Archive for December 2017

Karen Rogers Creates Paraments for Reformation Sunday

By Susan Shinn Turner If you were at St. John’s for the 11 am worship service on Reformation Sunday, you surely noticed the beautiful new paraments. The burgundy and gold pieces were designed and made by Karen Rogers, a longtime interior designer and a member of the Chancel Choir. She’s also on Congregation Council, and…

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St. John’s New Church App Features Original Podcasts

By Susan Shinn Turner It’s now easier than ever to connect with St. John’s. Bradley Chestnut, contemporary worship leader, has constructed a free app which includes podcasts and recent sermons. It also provides easy links to the St. John’s Website (stjohns-salisbury.org). You can download the app from the App Store by searching St. John’s Salisbury…

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Beasts, Blessings, and Billions!

By Gerrie Blackwelder Yes! That’s Billions, as in dollars. If you have a friend who has everything, but you know that friend needs to do so some Christmas shopping for others, just gift him or her with a monetary gift card in any denomination. Yes. That’s right, you set the amount, even a bill…well, maybe…

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Making the Most of Your Holiday Plants: Caring for Poinsettias

By Darrell Blackwelder The Christmas Holiday Season officially begins with the Thanksgiving holidays. It’s the season for holiday plants, most notably, poinsettias, the official Christmas plant. I’ve been visiting poinsettia growers and the holiday plant is right on schedule for the holiday season. Even though poinsettias are quite beautiful when purchased, it’s a holiday plant…

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Bethlehem Prayer Service Dec 16 at 9 am

By Susan Shinn Turner On Dec. 16, St. John’s will join Christians around the world for the 11th annual simulcast worship service between Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The simulcast begins earlier this year. The Faith Center will open at 9 a.m. with coffee and snacks in Peeler…

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“Sing to the Child” Men’s Chorus Christmas Concert Dec 10 at 4 pm

By Susan Shinn Turner Sure, the leaves are still changing and falling from the trees, but for the Men’s Chorus, it’s been Christmas since September! “When September comes, you’re practicing Christmas music. That’s just the way it is,” says Jason Harwood, the group’s new director. The group has been preparing diligently for its annual Christmas…

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Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue Continues Dec 5 and Jan 9

Members of St. John’s and Sacred Heart Catholic Church gathered in conversation and fellowship on Nov. 14. The event was part one of a three-part series titled “Striving Toward Unity: A Lutheran-Catholic Reflection on Past, Present, and Potential for the Future.” Pastor Rhodes Woolly and Father John Eckert hosted the event in the Faith Center.…

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From the Pastor

Dear friends, When I turned on my iPhone Wednesday morning, I received news of NBC’s decision to fire popular Today Show host Matt Lauer after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced on Monday night. It’s the latest in what has become a rather aggressive, way-too-late, and altogether unrealistic, campaign to remove harassment and abuse from society,…

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