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Welcome to Saint John's
Where our Mission is to know Christ through the Gospel, and to use
our talents and gifts to extend His Light to the world.

St. John's is a vibrant, growing congregation of people who are responsive to God's call to share the good news of the Kingdom of God through worship, service, and fellowship. We understand the church as the community of faith: people sharing common space for worship and reaching out from that center in service to all people. As a member of the Episcopal Church U.S.A. and a member of the Anglican Communion, we are shaped by common prayer. Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion) is the standard of Sunday morning worship. Practicing the Biblical norm of hospitality, all are welcome to join us in worship regardless of where you may be on your spiritual journey.
Easter Egg Hunt: Join us immediately after the 10:15 service on Easter Sunday as we search for colored eggs. Open to children, toddlers through fifth graders. There will be a special area for toddlers and preschoolers, and special prizes for whoever finds the golden egg. Children should bring a basket to collect their eggs. Adults–we can also us help hiding the eggs on Easter morning. We will meet at 9:15 on the playground, and would greatly appreciate any help. Please call the Mummerts at (717) 597-5840. Thanks for your support!

Habitat for Humanity: Houses are now rehabilitated instead of being built new. Funds are acquired through direct donations, fundraising events, and their Re-Store on Charles Street in Hagerstown. Female builders are needed on May 10. Please sign up on their website, http://www.habitat-wc.org/index.html. Volunteers are needed at the Re-Store on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Thank you for your participation in this worthy outreach into our community. ˜ Jose Velazquez

Help wanted: Join the Garden Club this Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in Trimble Hall to create floral centerpieces for the Reunion Luncheon the next day. For information about learning more about the Garden Club, please contact Dusty Graham (dustyg@myactv.net) or Pat Abeles at pabeles@myactv.net.

Food Pantry: Saint John's Food Pantry is growing by leaps and bounds! In partnership with our Parish, Dr. Mark Cook's Shepherd music students are donating packaged foods. On Saturday, April 26, we are asking teens to oversee the food distribution at the Community Cafe. Please contact Bill Alexander (w.alexander@myactv.net) for more information.

Items needed: Saint John’s Shelter needs your help! We are in immediate need of bath towels and wash cloths. We would prefer to have light colors or white due to the need to use bleach on them when washing. If you wish to make a donation of towels and wash cloths to the shelter, please contact Joyce Chabot (301) 791-1388 or Judy Potter (301) 733-8449 to make arrangements. Once again, we thank you for your continued generosity and support of Saint John’s Shelter.

JDOKs: It's finally spring and the JDOKS and families are planning to enjoy God's beautiful outdoors next Sunday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m. We will join with JDOKS from All Saints’ Frederick and St. Mark’s Lappans for a hike on the Appalachian Trail followed by a cookout. All family members are invited for the fun. Please RSVP to Karla Davis at (301) 797-7781.

Choir Open House: Visit the Open House for the Youth Choirs on Monday, April 28 to experience the joy of singing in choir with others. Rehearsals start at 5:00 p.m. for grades 1-3 in Saint Francis Choir, followed by the Eastertide dinner at 5:30 p.m. Participate at 5:45 p.m. with the Canterbury Choir (grades 4 and up). The whole family is invited! Please RSVP to Grace at (grace.stjohns@myactv.net).

Gardening projects: Calling all youth, parents, and anyone else who would like to help out to lay mulch around the Church and Parish House and to get the vegetable garden in the playground area ready for planting. When: Sunday,May 4 after the 10:15 a.m. service. Lunch will be provided. Bring work clothes and any of the following, labeled with your name: Gloves, wheelbarrows, shovels, and rakes. RSVP to Grace Bennett at grace.stjohns@myactv.net.

Collecting Children’s Clothing: As you go through clothing for spring and summer, please remember our Bester School students in need of gently used school clothes, play clothes, dress clothes and shoes, light jackets and sweaters. We need spring and summer wear sizes for children ages 5 – 12. Please put your clothing donations in the box marked “Bester” that is on the table under the Service and Outreach bulletin board in Trimble Hall any time from now through May. Many thanks.

