Grief Support Group

St. John’s is exploring the idea of starting a grief support group. Many have experienced the loss of someone close to them, dealing with the feelings and situation is sometimes very difficult. If you would be interested in joining this group, please contact the church office, Cindy Powlus, or Loreen Comstock. We anticipate that this group will be very informal and a chance for everyone to share.

UPDATE: An organizational meeting will be held on Oct. 5, 2021 at 3:00 pm in the church basement. The goal of the meeting will be to see how much interest there is and what will be most helpful to the group. Please contact Cindy Powlus if you are interested. c.powlus@yahoo.com or 570-594-1433.

Service Hour Change and Additional Service

St. John’s church council would like to announce a time change for service, we will continue to meet at 9:00 am.  Church council is asking for your support and prayer as we trial a new start time for service during these months.  

There will be no Saturday worship throughout the fall and winter months. 

Mid-Week Worship

The church council would like to announce that in addition to our regular 9:00 Sunday worship, our once-a-month mid-week service with Holy Communion will be held the second Thursday of each month at 1:30 PM.  Upcoming dates are October 14th and November 11th.  Pastor Chad Hebrink will preach and preside.  All are welcome to attend. 

All Saints Sunday, November 7th

The Memorial Book (that which includes the names of Baptized persons to be read at our All Saints service on Sunday November 7th) is normally placed in the Sanctuary.  However, because of the recent limitations due to COVID-10, The Memorial Book will remain in the Church Secretary’s office.  If you wish to include the name of a Baptized family member or friend who has passed away from November 2020-Oct 2021, please contact the church office by phone:  570-752-2289 or by email: stjohnsmifflin@verizon.net

Thanksgiving Service

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no Thanksgiving service this year. 

Christmas Eve Services

Christmas Eve services will be held December 24, 2021 at 5 pm and 7 pm.  To comply with the pandemic restrictions, we will implement the reserved seating which was planned for last years’ service.  Details will be forthcoming. 

Congregational Meeting

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be Sunday, December 12, 2021, immediately following our regular worship service. 

 

Supply Pastors

Sept 5                           Edward Coup

Sept. 12                         Sandy Grier

Sept. 19                         James Girven

Sept. 26                         Laura Phelps

Oct. 3                               Laura Phelps

Oct. 10                             Wendelin Davis

Oct. 17                            George Jansson

Oct. 24                           Laura Phelps

Oct. 31                            Barb Horn

Youth Fellowship Time

We have begun our Youth Fellowship time.  It is so great to see everyone again and share in God’s Word.  The first two weeks have gone will with our new time change and it has been exciting to actually be a part of the church service.  We will continue to use the Lectionary Lessons as our teachings to coincide with the worship time. Thank you for all who have participated and the families for allowing us to spend time with your children.  

Reminder:  We meet in the basement at 9:00 am and at this time we are usually finished around 9:45 am and your children can be picked up in the gathering area at the new 5th Street entrance door. 

 

Blood Drive News: Oct. 20th from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Our congregation is serving the community as the local host for American Red Cross blood drives. The first drive resulted in the receipt of 21 pints of blood from 24 presenting donors. This was an outstanding result for a first drive! Many blood donors like to donate regularly. Individuals may donate every 56 days are we are providing the site and opportunity for that to happen. The next blood drive is set for Oct. 20th 12:00 pm – 6:oo pm. Thank you for your support in donating and publicizing the blood drives as we continue to serve the community.