Hello St. John’s Folks!!

I’m a day late (and a dollar short?) with “News & Notes,” so I’ll jump right in. First to remind everyone of today’s Blood Drive (from 1 till 6 PM) in Hartford Hall. If you are open to donating blood, please come and help us reach our goal!!

Second – many thanks to the “Bell-Wether” collating and folding crew. They came this morning, and got the November “Bell-Wether” ready to take to the Post Office. Look for your copy soon!!

I should mention that our sister in Christ, Silvia Marshall has moved (on Wednesday) to Hyder Family Hospice House. She is gravely ill, and seems most certainly to be in her final days. Thanks be to God for her faith, and her perseverance, and her witness throughout her illness. Our Outreach Committee voted last evening to take the final $500 from their 2016 budget (monies that are always used to support local ministries/missions) and make a gift in Silvia’s honor to the Friends of Hyder Family Hospice House.

We are still in need of housing for two groups from the Watoto Children’s Choir. Here’s an amended version of what I wrote last week:
“Concerning the Watoto Children’s Choir, coming on October 25th: We still need to find two homes for the kids and their chaperones to stay in — for four people. Apparently when they’re on tour, in order to provide a degree of consistency for the kids, they stay together as small groups – with one adult in each group. That’s why we have this need. Here are the groups we’re looking to house:
Uncle Polly, Jeff (11), Ronnie (9), Theodore (12)
Uncle Tonny, Edison (9), Shafik (10) Thomas (12)
These kids can sleep on pull-out sofas or blow-up mattresses. They don’t need luxury accommodations. If you can help, please let me know asap. We have written directions for what is asked of the host homes – I’ll give you a copy of that.”

If we are unable to find places for the kids to stay, I’ll make arrangements for them to stay in the same hotel as the bus driver – so they can ride with him. If that is the case, we’ll need folks who might be willing to make their lunch for them to take with them – lunch for eight people. Let me know if you could help with that as well.

Well the new carpeting is in!! Woohoo! It looks very nice . . . doesn’t smell so wonderful, but that will pass! Thanks to our Trustees for arranging for this, and to a myriad of folks who packed and moved ‘stuff’ out of the way . . . and then moved it back again!! You’re the best!

Also reporting on the County work crew of last Friday: They came and cleared out a good deal of the undergrowth up along the road. If we can get the roots pulled out, perhaps we can seed that area, to grow grass that can be mowed – so we don’t need to be clearing out undergrowth every year!! Many thanks to those who loaned us their tools!!

And reporting on things that have happened this week – Hartford Hall has been as busy as I’ve ever seen it. We had the Goal Setting workshop on Sunday evening – it went very well – we would love to have had more participants, but those who came did some terrific work! On Monday the Church Council met there – on Tuesday a large crowd of seniors gathered for their annual luncheon (and entertainment by the PCA Choir!) – on Wednesday the Girl Scout leaders met there – on Thursday we were the site of a very large “moved” (from their normal meeting space) group of Cub Scouts, for their regular meeting – today the “Holy Folders” came, as I mentioned above – and the Blood Drive will take place this afternoon. Our building is a wonderfully useful resource for us and for our community!!

Donna Capern asked to have this “held up” to you each week until we’ve arrived at our “Harvest & Holly Fair and Silent Auction”:
Join the fun at the annual St. John’s Methodist Harvest and Holly Fair and Silent Auction: Saturday November 5, 8 – 1pm! Breakfast and lunch will be served through the morning, to sustain you while you check out the silent auction, baking, candy and pie tables, craft room, Hannah’s boutique quality used clothing and jewelry, book/DVD/puzzle room, wreath orders, knife sharpening, white elephant, and children’s activity room. It’s always a lot of fun, and also a major fundraiser for the church. So please invite your friends and let them know we have ample parking and handicapped accessible. For more information, call 742-3046. There is not much time for crafts to be made. Plus we hope you’re thinking about pies, baked goods, candy, etc. We also know that it takes a lot of hands to set up clothes for Hannah’s Boutique and White Elephant rooms. See you at the Fair!

Our October public supper takes place this Saturday (to add yet one more event for Hartford Hall). Are you gonna help? Are you donating food for the supper? Are you coming to have dinner? I hope so!!

There are still lots of openings on the sign-up sheet for the October 29th Harvest Party, taking place at Mineral Park. Check out the sheets on the rolling bulletin board in Hartford Hall.

During Coffee Fellowship this Sunday, our GrowingWithHope Team will present another “Opportunity Fair” – with tables of information about several ministries in the area. I hope you’ll take time to check things out – and if you feel called in that direction, to sign up to offer you help to one or more of the programs.

Directory Update – The complimentary photos have arrived at church. Please come pick yours up during Coffee Fellowship October 23, 30 and November 6. If you ordered photos your complimentary photo arrive in the mail along with the photos you ordered. The deadline for submitting a photo to be included in the directory is November 1. Email the photo to gaelps [at] comcast [dot] net. We will have listings of each member’s contact information at Coffee Fellowship and also available outside the Church Office. PLEASE verify your contact information. This is also an opportunity to indicate if you do not want information published in the directory. We expect the finished directories to be available right around Christmas.

Our 2016 “Angel Tree,” with suggested gifts for children in the area written on each decoration, will be set up by Sunday 11/20, in the narthex. The gifts will be given to children at Dover Children’s Home, My Friends Place, Woodman Park School, Dover Middle School and Dover High School.

I borrowed this (“Old is when . . “) from gcfl.net today:
I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose-fitting clothing. If I HAD any loose-fitting clothing, I wouldn’t have signed up in the first place!
When I was young we used to go “skinny dipping,” now I just “chunky dunk.”
Wouldn’t it be nice if whenever we messed up our life we could simply press ‘Ctrl-Alt-Delete’ and start all over?
Stress is when you wake up screaming and then you realize you haven’t fallen asleep yet.
My wife says I never listen to her. At least I think that’s what she said.
If raising children was going to be easy, it never would have started with something called labor!
Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells remain FOREVER.

That’s all for today. See you at the Blood Drive . . . and at the supper . . . and in church! Peace, Mark