Parish Announcements

NEW PROGRAM YEAR KICK OFF - COVERED DISH COOKOUT. St. John’s will kick off our 2018-2019 season with a Covered Dish Cookout on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, beginning at 6:00 p.m. We ask that each family provide a side dish or dessert to complement this occasion. We look forward to an evening of fun, food, and fellowship. A sign-up sheet is posted outside Hauser Hall, or you can sign-up online

WELCOME RECEPTION FOR RYAN PAGELS. Join us Sunday, September 9, following the 10:30 a.m. service, for a reception to welcome Ryan Pagels as our new Music Director.

POST-CONVENTION DEANERY MEETING. Thursday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s. Curious about what all happened at General Convention and how the decisions made there will affect our diocese? Members of our deputation will be in attendance at this upcoming post-convention meeting and will be sharing a little bit more about the takeaways of General Convention. (The Report on the Actions of General Convention originally scheduled for Tuesday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. has been canceled.)

Youth Confirmation Class for youth ages 12 and up will have an organizational meeting on Sunday, September 23, at 9:15 a.m., in the Chapel. Please sign up on the bulletin board across from Hauser Hall.

The Adult Inquirers Class will have an organizational meeting on Tuesday, September 25, at 6 p.m. in the Vestry Room. This class offers a deeper understanding of the Episcopal Church and St. John’s. Please sign up on the bulletin board across from Hauser Hall.

Adult Christian Formation
BIBLE STUDY IN THE KYLE HOUSE. Join George Bender in the Kyle House at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings for Bible Study.

THE GOSPEL OF MARK - JESUS WHO DISTURBS. Join Ron Schooler for a Study based on the Gospel of Mark in the Vestry Room at 9:30 a.m.

Children’s Christian Formation
Nursery: 10 a.m. - noon ages 0 - 2 & Children’s Chapel 10:15 a.m.: Preschool - 3rd grade

“QUIET BAGS” are available in the narthex and the inside entrance into the church near the Sacristy for children to take into the 10:30 a.m. service. This creative opportunity includes a Bible story booklet, quiet game sheets and coloring pages for your child to use now and take home with them. Once the service concludes, please return the bags with clip boards and crayons inside so they may be reused.

EYC - Episcopal Youth in the Church
EYC CHRISTIAN FORMATION (grades 6-12) will resume September 9th at 9:15 a.m. upstairs in Room 5.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Please join our wonderful team of volunteers that facilitate the EYC Sunday morning Christian Formation program. The lessons are prepared and provided. Volunteers serve as a team of two, one Sunday each month (less if we have enough volunteers). Volunteers must take the Safe Church training provided online to participate. This quick training is worthwhile and informative. For additional contact the church at 910-483-7405 or

YOUTH REACH. 6th-12th graders. September 21-22, 2018 in Goldsboro. Registration opens in August. Fee is $45 per participant.

HAPPENING 72. 9th-12th graders. October 19-21, 2018 at Trinity Center.

EAST CAROLINA YOUTH COUNCIL OPPORTUNITY for high schoolers. Hurricane Recovery Work with the United Methodist Disaster Team. November 2-4, 2018. More information will be coming over the summer.

FALL CONFERENCE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS. Participants 6th-8th grade, Team 9th-12th grade. November 16-18, 2018 at Trinity Center. Fees are $135 per person.

Camp Trinity Reunion. 8th-12th graders. January 18-20, 2019 at Trinity Center.
Youth at Convention. 9th-12th graders. February 7-9, 2019, Wilmington Convention Center. Fee scale TBA.
Happening 73. 9th-12th graders at Trinity Center. Team and candidate forms will be available in October. Fees and exact dates TBD.
New Beginnings 53. 6th-8th graders (team 9th-12th graders). April 5-7, 2019 at Trinity Center. Fees TBD.
For additional contact the church at 910-483-7405 or

WEDNESDAY EVENING SERVERS NEEDED. Servers are needed to help with Wednesday Evening Dinners, starting September 19. If you are able to help, please signup on the signup sheet located outside of Hauser Hall.

CONNECTIONS OF CUMBERLAND COUNTY - GUIDED READING. The next Guided /Partner Reading evening will be held in Hauser Hall Tuesday, September 11, at 6:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to provide a simple dinner ( soup, sandwiches, fruit and dessert). Volunteers pair up with a child in an effort to help them read in a one on one situation. The parents will be given instructions on a subject pertaining to maintaining a healthy home environment. This will be St. John’s third time to participate in this very meaningful opportunity to help our less fortunate in our community. Connections of Cumberland County is a day center for homeless women and those with children. To date, Connections has facilitated hundreds of homeless women in finding shelter and, in many cases, employment. Should you have an interest in volunteering it is approximately a 90 minute event and there is a signup sheet outside Hauser Hall. When signing please indicate what you would like to do, such as bring a certain food, help a child read or general cleanup as we will have no paid staff. For additional contact the church at 910-483-7405 or

GREETERS NEEDED. St. John’s Greeters have the fun and easy job of welcoming parishioners and newcomers as they arrive for 10:30 Sunday services. Greeters contribute to the warm and inviting atmosphere that leads attendees into our church home each Sunday. The duty is easy and the rewards are great! For additional contact the church at 910-483-7405 or

ANNUAL FARMWORKER FESTIVAL. The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry is pleased to invite you to the 27th Annual Farmworker Festival to be held Sunday, September 16th, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Ministry grounds located on 2989 Easy Street, Dunn, NC just off Highway 55 in Newton Grove. For more information about the festival, to help, or to volunteer, please contact Francisca Rios at (919) 519-4021 or

ST. JOHN’S IS LOOKING FOR NEW ACOLYTES. We are looking for young people to be part of worship. We encourage anyone in 4th through 12th grade to participate. Training is provided. For additional contact the church at 910-483-7405 or

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN USHER? We are currently in need of ushers. Ushers at St. John’s participate in a very rewarding ministry at the church. In addition to serving at the 10:30 Sunday morning services, ushers are also needed at funerals and other scheduled church services. Ushers are scheduled on a monthly basis and serve approximately once every 4-6 weeks. Training will be provided. For additional contact the church at 910-483-7405 or

Other Announcements
ONLINE GIVING & DIRECTORY. St. John’s now has an online directory and the ability to give online through your computer, tablet or mobile device. Please visit the following website for instructions and to signup: If you need help logging in, please call or stop by the church office during normal office hours. The church office is open Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

PRAYER REQUEST BOX. The Daughters of the King take a vow of prayer and service. The Lydia Chapter at St. John’s maintains a confidential prayer request box. It is now located on the table outside the Chapel. The members of the Lydia Chapter will offer confidential prayers for your concerns or thanksgivings.

CARE FOR THE DEPLOYED. Care for the Deployed has care packages ready and available to ship. Our mission is to thank and support our deployed soldiers. If your loved one is deployed and you would like Care for the Deployed to send him or her a care package, or if you have questions, please l contact the church at 910-483-7405 or