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					                                                       She can‘t start a new person until they‘ve     Those going to the October 24 Diocesan           meet ever-changing community needs—
                                                       had the sexual training video and the form.    convention are: Brian James, Phil                including future needs that often cannot be
                                                                                                      Bollman, Kay Miller and Louann Smith.            anticipated at the time your gift is made.
                                                       Also, there needs to be an age limit for the   The Special Activities account in the            Your gift can target the causes and
                                                       nursery. One person cannot take care of        Operating Fund will pay for lunches.             programs you care about most.
                                                       multiple infants and older children in one
                                                       small room.                                    Sharon Piechorowski suggested telephone          For more information, access the ECF web
             October 12, 2009                                                                         campaign for Fr. Repp‘s inaugural Sunday         site at and go
                                                       Concern was expressed that she needs a         services. Sharon will call Jan Mato for list     directly to the Pantry Fund Page by
     SHARING FAITH                                     method to get help quickly if needed.          of shut-ins to offer transportation if some      <clicking> Charitable Catalog < > Key
        JOINED IN LOVE                                 Security is needed because street people       would like to come.                              Word Search < > St. John‘s…or…contact
           CHRIST- CENTERED                            come in to wander the halls. A discussion                                                       Pantry Treasurer, Toby Borneman at 293-
                                                       of using walkie-talkies for increased          Congregants have mentioned they can‘t            2859.
Louann Smith led the opening prayer.                   security followed.                             hear. The priest isn‘t wearing the
                                                                                                      microphone. The Chalice Bearers will             There is so much more we would like for
Senior Warden/Junior Warden Report:                    Stewardship:                                   suggest that he put it on.                       you to know! For more information and
Brian James requested a vote on bids for               Bonnie Jacobs gave an update on the                                                             ideas on ways to integrate your financial
heating system work. Phil Bollman gave                 stewardship campaign. Help was                 Louann Smith led the closing prayer.             planning with charitable giving, ask your
the details of the bids. January marks two             requested for the planning, scheduling, and                                                     financial advisor or contact Jodi Nelson,
years that the third boiler has been shot.             final announcements. Sharon                                                                     ECF Director of Donor Services; or Earl
Contractor will investigate possible leaks.            Piechorowski, Darla Miller, Louann Smith,      St John's Pantry Creates a "Designated           Taylor, ECF President at 574-295-8761.
                                                       and Celeste Goggan will help.                  Donor Assisted Fund" with the Elkhart
Replacing the phone system was discussed.                                                             Community Foundation                             On behalf of the volunteers of St John‘s
Brian James recommended we go with                     Further Discussions:                                                                            Food Pantry
Choice One. Their bid gives a 5 year                   ECW will prepare reception for Fr. Repp        St John‘s Pantry has joined with the             James F. Piechorowski
warranty and all new equipment. This will              and his family on November 1. They also        Elkhart Community Foundation (ECF) to
eliminate voicemail rental fees.                       requested a space heater in the chapel for     provide a means for parishioners and
                                                       Saturday prayer meeting.                       friends to make gifts to provide for the long
Phil Bollman discussed the ongoing roof                                                               term financial health of our ministry. A         St. John’s Food Pantry needs are…
situation. A suggestion of heat tape was               The financials were reviewed. It was           majority of these gifts may have favorable                              Spaghetti sauce;
given to be used to help prevent ice                   requested that the Vestry think about          tax advantages to the donor. Your estate                                canned
buildup in critical areas this winter. This is         paying down loan at the end of the year        planner is the best source of advice                                    vegetables and
a temporary stopgap measure for this                   with the money saved from not having a         concerning this type of designated gift.                                fruit; baby food
winter.                                                full time priest.                                                                                                      and disposable
                                                                                                      By giving through the St John‘s Pantry                                  diapers.
Christian Formation:                                                                                  Fund at the ECF, you can use your gift to
Louann discussed Christian Education.
