Parish Announcements

POINSETTIA MEMORIALS. Remember your loved ones and donate a poinsettia. The memorial poinsettias will adorn St. John’s during Christmas. Poinsettia memorial forms are due Sunday, December 16. Form are available across from the elevator, outside the chapel, and the back page of the Epistle and the Bulletin.

ROOD SCREEN.

Rood Screen Greening - Wednesday, December 19, all day starting at 9:30 a.m. The Rood Screen will be greened all day Wednesday. Come as you are able to tie cedar branches to our Rood Screen. Holiday music will get us into a festive spirit and refreshments will be available, including snacks, a light lunch, and supper. Feel free to bring a favorite snack to share.

Rood Screen Installation - Saturday, December 22 at 9 a.m. The Rood Screen will be installed in the sanctuary for the Christmas services. We’d love to have your help in setting up.

Please contact the church office at 910-483-7405 more information.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES - MONDAY, DECEMBER 24

4 p.m. - The Christmas narrative will be performed by the children. Nursery care will be provided.

7 p.m. - Rite I Holy Eucharist with congregational hymns. Nursery care will be provided.

10 p.m. - Christmas Choral Eucharist. Features the English Handbells Choir and the Chancel Choir. The music is followed by a grand Rite II Christmas Eucharist, complete with congregational hymns and traditional carols.

Adult Christian Formation

BOOK OF ROMANS BIBLE STUDY IN THE KYLE HOUSE. Join George Bender in the Kyle House at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings for Bible Study on the book of Romans.

THE BOOK OF ACTS. Join Ron Schooler for a Study based on the Book of Acts on Sundays in the Vestry Room at 9:30 a.m.

THEOLOGY DISCUSSION GROUP AND INQUIRERS CLASS. Are you interested in a deeper discussion of our faith? Maybe have some doubts you want to discuss? Perhaps you want to refresh your journey? Join us for the Theology Discussion Group Sunday evenings at 4 p.m. in Hauser Hall for a great time of discussion and fellowship. This is also the perfect place for those interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church, as this is also for our Adult Inquirers Class. For more information, please contact the church office at 910-483-7405..

Children’s Christian Formation

WEDNESDAY OPPORTUNITIES. Bible Adventures and Children’s Choir at 5 p.m. for children in Preschool - 3rd grade.

CHILDREN’S OPPORTUNITIES ON SUNDAYS.

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.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT.

The time-honored Christmas Pageant will be a part of the 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service at

St. John’s Episcopal Church on Green Street in Fayetteville, N.C. We invite all children and grandchildren of St. John parishioners from ages preschool through 5th grade to participate in this remarkable pageant that tells the story of Jesus’ birth! The title of the pageant this year is “The Inn Crowd.” There is a part for everyone!

For more information and to enter your child/children in the pageant, please contact the church office at 910-483-7405..

Rehearsal Schedule:

Sunday, December 2 at 9:15 a.m.

Sunday, Decmeber 9 at 9:15 a.m.

Sunday, December 16 at 9:15 a.m.

Sunday, December 23 at 4:00 p.m. (pizza party)

EYC - Episcopal Youth in the Church

THE EYC INREACH ACTIVITY. Today, Sunday, December 2 at 5:30 p.m. the Youth will meet at the church in Hauser Hall for dinner and making Christmas cards for our shut-ins

EYC (GRADES 6-12) CHRISTIAN FORMATION meets every Sunday morning at 9:15 in Room 5, upstairs.

DIOCESAN YOUTH EVENTS:

2019 OPPORTUNITIES:

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.

Please contact the church office at 910-483-7405 for more information on any of these Diocesan Youth Events.

Event/Volunteers

ST. JOHN’S ALTAR GUILD. St. John’s Altar Guild invites you to become a member of our team. Our volunteers donate a few hours a month, either on a weekend or Wednesday committee, to prepare the church or chapel for the liturgy. If you are interested in being a part of this rewarding ministry, please contact the church office at 910-483-7405.

CONNECTIONS GUIDED READING PROGRAM. The Connections Guided reading program will hold another Guided/Partner Reading evening in Hauser Hall Tuesday, December 4. Volunteers are needed to provide a simple dinner meal (soup, sandwiches, fruit, and dessert.) We will have a Christmas Theme and this will be a wonderful way to start the season of Advent. Please join us! Please contact the church office at 910-483-7405.

WEDNESDAY EVENING SERVERS NEEDED. Servers are needed to help with Wednesday Evening Dinners. If you are able to help, please sign up on the sign-up sheet located outside of Hauser Hall.

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! Please contact the church office at 910-483-7405.

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 for information.

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, please contact the church office at 910-483-7405.

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 sign up: http://www.stjohnsnc.org/access/. If you need help logging in, please call or stop by the church office during normal office hours.

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.