Upcoming Events, News and Meetings

Sermon Series:  “Just Walk Across the Room”...

Again, beginning on September 10/11, Pastor Jay will lead a sermon series based upon the book “Just Walk Across the Room,” written by Pastor Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church.  An introduction to Hybels’ book reads:

Just Walk Across the Room signals the next era in personal evangelism. Pastor Bill Hybels's firm conviction is that the highest value in personal evangelism is being attuned to and cooperative with the promptings of the Holy Spirit. This means playing only the role you are intended to play---walking when the Spirit says to walk, talking when the Spirit says to talk, and falling silent when the Spirit suggests that you've already said enough.”  

Some of the overall themes of Hybels’ book are:   anyone can evangelize, it may be as simple as entering into a conversation with someone you don’t know, AND that conversation can potentially have an ETERNAL impact upon the life of someone else.  We can make a difference in the world in which we live.  We are called to be disciples of Jesus Christ!

Daily Devotional – Ways to Connect...

Related to the above, there are two movements afoot to try and connect with God and with each other in a daily devotional.  The first movement is the compilation of an Advent/Christmas daily devotional (similar to “Our Daily Bread” and “The Upper Room”) that is written by members, family and friends of our congregation.  We are seeking willing volunteers to write a short devotional that will be shared on a particular day (sometime between November 26 and December 31) with the entire congregation.  Booklets containing all of the individual devotions will be given to all of our church family prior to the end of November, that way, as a congregation, we can all share in the same devotions throughout Advent/Christmas.

The second movement is our desire to begin the New Year with every family in the congregation sharing in the same devotional booklet, “Jesus Calling,” written by Sarah Young.  Some of you may already be using this devotion.  What I love about this devotion is that it is written from the perspective of God speaking directly to me (or to you or your family).  The tentative plan is for each individual, each family to receive a copy of this book as a gift at one of our Christmas Eve worship services.  By placing this devotional in the hands of all of our church family, our hope is that we can encourage each other in our faith journey and experience additional connections as we do.

Upcoming Worship Opportunities... 

     September 17/18, Volunteer Recognition

    September 25, 20th Anniversary of School of the Arts (SOTA) at 10:45 a.m. ONLY

Help Needed... help is needed in the following areas:

Sound Board Operator -  a Sunday commitment to both morning worship services; Operator would make sure mics are turned on and off, adjust volumes of the mics, and deal with any special music needs.

Screen Graphics Operator -  a Sunday commitment to both morning worship services or a Saturday commitment to that worship service; Operator would follow along with the worship leader on the computer with the slides that have been prepared by our Screen Graphics Originators.

Weekend Sexton -  a weekend commitment to secure the church building by opening up for Sunday worship (7:00 a.m.) and by locking the church building after worship; infrequently, Sexton may be asked to provide assistance for special events on the weekend, too.

Home Communion Visitors - an every other month commitment to visit with and share communion to one or more of our shut-in/homebound members.

For all of these positions, training is provided. Contact the church office OR Lew Litz (for the Operators or Sexton positions) and Pastor Jay (for Visitor position). Thanks for your prayerful consideration.

Monthly Missions (as submitted and approved by the Missions Team and the Administrative Board)...

               January – Matthew 25 (former “We Care”)
               February – WECCC
               March – Sojourner Truth Ministries
               April – Wise Options/Expectations Women’s Center (50/50)
               May – Mission Central
               June – Heifer International
               July – Shepherds of the Street
               August – Doctors Without Borders
               September – Hope Made Real
               October – Children of Zion Village/TWR, formerly Trans World Radio (50/50)
               November – Support Homeless Vets
               December – Gatehouse Hospice

Prayer Opportunities Abound... 
For those wanting to be involved in a more intentional way in prayer, there are numerous opportunities provided on a regular basis!  See below for more details:
Prayer Walk – This occurs once a month, the second Saturday morning of each month beginning at 8:30 a.m.  The group meets before and after by the outside sanctuary doors.  The walk proceeds from there in almost any direction from the church.  The walk is finished within the hour.  ANYBODY is invited to join us for this walk.  (The next one is September 13th at 8:30 a.m.)
Prayer Time – This occurs every Monday evening in the sanctuary from 6-8 p.m.  This is a self-directed time period.  You are welcome to come and go as you wish.  If you want someone to pray with you or for you, simply approach someone else that is present.
Email Prayer Chain – Pastor Jay regularly sends out prayer requests as he receives them.  If you would like to be added to this list or if you would like to add a name to this list, please send an email to Pastor Jay making that request:  stjnpastor@verizon.net.
Telephone Prayer Chain – Shirley Morris coordinates this very faithful prayer chain.  Calls come in to a monthly designated person who in turn passes the information along to the other lists.  Calls are passed from one person to another and a commitment is made to pray for the situation that is shared.  Please make note (from The Communicator or from the weekly bulletin) who is the designated person to receive requests.  If you would like to be included in this, please contact Shirley Morris.

The M&M's ('Mary and Martha' women's group)... We are going to meet the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. All girls and women are invited. Please come! Questions? Contact Karen Smith.


September 13 - at the church to decorate the lounge/narthex

September 27 - eat at the Kast on Arch Street

October 11 - at the church to work on Trunk 'n Treat items and decorate the lounge/narthex
October 25 - eat at the Mountaineer in South Side

November 8 - eat at Two Boys/Tags on Washington Blvd.
November 29 - NOTE CHANGE OF DATE!!! Set up the nativity scene and decorate the lounge/narthex

Invite someone to come along!

Dial-A-Devotion... Have you called yet? The number is 570.322.5762. It's available 24 hours a day. Devotions are three minutes or less, change weekdays and once on on the weekend, and are designed to lift your spirits and help you to have "A Closer Walk with God." List today and tells others about this ministry!

The District Website...  http://williamsportdistrict.webs.com/

Check out the Conference Website too... http://susumc.org/

Church Library...
is open on Sunday mornings from 9 to 10:40 a.m. Books may be checked out for two weeks. The Library has a number of items that are still checked out and considered long overdue. We do not charge fines but we do appreciate having items returned in a timely fashion so that others may also enjoy them.

Sunday Night Needlework Group... meets Sunday evenings, 6 - 7:30 pm. in the FROGS Sunday School Room. If you knit or crochet, or would like to learn, please join us. We do have a stash of yarn and some other supplies on hand for anyone who wishes to learn.

We will continue to work on squares used to make blankets for hospice patients at the Gatehouse (since we started the project three years ago, we have donated over 50 blankets). Additionally, the group makes prayer shawls, preemie hats and other items.

So, we do a lot of knitting and a bit of talking with it! Hope you will join us. Any questions, call Diane Brown (435-0826) or Sally Metzker (322-8021).

"Upper Room" devotionals are available in the Narthex and the Lounge area. Cost is $1.00 for regular print and $1.50 for large print.

"Communicator" newsletter deadline, for the weekly issue, is Monday at 3:00 p.m. Articles may also be submitted via stjnsecretary1@verizon.net. 

Communion... is open to all. You do not need be a member of our congregation to receive communion. Saturday worship receives communion served in the pews, Sunday 8:15 worship receives at the altar rail and the Sunday 10:45 is received by processional method.

Free blood-pressure screening... is held in the Lounge on the first Sunday of each month.

Newberry Senior Citizens Luncheon... meets in the fellowship hall on the second Monday in September, October, November, December, March, April, May and June at noon. It is for people of any age who would like to attend. There is a dinner, entertainment, fellowship and fun which is had by all. The cost is $5.00 and your first time visit is free! This is not limited to persons of the Newberry area but open to all that wish to attend. For reservations, call the church office (326-5569).