So much going on this Sunday. 
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Sunday Worship Services
 8:00 & 9:30 a.m. this week
Times change September 8

September 8          Fall worship schedule: 8 and 10:15 services
                                Rally Day registration and picnic
                                Sign up for after school program
                                Blessing of the Backpacks
September 9          Card Ministry
September 10        Council
September 11        6 p.m. Confirmation Orientation 
September 12        Do Day Quilters
                                Stained Glass Ministry 1 and 6 p.m.         
September 15        Sunday School begins at 9:05 a.m.
                                Installation of Sunday School Teachers
                                Milestones:  3 yr. olds Entering Sunday School 
                                      and Students Entering Confirmation 
September 18        Wednesday Night Suppers begin
                                Wednesday night schedule begins
September 19-20    Photo Directory
September 23         Book Club Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
September 26         Do Day Quilters 
                                 Stained Glass Ministry
September 28         Family Board Children's Clothing Swap
October 12              Coats for Kids

If you are interested in joining Altar Guild or being a part of the Prayer Chain, please let Kathy in the office know.
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The Board of Deacons would love to get more members of our congregation involved in our Sunday Services.  We need Readers for both services. We a re asking anyone who would be interested to be a Reader to please sign up in the back of the church beginning September 8 on Rally Day! You may also sign up on the back of your pink attendance slip or contact anyone on the Board of Deacons. Thank you for helping us!
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August Photo appointments: If you did not order a photo package, your free 8x10 is in the church office.
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Women's Bible study will begin
September 10th at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel. They will be studying "When Christians Get It Wrong"!
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Coming in September
RALLY DAY!
Sunday, September 8th!
Worship: 8:00 & 10:15 a.m.
Picnic lunch & registration for Sunday School & After School program  in Parish Hall at 11:30 a.m. Games will be set up in the blue parking lot

BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS
Sunday, September 8th!
Both Worship services:
8:00 & 10:15 a.m.
All students, teachers and support staff are encouraged to participate by bringing your backpacks to be blessed!


1st Day of Sunday School will be September 15th at 9:05 a.m.!

September 15: Installation of Sunday School Teachers.

AFTER SCHOOL:
 Begins October 2nd at 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. for Preschool through 5th grade students. Registration will be during Rally Day activities or you can stop in the office! The St. John bus will be available to pick up kids at the schools. Cost is $10.00.
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Photo Directory 

2019 is the year of the Photo Directory.  There are open slots for the  October 23-26 times.
Someone will be available Sunday to help make those appointments if you are uncomfortable with doing it yourself.  
FYI:  When choosing your clothing for the pictures, this year there are some full length pictures being taken. 

If you have pictures that you have taken around the church at VBS, in church or other events this year or even last year please forward them to Kathy Hoeft so they can be included in the directory.  Your special pictures will make this a special edition.

To make an appointment on-line, click on the image. 
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Bountiful Gardens
Has your garden produced more than you need?
Why not share it with others!
 A table has been set up in the narthex so that gardeners can drop off their excess produce to share with others. Everything on the table is free for those who can use and enjoy it. We give thanks to God for this bountiful earth! 

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Simply Giving
The St. John Stewardship Board would like to take this opportunity  to tell you about a simple way you can guarantee your offering to  God.

It's called, Simply Giving.

Simply Giving is a stewardship program that allows anyone from
St. John the chance to give their offering through electronic funds
transfer (EFT) directly from their checking or savings account.
You determine the amount you want to give and the frequency of
your giving. Want to give $50 every week? Perfect! Wish to donate
$125 every other week? You got it! Perhaps you'd like to give
$200 once a month? Absolutely! It's easy to set up. Fill out this form, attach a voided check or savings deposit slip, put it in the offering plate or return it to the
church office.
  
HOW SIMPLE!

Simply Giving assures your offering to God is given as you see fit.
It's easy, convenient and helps assure that St. John can meet its financial obligations.
For more information, please contact the church office. f
Forms are also available on the glass case in the Narthex.

Click on the above link to be transferred to the form.
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Music at St. John begins Wednesday September 18.
Trinity Choir  will meet at 7 p.m. Trinity choir will plan on meeting about twice a month. 7th grade and up.  Come and bring a friend. director: Melanie  Johanningmeier 

Carol Choir will meet at 5:45-6:15 p.m. Lydia Johnson will be co-directing with Susan Leeper this fall. Kindergarten-6th grade children. 

Wind Ensemble will meet at 5:30-6 p.m. If you play an instrument you are encouraged to come. Questions can be directed to Dr David Schweizer.
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Stained Glass Ministry
    will meet on September 12 and  26 at 1 and 6 p.m.
This may be the end of the workshops for the year.
We have made 44 crosses for the Stephen Ministry which was our goal.  Now we will work on sun-catchers, ornaments and jewelry.  Money raised on items we make will go into the 150th Anniversary Fund. We hope to coordinate our sale with the dedication of the Ascension Window which will be hung hopefully in November. 
We are glad to give those of you that didn't get a piece of our historical glass another chance.  If you could help with the sale of these items, just email Janet at  petefishj@mchsi.com.  I will announce the date as soon as I get it.
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Family Board's Children's Clothing Swap
Will occur on Saturday, September 28th. 
1:00-3:00 p.m.
  Donations of clothing sized from
newborn to 14/16 are needed!
Do your kids need affordable back to school clothing? Don't forget to mark your calendars for this great event!
Where: St. John Parish Hall, 
Cost: All items will be 50 cents.
(Seeking donations of size newborn - 14/16.Those who donate will receive 10 tickets for 10 free items and will get in early to shop at 12:30 a.m.)
For details, please contact Laurie Heidebrink
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Coats for Kids October 12
As you ready your children for the coming cold winter please consider donating new or gently used coats, snow pants, boots, mittens or hats.  There are many children in Charles City who will love getting a "new" coat for winter.

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