December 4, 2019
News of the Parish
Advent and Christmas Lessons and Carols
Join the choir of St. John's on Sunday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m. for a  Service of Advent Lessons and Carols, featuring the music of Herbert Howells, G.P da Palestrina and Boris Ord. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

A Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols with the Holy Eucharist will take place on Sunday, December 22. Music will be of Philip Stopford, John Tavener, and Benjamin Britten. This service takes the place of our usual 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services (the 8:00 a.m. service will take place as usual). A special Holy Hospitality reception will follow. 

Celebrate the season with St. John's!
Advent Meditation Resources
This year there are two Advent meditation books available for your use during the season.  One is O Wisdom, which was very popular last year, and the other is The Wondrous Mystery.  Feel free to take one or both home with you. They are available at various locations around the church or from the Parish Offices.
Christmas Service and Event Schedule
Sunday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m.
A Service of Advent Lessons and Carols, music of Herbert Howells, G.P da Palestrina and Boris Ord

Reception following in the Parish Hall

Sunday, December 22, at 10:00 a.m.
A Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols with Holy Eucharist, music of Philip Stopford, John Tavener and Benjamin Britten

This service will take the place of our regular 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services (the 8:00 a.m. service will take place as scheduled).

Tuesday, December 24, Christmas Eve
4:00 p.m. Children's Pageant with Holy Eucharist (Rite II)
6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (Rite II) with the Choir of St. John's
11:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (Rite I) with the Choir of St. John's (pre-service music from 10:30 p.m.)

Parish Offices close at noon

Wednesday, December 25, Christmas Day
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist (Rite II) with Congregational Carols

Parish Offices Closed

Thursday, December 26
Parish Offices Closed
Fellowship and Events
Moms Meet Up Next Thursday
The Moms Meet Up group will meet on Thursday, December 12, at 8:45 a.m. in Discovery House. This month's topic will be the lure of "busy-ness," and how we can strive to prioritize the things that we truly care about. The group will watch Shells from the Nooma video series. Click here for a preview!
Adult Christian Formation: Advent Study Begins This Sunday
The Sunday Adult Formation Group will begin its Advent study this Sunday, December 8 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room. The study is based on Dr. Amy Jill Levine's new series, The Light of the World.

For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at or 785.9400.
Children and Youth
Sunday School and Family News
Cornerstone Christmas!
St John's annual Cornerstone Kids Christmas Party for the kids of Cornerstone, Inc, held at St James House of Prayer Episcopal Church, will be this Tuesday, December 10, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. We encourage families to sign up together to serve! Please contact Shawn O' Brien at or Ayana Grady at to sign up to help!  
Sunday School Snack
Thank you to Sarah Tombaugh for bringing this week's Sunday School snacks!
EYC News
EYC This Week
6th through 12th graders! St John's EYC will meet this Sunday, December 8, at Discovery House, with Middle School (6th through 8th graders) meeting from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., and High School (9th through 12th graders) meeting from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Middle Schoolers will get a final pep talk from Kid President! High Schoolers will discuss the importance of community-watching clips from the movie Up in the Air!
Tacky Christmas Party
Our annual EYC Tacky Christmas Party and White Elephant Gift Exchange will be on Sunday, December 15 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Discovery House (combined 6th-12th graders)! Come in your tackiest Christmas outfit with a fun or wacky WRAPPED Christmas present worth no more than $10 to $15. Invite your friends! 
EYC Dinner Needed
Thank you to Mandy Allbritton for providing Sunday's EYC Dinner!  We still need a volunteer to bring dinner on December 15, click here to sign up.
Don't forget to follow St John's EYC on Instagram at   The Instagram is updated regularly with pictures/videos from Youth events.
Action Items and Opportunities
St. John's Giving Tree 2019: Updates
There was much excitement at St. John's these past two Sundays, and as a result all of the ornaments have been taken! 

For clarification, all of the toys, pajamas, socks and gift cards need to be returned to the church office NO LATER THAN December 11. The goodies will then be sorted into large individual gift bags in preparation for their distribution on December 18.  

Prior to this big celebration, the children and youth of the parish will bring holiday cheer to the Cornerstone Kids with crafts, music, and games. This party will happen on December 10 as noted above.

Please call or email MC with any questions at  503.4605 or

Also, on Monday, December 16,  at 2:30 p.m., helpers are needed to transport all the gifts to Cornerstone Kids.  Please contact Fr. Michael at or by phone at 397.1005 if you can help with transport.

Thank you!!  
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's Birthdays and Baptism

December 1, 
Mila Geneva Kastello

December 5, The Rev. George Burchill, Robin Gonzalez, Charles Harden, Larry Heisel, Harrison Browning

December 6, David Schenck, Gail Dee Russ, Jim Armstrong, Hayden Kendall

December 7, Jim Voss

December 8, Mark Schabacker, The Rev. Bob Elliott, Sydney Braun
December 9, Thomas Conlee, Jack Koch
December 10, Kevin Johnson, Julie Sunich, Nicole Hasselbach
December 11, Ingalls Witte, Tommy Moxley
Sunday's Scripture Snippet  

"Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."

Luke 23
Hospital Visitation

We want to provide support during your time of need. However, because health regulations prohibit the clergy from being informed when our parishioners are in the hospital, we will not know if you or someone you love is there unless you tell us. We want to provide support in any time of need or crisis. Please call the parish offices at 259.1570 or  click here to email us to let us know when you need us. 

If you have a pastoral emergency when the parish offices are closed, please call 906.5199.
This Week in St. John's
Thursday, December 5
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 10:00 a.m., Chapel

Men's Thursday Bible Study and Lunch, 11:45 a.m., Lowry Room
The Men's Thursday Bible study will meet on Thursday at 11:45 a.m. The group comes together weekly for fellowship and to study the readings for the coming Sunday.  Feel free to bring your lunch.
Sunday, December 8
Click here for the readings for Sunday.  St. John's follows Track 2.

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 8:00 a.m., Church

The Holy Eucharist ( Rite II), 9:15 a.m., Church
Sunday School for Children, 9:15 a.m., Parish Hall   

Holy Hospitality Coffee Hour, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Courtyard (weather permitting)
Sunday Adult Christian Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Rom
The Sunday Adult Formation Group starts their Advent study this Sunday. All are invited! For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at or 785.9400.

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m., Church
Middle School EYC (6th through 8th grades), 4:30 p.m., Discovery House

Advent Lessons and Carols, 5:00 p.m., Church
Reception to follow in the Parish Hall.

Combined EYC Dinner (6th through 12th grades), 5:30 p.m., Discovery House
High School EYC (9th through 12th grades), 6:00 p.m., Discovery House
Tuesday, December 10
Contemporary Women's Bible Study, 6:45 a.m., Lowry Room
CWBS meets on Tuesdays at 6:45 a.m. in the Lowry Room.  All women are welcome.  The group is studying the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Join us for coffee, a light breakfast, and stimulating discussion. For information, contact Deacon Kathleen at or 785.9400.
Wednesday, December 11
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 12:15 p.m., Chapel

Wednesday Nights in St. John's, 6:30 p.m., Parish Hall
The Wednesday Nights Group meets each week on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a shared potluck supper followed by fellowship, a video, and discussion of our faith. Contact Paul and Winkie Game with questions at
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