Welcome to St. John's Reformed Church! Someone has said, “There is no better exercise for your
heart than to reach down and help lift someone up.” That's one of the reasons why we have church. The
church is a community of believers in Christ who help others. We hope you find such a spirit at St. John’s
today and always. Thank you for coming this morning.
Please sign the fellowship/attendance pad in your pew and use it as a means to greet one another, especially those visiting with us today.
Special welcome to Pastor David Taylor and wife, Gela, of The Door Ministries in Bellwood, who will be sharing 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 October greeters: David Campbell, Sue Hovenstine, and Tom & Cheryl Rice. Our acolyte for the month of October is Madison Belles.
Much thanks to all for serving.
BABY CHANGING STATION
A baby changing station is available in the bathroom in the back of the church.
Children’s Church will be provided following the Children's Message this morning in our downstairs Social Hall. All children up to eight years of age are invited to go to the Social Hall.
If you are interested in helping out and taking a Sunday with the little ones, please contact Susan Rishel (695-9746).
The lovely altar flowers are given by Brenda Miller. One is given in memory of Alma Criste, who would have celebrated her birthday on October 18. The other vase is given in honor of her daughter, Kaylee Miller who celebrated her birthday on October 11.
SPECIAL MEETING FOLLOWING THE WORSHIP SERVICE
All are welcome to join the Consistory and Missions & Outreach Team in the downstairs social room for a time of questions and answers with Pastor David and Gela, concerning outreach to the young people in our community.
SUNDAY SCHOOL - 10:15 AM
The youth will meet for Sunday School in the upstairs skylight room with teacher Kristy Johnson; and the adults not attending the special meeting, will meet in the sanctuary with teacher, Winnie Smith.
CURRENT PRAYER REQUESTS & UPDATES
Donna Baker, (home); Bill Brooks (home); Brian Criste, going to physical therapy for his shoulder; Marcellus Criste, has cancer and is in the James E. VanZandt Veteran's Hospital; Mary Ellen Criste (aunt of Lisa Criste, Brian Criste & Brenda Miller), recuperating from recent back surgery; Eric & Jeanette Fouse, as they settle in their new home in Florida; Berneta Gable (sister of Bobbie Yoder), continuing her rehabilitation at home following surgery to remove a benign brain tumor; Jo-Anne Giordano (home) severe eye problems; John, (brother of Peggyann Heil) who is recovering from recent cancer surgery and will need additional treatment; Steve Henderson, Sr., (home), hopeful that his new neurology team in Pittsburgh will help him get his driver's license back; Karen, (Chet Gallagher's sister), recovering from shingles; Fred Moyer, (home), following recent surgery; Don Myers (Stella Brooks’ brother), (home) recuperating following a severe stroke; Paul Newman, recuperating at Garvey Manor – Nursing Unit from hip surgery; the family of Mary Ott; Ron Sleek (home), suffering with a blood disorder; Debbie Williams (Helen Young's daughter) who is undergoing treatment for colon cancer.
SEPTEMBER MISSION – OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
A big “thank you” for your donations toward our September mission, Samaritan's Purse - “Operation Christmas Child”. A total of $378 was donated toward gift items and postage. The money was used by the Missions & Outreach Team to shop for items for the shoe boxes and for shipping. A total of 12 boxes were filled by individuals and 19 were filled with your donations, for a total of 31 boxes! Much thanks to members of St. John’s who made up their own boxes, to members of the congregation for their generous donations, and to members of the Missions & Outreach Team for shopping, packing, and delivering all 31 boxes to Grace Bible Church this past Friday.
OCTOBER MISSION – CHRISTmas4Kids
Our October mission is a mission sponsored by the American Rescue Workers that provides presents for children in our local area. In the past, the program was called “Adopt A Child At Christmas”, and although the name has changed, the program is the same. ARW has provided St. John's with the first names and ages of 4 children, and included the children's “wish list”. Our offering during the month of October will be used to purchase many of the items on their lists.
Offering envelopes for CHRISTmas4Kids are in the pew slots and on the back table. A second offering the last Sunday of the month will go to this mission.
THIS EVENING, OCTOBER 15 – 5:00 PM, Lakemont United Methodist Church
All are welcome to attend the covered dish supper and musical program at Lakemont United Methodist Church, Lotz Avenue, Altoona, this evening, beginning at 5:00 PM. The musical portion of the program will feature our own Snyder Trio & Kristy Johnson, in addition to other special guests. For more information, please call Lee King at 695-8034.
LADIES FALL ENCOUNTER – this Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
The Ladies Fall Encounter will be held this Tuesday, October 17, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Northern Bedford High School, Rt. 36, Loysburg. The guest speaker for the evening will be Carole Wolaver, “The Pottery Lady”, who will tell the story of the Potter and the Clay from a potter's perspective. No tickets are required. A freewill offering will be received. Light refreshments will be provided following the presentation. Praise and Worship will be led by Celeste Ritchey and Stacey Zimmerman. More information is posted on the back bulletin board.
