud grandmother.

Please email info@sjcharlotte.org to share a prayer request, thank you, or celebration.
Financial Ministry Plan Report
Week of February 8-14: $5,613
Income through February 14: $136,535
Annual 2022 Ministry Plan Budget Goal: $1,135,000
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.
Ministers On-Call Schedule

Feb. 14-20- Allison Benfield
Feb. 21-27- Dennis Foust

Staff Contact Information

Jenny Godfrey, Administrative Assistant - 704-333-5428, ext. 11
Dennis Foust, Senior Minister - 704-359-7234 (cell); 704-333-5428, ext. 12
Lee Gray, Minister for Congregational Care - 704-451-1309 (cell); 704-333-5428, ext. 15
Allison Benfield, Minister for Spiritual Growth - 828-448-8412 (cell); 704-333-5428, ext. 18
Kevin Gray, Minister for Music and Worship - 803-524-0287 (cell); 704-333-5428, ext. 14
Jacquelyn McAbee, Church Administrator - 434-579-1177 (cell); 704-333-5428, ext. 20
Mallory Brown- 704-477-3349 (cell)