What a beautiful day the Lord has blessed us with here in Columbus! This week, the St. John's Leadership Team invites you to continue the Advent journey with us, as we prepare the way...
"Prepare ye the way!" says John. How are you preparing during Advent? Come join us in the Youth Room at 10 am this Sunday, for our Advent Study -- "It was Not a Silent Night" -- by Adam Hamilton, as we walk back, then towards Christmas. This week, we consider Mary at the foot of the cross.
For more on upcoming Sundays (weeks 3 and 4 of Advent), see our "Upcoming Events" below.
Advent and Christmas at St. John's are wonderful opportunities to include your friends in our uplifting and inspiring worship services. And, as Pastor Gini often reminds us: No matter who you are and where you are on life's journey...you are welcome here.
Join us for worship this Sunday at 9am or 11am, as we light the second Advent candle, hear Pastor Gini's sermon, entitled "Live Prepared", AND share in Communion.
The Largest Table
Thanks to Pastor Dan and contemporary band members Paisha Thomas and David Butler, for again volunteering their time and talents to make our Wednesday noon casual service another blessed one. Also that morning, St. John's was honored to have a volunteer team from Davis Middle School in Dublin join our St. John's team, to help prepare and serve The Largest Table meal.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELP ST. JOHN'S CONTINUE THIS MOST IMPORTANT MINISTRY. WE APPRECIATE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS, be they in kind or monetary.
Remember that our homeless can use rolling suitcases, and that this month's Mission items are washcloths and baking mixes. Bring your donations to church or call the office if you'd like to drop things off during the week. Hats and gloves are always needed this time of year.
Pastor Gini Represents!
Also this week, Pastor Gini spoke on church transformation at the University Baptist Church, and later in the week joined other members of the Mid-Ohio Food Bank in their Public Policy Meeting.
SHARING ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Certainly one of the best and easiest ways to share our amazing church with your friends is via social media. Get into the habit! CLICK HERE for Pastor Dan's great How-to...
Visit our Facebook page regularly, and SHARE!!!
Choir News, Schedule Information
Our Children's Choir practices during the 11am service sermon time in preparation for singing at our Christmas Eve service.
Our Community Gospel Choir will rehearse on Tuesday 12/11 at 7:30 pm in preparation for their performance on Sunday December 16
Chancel and Bell Choirs rehearse each Thursday:
6:30pm Carillon Bell Choir...Music Room
7:15pm Traditional Choir Rehearsal ...Music Room
Let any staff member know if you are interested in joining any of our choirs.
Weekly Calendar December 9-15, 2018
Sunday December 9
Lighting of Advent 2 Candle
Traditional Service 9am
Advent Study 10am Conf Rm
Contemporary Service 11am
Nursery Care 8:30am–12:30pm
Tuesday December 11
7:30 Gospel Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday December 12
Noon Casual Worship/Communion
12:30pm The Largest Table Meal
6:00pm Route 66 Bible Study
Note: Following the 12/12 meeting, Route 66 takes a break until the New Year
7:30pm Under the Stars Meal...Mound Street
Thursday December 13
6:30pm Carillon Bell Choir Rehearsal...Music Room
7:15pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal...Music Room
Saturday, December 15
Trey's SAFE SPACE Event
St. John's is pleased to host Trey Pearson's SAFE SPACE WEEKEND, 10 to 7. Click here to visit Trey's Facebook event...
Upcoming Dates to Remember
Our Advent Study continues on the 3rd and 4th Sundays...join Pastor Mary at 10am as she leads us through Adam Hamilton's "Not a Silent Night".
December 16 Jesus is lost! Mary and Joseph find him teaching in the Temple. Imagine what Mary must have been feeling, then her relief (and surprise!).
December 23 Mary learns she is to be the mother of God's son. Explore the culture of her time, and discover the social implications of this unusual birth.
December 30 Jesus is born, and it was NOT a silent night! Encounter the disparities between the idealized Christmas we yearn for, and the realities of our messy, difficult, challenging lives; between the perfect world we hope for and the broken world in which we live.
Sunday Dec 16
Bring your friends! Our Community Gospel Choir performs at the 11am service.
Sat Dec 22, 2 pm
Carols, Cookies, and Christmas Sweaters, Oh My!!!
Wear your fave Xmas sweater (ugly or not!), bring one dozen cookies to share with our guests, and be prepared to make some joyful Christmas noise in our sanctuary and with our band, during this new-from-St.-John's COMMUNITY EVENT!
Click for the link to our Facebook event...and share it!
SUNDAY DECEMBER 23
Following the 11am service on December 23, be sure to join us for the Celebration of Jim Davies’ Service to St. John’s.
Jim is retiring from serving as St. John’s custodian and doorkeeper after 18 years of exemplary service to the church. Please join us after the second worship service to honor his service with a cake and punch reception.
