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S T. J O HN 'S UNI T E D C H URC H OF C H RI ST A Family of Faith Celebrating and Sharing the Love and Power of Jesus Christ
Church Office: 636.926.8995 or 636.447.0006 website: email: [email protected]
Cabinet Meeting Thursday, August 2 6:30 p.m. Meetings of All Committees Thursday, August 2 7:30 p.m.
Power of Jesus Christ Youth
Warehouse Worship
Sunday, August 12
Children's Bell Choir
Sunday, August 19
Choir Picnic at Boscherts' home Sunday, August 12
Council Meeting Thursday, August 23 7:00 p.m.
Bar-b-q Saturday, August 18 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Holy Communion - Sunday, August 5 at 9:00 & 10:45 Worship Services All Christians .. both members and visitors .. are invited and encouraged to share in the sacrament .. and in the sharing .. to experience a blessed unity with Christ and one another.
Take Time Out ... for Your Spiritual Care Most of us know how to take care of our bodies with nutritious food, exercise and proper rest. How can we nurture, and care for, our spirituality? Are we so tied to our Social Media technology that something is at our fingertips all the time? Or do we not have time to see someone in need to respond to them and we leave it to someone else? Are we so overwhelmed by all we have to do that we actually do little? Are we so exhausted we feel it would take months to recover? Are we in a situation that is taking a toll on us physically, mentally, and spiritually? I know I have experienced some of these and learned that it is important to take time to work on my relationship with God and to take care of my spirituality. Starting now, let's take a break .. from too much busyness! Our life can be simpler with a bit of discipline. Do you remember learning we should keep a Sabbath day .. work six days and rest the seventh day? Let's try to pick a day in each of our lives on which we make ourselves put aside the cell phones, video games, tablets, ipods, turn off the tv and choose quiet, meaningful times for ourselves and our loved ones at least one day a week. Listen to peaceful or fun music that makes us smile. Enjoy nature: observe, walk, explore, wonder. Really see God's creations. Listen to one another, and really "hear" without unsolicited comments what the other is saying. Remember lying spread eagle on the grass as a child and "seeing" shapes in clouds? Read scriptures. Read a devotional, an interesting book, or something inspirational. Do activities which are restful. Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10a Be quiet! Meditate. Seek a place and time with no interruptions, and shut down your thinking processes. Strive for calm in your being, letting go of stressful thoughts.
Be still! Close your eyes, shut out visual distractions, and breathe deeply and slowly. Renew and refresh your body and spirit. Refresh with laughter. Sometimes I make a point to view or read something light-hearted and fun to lift my spirits. Scientifically it has long been known that laughter releases endorphins in our brains. These are the "feel good" chemicals in our brain, and recent evidence was discovered that these can even increase our pain threshold especially when we are laughing with a group of people. Pray for others! Focus on someone other than yourself which helps to redirect your thoughts to the problems of others, and lessen the negative effects of dwelling too much on our own problems. Praying can result in helping to minimize our problems and strengthen our spirit. The Serenity Prayer can help us focus on what we can affect rather than things that are unyielding. The Serenity Prayer God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, t his sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next. Amen. --Reinhold Niebuhr Our spiritual strength is key to maintaining a balance between our physical selves and the divine spirit that guides us. As long as we are spiritually strong we can better give of ourselves to others and more ably serve God. Sharon Thomas Minister of Caring
We are very glad that there are a number of regular visitors with us each Sunday for worship. We are even more glad when our visitors become our friends, and when those new friends desire to join us in sharing the gifts and responsibilities of our faith and fellowship.
Our own personal journey of faith is always more satisfying when we walk along the way with true friends .. with friends who share the same hopes and dreams .. with friends who freely and joyfully help and support one another.
If you do not currently have a church home where you can actively worship, learn and serve .. a church home where you can truly belong .. then we invite you to prayerfully consider whether or not St. John's may be the right church family for you. Our Pastor would be glad to set a time to sit down with you to answer your questions and to talk about the possibility.
Members are received into the life
of our church by: 1) Letter of
congregation, 2) Reaffirmation of
Faith when a Letter is not
available, or 3) by Profession of
Faith and Baptism if you have not
already been baptized.
