Consecration Sunday is over, but you can still turn in your pledge card at the church office or in the offering on Sunday, or you can make a secure online pledge.
Mark your calendars for a very special music event! The African Children's Choir returns to Saint John's on Saturday, December 7, for a concert celebrating the release of the group's new CD collaboration with Austin musician Sara Hickman. The CD, Love is a Journey, will be released in December.
Sara, who is a member of Saint John's, performs with the the current touring choir, Choir 42, on the CD, which is executive produced by another Saint John's member, Lynne Dobson. The two visited Uganda this past summer to volunteer and collaborate with the choir on the songs.
The African Children's Choir is composed of children ages 7 to 10. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. They represent all the children of the continent and demonstrate the potential of African children to become strong leaders for a better future in their land. Over the past 20 years, the children have appeared in thousands of concerts around the world.
Region XIII's Thanksgiving Basket Project collects non-perishable food items and grocery store gift cards to distribute to families who can't cover extra food expenses during the holidays. Pick up a tote bag in the Gallery, fill it with the items on the list attached to the bag, and return to the church by Monday, November 10. For more information, please contact Sheri Jones, Director of Missions, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-452-5737.
We invite you to join us on Sunday, November 2 for our Saint John's Remembrance Dinner for 2014. We will gather at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall to celebrate the lives of family members and friends who have passed away in the past year. Please bring your loved one's favorite dish or dessert; as well as photos or other mementos to display on tables around the room.
Also bring your happy memories and fun stories of your loved one to share with those at your table, and those attending. In this evening, we hope you may find connection with others who have experienced similar losses, and find joy together in celebrating your loved one's life. Please RSVP to Pat Thomas in the church office, 512-452-5737, ext. 228 or email@example.com.
Gifts of Hope, Saint John's Alternative Gift Market, is slated for Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7. Two of the most popular booths at the Market are the Saint John's Mission Booth and the Bake Shop. Once again, all bakers and crafters are called into action! For more information about providing craft items for the Market, please e-mail Nancy Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you love to bake, The Bake Shop may be the perfect way for you to contribute. Please consider sharing your specialty with Market shoppers. For more information about the Bake Shop, email Eva Jordan at email@example.com or call her at 512-619-7118.
If you have a friend who loves to bake or to craft and doesn't get the newsletter, please help them get in touch with Nancy or Eva to learn how to get involved.Click here to visit the Alternative Gift Market page.