Vol. 80 Issue 12 | Week of March 21-27, 2022
What a wonderful Sunday of CELEBRATING we enjoyed last week!

As we celebrated our centennial, we sang, told stories, enjoyed our Letourneau pipe organ, laughed, cried, greeted friends from the past and the present, read our St. John’s Church Covenant, looked at historic documents and took photos.

This coming Sunday, our worship will focus on our future and ENVISIONING. This Sunday, one of our children will greet us as we begin worship and offer our prayer of submission. One of our teenagers will call us to worship as we begin our second century.

Celebrating 100 years is exceedingly important! However, envisioning our future is equally important!
This Sunday, my message will describe our current situation and offer some directions and visions for these first few years of our second century.

It is my prayer that our commitment, as charter members of the second century will match the commitment of the charter members of our first century. I hope to see you Sunday as we begin our second century together. To the future!

Saturday, April 2 at 6PM
We would LOVE to see you on Saturday, April 2 at 6PM as we welcome Al Staggs to Charlotte for his one-person play, A View from the Underside: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Tickets are $10 and are on sale NOW at this link: https://tinyurl.com/sjbcbon2022

This performance brings the life of one of the great heroes of the twentieth century, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, to the stage. The audience is brought into the prison cell where Bonhoeffer awaits execution and listens to his struggles with evil, injustice, and God. 

If you have any questions about purchasing tickets or would like to pay with check/cash, please let Mallory Brown know at mbrown@sjcharlotte.org or Jacquelyn in the office.

Note: If you purchased tickets to this event that was originally scheduled for 2020, you are entitled to complimentary tickets this year. Please contact Mallory Brown at mbrown@sjcharlotte.org to redeem a special code for your free tickets.

2022 Community & State Missions Offering

Thus far, we have raised $2,480 towards our $5,000 goal for this year's Community & State Missions Offering.

These gifts are beyond our tithes and offerings to the Annual Ministry Budget Plan. We will give half our gifts to Refugee Support Services of the Carolinas and the other half to The School of Divinity at Wake Forest University.

Help us reach the $5,000 goal by giving today!

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

St. John’s Baptist members and guests will be going to see the Charlotte Knights play the Norfolk Tides on Sunday, May 22, at 1:00PM.

The cost per ticket is $15.50 for the game only (food and beverage at your own cost). There will be an opportunity to ride the streetcar to the game, if the group is interested. Please join us for a casual time for fun and fellowship!

Deadline to sign up is Wednesday, April 20. 

Purchase tickets with the button below or contact Lee Gray.

Your registration is not complete until you receive a confirmation email. 


from Fredda Kimball

St. John’s has now officially been at the corner of 5th and Hawthorne for 100 years or will be by the end of the week--actual date is March 26.

My personal thanks for all the support and assistance in preserving our history that we can now remember and celebrate—

First, to former Associate Minister, Rev. Roberts Lasater and the history committee from many years ago who began the job of collecting and organizing the booklets, directories, minute books, programs, and other ephemera related to the history of St. John’s,

To Dr. Dennis Foust, who upon his arrival at St. John’s, suggested that we have a yearly celebration of our heritage and has been a supporter and advisor in this endeavor,

To Kevin Gray who provided support and advice, composed music for our celebration, and along with Dr. Foust, was responsible for planning the wonderful service on Sunday, March 20th,

To Lee Gray and former staff members for assistance and support,

To Richard Young, father of Sally Young, the secretary at all the early organizational meetings and conferences, thus providing us with the details of those early meetings,

To all those who diligently worked to keep all those records through the years, including all the church secretarial and administrative staff (Fanny Ruppelt-- Nina Phillips's mother, Jerry Stephens, Peggy Harrison, Jacquelyn McAbee, Mallory Brown, Jenny Godfrey, and others),

To the Ministry Deacon Panel for allocating funding to the Heritage Room,

To the official and unofficial members of the Heritage Resource Team who helped sort, organize, and plan, and supported the work of the Heritage Room for the past 10 years including:

Kim Allen, Matt Comer, Teri Franklin, Nancy Fuller, Betty Harkey, Derek Henson, Bobbie Hinson, Ashley and Wanny Hogewood, Ken Hungate, Ruth Jackson, Joy Jarrett, Melissa Millette, Carl and Nina Phillips, Laura Sorrell, and Betty Thompson (my apologies to anyone else I accidentally omitted),

To Sally Young who in addition to helping sort, organize, and plan, volunteered to write the main portion of the “History of St. John’s”, to be published later this year, and has almost completed that enormous task,

And, last but definitely not least, to Linda Crowder who agreed ten years ago to help me without having any idea of the work ahead of us and who has been responsible for all the displays for Heritage Sundays through the years, and not only has made sure we also kept more current information during the last ten years. but has helped preserve our more recent history with her photography.

Please contact me or Linda if you would like to visit the Heritage Room and see the History of St. John’s.

CROP Walk Exceeds Goal!

For more than thirty years, St. John's has hosted the Charlotte Crop Hunger Walk office and participated as a key church sponsor in the annual effort. This week, we received this good news.
"As supporters of the Crop Walk and as people who are invested in the wellbeing of our local and global communities, we are thrilled to inform you of another successful Crop Walk in 2021. Donations for the 2021 Crop walk, as of the end of February, total just over $224,300, blowing past our goal of $180,000! Most importantly, this means that people in need are going to benefit from these donations, which is why we are all working towards this cause. It also means that the Charlotte walk once again holds the top spot in the nation in terms of donations!"
Congratulations to each person who helped achieve this success on behalf of others. We are already beginning to plan for the 2022 walk and will keep you in the loop with planning as we approach October. Thank you for your support!

Prayer Concerns, Thanks, Sympathy

Shirley Ballard, Martha Brown, Stan Brown, Tamara Edwards, Caroline Godsey (surgery today), Tish Philemon, Don Swofford, Elma Thomas, Dee Turner

Please email info@sjcharlotte.org to share a prayer request, thank you, or celebration.
Financial Ministry Plan Report
Week of March 15-21: $51,880
Income through March 21: $310,832
Annual 2022 Ministry Plan Budget Goal: $1,135,000

Community & State Missions: $2,480
Goal: $5,000
Recipients – Wake Forest Divinity School & Refugee Support Services
You can make contributions, view your giving history and pledge status, as well as update your pledge and giving information anytime by accessing your personal Realm profile online or via the Connect App.
Ministers On-Call Schedule

March 21-23, 26-27: Kevin Gray
March 24-25, 28- April 3: Lee Gray
April 4-10: Dennis Foust
April 11-17: Kevin Gray
Staff Contact Information

Jenny Godfrey, Administrative Assistant - 704-333-5428, ext. 11
Dennis Foust, Senior Minister - 704-359-7234 (cell); 704-333-5428, ext. 12
Lee Gray, Minister for Congregational Care - 704-451-1309 (cell); 704-333-5428, ext. 15
Kevin Gray, Minister for Music and Worship - 803-524-0287 (cell); 704-333-5428, ext. 14
Jacquelyn McAbee, Church Administrator - 434-579-1177 (cell); 704-333-5428, ext. 20
Mallory Brown- 704-477-3349 (cell)