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

Where is God during tragedy?
It happened again. It has happened so many times in recent years that it shooting incidents have become commonplace. You may ask, Where was God when the gunman murdering people in a Synagogue?  My first answer is that there is much about God and God’s Creation that we do not know. My second answer is: God was caring for those being slain; God was holding people slain in his arms; God was crying because something led the gunman to commit evil.
God does not stop terrible things from happening.  This is the price we pay because God gives us freedom. God also cries with us when we experience tragedy. I am sure and certain that right now God is holding all the victims of this tragedy in his arms.
The next question you may ask yourself after a tragedy like this is: What should we do? First, we should pray with more intensity and more clarity of purpose. First, we should pray. Second, we should work to better insure the safety of our children.  We can never eliminate evil from God’s Creation. To eliminate evil is the job of God. But we can work to limit the effects of evil desires and actions. 
The last thing we can do is to develop our own faith so that we are aware of evil that pervades God’s creation. Remember the story of the Magi that visited the baby Jesus. After their visit, they were warned in a dream not to return to report to Herod but to return home by another way. Joseph, Mary and Jesus escaped into Egypt. Herod was infuriated and ordered the death of every child two years old and younger around Bethlehem. Jesus and his parents were deeply aware of tragedy caused by evil. Even Jesus’ early childhood was marked by evil killings.
We also know that on the last day, God will make things right.  In our service for Burial of the Dead, we often hear a reading from Revelation that tells us of God’s promise.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.”  Revelation 21:1-4
And, indeed God in the Incarnation, God as Emmanuel, comes to us, fully human and fully divine. He enters into the brokenness of his Creation and will wipe every tear from our eyes until pain will be no more.
Each week our liturgy proclaims the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Each week our liturgy recognizes the presence of evil and proclaims the forgiveness of Sin.
And, each week, our liturgy feeds us with God’s true presence.  Indeed, through our worship of God we learn to live that peace which passes all understanding, and, more importantly, we learn to share it with a world in need of such peace.
Pentecost XXIII
November 4, 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.*
10:35 a.m.  Sunday School Begins
10:45 a.m.

11 a.m. Parish Forum
12:15 p.m. Building Closes
Serving the Parish This Week:
Liturgical Ministers Schedule
8 am Rite I Pentecost XXIV
Lay Ministers:
First Reading and Psalm – Bill Lord
Second Reading – June Trinnaman
Chalice Bearers – Sue Hench, Terry Young
Ushers – Judy and Gary Kern
Representative – Pam Lord

Intercessor – None This Week

9:30 am Rite II Pentecost XXIV 
Lay Ministers:
First Reading  - Truman Bullard
Second Reading – Ann Smith
Chalice Bearers – Sandi Maloney, David Smith, Dean Glick
Ushers – Paul Voss, Perry Heath, Holly Tiley, Dave Twining,
Vestry Representative – Perry Heath
Intercessor – None This Week
Verger – Dave Stewart
1st Crucifer – Laurin Still
Sr. Server – Emma Confer
Jr. Server – Adelaide Kradel
2nd Crucifer – Elias Kradel

Altar Guild: Ann Whitesel, Anne Stewart, Pat Simms, Kathy Copenhaver, Carolyn Holt, Laura Potts

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

Flower Delivery:  Wendy Tibbetts and Connie Middleton

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.
All Souls' is the liturgy in the liturgical year where we remember all who have died. On Wednesday November 7th at noon, we will celebrate All Souls' with a short liturgy and a luncheon where all are invited to bring pictures of their loved ones and share stories and reminisce. We will light candles and place them on the altar as a part of our remembrances.  All in the community are welcome, so if you know someone who is grieving, invite them to join in this liturgy of remembrance and healing.   Please RSVP to if you are staying for the luncheon. 
 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.

 Stewardship Season

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 are asking to have every member 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 79 pledge cards for a total of $203,104!
 Our Sunday School program is growing, and we encourage your children to attend! Everyone is welcome. There are many wonderful connections being made with the lectionary and the Bible as well as with children and adults. 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!

We have some wonderful service events going on here at church! Here a few ways you can encourage this as a family:
  • Carlisle CARES is here in November. Sign up for a slot to host one evening!
  • Men's Clothing Drive: we are collecting, sorting, and giving clothes to the men from Carlisle CARES who stay here in November
  • 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!

Sunday November 4th

 St John's will take a special offering for Hurricane Relief for Episcopal Relief and Development.  All cash collected in the plate and any checks marked ERD in the Memo line will go to Hurricane Relief in the United States.

The 10th Annual St. John's Cookie Walk
Friday, December 7, 2018
10th Annual St. John’s Cookie Walk is coming!  Choose your recipes, select your ingredients, BAKE!!  The10th annual Cookie Walk will be held on Friday, December 7 from 11:00 until 4:00.  Since its beginning in 2009 the Cookie Walk has raised about $ 45,000 for the mission of St. John’s Church.  We will need the support of the entire congregation to continue its success. In the next few weeks there will be opportunities to participate both for bakers and non bakers.  First, sign up to be a baker.  There is a sign-up poster in the parish hall or sign up using this link: Our goal is to enlist 100 bakers each baking 10 dozen cookies.  This is most easily accomplished by choosing a recipe with a high yield, watching for ingredients to be on sale, and planning a time to bake your favorite traditional and festive homemade Christmas cookies.  Many cookies can be baked ahead of time and frozen until the event. This year we will also offer “Dough Days.”  Bring the dough you make at home to the church kitchen and bake your cookies in half the time using the new convection ovens. Next watch the bulletins and email for other opportunities to be involved.  We will need people to work shifts, distribute posters, make boxes, and help with clean up. Won’t you be a part of this fun, fellowship filled fund raising event?         The Cookie Walk Committee

Overview- This Week

Turn Back Your Clocks

Sunday, November 4:
Program Year Sundays 2018-2019
8:00 am. Rite I Worship 
9:30  am Rite II Worship
10:35 a.m. Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Fellowship Begins
11 a.m. Parish Forum
12:15 pm   Building Closes


Monday,  November 5:
9:30 am -  Staff Meeting

Tuesday,  November 6:
7:00 am Polling Opens in Parish Hall
10:00 am - Anglican Prayer Group
6:45 pm - Prayer Shawl in the Library
8:00 pm - Election Team in Library

Wednesday, November 7:
7:00 am    Morning Eucharist
11:00 am  Bible Study (Library)
12:00 pm  Celebration of All Souls with Luncheon
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 8:
9:00 am   Morning Prayer

Upcoming Events:
November 11  
Men and Youth Choir - Evensong

December 16 
Greening of the Church

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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