WEDNESDAY, November 12
12 noon Worship with Agape Celebration
followed by The Largest Table Community Meal
1:30pm Wednesday Bible Study Class
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSES 3PM
FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK
(office reopens Monday, December 1)
Dear Members and Friends of St John’s,
Last Sunday afternoon, we hosted the authors of the book “This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids” to a packed crowd. We are deeply indebted to our St John’s PFLAG coordinators, Karen Mitchell and Linda Clark, and the other members of the PFLAG host team (Bill & Lee Reiner, Ruth Lingafelter, John & Ruth Nimmer)for bringing this extraordinary event to our church.
Here is what Karen Mitchell wrote to the PFLAG group following the event:
It's important for all of you to know what an impact your work has had on our church and community. We ministered to many including . . .
- young gay people who were extremely reluctant to enter a church building because of their experiences with "church people"
- a mother, father, and gay teen-aged daughter from a fundamentalist church (the parents held hands during the entire event)
- parents whose adult children had just come out to them and were in a quandary about what to do about communication with extended family
- parents with adult children who came out some time ago and are working to improve communication with siblings
- young gay couples whose parents don't know how to nurture and comfort them anymore
- people who came from Cincinnati and other towns in Ohio to hear the program
- all of those in attendance who were silent about their concerns
- the authors of This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids and founders of The Parents Project
In addition, the authors of the book wrote this in appreciation for St John’s warm welcome and hospitality:
We honestly can't properly express what an incredible experience we had with you all and with St John's. The event was the epitome of why we are on this tour, and our hearts are still about four times their normal size from our time in Columbus. Very best to you all!
I share this with you today as a reminder that some of our very best ministry at St John’s does not occur on Sunday morning! Instead, it occurs whenever we open our doors to others to join us as we learn, grow, and live into God’s vision for our church to be a Beacon of Hope in the Heart of the City!
This Sunday, we observe the end of our Christian liturgical year with Reign of Christ Sunday. This is the time of year when we honor all that we have accomplished this past year in ministry, as we celebrate the hope we have for the Christian year ahead (which starts on November 30, the First Sunday of Advent).
Don’t miss this week’s special Sunday full of celebratory music in Thanksgiving for all that has been, and all that will be. We have some special surprises for you for ourStewardship Celebration, so please remember to bring in your completed 2015Blessed to be a Blessing Pledge Sheets on Sunday (extras will be available at church on Sunday morning).
Our lectionary Scripture texts for Reign of Christ Sunday are Psalm 95:1-7a and Matthew 25:31-46. My sermon will focus on the Gospel text when Jesus teaches about the Shepherd’s separation of sheep and goats on the basis of verse 40: “When you did it to one of the least of my brothers and sisters, members of my family, you did it to me.” My sermon is entitled “The Spiritual Bottom Line,” as we wrestle with the profound and radical words of Jesus, who taught us the true meaning of living generously.
In prayer and with thanksgiving for the courageous people of St John’s,