Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Braes Resale and Consignment Shop Christmas Open House

Christmas Open House at
Braes Resale and Consignment Shop
(10319 S. Post Oak)

Saturday, December 4th
10am-5pm

50% Off All Clothing, Accessories
and Orange Tag Items

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St. John’s Breakfast — Saturday, December 4

A surprise musical group — in costume! Jon Burnham will lead us in a devotional and homily about Christmas. Invite your friends to our 8 am breakfast and don’t forget your camera.
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Advent Family Festival
Sunday, December 5
5 pm

Everyone is invited!
McPhail Hall


Activities will include Advent wreaths, arts and crafts,
decorated bags for Meals on Wheels, and a Christmas sing-a-long.
Soup will be served for dinner


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St. John's Weekly Reminders - November 28

Baptism Reception: Everyone is invited to McPhail Hall following Worship today to celebrate the baptism of Sabrina Sheila Sen-Roy.

Medium-Sized Cookie Tins Needed: The Caring Committee needs holiday cookie tins for delivering cookies to St. John’s shut-ins. They will be packed on Sunday, December 12. Please bring your tins to the church office.

PYF Sunday, November 28: No PYF – Thanksgiving Break! For questions about PYF please call or email Mary Sterner (713)723-6262 or mary2d@yahoo.com.

If you need a pledge card for 2011, cards can be found on the table in the Narthex.

Hanging of the Greens, November 28: St. John’s will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent with the Hanging of the Greens during the morning worship service. Don’t miss this traditional beginning of the holiday season.

Advent Family Festival, December 5, 5 pm: Members and friends of all ages are invited to celebrate Advent. Activities will include Advent wreaths, arts and crafts, decorated bags for Meals on Wheels, and a Christmas sing-a-long. Soup will be served for dinner.

Christmas Open House, Saturday December 4, 10 am – 5 pm: Braes Interfaith Ministries invites all to the Braes Resale and Consignment Shop (10319 S. Post Oak @ W. Bellfort) Christmas Open House. Featured items will include 50% off all clothing, accessories and orange tag items.

Calling St. John’s Sandwich Makers: St. John’s “Wonder Team” will meet on Wednesday, December 8 at 6 pm in McPhail Hall to make 300 sandwiches for local children. Volunteers are needed.
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St. John's Calendar, November 28 - December 5

Sunday, November 28
First Sunday of Advent
Hanging of the Greens
9:00 am Church School
10:00 am Called Session Meeting, Pastor Jon’s office
10:30 am Worship Service
4:00-5:00 pm Confirmation Class

Monday, November 29
6:30 pm “Walking Together”
7:00 pm Bells

Tuesday, November 30
9:30 am Presbyterian Women’s Activity Day
12:00 pm Staff Meeting
5:00 pm Hour of Prayer, Rm. 207
6:30 pm “Stay Young, Stay Strong”
7:00 pm Scout Troop 688
7:30-9:00 pm Officer Training, Rm 205

Wednesday, December 1
6:00 – 9:00 pm Coppertree Homeowners’ Association, McPhail Hall

Thursday, December 2
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Community Bible Study
6:30 pm Stay Young, Stay Strong
7:30 pm Chancel Choir

Friday, December 3
Saturday, December 4

8:00 am Women’s Bible Small Group
8:00 am St. John’s Breakfast

Sunday, December 5
Second Sunday of Advent

9:00 am Church School
10:30 am Worship Service
11:45 am Fellowship Committee Meeting
12:00 – 4:00 pm Men’s Fellowship Launch, Ghanaians, Scout Room
1:00 – 5:00 pm Scouts, J. Lopez, Room 209
4:00-5:00 pm Confirmation Class
5:00 pm Advent Family Festival
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanks

Here is a thank you note from Small Steps Nurturing Center in Houston for some pretty hats we donated to them.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

St. John's Epistle for November 24, 2010

Dear church members and friends of St. John's,

This year Advent will begin on November 28. Join us for Hanging of the Greens during the morning worship service this Sunday. We will joyously decorate the Sanctuary in preparation for the Advent season and then celebrate the baptism of Sabrina Sen-Roy. After worship, Lindsey invites everyone to Fellowship Hall for a reception in honor of her daughter's baptism.

Presbyterian Youth Fellowship (PYF) will not meet this Sunday, November 28 as they are on Thanksgiving Break. For questions about PYF you may email Mary Sterner or call her at (713) 723-6262.

