» Advent and Christmas 2019

Posted on: November 19, 2019

Worship


Healing Prayer and Anointing
During the season of Advent, Healing Prayer and Anointing will be offered in the Chapel of the Beloved Disciple on Sunday mornings during the distribution of Holy Communion at the 10am service. For those who attend the 8am liturgy, please request this ministry of the clergy who will pray with you and anoint you after the service.

Christmas Pageant
December 22 (Actors meet at 9am in the Gym)
Come and worship with us as children of all ages (adults too) share the story of Christmas during the 10am service.
Those who wish to take part in the pageant are asked to attend at least one meeting/rehearsal (December 15th and/or 21st from 2:30-3:30). You can wear your own costume or use one provided. Contact Katie Madsen (katie.madsen@stjohnsstpaul.org) or Richard Gray (richard.gray@stjohnsstpaul.org) for more info.

Christmas Eve and Day Services
December 24 at 4pm and 10pm, December 25 at 10am
Musical prelude beginning at 3:30pm and 9:30pm. Nursery available at the 4pm service for birth through age 4.

 

Music

Lessons and Carols
December 15 at 4pm
(Prelude music begins at 3:30pm)
Readings, choral music and carols led by the Adult Choir, Choristers and Handbell Ensemble. A festive reception will follow. Nursery care is available for children birth through age 4.

Sung Compline
Thursdays at 7pm in the Chancel
Led by The St. John’s Compline Choir, The Mirandola Ensemble and Lumina. Incense is used. Note: no service on Thanksgiving Day.

 

Growing in Faith


Advent Read
On December 1st Christians around the globe begin a new Church Year and enter into the Holy Season of Advent. As we continue learning how liturgical worship shapes our faith life at St. John’s and in the world, our Faith Formation Commission invites everyone to read The Liturgy Explained by James W. Farwell during Advent. The Liturgy Explained is ideal for newcomers who have no prior knowledge of liturgical matters and is also immensely edifying for veteran worshipers in the Episcopal Church.

Copies of The Liturgy Explained will be available at the back of the Church on Sunday mornings in December for St. John’s members to take home and study. A suggested donation of $8.00 is requested to help offset the cost of this year’s Parish Advent Read. Please leave cash or checks made to the order of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, memo line “Parish Advent Read,” in the basket next to the books, or you can make a donation via St. John’s website – select “Non-Pledged Donation” fund.

For more information please email craig.lemming@stjohnsstpaul.org.

 

Giving


Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf & Giving Tree
‘Tis the Season! Please collect a shopping list with grocery items needed for Christmas meals and bring items to the marked bins. Visit the Gift Trees with tags listing toy and clothing needs for Christmas gifts. Select a tag(s), purchase the item(s), and bring them unwrapped to the Gym by December 13. All food and gift donations will be distributed to HQB client families who need just a little help to make their Christmas more cheerful.

The clothing closet at Hallie Q. Brown is also in great need of children’s mittens, snow pants, and jackets. These donations can be left in the food shelf donations bins at the back of the church or the Kent Street entrance.

For more information, contact Colleen Swope, ccswope50@gmail.com, or Sue Cadwell, susie46buffy@gmail.com.

First Nations Kitchen
December 22 from 1:30-4 or 5-7:30
First shift is food prep and setup, second shift is serving and clean up. First Nations Kitchen serves healthy, organic food ancestral to the Indigenous peoples of Minnesota in a welcoming, family environment. See our deacon, Margaret Thor, for more information (margaret.thor@stjohnsstpaul.org).

 

Fellowship


Coffee Hour Epiphany Event
January 5 at 11:15 in the Gym
We will be packing gift bags for Project Home families staying with us during the month of February. All members of your family are welcome!