It's time to register for the Camp Mo-Val Walk-a-Thon! The Camp Mo-Val Covenanted Ministry is pre-registering people for the walk this year; registration fee is $10/person. Everyone who registers will receive a specially-designed 50th anniversary t-shirt and a "Walk-aThon" envelope to solicit donors. We are asking folks to set a goal of at least $200 in donations collected in their Walk-a-Thon envelope. There will be two main walks this year: at Grant's Trail in South St. Louis County and on the Washington Riverfront; however, there are people organizing walks in other areas of the Conference as well. Walkers will gather at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the walk and, after a short devotional, begin walking for Camp Mo-Val. This will be a great time of Christian fellowship, collegiality and communion as we walk and talk together. If you can't make it to one of the walk sites, consider doing a walk in your own area. Register for the Walk-a-Thon, and you can organize your own walk in your home town or at your church. Aren't up to walking? Then how about a Rock-a-Thon? You can spend time in your favorite rocker on September 15, raising funds by rocking for Camp MoVal! Registration forms can be found on the Outdoor Ministries tab of the Missouri Mid-South Conference website The form will instruct you to send a check ($10/walker, made out to MMS-UCC) to Camp Mo-Val, 2659 Camp Mo-Val Rd, Union MO 63084. Please write "Camp Walk" on the memo line of your check. All funds received will go towards the 2012 operating budget for Camp Mo-Val. Thank you for participating in this 50th anniversary event! THE PURPOSE AND MISSION OF ST. JOHN'S Our purpose is to change the world one person at a time by sharing the love and power of Jesus Christ with family members, friends, and neighbors. Our mission is to lead our members to become faithful and beloved friends and disciples of Jesus Christ; and to equip and support them to minister to others in Jesus' name.
INGATHERING SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 What is the Festival of Sharing?
Your help is needed out of necessity to put together and donate complete packs shown below and on the next page. You might do what you can individually or team up with others. Many of the `packs' will be distributed to Missouri families and children. The packs we put together will help women, men and babies. Please give complete packs.
Our St. John's Mission Committee has designated September 16 as the deadline for collection. They will be boxed afterward for shipment. Volunteers are needed to organize and package all donations
Cash donations will be welcomed to defray shipping costs. If you have any questions or wish to volunteer, please contact the church office at 636.926.8995.
The annual Festival of Sharing Ingathering in Sedalia, Missouri, is October 20. People of faith, from many different denominations all over the state, gather at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Volunteers of all ages also help to sack rice, beans and potatoes for distribution to Missouri agencies. In the afternoon, state agencies bring their trucks and trailers to receive the kits, packs, rice, beans and potatoes to be distributed. There is a variety of hands-on mission work for which a lot of hands are needed, and wonderful information booths by agencies that work to serve the needy. Church Women United in Missouri hosts the Bread Shop for which they need baked goods and a wide variety of other things to be sold for the benefit of the Festival. The "Work of Our Hands" booth sells crafts with proceeds to to FOS's "Where Needed Most." The Global Market, Plowsharing Crafts, and Olivewood Mission sell unique crafts from developing countries. The Festival is now in its 30th year and generates approximately $1 million annually.
Family Food Pack
3 cans assorted vegetables 1 can pasta sauce
3 cans assorted fruits 1 pound pasta
3 cans tuna 1 jar peanut butter
3 pkgs macaroni & cheese
1 can Spam
Place items in a sturdy box or book carton, tape and label "Family Food Pack." .
Readin' & Writin' Pack
6 new pencils with erasers 1 pair child-sized metal scissors 2 spiral or tape bound notebooks (140 pages)
1 pencil holder
2" eraser
2 ink pens (medium point) 12" ruler
1 box of 24 crayons
6 folders with pockets
Place smaller items inside the pencil holder. Place all items in a 2-gallon zip-lock bag.
