St. John’s Happenings

News from the Centre Street Food Pantry:

Thank you to Marjorie Carey for picking up and delivering our many bags of donations for the Pantry!  Here is why the Food Pantry volunteers are especially thankful for our support this season:  October, 2013 – 159 families shopped for 449 people; October, 2014 – 205 families shopped at the Pantry for 545 people.  This increase of 46 families represents 230 additional bags chock-full of good things for the people who need our help!  Thank you to all who continue to help these families to move forward! Please Note:  Your contributions should now be left on the right side bench in the upper hall.  The Dedicated Food Pantry Volunteers send their heartfelt thanks!

The Reverend Mark D. W. Edington is our Celebrant and Tim Strayer is our Preacher at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, November 23, 2014.  Child Care will be provided.

Church School News:

This Sunday, the Sunday School children will be making Thanksgiving boxes for food donations. Our annual tradition is to decorate boxes that will be filled with food by the Bowen Pre-School for donation to local families.  The finished boxes will be displayed at Coffee Hour.

Due to no scheduled classes next Sunday, November 30th, The First Sunday of Advent, we will begin making Advent Wreaths this week at Coffee Hour.  If you have a wreath form from years past, please bring it in!  The children will start in church for the 10AM service and be dismissed to Sunday School. Godly Play is offered for children 4 years old through 2nd grade. Older children (3rd – 6th grade) will assist with the younger children and participate in the activities. Child care is available for younger children. If you are interested in having your child(ren) attend Sunday School, willing to volunteer or have ideas about the program, please contact Jennifer Morgan at

Help Finding Housing

Our sister Jennifer Nolan continues to look for a new place to live. The home in which she has been renting an apartment has been sold, and she is presently living with a friend, but this is temporary.  If you have any ideas, contacts, or suggestions that would be helpful, you can reach Jennifer directly at Thank you.

The Deadline for the December edition of The Eagleis Monday, December 1st.  If you have an article or notice you would like to be in the St. John’s Newsletter, please send it to John Evans at lulululu@rcn.comThank you

The Next Book Group Meeting will be Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:30 p.m.   We will be discussing the book “During the Reign of the Queen of Persia” and author Joan Chase.  Come and join us – we love newcomers!

Newton Collaborative Confirmation & Affirmation Lock-in!
5:00 pm on Friday, December 5noon on Saturday, December 6

Newton Youth who participate in the Confirmation, Affirmation and Mentor program are invited to participate in this year’s church lock-in at the Parish of Saint Paul. More details to come. Please RSVP to Katherine Balmforth ( by Sunday, November 30.

Sunday, December 14th is the deadline for your donations to go toward poinsettias plants 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

Diocesan News:  Winter Overnight Camps 2015

Register now for Winter Camp at BCH: Registration is beginning for the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center’s 2015 Winter Camp. Back after a successful first season in 2014, Winter Camp is a week of winter fun mixed with faith formation, small group workshops and leadership development. Campers can enjoy snowshoeing, skiing, sledding, warm up with cooking lessons, knitting, pottery and more.

Overnight Winter Camp for 7th, 8th and 9th graders runs during Massachusetts school vacation week, Monday, Feb. 16 – Saturday Feb. 21.  The center is also offering Winter Day Camp for  local Kindergarten – 4th graders during New Hampshire school vacation, Monday, Feb. 23 – Friday, Feb. 27.

Register online now at the BCH registration page.  Scholarships are available by contacting camp director Alessia Doss at for more information.   Please see flyer on upper hall bulletin board.

This Week at Saint John’s Church

  1. Nov. 22   11:00 am  Gift & Thrift Shop (lower hall)

Sun.         23     8:00 am  Contemplative Eucharist, Rite II

10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Celebrant:  The Reverend Mark D. W. Edington

        Preacher:  Tim Strayer

5:00 pm  OA Group Meeting (upper hall)

Thurs.     27   Happy Thanksgiving Day

         29    Gift & Thrift Shop Closed

10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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

5:00 pm  OA Group Meeting (upper hall)

Sun.         30     8:00 am  Contemplative Eucharist, Rite II

Sunday, November 23, 2014  

Eucharistic Minister:  Laura Brewer  –  Ephesians 1:15-23

Lector:  Tom Wood  –  Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

Gospel Reading:  Matthew 25:31-46

Acolyte:  Abby Strayer

Altar Guild:  Bryn Wood

Ushers:  Gary Messinger, Tom Wood

Coffee Hour:  Kelly & Peter Brown

Collection:  Laura Brewer, Tom Wood

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

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