This past week, we had the pleasure of hosting students from Davis Middle School in Dublin at The Largest Table. The students were committed to helping the homeless and marginally housed – volunteering at The Open Shelter, baking homemade cookies for everyone, and kindly serving the Wednesday noon meal at St. John’s to many who had no place to call home. We served 276 meals on Wednesday! That’s what we could count – what we couldn’t count was the many hearts and minds that were changed because of this transformative experience.
We wish to thank Nan, and teacher Eileen, for making all of the arrangements for the middle school visit. The students had a positive experience, and we look forward to their return later in the year!
Our church is making phenomenal progress on our “Top 10” Church Transformation and Growth list! We have a great crew of volunteers working to renovate the church narthex into our new St. John’s Welcome Center. Our team is using “sweat equity” to do much of the work ourselves, and the sanctuary already looks brighter and more Spirit-filled!
On Sunday, we celebrate Reign of Christ Sunday, the end of the Christian liturgical calendar year. As we end our Christian year, we will welcome five new people into membership at St. John’s! Please don’t miss this opportunity to welcome our new members, and to celebrate their commitment to St. John’s with a cake and punch reception following worship.
This Sunday is also Celebration Sunday when we present our faith-filled financial pledges for 2017 to the church. Please look for the 2017 annual pledge insert in this Sunday's bulletin.
This past Sunday, Eric shared a moving testimony about why he and his husband Tim tithe to St. John’s. “Tithe” means they give 10% of their annual income to our church each year, to support our ministries! This is in addition to the monthly meal that they provide to The Largest Table each month, because they understand that their donations make a very real difference in people’s lives.
Eric asked each of us to consider increasing our pledges in 2017 by at least 1%, to further support the new contemporary worship service, our new children’s programming, and our church growth and transformation plan. Please prayerfully prepare the pledge form you will find in your Sunday bulletin, as we celebrate the end of our church year, welcome 5 new people into membership, and provide our financial pledges for 2017.
Also on Sunday, everyone is invited to participate in the annual Hanging of the Greens! Please take a few minutes after the new member reception to prepare an ornament and hang a wreath so our church might be beautifully decorated for Advent and Christmas.
On November 23, in addition to our Wednesday noon meal, the Under the Stars Ministry Team will offer a full Thanksgiving meal at 7:30pm outside St. John’s, complete with table and chairs. The Under the Stars Ministry is a joint endeavor of David’s UCC (Canal Winchester) and Gender Road Christian Church, hosted by St. John’s.
On Thanksgiving Day, November 24, the meal team from North Congregational Church will offer a full Thanksgiving meal in the Fellowship Hall at St. John’s at 12:00 p.m.. The “No One Eats Alone” Thanksgiving meal is for all of our neighbors who may not have a family to share Thanksgiving with this year. Thank you to everyone who is volunteering to help with this meal as part of their holiday giving!
On Sunday, November 27, we start the Christian year anew with our Advent journey towards Christmas. We have a wonderful Advent devotional this year from the United Church of Christ, so please stop by the church to pick up your copy for daily Advent reflections and prayers.
Our Ministry Team – myself, Pastor Rachael, Pastor Dan, Pastor Mary, May Schwarz, Kelley Daniel, Jim Davies – wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving! May your holiday be filled with family, friends, good cheer, a warm heart, and abundant gratitude for all that God has done in your life and in your church!
In faith, hope, and love,