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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day Thursday and Friday

 Stewardship Season

This Stewardship Season is an every member canvas. Have we received your pledge for ministries?
 Please pledge now if you haven't already. You may do so HERE.
In the month of November, St. John’s Episcopal Church:
  • Housed and sheltered the homeless of Carlisle for 30 days, including running a Men’s Clothing Drive for our guests
  • Celebrated the Feast of all Souls with a beautiful liturgy by candlelight and a luncheon for all the bereaved with sixty people in attendance
  • Children and Youth program taught the Godly Play lesson of the Holy Family  to eager children
  • Welcomed six different families who visited and worshipped with us
  • Held our first Men and Youth Choir Evensong with over 100 people who then stayed for a family style potluck
  • Your pledge makes our work of worship, fellowship, formation, and outreach possible.
  • Please pledge today so we can see how we can best serve the parish, community, and the world in 2019.

The week six totals are 129 pledge cards for a total of $318,897!

 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.
Last Sunday After Pentecost:
Christ the King with Holy Baptisms
November 25, 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 stay in the church for the baptism. There will no children's sermon this week!
10:45 a.m.
 Fellowship and Sunday School Begin 

11 a.m. NO Parish Forum.  We will have extended fellowship time to celebrate the Baptisms!


 At the Rite II Service, we will welcome into the household of God through water and the Holy Spirit: Jennifer Lee Hurt, Brian Francis Hurt, and Bomani James Wronski. Please welcome them as the newest members of Christ's one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.


Serving the Parish This Week:
Liturgical Ministers Schedule
8 am Rite I Christ the King
Lay Ministers:
First Reading and Psalm – Robert Pound
Second Reading – Terry Young
Chalice Bearers – Ray Fidler, Bill Lord
Ushers – Terry Neiles, Linda Myers
Vestry Representative – Linda Myers
Intercessor – Robin Fidler

9:30 am Rite II Christ the King
Lay Ministers:
First Reading – Ellen Jenkins
Second Reading – Susan Smith
Chalice Bearers – #1 Mike Gwozdecki, #2 Craig Jurgensen, #3 Maribeth Wilt-Seibert
Ushers – Bill Shufflebarger, Holly Tiley, Mike Seibert, TBD
Vestry Representative – Theresa Rice
Intercessor – Theresa Rice
Verger – Dave Twining
1st Crucifer – Grace Miller
Sr. Server – Laurin Still
Jr. Server – Jack Still

2nd Crucifer – Hope Miller
Altar Guild: Sandi Maloney, Carolyn Freberg, Maribeth Wilt-Seibert, Theresa Rice, Marilyn Koste
Nursery: Jane Robinson, Sarah Rice, Jody Minnich, Georgina Robinson

Flower Delivery:  Truman Bullard, Mike Gwozdecki


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


Thanks to all who distributed posters around town.  It was a huge help to the committee. We are still in need of some more bakers and shift workers.  Sign-up sheets are in the cloister.
 Next we need lots of customers. Please spread the word to all your friends and family.  You can even spread the word by sharing the Cookie Walk info right from St. John’s Facebook page.  Dec. 8 from 11:00 – 6:00.
There are pans and allergen labels in the parish hall for your use. A list of handy hints and drop off instructions are on the cloister table and were sent by email this week.
We greatly appreciate all who are giving of their time in so many ways to make this a success.
Sign -up sheets are in the cloister or you can contact Carolyn Freberg.   (
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.  
 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 going to be a Nothing But Fun Sunday.  We have 3 Baptisms on Sunday so there will be no Children's Chapel.   After Church we will have a Sunday School that is nothing but fun. We will be combining our middle school and high school for games with Dave.  The littles will also be combined for fun and games with Theresa and Dayna! Please join us!

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!
  • Intergenerational Advent Wreath Making- December 2
  • 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.
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. 

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

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
Thank you so much for your donations so far!  We are no longer accepting clothes.  We had such a successful run and so many clothes and were taken.  We appreciate your support for CARES.  The children did a wonderful job organizing and setting out the clothes.  We look forward to doing this again next year!
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!

Snow Policy/Cancellation

We do not cancel services, UNLESS THE GOVERNOR DECLARES A SNOW EMERGENCY which prohibits all traveling. However, events and services, Monday through Friday, are cancelled if and when the Carlisle Area School District either closes school or dismisses early.  The church building and the office are also closed. During a weather event, please put your safety first.  If you are scheduled for a ministry, a priest will find a substitute at the beginning of the liturgy. If you are driving to church, you will be aware that parking can be a big problem after a substantial storm.  It is recommended that you try to find parking in the indoor Borough parking lot off of West Pomfret Street and then walk across the Square to the church.

Overview- This Week
Sunday, November 25:
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. NO Parish Forum
We will have extended fellowship time to celebrate the Baptisms!

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.

Wednesday, November 21:
7:00 am    Morning Eucharist
11:00 am  Bible Study (Library)
5:30  pm NO 4th Night Dinner
6:00 pm  NO  Father Adam's Religion and Politics Class
6:00 pm   NO Men and Youth Choir 
7:30 pm   NO Parish Choir

Thursday, November 22:
Thanksgiving Day- Office Closed

Friday, November 23:
Office Closed

Monday, November 26
9:30 am   No Staff Meeting

Tuesday, November 27
10:00 am  Anglican Prayer Group
Dough Day for Cookie Walk- Reserve time with Carolyn

Wednesday, November 28
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

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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