Sunday, August 31, 2014

September 6 Community Garden Work Day

Let’s Keep Growing!

Community Garden Work Day
Saturday, September 6, 8:30 am

Everyone welcome

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August 31 Sunday Inserts

Church Offices Closed: St. John’s will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day. St. John’s staff wishes all a safe and restful holiday.

2014-2015 New Bible Study, Second Tuesdays of the Month, 9 am: Everyone is invited to this year’s new Bible Study. Reconciling Paul: A Contemporary Study of
2 Corinthians
. Please gather in Room 203 for the first lesson on September 9. Taught by Rev. Linda Herron. A Sunday group will meet on the 3rd Sunday, September 14, at noon.

Committee Reports Due: Please send your committee minutes from (July and August) to the church office, office.sjpc@gmail.com, for the upcoming Session Report. The report will be sent out by email Monday, September 8 for the Tuesday, September 9 Session Meeting.

St. John's Breakfasts resume Saturday, September 13th (please make a note that it is the second Saturday.) Our breakfast starts at 8 am, and our speaker will be Deputy Renee Dennis of the Harris County Sheriff's Office. She will be speaking on Senior Safety. If you are planning to attend, please call Linda Dobbin at 281-778-5348 or Louise Cherry at 713-723-3187, so that we can plan breakfast. If you need a ride or more information, please call Linda and George Dobbin.

Save the Date, September 20: Braes Interfaith Ministries will be celebrating its 30th anniversary on September 20. Contact Linda Dyson for tickets for the upcoming celebration which will include dinner and entertainment.





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August 31 - September 7 Schedule

This Week at St. John’s

Sunday, August 31 Healing Service
  9:00 am  Church School
10:30 am  Worship Service
  1:00 pm Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer, Scout Room

Monday, September 1 Labor Day
Church Offices Closed

Tuesday, September 2
 
9:30 am  Women’s Activity Day
  1:30 pm – 3:00 pm  Unbinding Your Soul Book Group
   3:00 pm Video Worship Meeting
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209
  7:30 pm  Worship Committee Meeting

Thursday, September 4
  9:00 am – 12 pm  Community Bible Study
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209

Saturday, September 6
  9:00 am  Women’s Bible Small Group
  4:00 – 11 pm  Private Event, Sanctuary & McPhail Hall

Sunday, September 7
  9:00 am  Church School
10:30 am  Worship Service
12:00 pm  Stewardship/Finance Committee Meeting
  1:00 pm Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer, Scout Room
  5:00 pm  Cub Scout 8, Scout Room



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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Inserts, August 17, 2014

Summer Brunch Today: Everyone is invited to McPhail Hall for brunch after Worship Come and share the experience while eating a typical meal which is served at the Lulwanda Children’ Home.

Special Invitation, Today: The Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer (formerly the United Ghanaian P.C.) invites St. John’s congregation to their special worship service for the confirmands at Noon in the Sanctuary, followed by a celebration in McPhail Hall.

Book Club, Thursday August 21: Everyone is welcome to join the discussion beginning at 7:30 pm, as we finish the last chapters of our book, The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? by Richard Stearns.

Blessing of the Backpacks, August 24: All students and teachers (primary, secondary and college) are invited to bring backpacks, bags, satchels, and briefcases to church for a “Blessing of the Backpack” during worship at 10:30 am.

Presbyterian Youth Pool Party, Sunday August 24: All St. John’s youth (rising 6th graders to high school seniors) are invited to a pool party after Sunday’s brunch. Please bring your swim suit, sun cream, towels and dry clothes. Come and learn about the exciting year ahead!

New Sunday School Class, August 31: Everyone is welcome to attend a new Sunday morning class, Falling in Love with God, facilitated by Lynne Parsons Austin.We will be reading The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith. Books are available for purchase at the Church office. Come join us each Sunday morning from 
9 - 10 am.

Sunday after Church Snacks: The office is looking for people who would like to serve snacks under the walkway after Sunday worship. You would have to only serve one Sunday each month and the snacks are provided. If interested, please talk to Pam (Room 208) or call (713-723-6262) or email the church office (office.sjpc@gmail.com).

Save the Date, September 20: Braes Interfaith Ministries will be celebrating its 30th anniversary on September 20. Contact Linda Dyson for tickets for the upcoming celebration which will include dinner and entertainment.

Church Offices Closed: St. John’s will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day. St. John’s staff wishes all a safe and restful holiday
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Weekly Schedule: August 17 - 24, 2014

Sunday, August 17   Rev. Linda Herron preaching
  9:00 am  Church School
10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Brunch – Uganda Mission Trip
12:00 pm  Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer, Sanctuary & McPhail Hall
  5:00 pm  Cub Scout 8

Monday, August 18
  9:30 am  Staff Meeting
10:00 am  Bob’s Crew (Property grounds projects)
  5:00 pm  Hour of Prayer
  6:00 pm  Walking Together, Room 208
  7:00 pm  Bells

Tuesday, August 19
 
9:30 am  Women’s Activity Day
  1:30 pm – 3:00 pm  Unbinding Your Soul Book Group
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209

Wednesday, August 20
  12:00 – 4 pm  Godly Play Training, Building One & McPhail Hall

Thursday, August 21
  8:00 am – 4 pm  Godly Play Training, Building One & McPhail Hall
  9:00 am  - 2 pm  Community Bible Study, Nursery, 205 & 209
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209
  7:30 pm  St. John’s Book Group

