Advent 1: December 2, 2018

Adult Forum: “Luke – Jesus the Savior of the World” Luke portrays Jesus as a Jewish prophet whose salvation goes to the whole world to bring salvation, not just to Jews, but also Gentiles in fulfillment of the plan of God.  Jesus is principally portrayed by Luke as a rejected Jewish prophet.  Rather than stressing Jesus as the misunderstood Son of God, as in Mark, or as the Jewish messiah who insists that his followers keep the Jewish Law, Luke portrays Jesus as a prophet to the whole world.  What do you think? Join us following the 8 O’clock service in St. Mary’s Chapel.

Community Christmas Concert: The local Cumberland Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) will sponsor a Christmas concert today, December 2 at 4:00 p.m. Area musicians, including Mark King, will participate. The event will take place at Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Hagerstown.  The concert is free and the public is invited to attend.

Christmas Boutique: On the first three Sundays of December the Christmas Boutique will be open for business after the 8AM and 10:15 AM services: the 2nd, 9th, 16th.  As in years past this is a fundraiser to support the activities of our Youth to Adult (Y2A) group. It is not too late to still donate re-giftable items that are clean and in good condition, and might make the perfect gift for someone else. Just drop them off in the Boutique Donations box, or on the stage. See a more detailed announcement in “Soundings”, but be sure to come check out the goodies to see if there is something you can purchase in support of our youth. There might even be some loaves of fresh baked bread to entice you! And thanks! Questions?: Contact Melissa Hutton 240-625-6550 or

No Children’s Chapel on December 9th: In order to let the parents and youth choirs participate fully in this Youth Led Sunday. There will be no Children’s Chapel or Little Episcopals next Sunday. The Nursery will still be staffed and attended for children under 2 years old. 


Saint Nicholas Day Festival will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2018 following the 10:15 Service.  Please join us for lunch where you can purchase Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Tomato soup or Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup (made by Earlene Ayer), chicken salad sandwiches and chips. There will be crafts for the kids to make and take home.  Don’t forget you can purchase delicious baked good from the Snowflake Bakery. Saint Nicholas will be there to take pictures with.  We hope everyone will join us and make this a wonderful day together. If you would like to volunteer to make any of the food for the luncheon, please contact Kathy Argueso, 717-643-0254 or by email at and for the Snowflake Bakery donations contact Judy Raysely.

The Christmas boxes for Bester school are here.  About 60 of the 76 boxes have been collected already and all of the shoeboxes are due back by December 9. That is the same day as the Saint Nicholas Fair. Thank you for all of your Santa Claus help. Florence Forbes, Karla Davis, Lou Lamb, Carol Cox, and Julie Barlup

Christmas is coming and Saint John’s Shelter will once again be collecting donations to give the families at the shelter a gift card from Wal-Mart, cookies, fruit and candy.  If you would like to donate please make checks payable to Saint John’s Shelter noting in the memo section “Christmas”.  Give checks or money to Bill Soulis or Ann Chaney by December16th.  Thank you. Saint John’s Shelter Board

Holiday Houses of Worship Tour: Christmas cookies, lemon bars, brownies and other hand held desserts are needed for the Holiday Houses of Worship Tour scheduled for Wednesday, December 26.  Last year we had approximately 400 visitors.  A contribution of a dozen cookies will greatly help us to demonstrate the hospitality of Saint John’s. A signup sheet is located at the Antietam Street entrance. Please drop off your donation at the church office between 8 AM and 4 PM Monday through Friday or in the Trimble Hall Kitchen at the Christmas Eve Services. Questions may be directed to Ann Chaney or Caroline Wright.

AmazonSmile is a simple, safe, and automatic way to support St. Johns every time you shop at Amazon, at no cost to you, using your current Amazon account.   Go to and log in with your account or signup.  Go to your account and select/change your charity.  Search St. Johns Parish Episcopal, and choose us as your charity.  Bookmark the page and use it every time you shop.

Saint John’s Week at Reach Cold Weather Shelter:  Sign up for the Reach Cold Weather Shelter at the Antietam Street Entrance. Choose a time, day and what service between  Feb 10-16th or contact Missy at  or 717-420-7118.  Kitchen volunteers between the ages of 13 and 17 are WELCOME when accompanied by a responsible adult! Carla Charles is once again coordinating the kitchen & meals for Saint John’s.  All volunteers in the Shelter must be adults 18 or over. A variety of tasks are available and most commitments are just 2 to 3 hours, some a little longer, none more than overnight. Once you have signed up for a task please go online and fill out your volunteer form on the Reach website below.  You can visit the Reach website: or call Missy for more information. THANK YOU!


Active Shooter Preparedness – In light of the horrific shootings in our country recently, we ask:  what can we do to protect ourselves from such an event at church?  There are many aspects to consider, but to begin with, the following are three basic steps. (1.) Run-learn where the exits are, (2.) Hide-out of sight of the shooter and silence cell phones, and (3.) Fight-as last resort.  More information and preparedness plans are being discussed.  If you have any helpful suggestions, please contact Father Todd at (301)733-2560.  Also, the youtube video (link below) is very illustrative of actions to take when an active shooter presents himself:

What’s Cookin’ for Christmas at the Community Café: Allegheny Power has donated reusable shopping bags and LED light bulbs with information about conserving energy and saving money. They have also included information about how to get assistance with power costs.

We would like to add some grocery items to fill the bag. If you would like to help fill a bag they will be in Trimble Hall on the table under the Service & Outreach Bulletin Board. Please sign the sheet with contact information and how many bags you are taking.

For the next two weeks if you add one item each day you can fill a bag and lighten the load for one of our neighbors! On December 16th bring the bag to church with you and leave in Trimble Hall.

Dec. 1         Box of Cereal                                                             Dec. 8         Canned vegetable

Dec. 2         Peanut Butter                                                              Dec. 9         Jar of applesauce  

Dec. 3         Boxed Potatoes (your choice,                               Dec. 10       Box of crackers

                  mashed, scalloped etc.)                                          Dec. 11       Package of pasta

Dec. 4         Can of Fruit                                                       Dec. 12       Spaghetti sauce

Dec. 5         Can of Tuna                                                                Dec. 13       Can of chicken noodle soup

Dec. 6         Macaroni & Cheese                                                     Dec. 14       Can of tomato soup

Dec. 7         Dessert Mix                                                       Dec. 15       Package of oatmeal


Giving Envelopes: Giving envelopes will be ordered within the next week. Those using envelopes on a weekly basis will be reordered automatically.  Envelopes used on a monthly or  bi-monthly basis will not be reordered unless you contact the Parish Administrator ( or 301-733-2560) no later than December 7th.  If you do not have numbered envelopes and would like to use them please contact the office.

Van Drivers and/or Supervisor: We are in need a a van drivers and/or a Supervisor. This ministry provides transportation to who cannot get to Saint John’s without assistance. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Bob Speelman at 540-247-2482.

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