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Women's Retreat


Save the date for this year's Women's Retreat at Summers Mill Retreat Center in beautiful Salado, Texas. This will be a time to focus on channels of God's grace and to build friendships. The retreat begins at 3:00 p.m. Friday, November 7- noon on Saturday, November 8 in Salado, Texas. Cost is $65 sharing a bed/$90 your own bed (register before September 30 at a discount, $60 sharing a bed/$85 your own bed). Register here.
Contact Hilary Marchbanks at hilary@stjohnsaustin.org or 512-452-5737 if you need assistance registering. 


Fall Classes


Saint John's will be starting a new season of classes this fall. For a preview of fall classes, click here.

For more information, contact Kate Harrington at kate@kateharrington.com or (512) 565-2511, Hilary Marchbanks at hilary@stjohnsaustin.org or (512) 452-5737. 

Choir seeking new members


It is August, and those who are active in the music ministry at Saint John's are at the ready to begin a new season of singing and playing music for services throughout the year. Have you had an inkling to join one of these music ensembles? There is always room for more singers, ringers and guitar pickers. You are invited to expand your own worship experience by considering participating in one (or more!) of our music groups. All you have to do is make your interest known to the various directors, and each can share more details with you. Please see the list below of the groups and their rehearsal times. Feel free to contact any of the directors below about joining.

- Cina Crisara, Director of Music,  

cina@stjohnsaustin.org  

Chancel Choir: 6:30 - 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Starts August 13.

All voice parts are welcomed (sopranos, altos, tenors, basses). Cina Crisara, director

Trinity Singers: 6-6:30 or 7 p.m. for two Wednesdays prior to a Sunday service. This is a choir for women. Starts August 27. Cina Crisara, director

Saint John's Singers: 8-8:30 on two Wednesdays prior to a Sunday service.This group is designed for more experienced singers. By invitation. Starts August 20. Cina Crisara, director

Cokesbury Choir: 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Year-round.

This group is for Senior Adults and travels to nursing homes, retirements centers. Jeanette Ball, director jeanette@stjohnsaustin.org  512 338-4344

Jones Handbell Choir: 5:45-6:30 Starts August 20th. 

George Frock, director; contact gfrock@austin.rr.com 

Spirit Singers: 9:50-10 a.m. Sundays in the chapel. For children, Grades K-5. Starts August 24. Rebecca Witte, director; contactrebecca@stjohnsaustin.org  

For more information, please visit stjohnsaustin.org/choir


Immigration study


Come encounter what scripture says about immigration, learn about current immigration policies, and discuss ways for Christians to respond. Class runs 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, September 24-October 29. Led by Karen Hale and Al Lindsey. Register here


Day Apart retreat


The journey of faith is made up of hundreds of decisions each day, starting with the question "What is the next right step?" Discernment is the spiritual practice that helps us invite the Holy Spirit into those decisions. Just like any other skill, the more we practice the better we become. The more we exercise our discernment muscles, the more open we become to God's leading in our lives.

The retreat "A Day Apart: Discernment" on September 13 will use several forms of prayer, including the labyrinth, seeking to learn ways to help participants be more open to the Spirit's leading in life's decisions. There will be time for quiet reflection and private consultation with Saint John's spiritual director in residence, Georjean Blanton.

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, September 13, offsite. Cost is $60; limit 12 particpants. Register in the Gallery on Sunday or online here.


Dinners of 8


Have you been looking for a way to get to know other Saint John's members better? Do you love dinner parties?  If so, Dinners of 8 is for you.

This longtime Saint John's favorite invites participants to enjoy dinner in groups of eight - four pairs - approximately once a month for four months. Each pair rotates to dine with different people each time. Every month one of the pairs is assigned to be the "host" for that month and decides whether to hold the dinner at their house or to eat out.  If dining at home, the host is responsible for the main dish.  The others are assigned to bring vegetables, salad, bread and desserts.  If dining out, the host chooses the location and each party pays their own way. 

Dinner dates are September 27, October 25, November 15 and December 13, 2014. 

You can sign up as a pair or as a single to be matched with someone else.  You can also sign up as an alternate in the event a participant can't make one of the dinners.  Once sign up is complete you will receive a packet of information that details your rotation format.  If you know there is a date you cannot make, please note that on the sign up sheet so you won't be assigned to host that night.

Sign up by August 31 in the Gallery or contact Kerri Rowland at 512-423-0073 or kerrirowland@gmail.com. Bon Appetit!


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