Weekly Announcements
July 29 - August 4, 2020
Please give to St. John's as we continue to do the work of Christ in these challenging times.
To see the directory or connect with a group, CLICK HERE to visit REALM.
AUGUST 2, 2020
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.

Please give to St. John's as we continue to do the work of Christ in these challenging times.
We need your help making our online worship great by participating from your home! Sign up to video yourself at home reading a Lesson as an individual or saying the Prayers of the People as a family. When you sign up, you will receive an email with instructions of what you are to read and how to make your recording available for us to add to our worship video. Spots are now available for August and beyond! CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
In addition to our continued online worship offerings, we are   now able to gather for Outdoor Worship in limited numbers.  Please register to attend. Instructions and details are posted on the registration page.

Worship Days and Times:
Sundays 8:00 am & 9:00 am
Wednesdays 9:00 am
Please check 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 at Brad@stje.org
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. Zoom Daily Office is a new Spirituality Group in REALM. To join, contact Brad directly at Brad@stje.org or C LICK THE LINKS BELOW.
You can also call in on your phone. Please u se the information below:
Phone numbers to try: 
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 301 715 8592 US
Enter the following Meeting IDs -
Morning Prayer : 960 1017 0884
Evening Prayer : 952 3983 4434
Compline :  943 1262 8155
Visit our Online Church page to see the latest Children's Sermons and additional resources for faith and family building activities: Family Faith-Building Ideas and Mealtime Conversation Starters.

All past episodes of Pop! Into Proverbs and Children's Sermons can be viewed on our YouTube channel.

MIDDLE SCHOOL (August 9 & 23) HIGH SCHOOL (August 16 & 30)
Prayer List: Please email Kerry in the church office with prayer requests.   Please note that names on the printed prayer list will appear in the bulletin for four weeks but will continue to remain on the Intercessory Prayer Group’s ongoing list until they are notified to remove the name.
Pray for members:  Pat Adams, Joyce Newton, Jeanne Reynolds, Bob Cooley, Lila Koss, Peter Hatten, Nancy MacMillan, Christ & Marge Koconis, Nancy Mahaffey, Woody Winslow, Sid Leeds, Julian Albergotti, Bobbie Cox, David Beard, Tom Albergotti, Judy DiGregorio, Vann Taylor, Gladys Neff, Fred Brunck, Charlie Dickinson, Carolyn Morris, Bob Nye, Miriam Searcy, Elijah Hochstrasser, Barbara Peterson, Meredith Pruitt, Jane & Charlie Burdick, Donna Weinstein, Sarah Morgan, Michael Hoben, Spencer Wooten, Louise Cooke, David Griffith, Susan Hughes, Thomas Walker

Pray for friends and relatives :  Margaret & Louis George (parents of Sharon George), Tom Williams (father of Matt Williams), Catherine Martin (daughter of Bill & Mary Jo Dudley), Celia Vitale Kucera (daughter of Alex & Hope Vitale), Trevor Thomas (son of Mark & Judith Thomas), Alan Young (friend of Bill Nuttall), the family of David Griffith, Wendy Bliss (daughter of Jean Bliss), Steve & Mimi Spear (parents of Rebekah Rode), Jim & Sandy Peebles (uncle & aunt of Rebekah Rode), Robin Allen (daughter of Carolyn Morris), Joel Jensen (uncle of Jeneen Floyd), Russell & Susan Seward & Family (relatives of Rebekah Rode)

Pray for those in military service:  Frederick Huiet, Ryan Livingston, Dan Sullivan, Greg Jones, Jim Myrick, Bernard David, Damien Mitchell, Kevin Dellicker , Michael Berger, Mark Lenhart, Geoff Sey, Thomas Everett, Evan John, Brandon Wilson, Lt. Col. Tim Sellers, Aaron Bomar, Michael Taylor McCormick, James Simpson, David Bell, Steven Placke, Thomas Jones, Jr., Curtis Mabry, Thomas Cooper, Tyler Thomas, Pat Carter, Joe Rader, Kyle Norton, Adam Stein, Tommy Heagney, Sarah Maness, Luciano Provazano, Angelo DeMatteo, Ryan Harwell, John Pineda, Jonathan Conlan, Aidan McKenna, Tom Clapp

