St John’s Happenings

News from the Centre Street Food PantryA record-setting number of families had good food and good cheer for the Thanksgiving Holiday due to your generosity!  Please continue your thoughtful and generous giving as Christmas approaches – the shelves need re-stocking!Again, thank you for your donations and for helping to reduce the stress in the families who depend on the Pantry as a source of good food.  Please continue to leave your donations on the right side bench in the long hall – along with vocally spreading the word about the Pantry!  Thank you

The Reverend Mark D. W. Edington is our Celebrant and Preacher at the 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II service this Sunday, December 14, 2014.   The principal service of the parish this coming Sunday will be at 4:00 pm, when we will have a Service of Advent Lessons and CarolsChild Care will be provided.

Mark’s office  hours this week will be Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  If you have any pastoral concerns, you can reach Mark at 617.645.4691 or email him at

Church School News: This Sunday, we will not have Church School. Next Sunday, December 21, the children will participate in our first Christingle service. All children are welcome to participate. We will be reaching out to parents this week with more specifics. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact either Nicky Chapman at or Jennifer Morgan at

The Deadline has been extended to Sunday, December 21st !  If you are interested in donating toward poinsettias and greenery that will adorn the sanctuary at Christmas, you still have time!  Please designate your gift in honor of, in memory of, or in thanks for special people or events.  Names will be listed in the Christmas bulletin, and plants will be shared with housebound members and friends after Christmas.  Thank you, Altar Guild Members

Monday Lunch at the Cathedral Soup Kitchen:  Monday, December 29th is our next turn to serve lunch at the Cathedral Soup Kitchen.  Due to the construction at the Cathedral, the lunch program has been relocated to St. John the Evangelist Church, located at 35 Bowdoin Street on Beacon Hill.  For those travelling from Newton, let’s meet at St. John’s Newtonville with a departure time of 11:00 a.m. for the trip downtown.   If you are coming from a downtown location, meet us at St. John the Evangelist at 11:45. And, for those who cannot attend but would like to contribute, please bring cookies or bars (homemade or store bought) to church this Sunday December, 28th. If you have any questions, please contact Libby Seaman at, 617-251-5629.

Coffee Hour Sign-Up Sheet for January – March is now posted on the Parish Office door.  Please take the time to sign up for an upcoming Sunday.  Participating in this essential and fun part of fellowship at St. John’s is easier than you think!  If you are interested in hosting one, there are plenty of veteran coffee hour providers who could guide you and answer your questions. Thank you!

This Week at Saint John’s Church

Saturday, December 13       

11:00 am  Gift & Thrift Shop (lower hall)

Sunday, December 14         

         8:00 am  Contemplative Eucharist, Rite II

  4:00 pm  Advent Service of Lessons and Carols

Celebrant and Preacher:  The Reverend Mark D. W. Edington

5:00 pm  OA Group Meeting (lower hall)

Thursday, December 18

         3:30-6:30 pm  CSA Distribution (upper hall)

         7:30 pm  Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, December 20      

11:00 am  Gift & Thrift Shop (lower hall)

Sunday, December 21         

         8:00 am  Contemplative Eucharist, Rite II

10:00 am  Advent Pageant/Christingle Service

Celebrant and Preacher:  The Reverend Mark D. W. Edington

Greening of the Church and Pot-Luck Brunch

5:00 pm  OA Group Meeting (lower hall)


Sunday, December 14, 2014  

Readers for Advent Service of Lessons & Carols

Acolyte:  Abby Strayer

Altar Guild:  Cleo Messinger

Ushers:  Gary Messinger, Alastair Battson

Collection:  Christopher Carter, Tim Strayer

Coffee Hour:  Alastair Battson

If you have any announcements for this bulletin, please contact Paula DiMauro

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