First, We Give of Ourselves:
Giving in Gratitude
How do you live and give in gratitude? This has been the discussion of our congregation the past few weeks. It is a question that asks us to pause amidst our busy lives and consider how richly God has blessed us, and to what extent gratitude guides our living and giving.
There are two principles that lie at the core of our giving. The first is that our giving is a joyful and faithful response to God’s gifts to us through Jesus Christ. The other reason for our giving in gratitude is so that the ministries of our congregation can remain bold and vibrant by what we do in Christ’ name for our members and community.
Celebration Sunday with Breakfast – November 12th
Our fall emphasis will culminate with a Celebration Sunday on November 12th. We will gather at 7:45am in the Fellowship Hall for a Breakfast potluck. Please bring something to share. Coffee, beverages and dinnerware will be provided. Following breakfast we will enter worship at 9am.
Time and Talent and Giving Pledges
Please remember to bring your 2018 Time, Talent, and Giving pledge forms with you on Celebration Sunday, November 12th. If you are unable to attend, you may bring or mail your forms to the church office. When filling out your Time and Talent form, remember that the office will schedule volunteers based on this year’s 2018 sheet. Even if you’ve been a faithful volunteer in the past, please fill out this year’s form with your preferences.
Exciting events and ministries are happening at St. John’s! Because of you, your family, and our congregational family, the gospel is being boldly proclaimed and the joy of God’s grace in Christ is celebrated in marvelous ways. Indeed, through our ministry together, countless lives are being touched with the love of Christ.
Thank you in advance for your commitments to Christ’s ministry in this place.
~ Stewardship Team
Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Worship
Everyone is invited to join us at the city-wide Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve worship to be held at Zion United Methodist Church, 808 Jefferson Street, Mendota on Wednesday, November 22nd at 7pm. Pastor Susan Presley from First Presbyterian Church will deliver the message. Hope to see you there!
The 2018 Offering Envelopes are available in the Fellowship Hall for you to pick up at your convenience.
Why Sunday Fellowship?
The Merriam–Webster online dictionary defines a fellowship as a “community of interest, activity, feeling, or experience,” and “a company of equals or friends.”
God designed His church to be a fellowship, not just a community, but a family of brothers and sisters who share God’s ideals and beliefs, and who can help us improve ourselves.
The importance of fellowship in our lives is part of the reason that the people of God are commanded to consider one another in order to stir up love and good works. Every week, on Sunday, Christians gather both to hear the Word of God taught and to strengthen each other through fellowship.
Sunday Fellowship at St. John’s requires your participation. We are the Church. Please consider signing up for one Sunday during the year to make coffee and serve donuts to your fellow members so that we can meet, get to know each other and focus on God’s desires and goals for us.
There is a calendar in the Church kitchen, pick a Sunday to do your part as a member of the St. John’s community.
Our quilting ladies have been working on “Walker Bags” for residents of area nursing homes. They are also making them available to members of our congregation. You will find a basket full of these colorful and handy fabric bags in the Narthex. Please feel free to take one for yourself or someone you know.