A monthly St. A monthly newsletter of St. John’s United Methodist Volume 13, Issue 3 IMPORTANT DATES Tuesday, March 7 Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby & Blue & Gold Banquet Sunday, March 8 Daylight Savings Time Spring Forward! Children’s Council Meeting March 13 & 14 Youth Trip White Oak Tuesday,March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Red Cross Blood Drive Sunday, March 29 Finance Committee Meeting March 2015 PASTOR’S CORNER A Lenten Discipline Throughout my ministry, I have had several occasions when people have told me that they rarely pray because they feel they do not know how. I am not sure if some people think you have to speak in a holy language to be able to communicate with God. It is as easy to talk to God as it is to talk to a friend; the hard part is the listening component. For most of us when we start talking, we forget we have a responsibility to listen as well. During the season of lent, one aspect that the community of faith is called upon for is to be in a season of prayer. We are to pray for ourselves, our communities and the world to receive wholeness, healing and forgiveness. Recently, one thing that I have talked about with our children at Children’s Moments at St. John’s is to encourage them to pray in the morning before their feet hit the floor. This prayer can be simply thanking God for watching over them as they slept or to bless their family and friends. Another wonderful time to pray is before meal times. Everyday (several times a day) I hear the children in W.E.E. School singing a blessing before sharing a snack or before lunch time. God our Father, God Our Father, We thank you, We thank you, For our many blessings, For our many blessings, Amen Amen Still some of our youth prefer God is great, God is good. Let us thank you for our food. By his hands we all are fed; give us our daily bread. I remember a blessing I learned when I was a camper at Asbury Hills, at that time it was called The S.C. United Methodist Camp (SCUM Camp). Good idea to change the name. Be present at our table Lord. Be here and everywhere adored. These mercies bless and grant that We may feast in paradise with thee. Amen John Wesley Then recently, I heard this blessing and thought it was a good starting point for all of us during the season of Lent. Lord, give bread to those who are hungry and hunger for you to those who have bread. May we all join for a season of prayer. May our prayers that begin at the table take us to our knees as we bow before the Lord who is always more willing to listen than we are to pray. Shalom, Karen Thank You St. John’s Dear Church Family, You have been so kind to us as my journey of recuperating has continued. We are so very grateful for all of your support through your prayers, cards, phone calls, and visits. Each of your deeds of love has been so uplifting. We have been overwhelmed by your “caring spirit”. We are blessed to have such a caring church family. Thank you ! In Christian Love, David Rowland Dear Friends, Thank you for having me with you to talk about Haiti. There is so much to be done and I could talk all night. I thank you for contributing to support our friends in the Central Plateau of Haiti. With Much Love, Jane Chalker Highlands, NC Dear St. John’s United Methodist Church, Thank you for generously donating to support the Adult Enrichment Centers. Your gift helps the Adult Enrichment Centers to continue to offer our clients the warm and loving care and experiences that they so richly deserve. Thank you again for your generosity. Sincerely, Russell Rhodes Business Manager Adult Enrichment Centers The Fort Mill Care Center would like to Thank You for the much needed support over the years. February 2015 Donations amounted to 68 pounds! Thank you St. John’s! Family Ministries Calendar: March 15th Church Luncheon following the 11 o'clock service. Please bring a dish or dessert to share. We will provide fried chicken March 29th Fifth Sunday Fellowship during the hospitality and Sunday School hours We will hear testimony from members and enjoy breakfast. Please watch for details on this new ministry opportunity! MUSIC NOTES As we all prepare to worship during Lent and move forward to Easter, if you are like I am, you may have searched several sources in order to find out just what the season should mean to us. Robert Webber states: "Lenten worship is a season for personal and corporate spiritual renewal. It is a time for intense study of God's Word, for meditation, for prayer, and for self-examination." Of course for me, music is an awesome way to worship God in all seasons! The adult choir is working on many songs to help us grow spiritually during the Lenten