Got Peace? – Taize – Advent Series – Monday nights at 7:00 pm – 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 Monday nights during Advent at 7:00 pm. Silence, simple chant, and candlelight to open our minds and hearts during this season of Advent will be enjoyed. All are welcome!
Tuesday Bible Study – Meets this week on December 6, at 2:00 pm in the Conference Room. The study will focus on the book of Luke.
Community Thanksgiving Success! – St John’s and The First Congregational Church in Stamford had a very successful Community Dinner on Thanksgiving Day. We served dinner to 140 people, who also took home a prepared meal for the next day. Many more meals were delivered to shut-ins and caretakers in our community. I would like to thank all of the people at St John’s who so generously volunteered their time on Thanksgiving to serve others. It was such a blessing to be with you all. Thank you for doing God’s work, and spreading his love to our brothers and sisters. Blessings to you all, Kathi Bacchi
Christmas Show – This year’s show is on Sunday, December 11thwith performances at 4 pm and 6 pm in the church. Rehearsal dates are Saturday, December 3rd, and 10th,9 am – 3 pm and Sunday, December 11th after service up until before the performances later in the day. Currently, the cast is filled but we can always use more people. We can use help with set-up, lighting, assisting with fittings, reception, ushers, greeters, cleanup, feeding the cast and members of the production and any offer to assist in other ways will not be turned away. Hopefully, I did not miss any areas, so please be a part of this great story by participating in some way. If you would like to help please contact Sandra Clarke-Guy at 203-333-1112 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joint Worship in 3 Languages Sunday, December 11 at 10:15 am – The day of the Christmas Show all three congregations, St. John’s, L’Eglise de L’Epiphanie, and Iglesia Betania, will join in joyful worship alternating between worship in English, French and Spanish.
Toy Drive, December 11 – Chacon Riders and Boy Scout Troop 5, 12-4 p.m. at the corner of Grove and Main. New toys in original packaging only, to benefit children throughout our region in conjunction with Inspirica’s annual Christmas Toy Drive.
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 email@example.com.
Christmas Doves Are Here! – Once again, St. John’s will be joining with other churches and agencies to provide a merrier Christmas for over 800 local families who need some help. Please see Jean Aranha after the 10:15 am service on Sundays (or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org) and provide Christmas cheer with either food or financial support to someone who will really appreciate it. A White Dove means you will fill reusable grocery bags (so much easier to carry than boxes) with food for Christmas Day (breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a $15 donation) for a senior, senior couple or family. You will get a list with everything you need to provide. White Dove bags need to be returned by December 18. A Green Dove is a contribution to either the Scholarship Fund or Emergency Fund at Person to Person. This is easy to do and helps pay for school, or immediate assistance for things like fuel, medications or rent. This is a great project to share with your children, to help them realize how much they have and experience the true meaning and satisfaction of giving. Thanks for supporting this program each year!
Youth Retreat Overnight! Dec 17-18th – Youth from St. John’s, L’Eglise de L’Epiphanie and Iglesia Betania will join in food, fun and fellowship in faith to share an Advent spiritual retreat Saturday, December 17, 7 pm—Sunday, December 18, 8 am. Open to all Youth in Middle and High School. Those who don’t want to stay overnight can come from 7-11 pm on Saturday. For more information or to register contact our Seminarian Intern, Pam Stevens, email@example.com.
Advent Lessons and Carols, December 18, Live on the Radio – Our 10:15 am Advent Lessons and Carols worship service will be broadcast live on radio WSTC 1400 AM and online at WSTC1400.com. Tell your friends and family to tune in!
Flower Guild Requests for Christmas Arranging – Volunteers are needed to help assist with the “Greening of the Church” (hanging artificial wreaths in the church and on the outer doors) on Sunday 12/18 at 11:30 (immediately following St. J’s 10:15 service and before Betania’s 12:30 service). This activity typically takes around 1/2 hour. Help is also needed to arrange the poinsettias and Christmas flowers on Friday, December 23rd at 6:00pm (meet in the sanctuary). This will take about 1 1/2 hours. We are also looking for a volunteer or two to water the poinsettias and remove wilted leaves two to three times between December 26 through Saturday, January 7th. Please contact Phyllis Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-961-1891 evenings if you are able to help. Thank you for your time and service.
Coat Drive – St. John’s is sponsoring a winter coat drive again this year to support the work of Person to Person, which provides clothing to persons in need. Look for the coat drive barrel in the central hallway and bring in your clean, used or new coats to help keep people warm this winter.
Prayers for Kelly – Please join in praying for fellow parishioner Kelly Benshoff every day at noon. Kelly has been diagnosed with either PLS (Primary Lateral Sclerosis) or ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and needs our prayers for healing and spiritual strength in the face of this devastating illness. Set your cell phone or watch to remind you to pray each day at noon and let Louise LaChance (email@example.com) know that you will be supporting Kelly in prayer.
When you bring food to others you are also feeding God – This week, St. John’s donated 51 pounds of food to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. St. John’s has met and exceeded its goal of 1,000 pounds with 1,021 pounds for 2016! Congratulations!