FEBRUARY 10, 2019
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:17-18
Grace and Peace,
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This Sunday we will recognize the ministry of African Palms. Since 1965 when Fr. Alan Talbot first started African Palms, and since 1976 when African Palms USA came to be, this simple ministry has brought big results. 
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Countless families have benefited from the income received from tying palm crosses; Bishop James Almasi even put himself through school from his palm cross earnings. Countless lives have been improved, and even saved, because of the humanitarian aid grants that come from the sale of palm crosses. 
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During our trip to Tanzania in 2017 we were asked by a villager why we don’t buy more crosses from them. The answer was simple, and eye opening. We buy what we can sell. Since then we have focused on sales and marketing with a new motivation. This past fall we also started to focus on ways to increase our grant funds. The 5k Walk for Water raised significant funds in its first year and we expect this event will grow with successive years. Our presence at the Olney Farmers Market brought us both revenue and visibility in the community, and Yoga with Lori also increased our grant funds. 
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This spring a new event will be devoted to African Palms. The Holly Harvest vendors asked about a spring craft show and we have responded. On April 13, the Saturday prior to Palm Sunday, we will hold a spring artists’ fair featuring hand-crafted arts and crafts; all the proceeds will benefit African Palms. 
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The more crosses we sell, the more money we raise, the more our sisters and brothers in Tanzania will benefit.
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This Sunday come enjoy the special music, the special food, and the special feeling you get from helping others.
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Peace,
Henry +
Please join African Palms on Sunday as they celebrate the ministry
with special music by St. John's Choir and Handbells, a special African themed
Coffee Hour, and a pop-up retail featuring totes and imported items.

African Palms is open to volunteers every Tuesday Morning from 9am - 11am
Anyone is welcome to join the work session. .. 
The focus is on mailings (stuffing envelopes), quality control (counting crosses),
and shipping (packing boxes according to orders).  
Items needed for February 24th 
Pancake Breakfast and
Silent Auction.
Have something you'd like to donate? Please contact
Diana Mayhew at 202.309.5823 or email kamdmm8@verizon.net
Be sure include the value of the item and any special description you may want to include for the auction.
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Guided Relaxation Gentle Stretching Breathing & Movement

MINDFUL YOGA with Lori
Join the movement
Every Thursday evening
at 7pm in the Parish Hall

$10 Suggested Donation
St. John's Episcopal Church
SPRING ARTIST FAIR
Saturday, April 13th 
10am-2pm

Featuring All
Handmade Arts & Products

FEBRUARY 10
African Palms Sunday

9am Choir Rehearsal
11:30 Handbell Rehearsal

9am Sunday School

FEBRUARY 11
Monday Mission Society Meeting
@ 7pm

FEBRUARY 12
African Palms Packing/Work Session
9-11am

FEBRUARY 17
Baptism

9am Choir Rehearsal
11:30 Handbell Rehearsal

9am Sunday School

Esther Deel Meeting @ 11:30am

FEBRUARY 18
President's Day
OFFICE CLOSED

FEBRUARY 20
Vestry Meeting @ 6:30pm
FEBRUARY 10
 
8AM
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Matt Thomas


10AM
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EM Chalice
Pat Dunn
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EM Intinction Cup
Selva Selvarajah
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   Lessons
Jessica Vincent
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Prayer Lector
Zuwu Zhou
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Acolytes
Scotty Puente
Annie Puente / Rachel Peiris
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Ushers
Gardner Carrick
Nancy Olkewicz
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Counters
Diane Mayhew
Dennis Atkinson
ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
3427 Olney-Laytonsville Road
Olney, MD 20832
301-774-6999