Student Dental Pack 1 fluoride toothpaste, 6 oz. or larger 2 adult soft toothbrushes 1 dental floss - any size 41child-size soft toothbrushes Place items inside a 1-gallon zip-lock bag. Pack filled zip-lock bags in boxes labeled "Student Dental Packs" and mark the quantity on the outside of each box. The extra brushes are for family members. Eyeglasses Gently used reading glasses purchased from drug/discount stores as well as prescription glasses obtained through an eye doctor. Please bring complete pairs of glasses only. Reading glasses are in great demand for those who sew or do close work. The gift of eye glasses may provide someone with a means of earning a living. What happens to the donated eyeglasses? Founders of the Merida Foundation founded in 2003 to benefit the descendants of the ancient Mayan people of Mexican's Yucatan Peninsula have been distributing eyeglasses since 1982 to the poor, visually impaired people in the rural villages surrounding the city of Merida. 4
Blanket Sunday September 16 Blankets+ is a special mission of some 8,000 congregations and groups across the U.S to provide funds to help people in need around the world, including the U.S. For over 60 years, Church World Service has worked in partnership toward meeting some of the needs through your gifts: Blankets, tents, food, hygiene items, fuel and other emergency supplies in the wake of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, cyclones, conflicts and other disasters Tools and seeds for the displaced and refugees returning home to replant their fields Wells for families living in drought-prone areas to provide clean, safe water to drink and irrigate crops and gardens Literacy training and microcredit for women struggling to realize their potential Sturdy, tightly woven blankets Blankets have been distributed to many thousands of people in Japan after the recent earthquake and tsunami; in Nicaragua where there is a dry climate, inadequate water, extreme poverty, and environmental issues contributing to food scarcity, malnutrition and other health problems; in North Dakota to people affected by flooding; tribes in Montana for elderly and economically disadvantaged families, and other states affected by recent tornadoes and present flooding .. and more! Blankets not only provide warmth and protection to victims of a disaster, they also provide a means to carry the minimal belongings of refugees, and even to carry the sick and the dying. Your donations make a difference! For every $5 donated, CWS can provide a warm, sturdy blanket .. $10 for 2, and so on. Give generously to help others in dire need! QUILTS FOR AUCTION At the Festival of Sharing in Sedalia MO, browse the quilts on display for the quilt auction. The auction starts at noon. Proceeds benefit Church World Service Blankets+ program. Blanket Sunday Ingathering September 16
Festival4 of Sharing Garden Seeds "I was hungry, and you fed me .." Community Gardens around Missouri help people by enabling them to grow their own food, providing food to share with other families, and food that can be sold for a small income. PLEASE DONATE: Packets of vegetable seeds .. no more than 1 year old Cash gifts help to cover shipping expenses and to purchase seedlings, plants, and fertilizer. Garden Seeds Ingathering September 16 CHANGE IN MAILING OF HARDCOPIES OF OUR NEWSLETTERS Newsletters for those who requested hardcopies are available for families to pick up on the last Sunday of the month and the following Sunday after that. Hardcopies not picked up are now mailed to those who are mostly confined to their home and to those who live away from the area. If you cannot pick up your copy on a Sunday morning, please stop by the church office during the week to pick it up. We are all trying to conserve costs. Thank you for your help! NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is Sunday, August 12 for the September issue
UNITED Church of Christ
Dear Friends,
June 2012
With great joy, we share the good news that your church is a "Five for Five" congregation of the United Church of Christ. Your Conference reports that in 2011 you .gave to Our Church's Wider Mission Basic Support and all four of the special mission offerings: One Great Hour of Sharing, Strengthen the Church, Neighbors in Need, and The Christmas Fund. Because of the breadth of your vision and the depth of your commitment to ministry, you are a leadership church in the United Church of Christ.
Through your generous giving, you are changing lives in your own neighborhood and in places far away, reaching out in compassion and justice to imagine and then build a better world. Our missionaries, development workers overseas and disaster relief workers here in the U.C. proclaim the gospel in myriad ways: digging wells, staffing schools and hospitals, or working with refugees, they partner with you in transforming the lives of those affected by the ravages of famine, weather, disease and war. We work together for environmental justice, racial justice, and justice in public education and health care.
Together, we offer extravagant welcome to spiritually seekers who find warm hospitality, good news, spiritual nourishment, and a community of justice in UCC congregations. We plant new churches, nurture the vitality of established congregations and reach out through our web ministries to touch the lives of those who are grateful to find a church that welcomes them, no matter where they are on life's journey.