If you need a pledge card for 2011, cards may be found on the table in the Narthex.

Thank you to everyone who made the Holiday Gift Market a huge success last Sunday! We raised over $10,000. More details on the money will be forthcoming. In the meantime, here are some photos Jana took at the Holiday Gift Mart: http://picasaweb.google.com/burjon/StJohnSHolidayMart112110. After you click on the link you may click on "Slideshow" above the uppermost left photo to view a large version of each photo or click them one by one. As you may see, Santa was quite busy last Sunday.

The Caring Committee needs holiday cookie tins for delivering cookies to St. John's shut-ins. They will be packed on Sunday, December 12. Please bring your tins to the church office.

Members and friends of all ages are invited to celebrate at our Advent Family Festival next Sunday, December 5, at 5 pm. Activities will include Advent wreaths, arts and crafts, decorated bags for Meals on Wheels, and a Christmas sing-a-long. Soup will be served for dinner.

St. John's "Wonder Team" will meet on Wednesday, December 8 at 6 pm in McPhail Hall to make 300 sandwiches for local children. Volunteers are needed.

Bring children's socks, infant to kindergarten size starting on the 1st Sunday of Advent, November 28, to help decorate our two Christmas trees. One tree stands in the Narthex (sanctuary entry room) and one by the church office. Presbyterian Women will deliver the socks to the House of Tiny Treasures and Small Steps Nurturing Center.

St. John's church office will be closed Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The staff of St. John's wishes you a blessed and safe Thanksgiving.

During this Thanksgiving season, we remember in prayer those who have recently returned home from the hospital including Mary H, George, Helen, and Frances S. In particular, we remember those who are still in the hospital including Parnell and Lois. May the Lord bring healing to their life.

May the Lord bless you and your family during this Thanksgiving holiday.

Peace of Christ be with you,
Pastor Jon

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St. John's Presbyterian Church
5020 West Bellfort / Houston, TX 77035
T. 713.723.6262 / F. 713.723-4015 / Email: office.sjpc@gmail.com
Worship Service: Sunday, 10:30 am / Sunday School: 9:00 am
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Monday, November 22, 2010

St. John’s November Holiday Schedule

St. John’s church office will be closed Thursday, November 25 and Friday,
November 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The staff of St. John’s wishes you a blessed and safe Thanksgiving.
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Hanging of the Greens – November 28

This year Advent will begin on November 28. Join us for Hanging of the Greens during the morning worship service on November 28. We will joyously decorate the Sanctuary in preparation for the Advent season.
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Sock Trees

Bring children’s socks, infant to kindergarten size starting on the 1st Sunday of Advent, November 28, to help decorate our two Christmas trees. One tree stands in the Narthex and one by the church office. Presbyterian Women will deliver the socks to the House of Tiny Treasures and Small Steps Nurturing Center.
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St. John’s Breakfast — Saturday, December 4

A surprise musical group — in costume! Jon Burnham will lead us in a devotional and homily about Christmas. Invite your friends to our 8 am breakfast and don’t forget your camera.
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St. John’s Circles — Tuesday, December 7

All St. John’s ladies are invited to come to a circle. Circle meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month with two morning circles meeting at 9:30 am and one evening circle at 7:30 pm. The locations will be listed in the December 5 Sunday bulletin.

The circles will explore Lesson 4: Dangers of an Unjust Empire (Scripture: Revelation 6).
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Braes Resale and Consignment Shop Christmas Open House

Christmas Open House at
Braes Resale and Consignment Shop
(10319 S. Post Oak)

Saturday, December 4th
10am-5pm

50% Off All Clothing, Accessories
and Orange Tag Items

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St. John's Weekly Reminders, November 21

If you need a pledge card for 2011, cards can be found on the table in the Narthex.

Hanging of the Greens, November 28: St. John’s will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent with the Hanging of the Greens during the morning worship service. Don’t miss this traditional beginning of the holiday season.

Advent Family Festival, December 5, 5 pm:
Members and friends of all ages are invited to celebrate Advent. Activities will include Advent wreaths, arts and crafts, decorated bags for Meals on Wheels, and a Christmas sing-a-long. Soup will be served for dinner.

Poinsettias:
St. John’s Worship Committee has purchased poinsettias from the Brookwood Community Center which will be used to beautify the Sanctuary. The sign-up board to purchase a poinsettia ($10 each) will soon be found in the Narthex.

