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This Week's Opportunities

St. John’s Sunday Schedule – December 17 - Third Sunday of Advent

Contemporary Worship at 9 am in The Core - Rett Haselden preaching

A Service of Lessons and Carols - 11:00 am in the Sanctuary

Children’s Choir Rehearsal - December 17

All Children's Choir members need to be in the sanctuary on Sunday promptly 10:00 am for rehearsal. Please wear dressy Christmas attire.

First Light & Contemporary Worship Combined during Advent

On the first three Sundays in December, our two 9:00 am worship services will meet together in The Core. We will not have a 9:00 am worship service on Sunday, December 24.

No Children’s Church for December

There will be no Children's Church at 9:00 or 11:00 during the month of December. This is so that our volunteers may take a break and worship together with their families throughout the Advent season. A nursery is available for children ages 3 and younger. There will be crayons, children's bulletins, paper and clipboards available in the Core and on the shelf outside of the sanctuary for children to enjoy, and families are welcome to bring quiet entertainment from home. We will resume our regular schedule for both services on January 7.

Christmas Eve Invitations

Invite your friends to our Christmas Eve services with an invitation card from the Opportunities Tables. The cards were provided by a grant from United Methodist Communications. Please take several to share!

Alternative Giving Christmas Ministry

Looking to simplify your Christmas giving? The Alternative Giving Christmas Ministry provides a list of gifts as suggested by participating charities at a variety of price points. “Shop” for a gift by choosing a charity from the list to make a donation to in honor of your loved ones. You’ll receive a beautiful card to present to them detailing your Alternative Christmas gift. Stop by the table in the lobby beginning November 26, come by the church office, or contact Cathy Gill to participate.

Hunger Outreach Meal Delivery - December 18

St. John’s delivers 200 meals to the needy in our community each month and we could use your help. Our next delivery for Hunger Outreach is Monday, December 18. We will 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:

Women’s Circle Meeting - December 19

Susanna Wesley circle will have their holiday lunch on Tuesday, December 19th at 11:30, at the Garden Cafe in York (307 W. Liberty St.). Bring a $10 gift and please let Dodie know if you can come as soon as possible so she can let the restaurant know how many to expect. All women are welcome!

Wednesday Taize Worship & Lunch - December 20

Taize Worship and Communion Services will be held at noon in the Chapel each Wednesday during Advent. This is a service of songs, scripture, prayer and communion, a time to sit in stillness and quiet, giving God a chance to speak to us, and us to God, with no distractions. A soup and sandwich lunch will be served in Huddleston Hall following the service. All are welcome!

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 Choir

This year the Music Ministry will be organizing a new choral ensemble especially for Christmas Eve. The “Christmas Eve Choir” will sing for our church’s 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm Christmas Eve Services. This is a perfect singing opportunity for musical family and friends who are in town for the holidays. It is also great for folks who like to sing with the choir but can’t commit to singing with them all year. There will be a rehearsal of the Christmas Eve Choir on Wednesday, December 20th at 7:00 pm in the Choir Room. Participants are encouraged to sing for both services if at all possible so that we may offer quality music for all who attend on Christmas Eve. Dinner will be provided for musicians and staff between the two services. All singers high school age and up are welcome to participate. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Justin Addington.

Homebound Communion Servers Needed

If you are interested in sharing God’s grace and love with St. John’s members who can no longer attend worship, please contact Pastor Rett about serving homebound communion. Printed prayers, instructions, and elements for communion will be provided. Elements and materials will be available for pick up beginning December 20th.

Turkey Dinner Contributions - Give by December 20

The Wesley Sunday School Class as St. John’s United Methodist Church has a goal of feeding 100 families a turkey dinner for the holidays. The cost is $15.00 per dinner. Please consider giving what you can to support this effort. Deadline is December 20. Make checks payable to: The Wesley Class and give to Dennis Partlow or the church office.

Service of the Longest Night - December 21

The Service of the Longest Night will be offered on Thursday, December 21 at 6:30 pm in the Chapel. We invite you to experience a meditative worship service that takes time for remembering, sharing our hurting places with God, and preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ. Join with us to hear scripture, offer prayers for healing and wholeness and to hear songs that acknowledges that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who grieve, for those who struggle and receive support for feeling very human during the Christmas season. Everyone is welcome!

