St. John's Episcopal Church 

  1A North Hanover Street, P.O. Box 612
     Carlisle, PA 17013
This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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Advent I
December 2, 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 junior acolyte and adult out of the church for the Children's Chapel.
10:45 a.m.
 Fellowship and NO Sunday School

11 a.m. Parish Forum- Intergenerational Advent Wreath Making
Serving the Parish This Week:
Liturgical Ministers Schedule
8 am Rite I Advent I
Lay Ministers:
First Reading and Psalm – Sue Hench
Second Reading – Larry Alexander
Chalice Bearers – Linda Myers, Robert Pound
Ushers – Judy Kern, Gary Kern
Vestry Representative – Pam Lord
Intercessor – Larry Alexander

9:30 am Rite II Advent I
Lay Ministers:
First Reading – Susan Smith
Second Reading – Wendy Tibbetts
Chalice Bearers – #1 Patti Shuffle, #2 Charles Stoup,
#3 Alvin Blitz

Ushers – John Newbold, Perry Heath, Dave Twining,
Mike Miller

Vestry Representative – Theresa Rice
Intercessor – Perry Heath
Verger – Mike Cross
1st Crucifer –  TBD
Sr. Server – TBD
Jr. Server – TBD
2nd Crucifer – TBD

Altar Guild: Dayna Bryner, Patti Shufflebarger, Kathy Holtry, Lisa Miller, Dolores Rizzuto

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

Flower Delivery:  David Green and Doreen Maisano


 (you can also find it online here!) 
10th Annual St. John’s Cookie Walk  -  Update

A big THANK YOU goes to all of the bakers.  The Cookie Walk Committee appreciates your support of this project during such a busy season. With just under a week to go preparations are nearly complete. Cookies can be dropped off at the church on Friday morning, Dec. 7 between 8:30 and 10:00. There will be helpers at the back kitchen door who will unload your cookies and take them to the kitchen so you will not need to find a parking spot.  If you need help getting your cookies to the church or if you need to drop them off on Thursday please call Carolyn Freberg (717-713-0985) and arrangements will be made. Cookies should be in pans or other containers that do not need to be returned to you.  There are still pans at church if you need some.  Please print the label below and place in all pans of cookies. We will be setting up on Thursday afternoon.  If you have an hour to spare and could stop by the church at 1:00 to help make boxes it would be greatly appreciated.  


Please place inside each of your cookie trays.


Christmas Flowers and

Greens Donations

Please check the board in the Parish Hall for more details.

To be included in the bulletins, all flower donations for Christmas must be in to the office no later than Monday 12/17/2018.  Please drop all completed envelopes (including the payment) in the mail slot in the office door, envelope below, or in the Sunday collection plates.

We have begun our casting for our BIG TWELFTH NIGHT celebration on January 6!  There are pink sign up sheets in the cloister on the old Canterbury Cart. Fill one out and let us know what part you want to play! Thanks so very much!

Aimee Confer and Jordan Heckman
12th Night 2019 Ticket Request Forms

We are asking all parishioners to complete a request form for 12th Night tickets.  These forms will be located in the cloister on the Canterbury cart starting on Sunday, November 25th. Please complete the form and place it in the container provided.  Tickets will then be available for pickup in the parish hall after both services on each Sunday in December.
David and Ann Smith, Co-Chairs of 12th Night 2019
Newcomers' Welcome
On Sunday, December 16th all those who have been worshiping with us since the summer and are new to St. John's will be invited to a festive fellowship time hosted by the New Members' Committee. Please plan to attend this coffee hour so you can greet and welcome some of the newest people in St. John's community. 
 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:

This Sunday is an intergenerational Sunday!  Starting at 11:00 am there will be Advent Wreath Making. We encourage families to participate in this seasonal event!  

