2022: The Year of Vision
Memory Verse: Revelation 21:5a
“And the one who was seated on the throne said, 'See, I am making all things new.'”
Council asks the congregation to pray to hold hope and wonder in our hearts as we await the coming of the Christ child, and to pray for strength and comfort for those among us who need it most.
Intergenerational Sunday School takes place next Sunday, December 4th at 9:30 a.m.
December Giving Tree: Faith Life Team is setting up the Giving Tree for Erie County Children Services. They need our help getting Christmas presents for their kids. If you can, please take a name or two, shop for that child, then return the gifts wrapped, with the name tag on them to the church. Any questions, contact Dawn Schlessman. The gifts must be returned to the church by December 11th. Many, many thanks in advance.
Christmas Worship Opportunities:
Youth Christmas Program: Our youth will share the Christmas story “Come to the Manger” on Sunday, December 18th at 10:30 am. Don’t miss this special worship opportunity! Worship will be followed by our traditional sandwich and cookie potluck lunch. Please bring something to share. Youth practice December 11th at 9:00 am.
Christmas Eve: Two opportunities to worship on Saturday, December 24th. Join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with special evening worship services at 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The two services will be essentially the same, featuring both Holy Communion and candlelight. The 4:00 pm service will be live streamed to Zoom. Spread the word; invite family and friends to come for Christmas Eve worship!
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THESE SPECIAL WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES TO PREPARE YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD!
Mark your calendars: St. John's 2022 Annual meeting will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2023 after worship.
Teams and Committees: Team/committee reports for the 2022 annual congregational booklet will be due by January 15th to Sandy Thompson. Please send your report in a Word doc to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to the church at 106 Scheid Rd Sandusky, OH 44870 attention Sandy Thompson
Choir meets to practice on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. All are welcome!
We are starting small groups now that it is fall! There is quite the variety this year, and most only meet once a month. I hope you'll join one!
Art with Allison Young meets in her home, with a different project each month, on the 2nd Thursday.
Meditation and Movement with Pastor Stacy and Shannon Thomas will meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 11 AM at the Christian Life Center at Zion in Huron. This group offers time for prayer, scripture reading, reflection, and quiet. There will be gentle movements to go along with the prayers, but they can also be done in a chair. All ages and abilities are invited!
Men's Group with Jason Shupe and Andy Gundlach. Join them once a month for a relaxed conversation, usually around a fire or at the bar. The men who participated a couple of summers ago enjoyed the time just for them--to relax, to talk, to simply be. All men are invited.
Conversations with Lynn Schlessman meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 9-10 AM. Lynn will be offering to lead a group that will use materials she has written and used at monthly meetings conducted with men and women in prison. Some of the titles are Reflections and Reflecting, Questions About Fairness, Happiness Exercise, Event-Response-Outcome, Excuses And Reasons, and Changing The Way You Think And Act. Each session will begin with participants jotting down some responses to the questions and then the group will go through the questions with participants sharing as much or as little as they want to. Lynn says, "I find that I learn about myself as I hear others tell about how they face the challenges and respond to situation. I hope you will join me in this group on the second Sunday of each month at St. John’s at 9 am. Thanks for considering being a part of this discussion group."
Bible Study with Sandy Thompson meets next on Thursday, Dec. 8th at 1:00 pm. This group met during the last session of small groups and had so much fun they want to go again. Join them as they go a bit deeper into the bible. Prior knowledge is not needed, and there is a ton of room for questions and discusssion.
We need your help! We still need readers, ushers, and communion assistants most weeks!