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Advent 2014 Events

Friday, December 12
Tidings of Joy*
7 p.m.
Bring the entire family for this rollicking evening of seasonal favorites presented by Saint John's musicians and friends. This will be the 8th annual gathering of the Saint John's family to boisterously sing out the music we all have grown up with. 
 
Sunday, December 14          Third Sunday of Advent
9 and 11 a.m.
Rev. Hilary Marchbanks will share the message A World Awaits: A Song Awaits based on the
Magnificat, Luke 1:26-38 and 46b-55. The children will arrange Chrismons on the tree at both services; the Spirit Singers, our children’s choir, will offer special music in both services.
 
Thursday, December 18   
The Service of the Longest Night: The Light Shines in the Darkness*
7 p.m.
A grace-filled hour of reflection in a setting of candlelight and quiet music. Thoughtfully chosen
readings of scripture and prayers acknowledge the existence of sadness, or loneliness or isolation
yet offer healing and the hope of a new day as the light of Christ draws near.
 
Friday, December 19
Saint John’s Annual Christmas Caroling
5:30 p.m.
All ages are invited to meet at 5900 Wynona, then join in bringing music and joy to Saint John’s members who are homebound. Afterward, we will return to 5900 Wynona for food and fellowship.
 
Sunday, December 21          Fourth Sunday of Advent
9 and 11 a.m.
In the Festival of Lessons and Carols, we experience the story of “God with us” through scripture and song.
This Saint John’s tradition features music from the Chancel Choir, the Jones Handbell Choir and
the Trinity Singers along with a special children’s time with Pastor Paul. The Spirit Singers share
music at 11 a.m.
 
Wednesday, December 24             Christmas Eve
5 p.m.* - A child-friendly Christmas Eve service with Communion. Rev. Amy Villwock and
Rev. Paul Escamilla will share messages based on the Christmas Story found in Luke 2:1-20. A shuttle bus will be available for transport from the north end of Lamar Middle School to Saint John’s.
7 p.m.* - A traditional service of carols, candlelight and Communion with special music from the Chancel Choir. Rev. Paul Escamilla will deliver the message A World Awaits: A song in the night based on Luke 2:1-20.
Rev. Hilary Marchbanks will lead prayers of the people. A shuttle bus will be available for transport from the north end of Lamar Middle School to Saint John’s.
11 p.m. - A candlelight service with Communion, music from a vocal ensemble and congregational
singing of traditional carols, with the message A World Awaits: A Song in the Night by Rev. Paul
Escamilla based on Luke 2:1-20.
 
For more information, call (512) 452-5737.
 
*Childcare is available in Room 101 for this special event or service.


Spring Classes

Spring classes on Bible study, spiritual growth and relationships are available for sign-up in the coming weeks. Classes and events are:

Lenten pancake supper - Shrove Tuesday, February 17.

Day Apart retreat with Rev. Georjean Blanton - Choose one of two days, January 31 or February 21

Saint John's 101 - Come learn more about our faith community

Confirmation class for youth - Begins in February

Couples class based on Adam Hamilton's Love to Stay- Thursday evenings, January 22-February 12. 

Covenant Bible Study - Monday evenings, starting January 5

Companions in Christ: Way of Forgiveness - Thursdays from January 29 - March 26

12-week Enneagram study led by Rev. Georjean Blanton, Cathy Kyle and Molly McFarland.

Book study led by the Reconciling Ministries Team about a friendship between two ideologically-different friends - Dates and times to be determined.

Immigration Policies and the Bible class offered in late spring

For full descriptions of each class and to register, please click here.

Prayerfully consider which of these classes may be next for your spiritual growth. A calendar of these Lenten spring class offerings will be available in January, signups will begin to show up in December. Contact Associate Pastor Hilary Marchbanks with questions at 512-452-5737 orhilary@stjohnsaustin.org


Family Camp

Need to relax and unwind after the busy Christmas holidays? What better place to do it than in the Hill Country on the beautiful Frio River at HEB Foundation camps. Join us January 16-19, 2015 at the annual Saint John's Winter Family Camp.Saint John's camp coordinator Jeff Strawmyer will be sending an email soon to give details about the registration process. If he doesn't have your email, and you want more information about this fun retreat, please email him at jjstrawmyer@aol.com. Cost is $30 for ages 13 and over, $15 for ages 4-12 (no charge for 3 and under). While planning your 2015 calendar, reserve July 12-16, 2015 for Saint John's summer fun at the new Headwaters camp.


Reconciling Ministries Team

The Reconciling Ministries Team (RM Team) at Saint John's was formed in November 2010 by a group of Saint John’s members who wanted to raise awareness about Reconciling Ministries at our church. The RM Team became a recognized church committee (affiliated with Intentional Faith Development committee) by church council vote in 2011. We currently have seven active RM Team members and many RM Team Friends in our congregation.  Interested in joining us?  See contact info below.

We currently host a monthly Rainbow Potluck, usually after the late service on Second Sundays, the same day we encourage our congregation to wear rainbows to church in the form of stoles, pins and more.  The rainbow stoles specifically remind us of those who have not been ordained and those who have lost ordination due to sexual orientation or gender identity.  All of our rainbows are a visible and affirming welcome to the many who have historically been made to feel unwelcome at church.

CLICK HERE to visit our home page.

Active Team Members (updated November 2013):

Joy Butler – Chair
email:  Joy L Butler @ gmail . com

Liza Chigos

Janice Curry

Rowland Curry

Brad Howe

Joan Hudson

John Thomason

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Hilary Marchbanks, Assistant Minister - Staff Liasion