Pray for those who have died: Bob Burris (friend of Susan Mason), Linda Mauth (friend of the Loebers), Tommy Harrison (uncle of Gary Williams), Johnnie E. Jenkins (friend of Merrill & Judy Gowdy), Dan Mauney (friend of Rick and Kerry Johnson), Sally Sasz (friend of Toni Robinson), Mark Shames ( friend of Tom McCrystle)

Pray in thanksgiving for birthdays and anniversaries –August 3-9, 2020
Birthdays : Morgan Allison, Nathan Bondi, Scott Bondi, Michaela Brewer, Bob Butler, Sandy Carlson, Jeff Cummins, Chris Duffy, Vernon Flynn, Tripp Graves, Kerry Groudle, Bob Hubbard, Sam Hunt, Matthew Jordan, Rawles Kelly, Sutton Lundgren, Martha Newsom, Joyce Newton, James Peterson, Lauren Phillips, Patty Powell, Will Reap, Sam Sappenfield, Sandra Untener, Booker Wessel, Jack Williams, John Williams, Lucy Williams, Sam Wofford

Anniversaries: Charlie & Jane Burdick, Craig & Maggie Murden 
The Rector and Sr. Warden are planning on presenting another State of the Church forum . Given the new recorded format for these presentations, they would like parishioners to submit any questions or topics they would like to see covered in advance. So, if you have a particular area of interest or concern you would like them to cover, please email Fr. Peter at: peter@stje.org by August 10 th . We look forward to answering your questions!
St. John's Fly Fisher, Craig Murden, recently wrote a story about a special fly fishers trip. Please the read the beginning of his story below:
" Streamside Experience: God by Our Side
St. John’s fly fishers Brad Smith and Dan Robertson experienced something very special recently while fishing in the NC mountains. They had a young deer come by their side and stayed with them for an hour and a half.
Dan yelled over to Brad, about 30 yards away while along Helton Creek, wading along the creek bank, “Brad, check this out!” The young buck, with antler nubs beginning to show was right next to Dan, calmly present with him. Dan reached and could even pet him. The young deer made its way over to Brad and the same thing happened. Brad said the deer even splashed in the water next to him, playing and nudging Brad with his nose. This closeness remained for the next hour or so, they both said."
To read more on our website, CLICK HERE and scroll down to "Recent News."
To visit St. John's Fly Fisher website for the story and pictures, CLICK HERE.
St John’s Women’s Fellowship Hour
Thursday, AUGUST 6 at 8:00 pm
Please join us every other Thursday at 8:00 pm to enjoy an hour of virtual fellowship. 
Join via Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/720282880
Meeting ID: 720 282 880
To Join via Phone, dial: +1 312 626 6799, +1 646 876 9923
"The Unexpected Gift: Profiles in Courage from Cancer Survivorship"
Thursday, July 30, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In 2019, Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown, friend and speaker at our Adult Forums, organized a team of Novant Healthcare colleagues and embarked upon an adventure interviewing over twenty different individuals living with cancer. Each person was asked to write a chapter detailing their experiences of how this disease has been part of their life, what they've learned, and how they've changed. She graciously invited me to join her in this book project:  The Unexpected Gift: Profiles in Courage from Cancer Survivorship,  by Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown, Stuart Horwitz, et al. On Thursday, July 30, from 7:00pm-8:30pm, you're invited to virtually attend this book release webinar. You'll hear from panelists, such as Dr. Garmon-Brown and five of the chapter authors, including me, as we share of our ongoing walk with cancer, reading excerpts from our chapters, and engage in conversation.  No registration...just click the link below to join the webinar.
In Christ, Brad+
Three additional webinars are offered from our diocese during the month of August. Please see the details below and click the links to register.

