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8:30 AM Rite I Spoken Service

9:15 AM - Coffee Hour & Sunday School

10 AM Rite II with Music & Children's Chapel

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Eco-Ministry Startup Meeting

Sunday, November 19 @ 11:10

Join Rev Jill in the Parish Hall as we brainstorm ways to become more environmentally conscious.


Upcoming Events @ St. John's:

See Sunday's Lectionary (Track 1) here.

Fall Cleanup Day

Saturday, 11/18 @ 8 AM - 1 PM

Brief Bible Study: Genesis

Sunday, 11/19 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Eco-Ministry Meeting

Sunday, 11/19 @ 11:10 AM

Literary Ladies

Sunday, 11/19 @ 12:30 PM

ChurchAbility Worship

Sunday, 11/19 @ 5 PM


Tuesday, 11/21 @ 6:30 PM

Fall Cleanup Day

Saturday, Nov. 18

8 AM -1 PM

Our main objective: leaf clean up and general yard debris (sticks, trash). Please bring gloves, rakes and any power equipment they would like to use. Drinks and light snacks will be available at breakfast and lunch time.


The church office will be closed on Thursday, November 23 for Thanksgiving.




Reflections on Stewardship - Rooted in Abundance

By Jack Wood, a co-founder of Growing Together Community Gardens, a group of eight sustainable gardens in the Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN community

Jack Wood is passionate about gardening, teaching, and helping others. The gardens at Growing Together address food insecurity by cultivating volunteers, mentors, and leaders who respect and honor the integrity of one another and the earth. For Wood, the idea of being Rooted in Abundance means, β€œBeing thankful for the gifts that God gives me and being able to share these talents with my family as well as the larger community. When I think about the word rooted, I think about something that is at the core of our existence, the thoughts and actions that are part of our everyday life and that grow from God as the source of life.”

From this trust that our lives are deeply rooted in God, Wood believes we can give ourselves fully and abundantly to others without holding back. He sees this in the volunteers who work in the community gardens. Through planting, nurturing, and harvesting, they discover in fresh ways how they are rooted in a source of life that they did not create but that they do share and participate in. This, in turn, makes them generous and giving people throughout their lives.

From long-time community residents to new immigrant citizens, Wood says, β€œI have seen an amazing abundance, gratitude, and generosity in people who, before they came together to garden, didn’t know each other but now have grown into a family that cares for one another and shares their life with each other. I think that gratitude and generosity work together to make us better human beings.”

Reflect: How do gratitude and generosity work together in your life?

Rooted in abundance: Stewardship Update

Thank you to the 42 families who have joined our Vestry leadership and turned in your pledge commitments! Our 2024 pledging goal is $215,000, which represents about 62% of the income needed for our budget of $350,000 (additional income comes from interest from our endowment, rental, and non-pledged plate donations.) If you haven’t yet, please turn in your pledge form as this helps us make important decisions as we plan for a balanced budget. 

Please return your 2024 pledge card or pledge online by THIS Sunday, November 19.

View all our Stewardship & Pledge information by clicking the button below.

Stewardship Webpage

Seeking & Growing


Youth Group Thanksgiving Outreach

at Chester Eastside (St Paul's Church 301 9th St, Chester PA 19013)

We'll be preparing meal bags on Saturday, then handing them out on Sunday.

Saturday, Nov. 18 - 1:30pm carpool at St. John's or 2pm at Chester Eastside

Sunday, Nov. 19 - 12:15pm carpool at St. John's or 12:45pm at Chester Eastside

(RSVP to Rev. Jill)

Next Week:

Sunday, Nov. 26 – 4 PM – 5:30 PM – Youth Group – Advent Wreath-Making at St. Francis in the Field

(RSVP to Rev. Jill to carpool)

Holy Hikers - Turkey Trek

Saturday, November 25 @ 9:30

Work off your Thanksgiving feast on this 3 mile hike at Wolf's Hollow County Park (1399 Schoff Rd, Atglen, PA 19310).

