Christmas Eve Festival Service with Candle Lighting
We will have one Christmas Eve Service this year on Sunday, December 24th at 5:00 PM in the church sanctuary lead by the Rev. R. Henderson. All are invited to attend. This service will include favorite hymns and carols performed by the Choir with Brass Quartet, and will also feature Margaret Covington on flute, Tim Knowlson singing a solo, and David Martin in guitar.
A Service of Advent Lessons and CarolsOur annual service of Advent Lessons and Carols was held during the 10:00 AM service on Sunday, December 24th. Our choir members read the lessons during the service and sang many carols accompanied by the piano, a flute, and a guitar.
Please bring finger foods to the Undercroft for our Christmas Party during Coffee Time after church on Sunday, December 17th.
Our young people performed a "very hip and cool" Christmas pageant during the 11:00 AM service on Sunday, December 17th. The congregation, parents, and grandparents thoroughly enjoyed watching this annual event.
Our annual caroling around our community will happen at 3:00 PM on Sunday, December 17th. Everyone who wants to carol will meet in the church parking lot at 2:30 PM so we can carpool to each location. Ron and Helen are hosting the carolers at their home afterward for food and fellowship.
Angel Tree Update
Our members stepped up to the plate, so to speak, with their response to the church's outreach mission for Christmas! These gifts, in addition to food, were delivered to two different families. Both families' members were so appreciative!
Angel Tree gifts, food, and monetary donations need to be returned to the church by Sunday, December 17th so they can be delivered before Christmas.
If you would like to honor or memorialize someone this Christmas season with a poinsettia, please place your donation in a flower envelope along with the completed form and put it in the offering plate or return it to the church office by Sunday, December 17th. Envelopes and forms are on the table in the narthex.
Pledge Cards and Pledge Statements
Your 2018 Pledge Cards and 2017 Pledge Statements have been mailed to you if you did not pick them up from the table in the narthex. Please return your pledge cards as soon as possible.
The Halifax County Salvation Army needs bell ringers from November 24th to December 23rd. Volunteers work in two hour shifts from 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM on Monday through Saturday. Please call 579-5231 (between 8:00 AM and noon) to volunteer.
Operation Christmas Child
We are all working on filling our shoe boxes to overflowing for children around the world through Operation Christmas Child. St. John's participates in this annual event with Beth Car Baptist Church in Halifax. Pictured are just a few of the many boxes that are being collected from November 12th through November 16th.
Confirmation, Reception, and Baptism with Our Bishop
Sunday, November 12th was a very special day at St. John’s! Bishop Holly Hollerith led our service of communion, baptized a young mother, received several people into the Episcopal Church, and confirmed a group of people as Episcopalians. The service was followed by a delicious luncheon catered by Four Oaks.
Law Enforcement Sunday
St. John’s annual celebration honoring our local law enforcement officers took place on, November 5th. Among those recognized were our own Benny, Kent, David, and Tracy! Sheryl Jones, chairwoman of the service, came up with the idea of celebrating our local law enforcement officers with a special service on All Saints' Sunday, gifting them with special presents, and offering a delicious luncheon catered by Ernie’s for our guests, their families, and our congregation. Thank you to our choir members (Carol, Sheila, Norma, John, Margaret, Tracy, Bee, Carl, Tim, Eleanor, Geraldine, Edna, Peg, Marcia) who performed gorgeous musical selections and to Tim for the solo and to Margaret for the flute accompaniment. Thank you to our acolytes (Abbie, Byanca, and Gabby); to our servers Bill and Woody, and to our reader Peg. Thank you to the Hospitality Committee members (Diane, Benita, Janet, Gail, Beth) and our Altar Guild ladies (Bee, Darnell). A special thank you goes out to Sheryl, Lott, Bill, Kathy, and Honey for all their behind-the-scenes organization of this beautiful service.
Decorating the Town
Local organizations were able to “buy” a light pole for $5 to decorate downtown Halifax. Father Ross purchased a pole for St. John’s. Honey Davis came up with the creative idea of making a little flower pot lady sitting in a rocking chair surrounded by a fall wreath and flowers. Honey worked with Darnell Abbott to put together our lady and her colorful surroundings. Walter Parker painted our lady’s face, while Lott and Janet Rogers made the sign. Now our lady sits on a street corner near The Packhouse to welcome people coming down Main Street in Halifax.
Trick-or-Treat in Halifax
Members of St. John’s participated in the Town of Halifax trick-or-treat festivities on Halloween night. Many children stopped by our St. John’s table on the sidewalk in front of Triangle Florist. Special thank you to everyone who participated including Bill and Jane Confroy, Jacob Saunders and son, Phillip Saunders, David and Tracy Martin, and Cyndi Overby.
Halloween/Fall Celebration at Jerry Epps' Farm
St. John’s would like to welcome the Rev. Pam Webb, a retired Episcopal priest, who resides in Williamsburg, Virginia. Pam has graciously agreed to lead Holy Communion on some Sundays when Father Ross is unavailable. Rev. Webb, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, earned her degrees at The University of Mississippi (Old Miss) and at Virginia Theological Seminary.
Daughters of the King
The DOK members were blessed on Sunday, October 25th as they continue their ministries in our community.
On Tuesday, October 17th the South Boston-Halifax Museum had their “Tables” fundraiser. This fundraiser has been held the past few years, and it is always an enjoyable event because churches, clubs, organizations, and creative individuals volunteer to decorate a table and to sell tickets for $25 each for people to sit at their table. This year’s theme was “Holidays from October 1st through January 1st.” Father Ross organized and decorated a table for St. John’s as he does every year. Since he had nine people sitting at the table, he used a different holiday for each place setting. He used placemats and decorations representing Halloween, United Nation’s Day, Veteran’s Day, Election Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. The table’s centerpiece was designed by Father Ross; he used calendar pages for October, November, December, and January to make a box with the holidays marked on the pages. He added a small sign that said, “Life is the occasion…Celebrate every day!” Awards’ certificates were given out to the tables judged to be the most creative, most colorful, and for several of the major holidays. Our St. John’s table won the certificate for the best Veteran’s Day decoration.