Annual Pledge Letters

As we come towards the end of the calendar year, new pledge cards are available so that the council can begin to plan the budget for 2019. In addition to your regular tithe, you may also help by pledging towards our mortgage payment. The sooner we pay down our mortgage the better! The pledge cards will be mailed this week, and are available on the table at the front of St. Raphael Hall. Thank you for your continued support of the Church!

AWSJ Fall Retreat Nov 2-3

BECOMING A HEALING PRESENCE

Dr. Al Rossi, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

Dr. Rossi is a psychologist teaching pastoral theology at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.  He has written many articles and books, as well as having a podcast on Ancient Faith Radio, Becoming a Healing Presence, which is also the title of the book on which he will be speaking.  It is available in the bookstore and library.

Thanksgiving Baskets

It is time again to collect for our Thanksgiving Baskets!  This year we will be giving large baskets to 4 families for whom we have provided items for many years.   An online sign up for items needed will be emailed out and can also be found on the St. John website.  No donation is too small or insignificant – do not feel as though you need to provide the entire quantity of an item listed.  Items may be left in the old parish hall.

All contributions should be at the church no later than Wednesday, November 14 at which time an inventory will be taken and those items still needed will be purchased.  If you would rather make a monetary donation you may do so by indicating “Thanksgiving Baskets” on your check.

Donation list & sign up

 

Chili Cook Off

St. John  Chili Cook Off,

Saturday, October 27th

Whether you form a team or compete on your own, bring your best chili recipe and join us for the St. John Chili Cook Off!

 The fun begins following an early Vespers at 4:30 p.m.! Sign ups are available online, just check our website for ways in which you can help!

This is an amazing evening of fun and fellowship; please make plans to attend and participate in a little friendly competition!!!

Items needed:

hot dogs

hot dog buns

chips

shredded cheese

saltines

drinks

desserts

Volunteers needed:

Set Up

Competitor check-in assistant

Assistants to serve judges

3-5 chili judges

Clean Up

SWOT Survey Results

With over 70 survey responses to comb through, we ask for your patience as we read and consider all of the data.  As all of the comments are considered, please remember that not every comment will be addressed immediately.  Some of the suggestions can be implemented quickly, others over a more deliberate process.  In addition, since the survey was anonymous, if you volunteered to help with an area of parish life or would like to add to your comments, please see Fr. Philip.  May God give continued discernment and wisdom as we build up the Body of Christ!

Bishop NICHOLAS

His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS, will be visiting St. John Tuesday, September 25 through Monday, October 1.  There will be many opportunities for us to pray with and visit with him.

+NICHOLAS itinerary

FOCUS Backpack Update

Thank you to all who participated in filling backpacks for Snowden School!  We collected and delivered 48 backpacks to the school to be distributed to those who need them when school begins on Monday.!

Mental Health First Aid

On Saturday, August 25, from 8 to 5, St. John will be hosting a mental health first aid seminar put on by Church Health.  This informative session is free and includes lunch.  Space is limited, so sign up soon!

Mental Health First Aid

SWOT Survey

We have had a good and thoughtful response to the parish survey thus far.  Thank you to everyone who has participated.  If you have not, please take the time to fill it out.  Everyone’s comments are important!

Parish Survey

Summer Atrium!

Our first Summer Atrium was blessed beyond measure!  Thank you to all of those who assisted in making it so memorable!  Check out the pictures (and many others) on the Events Page.