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This is where you can find weekly news & special announcements at St. John's. Check in now and then. And don't forget to check out our [calendar] for pending events.

  • Question of the Week (10/20/2014) - Q5. What else did God create? God cre­ated all things by his pow­er­ful Word, and all his cre­ation was very good; every­thing flour­ished under his lov­ing rule. Gen­e­sis 1:31: God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
  • “Falling Back” — Time Change (10/20/2014) - Don’t for­get! Day­light Sav­ing Time ends on Sun­day, Novem­ber 2, 2014 at 2:00 am. Set your clocks to “fall back” an hour on Sat­ur­day night before going to bed!
  • What’s Ahead at St. Johns (10/13/2014) - Sun­day, Octo­ber 19th fol­low­ing our 9am Holy Com­mu­nion Ser­vice – Oper­a­tion Christ­mas Child Shoe­box Party Sun­day, Novem­ber 2nd fol­low­ing our 9am Holy Com­mu­nion Ser­vice — Pot Luck Meal “South­ern USA Favorites” Sun­day, Novem­ber 9th at 4 – 7 pm in the Fel­low­ship Hall — Fall Fel­low­ship Cov­ered Dish Dinner
  • Catechism Question of the Week (10/13/2014) - Ques­tion 4. How and why did God cre­ate us? God cre­ated us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him, and glo­rify him. And it is right that we who were cre­ated by God should live to his glory. Gen­e­sis 1:27: So God cre­ated mankind in his own image, in [...]
  • Catechism Question of the Week (10/8/2014) - Ques­tion 3. How many per­sons are there in God? There are three per­sons in the one true and liv­ing God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same in sub­stance, equal in power and glory. Please read 2 Corinthi­ans 13:14. You can down­load the PDF ver­sion of the cat­e­chism here: New City Cat­e­chism.
  • Catechism training continues … (9/26/2014) - This Sun­day, the 28th, is our next Chris­t­ian Edu­ca­tion Sun­day and it’s time to fire up those brains! Rev. Cook intro­duced the “New City Cat­e­chism” at the last Chris­t­ian edu­ca­tion Sun­day. He will con­tinue this Sun­day, with the assump­tion that we have mem­o­rized ques­tions 1 through 3. If you aren’t that far in your mem­o­riza­tion, that’s [...]
  • Question of the Week (9/26/2014) - You can down­load the PDF ver­sion of the cat­e­chism here: New City Cat­e­chism. Part 1. God, Cre­ation And Fall, Law Q2. What is God? God is the cre­ator and sus­tainer of every­one and every­thing. He is eter­nal, infi­nite, and unchange­able in his power and per­fec­tion, good­ness and glory, wis­dom, jus­tice, and truth. Noth­ing hap­pens except through him and by [...]
  • Family Forum Handout (9/19/2014) - At our Fam­ily Forum on Sun­day the 17th of Sep­tem­ber, the lay and clergy lead­er­ship of St. John’s intro­duced a sim­ply strat­egy for build­ing on a godly past for future godly generations. Ten­ta­tively called “Cross­ing the Jor­dan” (a work­ing title, see Num­bers 33:50 – 53 for the back­ground idea), St. John’s strat­egy for obey­ing God’s great com­mis­sion (Matthew 28:18 – 20) especially empha­sized three [...]
  • September 21st — Question of the Week (9/19/2014) - Part 1. God, Cre­ation And Fall, Law Q1. What is our only hope in life and death? That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death to God and to our Sav­ior Jesus Christ. Read Romans 14:7 – 8. Note: Last Sun­day, the New City Cat­e­chism was pre­sented to our Adult Chris­t­ian Edu­ca­tion [...]
  • Sunday, September 21st (9/15/2014) - Four­teenth Sun­day after Trinity 7:45 am Holy Com­mu­nion Service 9:00 am Morn­ing Prayer and the Holy Sacra­ment of Baptism
  • Sermons (9/7/2014) - Ser­mons have been updated through 9-​7-​2014. See the Preachin’ ‘n Teachin’ page under the “Resources” menu item for more.
  • September 72014 (9/3/2014) - The Twelfth Sun­day after Trinity This Sunday’s Ser­vices are ded­i­cated to per­se­cuted Chris­tians around the world. We invite you to join us in worship. 7:45 am Holy Communion 9:00 am Holy Communion Philip­pi­ans 1:19 – 30 Luke 6:27 – 36 Join us after the 9:00 am Ser­vice for our Fam­ily Forum and monthly Pot Luck Meal “Tail­gate Favorites.”