season and to help us as we triumph on Easter Sunday! My wish for each of you is that you will grow spiritually and be renewed in the resurrection of our Lord and Savior! I also pray that as you listen to the music the choir offers to you and to God during this season, that it will help you in your growth. May God bless each and every one of you! Pam Johnson Choir Director This year one resident had a special plan up her sleeve. Heather quietly brought a brand new Gamecock cap with her to the stadium for dinner. When dinner was over and the team and children began to mingle, she slowly worked her way around the room asking players and coaches to autograph the cap. As she went around the room, the cap quickly filled with signatures. Then she boarded the bus and came back to Epworth without saying a word about the cap. Over the years, it was not uncommon for Epworth children to collect autographs at the event but her cottage parents were surprised to see Heather gathering signatures. The 13-year-old girl had never showed an interest in football before. She loved the arts and excelled in music, but athletics never seemed to catch her attention. It seemed a little odd, but no one felt a need to question her. Soon everyone in the cottage forgot about the autographed cap. Then over Christmas break, Heather’s teacher at school stopped Mr. Parker, the Epworth Director of Activities, at the local grocery. “Mr. Parker, did you know Heather was going to do that?” her teacher asked. Mr. Parker was puzzled, “Do what?” The teacher explained, “Heather came to me on the last day of school before Christmas and handed me a present. It was an autographed cap from the Gamecock football team, every signature addressed with my name on it.” It turns out that Heather knew that her teacher was a huge football fan and wanted to give him something special to thank him for helping her at school. Weeks ahead of Christmas she devised her plan to purchase the cap with incentive money she had earned from her good grades on her report card and then have the team autograph it at Thanksgiving. Her plan worked perfectly and her teacher was in awe of her selfless act of giving and thanks. In a season when so many people focused on receiving gifts, Heather chose to embrace the season as an opportunity for giving. Heather’s gift is an example of how Epworth works with residents to teach them life lessons, like the importance of giving and expressing gratitude for those who provide help along life’s journey. Abigail Talley, Epworth Representative [email protected] AARP Tax-Aide Program Free Federal and State Income Tax Preparation This is a no-charge and confidential tax prep service by IRS certified personnel. Limited appointments can be scheduled at: https://calendly.com/fortmilltaxes WHEN: Every Tuesday and Thursday, February 3 – April 14 - 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. WHERE: Fort Mill Library in Baxter Village, Second Floor If you have questions contact [email protected] March Worship Assistants Ushers: Nursery: March 01 March 08 March 15 March 22 March 29 Greeters: March 01 March 08 March 15 March 22 March 29 8:30 Nelson Odom (head) Don Littlejohn Mary Ellen Rothert James Kimbrell 11:00 Grady Ervin (head) Chip Heemsoth Colton Clyburn Margaret Ervin Melanie Edwards Jane McGee Jane McGee Sandra Wallace Fellowship Center Cori & Bryan Mitchell Claire & Paige Moore Melissa & Mike McGady Stephanie & Michael Corn Julie & Ricky Williams Education Building Liz Harris Ellie Davies Don Whelchel Terri Sessions Frieda Price First Time Visitors: March 01 Matt Geesey March 08 David & Frieda Price March 15 Matt Geesey March 22 Bill Davies March 29 Matt Geesey Flowers: March 01 March 08 March 15 March 22 March 29 Joyce & Benny Patterson James & Michelle Messer Altar Guild Altar Guild for the month: Bonnie Meche & Matt Geesey Children’s Church Date: March 01 March 08 March 15 March 22 March 29 Activity Science Video Game Leader 1 Lauren Rabb Leigh Ann Edmondson Jennifer Mayes THANKS TO ALL FOR YOUR SERVICE ! Leader2 Sarah Robertson Kristi Vandergriff Rebekah Conant In Loving Memory W.E.E. School Registration 2015-2016 W.E.E. School registration for the 20152016 school is open. There are spots still available. For more information please contact Beth Meador at (803)547-7538 or [email protected] To the family of Rev. Ed Davidson who Passed away on February. 26, 2015. To the family of Abby Craven who lost Her grandmother Polly Drigger on February. 