e-Skinny November 30, 2018  
ADVENT begins Sunday, December 2.  Click above and learn about Advent in 2 minutes. 
         Sunday Services 8:00 and 10:15 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m. 
November 30     Lighted Christmas Parade  6 p.m. 
December 2       Children's Christmas Store
December 3      Hospice Tree of Life  6 p..m.  
December 5      Family Advent Event  
December 6      Communications Board 5:30 (new date)  
December 8      Youth Ring Bell at Ace Hardware 1-5 p.m. Contact   
                              Laurie for a time.  
December 9      Music Sunday
                           Sunday School Christmas Program 10:15 a.m.
                           11:15 Youth Soup Lunch  
                           Angel tree items return.  
December 11     Women's Bible Study
December 13    Do Day Quilters  
December 23    No Sunday School 
December 24    Christmas Eve Services 4, 6 and 7:30 p.m. 
December 25    Church office closed  Merry Christmas
December 26    No Wednesday night activities   
December 28    St. John books close 4 p.m. 
December 30    No Sunday School 
Wednesday Night Supper  
December 2 menu:  B.B.Q. meatballs, whipped potatoes, corn, peach crisp    
POINSETTIAS: If you would like to donate toward the poinsettias for Christmas, please notify the church office at 228-3397.
Wednesday, December 5th from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Parents & children will make Advent related crafts. All St. John families are welcome!
The Christmas program will be Sunday, December 9th during the 10:15 worship service. At 11:30 a.m., following the program, the youth will serve a Chili/Chicken Noodle/Vegetable Beef soup lunch and dinner rolls. Free will donations will go to youth who are serving.
 Lighted Parade
  The Charles City Lighted Christmas Parade is Friday, November 30th, at 6pm. All St. John Youth are invited to ride the float or walk with it. If you have any questions, please call Laurie at 228-3397. (2nd Grade and younger will need an adult to accompany them.)  
Children's Christmas Store will be December 2nd!
10 a.m. to noon.  

What: The Family Board is holding a $.25 gift store for kids! This is a fun and easy way for kids to shop for gifts for their family members: mom and dad, grandparents and siblings.
Who: All children accompanied by an adult can shop. Open to the public.
How: Children can bring their quarters and shop for as many gifts as they like. (Gift wrap options available.)
Angel Tree tags are still available. Please consider supporting this ministry.
 Angel Tree provides gifts for children of
incarcerated parents, food and religious materials for their families, and Bibles for the prisoners.  
Contact Shirley Holm at 641-330-8336 if you can adopt a tag because it represents a family in need. She will give you the information that you need to fulfill your  
pledge of help.   
Angel tree items need to be returned by December 9.  
Hospice Tree of Life    
Hospice of North Iowa invites you to remember your loved ones or honor those living with a light on the Tree of Life. With your special gift to Hospice, a light will be placed on the Tree of Life. Names of those you wish to remember, and honor will be listed at each tree lighting service you specify. Your contributions to the Tree of Life will help extend hospice care to others, so they can live the last months of their lives with dignity, often in the comfort of their own home.
The tree lighting ceremony will be at St. John on  
December 3rd at 6:00 p.m.
Advent Photo-a-Day Challenge!
Pause. Reflect. Prepare. Repeat. Advent is the season leading up to Christmas. It is 24 days of preparation. This year, we're inviting you to prepare by hitting the "pause" button... daily. Here's a practice for the Advent season that we hope is more meaningful and rewarding than it is hard: The Advent Photo-a-Day Challenge. First, find "Rethink Church" on Facebook or Twitter and like or follow them. Each day during the season of Advent, They will post a word for reflection. Take a moment (or several moments) of pause and reflection, then share a response to that word through a picture. Post your picture on social media with #RethinkChurch. Don't worry if you miss a day or two--there's no failing this challenge. We just hope to provide a gift of added meaning to this special season. In case you're someone who likes to plan ahead, here are the words for 2018: December 2 Promise, 3 Fulfill, 4 Time, 5 Justice, 6 Righteousness, 7 Live, 8 Called, 9 Hope, 10 Messenger, 11 Prepare, 12 Seek, 13 Delight, 14 Endure, 15 Offering, 16 Home, 17 Fear, 18 Grow, 19 Gladness, 20 Victory, 21 Renew, 22 Gather, 23 Great, 24 Peace, 25 Rejoice! You can follow what people are posting on social media or go to rethinkchurch.org.
Volunteer Needed!  

As a part of St. John's ministry to families who have lost a loved one, the Women's Ministry provides food and help for funeral lunches held at St. John. Arlene Thomas has been our monthly caller for the last year and has done a fine job but would like someone else to take over in 2019. What we need is a Funeral Lunch Coordinator who would find a volunteer from each month's list of "helpers" to be the Caller for that month. The Caller goes through the list to ask for salads, cakes & workers when there is a funeral lunch. The Caller then gives the list of volunteers to the office so a check in sheet can be made. The check in sheet lets those who are here know who is providing food & help. If you are interested in volunteering for 2019, please let the office know !   
Put Jesus On Your Christmas List This Year!
The Stewardship committee would like to encourage everyone to take the typical amount that you would spend on a Christmas gift and put it in an envelope and then place it in the special box that is in the Narthex. Envelopes can be found next to the special box.  These gifts, which are above and beyond your regular giving, will go toward the general budget and be used to fulfill the many ministries of St. John!  Thank you in advance for your generosity.
  Prayer Shawl Ministry
Now is a good time to spend some time with your knitting, crocheting or quilting to make a prayer shawl for someone that needs special consideration by this congregation.   Whether it is an illness, a death or some other life altering event, we can show we care with a warm shawl and a visit.   We have some shawls ready to go, but need more.   
We may start putting the shawls out on some Sundays so they can easily be picked up and delivered to the people.   
Right now they can a picked up anytime by coming to the office where Kathy will help you.  
We ask that you check the shawl out in a log book so we know who will be receiving it.  There is also a book with patterns and information of shawl size and tips in the office, plus lots of yarn in the clothing room that can be used.  

Worship Podcasts are now available on the St. John website.  Click the icon below to be transferred to the webpage to listen to the available services.

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