Session Highlights, November 17
-- Celebrated our successful hosting of the presbytery meeting last Saturday and commended all who contributed to this effort.
-- Prayed for many church leaders and members who are ill and recovering from or anticipating surgery.
-- Prayed for Steven Leach as he anticipates a service of ordination to the Ministry of the Word and Sacrament at First Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, December 19.
-- Set the church calendar for January including Ordination and Installation of Elders during the worship on January 16 and the All Committee Day on January 22 at 8:30 am in Fellowship Hall.
-- Heard an update on our Stewardship Campaign and expressed thanks for the 77 pledging units who have pledged $323,316 as of November 17.
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St. John's Calendar, November 21 - 28

Sunday, November 21 – Holiday Gift Market and Harvest Sunday
9:00 am Church School
10:30 am Worship Service
12:00 – 3:00 Holiday Gift Market, McPhail Hall
4:00-5:00 pm Confirmation Class
4:00 pm Community Thanksgiving Service, Congregation Beth Israel

Monday, November 22
6:30 pm “Walking Together”
7:00 pm Bells

Tuesday, November 23

9:30 am Presbyterian Women’s Activity Day
10:00 am Bible Leaders study with Mary Sterner
12:00 pm Staff Meeting
5:00 pm Hour of Prayer, Rm. 207
6:30 pm “Stay Young, Stay Strong”
7:00 pm Scout Troop 688

Wednesday, November 24

Thursday, November 25
Offices closed

Friday, November 26

Offices closed

Saturday, November 27
8:00 am Women’s Bible Small Group

Sunday, November 28 Hanging of the Greens
First Sunday of Advent

9:00 am Church School
10:30 am Worship Service
4:00-5:00 pm Confirmation Class
5:00 pm Centering Prayer
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

St. John's Epistle for November 18, 2010

Dear church members and friends of St. John's,


We did a great job hosting the presbytery meeting last Saturday! Thanks to everyone who contributed their time and talent for this worthy effort. Bill E and his crew were great on the logistics and setting up Fellowship Hall for lunch. Mary Hs and her crew were terrific on preparing and delivering the meal. Everything went smoothly in every way. Thank you to everyone who made it happen. We received many accolades and much praise for our successful effort.


The reason for the big crowd at the meeting is that this was the biennial meeting where we vote on the question of whether gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve as elders and pastors. Once again, the vote was close but lost by 12 out of 297 votes. This issue has been debated repeatedly since 1974. In fact, it use to come up each November until we stopped having General Assembly meetings every year. They were cut back to meeting every two years in large part to provide something of a breather to the presbyteries who were having to vote on this divisive issue every single year. In the meal blessing that came after the vote, here is some of the prayer that I offered as the host pastor of the meeting:


We thank You, Lord, for the debates we have had and the spirit in which they were conducted. We give you thanks, Lord, that whether we are disturbed by or pleased at the outcome of the vote, we all are one in mission; we all are one in call; our varied gifts united by Christ the Lord of all.


I think some of our members who were there for the debate were impressed by how it was conducted. Two or three dozen people spoke passionately about this issue, alternating each time between one who was in favor of the motion and the next one who was against the motion. Each person was given 2 minutes to make their case. At the end of 90 seconds a yellow card was waived and at the end of 2 minutes a red card was waived which signified that their time was up whether they were finished speaking or not. We do debate well in the Presbyterian Church. Coming to a decision that all can agree to live with is another matter. In any case, this discussion will be continued I am sure.


Speaking of another "hot" topic, which is money, at this time we have received $323,316 in pledges from 77 pledge units. Thank you to all who have stepped up to the plate. Last year we had 90 pledge units pledge $380,728 so we still have a ways to go. If you have not yet pledged but want to take on this spiritual discipline, pledge cards are available in the narthex (the entry room of the sanctuary) and in the church office.


This Sunday is Harvest Sunday when we bring items to donate to Braes Interfaith Ministry.


This Sunday is also our Holiday Gift Mart featuring a Craft Sale and Silent Auction and other exciting events. Bring your check books and give for mission from 12-3 pm in Fellowship Hall.


This Sunday is also our Community Thanksgiving Service at 4 pm at Temple Beth Israel.


You may now read the latest edition of The Beacon online. Click the blue link in the previous sentence and it may take awhile to download but you should be able to read it on your computer. Let me know if you have trouble reading it this way. I'd like to hear how it works for you.