Upcoming Events:
  • Reverse Advent Calendar: Starting in December we will be collecting canned goods to give to the food pantry.  Start collecting your canned goods now and bring them in on Sundays starting on December 2!
    • There will be a few boxes in the Parish Hall for the kids to drop their canned goods!
  • December 9 the Children and Youth are hosting a St. Nicholas Coffee Hour.  Look for an email with more information.
  • Lessons and Carols- December 16th during the 9:30 service 
  • Ronald McDonald House: On January 20 we need some children 12 and older to help cook dinner for the families that stay at RMH in Hershey!  Contact Aimee if you are interested in volunteering.
The Formation (Education) Commission will meet on Sunday, December 9, after the Parish Forum for a planning session in the Library, anticipating the presentation of another wonderful series of Parish Forums for the spring of 2019.  Every member of our parish is welcome to join this very important and exciting process, or to submit to co-chairs Bill Kosco and Truman Bullard personal wishes and ideas for these Forums, offers to present, or to participate in other ways.  
Parish Forum - Sunday December 9th - What is a Chasuble? The forum will be presented by Larry Alexander and will focus on symbolism found in the vestments, printed texts, and altar-ware of our liturgy.  Symbolism traces back to the very beginning of the Christian faith when being a Christian was illegal.  As we have become a more literate society, the knowledge of the stories and symbolism associated with these items is fading away.  Join Larry to bring an understanding of the symbolism behind this part of our liturgy.  The displays used in the forum will be set in the Parish Hall prior to the 8 am Eucharist (12/9), so please stop in.

The forum will begin with a brief intergenerational presentation about St. Nicholas, so the children of the Parish will start with us.

This forum is being hosted by Connie Middleton.
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 hors 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  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. 

Happy Birthday to Deacon Ann Whitesel!
Please pass congratulations to Deacon Ann. She turns 90 on Sunday.  In honor of her 90th birthday, her family and friends are making donations to St. John's to upgrade the library where she leads the Anglican Prayer group. If you would like to make a donation to the library, please make the check to St. John's with library in the memo. Thank you, Deacon Ann, for your years of dedicated service to St. John's and to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Congratulations to Father Harry Knisely
on the anniversary of his ordination to the Priesthood, the Feast of Ambrose, Bishop November 7th.
Give a child the gift of reading -
Again this year, SPY will be collecting books to give to each of the children who attended SPY last summer. Pick up a card from the poster in the parish hall with the name of a child and some book titles suggested by his or her teacher. Please return the unwrapped book with the child’s card to the collection box in the parish hall before December 9 so the books can be distributed to the children at school before winter break 
Christmas will be here before you know it!  Do your Christmas shopping  here. 

Yes, you can purchase some very nice and useful items at St. John's.

    1.  There are Giant Foods gift cards available in $25, $50,  
and $100 denominations.

    2.  Apple Butter for $5 a jar.

    3.  St John's Cookbooks for $10 each.

Any and all of these items would make great gifts for family and  
friends - AND what about the mail carrier, newspaper delivery person,  
hairdresser, barber, the neighbor who is always there when you need an extra hand, or the handyman, snowplowing or lawnmowing folks! 
This will be the most convenient way to complete your shopping list  
AND you will be making a donation for these St. John's fundraising  
initiatives!  A wonderful WIN - WIN for this busy time of year!

 It’s Not too late to Make your Gift or
Pledge by QCD or Appreciated Securities 

For those of you monitoring the recent volatility in the stock market this may be the time to consider making a gift of an appreciated stock or mutual fund to meet your pledge this year or even to prepay your pledge for next year.   You will receive a tax deduction for the Fair Market Value of the security and avoid capital gains taxes.  A win-win for you and the church.  If you are age 701/2 or older with an IRA, this may be the appropriate time to consider making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to pay down your pledge or prepay a pledge for next year.  Any amount of your Required Minimum Distribution to the church is tax-free and lowers your taxable income for the year.  By far, QCDs have been the most popular way of giving to charity for seniors with IRA accounts.

Please contact the church Treasurer, Alvin Blitz, at 717-440-5630, or by email at if you would like further information on the benefits of either type gift to St. John’s.

Overview- This Week
Sunday, December 2:
Program Year Sundays 2018-2019
8:00 a.m. Rite I Worship 
9:30  a.m. Rite II Worship
10:45 a.m. Fellowship Begins
11 a.m. Parish Forum-  Intergenerational Advent Wreath Making. All are encouraged to join this seasonal activity!

Immediately following our 9:30 Liturgy, children, youth, and adults are invited to attend Christian Formation. This week, everyone will remain in the Parish Hall for the Advent Wreath Making Forum.

Thursday, November 29:
9:00 am Morning Prayer

Monday, December 3:
9:30 am  Staff Meeting

Tuesday, December 4:
10:00 am  Anglican Prayer Group

Wednesday, December 5:
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 and Advent Book Study
6:00 pm   Men and Youth Choir 
7:30 pm    Parish Choir

Thursday, December 6
Cookie Walk Set Up
Friday, December 7
Cookie Walk
Saturday, December 8
No Women at the Well
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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