St. John’s eNews
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Soul Break, our half-hour contemplative service of song, silence, prayer and meditation, is held Wednesdays at noon in the Sanctuary.
Ancient Traditions for Contemporary People: We carve out a sacred time to intentionally withdraw from the busyness of our lives to seek God. We gather in community for learning the practice of Mindfulness, Scripture reading using the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, followed by a time for individual quiet reflection. We hope you can join in this special morning to encounter the peaceful presence of God.
Saturday, September 23
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In the Chapel
Facilitated by Sue King and Carol WawrychukSpace is limited. To register, or for any questions, please email Sue or Carol at email@example.com.
The pumpkins are coming! Sign-up to staff the patch has started and will be ongoing. The sign-up sheet is available in the lobby on Sunday, the office during the week, or you can sign up online HERE.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: Next gatherings are September 15 and October 20, 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Our Prayer Shawl Ministry has many beautiful comforting shawls, lap blankets and baby blankets to give to folks who need the touch of prayers and concern. Please let us know if you would like one for someone you care about. Contact Jane Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or tell Pastor Matt.
Men’s Monthly Ministry Dinner: On Tuesday, September 19 at 6:00 p.m., all men from St. John’s and Zia are invited to meet up for dinner at Pantry Dos to talk life and faith. For more information, contact Pastor Matt at (936) 661-2843 or email@example.com. Hope to see you there!
UMCOR (The United Methodist Committee On Relief) and the response in MauiUMCOR is the international aid branch of the United Methodist Church and they are currently on the scene in Hawaii in response to the devastating wildfires. They are a wonderful organization to donate to because 100% of every donation goes directly to the people in need. If you would like more information, click here to read their initial response. You’ll also find a place where you can donate if you feel led.
Bag ’n Hand Food Pantry to Start Second Distribution: The Bag ‘n Hand Food Pantry is in the process of starting a second inside distribution based on the client choice model. It will address the needs of those who have difficulty coming during the workday. Starting October 10, we will have two of these distributions per month on the second and fourth Tuesdays. The pantry will be open from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. It will look much like the pre-pandemic distribution and will not be as labor intensive as the drive-thru. The success of this second distribution depends on having enough volunteers to staff it. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mary Ellen for more details.
Monthly Communion Service: We continue our first Monday of the month Communion service this Monday at 12:00 in the chapel. It’s a simple communion service with singing, prayer, and a short devotion, followed by taking communion together. Hope you can make it!
Choir rehearsals have resumed! All are welcome! Join us in the choir room Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Contact Paula for more information or questions.
New Members Class: Pastor Matt leads the New Members Class the last Sunday of every month at 3:00 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a member of St. John’s or would just like to know more about our history and beliefs, then this is the class for you.
Fellowship Opportunities at St. John’s UMC
Pickleball is up and running in the Fellowship Hall. Courts and equipment are available Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Daytime: please arrange through Kim Rael at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 982-5397.
Fourth Friday Game Night and Potluck, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We have choices of board games such as Rummikub, Monopoly, checkers, chess and more for all ages and interests. We’ll also have bean-bag toss (corn hole) and darts available. Come one, come all! Admission is free with light snacks available for a donation. For more info, please contact Eddie Dry at email@example.com or Marilyn Galano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EACH WEEK AT ST. JOHN’S
Adult Sunday School
• Nomads meet at 10:45 a.m. in the Parlor. The Nomads are an engaging group of mostly ages 80+ who use Great Courses and lectures to enhance their faith. Attendees must be fully vaccinated.
• Sunday Seminar meets at 10:45 a.m. in the Bell Room. The intersection of faith and current events leads to lively discussion in this group of mostly retired folks. Masks are required.
• Nephesh: Following Christ’s command to love one another, the Nephesh Class recognizes that all people are of sacred worth and affirms that we are a reconciling community. The Class lessons and discussions have covered a wide variety of topics including biblical, spiritual, political, and personal faith issues. Meeting in the Choir room the class also offers a hybrid in-person/Zoom format for those unable to attend in person classes. If you would like to be added to the Zoom format email Dick Smith at email@example.com.
• Community Class meets at 10:45 in the parlor.
Women’s Book Study meets every Wednesday in the parlor at 1:00 p.m. They welcome new participants.
Volunteer with the Bag ‘n Hand Food Pantry! Sign up online.