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St. John’s
Weekly Happenings
November 21-28, 2021
Sermon: "Generosity At Work!"
This Week's Worship Service
          
Donna and Neil LeGay, Greeter
Wendy Lingle, Scripture
Wendy Lingle, Usher         
Greg Innes, Sound
Larry Miller, Website and Video 
Peggy Miller, Facebook
Ron Royer, Projections
Volunteers are needed to help distribute flyers after the service Sunday, November 21. We will be placing door hangers with our Advent Events for our neighbors. Please see Pastor Roben for further instructions!
Needed:
Worship Sign-Ups
Please use the links to sign up if you have a computer or smart phone.
We have need scripture
readers and greeters!
Click below to sign up,
sign up at church,
or call the secretary to be signed up.

Click here to sign up for Worship Participation

Click here to sign up for Helping with Events

Collection cart for Harvest Sunday will be outside the Gathering Room. Please feel free to bring in donations and place them in the cart.

We will need help Sunday morning November, 21 at 9:30am to carry the food up to the platform.
Take time to worship during the week of Thanksgiving.
A short Thanksgiving worship Video in collaboration with Zion Lutheran Church will be available Tuesday, November 23, for you to worship on your own time. A link will be sent via “Pastoral Connections” email.
For our Advent theme, we are asking members to decorate the windowsills of the sanctuary with lanterns.

You may decorate before or after Sunday Worship or by setting up a time with the secretary.

Please sign up by using the link above, the sign-up sheet on the information table, or by calling the secretary.
·     Christmas decorating will take place after the worship service on November 21. Please sign up to help by clicking on the “It’s Time to Sign Up” link, signing up on the sheet in the gathering room, or calling the church office. Pastor Roben will have cookies and hot chocolate.
 
·     We will be decorating the sanctuary windowsills with lanterns this Advent. If you have a lantern to share and would like to decorate a windowsill, please sign up on the sheet in the Gathering Room or you can sign up online with the “Helping With Events” link.
 
·     If you would like to share a Nativity themed ornament for our Angel Tree, please make sure you have your name on it and bring it to church on December 12. We will hang the ornaments on the tree at the end of the service.
 
·     Advent devotionals will be available at the church starting November 28.
 
·     Online devotional will be available November 28. It and will interactive materials for children via YouTube video links, meditative visuals, links for single and married, etc.
 
·     The Chapel will be available on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:00PM for a quiet place for reflection including a meditation guide, soft music, and blue Christmas reflections.
 
·     There will be a Photo Booth/Backdrop of an old barn door with manger, festive décor, and theme, “The Inn: Housing the Holy”, for family/single photos. This will be in the sanctuary. Feel free to use for Christmas photos after worship each week.
 
·     A Podcast with the Advent theme, "The Inn: Housing the Holy" sermons will be available November 30.  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/st-johns-the-inn- housing-the-holy/id1594864445
 
·     The sermons will also be available separately each Tuesday on YouTube along with the complete live streaming worship.
 
·     Twitter will be available as well as Facebook for comments, questions, and insights as we dialogue with each other regarding “Housing the Holy” available on each Tuesday.
 
·     Blue Christmas Service will be held December 5 at 3:00pm at Jonestown United Methodist Church. We would like to provide a way to help you through this difficult time of the year. Utilize the Chapel also.
 
·     Live Nativity December 17 at 6:00PM free hot chocolate.
 
·     Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service is December 24 at 7:00pm.

·     Angel Tree gift collection for children.
Please include on your envelope
  • your name
  • phone number
  • quantity
  • amount enclosed
  • whom you would like your poinsettias to be placed in honor or memory of.


Please place order forms in offering plate or through the mail slot of the office door.
We will be having our annual congregational meeting on December 12th following the worship service. There will be a luncheon to follow.
United Church of Christ Homes

In order to provide each resident with a meaningful gift this coming Christmas, UCC Homes is asking their sponsoring congregations to consider donating a monetary donation or gift cards to be used towards purchasing desired gifts of residents of the communities of UCC Homes.

We will be collecting for Kindred Place and Lebanon Valley Homes. Below is a list of gift cards requested.