Many Blessings and Thank You to Jim!
December 24 Christmas Eve Worship 6pm
Starting in January
6-week study, Sundays 10am- 11am
“Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in the Uncertain Times”
New Members Class
12:30PM-3:30PM, Conference Room
“Network Spiritual Gifts Class:
Why are you here?”
12:30pm-2:30pm, Conference Room
Pride Week Begins Sunday June 10
There is so much happening at St. John's as we begin the celebration of Pride Week here in Columbus! Come and show your support and spirit for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters at both services, 9am and 11am. We'll also be celebrating our new members at our 11 AM service. PLUS...
And next, some words from Pastor Gini about St. John's very active participation in next Saturday's Pride Parade:
St. John's Joins The Pride Parade on Saturday June 16th
"We'll once again be on the St. John’s parade truck to raise awareness of our church’s ministry in Columbus. We will also be joined by a second UCC parade truck on which you can ride if needed, or preferably walk with our staff and leaders to distribute St. John’s bags and sunglasses to some of the hundreds of thousands of people expected at the parade. This is our biggest outreach and marketing opportunity of the year, and we need YOUR help to be successful in our effort to reach the city with our message of God’s unconditional love and acceptance!"
Some History: The first Pride march in Columbus, Ohio was held in June 1981. Only 200 people were in attendance, and some even wore bags over their heads to conceal their identities. This year, we celebrate the 37th Year of PRIDE in Columbus. In 2017, there were over 215 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of non-profits, community organizations, corporate sponsors, small businesses, political candidates and activists! Over 12,000 people marched in the parade and an estimated 500,000 attended Pride. Help us celebrate again this year! More information about PRIDE 2018 can be found at https://columbuspride.org/
Your St. John's contact for all things PRIDE is Amy Canini (see her message, below). If you have any questions about this week's events, please direct them to Amy at:
Happy PRIDE everyone-
We will have same 2 trucks as last year. If you want to meet us on parade route, or find out where/who we are located by in line my cell is 740 953 0182.
7:30 – 8:45 = Loading trucks in back lot at ST. JOHNS = YES, we can always use the HELP, the more the merrier. (Chairs, water, swag, coolers, more swag, banners, and more stuff!)
8:45 = trucks will be leaving the if you would like to ride to the parade. The sooner we get in line, the better position we will have in parade since we are section C (ladder of the parade)
NOTE: you can park in the lot behind the church, however getting out of the lot, you will have to wait until trucks return from parade to the building to unload. Or if you are planning to go on to the festival you will have to pay to exit, or chance that I am there to open the gate.
Important details: ***changes from last year…
We are in SECTION C
We will be lining up heading
EAST on BUTTLES AV. from NEIL AV.
Let’s make this a great day for awareness for all, that we at ST. JOHNS welcome ALL no matter where you are on life's journey.
See ya Saturday June 16
Peace ~ Amy
We are pleased and honored to again welcome Trey Pearson, who'll perform on our parade float.
Also, be sure to be with us at the 11 AM June 24th service, when Trey joins our contemporary band for what is certain to be a moving and uplifting experience for all. Share this special service...bring your friends!
More Parade Details: There's also free parking at the Franklin County Parking Garage. Bring your own coffee and breakfast to enjoy on the ride to the staging site. Parade Step Off will be at 10:30am at Goodale and High in the Short North Arts District.
Community PRIDE 2018: For those who also wish to attend the Community PRIDE Festival on June 16th, the details are as follows:
MAYME MOORE PARK
240 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BLVD
11AM-7PM, ALL AGES
A day of celebration, creativity, and joy. There will be performances and visual art by queer and trans artists of color, a community resource fair, outdoor activities for children (and the young at heart), POC-owned food trucks, and much more!
More information can be found at: https://columbuscommunitypride.org/events/
We are all so privileged to have Pastor Dan Clark on our leadership team here at St. John's, and not just because of his musical gifts and our contemporary band! Dan's commitment to, and deep involvement in, important social justice causes (including his work as Ohio Director of Faith in Public Life) is beyond admirable. Below is Pastor Gini's FB post from Tuesday, when Dan was arrested for sitting in the middle of State Street in peaceful protest of treatment of the poor.
Congratulations to Carrie,
Educator of the Year at West High School
"The award really isn’t a big deal & doesn’t need to be in the Beacon. I received the Educator of the Year Award at my school, West High School. The administrators choose who receives the award. I was shocked that they picked me for it!"
Well, Carrie, we disagree. We think it's fantastic that you received the award and we are not shocked at all!