21, 2015. W.E.E. School Summer Camp To the family of Connie Gunsch who lost her sister Anna Peterson and her nephew Artie Peterson. The W.E.E School will be offering a summer program for children 3 years old (by Sept 1) thru children entering Kindergarten in the Fall 2015. Each week will have a theme and we will have fun with crafts, music, science, cooking and games. If you are interested in registering for our summer program or would like more information, contact Beth Meador (803)547-7538 or [email protected], or drop by and see us! To the family of Beeler Mason who lost his brother Miles Mason on January 31, 2015. To the family of Betty B. Ervin who lost her sister Dorothy Mullis on February 05, 2015. Memorials J.C. & Veola Green by J.L. and E.C Green **DATE CHANGE** Mark you calendars for the Children’s Spring and Summer Consignment Sale, April 9-11. Look for more information in early March regarding consigning and/or volunteering! Mattie McDonald by Thelma Hord Anna & Artie Peterson by New Wesley Fellowship Class Dot Mullis by Polly Collins The W.E.E. School receives a portion of your purchases as a rebate from Harris Teeter. Please help us out by linking your card to our school. Our Harris Teeter number is 6893. Visit http:// www.harristeeter.com to link your card today. Thank you!! Beth Meador WEE School Director Honoraria St. John’s Church by Womans Club of Fort Mill Fred & Paige Moore by Matthew Carswell III UNITED METHODIST WOMEN The United Methodist Women would like to thank each and every one of you who supported our recent Chicken Pot Pie Sale. We sold all 60 pies prepared by our group of dedicated ladies willing to give up their Saturday morning to prepare them. The fellowship we share and the knowledge of knowing the destination of the funds we collect will go to many of the missions we support is gratification in itself. The annual Call to Prayer and Self-Denial was held at Pleasant Hill UMC on the 22nd of February. St. John’s Clara Phillips Circle presented the program highlighting the importance of being a welcoming body for Christ. The ladies of Philadelphia UMW were also in attendance. The donations collected will be given in support for retired deaconess and missionaries. We are next looking forward to our 70+ Luncheon to be held on Sunday, April 19th. Be looking for the announcement in the church bulletin and newsletter. Bless His Name! Judy Tilly, UMW President LIBRARY - BOOK CLUB We have the new Beth Moore title: A Heart Like His. Mike Huckabee’s new book, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy is very different from Jim Grassi’s Guts, Grace and Glory: A Football Devotional. The Patmos Deception is a thriller by Davis Bunn set on the island where the Apostle John had his vision about the Apocolypse. We have also added another copy of The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis, which the church book club will be reading in March. EVANGELISM …..REDISCOVERING OUR PURPOSE!!!! 2015 brings so much potential for our committee at St. John’s to expand our vision and our calling! Hopefully this column will bring new insight into our different ministries. WALK ACROSS THE ROOM ministry -Think, opportunity to meet/greet first time visitors, offer information on the myriad of Sunday school classes, nursery/children ministries, youth, UMW, UMM, home visitation and so much more! St. John’s is a most wonderful church to call home. What if we only had one chance to convey that? WE CARE ministry- Think, reaching out to our members who may be house bound, in a nursing home or other accomodations. Members visit, call, send hand written cards and stay connected to OUR MOST PRECIOUS AND LOVED MEMBERS!!! HEARTS ON FIRE ministry-Think, members committed to praying for our Church, communicating our needs, lending ideas/lifting up our VISION, promoting our name and …. (stay tuned for more) ***The Evangelism team would like to acknowledge and send a SHOUT OUT to the chair of this most dedicated and well run ministry…..Mrs. Gwen Rhinehardt!!! Gwen, you are St. John’s Evangelism team’s ROCK STAR OF THE MONTH. Rediscover our purpose with the Evangelism team. Be active and curious and prayerful. Why care? Isaiah 51:15-17 “For I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves ROAR. The Lord of hosts is my name. I have put my words in your mouth, and hidden you in the shadow of my hand, stretching out the heavens and laying the foundations of the earth, and saying to Zion, Pamella Saladino [email protected] Evangelism Chair March Birthdays & Anniversaries 18 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 James Easterling Michelle Meenaghan Merrick Richardson Lois Thomas Anne Ervin Mickey Somers Karla Vereen Eleana Wright David Shaw Amy Parham Wayne Bouldin Anna McAteer Bryan Decker Thelma Hammond Kristen Harrill Teresa Perry Andrew Roberts Nathan Cox Doris Massey Kelsey Pettus Jay Short Meg Williams Logan Howerton