St. John’s Happenings

Beautifully decorated Thanksgiving Day boxes filled with turkeys, vegetables and pies! 

Happy and Grateful Smiles when delivered!

(Thank you to kate for delivering, Bowen for providing the meals and teachers and St. John’s Church School children for decorating!)

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 Preacher at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, November 30, 2014.  Child Care will be provided.

Mark’s office hours this week will be Sunday afternoon, 1:00 – 4:00 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, there will be no Sunday School classes.

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 Eagle is 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.

Saint John’s Church will host an Open Community Breakfast for all at the church on Sunday morning, December 7, from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. There is no cost; we invite any one in need of breakfast or conversation to come join us.  For more information, see

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

Parishioners Jan, Rob, and Toby Gilpin will be performing with the Newton Family Singers as part of a joint Celebrations! Concert with the New Philharmonia Orchestra.  It will be held on Sunday, December 7, 3:00 pm at the First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon St in Newton Centre.

Celebrations! will feature the New Philharmonia orchestra,  dancers from Boston Ballet School, Newton Family Singers and the Chestnut Hill School Chorus in a celebration filled with music, dance and joy! For more information and tickets, please visit

This Week at Saint John’s Church

Saturday, November 29    Gift & Thrift Shop Closed

Sunday, November 30    

         8:00 am  Contemplative Eucharist, Rite II

10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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

5:00 pm  OA Group Meeting (upper hall)

Tuesday, December 2

   7:30 pm  Book Group Meeting (Loring Rm.)

Thursday, December 4

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

         7:30 pm  Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 5

         5:00 pm  Confirmation Class Overnight Retreat (@ St. Paul’s)

Saturday, December 6      

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

Sunday, December 7         

         8:00 am  Contemplative Eucharist, Rite II

8:45 am  Open Community Breakfast (upper hall)

10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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

5:00 pm  OA Group Meeting (upper hall)


Sunday, November 30, 2014  

Eucharistic Minister:  Brian Goeselt  –  1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Lector:  Jane Huston  –  ! Corinthians 1:3-9

Gospel Reading:  Mark 13:24-37

Acolyte:  Christian Goeselt

Altar Guild:  Suzanne Rodkey

Ushers:  Suzanne Rodkey, Peter Brown

Coffee Hour:  Jennifer Nolan

Collection:  Rose Yevich, Phoebe Robinson Foley

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

( or Kristin Knudson-Groh (