As for those on our prayer list, George is better and at home, Mary Hz is better at Memorial Hermann Hospital and coming home soon, and Lois is very ill at St. Joseph's and they have discontinued her chemotherapy. We will keep all of them in our hearts and in our prayers.


Peace of Christ be with you,

Pastor Jon

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St. John's Presbyterian Church
5020 West Bellfort / Houston, TX 77035
T. 713.723.6262 / F. 713.723-4015 / Email: office.sjpc@gmail.com
Worship Service: Sunday, 10:30 am / Sunday School: 9:00 am
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Holiday Gift Mart - This Sunday

Craft Sale & Silent Auction
McPhail Hall
Sunday, November 21,
Noon to 3 pm

Booths Include:

Anchor House (St. John's Apartment Ministry)
BARC
Coalition of Appalachian Ministries
Delicious Peace Coffee
Grace International Children's Foundation
Heifer Project
Living Waters for the World/Solar Under the Sun
MD Anderson
Matthew's Market
Mission Ministry Team Fund
Pennies for Peace
Simple Gifts of Hope
Ten Thousand Villages
Trees for Houston
UNICEF

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

St. John's Weekly Calendar, November 14 -21

Sunday, November 14 – Beacon Deadline
9:00 am Church School
10:30 am Worship Service
11:45 am Congregational Meeting
12:00 pm Fellowship Meeting
4:00-5:00 pm Confirmation Class
5:00 pm Presbyterian Youth Fellowship
5:00 pm Centering Prayer

Monday, November 15
6:30 pm “Walking Together”
7:00 pm Bells

Tuesday, November 16
9:30 am Presbyterian Women’s Meeting and Luncheon
12:00 pm Staff Meeting
12:30 pm Beacon Assemblers
5:00 pm Hour of Prayer, Rm. 207
6:30 pm “Stay Young, Stay Strong”
7:00 pm Scout Troop 688
7:00 pm Caring Committee Meeting (change of time)
7:30 pm Finance/Stewardship Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 17
7:30 pm Session Meeting

Thursday, November 18
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Community Bible Study
6:30 pm “Stay Young, Stay Strong”
7:30 pm Chancel Choir

Saturday, November 20
8:00 am Women’s Bible Small Group
10:00 am Worship Committee Meeting
10:00 – 3:00 pm Set-up for Holiday Gift Market, McPhail Hall
6:00 – 9:00 pm Troop 740, Scout Room

Sunday, November 21 Holiday Gift Market & Harvest Sunday
9:00 am Church School
10:30 am Worship Service
12:00 – 3:00 pm Holiday Gift Market
4:00 pm Community Thanksgiving Service, Congregation Beth Israel
4:00-5:00 pm Confirmation Class
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St. John's Weekly Reminders

The Session has called a Congregational Meeting today to receive a report from the Nominating Committee. The 2013 nominees are listed on a separate insert.

PYF Sunday November 14 5-6:30 pm: Join us as we make holiday ornaments to sell at the Holiday Gift Market. All proceeds will support upcoming Youth Group Mission trips. For questions about PYF, please call or email Mary Sterner (7l3)723-6262 or mary 2d@yahoo.com.

Presbyterian Women Program and Luncheon, Tuesday, November 16:
Please gather at 9:30 am for carpooling to the Ronald McDonald House. The meeting and luncheon will follow in McPhail Hall.

Beacon Newsletter:
The November/December 2010 issue will be assembled on Tuesday, November 16, 12:30 pm in Room 203. All volunteers are welcome.

November 21 Holiday Calendar Events: St. John’s is celebrating three important events on this one day. The day will start with the celebration of Harvest Sunday during the morning services, followed by the Holiday Gift Market in McPhail Hall, and a special community Thanksgiving service at Congregation Beth Israel at 4 pm. Please see the inserts for more information.

Chef’s Needed, November 21: Volunteers are needed to make soup for the Holiday Gift Market. If you are interested, please contact Betty Robinson.

Pledge Cards: If you need a pledge card for 2011, cards can be found on the table in the Narthex.

Hanging of the Greens, November 28: St. John’s will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent with the Hanging of the Greens during the morning worship service. Don’t miss this traditional beginning of the holiday season.