Monday, August 13, 7:00 pm - " End-of-Life Care: Caring for the Families " The third in a series related to end-of-life planning, this webinar will include a presentation, a panel discussion, and time for Q&A on caring for families facing the end-of-life of a loved one. This event will be simulcast via Facebook Live on the diocesan Facebook page. REGISTER HERE

Saturday, August 18, 7:00 pm - " For Parents: Dealing with Stress, Grief & Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic " The Children's and Youth Mental Health Committee of the Diocese of North Carolina recently offered webinars to assist parents in helping children manage stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it's time to help parents deal with their own stress, as managing adult stress while caring for children certainly has a special set of considerations. This webinar will not be simulcast on Facebook Live. REGISTER HERE

Monday, August 20, 7:00 pm - " For Adults: Dealing with Stress, Grief & Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic " The Children's and Youth Mental Health Committee of the Diocese of North Carolina recently offered a series of webinars to assist parents and children managing stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. This series has been expanded to include every adult, regardless of marital or parental status, who could use guidance on managing the stress of living in a very stressful time. This webinar will not be simulcast on Facebook Live. REGISTER HERE
Do you care about teenagers? Find yourself with a little more time working remotely? Want to make a difference? Looking for something new to try? Want a chance to live out our Baptism vows in a fun and fulfilling way?
Youth ministry at SJE is looking for one female volunteer and two male volunteers to help round out our advisor team for the 2020-21 school year! We will equip, train, and support your serving. If you are interested in having a conversation about what this opportunity could look like, please contact Jillianne ( jillianne@stje.org / 803-622-8555) or Sarah ( sarah@stje.org / 704-641-0257)! We look forward to hearing from you!
Hello St. John’s,
In pre-pandemic time my office door would have been open to you to pop in for a chat. Also, I would have met with you as a result of an appointment we arranged. Why should that be different now? My office door is now a phone or computer.  Please contact me if you want to talk.  Just send an email to me and we will set up an appointment ( wendy@stje.org ). Peace, Wendy+
In May, Hagar’s began offering a curbside drive thru pantry on the third Wednesday morning of the month!  We have served an average of 14 families each month. Each family receives a prepackaged selection of hygiene and cleaning items.  Heartfelt thanks to everyone for your generosity which found the pantry well stocked before closing in March. This allows us to continue to serve our families during this time of need. As God provides for us, we provide for others!
View the video to hear from Nancy Nye for an update from the St. John's Outreach Committee. Click the picture or CLICK HERE to view.
Although the Coronavirus pandemic has complicated the picture for school children everywhere, St. John’s is committed to helping the truly disadvantaged children of Merry Oaks as they prepare to return to school this fall. The Outreach Committee will be organizing a collection for both school supplies and at home supplies once needs are known from Merry Oaks.  In the meantime, if any parishioners would rather make a monetary donation instead of buying school supplies, please contact Melissa Conway , Margaret Errington or send a check to Louise Medlin at the church with Outreach/Merry Oaks as the memo . More info to come!  
The Galilee Ministry Center has several indoor and outdoor volunteer opportunities, please see details below. 
Community Kitchen
Volunteers needed to prep and/or package meals at the Community Kitchen located at the Galilee Ministry Center. These are free meals packaged for take-away. Many people count on these meals every week. 
The days and times for volunteer help: 
  • Prep cooking: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 – 11:30 am 
  • Packaging meals: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 – 12:00pm 
Contact person is Jonathan Lee:
857-719-5042 (text or call)
Community Garden
  • Installing a chain link fence around the Community Garden
  • installing a water spigot linked to another spigot (may involve digging a shallow trench for a heavy hose) 
  • installing gutters along one side of a roof  
  • prepare additional garden plots 
  • moving a tool shed to another area in the garden 
Please contact Deacon Wendy Merrill if you are willing to volunteer.
We will continue to collect essential items for CMS students and families in need until further notice . Please see the image below for details of items needed and how you can help. CLICK HERE for the printable list. 
  • Recently, provided a week’s worth of groceries to 1,912 individuals (694 children and 134 seniors) through mobile pantry and home deliveries
  • Also served 152 households (626 people) through Pop Up Food Shares
  • WSOC-TV reporter Gina Esposito wrote a story about the Food Share at the Assistance League. Read it here.
Loaves & Fishes Latest Weekly Updates can be found here: LOAVES & FISHES.
Please contact these organizations directly for up-to-date information about their needs and ways to support them. Below is a list of local community outreach organizations that are supported by St. John's. Please click the links below to find out about their response to COVID-19, how they are helping others in our community, and what you can do to help in their efforts.


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.
The Intercessory Prayer Team would love to pray for you! Email jpdigcharlotte@gmail.com with your request. All requests are confidential.
All in person events at St. John's are postponed until further notice.