Archive for February 2015

From Pastor Rhodes

In Libya, 21 kidnapped Coptic Christians were murdered last week. Cold-blooded .. for all the world to see. They are known as “Coptic Christians” because of their rootedness to Mark, the Gospel’s author, who they believe brought Christianity to Alexandria (Egypt) and served as the church’s first bishop (speaking the Coptic language). Until 800 AD, …

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Adult summit a success

When Carolyn Byrd became director of senior adult ministries, she was asked to re-imagine or re-engineer, if you will, St. John’s programs for senior adults. Of course, she couldn’t do it by herself. So Carolyn invited members 60 and above to an Adult Summit, held Feb. 4 in the fellowship hall. Judging by energy and…

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Worship Space March Milestone

Three of our 4-year-olds, Bell Brady, Addison Connell and Jillian Towns, took place in a Worship Space March milestone on Jan. 4. The girls got to check out each of the three worship spaces, and what makes each one special. “It was wonderful,” said Heather Brady, Bell’s mom. “She loved it! I wasn’t sure what…

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Miracle of the Light

Nine of our sixth-grade girls and friends learned about acolyting during the Miracle of the Light milestone on Jan. 9. “For Lillie, it was meaningful that they tied in the question of ‘Why light in worship?’ and what it means to acolyting,” said Kathy Rusher. “She now understands the importance of light inside and outside…

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Scholarship challenge continues as Guatemala

The school year is about to begin in Guatemala.  In Guatemala, if your family can’t  pay for your education, you do not go to school.  This issue severely affects children living in poverty and impacts the generational issues of illiteracy, unemployment and poverty in that country.  There are many children who have applied to attend…

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2 St. John’s groups meet in Holy Land

Not one but two groups with St. John’s ties toured the Holy Land in January. The two groups met for a time of fellowship on Jan. 10 at the Angel Hotel in Bethlehem, then worshipped together on Jan. 11 at Christmas Lutheran Church. Christmas Lutheran Church and its pastor, Dr. Mitri Raheb, are among St.…

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Our year of healthy living begins to unfold

Spiritual growth makes us ever more aware of the totality of our lives. We are far more than the frame and canvas of mankind; we are the living embodiment of God. We are the Emanuel of song.  We are truly the spirit of love. We are meant to be where we are and we have…

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