Advent Family Festival, December 5, 5 pm: Members and friends of all ages are invited to celebrate Advent. Activities will include Advent wreaths, arts and crafts, decoration of bags for Meals on Wheels, and a Christmas sing-a-long. Soup will be served for dinner.

Poinsettias: St. John’s Worship Committee has purchased poinsettias from the Brookwood Community Center which will be used to beautify the Sanctuary. The sign-up board to purchase a poinsettia ($10 each) will soon be found in the Narthex.
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Holiday Gift Market - Next Sunday

Craft Sale & Silent Auction
McPhail Hall
Sunday, November 21,
Noon to 3 pm

Booths Include:

Anchor House (St. John’s Apartment Ministry)
BARC
Coalition of Appalachian Ministries
Delicious Peace Coffee
Grace International Children’s Foundation
Heifer Project
Living Waters for the World/Solar Under the Sun
MD Anderson
Matthew’s Market
Mission Ministry Team Fund
Pennies for Peace
Simple Gifts of Hope
Ten Thousand Villages
Trees for Houston
UNICEF

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Poinsettias

Help Beautify the Sanctuary — Order a Poinsettia

St. Johners have an opportunity to remember a loved one, honor an individual or recognize an occasion by purchasing a poinsettia to be placed in the Sanctuary. The poinsettias, ordered from Brookwood Community Center, can be purchased for $10.00. Please sign up on the board in the narthex or place a check marked “Poinsettia” in the offering plate. Your purchase not only helps beautify the church for Christmas, but also helps provide scholarships and enhance educational programs for the men and women of Brookwood.
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Ministry to the Port of Houston




Once again the green & red dinosaur Christmas paper wrapped up 30 shoeboxes for the Seafarers’ Ministry to the Port of Houston during the holiday season. This annual project, sponsored by St. John’s Presbyterian Women, is made possible through the donations from the entire congregation.

First to go into each box is a 2011 wall calendar followed by a tri-fold secretary (sewn by Betty Nelson) containing stationery and envelopes, writing pads, pens and pencils, Joann Navratil gathered small items into 3 snack bags: scissors, glue sticks, pencil sharpeners, and erasers; lip balm, band aids, nail clippers, safety pins, dental floss, Q-tips and emery boards; a variety of wrapped candy such as tootsie rolls and rootbeer drops.

Lots of other gifts went in: a pair of work socks, 2 razors and shaving cream, toothbrush and paste, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, pocket comb, facial tissue, a large bar of soap, small flashlight, key chain, deck of cards and a game. Then Pansy Meyer had to figure out how to cram in a baseball cap and top off each box with a Texas scarf. Assembled boxes were then taped, wrapped and tied by Elaine DeSouza. Final step was to load the boxes into Esther Bender’s car and take them along with 38 knit caps and scarves to the Center.
— Thanks to all, Joann Navratil

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A Special Thank You!!

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the Presbytery meeting a great success. We also appreciate the volunteer help we received from some members of the United Ghanaian Presbyterian Church. Special thanks to Bill Ehrenstrom and Mary Hughes for organizing the efforts. We will not attempt to list the names of the many other volunteers who helped to cover all aspects of this event from parking cars to serving lunch. It was a great day in the life of our congregation and we may all feel good about how well we did on this project — Jon Burnham
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October 2010 BIM Status Report

During the month of October Braes Interfaith Ministries served 1126 clients (211 children and 615 adults), 14 of whom were homeless.
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Presbyterian Youth Fellowship Calendar Events

November 28: No PYF — Thanksgiving Break! Enjoy your turkey!

December 5: 5 pm, Advent Family Fest. Activities will include arts and crafts, Christmas sing-a-long, dinner, and much more!

December 12: 5-6:30 pm, Christmas Quizzes.
What is your Christmas I.Q.? We will find out!

December 19: 5-6:30 pm, Christmas Party/Christmas Eve Practice. We will practice the Christmas Eve Family Service and have a PYF Christmas party! Bring a gift ($5 or less) to exchange.

December 24: 6 pm, Christmas Eve Family Service.

December 26: No PYF — Christmas Break!

*All youth grades 6-12 are invited to join PYF on Sunday evenings from 5-6:30 pm. Dinner is served at 6 pm. For questions please
contact Mary Sterner.
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Church Apartment Ministry Update

We are looking forward to participating in the Holiday Gift Market Sunday, November 21. This is our only fundraiser, and we hope you will stop by our booth and purchase cookies made by the Women’s Association with a donation.

