This Week at St. John

Friday, November 21
Office Closed
Saturday, November 22
9:00am Christmas Show Rehearsal
3:00pm Private Party (Dining Room)
5:00pm Eucharist (Church)
Sunday, November 23
8:00am – Holy Eucharist Rite I (Church)
9:15am – Scripture Reading (Library)
10:00am – Church School
11:30am – Assembling Thanksgiving Boxes (Dining Room)
12:00pm – Neighbors’ Link (Library)
12:30pm – Iglesia Betania Eucharist (Church)
6:15pm – L’Eglise de L’Epiphanie Service (Church)
Monday, November 24
9:00am – Delivering Thanksgiving Boxes to Family Centers
Tuesday, November 25
10:00am – Staff Meeting (Conference Room)
2:00pm – Scripture Study (Conference Room)
6:15pm – Yoga (Eagle’s Loft)
Wednesday, November 26
7:00pm – Stephen Ministry (Library)
Thursday, November 27, Happy Thanksgiving!
 No Eucharist today
 Office Closed
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)
The Feast of Christ the King - the last Sunday in the Christian Year, reminds us that all the other feast days and gatherings in the Christian Year culminate in our acknowledgement of Christ Jesus as Lord and King. Next Sunday we begin a new Christian Year with the First Sunday in Advent.

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

Tuesday Scripture Study - Tuesday, November 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the conference room.

Thanksgiving Boxes- All Thanksgiving Boxes and food donations are due today. Extra boxes will be filled today with extra food donations and any undecorated boxes will be decorated during coffee hour today. Thank you to so many who volunteered to fill food boxes for all 45 families! Helpers are needed to drive the boxes to Family Center on Monday, November 24 in the morning. Please contact Ann Barnett if you would be able to help on Sunday or Monday.

Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner at First Congregational Church Stamford, at Walton Place, between Bedford and Prospect Street. Interfaith worship service at noon, 12:30 p.m. social time with refreshments, 1:00 p.m. family style turkey dinner. Call the First Congregational Church office by noon on Wednesday, November 26 for reservations or for food delivery for the home bound, 203-323-0200.

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.

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, November 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the conference room.

Fill the food basket — Last week, thanks to parishioners, the church donated 14 Pounds of fresh vegetables and canned goods to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County and 15 surrounding pantries in the Stamford area. This was St. John’s most successful year ever thanks to the hard work of The Garden Club. Now that the produce is shrinking we need to keep up our contributions. 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.

Award Nominees Wanted! - The Volunteer Center of United Way of Western CT invites your participation in identifying outstanding nominees for the 18th annual Stamford Volunteer Day Awards to recognize the efforts of volunteers in 2014. The awards will be presented in Youth, Adults, Seniors, Volunteering Families and Volunteering Couples categories. A selection committee will review the nominations on the basis of achievement, commitment to the Stamford Community, caring and creativity. A special breakfast reception will be held at the Harry Bennett Branch of the Ferguson Library, located at 115 Vine Road, Stamford. On Friday , January 9 , 2015 at 8 am. Nomination forms can be found on the table in the Dining Room. The nomination deadline is November 28. For more information please visit

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

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