SEPTEMBER 6, 2019
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young,
but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love,
in faith and in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12
HANDBELL PETTING ZOO is THIS Sunday at 11:30am in the transept!
Join us for a hands-on demonstration and learn more about ringing handbells.
Grade 9 to Adults.

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Interested in learning more about the various ministries at St.John's?
Come to the MINISTRY FAIR THIS Sunday starting at 9am in the Parish Hall.
Visit all the tables for a chance to win a special gift.
G race & Peace, 

Thank you, thank you, thank you. That is my first prayer each day. Thank you God. 

Today, thank you to Saint John’s and to those parishioners who have responded so brilliantly with their love of God and love of our sisters in Tanzania. The education of the five women catechists from the Diocese of Masasi has been funded through your generosity. 

I am excited at the thought of these women continuing in their studies and how, God willing, it may lead towards ordination. I am also excited at the prospect that some of you who have been so generous in funding this education might, given the opportunity, choose to travel to Tanzania in 2021 to celebrate their graduation from Bundo Bible College, and have the opportunity to meet the people and experience the culture of this wonderful place. 

This is, to me, part of the answer to the question that we will be exploring in September of Why Christian? The disciples shared a common purse. The disciples assured that all who had need were cared for. The specific acts of caring for others are not unique to Christianity, but it is unique to Christianity when the care for others is expressed through the love of Jesus. 

Obligation to care for widows and orphans, obligation to care for the needy, is important and ultimately will produce positive results. Caring for widows and orphans, caring for the needy, because of the love of Christ brings results that extend beyond a good meal, or a warm dry place to sleep. Love as the core incentive, love of neighbor, reaches deeper and is, to me, at the core of Why Christian. 

Being Christian does not come from birth or family lineage, it is a choice. Being Christian is a tough choice, but it is a choice that is punctuated by love. It is love of God and Jesus not fear of God that drives us. It is love of God not obligation that drives us. It is love of God that is our motivation and also our reward. 

I am so excited to know that parishioners of Saint John’s have a love of God and a love of Jesus that is so deep that the love extends to our sisters and brothers in Masasi, Tanzania. 

I am so excited to see Christ’s love in the world. 

Last Sunday evening at the 5pm Taizé service we had a visitor from Tennessee. He explained to us that a friend who had visited Saint John’s recently had told him “there is something special about that church” and that he had to visit. So while he was in DC he drove the 45 minutes to Olney to attend worship at Saint John’s. He told us after the service “yes, indeed there is something special here”. We may not be able to name it, or place a finger on it, but we all know that there is something special about Saint John’s; and I suspect that something special is the love of Jesus.

So if you ask, why Christian, why Episcopal, why Saint John’s you need only see the love of Jesus to find the answer. 

Peace
Fr. Henry+
The annual Parish Picnic is
Sunday, September 15th
following the 10am worship service.

FAMILY . FOOD . FUN

Sign-up to bring a dish or dessert to share.
Sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board outside the rector's office.
Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Ice Tea and Lemonade will be provided.

Games & Prizes for the children
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th
following the 10am service
PRAYER PARTNER PASTA DINNER
Sunday, September 22nd
3 - 5pm in the Parish Hall

Come and enjoy some time with your prayer partner and learn new tools for praying together.
Please RSVP to Mo Shivaun.
For a Prayer Partner, contact Mo. Shivaun.
African Palms is now taking orders for its Fall Fundraiser. Mums, Pansies and Ornamental Cabbage are being sold NOW through September 30th. Priced at only $3 and $6, these beautiful fall plants are sure to enhance your surroundings. Order HERE through September 30. Return your order form along with your check made payable to AFRICAN PALMS to the office or leave in Sunday's collection plate.
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PUMPKIN PATCH IS COMING!
Volunteers of ALL ages are needed to help unload pumpkins on Saturday, October 5th at 8am . Parishioners are also needed to volunteer in the patch when it opens on October 5 through the 31st. NO heavy lifting! ALL Children MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times.

To volunteer please visit WWW.STJEC.ORG
MINDFUL YOGA with LORI

Join us every Thursday evening
at 7pm in the Parish Hall.
Calm your mind, energize your spirit, and strengthen your body with Mindful Yoga.

* $10 suggested donation
100% of suggested donation goes towards funding a well in Tanzania
MISSED SUNDAY MORNING'S SERMON?
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SEPTEMBER 8
Ministry Fair

Handbell Petting Zoo @ 11:30am

SEPTEMBER 9
Monday Mission Society Meeting

SEPTEMBER 10
African Palms Board Meeting @7pm

SEPTEMBER 13
STJES Fall Family Picnic
5-7pm

SEPTEMBER 15
Parish Picnic
following the 10am service

African Palms Mission Sunday

SEPTEMBER 18
Vestry Meeting

SEPTEMBER 19
STJES Back-to School Night
7-9pm

Mindful Yoga with Lori
7pm in the Parish Hall
SEPTEMBER 8, 2019
 
8AM
Crannough Jones

10AM
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EM Chalice
Roberta Ridenour
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EM 2nd Chalice
Mike Salem
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   Lessons
Becca Turett
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Prayer Lector
Al Barth
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Acolytes
Miriam Wilkinson
Jessica Vincent
Jason Vincent
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Ushers
Andy Nicholas
Nancy Olkewicz
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Counters
Dennis Atknson
Bruce Hohl
ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
3427 Olney-Laytonsville Road
Olney, MD 20832
301-774-6999