SUNDAY FELLOWSHIP: Please join us after the 8AM and 10AM services for conversation and coffee in Marsh Hall. Coffee, tea and treats after the 8AM service are provided by our Welcoming Committee.
CHRISTMAS PAGEANT MEETING: Christmas Pageant Meeting will meet this morning at 11:30AM in Room 4. We are still looking for help with refreshments and costumes. See Cathy Christensen for more details.
MEN’S GROUP: The next Men’s Group gathering is on Thursday, Nov. 10th at 6PM. Chef Kelly Pontiff-Chapman is cooking his annual turkey dinner. That should be enough of a draw! We have rescheduled our speaker, the author of Breakfast at Sally’s, for February. We will have an “open mike” that will include: John Cannon, who will display some of his new paintings and describe how his faith is impacting his art renewal; Chad Stoddard, who will share some of his experiences overseas as part of the Bellevue Presbyterian Church bell choir mission team. If you have something you want to share please come prepared. RSVP to Fred M. or Randy S. at 425-827-3077. See you there!
KIN ALTERNATIVE GIFT FAIR is Nov. 12th from 10-4PM at the Parish Center of Holy Family Catholic Church, 7045 120th Ave. NE, Kirkland St. John’s will provide cookies and cider and will collect donations to go to our Habitat for Humanity group (c2build). Bakers/shoppers are needed to provide donations of baked goods and cider to serve to shoppers. A few volunteers to help staff the cookie corner would also be helpful. Contact Kristin G. at (425)827-3077) to volunteer with the fair, and contact Cynthia Shurtleff (email@example.com) if you are interested in attending a KIN meeting or joining her as a KIN rep. for St. John’s at monthly KIN meetings.
THANKSGIVING DINNER: There are 1500 families served by the Kirkland-Northshore Hopelink Center and they are counting on the KIN churches to provide a bounty of fresh produce for their Thanksgiving dinners. St. John’s is collecting potatoes this year to be distributed to the families but if you would prefer to adopt a family; please bring all the necessary items for a Thanksgiving dinner as if you were serving your own family. Please pack all items in paper bags or baskets and place in the bin located in the Narthex. All food products need to be at church next Sunday, November 13th.
“Stewardship then should become as much a part of our Christian lives as Sunday worship and saying our prayers. It is the way that we remain aware of God’s gifts and of our responsibility to use them in His service and to His glory.”
Very soon we will be receiving our pledge cards to effect one of the most joyful and glorious actions of worship that we can give our Savior. It is a holy time to pray and reflect on the goodness and generosity God has in our lives. Our ingathering is set for November 13th at both services. We will celebrate with a continental breakfast after the early service and a potluck brunch after the later service. Pledge cards will be sent and available this weekend. Ask Jesus in prayer what you should do. He is faithful. It has been said, “What we do with our money says a lot about us. Regular, planned giving of an appropriate portion of the money we have been given is not an optional extra to our discipleship, it is at the heart of it.”
INGATHERING SUNDAY: is scheduled for Sunday, November 13th. In the past it has been customary to have one service but this year we are trying something new. We will have our two regular services with a continental breakfast served after our 8AM service and a potluck after our 10AM service. Everyone, including children, will meet in the Great Hall for food, fun and fellowship.
INGATHERING: Continental Breakfast
November 13, 2011
Please bring your food to the kitchen prior to the 8AM service
Be sure to mark your container and utensils with your name
Last names A-P
Bring breakfast breads, biscuits, bagels etc.
Bring any condiments you would like to serve with your
selections, such as butter, cream cheese, jam, etc
Last names Q-V
Bring juice and milk
Last names W –Z
The church will provide plates, plastic table ware, cups and coffee
CALLING ALL ACOLYTES! We will meet on November 19th at 12PM in Marsh Hall. This is an opportunity to have lunch, hang out and meet new members of our team. Followed by some training. If you are interested in becoming an Acolyte I encourage you to join us. All are welcome 4th grade to adult. For more information please contact Stacey Chapman P. at 425-827-3077.
ALTAR GUILD: will be accepting food items to decorate the altar for Thanksgiving week. You can help by contributing canned or packaged food. We ask that you please only donate non-perishable food items. All food items will be given to Hopelink. Please place your donations in the baskets marked “Thanksgiving Food Items for our Altar”, in the Narthex. Please have all items in by Sunday, November 20th.
THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE: Thanksgiving is fast approaching and if you would like to take a few moments to reflect on all your blessings, there will be a Thanksgiving Eve Service at 10AM on Wednesday, November 23rd.
