St. John's Episcopal Church 

  1A North Hanover Street, P.O. Box 612
     Carlisle, PA 17013
The Spire: This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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January 26, 2020

8:00 a.m.     Rite I Worship
9:30 a.m.  Rite II Worship
10:30 a.m.  Fellowship 
11:00 a.m. Parish Forum/Sunday School
11:00 a.m. "No Parent Left Behind" Group in the Library

*Please follow the junior crucifer out of the church for Children's Chapel. 




We have never seen such a tremendous response to our stewardship program. The people of St. John's heard and embraced the spiritual practice of giving. Because of your overwhelming response, we welcomed 28 new pledging households.  We are now $47,000 AHEAD of where we were last year at this time and we just crossed the finish line. In addition to the enthusiasm around new pledges, 72 households increased their pledge responding to the practice of  proportional giving. Our average pledge increased from $2500 to $2660. We thank all those who have made St. John’s a priority, which enables us to sustain our growth and to move forward in ministry beyond our walls.

Feb 2- Souper Bowl Sunday for ALL!

The youth group of St. John’s will use the energy of The Big Game as a way to tackle hunger in our community. They will be partnering with Project SHARE and collecting non-perishable food items and any monetary donations from now until Feb 9. We hope that you will join us during coffee hour where the youth will be serving a variety of soup for you to enjoy. 
Look for a box in the cloister for non-perishable food donations and/or note Project SHARE in the memo of checks.
Any questions, contact Theresa Rice

Carlisle's Ice Art Fest will be February  7 – 9 

St John's participated last year with a sculpture of our church steeple in front of the church.  Over 75 ice sculptures will be available around town.  Food vendors, ice sculpture carvings, glass blowing demonstrations, an ice bar at the Comfort Suites, and carriage rides will be available throughout the weekend. 

As a part of Carlisle’s Ice Art Fest 2020, St. John’s will be open for tours of the church focusing on an iconography exhibit, the stained glass windows, and featuring an exhibit of paintings by local Carlisle artist, Barbara Forney, PhD.  The icon exhibit will display 32 traditional Eastern Orthodox and Western themed icons in the Byzantine style.  The icons have been written by members of a group under the tutelage of well know iconographer Jody Cole.  Many members of this group are also members of St. John’s Church.

The church and exhibits will be open:

Friday, February 7, 2020    5-7pm
Saturday, February 8, 2020   10am-6pm
Sunday, February 9, 2020  Noon-2:30pm

If you would be interested in supporting this event, please contact Larry in the office or Barb Cross. We need docents to help in the church and host our guests.

St. John's Youth Investment Group Meeting 

The meeting scheduled for this coming Sunday has been cancelled.

Feb 9- Scout Sunday

Scout Sunday celebrates the birthday of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the church. If you are a scout, or scout leader, you are encouraged to come in your scout uniform so you can be recognized. If you would like to participate in the worship service please contact Theresa Rice and we can find the right job for each scout. 

St. John's Parish Lenten Retreat- 

The Parish Retreat is scheduled for March 21st. Please save the date. If you are interested in planning this retreat, please see Mother Melissa or Deacon Ann or email Mother Melissa at

Annual Meeting with ONE Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.  Please plan to join us after the service to elect new vestry members and to hear about the Raise the Roof.  Check out the bulletin board in the cloister to see our wonderful candidates for Vestry.

Our clergy are required to take continuing education days to deepen their work and vocation.

Mother Melissa will be on retreat from Tuesday, January 28th to Friday, January 31st. Please direct all pastoral concerns to the rector, Father Adam.

Delegates to the Diocesan Convention Needed 

St. John’s needs volunteers as Delegates and one alternate delegate for the Diocesan Convention to be held October 16 through October 17.  Please contact Father Adam if you are interested in attending.



Please sign up to be a coffee hour host this week in the Parish Hall. Please welcome John Newbold as our Coffee Hour leader. If you are interested in hosting during coffee hour please contact John.


Saturday, January 25th we will have a Saturday Evening Service

Barbara Seras + will be the celebrant.
Coming up at St. John's:

Ice Fest- February 7-9

Annual Meeting and ONE Liturgy at 9:00 a.m. - February 9

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Please note:  The deadline for submissions to "This Week" and the Sunday service bulletin is Tuesday at noon. Thanks!  If you submit an out of church event, please verify the information before sending it to the office.
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