e-Skinny November 22  
This Sunday the kids can shop for parents, grandparents and siblings in the Christmas Store.  10:30 a.m. to noon. (St John Sunday School students can start at 10 a.m.)
Sunday Worship Service
8:00 & 10:15 a.m.
Sunday School 9:05 a.m.

November is food month at Sunday School. Bring 
non-perishable items each Sunday during the month.
November 24        $.25 Children Christmas Store           
                               Angel Tree Tags available
November 25        Book Club, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
November 26        No Women's Bible Study
November 27        No Wednesday night activities
November 28        Thanksgiving Day: office closed 28th and 29th
December 1           1st Sunday of Advent
December 2           Decorate the Christmas Tree and church 5:30 p.m.
December 8           Sunday School Christmas Program during 
                                        the 10:15 service.
December 15         Music Sunday 9 a.m. service only
                               Potluck, cookie decorating and caroling.

The office will be closed November 28th and 29th.

There will be no Sunday School Dec. 1

Messiah Lutheran is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 28th for anyone to attend. Deliveries can be arranged by calling 228-6772.

Music with Messiah
Rehearsals on  Wednesdays at 7 p.m. have begun  for the  Joint Music Sunday with Messiah.  Even if you don't normally sing in choir and would like to join us you are welcome. No Choir This Wednesday.

Come on Decamber 15th at 9 a.m. to enjoy the combined St.John and Messiah adult and kids choirs for a service filled with Christmas and Advent music.

If you would like to donate toward the poinsettias for Christmas, please notify the church office at 228-3397

christmas_tree_red_gold.jpg The Board of Deacons invites everyone to St. John on December 2nd starting at 5:30 p.m. to help trim the tree and decorate the church for Christmas!

If you would like to be a reader at the services please indicate this on the back side of the attendance slips in your bulletin.

The Children's Christmas Gift store will be 
November 24th 10:30 a.m.-noon
St. John Sunday School children can start at 10 a.m. 

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
On Sunday, November 24, Angel Tree tags will be available in the Narthex before and after both services.  Angel Tree provides gifts for children of incarcerated parents, food and religious materials for their families, and Bibles for the prisoners.  Please support the program again this year.  Angel gifts should be returned by  December 8th.                                                    

December 15:  Music Sunday, Potluck, Cookie Decorating and Caroling
There will be a joint church service between Messiah and St. John to celebrate the music of the season on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 9:00 AM at St. John Lutheran Church. This service will feature: combined adult choirs, children's choir, string quartet, piano/organ duets as well as congregational singing. Designated offerings will go to each respective church and any loose offerings will go to the food pantry. 

Following the church service, we invite all, from both congregations, to join us in the Parish Hall for a brunch potluck. Tableware is provided.  Based on your last name, please bring the following (suggested): A-G: Side dish; H-S: Main dish; 
T-Z: Unfrosted sugar cookies.

After the potluck and cookie decorating, we invite all to join in on caroling at local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. We will take the church bus to these facilities. Please join us in this event to begin the "Journey to the Manger."

Season of Giving Concert
Sunday, December 8 
The Charles City Singers and the Charles City Community Chamber Orchestra will present their winter concert at Trinity Methodist Church at 2 p.m.
Advance tickets are $7, K-12 free.  At the door tickets are $9.
Tickets can be purchased at 1st Security and 1st Citizens Banks, the Chamber of Commerce, Arts Center and from members.
Coming Soon!
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 will be in the Narthex. Envelopes will 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.

Dartball at St. John
Dartball is a team activity at St. John.  Matches are played at St. John and other participating churches.  For more information, call Dennis Sande at 228-4113. A full schedule can be picked up in the St. John office.

Matches start at 7 p.m. Dates are:
December 4th        at Methodist
December 11th      at St. John vs. Clarksville Lutheran
December 18th      at Pleasant Hill
January 8th            at Immanuel
January 15th          at St. John vs. Nashua Lutheran
January 22nd         at Pleasant Valley

Church Cancellation Policy for Inclement Weather and Emergency Situations

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 November Newsletter.

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
Editor:  Janet Petefish