Anonymous Giver Donates Ice Machine
"The "star" of our church kitchen today: our new church ice machine! Thank you to the anonymous donors who donated this miraculous device, and the maintenance committee which installed it. For the first time in a long time, our kitchen team had ice for genuine Iced tea and other summer treats served at The Largest Table, our weekly meal with our homeless and marginally housed neighbors."
Weekly Calendar, June 10 through June 16
Sunday June 10 - PRIDE SUNDAY
Nursery Care available 8:30am
9am Traditional Worship
11am Contemporary Worship
12:30pm-2pm Dr. Tayo Clyburn...Conference Room
Monday June 11
6pm Care Team Leader Celebration...Youth Room
Tuesday June 12
6pm Healing Broken Circles...Youth Room
7:30pm Gospel Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday June 13
Noon Casual Worship...Sanctuary
12:30pm The Largest Table Meal...Fellowship Hall
3pm Staff Meeting...Pastor Gini’s Office
7:30pm Under the Stars Meal...Mound Street
Thursday June 14
6pm Budget and Finance Meeting...Conference Room
6pm Healing Broken Circles...Youth Room
Friday June 15
8pm Community Group AA...Fellowship Hall
Saturday June 16
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER
June 17 Father's Day/St. John's Grad Sunday
Let Mary Torok know if your graduate would like to be included! Click here for the link to our graduation event on Facebook...
June 24 Trey Pearson at St. John's!
11am worship ONLY
July 22 Narcan Training
12:30-2pm in The Conference Room
From our Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Marla:
My favorite month of the year is upon us! This June is particularly special to me since my daughter, Jessica, just graduated with honors from Upper Arlington High School. I pray that God continues to bless her and all of our loved ones who are about to begin their journeys as adults.
We have other St. John's families that include new graduates. To honor them, Mary Torok had the wonderful idea to recognize them at our 11am service on June 17th. Please contact the church office at 614 224 8634 if you or a loved one is a new graduate who would like to be included.
With the new month comes Communion Sunday at St. John's. Please join us on the 3rd, at our 9 AM and/or 11am service. As always, nursery care is available and refreshments are offered in the sanctuary.
And another team of helpers is born...
The volunteer team that cropped up a few weeks ago and did an amazing job outside around our church is stepping up again, this time with their eye on cleaning the sanctuary, especially in preparation for Trey Pearson's performance here during the 11AM service on June 24th. Eric got the ball rolling for our landscape efforts, and now Aryn has initiated another call for helpers. If you'd like to help but don't communicate via Facebook, just call the office and let someone know when you are available to stop by the week of the 18th. Or, mention it at church to any staff member. These are informal efforts done a bit at a time, but they work!!!
Please also note that as in years past, The Open Shelter will be providing us with some serious cleaning help at the end of this month, courtesy of the group of Korean students that volunteer with them each year. The students will be working in the sanctuary most of the day on June 29, and we are again very thankful for Kent Beittel's and Shelli Mathias' offer of the students' help to us.
As was pointed out by member Mary, some of us may not be good yard workers but are good shoppers :-). If you'd like to make a smaller in-kind donation that benefits just about all who visit our church, considering donating some Keurig pods (decaf or regular coffee, or teas) and bringing them to the refreshments area any Sunday morning. We'll always keep stocked regardless, but your donations would be very much appreciated.
Faith in Public Life is "a strategy center advancing faith in the public square as a positive and unifying force for justice, compassion and the common good."
You may know of Pastor Dan Clark's involvement in and commitment to the goals of this interfaith organization. He had mentioned their publication to me, "Common Good News", termed their "weekly newsreel for progressive people of faith". While the newsletter includes links to many important articles, I cannot help but revisit (as did Faith in Public Life) Bishop Michael Curry's remarks during his sermon at the recent royal wedding:
“When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing brook. When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the Earth will be a sanctuary. When love is the way, we will lay down our swords and shields, down by the riverside to study war no more. When love is the way, there's plenty good room — plenty good room — for all God's children. And when love is the way, we actually treat each other, well, like we are actually family. When love is the way, we know that God is the source of us all, and we are brothers and sisters, children of God.”
The St. John's Community Gospel Choir:First Rehearsal Held!
12 members of this exciting new group at St. John's got things started at rehearsal held May 29th. Here's director Amber Fisher and our proud first members!
The next 3 rehearsals are June 5, June 12, and June 19, as the choir prepares for its debut at the 11 AM service on June 24. That's EACH of the next three TUESDAYS, from 7:30 to 8:30pm.
In order to sing with the gospel choir at their debut on 6/24, members must attend 3 out of 4 of these first rehearsals. SO, THERE IS STILL TIME TO JOIN and perform on the 24th; contact Dan Clark for more information:
Our excitement level is HIGH as we continue to prep for Columbus' PRIDE weekend, June 15-17
TWO floats! Trey Pearson! St. John's Swag!
Contact the church office if you'd like to be a part of this important event