One of our apartments at Nob Hill will be closed the end of November. Again, we will be moving furniture from one apartment to another.

For Thanksgiving we are going to give Kroger gift cards. With all our two-bedroom apartments, we thought the families would prefer shopping for their dinners that would feed more.

Marie and I thank all our volunteers for all their work in keeping the apartments up and running. — Sally Shaw
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Sock Trees

Bring children’s socks, infant to kindergarten size starting on the 1st Sunday of Advent, November 28, to help decorate our two Christmas trees. One tree stands in the Narthex and one by the church office. Presbyterian Women will deliver the socks to the House of Tiny Treasures and Small Steps Nurturing Center.
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Advent Family Fun Festival — December 5

We will celebrate the Advent Family Fun Festival in the Fellowship Hall on December 5 starting at 5 pm. Activities will include Advent wreaths, arts and crafts,
decorating bags for Meals on Wheels and Christmas sing-a-longs! Soup will be served for dinner. Come be a part of the festivities!
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Hanging of the Greens – November 28

This year Advent will begin on November 28. Join us for Hanging of the Greens during the morning worship service on November 28. We will joyously decorate the Sanctuary in preparation for the Advent season.
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Special Service

Community Thanksgiving Service
Sunday, November 21, 4 pm

The Southwest Houston Community Thanksgiving Service, sponsored by the Southwest Ministerial Association, will be held at Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 North Braeswood.

Pastor Matt Vandagriff, senior pastor of Willow Meadows Baptist Church, is the featured speaker. The 50-voice Braes Interfaith Choir will participate, as will Cantor Robert Gerber. A reception will follow.

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Harvest Sunday - November 21

On Harvest Sunday you have an opportunity to share your blessings with those in our community. All contributions from Harvest Sunday go to Braes Interfaith Ministries (BIM) to support its work in our neighborhood, providing for those who need food, clothing and other essentials.

You can share your harvest with a contribution, putting bags in the Narthex or money (check made out to St. John’s with BIM on the memo line). Donations of money will be used by BIM to purchase food from the Houston Food Bank. ($1 dollar buys $27 worth of food.)

Needed Items:

Toilet Paper
Bar Soap
Beans (2 lb. package)
Pasta (2 lb. package)
Rice (2 lb. package)
Macaroni and cheese
Pork and beans
Canned and/or dry soup
Canned vegetables
Canned fruit
Canned meat
Cereal
Peanut Butter
Jelly
Toothpaste
Laundry detergent
Deodorant
Shampoo
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Holiday Gift Market this Sunday from Noon - 3 pm

Holiday Gift Market: Sunday,
November 21, Noon to 3 p.m.

Come one; come all to St. John's annual Holiday Gift Market! This year will be unlike any other as new activities and gift ideas will be introduced at the event.

This year, we will have:

• A Santa's Workshop where children can build wooden items and make birdfeeders.

• Holiday pictures with Santa.

• Caricature drawings for guests.

• Mark DeSouza and his quartet singing.

• Dave Rainwater leading a merry sing-a-long at the end.

• Our first-ever silent auction. See if you can win a Blu Ray DVD player, gift certificates from Bed, Bath, & Beyond and Becks Prime, jewelry, and lots more!

• A larger soup selection.

A St. John's tradition since 1989, the Market serves as a forum to support local and international charities that, in turn, help vulnerable populations and promote sustainable economies. From sweets and coffee to accent pieces and other household items, holiday shoppers will certainly find the perfect gift for that special someone.

We are counting on you, as well as your friends and family, to join this fun!

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

St. John's Epistle for November 11, 2010

Dear church members and friends of St. John's,


Thank you to the 66 people who pledged $282,840 on Stewardship Dedication Sunday! That beat last year's total received of $237,000 or so on Stewardship Dedication Sunday. Last year's total number of pledges was 90, and the total pledges received was $380,728. Pledge cards are available on the table in the foyer of the sanctuary (also known as the narthex) and in the church office.


We are hosting a meeting of New Covenant Presbytery this Saturday, November 13. The packet for the meeting is available online at www.pbyofnewcovenant.org. All St. John's volunteers that day may wear red shirts. Volunteers are needed from 7:30 am until 4 pm. Just show up wearing a red shirt to identity you as a host church volunteer and report to the Scout Room in the building by the kitchen. Volunteers will be assigned as needed from the Scout Room. If you have already made arrangements to serve in a particular spot then of course you should go there. If you have questions about this you may speak to Bill E or Mary H as they are coordinating the effort.


