'Tis the season for getting out your Santa hats and antlers and red noses, and necklaces and ties that light-up and any other goofy piece of Christmas apparel that you might "don" year after year. Dust it off! Get it out of storage! Get new batteries! It's almost time for the "Tidings of Joy" concert, our annual high-energy, high-spirited night of family Christmas fun. Lots of sentimental singing along with some rockin' and rollin' and this year even a little twistin'.
Tidings of Joy is a night when the Saint John's family gets together and celebrates everything Christmas from Frosty to the "little-bitty Baby born, born, born in Bethlehem." Sing-alongs abound with your favorites -- we dream about a White Christmas and tell Rudolph (in Chuck Berry style) to get runnin' to bring us our toys. We'll also find out what Garrett Rodgers wants for Christmas!
Consider yourself cordially invited to "Fa la la" with your Saint John's family! It is a celebration that we look forward to every year.
Families with children ages 3-12 are invited to create their own Advent wreaths and other seasonal items at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 7, in the Fellowship Hall. Children can make a gift for someone special. Sign up in the church gallery or email Amy Villwock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worship services are in BOLD.
ADVENT 2013December 1 First Sunday of Advent
9 and 11 am
Hilary Marchbanks delivers the message Home for Christmas: Longing for Home based on Matthew 24:36-44. The Chancel Choir offers music at both services.
December 7 and 8
Alternative Christmas Market
Saturday, December 7, 11 am-4 pm; Sunday, December 8, noon-3 pm
A myriad of gifts supporting non-profit organizations, hand-made items, and delectable home-baked goodies in the Saint John’s Bake Shop.
Saturday, December 7
Family Advent Workshop
Families with children ages 3-12 are invited to create their own Advent wreaths and other seasonal items. Children can make a gift for someone special. Sign up in the church gallery or email Amy Villwock at email@example.com.
December 8 Second Sunday of Advent
9 and 11 am
Rev. Paul Escamilla delivers the message Home for Christmas: Leaving Home based on Matthew 3:1-12. The children will arrange Chrismons on the tree during worship at both services, with the Saint John’s Singers offering music. The children Spirit Singers share music at 11 am.
Friday, December 13
Tidings of Joy
A Jingle Bell Rock-ing evening of favorite seasonal music for the entire family, presented by Saint John's musicians and friends.
December 15 Third Sunday of Advent, Magnificat Sunday
9 and 11 am
Rev. Paul Escamilla delivers the message Home for Christmas: Picturing Home from Luke 1:46-55. The Trinity Singers offer music at both services.
Saturday, December 14
Breakfast with Santa
Pre-school children and their families are invited to meet Santa in the Great Hall for a light breakfast, photos and Christmas-themed activities. Hosted by Grace Garden Child Development Center.
Thursday, December 19
The Longest Night: Awaken Our Souls, O God of Hope
A grace-filled hour of reflection on hope for this Christmas season through prayer, music, readings and a special anointing.
Friday, December 20
Saint John’s Annual Christmas Caroling to our Homebound Congregation
Meet at 5900 Wynona and join others as we bring music and joy to Saint John’s members who are homebound. Afterward, we will gather again at 5900 Wynona for food and fellowship.
December 22 Fourth Sunday of Advent
9 and 11 am
In this Festival of Lessons and Carols, we share the story of “God with us” through Scripture and song. This Saint John’s tradition features music from the Chancel Choir, Trinity Singers, Saint John’s Singers and the Jones Handbell Choir, along with a special children’s time with Pastor Paul.
December 24 Christmas Eve
5 pm - A child-friendly Christmas Eve service with Communion. Rev. Amy Villwock and Rev. Paul Escamilla will share messages based on the Christmas Story found in Luke 2:1-20.
7 pm - A traditional service of carols, candlelight and Communion with special music from the Chancel Choir. Rev. Paul Escamilla will deliver the message Home for Christmas based on Luke 2:1-20.
11 pm - A candlelight service with communion and singing of traditional carols, with a message by Rev. Paul Escamilla based on Luke 2:1-20.
December 29 First Sunday after Christmas
Rev. Molly McFarland will deliver the message Home for Christmas: Coming Home to the Home of Our Dreams based on Matthew 2:13-23.
Please check newsletters for additional event details.
If you are interested in deepening your relationship with God and confronting the place fear has in your life, you are invited to attend the Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation at the Oblate Retreat Center in San Antonio Sunday, January 5 through Friday, January 10, 2014. The Five Day Academy is a time to be apart from the world -- a time to listen, learn, contemplate and pray. To learn more about or to register for the Academy, go to the conference website www.umcswtx.org/academy. If you have questions, you may send an email to Patti Herndon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reconciling Ministries Team (RM Team) at Saint John's was formed in November 2010 by a group of Saint John’s members who wanted to raise awareness about Reconciling Ministries at our church. The RM Team became a recognized church committee (affiliated with Intentional Faith Development committee) by church council vote in 2011. We currently have seven active RM Team members and many RM Team Friends in our congregation. Interested in joining us? See contact info below.
We currently host a monthly Rainbow Potluck, usually after the late service on Second Sundays, the same day we encourage our congregation to wear rainbows to church in the form of stoles, pins and more. The rainbow stoles specifically remind us of those who have not been ordained and those who have lost ordination due to sexual orientation or gender identity. All of our rainbows are a visible and affirming welcome to the many who have historically been made to feel unwelcome at church.
CLICK HERE to visit our home page.
Active Team Members (updated November 2013):
Joy Butler – Chair
email: Joy L Butler @ gmail . com
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Hilary Marchbanks, Assistant Minister - Staff Liasion