Weekly Announcements
November 18 - November 24, 2020
Please give to St. John's as we continue to do the work of Christ in these challenging times.
Your pledge is our future. You can find our Online Pledge Form by clicking the button below.
WORSHIP & FORMATION
ONLINE SUNDAY WORSHIP
NOVEMBER 22
On Sunday morning, please CLICK HERE to find a Sunday Worship Service video, children's sermon, resources for prayer, formation, and much more.

You may also join us on Facebook at 10:00 a.m. so we can worship together as a community. CLICK HERE to connect on Sunday morning.
COMMUNION FROM THE RESERVED SACRAMENT
The clergy of St. John’s continue to offer communion from the reserved sacrament from Noon to 1:00 p.m. on Sundays. This offering takes place outdoors at the preschool entrance to the church, is one-on-one with the clergy, with a number of safety precautions employed to ensure the safest possible environment. To learn more, please CLICK HERE.
ONLINE WORSHIP SERVERS
Thank you to all the November worship servers, we appreciate your help! Additional spots are now released for the month of December. Please consider signing up to serve in this important ministry. When you sign up, you will receive an email with instructions. SIGN UP HERE 
ONLINE WEEKDAY WORSHIP AND OFFERINGS
Please visit our Online Church page for links to any of the offerings below:
LECTIO-DIVINA and CENTERING PRAYER groups meet weekly via Zoom. If you would like to join in, please email Brad directly.
ZOOM DAILY OFFICE
A Monday - Friday virtual gathering to frame our days around a regular life of prayer. Each day will offer three of the Daily Offices from our Book of Common Prayer: Morning Prayer at 7:30 a.m.; Evening Prayer at 5:00 p.m; and Compline at 9:00 p.m. Join the group in REALM or contact Brad directly. Direct links are in your Weekly Announcements email.
CHRISTMAS WREATH FUNDRAISER EXTENDED
Haven't had a chance to order your wreath yet? You still have time! Great news! Our Christmas wreath fundraiser registration period has been extended to next Tuesday, November 24th!
PARISH LIVE NATIVITY
STJE is offering an outdoor, live nativity in the Garden at 5:00pm on Christmas Eve. Participants needed! Costumes will be provided and participants will not have speaking parts. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME! If you and/or your family would like to participate, please see your personal Weekly Announcements email for the sign up link. Please contact Matt Williams with questions.
SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN
Hello families! During the month of November, Sunday School will focus on the life of young David. The Monthly Sunday School Plan: November and Monthly Sunday School Rotation: November are now available on our Online Church webpage. Please see additional information here:  
  • Please review the November Sunday School Plan and Sunday School Rotation materials posted. Materials for Sunday Sunday School Activity, November 22: •A cell phone with a camera or a digital camera • A means of printing the photos (optional)
  • Please click on the Online Church page on Sunday to view the two new Sunday School videos: Lesson and Activity.
Please check your parish email for the "Crew-giving" sign up link.
FRIENDSGIVING PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are narrowing the scope of our annual event but still could use a few parent helpers in the kitchen to help prep and box up food in to-go containers! Please check your parish email to sign up to help...there are several "shifts!" 
Thank you for sharing your time with us.
Masks required!
#THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY
View the latest #ThoughtfulThursday each Thursday on the EYC Facebook page or our Online Church page.
SR HIGH VOLUNTEERS
SR High youth are invited to sign up to lead games each Sunday at Jr. EYC! Sign up link is in your personal Weekly Announcements email.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS
Parents, please consider signing up to help with EYC Check-In each Sunday! Sign up link is in your personal Weekly Announcements email.
STAY CONNECTED WITH ST. JOHN'S
Do you have an announcement to post in the Weekly Announcements Eblast? Please submit your announcement to Rebekah by Monday at 5:00pm.
PRAY
The Prayer List is available in your personal Weekly Announcements email. Please email Kerry in the church office with prayer requests. 
ZOOM MONDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY Please join us Mondays at 8:00AM. Please join the group in REALM, or contact Bo Proctor with questions. Zoom link is in your personal Weekly Announcements email.
ST. JOHN'S WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP Please join us every other Thursday at 8:00 pm. Please join the group in REALM to see the latest meeting details. Zoom link is in your personal Weekly Announcements email.
LIFT WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY
LIFT (Learning In Faith Together) meets every Wednesday, 11:00am -12:30pm via Zoom. Please contact Toni Robinson, to be added to the Zoom invitation list.
ST. JOHN'S CHOIRS
Our choirs are rehearsing via Zoom for our virtual services each Sunday. St. John’s Choir for teens and adults meets on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome! The Treble Youth RSCM Choir for singers in grades 3-12 meets on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome, and RSCM training goes on as well. Please contact Alan Reed for more details.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
HAGAR'S BASKET DRIVE THRU PANTRY
Our next drive thru pantry will take place on Wednesday morning, November 18. Your donations of deodorant, toothpaste, tooth brushes, bars of soap, and laundry detergent (with cap securely tightened to avoid leaking!) are most gratefully appreciated! As God provides for us, we joyfully provide for others!
DIOCESE CELEBRATION