Hunger Outreach Christmas Presents Needed - December 21

Have some extra gifts lying around your home? The Hunger Outreach Program is providing a meal for the needy on Christmas Eve and St. John’s is a partner in this project. We need donations of new gift items to be distributed at the meal. If you can help, please bring unwrapped gifts to the Helping Hands box in the lobby by Thursday, December 21. Gift ideas include: Hats, Gloves, Hair Brushes,Crayons, Markers,Coloring Books, Toys, Basketballs, Athletic Bags, Diapers, Baby Wipes,Socks, Undershirts, Soap, Toothpaste,Toothbrushes, Deodorant, Underwear, Puzzles, Mouthwash, Books, Shampoo, Blankets, or anything! Teenager pleasing gifts are especially appreciated.

Pecans are Here!

Purchase pecans on Sundays in the Gathering Area or from the church office during the week. Pecan halves are $12 a bag, Pecan Praline, Chocolate Covered, and Honey Crisp are $15 a box, and NEW this year are the Chocolate Covered Snack Bags for $6.00. Please make checks payable to Barber Hardin Sunday School Class. This is a fundraiser for class mission projects.

Holiday Music CD

"The Playing of the Merry Organ" This holiday season the Music Ministry of our church will be selling a CD that features our own Justin L. Addington at the organ. The CD, entitled "In Dulci Jubilo", was professionally recorded in 2008 using one of the finest pipe organs in the Southeast. With a unique collection of Christmas and classical favorites, this CD makes an excellent stocking stuffer. The cost for the CD is $20 each and all proceeds will go to the St. John’s Organ Fund. CDs are available in the church office during the week, or after worship on Sundays during Advent.

Christmas Eve Worship - December 24

St. John’s will offer four worship services on Sunday, December 24.

11am - Contemporary Worship in The Core

5pm, 7pm & 11pm - Traditional Candlelight and Communion in the Sanctuary

We will not have Sunday School.

Christmas Eve Greeters Needed

Lots of friendly greeters are needed for all Christmas Eve services. Dinner will be provided for those who greet at both 5 and 7. Please contact Ce Ce Bucy if you are willing to serve in this way. ( or 803.327.3113)

Communion Assistants Needed on Christmas Eve - Online Sign Up

Sign up here to serve, assist with set-up, or clean when we celebrate Holy Communion on December 24. If you would like to serve, but don't feel comfortable using the online sign up, please contact Jan Shillinglaw at 803-448-1627 or Jennifer Stowe at 803-322-5206

Acolytes Needed for Christmas Eve

Acolyte and crucifer are needed to serve during our three worship services on Christmas Eve. Sign up at Please call or email if you have any questions. Robin Owens, 803-517-5015,

Christmas Eve Nursery Schedule

A nursery will be available for children ages 3 and younger for the 11:00 am service on Christmas Eve. There will be no nursery available at 5:00, 7:00, or 11:00 pm. Children are welcome in the worship services and the sounds of children laughing, crying, and playing are welcome as well. We are excited to have all ages worship together as we welcome the Christ child!

Poinsettia Pick Up - December 24

If you purchased a poinsettia(s), please feel free to take them after the Christmas Eve Services, but not before. Thank you!

Wesley Covenant Service - December 31

We will have only an 11 o'clock worship service on Sunday, December 31 in the sanctuary. There will be a nursery for children ages birth to three during the service and children's worship. We will not have Sunday School.

Giving Update

Next year we hope to continue to build our music program and worship experiences, and as you experienced on Sunday with Handel’s “Messiah,” we have the potential to do amazing things in these areas. Help us to take the next big steps forward by making a pledge for 2018, if you have not already done so. A huge thank you to all those who have committed to our vision for ministry in 2018 by making a financial commitment for next year. Remember that all gifts for 2017 must be received by December 31. Please call the church office if you are unsure of the balance of your 2017 pledge.

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.

Address Change - January 1

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

Women’s Book Club - January 17

Join our St. John's Women’s Book Club! Our next book is Woman of God by James Patterson. Purchase or borrow the book and read it on your own time. We will gather on January 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Lacy Ngo to discuss the book. Please sign up by contacting Lacy Ngo at

St. John’s 101 - January 20

Interested in joining St. John's? Our next St. John's 101 experience will be Saturday, January 20(10am - 1pm). Look at your calendar and make plans to attend. It's a great time to meet the church staff, meet other prospective members and learn what it means to be a member of St. John's UMC. Lunch and childcare are provided. Please RSVP to Ce Ce Bucy or call with questions. ( 803.327.3113)

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,

    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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