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St. John’s Sunday Schedule – October 15

Contemporary Service at 9 am in The Core - David Brashear preaching

First Light Worship at 9 am in the Sanctuary - Debra Quilling Smith preaching

Traditional Worship at 10:55 am in the Sanctuary - Debra Quilling Smith preaching

Please remember to turn in your pledge cards. You can turn them in by bringing them with you to church on Sunday, mailing them in using the postage paid return envelope, or by coming by dropping it off in the church office during the week. Additional pledge cards will be available around the church if you need one.

October Missions Focus: Men’s Warming Center at Bethel UMC

As we move from Summer to Fall, many look forward to cooler weather, but for the homeless cooler temperatures can be deadly. Therefore, for 10 years Bethel United Methodist Church has hosted the Men’s Warming Center. During the winter months, Bethel opens its doors to offer a safe and warm place for homeless men to sleep and receive a warm meal. This year the Warming Center will open November 12th, 2017 through April 1st, 2018, 7 days a week from 6pm-8am. As a small church, Bethel is not able to offer this ministry alone and is thankful to the many partnering churches and community agencies that have supported this vital ministry over the last 10 years.

Please consider purchasing any of the following items and bring them to the Helping Hands box outside of St. John’s church office:

warm gloves, socks, thermal underwear, toboggans, wallets, shower shoes, 3 or 4 blade disposable razors, washcloths, bath towels (light weight & not too large), reading glasses, foot powder, back packs, sturdy shopping bags, hand and body lotion, deodorant, cologne, aspirin, Tylenol, ibuprofen.

Cub Scout Popcorn Sale

Cubs Scouts from St. John’s Pack 925 will be in the lobby on Sunday, October 8th selling popcorn for their annual fundraiser. This is the primary funding source for many of their activities. Please be sure to support our Cubs! Make checks payable to “Pack 925”.

Women’s Circle October Meetings - Please join us!

Susanna Wesley circle will meet Wednesday, October 18th at 10 am at Amelie's. Please bring an item(s) for the Warming Center.

J.O.Y. Luncheon - October 18

Join us for our JOY Lunches at Mary’s Cafe at Noon on the third Wednesday of each month. This will be a time of fellowship and Bible Study. The next gathering will be October 18th. Everyone is invited to come. Meet in the private room at Mary’s. No reservations necessary.

TACO TAILGATE - October 18

Join your friends for a tailgate party on Wednesday, October 18th at 5:54 pm in the St. John’s Center! Wear your favorite team colors and feast on a taco bar from Moe’s. We will have a college team can competition, so bring canned goods to go on your team’s table. There will prizes for the most team spirited attire. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Please sign up online by Noon on Monday, October 16th.

College & Young Adult Gathering - October 18

College students, grad students, and young adults are all invited to a “Dessert & Discussion” gathering on Wednesday, October 18, 8:30-9:30pm, at Lollie's house (829 Milton Ave.). Contact Lollie Haselden or Jenifer Crawford if you have any questions.

United Methodist Women Fall Festival - Saturday, October 21

Our 2017 Fall Festival is right around the corner! If you don't have a big circle around Saturday, October 21st on your calendar, mark it NOW! Please plan to help us by making beef vegetable soup or baked goods, by volunteering your time in our kitchen or behind our bake sale table or delivering lunches to our vendors, by setting up tables, by placing our flyer at your place of business, by telling your friends and by coming to shop from 8 am - 2 pm! Christmas can be all but wrapped up in just one day!! Every organization who will receive a donation from our proceeds THANKS YOU!!! Sign up to volunteer at the Opportunities table or contact Dodie Miller.

Children’s Sabbath - October 22

St. John’s 16th annual Children’s Sabbath will take place on October 22nd at the 9:00 Contemporary and 11:00 services. Sylvia Echols will be our guest speaker and our Children’s Choirs will be singing at 11 am. Children are needed to assist with speaking parts, as well as non-speaking roles (ushering, etc.). Please contact Sarah Crockford if your child wishes to participate in this year’s Sabbath.