Stay for lunch (or come & join us) afterwards at Victory Brewing in Parkesburg

RSVP to Rev. Jill so we have a headcount for a reservation.


Brief Bible Study: The Book of Genesis

Sundays at 9:30 AM

This week we look at the one of the messiest sections of the Bible when we read the story that surrounds Sodom and Gomorrah. This story begins at the end of chapter 18, when Abraham argues with God (and wins!), yet even with Abraham's support, he cannot save the destruction of these two cities. Study the passage for yourself and see what details trouble you and what questions arise (chapters 18:16-20:18 in Genesis.)


"Brief Bible Study" meets during coffee hour on Sunday mornings; we'll discover how these very ancient stories still speak of God's love and presence in our lives. We'll use renowned Hebrew Scripture scholar Walter Brueggemann's commentary "Genesis: Interpretation" as a supplemental text. Watch this fantastic video by The Bible Project which gives an overview of the first half of Genesis.


Lectionary Learnings

The Episcopal Church uses a 3 year cycle of Bible readings for worship called a Lectionary. Here's a summary of this Sunday's lessons.

Judges: The Israelites settle in the Promised land as 12 separate tribes with no unifying leader. However, various Judges arise to settle disputes, speak on behalf of God, and command armies when needed for protection. This week, we meet the Judge and Prophet Deborah.

Paul's First Letter to the Thessalonians: Concluding his letter, Paul urges the Thessalonians not to lose hope in the Good News as they wait for Jesus's return.

Matthew's Gospel: The "Parable of the Talents" tells the story of three slaves and how they use the gifts given to them by their master: will they uses them for good and receive joy or will they respond in fear and receive isolation?




Thanks to everyone who donated a frozen turkey! Our freezer was filled with over 20 turkeys which were donated to Chester Eastside.


Widener University's Occupational Therapy program collected 20 large bags of shoes that will be donated to those in need. Thank you again for your generosity!



3rd Sunday of the month

Nov. 19 @ 5 PM in Parish Hall

More info here.

Parkinson's Support Group

1st Wednesday of the Month

Dec. 6 @ 1:30 PM to 3 PM

More info here.


Prayers of Healing will be offered in the choir pews after

ο»Ώthe 10 AM service THIS Sunday.

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Isreal - Hamas War


Help Save Lives in the Holy Land

Please urge your members of Congress to push for the creation of a humanitarian corridor into Gaza to allow urgently needed food, water, medical supplies, and fuel to vulnerable people. Click the button to take action.

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Since the start of the current Israel-Hamas war, Episcopal Relief & Development has been supporting long-time partners in the Holy Land including Al Ahli Hospital, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, to provide emergency medical support in Gaza. Despite being hit by two explosions that damaged buildings and claimed hundreds of lives, the hospital is still serving those who are in need of care. Episcopal Relief & Development stands with the brave staff of Al Ahli Hospital as they risk their lives to help others.

Please pray for peace in the Holy Land and consider making a contribution to the Episcopal Relief & Development Middle East Fund to help meet the growing needs of all people in the region.

Stay informed about the Episcopal Relief & Development response.

A Prayer from

ο»ΏArchbishop Hosam

ο»Ώ O God of all justice and peace we cry out to you in the midst of the pain and trauma of violence and fear which prevails in the Holy Land.

Be with those who need you in these days of suffering; we pray for people of all faiths - Jews, Muslims and Christians and for all people of the land.

While we pray to you, O Lord, for an end to violence and the establishment of peace, we also call for you to bring justice and equity to the peoples. Guide us into your kingdom where all people are treated with dignity and honour as your children for, to all of us, you are our Heavenly Father.

In Jesus’ name we pray.


More Episcopal Resources & Info. on the Holy Land War

St. John's Episcopal Church

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Monday - Friday

9 AM - 1 PM



The Rev. Jill LaRoche Wikel, Rector

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