This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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     St. John's Episcopal Church 

  1A North Hanover Street, P.O. Box 612
     Carlisle, PA 17013

 Stewardship Season

Next week our Stewardship team will make phone calls to those who have not turned in a pledge. This is an exciting time for our community in which we have the chance to renew our commitment to St. John's--or make an entirely new commitment. All parishioners received a letter in the mail asking them to consider prayerfully their pledge for this year. We ask every member to complete a pledge acknowledging their commitment to this community as it continues to be a place of worship and nourishment not only for members of St. John's but the greater community. Please have your cards completed by November 16th so the vestry can see how we will minister to you and the world in the coming year. Cards can be found in the cloister and can be dropped off in the office, placed in the collection plate, or mailed to St. John's.

The three week's totals are 100 pledge cards for a total of $203,104!
 St. John's hosts the homeless of Carlisle all month long

The month of November starts to get cold. St. John's hosts the homeless of Carlisle every, single night in November. The actual program doing the heavy lifting is Carlisle Cares. However, each night we need a person or two from St. John's to assist Carlisle Cares for two hours as the guests arrive. This involves showing people the lights, the bathroom, and other simple hospitality issues. For more information, please call Terry Young at 717-580-8216 or To sign up, please click here or sign up in the parish hall on the sheet in the hall.  This is truly a remarkable opportunity to welcome the stranger in our midst.
Pentecost XXIII
November 11, 2018

Program Year Sundays 2018-2019
8 – 8:55 a.m. Rite I Worship
9:30 – 10:35 a.m. Rite II Worship
  *Children will follow the Jr. Crucifer and Ms. Aimee out of the church after the gospel for a children's sermon.*
10:45 a.m.
 Fellowship and Sunday School Begin 

11 a.m. Parish Forum
12:15 p.m. Building Closes
5:00 p.m.  Evensong
5:30 p.m  Potluck Dinner
Serving the Parish This Week:
Liturgical Ministers Schedule
8 am Rite I Pentecost XXV
Lay Ministers:
First Reading and Psalm – Al Blitz
Second Reading – Robin Fidler
Chalice Bearers – Ray Fidler, Robert Pound
Ushers – Terry Young, Debbie Kendrick
Vestry Representative – Al Blitz
Intercessor – Robin Fidler

9:30 am Rite II Pentecost XXV
Lay Ministers:
First Reading – Amy Kordenbrock
Second Reading – Don Kutz
Chalice Bearers – #1 Dayna Bryner, #2 Becky Hammell, #3 Theresa Rice
Ushers – Dan Confer, Mike Miller, John Newbold, Dave Stewart
Vestry Representative – Cindy Ludwig
Intercessor – Larry Smith
Verger – Mike Cross
1st Crucifer – Christian Aryee
Sr. Server – NaNa Mecoy
Jr. Server – Joyce Aryee
2nd Crucifer – Evan Kase
Altar Guild: Gail Knisely, Cindy Mortzfeldt, Cindy Ludwig, Pam Lord, Becky Hammell

 Nursery: Jane Robinson, Sarah Rice, Jody Minnich, Georgina Robinson

Flower Delivery:  The Stewarts


 (you can also find it online here!) 
Potluck Following Evensong!
Join us after Evensong for a Potluck dinner in the Parish Hall. Please bring a dish to share or volunteer to set up or clean up after!  Contact Aimee if you are willing to set up or clean up after!  We look forward to the blessing  of Fellowship after our beautiful evening service.
 Our Sunday School program is growing, and we encourage your children to attend! Everyone is welcome.  If you have any questions, you can call Aimee in the office.  Each week there will be discussion questions given to you to help connect as a family!

A few new updates:

We are no longer having a recessional dismissal. I will meet the kids for Sunday School outside of the parish hall.  The preschool kids will head upstairs with their teacher and the elementary and middle school kids will head downstairs for a small snack and fellowship game!

