November 16 Church News

Welcome to Father Seatvet!!

This morning we welcome Fr. Seatvet as our guest celebrant and preacher. Father Monk is taking this Sunday off for a little rest and recreation.


We will be on our normal schedule of activities this week and Father Monk will be back next Sunday!


Habitat for Humanity

Our next Habitat workday will be on Saturday December 7, beginning at 8:00 am.

We will be working on the first Saturday of each month.


Epiphany Pageant 2009

The Epiphany Pageant will be held January 11th at the 10:00 Eucharist.  If your child is interested in being a part of this annual event contact Marsha Douglass or Frances Dodds.  They will assign parts and begin creating the costumes before Christmas.   They want plenty of time to avoid schedule conflicts. Please call Marsha or Frances after NOW to reserve your child’s part.

Marsha Douglass - (903) 872-6230 or Frances Dodds – (903) 872-6096


Thanksgiving Eve Service

Our Thanksgiving Eve service will be held at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, November 26. From Thanksgiving through Advent we will be collecting food for the Food Pantry. Please bring some non-perishable food to help those in need during the Holidays.


Rector’s Bible Study

Fr. Monk’s Bible Study will continue on Wednesdays.  The class will be from 7 to 8 pm, and a nursery will be provided if needed.


Prayer Request Box

The Daughters of the King’s Prayer Request Box is located at the back of the church beside the door leading to the Narthex.  You may place your prayer request, which will remain confidential, in the box, and the Daughters of the King will pray daily for your concerns.  There are new forms placed in the pew racks this morning for your use.



Vestry Nominations

It is time to solicit nominations for the Vestry and for Delegates to the Diocesan Convention. Please speak to Fred Biltz if you are interested in this ministry.


Christmas Poinsettias

It is time once again to place orders for the Christmas poinsettias that adorn our Church during that Holy Season. Please use the form in the bulletin today. Orders are due by December 14th.

Office Closed

The office will be closed November 27 and 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.


Volunteers Needed to help with Burnt Offerings

Volunteers are needed to help with the Burnt Offerings for Burkina Faso Bar-b-que on Friday and Saturday of this week. Please see Eddie Hambrick for more details.


Burnt Offerings Envelopes

If you have prepared home canned goodies to accompany the Burnt Offerings, please


State Home Christmas party on Wednesday, December 17th
St. John's is sponsoring the annual Christmas party for a group of boys at the state home (Texas Youth Commission) on Wednesday, December 18 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.
Meet at the front gate of the state home at 6:00 pm.
We are furnishing pizza, drinks and desserts and monetary gifts for their trust accounts. Call Lucy at (903) 872-0618 if you can bring a dessert.








Hanging of the Green

Next Sunday, following the 10:15 Eucharist, we will hang our Advent decorations. Please plan to join us as we decorate the church for this season of preparation.





Effective Parenting in a Defective World


Raising children is a tough challenge in today's world. Peers and pop culture exert a never-ending pressure on kids. Many come from split homes. But the good news is that God has been working with people from all situations for a long time! Chip Ingram will lead you to a new understanding of how God's principles for raising children still work today. He also shares from personal experience as a father who has coped with teenage rebellion and other challenges. Packed with practical advice, this series will give parents a vision for their children's future and life-changing help for today!

Get more info from Living on the Edge website


Tell Denise if you are interested in joining this small group.  Day and time will be decided by the participants.


End of Year Contributions

All 2008 tax deductible contributions must be received in the Church Office in 2008 or post marked by December 31.. You may also place your 2007 contribution in the offering plate Sunday, December 28th.




Children’s Chapel

Heifer Project


Rabbits Are In!


The St. John’s kids in Children’s Chapel held their own election last week and the rabbits received the nod for animal of the year.  We will send our Chapel collection to Heifer International in April ’09, after Easter. 


According to Heifer International, rabbits multiply rapidly making them a low cost high yield way to help impoverished families increase their income.  Also, rabbits are easy to care for, require only simple food and produce manure that can be applied to gardens without composting, immediately boosting crop productivity.


If you would like to help us send more rabbits around the world place a donation in the plate and earmark it ‘Children’s Chapel’ or ‘rabbits’ and we will take care of the rest.  A trio of Rabbits is $ 60 but any donation is appreciated.




2009 Stewardship

Sunday, December 7, 2009 is Pledge Sunday for Saint John’s Episcopal Church. You will receive in the mail a letter and a card on which you can indicate your support for the coming year. Please return the card on the 7th, and if you have any questions call a Vestry member .


Offering Envelopes

For a few months now, we have been providing offering envelopes via mail for you to use. If you do not wish to receive them, please notify the church office. If you wish to continue, please mark the appropriate box on the forthcoming pledge card. Only those who mark the box will receive them in 2009. Using these envelopes saves the church money, as they cost less than $1.00 per person per month.

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