Parish Announcements

TRINITY CENTER EVENT. Sunday, October 15 at 5 p.m. at St. John’s. This event is to celebrate and learn about our Diocesan Camp and Conference Center. We will gather to tell stories, sing songs, and share our experiences of this Holy Place. Bishop Bob Skirving and Mr. Penn Perry, Executive Director of Trinity Center will join in the celebration. Refreshments will be provided.

STEWARDSHIP DINNER. The Stewardship Dinner announced in the October / November Epistle has been moved to Wednesday, October 18.

ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY. Sunday, November 5. We want to remember all who have died since All Saints’ Day 2016. Please complete the form located on the table in Smithson Hall, outside the Chapel, or contact the office (483 -7405) and provide the name and date of their death. Please turn in the names by October 30.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR PATRICK O’BRIANT. On Sunday, November 5, St. John’s will honor Patrick for his 22 years of service and dedication as choirmaster and organist. A reception will be held in the Kyle House following the 10:30 a.m. service. A sign-up sheet for food items for the reception will be posted on the bulletin board outside Hauser Hall. Come help celebrate Patrick’s ministry!

VETERANS DAY SERVICE. Wednesday, November 8, 5:30 p.m. Every year, St. John’s invites the Deanery and the broader community to join in honoring those who have offered services in our armed forces, past and present. Our dean, The Rev. John Frazier, will preach at the service, which will include healing and Holy Communion. Members of the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg communities are welcome. Cost of dinner is $8.00 per person. Please R.S.V.P. the church office at (910) 483-7405, email or sign-up on the bulletin board outside Hauser Hall.

Youth Confirmation Class for youth ages 12 and up. Times and location of the class will be announced in upcoming Tuesday Headlines and the Sunday morning Bulletin.
The Adult Inquirers Class offers a deeper understanding of the Episcopal Church and St. John’s. Times and location of the class will be announced in upcoming Tuesday Headlines and the Sunday morning Bulletin.

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 in the Vestry Room at 9:30 a.m.
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.

Nursery: 10 a.m.-noon ages 0-2
Children’s Chapel 10:15 a.m.: Preschool - 3rd grade
Children’s Choir: 5:00 p.m.
Bible Adventures.: Preschool - 3rd grade

EYC - Episcopal Youth in the Church
EYC CHRISTIAN FORMATION meets Sunday at 9:15 a.m. in Room 5 on the second floor of the church (go up the stairs by the Chapel, and the room is the second door on the right).

EYC - CORN MAZE AND PUMPKIN PATCH: Sunday, October 29, at 12:30 p.m. The EYC will leave after church (no later than 12:30) for the Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch at Gross Farms. Dress for church accordingly or bring a change of clothes to change into. We will first stop for lunch at Zaxby’s outside of Spring Lake.

EYC - COOK OUT: Sunday, November 5. Cook out time and place to be announced.

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 the church office at 910-483-7405.

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. The deadline to register is October 8. The cost is $130 for youth or adults. We will fund this great event for our EYC at St. John’s.
Youth at Convention. Grades 9-12, February 8-10, 2018 in New Bern, NC. The 135th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina is an important event and a wonderful opportunity for our youth.
1. Convention Page • For 9th - 12th graders. These young people serve on the floor of Convention ensuring the business of Convention takes place.
2. Youth Representative • For 9th - 12th graders. ONE young person from their home parish will participate on the floor Convention with seat and voice. Registration information will be available in October.
3. Elected Delegate • For young people 16 or older. Parishes can elect anyone 16 or older to serve as a delegate to Convention. Elected delegates have seat, voice and vote on the floor of Convention.
* Housing is provided on Thursday and Friday night for ALL Youth@Convention participants (Representatives, Pages and Delegates) in the homes of Christ Church, New Bern parishioners. To ensure housing, participants must be registered by the deadline. All parishioners whose homes young people will be staying, will have completed Sexual Ethics training as required by the Diocese of East Carolina.
Happening 71. Grades 9-12, March 2-4, 2018 at Trinity Center. Happening is a powerful instrument of renewal, and its aim is to concentrate closely on the Person and the Teachings of Jesus Christ and His ongoing Living Body-the Church. Through talks, skits, discussions, play, worship, prayer and song, participants understand the importance of love and life in Christ. There is much laughter, lots of love, and it’s just plain fun! Happening is an extremely special weekend that helps to make one’s relationship with our Lord more meaningful and more intentional. Young people and adults who have been part of Happening in East Carolina or any other diocese are invited to serve on team. Application deadline has not been put out yet.
New Beginnings 53. 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.
Contact the church office at 910-483-7405 for more information on any of these Diocesan Youth Events.

EYC CHRISTIAN FORMATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Please prayerfully consider joining this important ministry for our youth grades 6-12. Volunteers are needed to facilitate our EYC Christian Formation program. EYC Christian Formation will take place on Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 10:10. This would be just a once a month commitment, and two volunteers will be assigned to work together each Sunday. Please contact the church office at 910-483-7405.

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: Thursday , November 2, 7-9 a.m. 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 at 910-483-7405 for more information or to sign up. Thank you!

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 or online here
Other Announcements

PARISH OFFICE HOURS. 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.

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.