Friday, August 22
  8:00 am – 3 pm  Godly Play Training, Building One & McPhail Hall

Saturday, August 23
  9:00 am  Women’s Bible Small Group

Sunday, August 24 Backpack Blessing
  9:00 am  Rally Day 
  9:00 am  Church School
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0:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Brunch –
Choir (Head Chef: Kristi Edmonsond)
12:30 pm  Presbyterian Youth Pool Party
  5:00 pm  Cub Scout 8


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sunday After Church Snack Volunteers Needed

Sunday after Church Snacks: The office is looking for people who would like to serve snacks under the walkway after Sunday worship. You would have to only serve one Sunday each month and the snacks are provided. If interested, please talk to Pam (Room 208) or call (713-723-6262) or email the church office (office.sjpc@gmail.com).

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Braes Interfaith Ministries Anniversary

Save the Date, September 20: Braes Interfaith Ministries will be celebrating its 30th anniversary on September 20. Contact Linda Dyson for tickets for the upcoming celebration which will include dinner and entertainment. 

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New Sunday School starts August 31

New Sunday School Class, August 31: Everyone is welcome to attend a new Sunday morning class, Falling in Love with God, facilitated by Lynne Parsons Austin.When asked what the greatest commandment of all was, Jesus quoted from the book of Deuteronomy: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind”. If you have ever felt like you fall short of this goal or have wondered if it was really possible at all, then this class is for you. One of the goals of this class is to discover a deeper, more balanced life with God. We will explore ways to accomplish this by reading The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith. Books will be available for purchase at the Church office next week. Come join us each Sunday morning from 9 am until 10 am. All are welcome.

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Blessing of the Backpacks, August 24

All students and teachers (primary, secondary and college) are invited to bring their backpacks, bags, satchels and briefcases to church for our annual "Blessing of the Backpack" during our Sunday Worship service.
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

August 3 2014 Highlights

Summer Brunch Today: Everyone is invited to McPhail Hall for brunch after Worship. St. John’s Property Committee will be working in the kitchen.

Blessing of the Backpacks, August 24: All students and teachers (primary, secondary and college): bring your backpacks, bags, satchels, and briefcases to church for a “Blessing of the Backpack” during worship at 10:30 am.

Rally Day, Sunday, August 24: St. John’s begins the fall Sunday School schedule with a Rally Day celebration sponsored by the Christian Education Committee. Details to be announced soon. Everyone is invited whether or not you are planning to Sunday school fall classes.

Sunday after Church Snacks: The office is looking for people who would like to serve snacks under the walkway after Sunday worship. You would have to only serve one Sunday each month and the snacks are provided. If interested, please talk to Pam (Room 208) or call (713-723-6262) or email the church office (office.sjpc@gmail.com).

Save the Date, September 20: Braes Interfaith Ministries will be celebrating its 30th anniversary on September 20. Contact Linda Dyson for tickets for the upcoming event which will include dinner and entertainment
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Weekly Schedule: August 2 - 10

This Week at St. John’s

Sunday, August 3  Communion
  9:00 am  Church School
10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Brunch – Property Committee

Monday, August 4
  9:30 am  Staff Meeting
10:00 am  Bob’s Crew
  5:00 pm  Hour of Prayer
  6:00 pm  Walking Together, Room 208

Tuesday, August 5
 
9:30 am  Women’s Activity Day
  1:30 pm – 3:00 pm  Unbinding Your Soul Book Group
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209
  7:30 pm  Christian Education Committee Meeting
  7:30 pm  Faith in Action Committee Meeting

Wednesday, August 6

Thursday, August 7
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 20

Saturday, August 9
  9:00 am  Women’s Bible Small Group
11:00 am  Memorial Service for Thalia Bunnell
11:45  am  Lunch served in McPhail Hall, Bunnell family

Sunday, August 10

  9:00 am  Church School
10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Brunch – Men’s Fellowship

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Blood Drive July 27

Blood Drive
Next Sunday
July 27

8 am – 12:30 pm

Room 209

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July 20 Sunday Insert Reminders

“Wonder Team” Sandwich Makers, Wednesday, July 23: The twice-a-month sandwich making needs additional volunteers for the summer program. Vacation schedules are keeping the worker count down a bit and we need a little help. There are 3 more opportunities this summer: July 23, August 13 & August 27. Please consider helping us for about an hour and a half, starting at 6 pm. The hungry kids will thank you a lot. And Jesus did say, "Feed my flock." This is one way that we do just that.

Sweet Dreams: Don’t forget our on-going Mustard Seed project for Houston’s Covenant House. St. John’s is hoping to provide 16 twin bed comforters for their new facility which will provide homeless children, 10 to 17 years old, a place to stay. There is a donation box outside the office, on the coffee table.


St. John’s Book Group, Thursday, July 24: Everyone is welcome to join the discussion and review of Section 3 of The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God expect
of Us?
by Richard Stearns. Mr. Stearns is President of World Vision.

