This Week's Announcements

Christmas Pageant, Christmas Card Supper, Advent Lessons & Carols and More...

Christmas Pageant: The kids sounded great last week!   This Saturday is the dress rehearsal at 9:00am IN THE CHURCH.  Please make every effort to attend. 

Reminder: This pageant is for children of all ages, so older kids are welcome, especially those who want to narrate and sing! ALL ARE WELCOME. Seriously...bring a friend or someone you know who would like to be a part of the production. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at Richard.Davis@turner.com or cwgteaches@me.com and thank you so much! 

 

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:  

        Saturday, December 15: 9a - 10:30a ****DRESS REHEARSAL 

        Sunday, December 16: 4:15p ****FINAL SHOW  and Christmas Card Supper 

 

Christmas Card Supper: Mark your calendars and join us for one of St. John's great holiday traditions!  Immediately following the Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 16th (around 4:30PM), join your friends and fellow parishioners for a pot luck dinner and Christmas Carol sing-along.  Everyone is welcome.  This event is an annual fundraiser for North Porch, an organization that fills the gap in emergency situations when needy families are displaced or have shortfalls in their budget.  North Porch will provide diapers, formula, baby food, wipes and toiletry items.  In lieu of sending Christmas cards to your St. John's family, we ask you bring in one card for our Christmas Tree and make a small donation to North Porch at the event.  There will be a sign-up sheet in the parish hall and an email sign up to bring entrees and side dishes to share, as well as for decorations, set up and clean up.  The Christmas Card Supper brings us all together during this joyous time, and the Twelve Days of Christmas carol is not to be missed. 

 

Reverse Advent Bags : We are all so truly blessed to be part of our St. John's community.  Another of the many great Christmas traditions is our Reverse Advent program.  The Center For Food Action has a downturn in donations immediately following the Christmas and New Year holidays.  The concept is to take one of the bags located in the Parish Hall and fill it with one item each day leading up to Christmas.  It can be any food item or toiletry.  Then bring the bag back to the Parish Hall on December 30th or January 6th. Once the bags are collected, we will drop off the donation with the Center For Food Action.  If you have any questions, contact evafarrar@yahoo.com. 

 

 “Adopt a Family”: St. John’s is participating in St. Paul’s Episcopal Community Development’s Adopt a Family for Christmas outreach program this winter. The Church School has “adopted” 4 families with two, three or four children to help make their Christmas wishes come true. The children range in age from 6 months to 12 years old. All “wish cards” from the display board have been selected! Thank you! Please bring your wrapped gift to the table in the Parish Hall and select a Christmas card from the table to tape to the gift with the child’s name on it. Gift cards can be placed in a small box and wrapped with the name of the person on a Christmas card, also. (Sample gifts with cards on them are on display on the table under the clock in the PH.) All gifts are to be in the Parish Hall by December 9 to be delivered to St. Paul’s in time for their Christmas party on December 13th.  Contact Lynda Hammond for further details. (201-788-0433). Thank you for making another family's Christmas a happy blessing!  

Note: all gifts should be wrapped and a Christmas card with the child’s name taped to the wrapped box. Samples of wrapped gifts are on the table in the Parish Hall, as well as the Christmas cards. 

 

Community Thrift Shop: During the month of December, the Community Thrift Shop turns into a holiday boutique. The shop does not accept clothing except for coats and new items with the tags on. Instead, they are accepting donations of children's toys, gently used or new holiday decorations, current novels and other gift items. This is a perfect place to re-gift that new item you received that you won't use.  Even though the shop is located in Bergen County, many of their clients are from the Paterson area. The Community Thrift Shop gives them a place to purchase nice, inexpensive items for friends and family. Donation days are the first Saturday of the month or Mondays.  Hours for donation are 10-2. If you cannot take the items, please leave them in the basket in the parish hall foyer.  They will be taken for you.  St. John's receives a percentage of each item sold.  Our account number is 21. 

 

Help for Victims of Fires in California: The fires this year have gone from bad to worse to a record-breaking catastrophe.  For the most recent victims, from Paradise, they have lost loved ones, their pets, their homes, and the whole supportive structure of their town & neighbors. All they have left is any help they may receive.  If you are looking for an effective organization to which to donate (or donate again), know that ERD partners with Episcopal dioceses and Bishops in the affected area for distribution of food, financial support and long-term recovery. (See the Episcopal Relief and Development web site for up-to-date details on their work in California).  There is still a basket at the front of the church for cash and check donations. If you write a check please make it payable to St. John’s but notate it “ERD CA Fire Victims”.  Once again THANK YOU for your much-needed compassion.