~ Welcome to St John's Episcopal Church ~
CELEBRATING 250 YEARS OF FAITH IN JOHNSTOWN, NY
Holy Eucharist is celebrated at St. John's at 8:00 am and at 10:00 am every Sunday by our Rector, The Rev. Laurie Garramone. The 8:00 am service is spoken while the 10:00 am service includes beautiful organ music, hymns and an anthem by the St. John’s Adult Choir. Children's Chapel is held during the 10:00 am service.
Enjoy our website ~ and please consider this a heartfelt invitation to join us for Sunday service at 8:00 am or 10:00 am and stay for our Coffee Hour immediately following the 10:00 am service. We also invite you to come to our mid-week Holy Eucharist services every Wednesday at 12:05 pm and Thursday at 6:00 pm. For other events happening at St. John's please see below, and click on the Calendar icon. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
This year’s popular Cookie Exchange will be on Sunday, December 15th. Bring in your 4 dozen cookies to sell and buy some of the others. Select your dozens to be wrapped on platters for a great holiday gift!
Join us for a candlelight prayer service using the same format used by Sir William Johnson from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. A brief historical lecture will precede the service, and a reception will follow. Please invite friends to attend with you.
St. John's will host an interfaith ecumenical Blue Christmas Service on Thursday, December 19th at 7 pm. What is a Blue Christmas service? Commemorating the longest night of the year, the service is for those who are not happy or joyful in this holiday season due to loss, grief, illness, addiction, job loss or other event that creates sadness or loss of hope. Moving from darkness into light--which is our Advent path--we allow people to acknowledge their grief or sadness even while moving them closer to the source of light and hope symbolized in the birth of Jesus. Invite someone you know to this special service.
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:5
There are envelopes and forms available in the Narthex and Hawkins Room for anyone wishing to dedicate a poinsettia in memory or in honor of a loved one. We are asking for a $20 donation to help cover the cost, but any donation is greatly appreciated. Please have these into the office by Sunday, December 22nd.
Want to help deck the church out in its Christmas season greenery on Sunday, December 22nd after the 10 am service? Just sign up on the sheet in the Narthex or Hawkins Room!
St. John’s Episcopal Church Invites Everyone to Join Us In Celebrating the Birth of Our Savior
6:00 pm - Candlelight Family Eucharist with Carols and Children’s Pageant
10:15 pm - Christmas Eve Concert Featuring St. John’s Choir, Bell Choir, Soloist, Men’s Quintet & The Colonial Trio
11:00 pm - Candlelight Holy Eucharist
10:00 am - Christmas Day Holy Eucharist Service
After using your three-minute timer to pray about the mission of St. John’s, what did you hear? Did God answer, or nudge you or indicate a direction you feel the church should move in? We are interested in hearing what God has told you about the next 250 years of faith serving the community in the name of Jesus Christ. Send them to Lindsay at email@example.com or write them down and put them in the Offertory Plate in church.
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They suggest that if you wish to donate directly to Haiyan relief efforts, you follow the organization’s website directions for donating to a specific cause. Each of the organizations below provides help around the world, so you need to restrict your donation to the relief effort. If you write a check, be sure and put “Haiyan Relief” in the memo line.
They suggest that you give only to well-known and established charities and that you do your homework by researching the places where you donate your money so you can be sure it benefits those people you want to help. Money is far more valuable to most charities than goods since they can purchase supplies, clothing, medicine at much lower cost than the general public can.
www.Oxfamamerica.org (100% of your donation goes to help typhoon victims)
www.unicefusa.org (90.4% of every dollar goes directly to children affected by the typhoon)
www.directrelief.org (98.7% of every dollar is spent on relief)
Click on either Sunday Services tab or the Links tab at the top of the page for this Sunday's readings.
~For this Sunday's ministry schedule, please click on Sunday Services, above, and go to the Worship and Ministry Schedule page~
Submit your e-mail address for e-notifications and newsletter link. You can also e-mail us to let us know that you will attend an event and what you will bring, such as our Parish Potlucks and Picnics. Click on 'E-mail us' link at upper left.