On November 21 from Noon - 3 pm, is our Holiday Gift Market!


• A Santa's Workshop where children can build wooden items and make bird feeders.
• Holiday pictures with Santa.

• Caricature drawings for guests.
• Live music featuring a men's quartet and a guitarist/singer.
• Our first-ever silent auction. See if you can win a Blu Ray DVD player, gift certificates from Bed, Bath, & Beyond and Becks Prime, jewelry, and lots more!
• A larger soup selection.


A St. John's tradition since 1989, the Market serves as a forum to support local and international charities. We are counting on you, as well as your friends and family, to join this fun! Please bring any donations for the silent auction of the Holiday Gift Market to the church office.


This Sunday toward the end of the service we will have a Congregational Meeting after worship to hear and act on a report from the Nominating Committee.


Thanks be to God, George is now at home after his surgery and recovery at MD Anderson. Keep him and Linda in prayer as he continues to improve.


Lois is now at St. Joseph's Hospital.


Mary H is recovering from surgery at Memorial Hermann in the med center. LĂ©onie was assigned as her nurse for awhile and Mary G is her physical therapist so you know she is surrounded by the healing power of love.


Helen is receiving therapy as she stays with her daughter.


Frances fell last Friday and is at Memorial Southwest Hospital.


We will continue to keep each of them in prayer.


Jesus said: "Blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear." (Matthew 13:16)

I wonder what you are seeing and hearing this week? May the Lord bless you and keep you and use you to be a blessing to others.


Peace of Christ be with you,

Pastor Jon

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St. John's Presbyterian Church
5020 West Bellfort / Houston, TX 77035
T. 713.723.6262 / F. 713.723-4015 / Email: office.sjpc@gmail.com
Worship Service: Sunday, 10:30 am / Sunday School: 9:00 am
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Welcome, New Covenant Presbytery!

St. John's is hosting a meeting of New Covenant Presbytery this Saturday, November 13. The packet for the meeting is available online at www.pbyofnewcovenant.org. All St. John's volunteers that day may wear red shirts. Volunteers are needed from 7:30 am until 4 pm. Just show up wearing a red shirt to identity you as a host church volunteer and report to the Scout Room in the building by the kitchen. Volunteers will be assigned as needed from the Scout Room. If you have already made arrangements to serve in a particular spot then of course you should go there. If you have questions about this you may speak to Bill E or Mary H as they are coordinating the effort or email the church office at office.sjpc@gmail.com. If you are a commissioner or visitor, here is a map to the church.



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Monday, November 8, 2010

The Session has called a Congregational Meeting on November 14, 2010 to receive a report from the Nominating Committee and to elect Elders to the Class of 2013, the Nominating Committee of 2011, the Scholarship Committee and the St. John’s representative to the Braes Interfaith Ministries Board.

“Wonder Team” Sandwich Makers, Wednesday, November 10: Please gather in McPhail Hall at 6 pm to help make 300+ sandwiches for Kid’s Meals. We promise you will be home within the hour.

Advent Booklet Deadline Today, November 7: Writers and artists are needed for St. John’s Advent 2010 Devotional Booklet. This year the booklet will focus on Christmas carols. (Limit your writing to approximately three paragraphs or less.)

Stewardship Dedication Sunday, Today, November 7: Mark your calendar for this special day. Please bring your pledge card to the Worship service then stay for the catered barbecue dinner.

Nov. 7 Crop Walk Today: Crop Walk is a community-wide event to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. If you are interested in walking or donating, stop by the table on the walkway after church.

Wine and Cheese Tasting Reception: A wine and cheese tasting reception will be held at The Braes Resale and Consignment Shop (10319 S. Post Oak) on the evening of November 11, 2010 from 7 pm to 9 pm. Bear Dalton, a local wine expert, has graciously selected the wines to be tasted.

Chef’s Needed, November 21: Volunteers are needed to make soup for the Holiday Gift Market. If you are interested, please contact Betty Robinson.

Empty Coffee Cans Needed, November 21: St. John’s Outreach Committee needs coffee cans to be used at the Holiday Gift Market. Bring them to the church office.

