We open our first "Beacon" newsletter of the New Year with a message from Pastor Gini...
As I conclude my annual Winter Sabbath to visit with family and friends over the holidays, I came across a marvelous New Years’ reflection from Theologian Richard Rohr (posted by Brian McLaren) entitled Everything Changes, from Rev. Rohr’s series on Jesus: Modeling an Evolving Faith.
May we enter the New Year at St. John’s filled with joy, hope, and anticipation, knowing that the “full field of the future is in God’s hands.”
We will celebrate our first communion service of the New Year this Sunday, January 6th, as we return to our two service format (9am – traditional; 11am – contemporary).
The UCC website offers these insights into Epiphany Sunday...
(from Greek, meaning to show or to manifest) is a feast day of the church's year. Epiphany falls on the last of the twelve days of Christmas. The Gospels for this season all have to do with the manifestation of the identity of Jesus - starting with the wedding at Cana and ending with Transfiguration.
Celebrating God coming to earth in human form, Epiphany reminds us that Jesus comes to the world for all people. Wrapped up in the idea of ta theophania (The Theophany), as Gregory of Nazianzus noted, is the understanding that "God is With Us." We are not alone.
Epiphany this year comes at a time of anxiety and hope. Many of us are struggling and are afraid. It's not easy to hope when times are bad. But, hope has come and has been made known to us. During this part of the liturgical cycle of the church we not only reflect upon Christ's Baptism but what we are called to do, because of our baptism, in the church and in the world.
For this Epiphany Sunday, our Thought for the day is...
If you've got the faith,
God's got the power.
- Corrie ten Boom
Choir News, Schedule Information
The St. John's Community Gospel Choir will publish their rehearsal and performance schedule for the first part of the new year, soon. Watch here for news.
St. John's Chancel and Bell Choirs rehearsal information for the upcoming events:
Sunday, Jan 6
8:10am Three Kings Rehearsal
8:30am Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, Jan 10
7:00pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, Jan 13
8:20am Chancel Choir Rehearsall
Sunday January 6
COMMUNION SUNDAY, EPIPHANY SUNDAY
9am Traditional Service
11am Contemporary Service
Nursery care available 8:30am to 12:30pm
"Unafraid" Study Begins (see "Coming Events", below)
Wednesday January 9
12 noon THE LARGEST TABLE RETURNS FOR 2019!
7:30pm Dinner Under the Stars
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Coming Events at St. John's
Starting Sunday January 6
Sundays 10am- 11am
“Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in the Uncertain Times”
January 13, 20, February 3
New Members Class
12:30PM-3:30PM, Conference Room
February 7 (Thursday), 6 pm
Taize Evening Prayer Service in the Sanctuary
“Network Spiritual Gifts Class:
Why are you here?”
12:30pm-2:30pm, Conference Room
Women's March 3.0 Is