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This Week's Opportunities

St. John’s Sunday Schedule – March 18 - Fifth Sunday in Lent

Contemporary Service at 9 am in The Core - Debra Quilling Smith preaching

First Light Worship at 9 am in the Sanctuary – Rett Haselden preaching

Traditional Worship at 11 am in the Sanctuary –Rett Haselden preaching

On Sunday, the Chair of our Staff-Parish Relations Team, Robin Owens, will be making the announcement concerning our new pastoral leadership (which begins the afternoon of June 27th) this Sunday morning, March 18th, at each of our three services of worship. We encourage our church family to be present as we praise God together and hear updates about the Bishop's proposed pastoral leadership for St. John's UMC.

In Christ Jesus,


Lenten Sunday School Opportunity - March 18 & 24

St. John’s Lay Servants will offer lessons based on the Lectionary text on Sundays at 10 am in The Core during Lent. The Lectionary is a sequence of passages of scripture (lections) to be read in church services during the year. Click here to view this year’s Lectionary.

The texts for March 18 are Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33

The facilitator will be Lollie Haselden.

Wednesday Taizé Service - March 21

Each Wednesday during Lent, we will gather in the Chapel at 12:00 noon for a 30 minute worship service. Our worship will be in the style of Taizé , a very simple, yet powerful service of song, scripture, Holy Communion, and silence. Following the service, a light lunch will be provided in Huddleston Hall.

Real Talk with Rett - March 21

During Lent Pastor Rett will lead discussions on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. This will be a time where he answers questions about church, faith, and theology. Everyone is welcome! Room 211. You may submit questions here.

Women’s Circle Meeting - March 21

Susanna Wesley circle will meet on Wednesday, March 21st, at 10 am, at Amelie's. Join us! Contact Dodie Miller for more information.

Women’s Book Club - March 21

Join our St. John's Women’s Book Club! Our next book is What is the Bible? by Rob Bell. Purchase or borrow the book and read it on your own time. We will gather on March 21 at 6:30 pm at the home of Lacy Ngo to discuss the book. Want to read ahead? Our summer book will be Fear of the Other by Will Willimon. Contact Lacy Ngo at with questions.

Easter Egg Hunt - March 25

The annual children’s Easter Egg Hunt is Sunday, March 25, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Join us for games, egg dyeing, cookie decorating, a visit from the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt and dinner! Please sign up in the nursery/reception area or at the opportunities table. New this year, our Boy Scouts will be have dinner available for purchase. All hunt participants are asked to donate a dozen pre-stuffed eggs (no peanut products, please) by Friday, March 23 at noon. Register online today!

Egg Hunt Donations Needed

Donations of prize box games, candy (peanut free), hard boiled eggs, plain sugar cookies and boxes of frosting and sprinkles are needed for the Easter Egg Hunt on March 25. Please sign up at the nursery/preschool reception area and drop off donations (with the exception of hard boiled eggs and cookies) in the donation boxes near the preschool/nursery and helping hands box prior to noon on March 23. Hard boiled eggs and cookies may be placed in the St. John’s Center kitchen by noon on March 23.

Hunger Outreach Meal Delivery - March 26

St. John’s delivers 250 meals to the needy in our community on the fourth Monday of each month. Thank you to the Wonderful Women’s class for fixing the meals each month! Our next delivery for Hunger Outreach is Monday, March 26 and 10-15 volunteers are always needed, as we do not send volunteers out alone. Meet at the church at the St. John's Center Kitchen at 5pm to load the car and get directions. For more information, contact Barb Flood at

The Loving My Life Series for Women - Beginning March 28

The Loving My Life Series Begins 6:30 pm on March 28th at Lacy Ngo's Home. We will read the book "Loving My Actual Life-An Experiment in Relishing What's Right In Front of Me" by Alexandra Kuykendall. The book is organized into 9 monthly mindfulness experiments. We will read one experiment (one chapter) each month and try to implement the experiments into our lives each month. Once a month on the 4th Wednesday, we will get together for a social to discuss our experiences. This is a great way to support each other in our mindful living practices. Please get your own copy of the book and read the first chapter prior to March 28. For more information or to sign up contact Betsy Woodlief at or Lacy Ngo at

Maundy Thursday Last Supper Drama - March 29

We will continue our tradition of a dramatic presentation of “The Last Supper” and Holy Communion beginning at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary on Maundy Thursday.