The Diocese of North Carolina will host a virtual celebration on Saturday, November 21, beginning at 8:30am. Since the 205th Annual Convention is rescheduled for March 2021, we're using the original Convention date to celebrate all that we - together - have accomplished in 2020. Convention clergy and delegates will attend via Zoom, and the whole event will be livestreamed for all who want to take part on Facebook Live, the new diocesan YouTube channel and the diocesan website. We hope you'll join us for this uplifting day! To learn more, CLICK HERE.
GIVING TREE COMING SOON
The 2020 Christmas Giving Tree for the disadvantaged children of Merry Oaks Elementary will be coming soon! To provide for a safe process in these challenging times, there will be an online option to choose a child. There will also be a tree with tags available at the Preschool entrance for those parishioners who would rather choose a tag from the tree. Details of present drop-off dates and times will also be communicated soon. So, look for information in upcoming e-blasts and on the church website.
STJE FIX IT REQUEST FORM
Saint John's parishioners now have a way to alert the Property Committee to any issues seen in the building or grounds that needs attention: the FixIt Request Form. This form is located on the STJE KIOSK, accessible from our webpage.
CHRISTMAS: CHOIR & MUSIC
CHRISTMAS CHOIR
Would you like to sing in a choir for Christmas? Now is a great time to join a choir to learn music for Christmas! Treble singers grades 3-12 are invited to rehearse via Zoom on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. with St. John’s Treble Youth RSCM Choir. Teens and adults of all voice parts are invited to rehearse via Zoom on Thursdays at 6:30 with St. John’s Choir. After rehearsing our singers record individual videos at home that Jamey Graves assembles and edits for our online services. Contact Alan Reed for details.
CONTRIBUTIONS FOR MUSIC & FLOWERS
Contributions for Christmas poinsettias and Christmas Eve brass players, along with names to be remembered in the Christmas bulletins, should be received in the office by Wednesday, December 16. Help support the expense of paying for the brass players and decorations for our on-line service, as well as decorations in the gardens, as you honor those whom we love but see no longer, and celebrate those among us today.
NEW LIVE STREAM MINISTRY AT STJE
At some point in the future St. John’s will offer a live streamed service using our new live streaming system. We will need a team of volunteers providing support for this important ministry. If you are interested in volunteering for this new ministry, please contact Jamey Graves.
EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT
As 2020 has unfolded, we have found ourselves living with increasing uncertainty. As The Episcopal Church's compassionate response to human suffering in the world, our commitment to those we serve is stronger than ever. Your continued support of our work is another profound source of strength. Your gifts enable us to sow seeds of resilience for children, families and communities around the world. Thank you for your continued generosity. If you wish to donate, please click here: DONATE
TROOP 116 POPCORN FUNDRAISER
Troop 116's annual popcorn fundraiser is here! Troop 116 have organized a website to go to for ordering popcorn. Your popcorn order will be shipped directly to your home. The fundraiser runs through the end of November. If you wish to participate in the Popcorn Fundraiser, CLICK HERE. Questions, please contact Matt MacCaughelty or Pete Farnham.
ST. JOHN'S ENDOWMENT
In this strange and difficult time in our world, St. John's continues to provide stability, comfort and security for our church, parishioners and our community. These activities are enabled greatly by the St. John's Endowment today and in the future. Gifts to the Endowment can be made by naming St. John's Endowment as a beneficiary in your will or in a number of other estate planning vehicles. Too, naming St. John's Endowment as an IRA beneficiary can provide tremendous tax advantages for your heirs. To learn more about becoming part of St. John's Endowment, contact Reid Joyner or Janie McIntyre and visit the STJE Endowment webpage.
ROOM IN THE INN / ROOF ABOVE
As you may have heard, Urban Ministry Center and the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte have joined forces as Roof Above. They are committed to their mission of ending homelessness and providing shelter to everyone in our community. We recently received the following update:
'This winter,...we will likely need in-person assistance with check-in, off-site meal preparation, and toiletry donation items for these single-site locations. There will also be opportunities to donate financially to the running of these facilities.'
Janice Stafford and I have been honored to co-chair this ministry on behalf of St. John's since 2016. We were frequently told by our neighbors that St. John’s was one of the nicest places that they stayed. It could not have happened without the many volunteers who gave of their time, talent, and treasure to make it happen. Thank you all! You may contact us: Janice Stafford or Carol Lomax Fortenberry. Peace!
THE PARISH SHOP UPDATES
The Parish Shop is still hard at work looking for ways to serve you! We have been able to partner with a couple of our vendors to offer their products through these links:

  • Jane Marie, LLC is a regional, small family-owned business offering fun and classic jewelry and accessories. Bonus: they are offering a 10% discount with a special code available to you! DISCOUNT CODE: 157248 CLICK HERE FOR JANE MARIE
  • Bridgewater Candle Company, a Greenville/Spartanburg area company, is a favorite with several parishioners. Every candle purchased feeds a food insecure orphan for a whole day. They also have hand sanitizer! CLICK HERE FOR BRIDGEWATER CANDLES
  • Lastly, The Parish Shop has opened up the ability to purchase digital gift cards through "Square"! Follow our link to purchase a gift card for you or some one you love to use at The Parish Shop! CLICK HERE FOR PARISH SHOP GIFT CARDS

Please follow the Parish Shop Facebook page HERE.
LET US PRAY
The Intercessory Prayer Team would love to pray for you! All requests are confidential.