In every generation, the United Church of Christ proclaims the continuing testament of the Stillspeaking God. This summer, thousands of young people will attend National Youth Event, and your giving provides staffing and programs for a gathering that brings enthusiasm, energy and hope to the church. At the same time, you honor the covenant with a generation that has serve4d long and faithfully when you meet the needs of retired pastors and their spouses who often live on very modest resources..
You also support the wider church that makes these and many other ministries possible, nurturing leadership and providing resources in stewardship, worship, and evangelism. United Church News and Keeping You e-Posted keep us connected, and Worship Ways, Sing! Prayer and Praise, and Sermon Seeds enrich our life as a worshipping community. Because of your giving, we grow into a more intercultural and multi-ethnic church that lifts up the ministry of women and advances the ministry of those challenged by disabilities but gifted and called by God.
Thank you for your commitment to the gospel as it is lived out in the United Church of Christ.
Blessings and thanks,
Rev. Geoffrey A. Black General Minister and President 700 Prospect Avenue East, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-1100
God is still speaking, Ph. 866.822.8224
50 Years Living the Reign of God at Camp Mo-Val "For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you." Luke 17:21b Fifty years ago, a small group of individuals, moved by the Holy Spirit, took a giant leap. With the purchase of a farm, armfuls of saplings, and shared vision for a place where the Kingdom of God could not just be talked about, but experienced, lived and ignited in the hearts of those that visited, a seed was planted. To that seed, the water of love was added as carefully planned, progressive Christian education programming helped the seed take root. The food of justice provided nourishment. From its birth, Camp Mo-Val's partnership with Neighborhood Houses testified to a faith built on more than prayers and personal salvation. When the City of Union refused to allow AfricanAmerican campers to swim in their pool, the money poured in. Within a year, a new, integrated pool at Camp Mo-Val spoke a loud witness in Franklin County, Missouri. Likewise, through the years, countless campers have returned to their churches, more aware and dedicated to realizing the realm of God as earth. From these campers have come great leaders: some pastors, some actively working toward God's vision in their churches, others sharing the vision in their places of business and among other communities, the breadth of which, we may never fully realize. Surely, God has taken a seed, and grown something beautiful in our midst. The work continues. And we continue it, striving to do our best. Encouraged in some moments and discouraged in others, Camp Mo-Val provides us with a place apart and the gentle hand of God in nature, guiding us to retreat, recover, regather and remember - who we are and whose we are - our story and our call, ever intertwined and strong only in their mutual support, one of the other. We hope you will join us in honoring 50 years of supportive, realm-revealing ministry at Camp Mo-Val! A day of celebration will take place from noon-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, 2012 and the suggested date for Camp Mo-Val Sunday in our churches is Sunday, October 21, 2012. Worship materials for Mo-Val Sunday will also soon be available digitally, via 7
Sunday, August 26 Noon - 5:00 p.m. Swimming Canoeing Pedal-boating Volleyball Wagon rides Nature hikes Arts & Crafts Fishing Barbecue (With sides and drink)
Sunday, August 12 at 4:30 PM All Choir members ... and anyone who may be thinking about singing in the 9:00 or 10:45 choir this Fall ... and their significant others ... are invited to come to our Choir Picnic. Meat will be provided ... just bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share, and lawn chairs. Dress casually and comfortably. A sign-up sheet will be on the bulletin board. Our picnic will be at the home of Roy & Carol Boschert. Call the church office 636.926-8995 for directions. Hope you'll be able to come and enjoy the Christian fellowship and fun!
Activities are free Food is available for purchase What better way to celebrate Camp Mo-Val's 50 years of ministry in the conference than to experience the fun of camp together! Come for the fun. Come to discover all camp has to offer. Come to celebrate with your Conference Family! Food (BBQ), Sides and Drinks) will be available for purchase until 4:00 or until food runs out! We will end the day with a vesper service and offering opportunity for Camp Mo-Val's mission work at 4:30 p.m. Questions? Contact Leah Atkinson Bilinski, Camp MoVal Covenanted Ministry Chair at [email protected] (636-667-7332) or Jeremy Force, Camp MoVal Director of Outdoor Ministries at [email protected] (636-583-2730). 8
"Jammin' with Joplin" Free Concert Donations will be welcomed August 26 at 7:00 pm at Faith UCC-Wentzville You are invited to an Evening of Harmony Benefit Concert for the Joplin Relief Fund presented by the Heritage Cluster of UCC churches (Augusta, Cappeln, Defiance, Femme Osage, New Melle, Schluersburg & Wentzville). Please stay for fellowship time after the concert to visit with the musicians and other guests.
