This Week at St. John

Friday, November 28
 Office Closed
Saturday, November 29
1:00 pm—5:00 pm & 7:00 pm to 9:00pm—Model Railroad Exhibit (Basement)
5:00pm – Eucharist (Church)
Sunday, November 30
9:15am – Scripture Reading library
10:00am – Church School
10:30pm – Iglesia Betania Eucharist, Eagle’s Loft
12:00pm – Christmas Show Rehearsals
12:00pm – Neighbors’ Link Library
6:15pm – L’Eglise de L’Epiphanie Service Church
Monday, December 1
 World’s Day of Prayer for AIDS
Tuesday, December 2
2:00pm – Scripture Study (Conference Room)
6:15pm – Yoga Eagle’s Loft
Wednesday, December 3
5:00pm – Young Champions’ Art Classes Champions’ Room
7:00pm – Stephen Ministry Library
Thursday, December 4
12:10pm – Eucharist (Chapel)
2:00pm – Staff Meeting (Conference Room)
7:00p –  Boy Scouts
7:30pm -Choir Rehearsal Choir Room
Friday, December 5
 Office Closed
Saturday, December 6
5:00pm – Eucharist (Church)
 A Blessed New Christian Year - Advent marks the beginning of a new year in the Church’s calendar.


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.

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

2014 Christmas Show –2014 Christmas Show –Now is the time to promote the St. John’s 2014 Christmas Show EVERYWHERE!!! Fliers are available for download through your “In This Week at St. John’s “ email. Post fliers at your favorite local stores or gathering spots! But you don’t have to stop there! You can also find the flier on St. John’s Facebook page at to share with your friends and family near and far. If you would like to help in any of a number of ways with this year’s show please contact show producer Shideh Khorasheh at 203-554-4291 or by email at Free tickets are available in the dining room during coffee hour.

Christmas Show Rehearsal Sunday  from 12—2. A light lunch will be provided for cast members and crew.

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 – Tuesday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the conference room.

Fill the food basket — Last week, thanks to parishioners, the church donated 10 Pounds of canned goods and 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.
17th Annual World AIDS Day Interfaith Service 2014 —A Service of Remembrance, Awareness, Hope, and Healing will take place Monday, December 1 at 7:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 42 Cross Rd., Stamford. Project NAMES Quilt Panels made by Stamford residents will be on display during the service, which is open to all faiths and will include testimonies, scripture readings and candle lighting. There will be special music by the Madrigals of Stamford High School, New World Chorus, Rose of Sharon Anointed Worship, cantor, Locust Contemporary Dance Works, Prayers of Healing and laying on of hands by clergy from at least 15 local congregations. We invite into our presence the memory of those who cannot be with us, we invite into our presence the awareness that HIV and AIDS continues to have a devastating impact globally, nationally and right here in Stamford. We invite into our presence the hope that has sustained us on this journey. Refreshments will also be served. For more information please call The First United Methodist Church at 203-324-1323.

Save the Date! Spa for the Spirit— Monthly Morning Retreats at Christ the Healer in Stamford the first Saturday of each month— The next retreat on December 7, entitled, “Advent Retreat: Anticipation,” will be led by The Rev. Lee Ann Tolzmann, and will explore the gift of waiting. Following retreats take place on January 4, 2015, “The Gospel in Carols,” and February 2, 2015, “Poets of Divine Passion.” Each retreat begins at 8:30 a.m. starting with breakfast and a suggested donation of $15 to-$20, or whatever you can afford. Please reserve your spot in advance by calling 203-322-6991. or by email at

The Holiday Bazaar, originally scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, has been canceled.

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.

STJ Prayer Link – Many of us 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 have called this ministry STJ Prayerlink. In Christ’s love, Carol Wheeler (203-525-0011,
Please let us know if you have any suggestions.

 2014 xmas flier