SSSJ News and Events for October 28, 2018
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For all the saints . . .

It's almost time. On November 4th, at 10:30 am worship, we will celebrate All Saints. During our litany of saints, we'd like to include your special saints, that is, those people who are saints to you, those who have gone to greater life. Please submit any (all) names you wish to be read aloud to and the name will be included. It is important that you include how you pronounce the name. Deadline for submission is Tuesday, October 30th. 

Let me see

MARK 10:46-52

Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. . . .  throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

From “Some, like Bartimaeus, receive the gift of sight. Some, like Fanny Crosby, are blind their entire life. One thing is certain, when we get to heaven, we will all see Jesus.”

Image “Lord that I might see” 

Two things for November

First, a diocesan-wide event: Let's make Thanksgiving a real thanksgiving by participating in the United Thank Offering challenge. Each week will be a somewhat different focus. We will present that information in our weekly newsletter. All will begin on November 1, with daily reminders of how we may be thankful. So, every day in November, there will be a post on our Facebook Group page so be sure to be a member (go to This will culminate on Thanksgiving day. And there are crafts for young ones so keep eyes peeled.

Second, November 1 is All Saints Day (which we will celebrate at worship on November 4th. Just to remind you of who the saints are, here's a daily calendar ( November 2018. There will be a daily post to the Facebook Group page to acquaint you with the saints included in our special litany. 

The purpose is, of course, to enrich your journey. Feel free to comment on the Facebook Group page.

Still Hopes Annual Rummage Sale

November 1, 9 am - 3 pm

Donations: Household & garden items, October 29 - October 31
Call Sherry French for more information 803-739-9015
Proceeds for Still Hopes Residents' Fund
[apologies for omitting last week]

3rd quarter contribution statements

. . . will be sent next week. Most of them are sent by email. Please review and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Text me or call me at 847-219-9087. Thank you.  Jim Dent, Treasurer 

SOCKS . . . socks . . . sox

Eventually  the weather will turn and the temperature will get a little cooler and then cold. Funny how that happens. When it does, a clean, warm pair of socks will be appreciated by a lot of people. We at SSSJ are determined to make that happen. The effort to collect socks (white full length crew socks) is already underway. We will distribute these socks on Saturday, November 3. As of last Sunday we had accumulated 50 pair of socks. Thank you very much. That puts us about halfway to our goal. Please help. An anonymous shopper noticed that Target on Harbison has a 10-pair pack of socks for $7.99. Walmart has a 10-pair pack of socks for $7.48 and TJ Maxx has a 10-pair pack of Gildan socks for $4.50. Please help. When you leave your tour of duty at the Pumpkin Patch, just plan to drive to your favorite store and pick up a package of full length crew socks on your way home. Simple enough and you really cannot understand the appreciation the homeless feel when they get a new pair of socks.

PS - when the weather changes and you look into your closet for a jacket or coat, and lo and behold, there's one you can no longer wear, please do not discard it. Either Sharing God's Love or Resurrections will find a new owner.  

Thank-you note for the donation . . .

. . . by the Outreach Committee to the Venture Crew to help defray the losses they incurred as the result of vandalism while they were on a campout.  David Law can provide more detail.

"SSSJ Friends,

Thank you so much for your generous donation to the theft-recovery efforts for
 Venture Crew 312.  Your thoughtful contribution is truly appreciated by our youth.
                        Katie Harrison"

$350 donation

"Please accept this donation to your snack pack program on behalf of the Operation Round Up program at Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative.  It is the intent of the Mid-Carolina Electric Trust Board to provide assistance to as many deserving individuals as possible.  We feel that in donating to the participating school in our area, Oak Pointe Elementary, we are touching many families in our community."

Instead of St. Simon & St. Jude Festival

As you may have heard by now, our 3-day weekend is postponed. BUT . . .  that doesn't mean we can't have a good time. Let's have spooky, scary stories FROM THE BIBLE on Saturday, October 27, 2018. We'll begin around 3 pm and hear tales of the leviathan, the witch, and the dry bones (plus others)—in the pumpkin patch weather permitting. Afterward, let's have a fall feast of hot dogs (for us)! If you have a costume for Halloween, wear it. If not, come as you are!


Month of October—pumpkin sales
10/27/18—Spooky, Scary Stories from the Bible & hot dog supper, 3 o'clock
11/18/18—Parish meeting, covered dish, no Sunday school
11/22/18—Thanksgiving Day Service (10 am)
11/25/18—No Sunday School
12/1/18—Resurrections (Hot Dogs)
12/23/18—Greening the church (following 10:30 worship)
12/24/18—Christmas Eve services (5:30 and 10:30 pm)
12/25/18—Christmas Day service (10 am)
1/6/19—Epiphany service at 10:30 am worship followed by "Feast from the East" covered dish lunch
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Serving 10/28/18

Acolytes: (C) W Graul; (T1) L Graul; (T2) R Graul; (GB) unassigned
Ushers: H Leaphart, B Snelling, J Riley
Greeters: A Rodgers
1st: Jeremiah 31:7-9 C Armstrong
Gradual: Psalm 126
2nd: Hebrews 7:23-28 P Law
Gospel: Mark 10:46-52
Prayers: R Talbert
Chalicers: E Winter, J Gallagher
Organist: B Johnson
Altar: N Alston, L Scotti, R Abdelnour, C Buck
Coffee: C Strait, M Lyerly
Counters: S Elwood, J Ritner
Entry: S Teel
Eucharistic Visitors: The Alstons
Flowers: A Ritner
Plaza: M Yates

Serving 11/4/18

Acolytes: (C) J Gallagher; (T1) E Sitnik; (T2) T Sitnik; (GB) J Bosworth
Ushers: M Yates, K Hoffman
Greeters: P Law
1st: Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18 K Armstrong
Psalm 149
2nd: Ephesians 1:11-23 P Lorentz
Gospel: Luke 6:20-31
Prayers: M Talbert
Chalicers: C Armstrong, D Graul
Organist: B Johnson
Altar: N Alston, M Talbert, M Smith, V Burton
Coffee: K Shepard, M Rubeiz
Counters: J Clamp, A Ritner
Enter: S Teel
Eucharistic Visitors: B Shepard, K Ford
Flowers: S Teel
Plaza (Sat before): R Rubeiz

Sharing God's Love

Hello Everyone:
     Thank you for your prayers and support!  God bless you as we served the Lord together.
     Our yard sale was October 20th.  We appreciate and thank you so much for your support.  With folks like you, we can help our community and show God's love to them.
     Urgent needs:  canned meats-such as tuna, chicken, stew, chili, ravioli, and canned meals
Many, many thanks.
Shari Selke - Director

Leadership at SSSJ

Mark Abdelnour—Rector
Missy Talbert—Senior Warden
David Wallace—Junior Warden & Stewardship
David Law—Outreach
Marie Rubeiz—Pastoral Care
Amie Ritner—Fellowship
Edwina Winter—Worship
Ronnie Johnson—Building and Grounds

Jim Dent—Treasurer
Roz Funk—Clerk

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