  • Sunday, August 312014 (8/27/2014) - The Eleventh Sun­day after Trinity 7:45 am Holy Communion 9:00 am Morn­ing Prayer Morn­ing Prayer will take place in the Fel­low­ship Hall downstairs. Lessons This Sun­day: 1 Corinthi­ans 15:1 – 11 and Luke 18:9 – 14
  • Sunday, August 24th (8/22/2014) - Tenth Sun­day after Trinity 7:45 am Holy Com­mu­nion 9:00 am Holy Com­mu­nion 1 Corinthi­ans 12:1 – 11 Luke 19:1 – 10
  • Rev. Deacon Phil Hanner Called As Pastor of Family Life (8/21/2014) - 2014-​07-​30 To: The con­gre­ga­tion of St. John’s My dear fel­low ser­vants of the Lord Jesus, We are very pleased to announce that on Tues­day, 29 July, the vestry autho­rized me to call the Rev. Dea­con Phil Han­ner to be part of the St. John’s clergy team. With the bless­ings and grace of our Lord and Sav­ior, Jesus [...]
  • Alpha Returns Sep. 112014 (8/21/2014) - Whether you grew up a Chris­t­ian or never set foot in Church, whether you are eigh­teen or eighty, whether you raise kids or raise cat­tle… Alpha is for every­one and is an oppor­tu­nity to explore life’s big ques­tions. Join us for one week or 12! Thurs­days, 6 – 8:30 PM Sept. 11 to Nov. 20 Super Giant Com­mu­nity Room Wil­low Grove Info: 215−635−3820 [...]
  • August 172014 (8/11/2014) - The Ninth Sun­day after Trinity 7:45 a.m. Holy Communion 9:00 a.m. Holy Communion
  • August 102014 (8/8/2014) - Eighth Sun­day after Trinity 7:45 am Holy Communion 9:00 am Holy Communion Shoe­box Party Prep fol­low­ing 9 am service
  • The Seventh Sunday After Trinity, August 3rd (8/1/2014) - 7:45 am Holy Com­mu­nion Service 9:00 am Holy Com­mu­nion Service “Fish­ers of Men” Pot Luck Meal
  • New Bethel AME Church Bowling Party (7/23/2014) - New Bethel AME Church is host­ing a bowl­ing party, in an effort to help raise money for our build­ing fund efforts. This event is being coör­di­nated by the Men’s Day Com­mit­tee, as one of many oppor­tu­ni­ties, lead­ing up to Men’s Day which cul­mi­nates on Sun­day, Novem­ber 16, 2014. So far, five peo­ple from Abing­ton Bap­tist Church are [...]
  • Nicaragua, Thurs. June 26th (6/26/2014) - Fin­ish­ing Strong on June 26! 130 kids in Bible camp, men’s Bible study goes longer than the women’s, and men play game “wide and nar­row path”. No run­ning water forces team to cre­atively shower with buck­ets of well water. Lynn enjoyed a 2 1/​2 inch bed bug, and every­one is healthy. Get­ting ready for the longest day with [...]
  • Nicaragua Mission, Tue. June 24th (6/24/2014) - 1st Day of Camp! Today was the first day of Bible camp. A lot of prepa­ra­tions this morn­ing as the team kicked the week off. Today’s les­son was on Elija and the prophets of Baal. We had about 75 kids at camp today which began a bit late due to the rain. The skies opened up about an hour before camp [...]
  • Nicaragua — Saturday, June 212014 (6/21/2014) - The Team Arrives! The team arrives in Nicaragua with­out much of a hitch. Well except that Butch’s one suit­case broke open. No wor­ries we have duct tape. Lydia’s first time and she says, “I’m just tak­ing it all in.” Our biggest prayer is for good com­mu­ni­ca­tion. No trans­la­tor for the first 24 hours. Thanks for your sup­port and [...]
  • Our Nicaragua Team — Saturday, June 21st (6/20/2014) - Please remem­ber to pray for the mem­bers of our Nicaragua Team. They are depart­ing very early in the morning. 
  • Nicaragua on Thursday, June 19th (6/19/2014) - Train the Trainer This morn­ing, before going to Masaya, we are work­ing with some folks to pre­pare them for lead­ing Bible stud­ies here in Santa Maria. Once they are fin­ished, we will head to see Juan at the school he works at in Masaya. It should be about a 2 hour drive. So far, the trip has been very [...]
