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ST. JOHN’S SUNDAY WORSHIP – MAY 20 - PENTECOST

Combined Worship in the Sanctuary - 10:30 am - Rett Haselden preaching

Covered Dish Luncheon in the St. John’s Center following Worship.

Please bring a side dish to share. Chicken, drinks, and birthday cake will be provided! Wear red to church and your St. John's nametag.

Pentecost is the day on which the Christian church commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and others assembled in Jerusalem. It marks the beginning of the Christian church and the proclamation of its message throughout the world and is often referred to as the birthday of the church. Pentecost is celebrated on the fiftieth day after Easter. The liturgical color for the day is red, symbolizing the fire of the Spirit.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR SPECIAL UPCOMING SUNDAYS:

May 27th — Graduate Recognition Sunday, 11 a.m.

June 24th — Pastor Debra’s last Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Service (ONE SERVICE ONLY) followed by lunch.

July 1st — Dr. Rodney Powell’s First Sunday, Services at 9:00 am and 11:00 am. A reception will be held at 10:00 am.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - SIGN UP BY MAY 20

This year’s VBS, Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus, will be held June 10-14 from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm. Parents are asked to register online before midnight on May 20 to avoid the late fee! Many volunteers are needed to make this year’s VBS a success. Job descriptions are available on the registration website. A nursery will be available for children of volunteers (ages 2 and younger). Dinner will be provided Monday through Wednesday for volunteers and their families. Register, Volunteer, & pay online by clicking here

VBS Donations Needed

We are currently collecting refrigerator boxes, small rectangle boxes, and wooden produce crates between now and June 8. We also need desserts for our volunteers for Monday, June 11-Wednesday, June 13. Please bring desserts to the SJC kitchen beginning on Sunday, June 10.

Hunger Outreach Meal Delivery - May 21

St. John’s delivers 250 meals to the needy in our community monthly through the Hunger Outreach Program. Thank you to the Wonderful Women’s class for fixing the meals each month! Our next delivery for Hunger Outreach is Monday, May 21 (one week earlier due to Memorial Day) 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 leotabarb@gmail.com

Women’s Circle Gathering - May 23

Susanna Wesley circle will meet Wednesday, May 23 at 10, in Huddleston Hall. Please bring any finished aprons with you. Please note this is the 4th Wednesday instead of our usual 3rd Wednesday, and we will be meeting on June 20th as well, to complete our project before the church yard sale. We will begin purging and organizing areas in/near the kitchen. Anyone interested is invited to join us!

Trip to the Mint Museum - May 26

Love In Action Circle members and friends will be visiting the Mint Museum Uptown on Saturday, May 26, with a special interest in William Ivey Long’s costume exhibit. We will leave the church at 10 am and have room for 14 people on the church bus. We also have lunch reservations at Halcyon Flavors From the Earth at the museum. Please contact Dodie Miller at 324-8545 if you are interested in this trip.

Summer Worship Schedule - June 3 - August 19

This summer we are going to try an exciting worship experiment! We will celebrate one combined 9 a.m. worship service, as well as our 11 a.m. traditional worship service. Our 9 a.m. summer worship service will be held in the St. John's Center and will feature elements of both the Contemporary service and First Light Service . This schedule will begin June 3rd and end August 19th.

Summer Choir

The Chancel Choir is not rehearsing on Wednesday evenings during June, July and August. Instead, they are meeting early on Sunday mornings beginning June 3rd to prepare only the music for that day's 11:00 am worship service. This change in schedule is a great singing opportunity for members of the congregation who cannot participate in the Chancel Choir on a regular basis, or who might want to try the choir for a short time with no commitment. Please consider joining the choir for rehearsal on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the Choir Room. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Justin at jaddington@stjohnsrh.org

St. John’s Family Promise Week - June 3-10

The homeless families of Family Promise will be St. John’s guests in June. We need people to serve as our church host to stay overnight at the church from 8:00pm until 7:00am. (Our St. John’s overnight hosts have a private room with a queen size air mattress and a television with DVD player.) Contact Roger Owens at rowens@comporium.net if your family would like to serve as overnight hosts! Please keep our Family Promise families and volunteers in your prayers.

