SSSJ News and Events for November 11, 2018
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The size of the gift

MARK 12:38-44

As Jesus taught, . . . He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

From “You see, Jesus is more interested in what is in the heart of the giver than he is in the size of their gift.”

Image “The Widow’s Mite” by Gustave Dore.

The annual parish meeting will be Sunday, November 18, 2018, following the 10:30 am worship. We will elect vestry members and briefly discuss church business. After the BRIEF meeting, we will have a parish covered dish lunch. Bring yourself for the meeting and conversation; bring food to  share.

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.


GEMS will meet @ 7pm on Friday Nov 30th in the Field Bldg.  GEMS is a purely social event open to ALL adults in the church. BYOB and a covered dish to share. Appetizers will be provided by this month’s hosts, Marsha & Jim Dent and Karen & Blount Shepard.  If possible, let Marsha (816-5020), Karen (749-9839), or the church office know that you plan to attend so hosts can estimate how many to set up for. 


How many cookies?

Our parish donated 1059 cookies! to the Cookies for Kairos campaign. Thanks to all who contributed!


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
2/11/18—Last Epiphany
2/13/18—Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras
2/14/18—Ash Wednesday
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Serving 11/11/18

Acolytes: (C) S Phillips; (T1) K Spangler; (T2) O Phillips; (GB) C Phillips
Ushers: J Phillips, J McLaughlin
Greeters: M Rubeiz
1st: 1 Kings 17:8-16 D Newton
Psalm 146 
2nd: Hebrews 9:24-28 S Buck
Gospel: Mark 12:38-44
Prayers: R Abdelnour
Chalicers: R Funk, N Hines
Organist: B Johnson
Altar: N Alston, M Talbert, M Smith, V Burton
Coffee: M Leonard, J Leonard
Counters: M Dent, M Rubeiz
Enter: J Dent
Eucharistic Visitors: J Gallagher, D Newton
Flowers: G Williams
Plaza (Sat before): B McNish

Serving 11/18/18

Acolytes: (C) J Burton; (T1) K Armstrong; (T2) M Bosworth; (GB) J Bosworth
Ushers: The Laws
Greeters: J Head
1st: Daniel 12:1-3 J Clamp
Gradual: Psalm 16
2nd: Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18), 19-25 J Riley
Gospel: Mark 13:1-8
Prayers: C Armstrong
Chalicers: J Gallagher, C Neuburger
Organist: B Johnson
Altar: N Alston, M Talbert, M Smith, V Burton
Coffee: The Broughtons, C Buck
Counters: K Shepard, M Rubeiz
Entry: S Teel
Eucharistic Visitors: C Armstrong, L Morrisette
Flowers: E McNish
Plaza: The Bohrs

Sharing God's Love

Hello Everyone:
Thank you so much for your support of Sharing God's Love  With your love, support, & prayers we are able to assist those in need in our community. 
     We have had tremendous support for our Building Campaign, however, our funding for our utilities assistance program is in much need  We would appreciate any help you can provide.  With this program, we are able to keep the lights on for our families in crisis.  Thanking you in advance for your help.
     Our needs:  jelly, spaghetti sauce, spaghetti noodles, winter clothing for children
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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