Good Friday Events - March 30

  • Communion offered Noon until 1 p.m. in the Sanctuary
  • A new ecumenical event at 4 p.m.—a Good Friday New Orleans Style Funeral Procession: St. John's and ecumenical partners Freedom Temple, Oakland Ave. Presbyterian, First Presbyterian, The Well, and Oakland Baptist will gather on the First Presbyterian lawn on Main Street for a New Orleans style funeral procession to Laurelwood Cemetery. When we gather we will hear the crucifixion story, pray together and then process behind the cross to hymns which tell the story of the cross played by a brass band. When we get to the graveyard, we will hear the story of Christ's burial, sing together, and pray before departing as saints of God to prepare for Easter morning.
  • A Choral Service of Tenebrae (Light to Darkness) at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary featuring scripture and music by the Chancel Choir.
  • Easter Prayer Vigil - March 30 - April 1

    Our annual Easter Prayer Vigil will be held this year beginning Good Friday, March 30 at 8pm and continuing through Easter Sunday morning, April 1 at 7am. Members of the congregation are invited to sign up to pray in the sanctuary for 1 hour shifts. Also, members are needed to serve as greeters during the late night hours from 8pm Friday night until 7am Saturday morning and from 7pm Saturday night until 7am Sunday morning. Our goal is to have at least one church member, more if possible, praying in our sanctuary during the entire 36 hour vigil. Sign up online here, the opportunities table at the church, or by calling Robbye Helms at 803-327-2641.

    Easter Meal for the Needy - March 31

    Each year, St. John’s prepares and delivers around 500 meals to those in need the Saturday before Easter (March 31). You can help with this project by donating cans of green beans or dinner rolls, making macaroni and cheese or pound cakes, assembling meals, and/or delivering meals. Please click here to sign up. Bring food to the St. John’s Center kitchen beginning at 9 a.m. Food prep will start in the kitchen at 9 a.m. Meal assembly will start at 10 a.m. and meal delivery will begin at 11 a.m. Delivery drivers are especially needed. For more information, contact Kimberly Case at or 803-417-0555.

    Green Beans Needed

    #10 can (the really big one!) of green beans are needed for Easter Meal on March 31. Please bring them to the missions box outside the church office by March 30.

    Sunday, April 1— Easter Sunday (Bring fresh flowers for the cross)

    7 a.m. Sunrise Service with Holy Communion, followed by

    8 a.m. Breakfast in the St. John’s Center hosted by the United Methodist Men.

    9 a.m. Contemporary Service in The Core - Pastor Rett preaching

    9:45 a.m. Sunday School

    11 a.m. Worship Service in the sanctuary - Pastor Debra preaching & featuring special music by our Chancel Choir and a brass quartet.

    Hulapalooza at St. John’s on April 7, 10 am - 12 pm.

    St. John’s has been asked by our Bishop to host the kick off event for the SC Annual Conference and you’re invited! Saturday, April 7 - the United Nations “World Health Day.” Join us for a health fair, hula hoop contests, bounce houses, and more at St. John’s! The first 200 hundred participants will receive a free t-shirt and a hula hoop!

    Because God has called us to a ministry of healing, The United Methodist Church has launched a global health initiative called Abundant Health. Hulapalooza is an event promoting the initiative and engages communities around the world to improve health and wholeness through church and community engagement. Learn more about the initiative at

    Coffee with Pastor Debra - April 8

    Join Pastor Debra for coffee and conversation on Sunday, April 8 from 10:10-10:40 am in Huddleston Hall.

    Line Dancing for Exercise and For the Organ Restoration - April 10 & 17

    Come join like-minded friends for two evenings of Line Dancing for Exercise and For the Organ Restoration. The donation will be $10 for the two classes with all money going to the Organ Fund. We will be dancing easy and lively dances that are danced at public events and variety dances. Written Line Dance Step Sheets will be e-mailed to participants.