Service of Recognition for Retiring Ministers - June 5

You are invited to attend the SC Annual Conference in Greenville for the Service of Recognition for Retiring Ministers and the “Passing of the Mantle” on Tuesday, June 5th at 11 a.m. at the TD Convention Center. Pastor Debra will be among the Retiring Ministers honored. Please call the church office if you plan on attending.

Mother Daughter Bible Study - Beginning June 6

Mother Daughter Bible Study is back for the summer for rising 3rd-5th graders. We will be studying the 13 Most Important Bible Lessons For Kids About Loving Each Other on Wednesday’s at 5:30 PM starting June 6. We will meet in the Rainforest Room. Contact Elizabeth Morgan at sullylizj@gmail.com or 803-493-0296 if you are interested and to get the door code. This study meets weekly but it's ok to miss for vacations and camps, just come when you can! Bring a notebook, pencil, and Bible.

Women’s Circle Picnic - June 12

The Love In Action and Susanna Wesley circles are having a picnic on Tuesday, June 12, at 11 a.m. at the pavilion at Park Pointe Village. Bring a salad to share. Ladies, if you have been thinking about joining either of our circles, come and see what we have going on! Stop at the guard shack & tell him you’re with St. John’s. The pavilion is on the right just past the guard shack.

Skills Camp - June 18-22

Skills Camp will be offered June 18-22 from 10:00 am-11:30 am, for children ages 4-6 years old. This is a fun, motor skill development camp for children. Skills Camp will be taught this year by Emily Anderson, a PE teacher in the Rock Hill School District. Click here to register. Cost is $30 and includes a t-shirt and healthy snack. Registration closes on June 4. Bring a friend and join us!

Photos in Worship

Over the next few weeks we will be taking photos of the worship life of the church for our new website. We apologize for any disruption or inconvenience.

Upper Room Devotionals Have Moved

If you are looking for an Upper Room, they have been moved downstairs to the table in the lobby, near the church office.

Birthday Party Decorations Needed

Quest youth ministry is asking for donations of birthday party decorations for a birthday party that the Ecuador Mission Team will be holding for approximately 120 children in Carmen Bajo while we are in country. This will be a special day for the children of Carmen Bajo! You can help by donating any type of birthday party decorations. Leave donations in the Helping Hands boxes in the lobbies at the church.

Women’s Book Club - July 11

Join our St. John's Women’s Book Club! Our summer book will be "Fear of the Other" by Will Willimon. Purchase or borrow the book and read it on your own time. We will gather on July 11th at 6:30 for our next book club social at the home of Lacy Ngo to discuss the book. Contact Lacy Ngo at lacyngo@yahoo.com with questions.

St. John’s Yard Sale - August 11

Spring Cleaning? If you find you have some things you want to get rid of, bring them to the church. St. John's Yard Sale for Missions will be August 11 and we are already collecting items to sell, so you can get them out of your house. We will be storing items for the yard sale in the former youth lounge above the St. John's Center. We will not accept clothes, old TVs, mattresses box springs, cribs, or child car seats.

SAVE THE DATES: ST. JOHN’S JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM WILL BE DECEMBER 7, 8 and 9, 2018, 6-8 p.m.

SAVE YOUR CHANGE

Do you have spare change lying around the house? Maybe in the cup holder of the car, or even under the cushions of the couch? If so, we want to help you get rid of it! The Music Ministry would like for you to donate all of your loose change to the Pipe Organ Restoration Fund. In the lobby of the St. John's Center there is a 12 foot tall golden organ pipe. Members of the church, especially children, are invited to climb the steps each Sunday and drop their loose change down the pipe. Our goal will be to fill the pipe by the end of 2018.

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 ( cbucy@stjohnsrh.org ) or 803.327.3113.

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 www.tinyurl.com/11amworship 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, robins_nest@comporium.net

    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 prayer@stjohnsrh.org. 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 prayer@stjohnsrh.org with the subject “I will pray for others.”

    Connect with St. John’s Communication Tools

    • Visit www.stjohnsrh.org

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

    • 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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