THANK YOU .. for your gift of $25.00 to benefit the Children and Families served by ECH Every Child's Hope. This donation from your church allows us to continue our over 150 year relationship with the United Church of Christ. Your gift helps staff at ECH work with each child and young adult based on their individual needs. We are able to offer services that are unique and creative. By donating to ECH, our staff, children, youth and families know there is someone who cares and who is fighting for them. We are able to be innovative, making us a top children's agency. If you would like to know more about the programs offered at ECH Every Child's Hope, please feel free to contact the Development Office in St. Louis at 314.427.3755 or check out our website at Sincerely, Michael P. Brennan, Executive Director THANK YOU .. for your kind gift of $325.00 to help support the 257 men and women of Emmaus Homes. Your gift is very important to us and we are grateful to have caring friends like you to help us provide the numerous opportunities that are available to them. With your help, our clients and residents are able to participate in community events, take special trips to the Mall, celebrate birthday parties, get together for movie night, and a variety of other special activities that they enjoy. Many of our clients have already begun to work in the community gardens. They have been busy helping with weeding the gardens, spreading mulch and planting a variety of spring vegetables. Whether they are gardening, enjoying walks around the campus or sitting around with friends, your support helps us to make it possible to continue to enhance the quality of life and expand the experiences for men and women whom we serve. We are truly grateful for your generosity and support of Emmaus mission to enhance the lives of adults who have development disabilities. Sincerely, Lisa A. Drier, Executive Director Emmaus Resident Trust Foundation
Thank you . . . Dear Friends: What an awesome outpour ... truly we feel showers of love for our children and those of us joining together to make sure they are safe and receive nurturing care. Thank you so very much for your gift of $128.75. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only things that ever has. We are delighted to let you know $85,444 was donated in merchandise, cash and gift cards this year for Showers of Love!!! This is truly AMAZING! Your gifts to the Crisis Nursery from Showers of Love are received with heartfelt appreciation. Thank you so very much for helping us continue to save babies' lives, keep kids safe and build strong families! With gratitude, DiAnne L. Mueller, MS, LPC Chief Executive Office 9
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All youth are invited to Warehouse Worship once a month. The next one is scheduled for 5:30pm Sunday, August 12. We plan to have an outdoor campfire around a firepit . There will be a BBQ on August 18th for which Youth are responsible, another Warehouse Worship on September 9th, an Overnight Lock-in on Friday, September 21st starting at 8:00 p.m. thru Saturday, September 22nd at 9:00 a.m... and don't forget to B.A.R.F. (Bring A Real Friend). Come join us for a great time at our annual Youth Lock-in September 21-22. We will have lots of fun games (electronic to physical games), good food, and lots of fun fellowship! Time are above. Sign up on the youth bulletin board soon. Any questions please contact Stephen Stark at the church office 636.926.8995. Please plan on working in shifts throughout the day at the August 18th Youth BBQ. A sign-up sheet is posted on the Youth bulletin board. All youth are welcomed and encouraged to bring their friends to any and all events. All of these events also need chaperones, and those willing to help are to please contact Stephen Stark. (See Adult Help in next column.) Ask our youth about their t-shirt with ministry names and meaning on them! They are for sale to the congregation for $10 for adults. See Stephen Stark for more details. Stay tuned in for more details on our youth. For all those people who have helped in one way or another we thank you, and hope for your continued support. If you are interested in working with the youth group in any way, please contact the Youth Minister at 636.926.8995.