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St. John's Schedule: July 20 - 27, 2014

This Week at St. John’s

Sunday, July 20
  9:00 am  Church School
  9:50 am  Chancel Choir Rehearsal
10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Brunch – Faith in Action Committee

Monday, July 21
  9:30 am  Staff Meeting
10:00 am  Bob’s Crew
  5:00 pm  Hour of Prayer
  6:00 pm  Walking Together, Room 208

Tuesday, July 22
 
9:30 am  Women’s Activity Day
  1:30 pm – 3:00 pm  Unbinding Your Soul Book Group
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209

Wednesday, July 23
  6:00 pm   “Wonder Team” Sandwich Makers

Thursday, July 24
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 20
  7:30 pm  Book Group

Saturday, July 26
  9:00 am  Women’s Bible Small Group

Sunday, July 27  Blood Drive
  9:00 am  Church School
  9:50 am  Chancel Choir Rehearsal
10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Brunch





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Sunday, July 6, 2014

VBS 2014

Our 2014 Vacation Bible was wonderful.
Hope every time you wear your t-shirt the memories make you smile.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Vacation Bible School has started - June 29, 2014



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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday June 29 Reminders

Summer Brunch Today: Everyone is invited to McPhail Hall for brunch after Worship. Today’s brunch is catered by the Christian Education Committee and is dedicated to the teachers of St. John’s.

Lulwanda Children's Mission Trip: Cash donations gladly accepted for our "Wish List" and the Buckets of Hope. Please give your contribution to Kathie Hartzog, Libby Adams or the church office. Kathie and Libby leave for Uganda on Wednesday, July 2. Your gift is tax deductible.

Church Offices Closed: St. John’s will be closed Monday, July 7.

Community Garden Update: The water line from the 2nd water meter has been found!
Now we need a PVC water line from that water meter to the community garden so we can save money on watering. Would you like to volunteer to help dig the ditch and bury some PVC? Please talk to Clair MacAdam or stop by the Community Garden meeting during brunch today.


Prayer Request Cards: Prayer request cards can be found in the Narthex and in the attendance booklets. Anyone desiring to submit a prayer request card may do so during the Children's time when ushers will be walking down the side aisles.

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Weekly Schedule: June 29 - July 6

Sunday, June 29  Vacation Bible School & Teacher Appreciation Day
  9:00 am  Church School
  9:50 am  Chancel Choir Rehearsal
10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Brunch – Christian Education
11:45 am  Community Garden Meeting during brunch
  5:45 pm  Vacation Bible School

Monday, June 30 Vacation Bible School
  9:30 am  Staff Meeting
10:00 am  Bob’s Crew
  5:00 pm  Hour of Prayer
  5:45  pm Vacation Bible School
  6:00 pm  Walking Together, Room 209

Tuesday, July 1 Vacation Bible School
 
9:30 am  Presbyterian Women’s Activity Day
  1:30 – 3:00 pm  Unbinding Your Soul Book Group
  5:45 pm  Vacation Bible School
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209

Wednesday, July 2 Vacation Bible School
 
5:45 pm  Vacation Bible School

Thursday, July 3 Vacation Bible School
  5:45 pm  Vacation Bible School
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209

Saturday, July 5
  9:00 am  Women’s Bible Small Group

Sunday, July 6  Communion
  9:00 am  Church School
  9:50 am  Chancel Choir Rehearsal

10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Brunch – Caring Committee
  

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Single Parent Family Ministry Update - June 22

Trees and Shrubs, new doors and locks have been installed


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Our Community Garden is growing!



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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Celebrating Father's Day




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PCHAS Volunteer Training
Saturday, July 12
8:30 am – 2 pm


Before you can volunteer at the Single Parent Family Ministry (Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services) it is mandatory that you attend a volunteer training. Please pre-register by signing the form in the Narthex or by calling the church office, 713-723-6262. If you would like to know more, please contact Bill Ehrenstrom.

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Weekly Calendar: June 15 - 22

Sunday, June 15 
General Assembly Meeting in Detroit
  9:00 am  Church School
  9:50 am  Chancel Choir Rehearsal
10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Brunch by Worship Committee, McPhail Hall

Monday, June 16
  9:30 am  Staff Meeting
10:00 am  Bob’s Crew
  5:00 pm  Hour of Prayer
  6:00 pm  Walking Together, Room 209
  7:00 pm  Bells

Tuesday, June 17
 
8:30 am Splash Day, Small Steps Nurturing Center
  9:30 am  Presbyterian Women’s Activity Day
  1:30 – 3:00 pm  Unbinding Your Soul Book Group
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209
  7:00 pm  Boy Scout Troop 688


Thursday, June 19
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209

Saturday, June 21
  9:00 am  Women’s Bible Small Group

Sunday, June 22  Rev. Linda Herron
  9:00 am  Church School
  9:50 am  Chancel Choir Rehearsal

10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Brunch – Congregational Potluuck

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunday Insert Reminders: June 8, 2014

Pentecost Sunday Today: Everyone is invited to the Pentecost Sunday Brunch after Worship.

Commissioner Ann Hardy: Please extend your congratulations and good wishes to Commissioner Ann Hardy. Ann is attending the 221st General Assembly, June 14 – 21, in Detroit Michigan. You can follow the business of the assembly on www.pc-biz.org and on The Presbyterian Outlook website, http://pres-outlook.org/.

Committee Reports Due: Please send your committee minutes to the church office (office.sjpc@gmail.com) for the upcoming Session Report. The report will be sent out by email Monday, June 9 for the Tuesday May 10 Session Meeting.

“Wonder Team” Sandwich Makers: Please gather in McPhail at 6 pm to help make 300+ sandwiches for Kid’s Meals. Join the battle against childhood hunger!

