St. John’s Happenings

The Centre Street Food Pantry provides families within our community with consistent access to nutritious food in a dignified and sensitive environment.  Are you headed to the market?  The Pantry could use coffee (instant or ground), flour, oils and jelly if you find yourself in those aisles!  Please leave your donations under St. John’s Giving Tree in the Loring Room.  Thank you!

The Reverend Mark D. W. Edington is our Celebrant and Preacher at the 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II Service, December 8, 2013.  Child Care will be provided.

Mark holds office hours at Saint John’s on Saturday mornings between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.  If you have any pastoral concerns, you can reach Mark at 617.645.4691 or email him at

Sunday School News:

Christmas Pageant! This Sunday, December 8th the Church School will be prepping for the Christmas Pageant. The Christmas Pageant at St. John’s is on December 22nd. Children should come an hour before church to rehearse and we will perform the Pageant for the sermon. Please let Kate McKey-Dunar know if your child will be participating in the Pageant. Her email is kemckey@gmail.comThank you!

Church School classes are for children aged 3 through grade 6 are held from 10-10:40 a.m., with children joining the service at the Offertory to be with their families for Holy Communion. Our youngest children will be using Godly Play as their curriculum which is a montessori based program. Our older children will be using Feasting On The Word which is a lectionary based curriculum. Questions? Contact Kate McKey-Dunar, Christian Formation Coordinator, at

St. John’s Pictorial Directory

The make-up photo day is Sunday, December 15.  Please be sure to stay following the service to have your picture taken by our professional photographer, Alastair Battson!  We do not want you to be missing from our New Pictorial Directory!  Please sign up on the sheet in the Loring Room, or call (617-964-2591) or email ( to reserve your spot.  Thank you!

On December 15 at 4:00 p.m. Saint John’s will host a Service of Lessons and Carols.  We will be joined by Trinity Church, Newton Centre and St. Paul’s, Newton Highlands.  Following the service, we will have a festive Pot-Luck reception to celebrate the joint ministries we support, particularly the Centre Street Food Pantry.

Sunday, December 15th is the deadline for your donations to go toward poinsettias and greenery that will adorn the sanctuary at Christmas.  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

Cathedral Soup Kitchen Lunch Program Monday, December 30:   Volunteers from St. John’s are invited to assist in serving lunch to the homeless at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St., Boston.  If you can participate, please plan to be at the Cathedral by 11:45 a.m.  Contributions of finger food desserts (brownies & cookies) may be brought to church on Sunday, December 29th.  Please leave them in the Loring Room anddesignate them for the Soup Kitchen.  If you are interested in helping and could use a ride to the Cathedral, please speak to Libby or email her at  Serving and clean-up are completed by one o’clock.

Saint John’s Calendar:

Sat. Dec.    7     11:00 am – 4:00 pm Gift & Thrift Shop

Sun.            8       8:00 am   Holy Eucharist, Rite II

                          10:00 am   Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Celebrant and Preacher:  The Rev. Mark Edington

                            3:45 pm   OA Group Meeting (Loring Rm.)

                            5:00 pm   OA Group Meeting (upper hall)

Thurs.      12       7:30 pm  Choir Rehearsal

Sat.           14    11:00 am – 4:00 pm Gift & Thrift Shop

Sun.          15      8:00 am   Holy Eucharist, Rite II

                           2:30 pm   Choir Rehearsal (upper hall)

                           4:00 pm   Advent Service of Lessons and Carols

        with Saint Paul’s and Trinity Church

                     5:15 pm   Reception (Loring Rm.)

                           3:45 pm   OA Group Meeting (lower hall)

                           5:00 pm   OA Group Meeting (lower hall)


Sunday, December 8, 2013  

Eucharistic Minister:   Tim Strayer – Romans 15:4-13

Lector:  Susan Volkmar  –  Isaiah 11:1-10

Gospel Reading:  Matthew 3:1-12

Acolyte:  Ellie Strayer

Altar Guild:  Libby Seaman

Ushers:  Tom Wood, Jeff Barrell

Coffee Hour:  The Brown Family

Collection:  Tim Strayer, Tom Wood

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

( or Kristin Knudson-Groh (