Christmas Services at Saint John’s

                                               The Eve of Christmas    4:40 p.m.:   Music of the Feast

                                                                     5:00 p.m.:   Festal Eucharist, Rite II

                                                                                       Child Care will be provided   

                            Christmas Day   12:00 Noon:   Holy Eucharist with Carols, Rite II

                                   Followed by luncheon and fellowship in the Long Hall

St John’s Happenings

News from the Centre Street Food Pantry:  A 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

Church School News:

Because of the joint service at St. Paul’s on Sunday, December 28, this Monday, December 29, the children will be baking desserts for the Cathedral Soup Kitchen.  Cousins, nieces, nephews and parents are all welcome.  If you have a recipe to share, please bring all the necessary ingredients.  We will be baking from 9:00am-10:00am in the downstairs kitchen in order to have baked goods in time for the lunch that afternoon.  Jennifer Morgan

Recipes and Memories, the new St. John’s cookbook, is out! We will be selling these wonderful gifts for $15. This cookbook contains recipes from our members now and from previous cookbooks made at St. John’s. Make sure to get your copy!  Kate McKey-Dunar

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.


Christmas Sock Collection

Please give a pair (or more) of socks to the Monday Lunch Program community.  As you see in the above notice, St. John’s will be serving lunch on Monday, December 29, and we will deliver the socks at that time.  Many of the Monday Lunch patrons were residents of the recently-closed Long Island shelter and the transition has been challenging.  This is an easy way to help out.  There will be collection boxes at St. John’s up until December 29.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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

Please see Christmas services listed at the top.

Saturday, December 27 Gift & Thrift Shop Closed

Sunday, December 28  The First Sunday of Christmas

       10:30 am  Combined service (at Saint Paul’s Church)

Monday, December 29  

        9:00 am  Baking desserts for Soup Kitchen (lower hall kitchen)

      11:45 am  Cathedral Soup Kitchen (see above notice for alternate location)


Ministers for the Christmas Eve Service, 5:00 p.m:

Eucharistic Minister:  Marina Matuzek  –  Titus 2:11-14

Lector:  Kristin Knudson-Groh  –  Isaiah 9:2-7

Gospel Reading:  Luke 2:1-14

Acolytes: Ian Groh, Christian Goeselt, Brendan McGee

Altar Guild:  All Members

Ushers:  Gary Messinger, Tom Wood


Ministers for the Christmas Day Service, 12:00 Noon:

Usher:  Gary Messinger

Luncheon hosted by Judy & Mark Edington