News and Events - November 28, 2019 Issue

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First Sunday After Advent
December 1, 2019

9:15 AM Bible Study
10:30 AM Worship

"Busy as a Bee or Bright as  120 Watts.
Rev. Len Knighton

Isaiah 2:1-5      Matthew 24:36-44     Romans 13:11-14
   Musical Selections
Pr elude - Shirley Fortna
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Arr. Lani Smith
Threshold Moment - Chancel Choir
God is Near
Musical Gifts - Chancel Choir
Awaken and Prepare Us
Mark Hayes/Herb Frombach

Faith Promise - Shirley Fortna
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Arr. Albin C. Whitworth

  Postlude - Shirley Fortna
Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying

   Worship Volunteers
Serving Today, November 24th

All Gathered
Rev. Len Knighton
Interim Pastor
Shirley Fortna
Heather Innes
Chancel Choir Director
Christie Schaeffer
Handbell Choir Director
Danielle Koch
Pam Garman
Cindy Myers
Tim Schaeffer Head Usher
Scott, Isaac, Devon Strauss
Wendy Lingle & Roger Garman
Paulette Werni
Dawn Eisenhauer Lector
Greg Innes
JOYful Information
48 W. Market Street, Jonestown
Please continue to support this ministry with your prayers. If you can provide any of the items requested, that would be greatly appreciated as well.
The following are specific requests: Canned Soup, Canned Fruits,  Noodles, Canned Beef Stew, Spam, Lima Beans, Laundry Detergent

Sorting:                 Tuesday             12/03               9:30 AM
Distribution:          Thursday         12/05               5:30 PM
Distribution:            Friday                12/06              12:30 PM

Nar-Anon Meetings

6:30 Thursday, December 5th

Practice Schedule
Handbell Choir - 6:15 PM  Wednesday 12/4
Chancel Choir - 7:30 PM Wednesday 12/4
St. John's UCC
Christmas Nativity Ornament
$15.00 each
Order form is on the bulletin board in the Gathering Room along with an ornament to look at. These ornaments are a beautiful keepsake and make great Christmas gifts too.
Proceeds benefit St. John's UCC.

Women of Worship
Next meeting will be Tuesday,
December 3rd at 6:30 PM.
Join us in the Social Hall and make clothes pin
"Old-Fashioned" Santa's for your Christmas decorating. 
Congregational Meeting
Sunday, Dec. 8 th Following Worship Service
The purpose of this meeting is as follows:


1. Election of :

  •  Members of the Church Board
  •  Lebanon Association Delegates
  •  Jonestown Council of Churches Delegates
  •  Penn Central Conference Delegates

2.  Approval of 2020 Budget

3.  Search Committee update

  • There will be some items for you to ponder
I look forward to seeing all of you at this extremely important congregational meeting.
Wendy Lingle, Board President
Annual Christmas Luncheon

December 8th, immediately following worship.

The Program Ministry Team will provide ham, turkey,
rolls and drinks.  Please bring a side or dessert to round
out the menu and join us as we anticipate the birth of
 the Christ Child.
Church Office Hours
The office will be open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Sunday Morning Bible Study
Please join us for o ur weekly Bible Study on
Sund ays at 9:15 am. We are studying the book of Philippians.
Children are welcome to our Sunday School
each week at 10:30 AM.
Power Packs Project
Volunteers needed for Power Packs: The Jonestown Council of Churches supports this program at Jonestown Elementary, which is an initiative to 1) provide weekend food for children who receive free/reduced price lunches during the week and 2) to teach families how to cook healthy, frugal meals.
Each week, we need two volunteers to serve at the school from 2:45-4 PM. Volunteers help with sorting the bags, and distributing to families when they arrive.
Volunteers can expect to serve once every four to six weeks, during the school year (program is canceled on snow days!) 
If you are able to help with this project, please reply to Pastor Caitlin Kurtz at 717-865-3652 or as soon as possible!
The last day for offerings to be included in the 2019 tax year will be Sunday, December 29.  It must be in the offering plate on December 29 to be counted for this year.  Anything given after that Sunday will be included in 2020. 
Envelopes will be renumbered again for 2020.  Your number may or may not change.  It's important to use the correct year's envelopes.  E-givers do not have envelopes but do have a number, which also could change in 2020.  The 2020 envelopes should be ready for you to pick up by mid-December.
If you received a contribution report in past years, you will receive one again for 2019.  If you haven't received a report and would like one, please contact the church office at 717-865-4453 or Peggy Miller at 717-507-4376; e-mail: 
Pastor Search Committee Members
Dawn Eisenhauer       Brian Miller
Heather Innes            Chris Miller
Danielle Koch             Christie Schaeffer
Jim Myers

Please include this group of dedicated individuals in your prayers asking God to guide them to the person who will best serve our congregation. 
Pastoral Care
Rev. Len Knighton is serving as our interim minister.
If you have a family member in the hospital or that would
benefit by a home visit, please contact Rev. Knighton
at (717)304-3007. Also, please free to contact 
Wendy Lingle at (717)319-5951, with any concerns.
Gift Card Fundraiser
For each gift card used, St. John's UCC gets a percentage of the total amount.  By purchasing gift cards to use for your grocery shopping, you are helping make this ongoing fundraiser a success.
Please see the following individuals to purchase these Gift Cards:
BG cards - Carl or Sally Bachman
Giant cards - Cindy Myers
Weis cards - Sharon Salter     
Attention Amazon Shoppers
If you shop on Amazon, please use as the web site when you do your shopping. This is a small way you can help your church. Even your family members and friends can participate. At the top of the menu, search for St. John's United Church of Christ Jonestown. Once you select that charity anything you buy, the church will receive a portion of what you've spent.  There is no difference in pricing or selections when using the web site. Thank you for supporting St. John's.
Enjoy the Convenience of Electronic Giving
It is encouraging to see both new and familiar faces at our worship services. Throughout the year, many of you already support the congregation with your time, talent and financial contributions but greater participation is always welcome. We encourage you to look into our electronic giving program. It takes just a few minutes to set up a recurring giving plan. Contact the church office for more details or pick up an authorization form today.
                We serve all of God's people by sharing the love of Christ
                  and ministering to our community