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Turkey Ministry Instructions
The holidays are fast approaching! Now’s the time to begin planning for providing turkeys and gravy for the hungry and poor of the inner-city. With your help, we will provide for the holiday dinners at both Thanksgiving and Christmas at Our Daily Bread (located in Cincinnati at Race & Elder Streets, near Findlay Market). If you intend to cook a turkey, please use the following instructions:
•Cook turkey; cut all meat off the bone. Wrap white and dark meat together and freeze. Save ALL drippings. STRAIN and freeze in a throw-away container. The gravy makers ask that you DO NOT use plastic bags for the juice (they leak). Use hard plastic containers such as Cool Whip tubs.
•It is a really big help for our ministry if you can make your own gravy. Please mark the containers appropriately “GRAVY” or “JUICE”. If you can make extra gravy, in addition to your own, please include a note on the postcard that can be picked up in the Gathering Space beginning the weekend of Oct. 28-29.
• Please drop off your cooked and frozen turkey and juice, or donated frozen turkey, as below. Please include your name, address, telephone number, and the date, so we can keep the records current.
The dates for cooking and/or delivering the turkeys are as follows:
Thanksgiving – Bake and deliver to the St. John Parish Office during normal business hours before Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.
Christmas – Bake and deliver to the St. John Parish Office during normal business hours before Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017.
No uncooked turkeys accepted after Dec. 10!
If you wish to donate money, please put your check or cash donation in the Sunday church collection, or drop it off at the Parish Office in an envelope marked “Turkeys”. The money will be used to either purchase and cook turkeys by volunteers,or donated directly to Our Daily Bread for their needs. Be sure to make your check payable to St. John Church. If you have any questions please call the Parish Office at 777-6433. Anything you can do to help us in this inner-city outreach is greatly appreciated.
Marianne and Greg Ball
Members of the Turkey Ministry leadership team of St. John Church
Reach Out Lakota Supply Sunday
On the first Sunday of the month, each St. John family is asked to bring an item of non-perishable food, or a toiletry, cleaning or paper product to the Gathering Space before Mass. Place items in the basket with the sign “Reach Out Lakota Supplies.” These donations are given to Reach Out Lakota. Thank you for your support of this community organization.
Companions on the Journey
After the loss of a loved one, it’s normal to feel the effects of grief. The Companions on a Journey grief support group meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Hospitality Room. Here you can express your grief and learn how to go through the grief process so that you can begin this new chapter of your life in a healthy way. Please contact Ron Meyer 376-1277 or Karen Marvich 265-9375 if you have any questions.
Catholics Returning Home
Do you know someone who has drifted away from his/her Catholic faith? We may want to reach out to those disconnected from the church, but we aren’t sure how to offer support. As baptized, practicing Catholics, we have a precious gift of faith and love from the Lord that can be shared with our friends and loved ones. You can make a dramatic difference in someone’s life by simply reaching out to him/her and saying, “we miss you”. For more information contact Deacon Jerry Barney at 777-6433, ext. 121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Divorced & Separated
The Divorced and Separated group meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month in the Hospitality Room off the Gathering Space inside the church. You don’t have to walk this journey alone. Give yourself a gift of time for sharing and support with others who understand. For more information, call St. John’s Parish Office, 777-6433, or email Mary Taylor at email@example.com.
Fair Trade Sale
Don’t forget! Fair Trade Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate will be sold after all Masses in the Gathering Space on the third weekend of each month. Buying ethically grown coffee, tea and chocolate ensures proper wages for workers around the globe. For more information, please contact Gary Eiser at firstname.lastname@example.org or Matt & Elizabeth Waits at email@example.com.
The Thursday morning Bible Study will begin on Sept. 7 with The Great Adventure Bible Study – The Gospel of Matthew, The King & His Kingdom. The Scripture Study group will meet for 24 lessons (12 in the fall & 12 after the holidays) in the rooms D&E of the Undercroft from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. The Study is registered on line so that if you have to miss a meeting you can view the video presentation by Jeff Cavens. For information on registering call Jeanne Gavigan at 779-9830.
Operation Christmas Child Collection
It’s time to drop off those filled shoeboxes! Bring your shoebox to church and Girl Scouts will be in the gathering space the weekend of November 11/12 and November 18/19 to collect your filled shoebox or you can visit us in the Pavilion at the following dates and times:
Monday, November 13 – 5-7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 14 – 12-2 p.m.
Wednesday, November 15 – 5-7 p.m.
Thursday, November 16 – 12-2 p.m.
Friday, November 17 – 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, November 18 - 1:30-6:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 19 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
St. Nick Toy Drive for Campton Mission
Nov. 25 & 26
In celebration of the feast of St. Nicholas, and in honor of his generous spirit, we will hold our annual Toy Drive for the Campton Mission of Appalachia. We encourage children and all parishioners to bring unwrapped new games, new toys, and various types of new balls for children ages 1 – 11 to the liturgies on Saturday (11/25) or Sunday (11/26). Place the toys in the Gathering Space before Mass. Sister Susan in Campton requests that the toys be UNWRAPPED. Also, please do not include toy guns. Thank you for making a brighter Christmas for the parents and children in Campton!
Advent Lectionary Reflections
Beginning Nov. 29, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Want to do something a bit different for the season of Advent? Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 7 - 8:30 p.m., we will begin Lectionary Reflections with Fr. Don in the Hospitality Room. Four Wednesdays in a row, we will be looking at the readings for Sunday Mass for the four weeks of Advent. All that is needed is a bible and an open mind. Take some time out of your busy Christmas rush and look at the season of Advent with a new view. Hope to see you there.
St. John Christmas Craft Fair -
Saturday, Dec. 2 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
You are invited to the St. John Christmas Craft Fair on Dec. 2nd! There will be three buildings FILLED with great crafts and gifts for the holiday! We will also have delicious, homemade baked goods and lunch available. Please join us. We will have over one hundred crafters with great Christmas gifts, crafts, and other items! This year, the Knights of Columbus are participating in the fair with some great Christmas gift ideas and all of their proceeds will go to Campton Mission. Please note: The show will NOT be canceled due to inclement weather unless there is a Level Three Snow Emergency in West Chester.
Calling all volunteers!
We need baked goods for the show. If you can donate items, please drop them off at the Parish Office from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. or at the Parish Center from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday December 1st , or anytime Saturday morning Dec. 2. If you have any questions, please contact George or Maxine Thomas at 779 – 2037 or geomax2005@ fuse.net.
If you are available anytime from noon till 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, or anytime Saturday, Dec. 2 from 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and would like to help at the fair, let us know. On Friday, help is needed for security to watch a building as crafters load their crafts into their buildings and then leave. Students will help crafters unload the crafts after school. Also help is needed on Friday around 4 to wrap bakery goods with holiday decor. Saturday, help is needed to wrap bakery goods in the morning. Throughout the day help is needed for kitchen, bakery, and raffle. It is not necessary to work continually. Increments of time would be appreciated. Let us know your best times. If you wish to work, or have any questions, please contact: George or Maxine Thomas at 779- 2037, 505 -2114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breakfast in Bethlehem
Reserve your spot now, as the city of Bethlehem is filling quickly! Reservations can be completed here. Thank you!