Gift Card purchases support the outreach efforts of the Saint John's Shelter, which has been providing emergency shelter for homeless families for over 20 years through the work of a small group of dedicated Saint John's parishioners. Gift cards are available from Martin’s for $20, $50, and $100; and from Weis for $50 and $100. You get full value, the church gets 5%, and the stores get your business: it’s a WIN WIN WIN. Cards are available at the Antietam Street entrance after each service. GIFT CARDS WILL NOT BE SOLD EASTER SUNDAY.

Dental Clinic: Dr. Bruce Burley and Dr. Brandon Burley, from Hagerstown Smiles Dental Care, are hosting a free day of dental care. Dentistry from the Heart will be held Saturday, June 14, 2014. Registration for a cleaning, filling, or extraction will be from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Hagerstown Smiles Dental Care at 1115 Mt. Aetna Road in Hagerstown, Maryland.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Message from Rev. Ann New Year resolutions are popular and remind us that there are areas of our lives that could be further transformed in order for us to be the persons God calls us to be. Transformation is a process. It begins with stimulus, triggers a series of changes that produces different characteristics. I have studied the transformation of cells for many years, a system that helps us dissect the events that turn a normal cell into a cancer cell. The change in a few cells affects the entire body. The church is the body of Christ: it is made up of many parts, all different, and all sharing in one common purpose, one unifying presence. Living things change. To be a vibrant, living, body we must be willing to allow Gods spirit to trigger changes in us, individually and collectively. St Johns is a growing energetic and exciting congregation with dynamic ministries. Christian service begins with a sincere authentic welcome to one another in the manner Christ welcomed each of us. Being sacramental in worship we share a common table where the Lord is host and all of us are guests. We have many gifts to offer to our neighbors near and far. As we continue to plan and focus our ministries through a process of strategic planning, setting priorities, we will always be mindful of the importance of our plant, our people, and our program. Gods love is transformative. It is the source of our family solidarity, our bereavement when one we love dies, and our source of motivational energy to reach out in mission and ministry. Love changes us and allows us to be agents of change. I pray each of you will be blessed with new energy, renewed commitment, and radiant with the love of Christ that dwells in us. 2012 Offertory Envelopes are now available at the back of the church. Vestry: We are pleased to announce six candidates for the 2012-2015 term of the Vestry. They are Tina Angle, Bill Lucht, Betty Markle, Bob Rauth, Dusty Graham and Perrin Wells. Profiles of each will be on the bulletin board at the Antietam Street entrance so that you may learn more about them, their associations with Saint John's, the gifts that each will bring to the Vestry, and their visions for our church. You will have the opportunity to vote for four (4) at the Annual Meeting on January 22. You can also read their profiles by clicking here. Nomination for Vestry candidates by parishioners: Every voting member of the Parish shall be eligible to serve as a member of the Vestry. Any two voting members may nominate a candidate for membership to the Vestry by submitting such nomination, over their signatures, to the Registrar at least two (2) weeks prior to the annual meeting. The Vestry shall immediately make known to the congregation by publication in the church bulletin, or by such other means as the Vestry may select, the names of any such additional nominee. Nomination forms may be obtained in the church office. JDOKS will meet in the chapel right after the 10:15 service on Sunday, January 8. All girls ages seven and up are welcome! For more information, please call Karla Davis at 301 797-7781. Healthcare Professionals: The meeting to discuss the development of the Parish Nurse Program for Saint John's will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in Saint Mary's Chapel. Wendy Zimmerman, Parish Nurse Coordinator, Meritus Medical Center, will be there to answer our questions. If you are unable to attend this meeting and have suggestions, please contact: Melissa Hutton at mmhagnp@verizon.net or Gail Petre at abbygail7@verizon.net. Birthday Party Pennies: Beginning January 2012 at Fellowship Hour, Parish Life will host a birthday party for those celebrating their birthdays that month. All are invited. Our first party will be January 15th. We are inviting the celebrants to bring pennies equal to their age. If you are ten years or sixty years old you will donate ten or sixty pennies to our Penny Party container. These pennies will be collected at each birthday party and at year end the pennies will be donated to a charity chosen by the children? perhaps to Heifer International or to Gifts for Life sponsored by Episcopal Relief and Development. Counseling Available at Saint Johns Church: Saint Johns may be offering counseling to those who request it in 2012. Sandy Bassin, a Licensed Counselor, and Rector Ann Boyd are attempting to assess the need for