12th Sunday after Pentecost

New Name Tags have been ordered: Saint John’s is covering the cost, but donations will be accepted to help offset the approximate $1,150.00 cost. The new name tags will be distributed on September 10th.

Weekday Liturgies The congregation is invited to attend Evening Prayer on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Church; and the midweek Eucharist held on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. in Saint Mary’s Chapel.

Children’s Books Wanted – Annual Community Book Drive: Saint John’s is again asking for donations of new or gently used books for children between the ages of birth and eleven.  The book drive is from August 1 to September 17, 2017. Drop off books in boxes located in Trimble Hall.  Providing books to children is a simple and effective way to promote language and literacy growth in preparing them for learning and reading. The Community Book Drive is a partnership of the Hagerstown Area Religious Council and other non-profit organizations for the benefit of local organizations, schools, and at-risk-children.

St. John’s Day – Sunday, September 10:  Many People, Many Gifts will be the theme for the day.  Come, see what is planned for everyone to see how easy it is to be involved and not overwhelmed with large commitments.  Come for a continental breakfast at 9 am or lunch after the 10:15 am service, and enjoy the fellowship and a program developed from I Corinthians 12:14 – “Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.”  We will take the sting out of Evangelism…all in one day!  J  Please plan to come and see what is happening!

Are you concerned about falling? Have you fallen and are interested in ways to prevent a fall? Come to Stepping On, a falls prevention program Monday, 9/11-10/16 from 9 am-11 am in Trimble Hall. This 6 week program is aimed at teaching participants ways to reduce their risk of falling.  It is evidence based and designed for older adults. It has been shown to reduce the risk of falls by 31%.  Stepping On focuses on how strength and balancing exercises, medication management, home safety, footwear, vision and mobility are important in preventing falls.  As a result of the program participants will increase overall strength, achieve better balance, gain more confidence and have a greater sense of independence as well as a reduced risk of falling.  To register call Kelly Llewellyn at 301-790-8378 to register.

HELP WANTED: Learning Party Facilitators

YOU can make a difference in the future of a child!   St. John's is in need of trained facilitators for Learning Parties.  

  • Education and Experience: some knowledge and background in early childhood education and child development.  
  • Salary and benefits:  None.   
  • Minimal Time Investment:  2 hours of training, 4 Learning Party sessions of 3 hour duration, 3 times a year.
  • Personal Rewards: PRICELESS.

Facilitator Training for Learning Parties will be held at St. John's Trimble Hall on September 12, 5:30 PM.  If interested, please contact Bruce Massey at 240-675-4498 or see Becca Burford.


B9, I21, N39, G43, O72 Bingo! Back by Popular Demand! The Service and Outreach Commission (SOC) will be hosting another round of Basket Bingo on Friday, October 20.   Tickets will be $25 and include a lasagna dinner, dessert, and many games of bingo with opportunities for baskets valued $20 or more.  All proceeds will benefit Service and Outreach Projects. Tickets will go on sale on September 17 at the Antietam Street entrance after each Sunday service. Inquiries my be directed to Cathy Bushey or Bruce Massey. Please mark your calendars!

Stewardship: Christian stewardship at Saint John’s is a way of life. The cards in the pews and throughout the church encompass more than money. Please use one to indicate where you are willing to offer your talents and time in gratitude of God's love.

Bester Block Party: On Saturday, September 23, the “Bester Block Party” hosted by the Bester Community of Hope will take place on the field next to Bester Elementary School. There will be fun activities, games, food, music and opportunities to learn about the local organizations and churches serving this community, which is largely below the poverty level. Our goal is to let the residents know that we sincerely care for them and are here to support them in spirit and in other aspects of their daily lives, such as through donations of food, clothing, books, etc. and that there is a way up.

Volunteers are needed during the general event from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. and also for a couple of hours before and after to set up and clean up.

Beginning on Sunday, September 3, a sign-up sheet for volunteering will be set up at the Antietam Street entrance. Please select the times and program activities that best fit your schedule. We realize that your time on a Saturday is important to you, so we appreciate any time you can provide.


                                                              Music Making Opportunities for All Ages:


Saint Francis Choir (Grades 1-3)

Rehearsals 5:00 p.m. ─ 5:30 p.m. beginning Monday, September 18

Light Dinner for Saint Francis and Canterbury Choirs

5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. beginning Monday, September 18

Canterbury Choir (Grades 4-12)*

Rehearsals 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. beginning Monday, September 18

Parish Choir (Grades 9-12 and Adults)*

Rehearsals 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. beginning Thursday, September 7

                          *Youth in grades 9-12 have the option of either singing

                                           in the Canterbury or Parish Choir

                                         For more information about the choirs, contact Mark King at

                                         (301) 733-2560, ext. 108 or



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