Advent, Christmas, & Epiphany Schedule at St. John's

Faith in Action:

YWCA Giving Tree through Dec 12
We are again sponsoring 14 families this year. Wish tags will be hanging on a Christmas tree at the back of the church. Select the tags you wish to fulfill (as many as you like), or donate funds to have others shop for you. Drop the unwrapped gifts off in the marked bin in the Gathering Space by Monday, December 12. The gifts will be wrapped in time for a Christmas celebration. Contact Sue Cadwell with questions at susie46buffy@gmail.com.
 

Worship:

Thursdays at 7pm: Compline
Join us on Thursday nights for a service of chanting and mystery. Incense will be present, as will the Holy Spirit.
Dec 24 at 4pm & 10pm: Christmas Eve Worship
Join us for Christmas Eve worship. Services are at 4:00 and 10:00 pm. A 30-minute musical prelude precedes each service.
Dec 25 at 10am: Christmas Day Worship
Gather for Christmas Eucharist at 10:00 am. No 8:00 am service on this date.
Feb 2 at 7pm: Candlemas
Our Compline liturgy will be enriched with special music by The Mirandola Ensemble for the Feast of Candlemas.
Feb 15 at 12 noon: Noonday Prayers
Pause during your busy week for a service of Noonday Prayers in the Chapel.
 

Cross+Generational Events:

Nov 27 at 11:30am: Advent Wreath Event
Gather in the Gym for an intergenerational event and make a fresh Advent wreath for your home this year. It’s free and all materials are provided. Everyone is welcome, both families and individuals of all ages. Refreshments will be served.
Jan 8 during 10am service: Christmas Pageant
The pageant will include gospel readings, carols, and a full cast of characters. First-time participants, particularly families, are encouraged to grab a costume and join our base cast in the pageant. There are many opportunities to help including cast members, narrators, costume creation, and advertising. Contact Heather Hunt at hhuntenp@gmail.com with any questions.

Dec 11 after 10am worship: Pageant Information Session
An information session where you can sign up for specific speaking and singing parts (Holy family, Kings, Shepherds, Gabriel, Angels) will be held immediately after church in the Music Room.

Jan 7 from 10-noon: Pageant Rehearsal
A practice for those with speaking roles will be held Saturday, January 7, from 10 – noon followed by a pizza lunch.

 

Fellowship:

Dec 3 between 5-8:30pm: Christmas Party
St. John’s and Holy Apostles’ own Top Chefs will each prepare a small plate/hearty appetizer. Guests will stop and sample at each chef’s station and can mingle or relax with others at tables. Vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free choices will be available. Wine, beer and festive non-alcoholic drinks will be served. Guests will be asked to bring a favorite dessert to share. Drop in anytime between 5-8:30pm to enjoy good food and good companionship. Suggested donation $20/person (everyone is welcome regardless of ability to pay). RSVP at the ushers’ desk, in the gathering space, or at 651-228-1172 x10.  If you have any questions about the party or want to volunteer as a chef or any other capacity, please email Becky Garthofner at becky.garthofner@securian.com.
Dec 14 at 6pm: Hanging of the Greens
At this annual event, we decorate the church inside and out with greens and garlands.
Feb 15 at 12:30pm: OWLs Luncheon
Everyone who identifies as an OWL (older, wiser laity) is invited to a luncheon in the Fireside Room hosted by St. John’s clergy and staff.
 

Music:

Dec 18 at 4pm: Lessons & Carols
We will present the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. Our adult, children’s, youth and handbell choirs will sing and ring. The Artaria String Quartet will be playing and accompanying on several pieces. Carols of the season will be sung and anthems by Max Reger, Hugo Distler, Ralph Vaughan Williams and others will be heard. This is a popular service and you are encouraged to come early for good seats. Invite your friends and neighbors to attend this gift of the season! Childcare is available. A festive reception and a blessing of the grand piano in the Fireside Room will follow.
Jan 21 at 7:30pm: Piano Celebration Concert
This year we will celebrate our third annual piano concert with a progressive piano convert using three of our instruments in the Fireside Room and the Church . . . a moving celebration! Parish musicians and Osip Nikiforov, pianist from the University of Minnesota, will perform.
Feb 12 at 4pm: Evensong
The adult choir will present music of Graham and Gibbons, followed by a festive reception.

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