CHOIR & CANTATA REHEARSAL – this Wednesday, Oct. 18, Choir - 7:00 PM / Cantata - 7:30 PM
Our Choir will begin rehearsal this Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00 PM. We will be singing next Sunday. Cantata Rehearsal will begin at 7:30 PM and end by 8:15 PM. If you like to sing and would like to give it a try, please join us Wednesday night.
BIBLE STUDY – Thursday, October 19 – 7:00 PM
Lee King is leading a discussion on a new study, “What All Christians Should Know About Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Other Beliefs.” All are welcome!
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MARY OTT – this Saturday, October 21, 11:00 AM
A Memorial Service will be held for Mary Ott on Saturday morning, 11:00 AM at St. John’s, with Rev. Zimmerman officiating. Surviving are two sons: Gregory Allen Ott and wife, Deborah Nash Ott, of Weatogue, Conn., and Kenneth C. Ott II of Duncansville; a daughter, Christie L. Ott and partner, Brad Smith; two grandsons: Jeremy Charles Ott and wife, Molly, of Boston, Mass., and Jason Kenneth Ott of Hartford, Conn.; a sister-in-law, Delores Ott of Hollidaysburg; and a niece, Lenore Ott of Hollidaysburg.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION – Sunday, October 22, 9:00 AM
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be observed on Sunday morning during our regular worship service.
PRECIOUS LIFE HOSTING BABY SHOWER/OPEN HOUSE – October 23-27, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Precious Life is hosting a Baby Shower / Open House at their new “Baby Boutique”, 1716 – 12th Avenue, Altoona, from October 23-27. The idea is to visit the new Baby Boutique and bring items for babies, such as: infant clothing (up to 24 months), Diaper bags, bottles, bibs, pack-n-play sheets, burp cloths, wipes, hooded towels, wash cloths, bath lotions, toiletry items, pacifiers, and gift cards. No diapers, formula or food, please.
Invitations are included in today's bulletin. Please help out Precious Life as they provide for clients who participate in the Earn While You Learn Program!
If you can't make it to the event and wish to help, you can drop off items at the church (mark the bag Precious Life) and someone from Precious Life will come to pick them up.
YOUNG LIFE FUNDRAISING CELEBRATION – Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 PM
Young Life is holding its 43rd Annual Fundraising Celebration, “A Place At The Table” on Tuesday, Oct. 24, beginning at 6:30 PM, at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School Cafeteria. A donation will be accepted. If you are interested in attending, please let Eileen Snyder know today, as reservations were to be in by Oct. 6.
TRICK OR TREAT NIGHT – Thursday, October 26, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Several members of the Missions & Outreach Team will be handing out treats from the parsonage porch during Trick or Treat night. Any member of the congregation is invited to come out and enjoy the fellowship. We will need candy; bags of chips, pretzels, corn curls; and any other types of treats you wish to donate. We would appreciate your “treats” by next Sunday. Please place them on the table in the foyer.
FALL PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Saturday, October 28, 8:00 – 11:00 AM
St. John's will host a Fall Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 28, 8 – 11 AM at the church. Tickets are available from Dawn Dibert, Chris Heil, Eileen Snyder & Judy Stitt at a cost of $6 for adults, $3 for children 3 -12 years old, and free to those under 3. The ticket entitles the holder to all the pancakes, bacon & sausage you can eat, and also orange juice, coffee, tea, and water. Please take a pack of ten tickets and sell them to your relatives, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Also, please take a flier to place in stores, apartment buildings, and wherever else you are allowed to post them. They are on the back table. A sign-up sheet is also on the back table for volunteers to help out. Please sign up and make this an “all church” effort. Thank you.
HELPING HANDS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS WREATH SALE
Members of the Helping Hands Team will once again be accepting orders for Christmas wreaths through November 5th. The wreaths will be available the first weekend of December. Orders may be given to any member of the Helping Hands Team: Wendy Bush, Kay Chamberlain, Dawn Dibert, Cheryl Rice, Eileen Snyder and Judy Stitt. Order sheets are available on the back table. Prices remain the same as last year.
ADDITIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS FOR YOUR CALENDARS
Saturday, November 11 – Women’s Guild Bake Sale and Soup Sampling and Sale
REACH OUT AND VISIT WITH A TELEPHONE CALL
Hazel French, now a resident at the Presbyterian Home, would appreciate telephone calls from her friends at St. John's. You can reach Hazel at 695-4870 and visit with her by telephone to brighten her day!
MISSIONS & OUTREACH TEAM PROGRAM - Supporting the ARW Food Bank
A yellow container is in the parking lot to be used for donations of canned goods by people parking in our lot for Hollidaysburg home football games. Signs are at both entrances to the parking lot explaining that all donations will be given to the American Rescue Workers' Food Bank. So far, we have received $6, 40 cans of food items, and 16 tubes of toothpaste. There is 1 home game left: October 20.
BIRTHDAYS and ANNIVERSARIES
Happy Birthday to: October 17 – Sophia Hicks.
Happy Anniversary to: October 16 – Josh & Ryan Edmundson; 17 – Dave & Patty Glunt; 18 – Brad & Wendy Bush; 20 – Mike & Julie Rishel; 22 – Chris & Peggyann Heil.