Found at the Schools for Peace event: a lady’s ring. Call the office and describe it to claim it.
Other Lost and Found items from the last three months will be on display in the parish hall this Sunday, September 19th! Please come see if you can find any of your lost items! Anything left after the 20th will be donated.
Thanks to all who placed a scrip order this week. Our profit was $200! Your order will be here on Sunday. Anyone wanting more information about scrip, please see me on Sunday morning.
Thank you to all who took a flier for "Operation Santa". We will be filling stockings for our Marines in Afghanistan. If you would like to be a part of this effort, pick up a flier at church. You can start to collect things that will be gratefully received by the troops... candy, socks, hygiene supplies, books, puzzle books, packets of cocoa or cider etc. If you don't want to do the shopping you can send a check to St. John's with Operation Santa in the memo line, and we will do the shopping for you!
Adult Education classes begin at St. John's on September 19. Bud Thurston will be teaching "The Making and Understanding of Myth" for three weeks. This class will examine the beginning of myth making in all ancient cultures and how this applies to our present understandings of the Christian Faith.
We need new books for our Children’s Library. They could be Christian based or just popular books with a good moral or lesson to be learned. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Attention Children ages 3 – 12 yrs. Do you want to feel good about yourself? Have fun while you enrich your life. Come have a blast with us in Sunday School this year. How about running our own Children’s Chapel, singing, skits, making arts and crafts for the elderly, working with SOLV to clean up our city, fieldtrips, caroling at Christmas time, playing Florescent Putt Putt golf, Foosball, Ping Pong, decorating the tables for Feed The Hungry, sharing our art throughout the community, performing plays, and much, much more. We’ll be learning a basic Christian education while focusing on service and good fellowship. All children are enthusiastically invited to join our fun-filled St. John’s Sunday School Program which begins Sunday, September 19th, 9am – 11am. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Bring your neighbor! Bring your cousin! Bring a friend! We welcome all children in our community regardless of whether their families are members of our church. Just give Sue, in the office, a call to sign up so that we will be prepared with enough materials, 503-653-5880. You may also register with our Sunday School Coordinator, Patti Denny, at 503-692-5621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. …. Even though parents may need to return home after dropping off their children, they are certainly welcome and invited to attend the popular Bible Study chat from 9-10am and the adult service from 10am-11am. For the little siblings, we have a fabulously furnished Nursery with Erin, a most wonderful, nurturing and skilled caregiver.
Our own J.J. Ross has been selected as an emerging artist and his art (15 pieces) will travel to 5 places in the US over the next two years! Congratulations, J.J.!
Another Date to Save! The Harvest Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, October 23rd. Fall is in the air and it's time to reserve the date for our annual Harvest Dinner, coordinated by Mary Dettmann. Watch for more information in the coming weeks.
Deacon Denny will begin a class--Finding the Holy in Daily Life for three week beginning October 10. This class examines taking the religious life beyond the church walls and into the world. If you are tired of talking about religion, reading about spirituality and talking about things that matter without acting on them--then this class is for you.
On the 31st of October, we will have a report on the workings of the Diocesan Convention--resolutions, elections for various diocesan committees and the address of our new Bishop, Michael Hanley.
In Advent (beginning on the 28th of November) Bud Thurston will do an Advent study on the Gospel of John. Bring a Bible and learn and discuss this important Gospel writer in the life of the church.
Celebrate 10/10/10 and Join the Global Work Party
Science and Religion Working Together to Protect Creation
10/10/10 and the Global Work Party is the idea of 350.org: The name “350.org” highlights the necessity of
reducing the CO2 in our atmosphere to 350 parts per million.
Many scientists, climate experts, and progressive national governments are now saying that the highest
safe level of CO2 is 350 parts per million. It's the safety zone for planet earth. (Until we began burning
coal and gas and oil, our atmosphere contained 275 parts per million).
We are already above the safe zone at our current 392ppm. Unless we rapidly return to below 350
ppm this century, we risk reaching tipping points and irreversible impacts.
Most faith traditions share core religious and moral principles about Creation:
Creation is good, it is valued and cared for by the Creator and is a sacred trust.
Human beings must care for the earth as they meet legitimate human needs for a life of dignity.
The poor and vulnerable, especially children, suffer most from environmental degradation.
Religious communities have the responsibility of teaching and practicing the message of creation
care and integrating it into the whole of religious life.
To join, volunteer for or host a Global Work Party in our area, go to www.350.Oregon.org. To learn how to
reduce your carbon footprint by 10% over the next year, go to www.emoregon.org/power_light.
participate in Oregon Interfaith Power and Light’s October 23 Cool Congregations workshop to learn how
to help others meet the challenge.