Welcome to St. John's Reformed Church on this beautiful winter day! This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Thank you for coming to worship this morning.
Please sign the fellowship/attendance pad in your pew and use it as a means to greet one another, especially those who may be visiting with us today.
The mission of St. John’s Reformed Church is to love God and neighbor, preach salvation through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, protect unborn life, preserve the family and the sanctity of marriage, defend religious freedom and human dignity, and take the whole gospel to a hurting world.
You have been greeted this morning by our January greeters: Tom & Cheryl Rice. Much thanks for your service.
SANCTITY OF LIFE SUNDAY
Today we celebrate Sanctity of Life or Right to Life Sunday, which is observed by many churches on the Sunday closest to January 22.
On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion, thus showing lack of value of human life. The purpose of Sanctity of Life Sunday is to uphold the value of life. Part of our Mission Statement includes the phrase to “protect unborn life”, which is why we celebrate Sanctity of Life Sunday. Enclosed in your bulletin this morning is a flier from Precious Life, Inc., whose main mission is to support and preserve the life of the unborn child.
BABY CHANGING STATION
A baby changing station is available in the bathroom in the back of the church.
CHILDREN’S CHURCH / NURSERY
Children's Church will be provided following the Children's Message, in our downstairs Social Hall. All children up to eight years of age are invited to go to the Social Hall.
If you are willing to help and take a Sunday with the little ones, please contact Susan Rishel (695-9746).
One vase of lovely altar flowers is given by Roderick and Stephanie Wertz in memory of Rod's mother, Aldine Wertz. The other vase is given by Eileen Snyder & Family in honor of “Sanctity of Life Sunday”.
ALTAR FLOWER CALENDAR FOR 2018
The Altar Flower Calendar for 2018 is posted on the bulletin board in the back foyer of the church. Those wishing to choose their special date may do so as soon as possible to assure the date is available. Any questions may be directed to Judy Stitt, Flower Chairperson.
CURRENT PRAYER REQUESTS & UPDATES
Donna Baker, (home); Bill Brooks, in the James E. VanZandt VA Hospital; Wendy Bush, (home) recuperating from recent shoulder surgery; Eric Fouse, (home), Jeanette Fouse, receiving more frequent shots in her eye; Jo-Anne Giordano (home) severe eye problems; Chris Heil (home) battling stage 4 esophogeal cancer; Peggyann Heil (home) has severe back and hip pain; John Carnill, (brother of Peggyann Heil) undergoing treatment for cancer; Don Myers (Stella Brooks’ brother), (home) still receiving physical therapy following a severe stroke; Paul Newman, in the Nursing Unit of Garvey Manor, and his wife, Chris Newman, residing at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence at Garvey Manor; Vonnie Quirin (home); Mollie Ramsey, (home) recuperating from recent foot surgery; Doris Roller, (home) recently hospitalized with congestive heart failure; Ron Sleek (home), suffering with a blood disorder; Gil Smart, son-in-law of Eric & Jeanette Fouse, who had surgery for throat cancer, is now home recuperating; Janet Smith (home), who recently fell and injured her foot; Debbie Williams (Helen Young's daughter) who is undergoing treatment for colon cancer.
JANUARY MISSION – Blair Senior Services
Our mission project for the month of January is Blair Senior Services. Blair Senior Services is a non-profit charitable organization that aids senior citizens in our area by providing support and assistance through home and community based services such as: Meals On Wheels, Adult Day Care Services, rides to and from appointments and providing other personal care services. Envelopes for this mission are in the pew slots and on the back table. A second offering next Sunday, January 28th, will go toward this mission, however, envelopes may be placed in the offering plate any Sunday in January.
SUNDAY SCHOOL - 10:15 AM
The youth meet for Sunday School in the upstairs skylight room with teacher Kristy Johnson, the Pioneers meet in the downstairs social hall with teacher, Susan Rishel; and the adults meet in the sanctuary with teacher, Winnie Smith. Everyone is invited to stay after the worship service and attend Sunday School.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
A covered dish supper and movie will be provided at the Lakemont United Methodist Church on Sunday, January 21, beginning at 5:00 PM. “The Woodcarver” is a good family movie that shows how a family restores their faith in God and in life. For more information or directions, please contact Lee King at 695-8034. (This announcement was accidentally placed in the bulletin for last Sunday night. The event is tonight.)