    Dates: Tuesdays, April 10 and April 17

    Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

    Donation: $10

    You do not need a partner for these classes. Classes are for all skill levels/no skill and all ages. Invite your family and friends. Park in White Street Parking Lot and come to the center door of the St. John's Center. Wear shoes that will slide. Come early the first night to register. Questions call Pat Grant at 372-1315 or email

    Tuesday Night Take Out Cancelled

    I am sure all of you know that Laurie passed away on March 3rd and I want thank everyone for the outpouring of love, prayers, and concern for our family during this time. It has been a difficult 2 years however we take comfort in the fact that she is at peace no and not suffering. She and I discussed and jointly decided that when this time came that I would close J. Scott's Catering to be able to concentrate on the boys. They are my job now and I can not think of anything more fulfilling than raising them. Is has been a pleasure to work with you over the years and I will cherish the memories of all the events and meals and relationships I have made with you.

    Yours Truly,

    J. Scott Atkinson

    Hospitality Team

    Looking for friendly folks with smiling faces. St. John's has many events that take place weekly and we want to make a great first impression on our members, guests and visitors. Please contact Ce Ce Bucy if you are interested in serving ( or 803.327.3113. We have an immediate need for greeters for our Last Supper Drama on Thursday, March 29 (service at 7pm) and Good Friday, March 30 (service at 7pm). If you are in town and able to serve, please let Ce Ce know.

    Helping Hands

    The newly formed Helping Hands Committee is willing to offer the following services to senior citizens: trips to grocery store, trips to and from doctors and/or treatments, errands and help with minor household projects. Contact numbers are: Judy Griffin (803/517-2774) and Louise Hoffman (803/367-8842)

    Delicious Missions Contribution Opportunity

    The Hwy 55 restaurant in Rock Hill has informed us of an awesome opportunity they are extending to our church.They will make a donation to St. John’s Missions and Outreach for simply turning in customer receipts. Here’s how this works: When you eat at Hwy 55 (anytime or any day) save your receipts and turn them into Jenifer at St. John’s. We will return these receipts to Hwy 55 and they will donate back to us 15% of the amount on those receipts. It’s that simple! This gives Hwy 55 the chance to make a difference in our community and us the chance to support a business that wants to give back to their local church.

    Communion Assistants Needed - Online Sign Up

    Sign up to serve, assist with set-up, or clean when we celebrate Holy Communion on our new Sign Up Genius!

  • Contemporary Worship Service 9:00 a.m. - Sign up here.
  • First Light Service 9:00 a.m. - Sign up here.
  • Traditional Worship Service 11:00 a.m. - Sign up here.
  • If you would like to serve, but don't feel comfortable using this tool, please contact Jan Shillinglaw at 803-448-1627 or Jennifer Stowe at 803-322-5206

    Acolytes and Crucifers Needed

    Acolyte and crucifer are always needed to serve during our 11 a.m. worship service.. Sign up at As always, if you happen to be in the 11am service and have not signed your child up, encourage them to stop by the robe room to see if they are needed. Please call or email if you have any questions. Robin Owens, 803-517-5015,

    Stephen Ministry

    How does the referrals process work at St. John’s?

  • A person - either you, a relative, or a friend - is hurting and in need of Christian care.
  • The Stephen Ministry Referrals Coordinator learns about this need for care - from the pastor, the person, or a friend, always with the person's permission.
  • The Referrals Coordinator meets with the person to talk about Stephen Ministry.
  • With the person's permission, the Referrals Coordinator assigns a Stephen Minister to meet on a weekly basis with the person.
  • The Stephen Minister continues to provide distinctively Christian care for the person with strict confidentiality.
  • Our referrals coordinator is Lee Ann Livingston 803 328-9472

    Prayer Chain

    To submit prayer requests for our Prayer Chain, please email them directly to If you are committed to the sacred responsibility of praying for others in need, please subscribe to the St. John’s Prayer Chain by sending an email to with the subject “I will pray for others.”

    Connect with St. John’s Communication Tools

    • Visit

    • Read or post your story on the St. John’s Blog! Contact Lacy Ngo at

    • Join our Facebook page, "St. John's United Methodist Church (UMC) Rock Hill, SC".

    • Follow us on Twitter @StJohnsRockHill.

    Notify Church Office with Hospitalizations or Nursing Home Changes

    Privacy laws (HIPAA) prohibit access to medical facilities; including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living and other health care agencies. Please let the office know at 803-327-3113 if a member is being treated or moved into one of these facilities. Feel free to call even if you think someone else has already notified the office. Help us all serve our sick or injured by sharing that information.

    See you Sunday!

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