St. John’s Community Garden: We are growing! If you are interested in participating, please contact Claire MacAdam, Tom Gwillim or Mary Gaber.

Are you registered? St. John’s Vacation Bible School is this month starting on Sunday, June 29 at 6 pm, with a light meal served in McPhail Hall at 5:45 pm. Don’t’ miss this fun and exciting event for all ages.

Sanctuary Flowers: If you would like to provide flowers for June 29, July 27, August 31 or September 28, please call the church office, 713-723-6262.


PCHAS Volunteer Training
Saturday, July 12
8:30 am – 2 pm

Before you can volunteer at the Single Parent Family Ministry (Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services) it is mandatory that you attend a volunteer training. Please pre-register by signing the form in the Narthex or by calling the church office, 713-723-6262. If you would like to know more, please contact Bill Ehrenstrom.



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Schedule: June 8 - 15, 2014

Sunday, June 8  Pentecost Sunday
  9:00 am  Church School
  9:50 am  Chancel Choir Rehearsal
10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Congregational Potluck Brunch With Church of the Redeemer
11:45 am  Stewardship/Finance Committee Meeting
12:15 pm  Caring/Fellowship Committee Meeting

Monday, June 9
  9:30 am  Staff Meeting
10:00 am  Bob’s Crew
  5:00 pm  Hour of Prayer
  6:00 pm  Walking Together, Room 209

Tuesday, June 10
  9:30 am  Presbyterian Women’s Activity Day
  1:30 – 3:00 pm  Unbinding Your Soul Book Group
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209
  7:00 pm  Boy Scout Troop 688
  7:00 pm  Property Committee Meeting
  7:30 pm  Session Committee Meeting

Wednesday, June 11
  6:00 pm  “Wonder Team”

Thursday, June 12
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209

Saturday, June 14
  9:00 am  Women’s Bible Small Group

Sunday, June 15 
  9:00 am  Church School
  9:50 am  Chancel Choir Rehearsal

10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Brunch by Worship Committee, McPhail Hall

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

May 25, 2014 Sunday Highlights

Final Presbyterian Women’s Sunday Bible Study, Today, 11:45 am. The Circle will study Lesson 9 God’s Abiding Presence (Exodus 25-31; 33:7-11; 34:11-40:38; Deuteronomy 30:11-20). All women are invited. Led by Rev. Linda Herron.

Memorial Day Update: The church office will be closed on Monday, May 26. The staff of St. John’s wishes everyone a safe holiday.

Wonder Team Sandwich Makers, Wednesday, May 28: Volunteers are needed to help make sandwiches for “Kids Meals” in McPhail Hall at 6 pm. Please help fight hunger!

St. John’s Book Group, Thursday, May 29: Everyone is welcome to join the discussion for our new book, The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer that Changed my Life and Might Just Change the World, by Richard Stearns. Mr. Stearns is President of World Vision.

Senior Sunday, June 1: Everyone is invited to the Senior Sunday Reception in McPhail Hall next Sunday. We will be celebrating St. John’s Class of 2014: Christiana Johnson, Olivia Mulder, BJ Ragan and Michael Rodgers.

Pentecost, June 8: On Pentecost Sunday the Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer will join us for Worship with a potluck to follow in McPhail Hall. Please bring your food of choice to share. 

St. John’s Community Garden: We have completed 6 garden beds and are planning to create more beds soon. Our gardeners, which now include 15 gardeners, are planting summer vegetables. We invite the congregation to view the garden and see how many plants they can identify. If you are interested in participating, please contact Claire MacAdam, Tom Gwillim or Mary Gaber.

These Days: The May and June These Days devotional booklets are in the Narthex.

Vacation Bible School: Do your summer plans include VBS? Make sure the dates, Sunday June 29 through Thursday, July 3, are on your calendar. The evening programs will have activities for all ages.


Blood Drive at Lovett Elementary, Thursday morning, May 29. The donor couch will be in front of the school from 8 am to noon. Donations are in honor of a kindergarten student at Lovett. To make an appointment, call 713-295-5258 and give donor code M040

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Church Calendar: May 25 to June 1

This Week at St. John’s

Sunday, May 25 
  9:00 am  Church School
10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Stewardship/Finance Committee Meeting
11:45 am  Sunday Circle Bible Study

Monday, May 26  Memorial Day
Church Offices Closed

Tuesday, May 27
  9:30 am  Presbyterian Women’s Activity Day
  1:30 – 3:00 pm  Unbinding Your Soul Book Group
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209
  7:00 pm  Boy Scout Troop 688

Wednesday, May 28
12:00 pm  Centering Prayer
  6:00 pm  “Wonder Team” Sandwich Makers, McPhail Hall
  6:00 pm  Girl Scout Troop 21151
  7:30 pm  Chancel Choir

Thursday, May 29
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209
  7:30 pm  St. John’s Book Group

Saturday, May 31
  9:00 am  Women’s Bible Small Group

Sunday, June 1  Senior Sunday
  9:00 am  Church School
10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Senior Sunday Reception, McPhail Hall
  1:30 pm  Private Event, McPhail Hall



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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Welcome Dr. Rick Young

Today we welcome to our pulpit The Reverend Dr. Rick Young, President and CEO of Texas Presbyterian Foundation since October 2011. Dr. Young served as Regional Representative for the Board of Pensions (PCUSA) for six and half years with responsibilities for BOP members in 19 presbyteries in the Synods of the Sun and the Rocky Mountains. Before his work with the Board of Pensions, Rick served as pastor of four congregations in Texas and Oklahoma. Rick received his Master of Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University and his Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Rick and his wife Meg live in North Richland Hills and attend FPC - Ft Worth. They have two children, Joann who resides in Minneapolis, MN and Michelle in Ft. Worth, TX.