Preston Reddeck Keegan Conrad Isabella Proctor Cori Mitchell Kaitlyn Pittman Casey Deal Betty Hosage Josh Anderson Kaitlyn Marakoff Don Whelchel Lindsay Hord Christian Jones Corry Carr Mary Ann Sherry Nancy Stark Jessie Lewis Greg Bonéy Jennifer Mayes Johnny Myers 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Steve Barnes Patrick Johnson Betty Campbell Tyler Jacob Edwards Alex McFadden Charles Sides Colton Clyburn Jason Deal Carolyn Short Danny Jones Christa Franse Emily McQuay Brianna Messer Graham Wallace Mandee Hudson Abbey Thoden Ryan Kontzen Henderson Rowe Bryan Rowe Ruth Orwig Chip Heemsoth Kay Surles Tracy Olinger John Pettus Ken Somers Holly Dunn David Hord Joy Patterson Diane Turner Jennifer Ham Phyllis Helms Faye Hill Andrew Kontzen Ashley Sullins Beth Anderson James Dean Don Dooley (Happy 61st!) Emerson Shelton Becky Terry Campbell Rhodes Matthew Sides 6 Jeffery and Stacey Rhinehardt 10 Joe and Carolyn Griffin Wayne and Linda Helms 11 Steve and Minda Siebert 18 Marc and Charlotte Kinley 20 Zeke and Jan Patterson Lee and Becky Thompson 22 Benny and Joyce Patterson 26 Tim and Leesa Kane 31 Travis and Melanie Deal Please contact those listed on their special day to let them know you care! Jennifer Mayes, Director of Children’s Ministries We had a very successful 1st Parents Night Out! Thank you to everyone that volunteered and all the parents that brought their children. We all had a wonderful time! The Easter egg hunt is quickly approaching, Saturday April 4th from 3-5pm. This is a community outreach effort and we need the church’s support to show our community that we work together to make things happen. Please see the sign-up sheets outside the Wee School office to see what area you can help, the list is itemized according to the task you would be doing. You do not have to commit to the entire 2 hours. Vacation Bible School is coming this summer! Date: June 15 – 19th, 2015 Time: 9 am – 12pm We need to form a decorating committee! This is an important committee that plays a big part in helping the theme come to life! Please email Jennifer at [email protected] to sign up to help. We need at least 5 people to commit. Children’s Ministries is selling T-shirts for children and adults. The cost is $10 for children and $15 for adult. Inventory is limited so please see me for sizes and availability. Children’s Ministry Needs: What: Sunday School Teacher 2nd/3rd grade When: Sunday Mornings at 10am Curriculum is provided by the church and I would be willing to open this up to 2-3 teachers to rotate Sundays so you can still attend your adult Sunday School class. There are usually 6-8 children in the class and they are a great group! Please give prayerful consideration to this ministry! Children's Church 2015 Lesson The Four Friends Date Activity Leader 1 Leader 2 March 1st Science Lauren Rabb Sarah Robertson March 8th Video Leigh Ann Edmondson Kristi Vandergriff March 15th Game Rebekah Conant Jennifer Mayes Brandon Galbraith, Youth Director 803-804-6071 [email protected] Sunday, 3/1 SALT/ The Zone-3:30pm Sunday, 3/1 Youth Meeting/ The Zone-4pm Sunday, 3/8 Youth Meeting/ The Zone-4pm Friday-Sunday, 3/13-3/15 White Oak Retreat Sunday, 3/22 FISH/ TBD THANK you, White Oak, Summer Plans Thank you to all who came out to support the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner. I know that working in bad weather can be difficult but the youth appreciates those who moved their schedules around to help support the Salkehatchie Summer Mission. WHITE OAK will be held this month on the 13th-15th. We will spend all day Saturday working on a building project. Both middle and high school youth who attend will be allowed to help give back to the community of Winnsboro. The youth will be getting a permission slip and agenda on the 1 st of the month. Summer will be different for the youth. We will not have weekly UMYF but I will be working with SALT to create a calendar of events that will allow the youth to meet throughout the summer. Also, I am working on gathering information about summer camps sponsored by the Methodist church. I also encourage any of the youth to volunteer with the children’s Vacation Bible School. I will get a list together of jobs that the youth can help with during this busy week. SALT (Student Advisory and Leader Team)- On the first Sunday of each month, any youth is invited to meet to discuss short range plans and activities. This group includes Middle and High School Students. We will meet 3:30-4:00 at the beginning of the month when we have a scheduled youth group meeting that day. This is a great way for your young people to have a voice in the group's activities and goals. Peace in the Week- Our youth deal