~ 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!
The 2013 Christmas Letter from Rev. Laurie Garramone is now availble! You can access it by either clicking on the "Our Rector" tab above or by clicking here.
Let’s read the bible in one year as a congregation!! The bibles have arrived and are available through the office or see Mother Laurie after the services about getting one - only 2 Sundays left. Contributions for the bibles will be happily accepted but not required. ($15 for the One Year Bible; $20 for the Living Bible) We will also meet monthly—the first Wednesday of the month in the evening beginning in February—to talk about our journey through scripture. Check one of your ‘Bucket List’ boxes off in 2014—read the entire bible in one year.
Next Sunday, December 22nd, Bishop Mike and Linda Chapman will be here to share with us about their mission work in Peru.
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
Need to recover from the craziness of the holidays? Then join us for the Epiphany Retreat! Our theme this year is Pilgrimage. We'll go from a place where they don't know God, or don't know Him well, to a place where they know a lot about God, but perhaps don't experience Him or love Him as they should, to a place where they choose not to take God seriously, to a place where we know of God's love and faithfulness and care for us and His presence in our travels. As we journey together to these places, take time to reflect on your own journey with the Lord and continue to move closer to Him, wherever you've been and wherever the Lord is leading you!
The retreat will be held Friday, January 3rd through Sunday, January 5th at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Check-in will be at 5 pm on the 3rd, followed by dinner and then our departure on our journey to move closer to God! The retreat will conclude after lunch on Sunday. Cost is $185 per person, double occupancy. Single rooms and commuter registrations are available. Scholarships available through the Diocese. The registration deadline has been extended until December 27th. Register online at https://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org
Donate to the relief efforts in the Philippines by visiting these websites that have been vetted through Charity Navigator, a non-profit organization that vets and rates charities. (Visit them at www.charitynavigator.org ).
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.