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Church Insert Reminders, May 18, 2014

Generations Brunch Today, McPhail Hall

Special presentation by Rick Young, President/CEO Texas Presbyterian Foundation, Learn about three funds that will support mission, program and campus improvements.
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Men’s Fellowship, Thursday, May 22: All men are invited to the meeting, 7 pm. Our main topic of discussion will be a review of statistics related to the health of St. John’s (financial, membership, etc.).

Final Presbyterian Women’s Sunday Bible Study, May 25,11:45 am. The Circle will study Lesson 9 God’s Abiding Presence (Exodus 25-31; 33:7-11; 34:11-40:38; Deuteronomy 30:11-20). All women are invited. Led by Rev. Linda Herron.

St. John’s Book Group, Thursday, May 29: Everyone is welcome to join the discussion for our new book, The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer that Changed my Life and Might Just Change the World, by Richard Stearns. Mr. Stearns is President of World Vision.

St. John’s Community Garden: We have completed 6 garden beds and our gardeners are planting summer vegetables. Our group now includes ~15 gardeners. If you are interested in participating, please contact Claire MacAdam, Tom Gwillim or Mary Gaber. We hope to continue to expand our garden in the near future by adding more garden beds, inviting PCHAS residents to participate, and eventually adding a prayer area near the garden. Come and see our garden grow!

Usher Opportunities: The Worship Committee is looking for ushers for the upcoming summer months (June, July, August and September). Volunteer by signing the Usher list in the Narthex, talk to Lynne Parsons Austin, or call the church office, 713-723-6262.

These Days: The May and June These Days devotional booklets are available in the Narthex.

Vacation Bible School: Mark your calendars for our Vacation Bible School, Sunday June 29 through Thursday, July 3, starting at 6 pm. There will programs for all ages.



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Church Calendar, May 18 - 25

Sunday, May 18 Rev. Dr. Rick Young, Worship Leader
  9:00 am  Church School
  9:45 am  Children’s Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Generations Brunch, McPhail Hall
  5:00 pm  Presbyterian Youth Fellowship

Monday, May 19
  9:30 am Staff Meeting
10:00 am  Bob’s Crew
  5:00 pm  Hour of Prayer
  6:00 pm  Walking Together, Room 209
  7:00 pm  Bells

Tuesday, May 20
  9:30 am  Presbyterian Women’s Activity Day
  1:30 – 3:00 pm  Unbinding Your Soul Book Group
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209
  7:00 pm  Boy Scout Troop 688

Wednesday, May 21
12:00 pm  Centering Prayer
  6:00 pm  Girl Scout Troop 21151
  7:30 pm  Chancel Choir

Thursday, May 22
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209
  7:00 pm  Men’s Fellowship, Session Room

Saturday, May 24
  9:00 am  Women’s Bible Small Group

Sunday, May 25 
  9:00 am  Church School
10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Stewardship/Finance Committee Meeting
11:45 am  Sunday Bible Circle






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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Memorial Service

Frances Stanley
Memorial Service
Wednesday, May 14, 2 pm
Reception to follow


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Monday, May 12, 2014

May 11, 2014 Sunday Insert Highlights

Wonder Team Sandwich Makers, Wednesday, May 14: Please gather in McPhail Hall at 6 pm to help make 300+ sandwiches for Kid’s Meals.

Committee Reports Due: Please send your committee minutes to the church office (office.sjpc@gmail.com) for the upcoming Session Report. The report will be sent out by email Monday, May 19 for the Tuesday, May 20 Session Meeting.

Presbyterian Women’s Sunday Bible Study, May 25: The Bible Circle will meet on Sunday, May 25, studying Lesson 9 God’s Abiding Presence (Exodus 25-31; 33:7-11; 34:11-40:38; Deuteronomy 30:11-20. All women are invited to join the Bible Circle, led by Rev. Linda Herron, starting at 11:45 am.

Usher Opportunities: The Worship Committee is looking for ushers for the upcoming summer months (June, July, August and September). Volunteer by signing the Usher list in the Narthex, talk to Lynne Parsons Austin or call the church office, 713-723-6262.

Vacation Bible School: Mark your calendars for our Vacation Bible School, Sunday June 29 through Thursday, July 3, starting at 6 pm. There will programs for all ages.
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Generations Brunch
Sunday May 18
McPhail Hall

Special presentation by Rick Young
President and CEO Texas Presbyterian Foundation

Come learn about three funds that will support mission,
program and campus improvements.