counseling in our parish. If you would like to talk to Sandy about emotional distress, anxiety, grieving the loss of a loved one, divorce or family issues, sadness or depression, hopelessness or lack of meaning in your life, please call. All information will be kept confidential. Lori New, Saint Johns Administrator (301-733-2560) and Sandy Bassin (301-790-1560, ext. 206) are ready to receive your calls. Centering Prayer Groups are offered: The Centering Prayer Group meets every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and at 6:00 p.m. Please contact Bob Speelman at 540-247-2482 or bob@jillandbob.us with any questions about evening sessions. Rotary Value Books support our Preschool. As a recipient of funds from the Rotary Foundation, we are entitled to sell the $20 value book and keep $10 for the Preschool. The book includes hundreds of dollars of discounts at local restaurants and business services and all the money Rotary raises goes back into the community. The value book is available at the gift card desk after each service. Gift Cards Raise Money for our Outreach projects, particularly our Preschool which has now celebrated 40 years of service to our community. Martins and Weis gift cards are available after each service at the desk near the Antietam St. entrance. Its a WIN, WIN, WIN as you get full value, the church gets 5% and the store gets your business. Martins cards are $20, $50, $100; Weis cards are $50, and $100. All are good for groceries and gas. Pledges: Pledges to date total $284,597 with 133 families making this commitment to Saint Johns. Thank you! Our minimum goal is $300,000, so we kindly ask that you submit your pledge cards. This facilitates the 2012 budget planning and enables Saint Johns to continue its many worthy programs. If you have not yet received a stewardship packet, please call the church and we will be happy to send you one. Announcing Electronic Giving We are pleased to offer electronic giving as an option. Electronic giving allows your contributions to be transferred from your checking or savings account directly to the church account. You may also contribute using a credit or debit card. While away on vacation, you have the peace of mind that your gift has been received and is contributing to the work of the church, especially during the low cash flow months of the year. You may enroll at our website, www.stjohnshagerstown.org by clicking on the DONATE NOW button. 1. You choose the method ? Checking Account, Savings Account, Credit or Debit Card 2. You select the frequency ? One time, weekly, semi-monthly, monthly 3. You indicate the amount 4. You set the start date. Thats it! The rest is automatic. Nursery volunteers needed! Please see Jennifer Sealing if you can help or call the church office. Bester Elementary, Our School Coats and Winter Accessories Needed: As part of our partnership with Bester Elementary School, we are collecting coats for students. Many do not have a winter coat, which we take for granted. They would like new or gently used coats, sizes 5 to adult, for both girls and boys, along with mittens, gloves, snow boots, scarves, and hats. Do not have any children at home to pass on their gently used items? You can go to a retail or thrift store, or give a monetary donation that we will give to the school to purchase what they need. Please place your gently used items in the large box in Trimble Hall. Dusty Graham (301-991-5612) can answer any questions you may have. Readers Needed: We need many caring adults to read to kindergartners for an hour a week. Pick your day, Monday through Friday, any time between 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon. You will read school-furnished books for about 30 minutes per student. Sign-up sheets are at the gift card table at the Antietam Street entrance. If you have any questions, call Bonna Nakopoulos at 301-739-1534 or Bill Alexander at 301-665-9322. Books wanted: Gently used or new childrens books can be donated to Bester Elementary School by placing them in the Books for Bester Elementary box in Trimble Hall. If you have any questions, please call Dusty Graham at 301- 991-5612. Help Needed: Saint Johns is partnering with another church to provide food for the weekends for several children who would otherwise go without. Help is needed to pack five backpacks with these basic necessities. Can you give some time to support this worthy cause? Dates and times will be made available. Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please contact Rob or Kelly Slocum at 240-420-3754. Thistle Farms is a social enterprise that is run by the women of the Magdalene Community in Nashville, Tennessee. Magdalene House is a residential program for women who have survived lives of violence, prostitution and addiction, founded by Episcopal priest, The Rev. Becca Stevens. The women create, by hand, natural bath and body products that are as good for the earth as they are for the body. Purchases of Thistle Farms products directly benefit the women who made them through support of the Magdalene Community. Samples of their lotions, candles and bath products will be available for smelling and testing during the coffee hour as well as information on how to order these products. Books written by the women of Magdalene and The Rev. Becca Stevens will also be available for perusal.