Parish Announcements

ANNUAL OBSERVANCE OF THE BAPTISM OF MANTEO AND VIRGINIA DARE
Sunday, August 20th, 10:30 a.m. Join us as we celebrate the baptisms of Manteo and Virginia Dare in 1587, the first baptisms performed by the Church of England in North America. This is a major feast day for our diocese.

SEERSUCKER SUNDAY, EVERYONE!! Our summer activities will soon come to an end. On August 20th, we want everyone to wear seersucker to church. Seersucker is “the” summer fabric. Let’s show it off!

SUNDAY EVENING WORSHIP. Sunday, August 27th, 5 p.m. Come as you are from the beach or from your home to an informal service of worship.

YOUTH CONFIRMATION & ADULT INQUIRERS CLASSES.
Youth Confirmation Class
for youth ages 12 and up will have an organizational meeting on Sunday, September 24, at 9:15 a.m., in the Chapel. Please sign up on the bulletin board across from Hauser Hall or contact the church office.
The Adult Inquirers Class will have an organizational meeting on Wednesday, September 27, at 7p.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 or contact the church office.
MOVIE DISCUSSION GROUP.
If you are interested in being part of a movie discussion group, please provide your contact information on the signup sheet located outside of 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 Parables of Jesus. Join Ron Schooler for a Study of the Parables of Jesus, beginning September 17 in the Vestry Room at 9:30 a.m.

Education for Ministry. Education for Ministry is a four year directed study and seminar that will help you not only think theologically but also to explore and develop your own theology. It is sponsored by The University of the South Theological Seminary. If you are interested in an upcoming seminar, please contact Fred Klinck for cost, scholarship opportunities and to sign up.
Additional information can be found here: http://efm.sewanee.edu/

EYC - Episcopal Youth in the Church
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 further information the church office at 910-483-7405.

DIOCESAN YOUTH EVENTS: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 further information on this ministry, please contact Grant Steffan at a-and-g-steffan@att.net or Heath and Heather Privette at 913-702-6996 or email hwprivette@hotmail.com. You may also call the church office at 483-7405 for information.
DIOCESAN YOUTH EVENTS:
Youth Reach “Sustaining and Renewing” Grades 6-12, mark your calendars for September 16, 2017 from 9:30-3:30 in Kinston, N.C. Young people from around the Diocese of East Carolina will spend a day of serving and learning as we engage Mark of Mission Number 5 “To Strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth”. This event is by Parish Registration only. The registration deadline is September 12th.

Happening 70. Grades 9-12, October 20-22 (Team arrives October 19). Applications and registration are available now. The deadline for youth or adult team applications is August 31. The fee is $145. The deadline for youth or adult candidate/participant applications is September 15. The fee is $130. We may be able to fund this great event for our EYC at St. John’s.

Fall Youth Conference. Grades 6-8, November 17-19 at Trinity Center. High School students and adults can serve on a team in a leadership role. This is a weekend of fellowship, faith, and fun while exploring all of the ways we forgive and need forgiveness. One adult for every 1-6 youth is required, and registration is through the parish. Registration will be available in September. The cost is $130 for youth or adults. We may be able to fund this great event for our EYC at St. John’s.

New Beginnings. Grades 6-8, April 13-15, 2018 at Trinity Center. New Beginnings is a weekend event designed to respond to the unique challenges and concerns of young people. It was created to help participants grow in their love of themselves, others and for Jesus Christ. Participants meet peers from across the diocese, enjoy skits, listen to talks, and participate in small group activities and discussions that focus on self, friends, parents, siblings, school, God’s love, prayer and the church. Free time is built in for young people and adult youth leaders to have an opportunity for fellowship.
Middle and High School young people who have previously participated in New Beginnings may serve on team. High School young people who have served on another Diocesan Youth Event, may also serve on team for New Beginnings.
Team and participant registration forms should be submitted through our parish. These forms will be available January 2018.
 

Children’s Christian Formation
“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.

CHILDREN’S OPPORTUNITIES ON SUNDAYS.
Nursery: 10 a.m.-noon ages 0-2
Children’s Chapel 10:15 a.m.: Preschool - 3rd grade

Event/Volunteers
UPPER CAPE FEAR DEANERY: HEELING THE WORLD PROJECT Saturday, August 19 at 9:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish Hall. Heeling Our World is a project which impacts and improves the lives of children both in the U.S. and in Africa. It addresses the issue of the 300 million barefoot children, around the world who are at risk of disease and death due to lack of footwear. Our project will make footwear for these children in an assembly line fashion so come ready to work for the Lord! Many hands make the work light. To participate sign up on the bulletin board outside Hauser Hall.

CONNECTIONS OF CUMBERLAND COUNTY - GUIDED READING. Tuesday, September 12 at 6:00 p.m. Please contact Sybil Sasaki at sybilsasaki@hotmail.com if you would like to help with the meal or reading with a child, or both! We also need folks to help in the kitchen after dinner. I just had a lesson from Chef Bob on using the dishwasher, so we’re all set! Thank you very much for prayerfully considering contributing to this worthy outreach project. Additional information can be found in the August / September Epistle.

PARISH OFFICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Volunteers are needed to help in the church office Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Responsibilities include welcoming visitors, answering the phone, and simple clerical tasks. Volunteers are also needed for special projects throughout the year. If you’re available to volunteer, or if you’d like to volunteer as a substitute, please contact the church office at 910-483-7405, email communications@stjohnsnc.org or online here http://www.stjohnsnc.org/volunteerform.

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. If you are interested in becoming an usher, contact the church office at 910-483-7405.

OPERATION INASMUCH. Operation Inasmuch, located at 531 Hillsboro St., Fayetteville 28301, serves breakfast Monday-Friday to those in need--and we need some volunteers to help us fulfill this mission! St. John’s is scheduled to help serve breakfast only the first Thursday morning every other month. Please contact the church office for more information or to sign up. Thank you!

Other Announcements
NIMOCKS CHALLENGE. Please return Nimocks Challenge forms to the office by mail, or you may drop them off during office hours, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday or Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.You may also drop them in the offering plate on Sunday mornings during the offertory.

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 contact the church office at 910-483-7405.

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.

THE OFFICE HOURS are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday office hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.