Brunch provided by Stewardship/Finance Committee

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Weekly Schedule: May 11 - 18, 2014

Sunday, May 11  Mother’s Day
  9:00 am  Church School
10:30 am  Worship Service
   2:00 pm  Private Event, McPhail Hall

Monday, May 12
  9:30 am Staff Meeting
10:00 am  Bob’s Crew
  5:00 pm  Hour of Prayer
  6:00 pm  Walking Together, Room 209
  7:00 pm  Bells

Tuesday, May 13
  9:30 am  Presbyterian Women’s Bible Study
  1:30 – 3:00 pm  Unbinding Your Soul Book Group
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209
  7:00 pm  Boy Scout Troop 688
  7:30 pm  Session Meeting

Wednesday, May 14
12:00 pm  Centering Prayer
  2:00 pm Frances Stanley’s Memorial Service, Sanctuary
  3:00 pm  Frances Stanley’s Reception, McPhail Hall
  6:00 pm  Girl Scout Troop 21151
  6:00 pm  “Wonder Team” Sandwich Makers
  7:30 pm  Chancel Choir

Thursday, May 15
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209

Saturday, May 17
  9:00 am  Women’s Bible Small Group

Sunday, May 18  Rick Young, Worship Leader
  9:00 am  Church School
  9:45 am  Children’s Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Generations Brunch, McPhail Hall
  5:00 pm  Presbyterian Youth Fellowship




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Sunday, May 4, 2014

May 4 Insert Highlights

Today is Lemonade Day! Stop by after church and buy a cup of lemonade from Girl Scout Troop 21151. The stand will be located on the West Bellfort side, at the entrance to the parking lot. The scouts are celebrating “National Lemonade Day.”

Presbyterian Women’s Bible Study, Tuesday May 6: The Bible Circle will meet Tuesday in Room 205 studying Lesson 9 God’s Abiding Presence (Exodus 25-31; 33:7-11; 34:11-40:38; Deuteronomy 30:11-20. All women are invited to join the Bible Circle, led by Rev. Linda Herron, from 9:30 am – 11 am.

All Committee Day: All members of the Christian Education, Faith in Action, Property and Worship committees will meet Tuesday, May 6.

Boy Scout Work Day, Saturday, May 10: St. John’s welcomes Troop 688 who will be working in our new Community Garden, digging a trench for a water line, placing the PVC pipe, and then covering the trench. If you are interested in helping, please contact Dan Herron.

Generations Fund Brunch, Sunday, May 18: Everyone is invited to the Stewardship and Finance special brunch with special speaker Rick Young (President and CEO Texas Presbyterian Foundation). He will present a short program on Planned Giving. Look for more information in your mailboxes.

Usher Opportunities: The Worship Committee is looking for ushers for the upcoming summer months (June, July, August and September). Volunteer by signing the Usher list in the Narthex, talk to Lynne Parsons Austin or call the church office, 713-723-6262.


Vacation Bible School: Mark your calendars for our Vacation Bible School, Sunday June 29 through Thursday, July 3, starting at 6 pm. There will a program for all ages.

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St. John's Church Schedule May 4 - 11, 2014

Sunday, May 4
  9:00 am  Church School
10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am – 12:15 pm  Children/Youth Choir, Room 209
11:45 am  Stewardship/Finance Meeting
11:45 am  Community Garden Meeting
12:00 pm  Troop 21151, Lemonade Day
  5:00 pm  Presbyterian Youth Fellowship (PYF)

Monday, May 5
  9:30 am Staff Meeting
10:00 am  Bob’s Crew
  5:00 pm  Hour of Prayer
  6:00 pm  Walking Together, Room 209
  7:00 pm  Bells

Tuesday, May 6 All Committee Night
  9:30 am  Presbyterian Women’s Bible Study
  1:30 – 3:00 pm  Unbinding Your Soul Book Group
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209
  7:00 pm  C.E., Faith in Action, Property and Worship Committee Meetings
  7:00 pm  Boy Scout Troop 688

Wednesday, May 7 McPhail Hall Foundation Repair
12:00 pm  Centering Prayer
  6:00 pm  Girl Scout Troop 21151
  7:30 pm  Chancel Choir

Thursday, May 8 McPhail Hall Foundation Repair
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209

Saturday, May 10
  9:00 am  Women’s Bible Small Group
  9:00 am – 12 pm  Scout 688 Project, Community Garden
10:00 am – 5:00 pm  Scout Troop #740 Court of Honor, McPhail Hall

Sunday, May 11  Mother’s Day
  9:00 am  Church School
10:30 am  Worship Service




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Monday, April 28, 2014

St. John's Breakfast, Saturday May 3

St. John's Breakfast - Saturday, May 3rd - come with a favorite dish and we will eat at 8:00 a.m. Bring friends and if they want to bring food, fine. If not, we will have plenty.

At 8:30 Mr. Jimmy Pryor will be our speaker. He is the owner and president of the SunBody Hat Company. He has combined our own Texas hats with Guatemolan influence and has come up with something that even our Texas cowboys and ranchers appreciate and purchase. It is a fascinating story and one that you won't want to miss!!

As usual if you have  questions or need a ride, call Linda or George Dobbin,281-778-5348


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April 20 Insert Highlights

Women’s Bible Study: The Bible Study will meet Sunday, April 27, in Room 205 studying Lesson 8 Temptation along the Way (Exodus 32:1-34; 10; Deuteronomy
6:10-25). All ladies are invited, led by Rev. Linda Herron, 12 Noon.

Wonder Team Sandwich Makers, Wednesday, April 23: Sandwich Makers are needed! Please meet in McPhail Hall at 6 pm to help make 300+ sandwiches for
local children. Make a difference in a child’s life.

An Invitation from St. John’s Men’s Fellowship: All men are invited to our next meeting, Thursday, April 24. Please gather in the Session Room (205), at 7 pm with our formal meeting beginning at 7:30 pm. Our special guest will be Jana Hobbs, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services. Please contact Bill Ehrenstrom if you have questions.