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Please Pray For:                                          Episcopal Church Women
                                                                                              Please volunteer to be a host and bring
                                                                                              goodies to the coffee hour. If you would
                                                                                                                                                              Bible Quiz
                                                                                                                                                Psalm 121 focuses on the assurance of
St. John’s…We pray for the witness,                                                           like to volunteer for a Sunday now and
                                                                                                                                                God‘s help at all times. The final two
renewal, and growth of our parish family.        The Episcopal Church Women exists to         then, sign up on the sheet posted in the
                                                                                                                                                verses (7-8) begin:
Open the door of St. John the Evangelist,        support all women in their mission and       Common Room or call Phil or Becky
O God, wide enough to beckon those of            ministry in the world.                       Bollman at 293-2060.                              ―The Lord will keep you
every age and situation; smooth the                                                                                                             from all evil;
                                                 The October 17th ‗Quiet Morning‘ was                 Fellowship Hour Hosts
threshold into an inviting pathway for                                                                                                          he will keep your life.
                                                 meaningful. Offices were elected and           (Please come early to brew coffee)
children and for straying feet; and fill all                                                                                                    The Lord will keep
                                                 plans were put in place for the welcome                 ECW – Reception for Fr.
who enter here with your Divine love and                                                       Nov 1                                            your going out and your
                                                 receptions for Fr. Repp and his family on               Repp and family
peace, and with our human love and                                                                                                              coming in ….‖ [NRSV]
fellowship. Amen.                                Sunday, November 1.                                     Willy Dominiak, Dennis &
                                                                                               Nov 8
                                                                                                         Nancee Beardall
                                                                                                                                                Choose the correct ending of the psalm:
For: the Vestry                                  Discussion centered on the ―Holiday                     Consecration Sunday
                                                                                               Nov 15                                           A. today and every day.
Almighty God, giver of every good gift:          Goodie Walk‖ Sunday December 13. We                     Catered Breakfast
                                                                                                                                                B. as long as you live a good life.
Look graciously on your Church and so            are asking the congregation to donate         Nov 22 Jim & Nancy Morningstar
                                                                                                                                                C. if you ask God to do so.
guide the minds of those who make                ―home baked goodies‖, such as coffee          Nov 29 Open                                      D. from this time on and forevermore.
choices for your people and our ministries;      cakes, cookies, nut breads, muffins,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.             candies, etc., to be sold before, between
                                                                                                                                                Answer: (see page 9)
                                                 and after the services on that Sunday. All
                                                 proceeds raised will go towards St. John‘s                  Our fall UTO ingathering
                                                 Maintenance Fund, i.e. new roof, etc. All                   will be on Sunday,
 When available, the “Around our                 of the goodies must be wrapped and on a                     November 8. Please put               A guest at the table
 Diocese” will be on the table at the            paper or plastic plate, with a reasonable    your offering in the envelope provided in
 back of the sanctuary.                          price attached. The sale will be set up in   this Tower. Be sure to bring it to church           For, after all, put it as we may to
                                                 the Common Room.                             and drop it into our UTO blue box at the            ourselves, we are all of us from birth
                                                                                              rear of the sanctuary on November 8. The            to death guests at a table which we
                                                 Future plans include hosting a ―Lasagna      offering will be blessed at each service.
 The Elkhart Lions Club is always               Supper‖ on Shrove Tuesday, February 16,                                                          did not spread. The sun, the earth,
                                                 2010, and a possible spring event…the                                                            love, friends, our very breath are parts
in need of used eye glasses. The Lions           details to be decided upon later.                                                                of the banquet. Shall we think of the
will see that your discarded eye wear gets                                                     The next Coasters luncheon get-                   day as a chance to come nearer to our
to people in need. There is a Red                Please look for any future announcements     together will be during the Christmas               Host, and to find out something of
Donation Box where you can deposit your          in the Tower and Sunday bulletins.           season at Perkins Restaurant on Friday,             him who has fed us so long?
old glasses in the Common Room on the                                                         December 11th at 11:30 a.m. Please come                          —Rebecca Harding Davis
Library counter. If you have any questions       Remember, your participation will make a     and join us! For more information call
or concerns, please call Carter Elliott at       difference.                                  Odette Cassis at 304-9602.