with craziness in their weeks. Between school, friends, families, sports, and their own ways of maturing, there is a lot to take in during the week. Starting in February, every Wednesday we will meet after youth choir is over for 45 minutes. This time will be spent on talking about their week and prayer in efforts to provide them a stress free environment to relax and share in fellowship. There will be a separate meeting area for middle and high school youth. If anyone would like to volunteer to help get this group underway, please let me know. Thank you to all that have given time, gifts, or service in support of the youth. I am truly blessed to have the support of members as we continue to provide leadership to our maturing youth and their growth as Christians. Peace, Brandon Sun Mon Tue 1 2 3 3:30 Youth (SALT) 4:00 UMYF 4:00 Jesus in the Gospels 7:00 PM Book Club 6:30 PM SPRC Meeting in the Loft 6:30 PM Adult Handbell Choir 8 9 10 Scripture Snacks 12:15 Children’s Council Meeting 4:00 UMYF 4:00 Kidz Rock 4:00 Jesus in the Gospels 15 12:00 Fam. Ministries Luncheon 4:00 Jesus in the Gospels UMYF White Oak Retreat 11:00 AM Morning Glory Circle (FC) 6:30 PM Adult Handbell Choir 16 7:00 PM Book Club (Library) 17 6:30 PM Adult Handbell Choir 2:00 - 6:30 - Blood Drive ST. PATRICK’s DAY 22 Care Center Sunday 23 4:00 Kidz Rock 4:00 Jesus in the Gospels 29 PALM SUNDAY 9:45 Fam. Ministry breakfast 2:30 Finance Meeting 4:00 Jesus in the Gospels 4:00 UMYF 24 6:30 PM Adult Handbell Choir 7:00 PM Church Council Meeting 30 31 6:30 PM Adult Handbell Choir Wed 4 Thu 5 Fri 6 5:30 PM Children’s Choir. 5:30 PM Children’s Handbell Choir 6:00 PM Wed. Night Supper 6:30 PM Youth Choir Rehearsal 6:45 PM Youth (Zone) 7:00 PM Adult Choir. 7:00 PM Boy Scouts (Zone). 11 7 9:00 AM Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby. 12:00 PM Cub Scouts Blue & Gold Banquet. 12 5:30 PM Children’s Choir. 5:30 PM Children’s Handbell Choir 6:00 PM Wed. Night Supper 6:30 PM Youth Choir Rehearsal 6:45 PM Youth (Zone) 7:00 PM Adult Choir. 7:00 PM Boy Scouts (Zone). 7:00 PM Cub Scouts (FC) 18 Sat 13 14 12:00 PM-2:00 PM Family Ministries (FC) UMYF White Oak Retreat UMYF White Oak Retreat 19 20 21 26 27 28 5:30 PM Children’s Choir. 5:30 PM Children’s Handbell Choir 6:00 PM Wed. Night Supper 6:30 PM Youth Choir Rehearsal 6:45 PM Youth (Zone) 7:00 PM Adult Choir. 7:00 PM Boy Scouts (Zone). 25 5:30 PM Children’s Choir. 5:30 PM Children’s Handbell Choir 6:00 PM Wed. Night Supper 6:30 PM Youth Choir Rehearsal 6:45 PM Youth (Zone) 7:00 PM Adult Choir. 7:00 PM Boy Scouts (Zone). 7:00 PM Cub Scouts (FC) The vision of St. John’s UMC is to make disciples of Jesus Christ by reaching out to God’s community through worship, witness, nurture, and service. Monday Night Worship: An Invitation to a Changed Life When is it? Monday Nights at 6:30PM (Hospitality Time 6:00) What is it? An alternative time for worship that reaches out to our community and membership. A worship experience for those who work or miss Sunday services. A casual environment for praise and worship. ST. JOHN’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 130 Tom Hall Street P.O. Box 1298 Fort Mill, SC 29716-1298 Phone: 803-547-7538 Fax: 803-547-7539 Email: [email protected] Website: www.sjfm.org _____________________________________________________ Rev. Karen H. Radcliffe, Pastor 864-313-9348 (Cell ) [email protected] Sonja Bell…………….…………………...…. Secretary Cindy “C.J.” Foster….…..…..Church Administrator Jim Harris ……………………………….….Accounting Bill Cummings….… Monday Night Worship Leader Pamela Johnson…….…………..……..Choir Director Jim Lowery…………..………………Church Organist Beth Meador…..….……..…Director of WEE School Jennifer Mayes... Director of Children’s Ministries Brandon Galbraith.….Director of Youth Ministries Jeannine Hillhouse………………………...Custodian When Using the Facility for functions, please respect the classrooms and most of all, the Sanctuary. Members and non-members need to be sure that children are not running through the Sanctuary or education building classrooms. W.E.E. School classrooms usually have projects out drying or in progress of being completed. Also, Please do not leave a child in a room unattended, and if you are using a room to entertain your child, please clean up and leave the room as you found it. These rooms are usually already cleaned and prepped for the following day. We are having instances where the whiteboards have things written on them, things left out of place, and trash/crumbs left on tables and floors. Please be respectful of the Your Church Property and clean up after yourself. Deadline for the newsletter is the 15th of each month.
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