This Week at St. John’s
Thursday, November 26
 Parish Office Closed—Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 27
9:00am – Over 60 Club Eagle’s Loft
Saturday, November 28
1 pm—5 pm and 7 pm—9 pm—Model Railroad Exhibit (Open to Public)
5:00pm – Eucharist (Church)
Sunday, November 29
9:15am – Scripture Reading (Library)
10:00am – Church School (Classrooms)
11:30am – Private Baptism Party (Eagle’s Loft)
11:30am – Social Justice Meeting (Chapel)
12:00pm – Neighbors’ Link (Noon Library)
12:30pm – Iglesia Betania (Eucharist Church)
5:00pm – L’Epiphanie Choir (Rehearsal Church)
Monday, November 30
9:00am – Over 60 Club (Eagle’s Loft)
Tuesday, December 1
9:00am – Over 60 Club Eagle’s Loft
10:00am – Staff Meeting (Conference Room)
2:00pm – Bible Study: Study of Mary (Library)
6:00pm – Yoga (Eagle’s Loft)
Wednesday, December 2
9:00am – Over 60 Club (Eagle’s Loft)
7:00pm – Taize (Chapel)
Thursday, December 3
9:00a—Over 60 Club (Eagle’s Loft)
12:10pm – Eucharist (Chapel)
7:00pm – Boy Scouts (Teen Headquarters)
7:30pm – Choir Rehearsal
Friday, December 4
9:00am – Over 60 Club Eagle’s Loft
Saturday, December 5
9:00am – Christmas Show Rehearsal (Church)
1:00pm – Cub Scouts (Teen Headquarters)
5:00pm – Eucharist (Church)


Sunday Scripture Study — Every Sunday from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Library, where we study the day’s scripture and reflect on living it in our daily lives.

Advent Madness begins Sunday – Please read the insert for information about the Bible heroes Noah and Rebekah. Mark your choice on the ballot on the back of the insert and place in one of the ballot collection baskets. There are baskets in the Narthex at the back of the church, outside the church hallway next to the Blue Godly Play room, and in the Dining Room. Please only vote once! Join us next week to learn about Ruth and her great-grandson, David.

MARY– MOTHER OF CHRIST—A MODEL OF OPENESS — Through a rich mix of scripture, art, literature and prayer Mary’s life is a deeply spiritual inspiration for own lives. We welcome Mother Lynn Harrington on Tuesday December 1 for the last Mary– a Model of Openness, a series by Mother Lynn and Mother Kathleen. Mother Lynn, a retreat leader and trained artist, retired as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in South Salem, NY. Our church has a long history with that St John’s; it was one of the “distant parishes” our first rector helped establish and lead. Mother Kathleen was a member at that parish, which sponsored her for ordination! All are welcome to join us even if you haven’t attended other sessions. To offset the cost of our speakers donations are accepted. We will meet from 2 pm to 3 pm in the dining room.

Got Peace? – Taize – Advent Series – Wednesday nights at 7:00 beginning December 2nd Come find some peace in the busyness of life. Join us for a lay led service of quiet prayer and meditation in the Ladies’ Chapel on Wednesday nights in Advent at 7:00PM. We’ll have silence, simple chant and candlelight to open our minds and hearts during this Advent season. All are welcome!

The 2015 Christmas Show is up and running – Cast member’s fitting for costumes was done on Sunday, November 15th and 21st. DATES to REMEMBER: Saturday, December 5th – 8:30 AM – Last Fitting for Cast Members. Saturday, December 5th 9 AM – 3 PM – Rehearsal. Saturday, December 12th 9 am – 3 pm – Dress Rehearsal. Sunday, December 13th after service until show. The next step for is now to gather all of our wonderful volunteers that will assist in other ways. There are people still needed to bring in food, snacks, fruits, yogurt, drinks, etc., to feed the cast on the days of rehearsal, make and bring in soup for feeding of the cast the day of the show, assist with decoration for the receptions after the show and set-up for the reception, assist with setting up the stage and lighting and participating in any way you can. No offer to help will be turned away. If you would like to help, please contact Sandra Clarke-Guy at 203-333-1112 or by email at Again, thank you for all of your help to tell this wonderful story of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

The Christmas Season is Upon us —Remember to Give to Give First to St. John’s—Pledge Treasure, Time and Talent— Why should we give to St John’s? Because this is the place where we worship, pray and strengthen our spiritual lives with God, the source of all life, love, and giving! Please take the time to complete your pledge for 2016 of time, talent and treasure. Our goal is 100% participation. Thank-you all who have pledged!

Food Bank—Last week, St. John’s donated 61 pounds of food and fresh produce to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. This sets the bar pretty high, so lets keep it going !

Camp Washington is having a Family Advent Program on Sunday, December 6 from 2 pm to 6 pm. – Families can make an Advent Wreath, their own Advent candles, paint ornaments, worship, and enjoy a light supper. The cost is $12 per person. If you would be interested in attending, please let Jennifer Roland (203-348-2619 x15 or know so we can try to organize rides to go together.

Prayer List—Please send all prayer list requests for the bulletin to the Parish Administrator, Sandie DeFilippis at

St. John’s Wireless Network—Internet Access is available! – The password for Internet access at St. John’s in the Dining Room, Basement & Library area near classrooms, and Eagle’s Loft is STJOHNS628, which is case sensitive.

The Christmas Doves Are Here! For almost 50 years, area churches have provided holiday food to families in need through the Person-to-Person Dove Program. In this way, we have the chance to share our blessings with our neighbors at Christmas. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for our children to experience the joy of giving during the Christmas season. Participation is open to anyone and may involve preparing a wrapped carton of food or can be as simple as making a direct donation to families/adults through Person-to-Person. There are two ways to help – just select a White or Green Dove, follow the directions printed on it and bring joy into another home this Season.

White Dove: Fill a box with food and love for Christmas Day. All necessary food items and directions are on the reverse side of the Dove. A $15.00 contribution is required for a supermarket gift card for each family to buy their own choice of meat.
Fill in the back of the dove with your name, address & telephone number and leave it (along with the $15.00) with Jean Aranha.

Green Dove: A financial contribution to Person-to-Person’s Scholarship or Emergency Assistance Fund. Scholarship will enable eager students to continue their education. The Emergency Assistance Fund will help someone with a fuel bill, rent or a medical bill not covered by Medicaid. You can either mail your financial contribution directly to Person-to Person or give it to Jean.

The Doves will be available in the Dining Room beginning on Sunday, November 22 after the 10:15 worship service. Please don’t take one without filling out the portion with your name and contact information!

RETURN your filled, closed, wrapped box to the Champion’s Room on Sunday, December 13th. (Yes, the day of the Christmas Show – so we can be doubly joyous that day!) If you have any questions regarding the Christmas Dove Program, please contact Jean Aranha at 203-561-1286 or


Thank You Derick! – George Howard would like to thank Derick Campbell for his help these last couple of weeks in preparing the bulletins and Christmas Show mailings.

Christmas Flowers – If you have loved ones you wish to be included in the Christmas Flower Memorial, please call Parish Administrator, Sandie DeFilippis at (203)-348-2619 ex. 10 or email her at