Christmas Caroling, Saturday, December 4, 4:45 pm: Everyone is invited for Christmas caroling for the Seafarer’s Center. The caroling will take place on the Sam Houston boat as it sails through the harbor. Due to security procedures at the Houston port, advanced reservations are required ahead of time using identification such as your driver’s license. A sign-up sheet will be on the walkway.
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St. John's Calendar, November 7 - 14

Sunday, November 7 – Stewardship Sunday
9:00 am Church School
10:30 am Worship Service
12:00 pm Stewardship Barbecue Dinner
1:00 – 3:00 pm Crop Walk
5:00 pm Centering Prayer

Monday, November 8
6:30 pm “Walking Together”
7:00 pm Bells
7:30 pm Evangelism Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 9
9:30 am Presbyterian Women’s Activity Day
12:00 pm Staff Meeting
5:00 pm Hour of Prayer, Rm. 207
6:30 pm “Stay Young, Stay Strong”
7:00 pm Scout Troop 688
7:30 pm St. John’s Book Group

Wednesday, November 10
6:00 pm “Wonder Team” sandwich makers
7:00 pm Property and Admin/Personnel Committee meetings
7:00 pm Christian Education and Stewardship/Finance Committee meetings

Thursday, November 11
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Community Bible Study
6:30 pm “Stay Young, Stay Strong”
7:00 – 9:00 pm Wine & Cheese Tasting Party, Braes Resale Shop
7:30 pm Chancel Choir

Saturday, November 13

8:00 am Women’s Bible Small Group
8:00 am St. John’s hosts Presbytery meeting

Sunday, November 14 – Beacon deadline
9:00 am Church School
10:30 am Worship Service followed by Congregational meeting
12:00 pm Worship and Fellowship Committee meetings
4:00-5:00 pm Confirmation Class
5:00 pm Centering Prayer
5:00 pm Presbyterian Youth Fellowship
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

St. John's Epistle for November 4, 2010

Dear church members and friends of St. John's,


This Sunday will be our Stewardship Dedication Sunday. We will bring our pledge cards and Time and Talent Inventory forward and put them in a basket when the offering is received. As I mentioned in the sermon last Sunday, several of our givers have died in the past couple of years. We need those who are able to step forward and give more to make up the difference. We do not receive any financial support from the federal or state government or the presbytery. Neither do we have a list of 6,000 or so prospective donors. All we have is less than a hundred families who contribute. But we believe the Lord will provide a way for us to continue our mission of glorifying God by making disciples and meeting human needs. Thank you in advance for your generosity.


We are hosting a meeting of New Covenant Presbytery about a week from now on Saturday, November 13. The packet for the meeting is available online at www.pbyofnewcovenant.org. All St. John's volunteers that day will wear red shirts. Please sign up on the sheet provided at the Stewardship Dedication Brunch this Sunday after worship. We need your help to make this happen. If you have questions about the meeting you may speak to Bill Ehrenstrom or Mary Hughes as they are coordinating the effort.

There is a wonderful article in this month's AARP Bulletin which mentions Braes Interfaith Ministries.
You may also read the article on-line by going to www.aarpbulletin.org.  Then, scroll down and on the left-hand side is the "latest state news" and click on Texas. The article should appear on the first page.

Our prayers are with George as he recovers from major surgery last weekend. He has been in ICU at MD Anderson this week. Keep George and Linda and their family in prayer during this difficult time of recovery.


We continue to remember Lois in prayer as she undergoes chemotherapy. Sally and Pauline have been leading the congregation's effort to support Lois.


Keep Shirley Boyd in prayer as she continues to regain her strength and mobility after a spinal laminectomy surgery.


We had a great "Trunk R Treat" event last Sunday. Several new families from the community were introduced to St. John's through this event. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I thought David Nelson's caricature of me was well done. That was only one of several different activities available from "Goin' Fishin" to "Pumpkin Toss" to "Apple Bobbing." Thanks to all who helped make this event a success.


In light of Stewardship season, consider this parable from Anthony De Mello in his book One Minute Wisdom:


"How would spirituality help a man of the world like me?" said the businessman.


"It will help you to have more," said the Master.


"How?"


"By teaching you to desire less."


Peace of Christ be with you,

Pastor Jon


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St. John's Presbyterian Church
5020 West Bellfort / Houston, TX 77035
T. 713.723.6262 / F. 713.723-4015 / Email: office.sjpc@gmail.com
Worship Service: Sunday, 10:30 am / Sunday School: 9:00 am
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