SPECIAL CONSISTORY MEETING – this Tuesday, January 23, 6:00 PM
A special meeting of the Consistory has been called for this Tuesday, January 23, beginning promptly at 6:00 PM, to meet with contractors and discuss our upcoming sewer project. All members of the Consistory are asked to attend this important meeting.
BIBLE STUDY – this Thursday, January 25, 7:00 PM
This Thursday, January 18, 7:00 PM, Bible Study will resume the study of a DVD Series by Dr. David Jeremiah, entitled, “A Life Beyond Amazing”. All are welcome. This will be a ten or eleven week series.
HOLLIDAYSBURG FREE SOUP PROGRAM
“SOUP & SANDWICH FOR THE SOUL” – Saturdays – January 27 & February 3 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
St. John's will be hosting the Hollidaysburg Free Soup Program beginning this Saturday, January 27th, and again on February 3. In order to make it a success, we need the help of many members. Help is needed to make soup & desserts, serve in the dining room, and help in the kitchen. Sign-up sheets are on the back table. Please sign up today and indicate where you are able to help and time available.
Kitchen help is asked to be at the church by 9:30 AM; dining room help by 10:00 AM.
Please have cold soup at the church by 9:30 AM; hot soup by 10:00 AM; and desserts by 10:00 AM. Thank you for your help!
Schedules for the Free Soup Program are available on the back table for those interested in attending the program at other churches. A free will offering is accepted, but not mandatory.
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – Sunday, January 28, 10:30 AM
The Annual Congregational Meeting will take place next Sunday morning, January 28, following morning worship. A brief time of fellowship and refreshments, will precede the 10:30 AM meeting.
Committees within the church are asked to get their reports ready. Reports are requested from the following: Annual Audit; Missions & Outreach Team; Activities & Financial Reports of the Sunday School, Women's Guild, Pioneer Class, Youth, & Helping Hands; Website/Facebook; the Pastor, and any other organizations not mentioned.
Please turn in all reports to Secretary Eileen Snyder by today. That will give her time to type, copy, and collate the reports in time for the meeting next Sunday (especially since time will be limited since St. John's has Soup & Sandwich Jan. 27)
New ideas/programs or other topics may be introduced during the “New Business” portion of the meeting. You may pass your concerns on to any member of the Consistory prior to the meeting if you wish.
“SOUPER BOWL OF CARING SUNDAY” - February 4
St. John's will once again participate in the “Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday” on Super Bowl Sunday, February 4. At that time, we will collect cans and packages of soup to be donated to our choice of charity – The American Rescue Workers, for its food bank. We will also accept other non-perishable food items and financial contributions.
Since 1990, young people have been leading the charge and inspiring others to collect soup and financial contributions to help our local charities give to those in need. As of last year, more than $110 million had been collected in food and financial contributions. If you brought your donations today, please place them in the cart in the back of the church. That way we can set up a display in the chancel area on “Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday”, February 4. Of course, we will be accepting contributions through Sunday, February 4th in the cart and on a table in the back foyer. Thanks for your support.
OUR DAILY BREAD
The January, February, and March issue of Our Daily Bread is now available on the back table.
Ushers and Greeters are needed for each month in 2018. If you can help out, it would be appreciated. It’s a wonderful way to greet our members and welcome our visitors. Please choose a month and sign up today if you are willing to serve. If someone would like to be in charge of this program, please contact any member of the Consistory.
REQUEST DURING THIS COLD & FLU SEASON
Colds and flu have been highly contagious and affecting many members of St. John’s recently. In order to prevent the spread of germs during this cold and flu season, please check to make sure you have picked up your used tissues or handkerchiefs from the pews and floor before departing. Thank you.
BIRTHDAYS and ANNIVERSARIES - Blessings to all!
Happy Birthday to: January 21 – Jim Wutrich; 22 – Jerry Nedimyer, Sr., 23 – Tammie Fleck; 26 – Sue Long, Lee King; 27 – Paul Coxey, Leanor Yingling (99).
There are no anniversaries being celebrated this week.