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One Lord, One Faith,
One Baptism

There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Ephesians 4:3-7 (ESV)

Reformation Sunday is behind us. It was a great day at St. John’s with over 170 in worship and more than 130 at the covered dish meal. We were joined by members of Holy Trinity, Troutman, and Mount Herman, along with the greater Statesville community for a great concert by the Big Band and choir from Flensburg, Germany.

November 1 is All Saints Sunday. This is always a particularly difficult Sunday as we remember those who have joined the church triumphant in the last year. This year we will lift up Elizabeth Howerton, James Holler, Lois Troutman, Lois Karn, Julia Carson, Edna Tuft, Avis Walsh, and Virginia Whitley. This is the day we remember that we have one Lord, one faith, and one baptism that unites us with those who have gone before us, those we live with today, and those whom are to come - each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift for us.

The annual congregational meeting is November 8, right after worship. This is a time we gather to prayfully elect new leaders and approve a budget for 2016. This is an important day in the life of the congregation.

November 15 is our annual Women in God’s service (WINGS) Thankoffering Sunday. Women are leading, singing and preparing a great meal for us to enjoy after worship. All proceeds from the Thankoffering is going to support Waters Missions International. Water Mission International will be here and will provide us information on their life saving ministry. Hopefully, they can bring one of their purifying systems so we can see how they are able to provide clean water to needy areas. They provided 2 systems to Columbia SC during the recent floods.

Thanksgiving week begins with Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the Church Year. This is a time of celebration for the church as we enter the time of anticipation that is advent. Yes, another church year is finished and now we begin preparing for the coming of Jesus once again. In so many ways, our church year is a microcosm of our life. We begin the year celebrating the birth of a child, and we will end the year celebrating his dominion over us as King of all.

The final Sunday of November is the first Sunday in Advent. On the first day of the church year, we begin with lifting-up the second coming of our Lord. Worship is a little more subdued and reflective as we build toward the coming of the Lord the first time on Christmas Eve.

Everyone says the holidays come earlier every year. Considering the festive mood we are in here at St. John’s, I would have to agree. We are gathering multiple times to share meals. We are living out our discipleship as we gather to elect leaders and agree on a budget.

It is a good time here at St. John’s. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit in all things. Amen

In Christ,

—Pastor Ernie

news & events

December 5 18th Annual Christmas Cookie Walk













Charity Bake Sale Saturday, December 5, 2015 ~ 8 AM—Noon. Let us bake for you! Homemade cookies, cakes, pies, candy and more! Proceeds supplemented by Thrivent to benefit Yokefellow Ministries & PowerCross of Iredell County St. John’s Fellowship Hall


December 10Men’s Breakfast

Thursday, December 10th at 7:00 AM at Gregg’s BBQ in Statesville.

December 12Community Breakfast

8 AM—10 AM in St. John's Fellowship Hall. Come & bring your neighbor—Donations to benefit local charities.

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Sunday, November 22

9:30 am Sunday School (all ages)
10:30 am Worship

Monday, November 23

5:30 pm Young Life—Scout Hut

Tuesday, November 24

7:00 pm Yokefellow Meeting

Wednesday, November 25

No Youth
No Handbells or Chancel Choir

Thursday, November 26

Happy Thanksgiving—office closed

Friday, November 27

Office closed
2:00 pm Wedding

Sunday, November 29—1st Sunday in Advent

9:30 am Sunday School (all ages)
10:30 am Worship


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