ST. JOHN'S AND NON-CHURCH-RELATED FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES (Revision May 11, 2000) In an effort to provide a positive experience for all of our members, friends, and guests when they gather at St. John's, we desire to set a reasonable policy regarding the sale of any item or service in the church. We recognize three things: Not everyone desires to be asked to purchase a product or service when they come to church. Some sales may conflict with a Church sponsored project or with the values of our church. There are times when it can be good to support the charitable fund-raising efforts of our school children, scouting programs, community projects, and others. The best compromise we currently see is to ask that all groups and individuals who wish to sell any product or service on the church premises first receive Council approval, and if approval is given, that their actual sales effort be confined to a designated area for the time agreed upon. Signs of reasonable size can be posted at the designated location, and when possible, announcements can be made in the bulletin; however, we request that members, friends, and guests not to be approached and asked to make any purchase. Again, our main purpose is to provide some order and appropriateness to solicitations in the church. Our hope and prayer is that this policy will help to maintain peace and good will among all who gather at St. John's for worship, fellowship, and service. ADULT HELP Adult help is needed for our annual Youth Lock-in September 21-22. (See column to left.) We can reap what we sow. We need 10 adults for every hour the kids are at the church. We will also need people to help set up and clean up before and after as well as some adults to help with snacks. Sign up on the bulletin board soon. Any questions, please contact the church office at 636.926.8995. 10
during August 2012
For this month and the coming months: We are looking for caring
adults to be involved with the children in Millennium Mission. Our Will you help children need to know that others care! All lessons and materials are
our kids?
provided for you. In the process of teaching and guiding, we find
ourselves learning right along with the children. Please sign up on the
Millennium Mission teaching schedule in our Fellowship area.
We are learning about Feeding the Multitude in the month of August. Theme: When God asks us to obey and do something by faith, God always supplies with enough to do the task when we trust him. Bible Memory Verse: Jesus replied, "I am the bread that gives life." - John 6:35a Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, the children will be able: To retell the story of Jesus's miracle of feeding the multitude To understand that we can rely on God to meet our needs To understand that God wants us to share with others Activities will include: viewing a dvd video, making a craft, retelling the story of Feeding the Multitude, and making snacks to share
Begins Wednesday, September 19 All youth in the 8th grade and older are invited to enroll for our next Confirmation Class. The class will meet weekly with Pastor John Silea on Wednesday evenings from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m., beginning September 19. If you have questions, or desire to enroll your son or daughter in the class, please call the church office by Sunday, September 9. 11
Are you new to St. John's? Don't know what Holly Berry Fair is? Not a problem ... HERE'S THE SCOOP! The Holly Berry Fair, an annual fundraiser for St. John's, offers a SILENT AUCTION, CRAFT FAIR, BAKE SALE, HOMEMADE GIFTS AND SPECIAL ITEMS, HBF CAFЙ, HOMEMADE COOKIES AND GOODIES, AND A RAFFLE OF A QUILT AND A FEW OTHER SPECIAL PRIZES .. AND MORE .. all wrapped into one! Holly Berry Fair planning will be in full swing come September 10 at 7:00 p.m. at church. We are looking for volunteers to staff booths, help in the HBF Cafй, help with advertising, and more outlined below. The Planning Committee is always looking for new people to share ideas and help organize the different .. COME TO THE MEETING! MAYBE YOU LIKE TO SHOP Pick up a good deal and create a basket for the Silent Auction. Some theme basket items include: Bathroom redo: new rug, candles, a cute mirror, and bath salts or soaps. Movie Night: Gift Certificate to a local movie theatre or DVD's, add some popcorn, Twizlers, and soda. Wrap it up: Wrapping paper, bags, ribbons, small package decorations, labels, tape .. for all seasons. Do you have a great idea? Share it with the committee. Gina Hale is the Chairperson for the Silent Auction. OR IS CRAFTING YOUR THING? DO YOU SEW, CROCHET, KNIT, MAKE JEWELRY, PAINT, DRAW, WOODWORK, STAINED GLASS ETC Summer is a great time to be working on projects big and small. Donate items worth over twenty dollars to the Silent Auction and those great little gifts to the Specialty Gift Shoppe. Rhonda Hanne and Wanita Morris are Co-Chairpersons for the Specialty Gift Shoppe. Rhonda will also be posting a list of baking ingredients to make the mixes that make up the beautiful baskets that will be for sale. ARE YOU A CANNER, BAKER, CANDY MAKER? Rose Mary Howell is the Chairperson for The Sweet Shoppe. She will be looking for great homemade items to sell. Summer