Book Group, Thursday, May 1, 7:30 pm: Come prepared for our final discussion for No God but My God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan. We will also be discussing our next book so please bring your ideas and recommendations. Everyone is welcome.

St. John’s Breakfast, May 3: Everyone is invited to McPhail Hall at 8 am for a
potluck breakfast.

Generations Fund Brunch, Sunday, May 18: Everyone is invited to the Stewardship and Finance special brunch with speaker Rick Young from the Texas Presbyterian Foundation. Look for more information to arrive in your mailbox next month.

Braes Interfaith Ministries (BIM): BIM has begun accepting clothes again. Please deliver to their office, 4300 West Bellfort, Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings,
9 – 2 pm.  Household items, knick-knacks, etc. can not be accepted until a new location is found for the Resale Store. The clothing will be distributed on the last Saturday of the month. If you can help please contact Eloy Montez at 713-255-7032.

Vacation Bible School: Mark your calendars for our Vacation Bible School, Sunday June 29 through Thursday, July 3, starting at 6 pm. There will a program for all ages.




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This Week at St. John's April 20 - 27

This Week at St. John’s

Sunday, April 20 – Easter/Resurrection of the Lord 
  7:00 am  Sunrise Service, McPhail Hall
  9:00 am  Church School
10:30 am  Easter Sunday Worship Service

Monday, April 21 Church Offices Closed
10:00 am  Bob’s Crew
  5:00 pm  Hour of Prayer
  6:00 pm  Walking Together, Room 209
  7:00 pm  Bells

Tuesday, April 22
  9:30 am  Presbyterian Women Activity Day
  1:30 pm  Book Study
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209
  7:00 pm  Boy Scout Troop 688

Wednesday, April 23
12:00 pm  Centering Prayer
  6:00 pm  Girl Scout Troop 21151
  6:00 pm  “Wonder Team” Sandwich Makers, McPhail Hall
  7:30 pm  Chancel Choir

Thursday, April 24
  9:00 am – 12 pm Community Bible Study, McPhail Hall
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209
  7:00 pm  Men’s Fellowship, Session Room

Saturday, April 26  Community Garden Work Day
  8:30 am  Community Garden Work Day
  9:00 am  Women’s Bible Small Group

Sunday, April 27– Rev. Linda Herron

  9:00 am  Church School
  9:00 am  Lenten Study: Unbinding Your Soul
10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am – 12:15 pm  Children/Youth Choir, Room 209
12:00 pm  Sunday Women’s Bible Study

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Please Join us

Easter Sunrise Service @ 7 am
McPhail Hall

St. John’s traditional youth-led service.
A continental breakfast will be served
after the service.

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New Community Garden

Come Help Make Our Garden

Community Garden Work Day

Saturday, April 26, 8:30 am


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April 17, 7:30 pm



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Monday, April 14, 2014

Holy Week at St. John's

Maundy Thursday Service
April 17 @ 7:30 pm

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Good Friday Tre-Ore Service
April 18 @ Noon to 3 pm

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Easter Sunday April 20

Easter Sunrise Service @ 7 am
McPhail Hall

St. John’s traditional youth-led service.
A continental breakfast will be served
after the service.

Easter Worship Service @ 10:30 am

Sanctuary

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St. John's Calendar: April 13 - 20, 2014

Sunday, April 13 – Passion/Palm Sunday 
  9:00 am  Church School
  9:00 am  Lenten Study: Unbinding Your Soul
  9:45 – 10:15  Easter Sunday Rehearsals/Youth, Room 207
10:00 am  Palm Exchange, Courtyard
10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Easter Egg Hunt, Courtyard

Monday, April 14
  9:30 am  Staff Meeting
10:00 am  Bob’s Crew
  5:00 pm  Hour of Prayer
  6:00 pm  Walking Together, Room 209
  7:00 pm  Bells

Tuesday, April 15
  9:30 am  Presbyterian Women Association Meeting
  1:30 pm  Lenten Study: Unbinding your Soul
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209
  7:00 pm  Boy Scout Troop 688

Wednesday, April 16
12:00 pm  Centering Prayer
  6:00 pm  Girl Scout Troop 21151, Room 209
  7:30 pm  Chancel Choir

Thursday, April 17 Maundy Thursday
  9:00 am – 12 pm Community Bible Study
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209
  7:30 pm  Maundy Thursday Service

Friday, April 18  Good Friday
12:00 pm  Tre Ore Service, Salem Lutheran

Saturday, April 19
  9:00 am  Women’s Bible Small Group

Sunday, April 20 – Easter/Resurrection of the Lord 
  7:00 am  Easter Sunrise Service, McPhail Hall
  9:00 am  Church School
  9:00 am  Lenten Study: Unbinding Your Soul
10:30 am  Worship Service



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Palm Sunday Ceremony



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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Community Garden

Work continues on our New Community Garden

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Palm Exchange

 This Sunday, April 13, at 10 am in the courtyard (or Fellowship Hall if the weather is rainy/cold), we will join with our neighbors from Salem Evangelical Lutheran to commemorate the triumphal entrance of Christ into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Refreshments will be served.
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You're Invited

Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 13
11:45 am - St. John's Courtyard

sponsored by PYF

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Good Friday Tre Ore Service

Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4930 W. Bellfort,
invites you to ecumenical Tre Ore (Three-Hour) Service on Good Friday.