Upcoming Events:
  • Men's Clothing Drive: we are collecting, sorting, and giving clothes to the men from Carlisle CARES who stay here in November.  We are going to organize and distribute some clothes on November 14.  Join us at 5 on that Wednesday to organize and set some clothes out!
  • Reverse Advent Calendar: Starting in December we will be collecting canned goods to give to the food pantry. 
  • Ronald McDonald House: On January 20 we need some kids 12 and older to help cook dinner for the families that stay at RMH in Hershey!  Contact Aimee if you are interested in volunteering.
Thank you so much for your donations so far!  On Wednesday the 14, and 28th  at 5 pm (before Fourth Night) we are going to set some of the clothes and toiletries out so that the men can shop! It would be wonderful if some of the kids could come help set up.  Please continue to bring in clothes all month!
We still need a few things:

New Toiletries
New Underwear (different sizes)
New Socks (different sizes)
Clothes for a little boy (4t)

New Sunday Staff Position
Welcome Deeg Shank!

St. John's has been consistently understaffed for Sexton responsibilities of: repair, cleaning, landscaping, and building superintendent. Beginning Sunday November 18, we will have a Sunday Sexton to compliment the staffing of our Parish Sexton. Our Sunday Sexton is Deeg Shank. She will open up the building on Sundays and be a presence in the church, parish hall, and parish house until the buildings are closed at 12:15 p.m.
10th Annual St. John’s Cookie Walk  -  Update
Friday, December 7, 2018

We are off to a great start! In the first week over 30 people have signed up to bake for the Cookie Walk. Our goal is 100 bakers each baking 10 dozen homemade traditional or festive Christmas cookies.
Have you signed up yet? We need everyone to pitch in to make this year’s Cookie Walk a great success.  All bakers please sign up in the cloister or at this link:
**Also this week we are looking for shift workers to help on Dec. 7.
The shifts are from 10:30 to 1:15 or 1:00 to 4:00.  Sign -up sheets are in the cloister or you can contact Carolyn Freberg.   (

News from St. John's Preschool
Mark your calendars for St. John’s Preschool Holiday Party Celebration which is being held on December 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the home of Eric and Hope Comeau. Heavy hours d’oeuvres and a festive spirit are included in the ticket price of $25 per person. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit St. John’s Preschool. We hope that you will join us!

Tickets will be sold starting Sunday, November 11 and every Sunday until December 2 after the church services in the Parish Hall. Please see Commission members Cindy Mortzfeldt, Cindy Ludwig, Suzanne Cornman, Sandy Patsolic, Mary Ann Felty or Rebecca Schreiber- Reis for your tickets. 

Results from the Preschool Fundraiser 
Thank you to the congregation for their wonderful support of our recent pampered chef party for the preschool. We are so grateful for their kindness toward our little preschool. We earned just shy of $500 which will be used to support our scholarships, supplies, etc.

Overview- This Week
Sunday, November 11:
Program Year Sundays 2018-2019
8:00 a.m. Rite I Worship 
9:30  a.m. Rite II Worship
10:45 a.m. Fellowship and Sunday School Begin
11 a.m. Parish Forum
12:15 p.m.   Building Closes

5:00 p.m. Men and Youth Choir Evensong
with intergenerational pot luck to follow

Immediately following our 9:30 Liturgy, children, youth, and adults are invited to attend Christian Formation.  Children and youth gather outside the parish hall.  Adults gather in the parish hall for the Parish Forum.

 Carlisle CARES will be in the building the Month of November.  If you have a fob, do not alarm the system.

Monday,  November 12:
9:30 am -  Staff Meeting
7:00 pm – Finance Meeting

Tuesday,  November 13:
10:00 am - Anglican Prayer Group
7:00 pm - Vestry in the Library

Wednesday, November 14:
7:00 am    Morning Eucharist
11:00 am  Bible Study (Library)
5:30  pm  4th Night Dinner
6:00 pm   Father Adam's Religion and Politics Class
6:00 pm   Men and Youth Choir 
7:30 pm   Parish Choir

Thursday, November 15:
9:00 am   Morning Prayer

Saturday, November 17:
8:00 am   Men’s Prayer Breakfast

Please note:  The deadline for submissions to "This Week" and the Sunday service bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thanks!  If you submit an out of church event please verify the information before sending it to the office. We do not check to verify the information is correct. 
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