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    Worship service total attendance                      The December Tower                                                                              ―A coincidence is God‘s way of
                        2009     2008                     Deadline is on Monday,                                     Lunch and Learn                      remaining anonymous.‖
 18 Pentecost               86     119                    November 16. Please have your                              (free seminars)                                         —Unknown
 19 Pentecost               80     122                    articles in to the parish office by
 20 Pentecost               92     137                    the end of that day.
 21 Pentecost               87     136                                                                     Elkhart County:
                                                Important: Articles cannot be accepted          Sailor Community Center on the campus                          St. John’s Parish Prayer list
                                                after November 16. The Tower needs to           of Hubbard Hill Estates, 28070 CR 24,
                                                                                                Elkhart                                                        Please keep the following
                                                be completed in a shorter amount of time
                                                                                                                                                               people in your daily prayers.
                                                due to the holiday extras and my vacation       Friday, November 6, 12:10-1:30 p.m.
                                                which begins at the end of the day on           Getting Good Care in Nursing Homes:                  For our children: Wilmer Javier and
                                                November 20. (I will be back in the office      Becoming an advocate on Behalf of Your               Jensy.
                                                on Tuesday, December 1.) Thank you!             Loved One
                                                Becky                                                                                                For those in the Armed Forces: Jeffrey
           Green Thumb Club                                                                               St. Joseph County:                         Bennet, Jason Carroll, Robert Stout, and
                                                Tower Assemblers please note: The               Jewish Federation, St. Joseph Valley,                Steve Weld.
Thanks to all for participating in the fall
                                                assembly of the December Tower will be          3202 Shalom Way, South Bend
mum sale. Your support in beautifying the
grounds at St. John's is greatly appreciated.   on Wednesday, December 2 after the 9:00         Nothing is scheduled for November &                  For those who are ill: Helen Billings,
                                                a.m. mass.                                      December                                             Kim Christofeno, Margaret Hess, Jennifer
A fall clean-up is scheduled for Saturday,                                                                                                           White Kramer, Anthony Nolte, Steve
November 14 at 9:00. Bring any garden                                                           Church Development Institute (CDI)                   Schnell, Barney Seward, Gretchen Smith,
                                                            The envelopes
tools, rakes, etc. and help out for an hour                                                         November 13-14                                  Deb Waterman, Beverly, Dara, and Mike.
                                                             for the Christmas
or so.                                                Memorial Flower offerings                 To register contact:
                                                   will be included in the December             The Rev. Canon SuzeAnne Silla
Keep saving 1 gallon or larger empty plant          Tower. These envelopes will                 117 N. Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, 46601
containers that can be recycled for plant        also be available on the table at              574-233-6489
credit dollars. Just leave them behind the       the back of the sanctuary beginning
bushes on the left by the back door.             Sunday, November 22.
                                                                                                The Tenth Annual Ecumenical Advent
                                                    If you are out-of-town and would like
                                                                                                Lessons and Carols will be held on
Judy Gill & Nancy Morningstar                     an envelope mailed to you before your
                                                          December Tower arrives, call the      Sunday, November 29, 5:30 p.m. at St.
                                                          parish office at 574-295-1725.        Vincent de Paul Church, 1108 S. Main St.,
                                                               The deadline to have your        Elkhart. A free chili super will follow.
       The Parish Office will be closed
                                                            envelopes returned to the           If you have an interest in singing in this
       November 26th and 27th for the
                                                            parish office is Wednesday,         choir, please register today by calling Kate
       Thanksgiving holiday.