Spaghetti Luncheon - October 22

On Sunday October 22 Quest is hosting a Spaghetti Luncheon after the 11 AM Children’s Sabbath Worship Service in the St. John’s Center. The cost of the Spaghetti Luncheon is $5 for adults and $3 for children. The Spaghetti Luncheon is a fundraiser for the Mission Work that Quest does throughout the year. We will have spaghetti with meat sauce, spaghetti with meatballs, spaghetti with plain sauce for our vegetarians and gluten free spaghetti. There will also be a tossed salad, yeast rolls, cupcakes and a choice of iced tea, lemonade or water to drink. Please come help support our Youth as they go out into the world to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

St. John's 101 Experience - October 22

Are you a regular visitor to St. John's and interested in joining? We have a great opportunity for you to meet the church staff, learn about St. John's and how to get involved. Lunch and childcare are provided. The next session of St. John's 101 will meet on Sunday, October 22, 2017 (12:15pm - 3pm). Please RSVP to Ce Ce Bucy by Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Hunger Outreach Program - October 23

St. John’s delivers 200 meals to the needy in our community on the fourth Monday of each month and we can always use friendly people to help delivery the meals. Our next delivery for Hunger Outreach is Monday, October 23. Meet at the church at the St. John's Center Kitchen at 5pm to start getting ready. For more information, contact Doug Pitt cell: 803-207-9452 or E-mail:

Historical Walk to Remains of Carhartt Mansion - October 28

We will climb the bluff to the remains of the Carhartt Mansion. The walk will be about 2 1/2 miles round trip. As we walk to the remains we will talk about all of the area history mentioned above. Wear shoes that grip and protect your ankles if you have them. Boots would be good. A walking stick would be helpful for the short climb to the top of the bluff. Bring bottled water.

Date: Saturday, October 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Meet at Trailhead of Riverwalk Trail

To Register for these Walks: Call Pat Grant at 372-1315 or e-mail .

5th Sunday Pancake Breakfast - October 29

Join your friends in the St. John’s Center on Sunday, October 29 from 9:30-10:45 AM for some delicious pancakes (blueberry, chocolate chip or plain), bacon or sausage and scrambled eggs provided by Quest Youth Ministry. There is no set price for the pancake breakfast but donations are graciously accepted. The 5th Sunday Pancake Breakfast helps with the cost of our Youth Mission work that the High School and Middle School students participate in each year. Come fellowship with your church family and enjoy a delicious breakfast as the youth serve you.


The annual Children’s Carnival will take place on Sunday, October 29th from 4-6 pm. We will have a Trunk or Treat, games, inflatables, and more! Dinner will also be available for $7/adult and $4/child. The dinner menu includes BBQ, chicken, macaroni and cheese, slaw, bread, chips, and beans and is a fundraiser for Troop 925, the Boy Scout Troop at St. John’s. PW’s ice cream will be available for $2. Dinner may be purchased with cash, check, debit, credit, and Apple Pay. Reservations are not required.

Peanut free candy and trinkets are needed for the children’s carnival. Please place donations inside the designated boxes beside the Helping Hands boxes by Friday, October 27th. Thanks!

Trunk or Treat - Trunks Needed: The Children's Council is actively recruiting Sunday school classes and other church groups to sponsor a vehicle in the annual "trunk or treat" at the Children's Carnival on Sunday, October 29th. Simply decorate the back/trunk of your group's vehicle and hand out peanut-free candy or trinkets to children during the carnival. This year there will 3 categories for voting and prizes will be given for: Best Overall, Kids' Choice, and Scariest. Please park your vehicle in the same area as previous years (White St. parking area, outside of St. John's Center) and have your car ready by 3:30 pm. Don't miss out on this fun, friendly competition--Sign up at the opportunities table or contact Lisa Baker at

St. John's Basketball Ministry Player Registration is Open - Now through November 6

Register online to play basketball with St. John’s. Practice will start after Thanksgiving and games will be on the weekend during January and February. The cost is $50 per player and participants must be 6 years old through High School. There will be a late fee of $25 for anyone who registers after November 6th and teams may be full.