time is prime time for canning apple butter, jellies, pickles, relishes, salsa, etc. You can also begin thinking about what great recipes you have for breads, candies, or novelty items. OR ARE YOU A CAKE BOSS? Alvyne Rethemeyer is Chairperson for the Cake Walk. She will need a variety of cakes to serve as prizes for the winners all day long. NOT CRAFTY? THAT'S OK! The HBF Cafй will be in need of homemade pies, donations of food for making the great Walking Tacos, and other food items. Dennis Muckerman will be coordinating the preparation of the Cafй food the day before. Renee Muckerman will be managing the Cafй during the event. Plenty of workers will be needed to fill orders during the lunch rush. CAN'T BAKE, CAN'T COOK, AREN'T CRAFTY? There's a job for you, too! Come to 9/10 meeting. HEAVY LIFTING REQUIRED The Friday night before the HBF, the fellowship area and education wing must be transformed for the Fair, and again following the Fair Saturday night back into our fellowshipping setup for after worship services the next morning. Which means, we will be in need of good strong backs to lift and carry tables, chairs, and anything else that moves! ARE YOU A SALESPERSON, OR MAYBE YOU NEED A NEW QUILT? Each year a beautiful, handcrafted quilt is raffled. June Gooch will be heading up the Raffle this year, so watch for raffle tickets being on sale soon! For general information about the Holly Berry Fair, please contact our church office at 636.926.8995. 12
FISH of St. Charles County Dear Friends of St. John's UCC: We wish to express our appreciation for your donations to our food pantry in June which consisted of 87 items. Your gifts have enabled us to provide nutritious meals for 165 adults and children. In addition to the food, their families were supplied with clothing, shoes, housewares and linens. Thank you so much for assisting us in helping the needy in our community. Sincerely, Maurice R. Helmich FISH of St. Charles County FOOD PANTRY NEEDS FOR AUGUST: CANNED STEW APPLESAUCE OTHER CANNED FRUIT MAC & CHEESE TUNA HELPER BAR SOAP TOILET PAPER OTHER SIMILAR ITEMS Paper grocery bags are also needed. Please feel free to bring anything else you might find to share. All foods may be deposited in the vestibule area of our church to be taken to FISH Food Pantry. Monetary donations are always welcome! Checks should be made payable to St. John's UCC with FISH written on the memo line. 13
CABINET MEETING Thursday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m. All Committee Chairpersons attend this meeting. MEETINGS OF ALL COMMITTEES Thursday, August 2 at 7:30 p.m. COUNCIL MEETING Thursday, August 23 at 7:00 p.m
Tuesday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m.
All are welcome to join us! After our summer respite, the St. John's Book Club will next meet September 4 at 7:00 p.m. We will be discussing the book The Snow Child by William Landay. Refreshments will be served. If you would like to read ahead, the following meeting will be on Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m., and we will be discussing The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman. Mark your calendar and plan to come take part in our lively discussions and enjoy refreshments too!! If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 636.926.8995.
BARBECUES ARE 11am to 5pm or until sold out! Upcoming bar-b-q Saturday dates: August 18, September 22, and October 27 Mark all these dates on your calendar!
These are the BBQ designations for our 2012 barbecues for what fund, special project or group will benefit from the profits of each date:
Enjoy your barbecue here at the church, or get carry outs to have later at home or for entertaining! Pork steaks, chicken, bratwurst, and hot dog dinners and sandwiches are all available! Sandwiches include chips. Dinners include a choice of 2 sides: Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Baked Beans
April 28 Handbells May 19 Mortgage Fund June 16 Mortgage Fund July 21 Handbells Aug. 18 Youth Sept. 22 Projectors and Screens Oct. 27 Mortgage Fund
Orders of 10 dinners or more can be delivered within a 10 mile radius. We will also take orders from local companies and large groups. Call in your order: 636.926.8995 Your participation and support (especially helping with the clean-up shift) are welcome and appreciated. Please sign up! Visit our website: 14
Do you have an object you would like to know more about? September 16 1:00-4:00 p.m. Mark your calendar! ALL WOMEN ARE WELCOME! Have you ever watched an episode of the program "Antique Roadshow"? Well, our Women's Fellowship will be sponsoring our very own version of this show, here at church. You are invited to a light refreshing lunch, and an informative afternoon. Each person can bring ONE ITEM for a brief appraisal on Sunday, September 16. Our guest, Joan Komlos, will be here to appraise an antique or collectible item you may have sitting around the house, or hidden away! There will be a nominal fee which will cover the afternoon's light lunch and informational entertainment! Watch for additional information in the September newsletter and worship service bulletins. We will not be meeting in August. For questions, please feel free to contact the church office at 636.926.8995.