  • Tuesday & Wednesday in Nicaragua! (6/18/2014) - Wednes­day, June 18th.….Crystal clear morn­ing here in Santa Maria! Nets are hung, cots are out, water is on ice and all is set for the team’s arrival. Last night was the first Bible Study at the church, start­ing the 2 week study on the Ser­mon on the Mount from Matthew chap­ter 5. Today we are off to [...]
  • Trinity Sunday, June 15th (6/10/2014) - Happy Father’s Day 7:45 am Holy Communion 9:00 am Holy Communion Com­mis­sion­ing The Nicaragua Team following the 9:00 am Ser­vice in the Fel­low­ship Hall
  • Nicaragua Mission Team — 2014 (6/2/2014) - The Advance Team departs on Sun­day, June 15th. Final prepa­ra­tions are nearly com­plete. Please remem­ber to pray for the team!
  • Good Friday 2014 (4/25/2014) -
  • Taking Religion Seriously: Muslims, Christians, Jews and World Order (4/22/2014) - The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-​Ali will be speak­ing on April 30 at 7 pm in Mar­ion Sta­tion, PA, lec­tur­ing on the role of reli­gion in world order with ref­er­ence to demo­c­ra­tic aspi­ra­tions for the near east. Par­tic­u­lar atten­tion will be given to Anglo-​American for­eign pol­icy consideration. Bishop Nazir-​Ali is a Pakistani-​born British Angli­can bishop. He was the [...]
  • Is The Bible A “SNAP”? (4/15/2014) - On Fri­day the 25th, West­min­ster Book­store is hold­ing a spe­cial event enti­tled “Why the Bible is Know­able, Nec­es­sary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me.” This is an all-​day event, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at Covenant Fel­low­ship Church, 1 Fel­low­ship Rd., Glen Mills, PA, 19342. Well known schol­ars Kevin DeY­oung, David Powli­son, K. Scott Oliphint, [...]
  • Moving Day: The Sequel (12/30/2013) - Please note that the fol­low­ing con­tains both news and infor­ma­tion that may be help­ful to you. Please take a moment to skim through this update. 12/​28/​2013: Mov­ing Day: The Sequel The first steps in tran­si­tion­ing St. John’s out of the Jesus Focus Min­istry build­ing began some 6 weeks ago, shortly after receiv­ing a let­ter from Jesus Focus Ministry’s [...]
  • Navel-​Gazing Or Star Tracking? (12/21/2012) - Any orga­ni­za­tion which is merely com­mit­ted to self-​preservation and con­tin­ued exis­tence is an orga­ni­za­tion that is already on a down­ward slide. Orga­ni­za­tional “navel-​gazing” is an unhealthy pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with what has been called “the other holy trinity,” — me, myself, and I. It’s the spir­i­tual equiv­a­lent of the run­ner look­ing back­wards over his shoul­der, or only look­ing down at his [...]
  • Affiliation Update: Conclusion (9/4/2012) - On Wednes­day, 29 August, the vestry of St. John’s voted unan­i­mously and unhesi­tat­ingly to remain with the Province of Rwanda’s US branch — pop­u­larly known as PEARUSA (Province de L’Eglise Angli­caine au Rwanda, USA). The deci­sion, due by 31 August, came after extended con­ver­sa­tion, study, and prayer for wis­dom. Addi­tion­ally, the con­gre­ga­tion of St. John’s was sent [...]
  • Great Love, Local Love (4/28/2012) - Jesus told his dis­ci­ples on the eve before his cru­ci­fix­ion, “This is my com­mand­ment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” And in order to make clear what he meant by love — and cer­tainly with his own suf­fer­ing on his mind — he clar­i­fied his point by say­ing “Greater love has no one than this, that [...]
  • Luther on Hardship (3/27/2012) - This last Sun­day, Pas­tor Ken quoted from Mar­tin Luther in the con­text of his ser­mon. He fol­lows up by writing: More than a few peo­ple spoke to me about the quo­ta­tion from the Ger­man Reformer with which I ended my ser­mon at both 8:00 and 9:30 yes­ter­day morn­ing. I had first encoun­tered it dur­ing a Jan­u­ary Term course I took [...]
  • Benedict XVI On “The Crisis Of Marriage And Family” (3/24/2012) - Sex out­side of mar­riage and cohab­i­ta­tion as a “prac­tice run” for mar­riage are both so com­mon that some pas­tors feel as if it is impos­si­ble to fight the trend. The attached news release from the Vat­i­can on the present cri­sis of mar­riage takes a com­mend­ably active stance on this topic, par­tic­u­larly urg­ing catechesis. While Angli­cans do [...]