Basketball Coaches Needed

If you are interested in coaching on of St. John’s basketball teams this season, please contact Matt Bell at or 803-517-4096. Coaches and assistant coaches must be active members of St. John’s and pass a background check.

40th Annual York County CROP Walk - November 5

It’s a great time to join or sponsor St. John’s CROP Team because no child should go to bed hungry! CROP is the original charity walk and this is it’s 40th year in Rock Hill. You may sponsor or join St. John’s CROP Team online at Every donation helps end hunger and save lives!

Chili Buffet - November 8

The Missions Committee invites you to a special all you can eat chili buffet and fellowship on Wednesday, November 8th at 5:45 pm in the St. John's Center, featuring entertainment by St. John’s Men’s Chorus. Several varieties of chili will be served, including venison and chicken. Macaroni and cheese will be available for children. There is no set charge for the meal, but donations for missions will be greatly appreciated. Please sign up online by Noon on Monday, November 6th.

Organ Recital - November 12

Justin Addington will give an organ recital to the congregation and community at 3:00 pm in our sanctuary on November 12th. At this event the Music Ministry will share important information about the current state of the historic organ at St. John’s UMC. Please make plans to attend this special event and bring a friend. The recital is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Gathering Area.

Handel's Messiah - December 10

The Music Ministry of St. John's UMC will present the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah" on Sunday, December 10th during the 11:00 am worship service. This event will feature the Chancel Choir, four professional soloists, and a 12-piece chamber orchestra. The Chancel Choir would like to invite any interested singers in the congregation and community to sing with us for this presentation. Rehearsals for "Messiah" have started and are each Wednesday from 7:00 pm until 7:30 p.m. Guests are invited to come and practice the music for "Messiah" and then leave once the Chancel Choir begins rehearsing their music for Sunday mornings. If you are interested, or have any questions, please contact Justin Addington.

Supper & Songs with Santa - December 20

Join us for our December Wednesday Fellowship Supper on December 20th at 5:45pm in the St. John’s Center and spend some time with Santa and Mrs. Claus while singing Christmas Carols with our youngest children’s choir. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children. Please sign up online by Noon on Monday, December 18th.

Christmas Eve - December 24

St. John’s will offer four worship services on Sunday, December 24 at 11am, 5pm, 7pm & 11pm. Friendly greeters are needed for all Christmas Eve services. Please prayerfully consider and contact Ce Ce Bucy if you are willing to serve. ( or 803.327.3113)

Global Village Habitat Mission to Africa - Sept. 28 thru October 7, 2018

Wes Martin is co-leading a trip to Malawi next fall in a venture with the local Habitat chapter. The build dates are Sept. 28 thru October 7, 2018 and location will be Mulange, which is in southern Malawi. The villages we work in are very poor and there are many orphaned children in the villages as a result of HIV & AIDS pandemic. The local Habitat staff is experienced and takes very good care of the volunteers. Please let Wes know soon if you have any interest and he will be glad to give you more information. Wes Martin: 704-363-3403 or

Saying Goodbye

Beginning January 1st, 2018, St. John's will no longer have a Post Office Box (formerly known as PO Box 149). Please use our street address when mailing things to the church. Our mailing address: St. John's UMC, 321 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, SC 29730

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.
  • Christmas Eve services are included on the Traditional Worship link!

    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,

    Hospitality Team Members Needed

    SMILING FACES NEEDED....If you enjoying meeting and greeting people and have the gift of hospitality, we need you. St. John's is looking for Sunday morning greeters. Many of our greeters come from our Sunday School classes, but we still need additional greeters. Greeters are needed every Sunday morning for various shifts. If interested, call or email Ce Ce Bucy for more information and to sign-up. ( or 803.327.3113)

    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.

    Hope to see you on Sunday!

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