Make plans now to accompany us on Tuesday, August 28, for a visit at 1:30 p.m. with the residents at Emmaus Home in St. Charles. The residents are happy to see us and truly enjoy our visits. You are invited to come along with us on any of these visits as we provide an activity or game, and visit with the residents. Come help us with this worthwhile activity. The residents look forward to our visits and we have a fun time with them. If you have any questions, please call the church office at 636.926.8995. Handcrafted Notecards for Sale Throughout the year! And they sell fast! Proceeds benefit St. John's Mortgage Fund Notecards are sold for $3.00 each. We do accept requests to make something customized for some special occasions. Come to our weekly Wednesday gatherings at church at 10:00 a.m. as we are making cards to sell at the Holly Berry Fair fundraiser. Bring your own lunch and plan to stay .. enjoy the fellowship. Or, you can pick up some designs and supplies and work on them at home at your leisure. Just call ahead to the church office 636-926-8995 to be certain someone will be here. The more hands the merrier! .. 5nd the greater is the variety we can offer. 15
Come play BUNCO! 7:00 PM TUESDAY AUGUST 21 All women are invited for some fun, fellowship and playing bunco. Learn this easy game as you play. We also take time to enjoy great refreshments supplied by our hostesses of the evening. JUST BRING YOURSELF and A FRIEND!
Prayer Shawl Ministry Next Meeting: Thursday, August 2 7:00-8:30 p.m. Do you know of a need for a prayer shawl?
AA M e e t i n g s Every Wednesday, 7:30-9:00 p.m.and Every Thursday, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning, 7:00-7:45 a.m. Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
These shawls are made for the use of the entire congregation of St. John's. They are never for sale .. they are a GIFT from our church's ministry to anyone who is in need of comfort. If you have a need or know of anyone who might benefit from receiving a prayer shawl, let it be known to Pastor Silea or Sharon Thomas, Minister of Caring. Prayers are in the making of each shawl. At least 108 shawls have been blessed and distributed to people in a time of need, reaching out to them with the love and prayers of our faith family. Monetary donations are welcomed and used to renew our yarn inventory. Knitters and crocheters are always welcome at meetings on the first Thursday each month at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call the church office at 636.926.8995. 16
Pere Marquette Lodge in Illinois
Saturday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m. Come along to enjoy a wonderful evening of good food and a scenic site. Both singles and couples will meet for dinner at Pere Marquette Lodge, Illinois Route 100 in Grafton, Illinois on Saturday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m. for dinner and adult fellowship. The menu will be a fried chicken dinner, including dessert, beverage, tax and gratuity for $15.00 per person or $30.00 per couple. PAYMENT IS REQUIRED IN ADVANCE Please plan to sign up on the bulletin board in our fellowship area if you plan to attend AND GIVE YOUR PAYMENT TO Karl & Alvyne Rethemeyer or Jim & Marian Lonning. Please make checks payable to St. John's UCC. PAYMENT IS DUE BY AUGUST 7. IF PAYMENT IS NOT RECEIVED IN 16ADVANCE, YOU WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE RESERVATION. If you have any questions, please contact our our church office at 636.926.8995.
In June, our movie group saw "Snow White and the Huntsman". This film told the familiar story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but from a more mature perspective than the Disney version. Kristen Stewart as Snow White is never a helpless damsel in distress. She is a young female warrior anxious to fight for her rights. The film was well acted ­ especially Charlize Theron as the evil queen. Her make up artist was quite skilled at presenting her from a beautiful queen to an aging hag. She lost some of her magic powers when her brother dies. The dwarfs were very well portrayed and really enhanced the story. If you are a fan of this fairy tale, then you would probably enjoy the film. The group gave the film a 7.6 rating. We're looking forward to seeing you all at the movies movie date is Monday, August 13. Watch our worship bulletin announcements section for more information. If you have any questions, please call the church office at 636.926.8995. 17

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