Please place any monetary donations or gift cards in the collection plate, labeled. You may also mail them to the church secretary.
Deadline is December 5, 2021
Giant Foods
Boscov's
CVS
Wal Mart
Dairy Queen
Michaels
Dunkin Donuts
Amazon


Reimagining our common ground
for the collective good.
We live in changing times. The pandemic, politics, and culture has made a major shift in our society affecting our community and spiritual life. The church is challenged more than ever to reimagine its place and purpose. The Courageous Church offers twenty-six videos addressing the needs of society and the role of the church.

You are invited to meet with us in person or through Uber video conferencing to discuss the videos and major issues affecting the life of the church. It is the church's desire to offer the love of Christ in a relevant and an effective way.

These videos include cutting edge speakers who speak to what it means to be the church today.

You won't want to miss this.

Next Meeting:
To Be Determined
In Person or online via
Check your email for the link to click on for the Uber Conference session for this the online option.
FREE PIANO
YOU MUST HAUL

Call the Church Secretary to arrange pickup.
(717)865-4453
Nar-Anon Meetings: Meetings are now done via Zoom – email Denise Eiceman for information at eicemand@aol.com.
SERMONS
November 21 Pastor Roben, Harvest Sunday, "Generosity at Work!"
November 28 Pastor Roben, First Day of Advent


Prayer
Requests
Nursing Home:
Beatrice Warlow
Florence Rhan
Fay Krumbine
Shirley Haldeman
Joan Cousins

Military:
Jason Galloway
Maj. Kevin White
Lee Moyer

Remember those we've lost:
Richard Gerhart
Members:
Mary Young
Barbara Stahl
Tyler Haag
Earlene Baal
Mike Gipe
Ray Hower
Scott Strauss, A serious accident will leave him out of work. You may give to help on your own or through the church. Contact the Pastor Roben or the Church office.
Family & Friends:
Sarah Anderson, RN at
UPMC
Brenda Marinkov
Vanessa, Christie’s friend
Josh and Ana Hertzog
Patty, Pastor's sister
Linda, Donna's friend
Mike, Judy Wolfe's son,
battling cancer
Bob, Neil's friend,
battling cancer at
the VA
Laura, Christie's friend
Pastoral Care
You can reach the pastor on her cell at (717)215-7817. Please call for pastoral care needs or just to talk.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRAYER
  • Sunday Morning Worship - Prayers of the people
  • Monday Morning 9:00 AM Prayer Time in the Sanctuary
Everyone is invited to join the pastor
to pray for the church
Monday morning at 9:00 wherever you are or join us in the sanctuary using the following prayer:
Dear God,
Thank you for your love and presence in my life and in the life of the church. St. John’s is your church. We place it in your hands and seek your will to be done. Give us courage, humility, and wisdom as we listen to you and to one another.  Give us the spirit of your love in all that we do. Guide our decisions as we live out our faith and the St. John’s Mission Statement:
"We serve all of God's people by sharing the love of Christ and ministering to our community."
Amen
Thank you for your giving

Giving last week was $2341.00
Attendance last Sunday 25
GIFT
CARDS
Giant and BG’s Market Gift Cards are available
You can purchase Giant gift cards for $25, $50, or $100
You can purchase BG's gift cards for $100.
Contact the church office for more information.
  
This program serves as a fundraiser for Women of Worship at St. John’s. They make great gifts, of course. But please also consider purchasing them for your own use. If you shop at either of these stores, you can purchase the gift cards from the church and use them instead of cash on your next visit.
 
 Thanks in advance for helping St. John’s Women of Worship by participating in this program.
Altar Flowers and Bulletin Sponsors
Everyone has an opportunity to sponsor Altar Flowers and/or the Weekly Bulletin for each Sunday.  Sponsor Forms are available on the table in the church lobby. The cost for altar flowers is $15 and you can choose from available silk arrangements. The cost to sponsor the weekly bulletin is $10.  Simply fill out the form and mail it with your check for payment to St. John’s UCC, PO Box 688, Jonestown, PA 17038.  This is one small way you can help St. John’s and celebrate a special day or memory.  Thank you in advance for signing up.
WHAT ARE YOUR GIFTS?
Click on the link below and find out!
St. John's UCC (717) 865-4453
     www.jonestownucc.org
 Rev. Roben Roof, Pastor