Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

New name tags are here! Your name tag may be picked up at the table near the entrance of the nave. Saint John’s is covering the cost, but donations will be accepted to help offset the approximate $1,150.00 cost. Please notify the parish office if you did not receive a name tag and would like to have one ordered. 

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 ends today. 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.

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. Please use the Walnut Street parking lot and proceed to the elevator entrance.  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.

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.

Haitian Youth Choir needs - September 21-22

  • Host families- Thursday after the concert until 8 am Friday morning.
  • Food for lunch and dinner, vegetables, salad, pizzas, fruit
  • Food for reception after the evening concert – fruit, vegetables, cheese & crackers,

baked goods.

  • Cash donations or Martins/Weis gift cards

To donate please contact  Dusty Graham –   301-791-1049

                                        Lou Lamb -  301-437-5704

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. 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. A sign-up sheet for volunteering is 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.

Youth Talent Show: Calling all youth! St John’s will be hosting a talent show on Sunday, October 8th, following 10:15 service. If you can sing, act, dance, play an instrument, or whatever else comes to mind, and you wish to share your skill with the congregation, contact Margaret Clinch at by Sunday, October 1st to volunteer. 

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 are available at the Antietam Street entrance after each Sunday service. Inquiries my be directed to Cathy Bushey or Bruce Massey. Please mark your calendars!

Micah’s Backpack Shopping List

Each “backpack” receives the following:

2- Cans of Vegetables – Corn/Green beans                              1 - 24 oz. Can of Apple Sauce

2- Cans of Soup – Tomato/Chicken Noodle                             1 - Packet of Instant Oatmeal

      *Other types of Soups are okay                                        2 - Types of Cracker Packets

2 - Boxes of Juice – Must be 100% Juice                                      *Peanut Butter and Crackers                        

                                                                                                                 work well

1 - Can of Tuna                                                                   1 - Individually Wrapped PopTart

1 - Can of Chef Boyardee                                                           *Make sure a box of PopTarts is

       *Spaghetti and Meatballs or Ravioli                                                 individually wrapped


Disaster Response: Helping Those in Need. To help victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: Donate to Episcopal Relief & Development online at or checks payable to Episcopal Relief & Development, (note Hurricane Relief) mail to P.O. Box

7058, Merrifield VA 22116-7058. Money is the best way we can help at this time.

Bester School Needs:  Bester School continues to need our help in providing underwear for its young children. The school greatly appreciates all that we've donated in the past and all that we can do in the future.  Sizes needed are 4, 6, and 8 for both boys and girls. Please contact Lou Lamb at church or call at 301-437-5704.  Thank you.

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