                                                           December 16.                         Irelan at 875-7612 or e-mailing Lauren
                                                                                                Zeugner at            -6-
                 St. John’s Secret Recipe Cheese Balls are coming!                                 Dear Members and Friends of St. John‘s:
                                                                                                   Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the
 The Outreach Committee and friends will be making cheese balls on                                 money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. Rather, such congregations
 November 21, 2009 in the parish kitchen beginning at 8:00 a.m. An order                           see financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God
 form is attached below. Additional order forms are available on the tables at                     by supporting their church‘s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.
 the back of the Sanctuary. Please share the forms with your friends, co-                          Our congregation‘s finance committee has selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship
 workers and family. Orders are due by the end of the 10:00 service on                             Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our
 November 15, 2009. Cheese balls will be available for pick-up following both                      stewardship education emphasis this year.
 services on November 22. In addition to selling cheese balls, you can help in                     New Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for
 two ways. If you have a KitchenAid stand mixer, we would like to borrow it.                       his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of
 We also need help cleaning the kitchen on Friday, November 20 beginning at                        treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like
 4:00 p.m. and/or making cheese balls on Saturday, November 21. Look for a                         followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. New
                                                                                                   Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response
 sign-up sheet in the Common Room for work sessions. All proceeds go to our
                                                                                                   to the question, ―What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?‖
 outreach ministry.
                                                                                                   During morning worship on Consecration Sunday, we are asking our attendees and members to
                                                                                                   make their financial commitments to our church‘s missionary, benevolent, and educational
                                                                                                   ministries in this community and around the world.
             St. John’s 2009 Outreach Cheese Ball Sale
                                                                                                   Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by
Deadline for ordering:      Sunday, November 15                                                    attending morning worship on Consecration Sunday. We urge people to attend who feel strongly
                                                                                                   opposed to completing a card. The procedure is done in such a way that no one feels personal
Please fill out and place this form in the offering plate. Additional forms are available at the   embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card.
back of the nave.
                                                                                                   We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During morning worship our
                                                                      Amount                       guest leader will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members
                  Cheddar         Quantity        Cost each            owed                        making their commitments as a confidential act of worship.
                Nuts                             x $6.00       $
                                                                                                   We will encourage participation in Consecration Sunday events through the Consecration Sunday
                No Nuts                          x $6.00       $
                                                                                                   team and governing board members. Since we will make no follow-up visits to ask people to
                                                   Total cost: $
                                                                                                   complete their cards, we will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend
 Check attached         Will pay when I pick up cheese balls                                     Consecration Sunday worship.

Name                                                        Phone #                                Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in Consecration Sunday events.
                                                                                                   Brian James,
                  Pick up your order on Sunday, November 22.                                       Governing Board Chairperson

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                                                               Happy Anniversary to:
                            Clint & Shari Emerson            Nov. 3                Jack & Sally Doering             Nov. 30

                                                                 Happy Birthday to:
                            Jan Mato                        Nov. 1                Sean Anderson                    Nov. 11
                            Adam Burkert                    Nov. 2                Jim Loomis                       Nov. 20
                            Precious Mashala                Nov. 3                Paige Hall                       Nov. 21
                            Joseph Winer                    Nov. 3                Goldie Gouker                    Nov. 22
                            Joseph Campbell                 Nov. 7                Brittany Purdie                  Nov. 23
                            Lorraine Row                    Nov. 7                Alec Purdie                      Nov. 24
                            Carter Elliott                  Nov. 8                Ryan Purdie                      Nov. 24
                            Tom Williams                    Nov. 9                Joan Reinhardt                   Nov. 24
                            Erica Cash                      Nov. 10               Ron Rief                         Nov. 24
                            Evan Cash                       Nov. 10               Louis Davidson                   Nov. 28
                            Greg Purdie                     Nov. 10               Christian Botts                  Nov. 29

                           *Please be sure to call the parish office if you don‘t see your anniversary or birthday listed
                           here so that the database can be corrected. Thanks!

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                             226 W. Lexington Avenue in Elkhart, Indiana, 46516.
 Bible Quiz answer is: D
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