All Church Advent Event& Labyrinth Walk - Sunday, November 27, at 2PM. It is time for our annual Advent Event. All parish members are invited to attend. Grown-ups and older children will learn how to make advent wreaths while the younger children will learn about the Jesse Tree by making ornaments. Everyone will have the chance to meet the Bishop of Myra, aka St. Nick. And an added part of the event is a Labyrinth Walk, our first official walk! Lisa K., the Labyrinth ministry leader, has developed a special liturgy for the walk that will help us prepare our hearts and minds for Advent. The event begins at 2PM in St. John’s Great Hall. An Advent Event sign-up sheet is in the narthex, and a second sheet for ordering an Advent wreath kit is also available. The kids are $7 a piece. And, beginning Thursday, November 24th we will be asking for a donation of fresh greens for the wreaths.
CRAFTERS AND BAKERS MARK YOUR CALENDAR: the Mini-Christmas Bazaar will return by popular demand and all sales from this event will go to benefit the Operating Fund. This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, December 4th and December 11th after both services. Hand-crafted Christmas items will be featured. If you have a special talent or hobby and would like to make a contribution, now is the time to start planning. Some suggestions are jams, jellies, chutney, decorations, scarves, necklaces, bakery items, etc. In order for this event to be a great success your donations and support are vital. Please consider sharing your talent and make something for this year’s Mini-Christmas Bazaar.
SUNDAY SWEETS & TREATS: A sign-up sheet for Sunday sweets can be found in the Narthex on the counter. Sunday, November 27th is available and a new sign-up sheet is available for the month of December.
ADVENT BOOKLETS NOW AVAILABLE: To help prepare our hearts and minds for the season of Advent we have several resources available in the Narthex. New this year: The Lord is Near –Advent meditations from the works of Henri J.M. Nouwen that show us how the Word of God applies to us in new and surprising ways; Thy Kingdom Come by Robert Hereth, reflects upon the numerous and various ways Jesus uses the metaphor “Thy Kingdom Come” to assert that God rules, and how God rules; and Living the Gospel Life: Season of Advent, which reminds us that we are Christians on a mission, even in the season of Advent. The concepts of being sent, demonstrating faith in action, and being mission-minded are applied each day of Advent. For children and families we offer Gather Around the Christmas Tree which uses stories of popular tree ornaments and family traditions to emphasize the religious dimension of the season, and Make Room for Joy which reminds children of the joy that the Savior’s birth brings to our lives. We ask for a $1.00 donation per booklet.
J2A/RITE 13: All youth in grades 7-12 are welcome to join us for J2A/Rite 13 on Sundays at 11:30AM. We have lunch together then break into our groups for a lesson. It is a great time to fellowship with other youth, and to learn more about what it means to be a servant of Christ. We are currently talking about several services project opportunities and the possibility of a summer mission trip, so you don’t want to miss out!! Please contact Cathy C. for more information.
WEDNESDAY WORSHIP SERVICE & BIBLE STUDY: Wednesday Eucharist is held in the Chapel at 10 AM. Bible Study follows in Marsh Hall. Please join us for both.
SAVE THE DATE:
ECW Christmas Dinner Saturday 17th December: All the ladies AND GENTLEMEN of the parish are invited to the annual ECW Christmas dinner and silent auction. This is going to be our major fundraising event for the Parish Operating Fund this year so come along and support your Church! More information regarding cost, time and program will follow.
ECW is seeking donations for our silent auction to be held at the Christmas dinner on December 17th. Please consider donating goods or services to benefit St. John's operating expenses. Can you share computer expertise? Do you have a vacation rental? Do you have any connections to restaurants? Extra theater or sports events tickets? Gift Cards? What about a bottle of wine to go in a mystery wine bag? You can contact Caroline H. at 425-827-3077.
THOSE ASSISTING WITH TODAY’S 8AM SERVICE:
Altar Guild: Marilyn R., Heather S.
Ann N., Karen D.
Flower Ministry: Alice N., Anna R.
Eucharistic Ministers: Peter & Georgette L.
Lectors: Doug P.
Those assisting with today’s 10AM service:
Altar Guild: Marilyn R., Heather S.
Ann N., Karen D.
Flower Ministry: Alice N., Anna R.
Eucharistic Ministers: Bill S., JoAnn H.
Acolytes: Rachel R., Alexander R.
Phoebe R., Stacey Chapman P.
First Lesson: Bev F.
Prayers of the People: Tyler E.
Greeters: Norvell & Shirley J., Tom S.
Presenters: Chuck & Gloria G.
Ushers: Rod & Marilyn R., Matt & Annie P.
Healing Ministry: Irene D.