This Week at St. John

Sunday, December 14
9:15am – Scripture Reading (Library)
10:00am – Church School
11:15am—Social Justice Meeting (After 10:15am Service)
12:00pm – Christmas Show Rehearsal
12:00 – Neighbors’ Link Library
4:00pm and 6 pm Christmas Show (Church)
Tuesday, December 16
10:00am – Staff Meeting (Conference Room)
2:00pm – Scripture Study (Conference Room)
6:15pm – Yoga (Eagle’s Loft)
Wednesday, December 17
5:00pm – Young Champions’ Art Classes Champions’ Room
7:00pm – Stephen Ministry Library
Thursday, December 18
12:10pm – Eucharist (Chapel)
7:00pm – Boy Scouts (Dining Room)
7:30pm – Choir Rehearsal Choir Room
Friday, December 19
 Office Closed
Saturday, December 20
8:30am – Vestry Budget Meeting (Conference Room)
5:00pm – Eucharist (Church)
 Christmas Show THIS SUNDAY!— The big day is here! Come and Enjoy ! This year, we are dedicating this performance to Stephen Clapp whom we all loved and miss. He was a wonderful Christian who touched many hearts with his quiet, gentle, and kind personality. This is our 22nd annual Christmas Show which is taking place at 4 pm and 6 pm followed by a beautiful reception in the dining room. The show’s producer, Shideh Khorasheh, would like to thank all the cast and crew members who have been working so hard to provide you with this beautiful story of Jesus’ birth.

December 14 10:15 am Service –The three parishes that worship in St. John’s space – will worship together at today’s service because of the Christmas Show!  L’Eglise de L’Epiphanie, (French) Iglesia Betania (Spanish) and St. John’s!

Sunday Scripture Studies— Takes place today from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the library. We will be using the series “Living the Good News”— sessions will explore scripture passages for the day.

Sunday Prayer Vigil—
After the 10:15 service in the Ladies Chapel

Please sign up for Coffee Hour – No one is signed up for Coffee Hour today. We will have fellowship but probably will have no food. If you would like to share food as well as fellowship please sign up to lead coffee hour in one of the next several weeks.

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

Church School Starts at 10 AM! – Parents please remember that Godly Play begins at 10 am. Teachers start the story when they hear the music that signals the beginning of the 10:15 am service. Please get your children to their classes before worship starts so they will not miss a minute of the lesson. It is disruptive to the rest of the class when so many children arrive late. Thank you for helping our classes run more smoothly by bringing your children on time so you can get to worship on time as well.

Tuesday Scripture Study – The study group will meet on Tuesday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the conference room for the last time this year. The group will not meet again until Tuesday, January 3, 2015.


STJ Prayer Link - Many members of St. John’s Church regularly lift up the needs of the parish in prayer, and that is a very important work, as God can bless and guide us when we reach out to him in prayer.  Some of us were thinking it would strengthen our church and our private prayers as well to ask people to pray in unity, each in their own homes for the welfare and health and growth of St. John’s Church.  Would you be willing to commit to pray regularly for St. John’s? If so, please let Carol Wheeler know and let her know your response to the following questions: Is there a set day and time each week that you can commit to pray for the needs of the parish? Would you be interested in receiving a weekly email with updated concerns and people to pray for during that week? Would you enjoy being on a weekly conference call in the morning or evening at a certain time so you could pray with others?  Thanks for considering getting involved in strengthening our prayers for our church! We want to link our prayers together, so we have called this ministry STJ Prayerlink. In Christ’s love, Carol Wheeler (203-525-0011, Please let us know any suggestions you have.

Fill the food basket — Last week, thanks to parishioners, the church donated 6 Pounds of canned goods to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County and 15 surrounding pantries in the Stamford area. Please continue to keep giving to fill the food basket in the back of the church. Thanks for your generosity.

Thank You Derick! —George Howard would like to thank Derick Campbell for his help with bulletins and mailings during the past few weeks.

Church Kneelers —
A generous parishioner has offered to purchase 20 new kneelers. We are looking for other parishioners to match this gift with the ultimate goal of replacing all the kneelers in the church. Each one costs $57.00. You may purchase one, two or as many as you can afford. Make your check out to St. John’s with “kneeler” noted in the memo portion. All contributions will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please call Sandie DeFilippis in the Parish Office at 203-348-2619 ext. 10. Please make your contribution before the New Year.

St. John’s Christmas Service Schedule—Advent Lessons and Carols, Sunday, December 21 – 10:15 a.m., Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24—5:00 p.m. A Family Festival Eucharist and Blessing of the Crèche. A Concert of most-loved Christmas Music, 10:30 p.m. – Festival Holy Eucharist with choir, familiar carols and candlelight. Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, 12:00 Noon, Service of Holy Eucharist. New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1, 12:00 Noon Service of Holy Eucharist. The schedule is also posted on the St. John’s Website,, and St. John’s Facebook page,

Flower Guild Activities for Christmas – Volunteers Needed – Members of St. John’s and L’Epiphanie’s Flower Arranger’s Guild will be meeting on Saturday 12/20 from 9:30 – 12:30 in the sanctuary to arrange the poinsettias and flowers for the Christmas services. Volunteers are also needed to assist in this important work (children 10+ welcome to help).  We have also asked for volunteers from Betania to help.
We are looking for several volunteers who are willing to “water and remove the wilted leaves from the poinsettias” and refresh the arrangements during the weeks of 12/22, 12/29 and 1/5/15 as well as help to remove the poinsettias after the holidays (date to be determined).
We will be “Greening the Church” (hanging wreaths) immediately following the Sunday 12/21 service (around 11:30 or 11:45am) in the sanctuary. This activity only takes 1/2 hour.
Please contact committee chair, Phyllis Wilson at or 203-961-1891 to participate in these activities.

St. John’s Weekly Prayer Vigil Group after the 10:15 Service –
Meet in the Ladies Chapel immediately after the 10:15 service for a prayer Vigil Organizers are Danielle Sullivan and Peter Stroili.  Prayers center around social justice    Next week’s theme will be the Newtown shooting and prayers to resolve conflict and violence and to reduce guns.  – Leaders will share a prayer offering and theme and all are invited to pray and offer prayers as well.

Black Out Saturday – 
The Stamford NAACP and the Stamford Interfaith Clergy Association invite people to rally and march together in protest of the recent decisions not to prosecute the deaths by police of unarmed black civilians in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, NY. The .rally will take place at 10:00 a.m. in front of First Congregational Church on Bedford Street on Saturday, December 20. Participants are invited to dress in black clothes. Fr. Wheeler and Mother Kathleen plan to participate.

Remember in your prayers this week –
Delores, Dantez, Emma, Billy Schwartz, Cynthia Wolfe, Stephenson, Aleta, Khori, Alesha, Kedley, Debbie, Desiree, Marianna, Sean, Sally, Wat, Barbara, Charles, Betty, John, Phil, Cynthia, Carroll, Brian, Lenore , Angela, Lorna., Bob, Charles, Clara, Brady, Jeff and Shirley.

Additional Prayers this Week
We pray for the growth and strength of our St. John’s parish;
We pray for justice and dignity for all people, in the US and around the world; We remember the children killed in Sandy Hook on Dec 14 and their families;
We recommit to reducing guns and violence;
We pray for the souls of all those who turn to violence in their pain and despair;
We remember all who died on Dec 7 at Pearl Harbor, we pray for  all veterans, service men and women and their families and we pray for peace in all the world;
We pray for all those affected by Hurricane Neoguri in Japan.
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