The service, during the traditional hours before Christ’s death,
is in seven parts and focuses on Jesus’ words from the cross.

NOON: Introduction & “Father, forgive them…”
Mr. J. Stephen Sandifer
Southwest Central Church of Christ

12:30 “Today you will be with me
Pastor Junfeng Tan
Faith Lutheran Church


12:55 “Women, here is your son
Pastor Bradley Fuerst
Lutheran Campus Ministry

1:20 “My God, My God
Pastor Karin Liebster
Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church

1:50 “I am thirsty
Pastor Jon Burnham
St.
John’s Presbyterian Church

2:15 “It is finished
Mr. Arthur Murphy
Faith Lutheran Church

2:35 “Father into your hands
Pastor Matthew Vandagriff
Willow Meadows Baptist Chruch


Worshipers may come and go between the parts.

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Easter Schedule

Palm Sunday, April 13
Palm Exchange -Courtyard @ 10 am

We will unite with our neighbor, Salem Evangelical Lutheran, to commemorate the triumphal entrance of Christ into Jerusalem. Our neighbor will process from their church, carrying palm leaves, merging with St. Johner’s in our courtyard for prayer and fellowship. Refreshments will be served.  

Palm Sunday, April 13
Easter Egg Hunt @ 11:30 am

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Maundy Thursday Service
April 17 @ 7:30 pm

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Good Friday Tre-Ore Service
April 18 @ Noon to 3 pm

This service will be held next door, 4903 West Bellfort, at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church. Pastor Jon will present the homily at 1:50 pm “I am thirsty. . .”


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Easter Sunday April 20

Easter Sunrise Service @ 7 am

St. John’s traditional youth-led service.
A continental breakfast will be served
after the service.


Easter Worship Service @ 10:30 am

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April 6 2014 Sunday Insert Highlights

Palm Exchange, Salem Lutheran, April 13: Please gather in the courtyard (rain location, McPhail Hall) at 10 am for fellowship then stay for the "Palm Exchange" liturgy at 10:15 am. After that, the Salem Lutheran folks will parade back to their church and we will parade into the sanctuary for worship.

Easter Sunrise Service, April 20, 7 am: Everyone is invited to join the youth-led worship service in McPhail Hall.

Easter Egg Hunt Supplies Needed: Please deliver individually wrapped candies
(non-chocolate and non-melting), stickers, novelties and miscellaneous small items to the church office. The egg hunt will be held next Sunday, April 13, 11:45 am.

Easter Sunrise Service: All Middle School and High School youth are invited to take part in planning and leading the Easter Sunrise Service, which will take place on April 20 at 7:00 am in McPhail Hall. Rehearsals will take place on Sundays, April 6 and April 13 from 9:45 - 10:15 am in the Youth Sunday School Room (Room 207).

Sign up for Easter Lilies: Purchase your Easter lilies from the Brookwood Community by signing up on the order form in the Narthex. Your checks can be delivered to the church office or placed in the offering plate. The lilies can be taken home after the Easter morning 10:30 service. The lilies cost $12 each.


Michael Bisase, Relay for Life: Our own Michael and his team will be participating in the Relay for Life of Sugar Land, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, on Friday, April 11. The Relay for Life is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk. Learn how you can help support his walk by talking to Michael or Felicity or by visiting his on-line page, www.relayforlife.org; click on participant, and type in his name.

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April 6 - April 13 Weekly Calendar

Sunday, April 6 – 5th Sunday in Lent 
  9:00 am  Church School
  9:00 am  Lenten Study: Unbinding Your Soul
  9:45 – 10:15  Easter Sunday Rehearsals/Youth, Room 207
10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Stewardship/Finance & Fellowship/Caring Committee Meetings
11:45 am – 12:15 pm  Children/Youth Choir, Room 209
  5:00 pm  Presbyterian Youth Fellowship (PYF)

Monday, April 7 – Wednesday, April 9 Foundation Repair, McPhail Hall

Monday, April 7
  9:30 am  Staff Meeting
10:00 am  Bob’s Crew
  5:00 pm  Hour of Prayer
  6:00 pm  Walking Together, Room 209
  7:00 pm  Bells

Tuesday, April 8
  9:30 am  Presbyterian Women Activity Day
  1:00 pm  Lenten Study: Unbinding your Soul
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209
  7:00 pm  Boy Scout Troop 688
  7:30 pm  Session Meeting

Wednesday, April 9
12:00 pm  Centering Prayer
  6:00 pm  Girl Scout Troop 21151, Room 209
  6:00 pm   Trafton Academy, McPhail Hall
  7:30 pm  Chancel Choir

Thursday, April 10
  9:00 am – 12 pm Community Bible Study
  6:30 pm  “Stay Young, Stay Strong” Room 209

Saturday, April 12
  9:00 am  Women’s Bible Small Group

Sunday, April 13 – Passion/Palm Sunday 
  9:00 am  Church School
  9:00 am  Lenten Study: Unbinding Your Soul
  9:45 – 10:15  Easter Sunday Rehearsals/Youth, Room 207
10:00 am  Palm Exchange, Courtyard
10:30 am  Worship Service
11:45 am  Easter Egg Hunt, Courtyard
  5:00 pm  Presbyterian Youth Fellowship (PYF)
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