December 18, 2019
News of the Parish
Christmas Lessons and Carols, Modified Service Schedule This Sunday
A Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols with the Holy Eucharist will take place this 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!
Invite - Welcome - Connect
A new ministry in St. John's headed up by Vestry members Rick Eckhard and Dallas Coffield will begin in early 2020.  Stay tuned for more information!
Adult Enquirers Class Begins in February
Frs. Connelly and Cannon will be co-teaching the Adult Enquirers Class beginning Sunday, February 8.  The class will prepare participants for adult Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation and will meet most Sundays from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. with lunch included.  More details to follow . . .
Cornerstone Kids Present Drop!
Christmas Service and Event Schedule
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

View the schedule online at our website.
Fellowship and Events
Moms Meet Up Tomorrow: New Location
The Moms Meet Up group will meet tomorrow, Thursday, December 19 , at 8:45 a.m. at Sarah Bricklemyer's home (3207 West Palmira Avenue). This will be a fun Christmas celebration complete with yummy treats! They will still have their regular Nooma lesson. 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. They  hope that everyone can join them!
Celebratio 2020
Celebratio 2020
Saturday, February 8
7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Peter O'Knight Airport Hangar, 825 Severn Avenue, Davis Islands

Take off with St. John's School for their largest fundraising event by becoming a VIP Sponsor (Learjet and higher) and receive  exciting perks, including an exclusive Flight Club party!

Click here for sponsorship opportunities and information.

Contact your Flight Captains for any questions!
Action Items and Opportunities
Candle and Flowers Available
The candle in the Sanctuary Light is available for Sunday, January 5, and  Sunday, February 9, and the f lowers at the Church Altar are available for Sunday, January 12. If you would like to take one of these opportunities to honor a loved one and support St. John's, contact us.
Children and Youth
Pageant Prep!

These little cuties were hard at work this past weekend, getting ready for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant! Catch this once a year tradition at 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve in the church!
Sunday School News
Christmas Pageant participants! Our final practice before Christmas Eve is this Thursday, December 19 from 4 to 6:00 p.m. in the church and Parish Hall. This will be a dress rehearsal, and we will have a special pizza dinner for the kids. Thanks to Mary Ellen Collins for providing food! Please contact Ayana Grady at if you have any questions.
We still need volunteers to bring our weekly Sunday School snacks!  Click here to sign up.
EYC News
EYC Holiday Schedule
EYC will take a holiday break on December 22 and 29, and will resume on Sunday, January 5 with a combined 2020 Kickoff Game Night in Discovery House for 6th through 12th graders!

Dinners Needed
We still need volunteers to bring weekly EYC Dinners next semester! Please look over your spring calendar, and sign up here. 

EYC on the 'Gram
Remember to follow St John's EYC on Instagram , w e update it regularly with pictures/videos from Youth events!
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's Birthdays

December 19, Paul Keesling, Sandy Murray, Lora Hulse, Marilin Espino-Maya, Evan Lick, Keith Bexley

December 20, Rosalyn Gibbs, Grayson Leal, Bob Gaudsmith, Walker Martin, Ivy Gustafson, Nate Lacktman, Taylor Moore

December 21, none

December 22, Tricia Hancock, Stephen Swindal, Pat Wilson, Zigmund Bereday, JoAnna Hall, Anne Williams, Eric Stoll
December 23, John Ackermann, Helen Scott
December 24, none

December 25, Harry Hedges
Sunday's Scripture Snippet  

B e patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient.

James 5
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 19
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. 

The group will not meet next week, December 26, but will resume on Thursday, January 2.
Sunday, December 22
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 8:00 a.m., Church  Click here for the readings for this service.

A Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols and the Holy Eucharist ( Rite II), 10:00 a.m., Church
This service takes the place of the 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services. 
Lessons are:
Genesis 3:8-15  -  God announces in the Garden of Eden that the seed of a woman shall bruise the serpent's head.
Luke 2:1-7  -  Saint Luke tells of the birth of Jesus.
Luke 2:8-16  -  The shepherds go to the manger.
Matthew 2:1-11  -  The wise men are led by the star to Jesus.
John 1:1-14  -  Saint John unfolds the mystery of the incarnation.

Sunday School for Children, 10:00 a.m., Parish Hall   

Holy Hospitality Reception, following the 10:00 a.m. service, Parish Hall
Sunday Adult Christian Formation, No Meeting this Week
The Sunday Adult Formation Group will take a break for the holiday on Sunday, December 22, December 29, and January 5.  Meetings will resume on Sunday, January 12 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room.

For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at or 785.9400.
No EYC This Sunday
EYC will take a holiday break and resume on Sunday, January 5 with a combined 2020 Kickoff (6th through 12th grades).
Tuesday, December 24: Christmas Eve
Parish Offices close at noon.

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.)

Contemporary Women's Bible Study, No Meeting This Week or Next
CWBS meets on Tuesdays at 6:45 a.m. in the Lowry Room. The group will take a holiday break on December 24 and 31, resuming on January 7.

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 25: Christmas Day
Parish Offices closed

The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) with Congregational Carols, 10:00 a.m., Church

Wednesday Nights in St. John's, No Meeting
The Wednesday Nights Group will take a holiday break on December 25 and January 1, but will resume on January 8.

The 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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