Cover image: St. John’s Advent Wreath, created by parishioners with guidance from Janet Beal and herbs from many gardens. Herbs for the Wreath welcome until December 30th.
Our Christmas Pageant is coming up on Sunday, December 16th! Details below.
In this issue
- Jingle Bells Bazaar Recap
- Adult Ed during Advent
- Advent Wreaths
- Christmas Pageant
- Christmas Flowers
- Christmas Services
- Children’s Choir
- Search Committee Update
- Outreach Opportunities
- Stewardship Update & Other Notes on Giving
- Diocesan Convention Round-up
- **New Feature** Recipe of the Month
A message from Bazaar Co-Chairs, Tori Pough and Suzy Shore
For more than 90 years, the St. John’s Christmas Bazaar has kicked off the holiday season for St. John’s parishioners and the community, and this year the tradition continued in grand style. Importantly, sales from the Preview Party, the Bazaar and the Mini-Bazaar generated $24,500 for local organizations supporting women and children in need. In addition to that significant fundraising achievement, the Bazaar succeeded in bringing together more than 120 St. John’s parishioners, staff and friends who volunteered their time and effort with camaraderie and good humor. That kind of fellowship is truly priceless.
While the Bazaar itself only lasts for a few hours, all the planning takes months. Organizing began over the summer and the process from set-up to clean-up extended across ten full days. Volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure that every area included well-priced and attractively displayed items; even a surprise snowstorm mid-week couldn’t deter everyone from working to make each area organized and appealing. The list of special contributions that made the Bazaar a success is long and deep. To all those who set up, cleaned up, priced, sold, crafted, cooked, poured, ladled, came up with a new idea or lent some muscle power…Thank You!
Adult ed during advent
Reflecting upon the Advent and Christmas Stories as told in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, led by Rev. Gwyneth
Have you ever noticed that only two of the four Gospels tell the story of Jesus' conception and birth? The Gospels of Matthew and Luke each tell the story .... but the two stories are very different. The facts don't agree, yet each story contains the same truth. Sound interesting? Please join us.
Using the late Raymond Brown's classic books "A Coming Christ at Advent" and "An Adult Christ at Christmas" as a guide, we will read, discuss, and reflect upon the Gospel stories. Copies of the book will be available to buy or borrow.
Adult Ed Scheduling
- Sundays, December 9 and 16 between services (9:00 - 9:45 AM) in the Parish Office and after the 10:00 AM service (11:15 AM- 12:00 Noon), in the Living Room
- Mondays, December 10 and 17 at 7:00- 8:00 PM Thorne Room
- Wednesdays, December 12, and 19 at 12:00 Noon, Thorne Room
Making Advent Wreaths
On Sunday afternoon, December 9th, while the adults were upstairs at Round Table Conversation with the Search Committee, children from St. John’s Larchmont, St. Thomas Mamaroneck, and All Saints Harrison gathered to make Advent Wreaths.
We began by getting to know each other, then talking about the meaning of Advent and Advent wreaths. The children chose blue or purple candles, ribbons and other decorations to add to the greens, and created their own wreathes – no two were alike. Then Rev. Tami led everyone in blessing the wreaths. Assisting the children were: St. John's teens Emma van den Dijssel and Daisy Burkin; parents; our clergy; The Rev. Tami Burks (Associate Rector at St. Thomas and Priest-in-Charge at All Saints ) and Ms. Kate Beeby, Director of Christian Ed at St. Thomas.
Join us for St. John’s 13th Trip with Bridges to Community
Where to: The Dominican Republic
When: Saturday, June 29 – Saturday, July 6, 2019
Who can go: All parishioners who are 15 years by start of the trip and have completed 9th grade (or 14 and accompanied by a parent) and all adults of the parish. One of the highlights of the trip is the intergenerational experience!
What will we be doing: Building houses in an impoverished community in the DR under the guidance of Bridges staff and local masons; learning about the DR and the local community; and getting to know the families, especially the children!
Interested to learn more: Come to an info meeting/pizza party at St. John’s on Sunday, January 6th at 6:30 pm. More information to follow.
Deadline to register: February 15, 2019
On Thursday Evening November 29th, over 150 people gathered in the Parish Hall to celebrate the 71st Anniversary of the The Larchmont Group, the AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) group that has been meeting at St. John's Larchmont for many of its 71 years. The Parish Hall was decorated with balloons and streamers, tables with centerpieces and sparkles, and the potluck meal covered six tables. (For privacy reasons, there are no pictures of the gathering, but the picture of the cake captures the spirit of the event.) The Chair expressed the Group's deep appreciation to St. John's for welcoming them. Rev. Gwyneth spoke briefly to welcome the guests and to offer a prayer. She thanked the group for giving St. John's the opportunity to participate in AA's important work and ministry.
(AA groups meet at St. John's three evenings and five lunchtimes a week.)