Throughout Advent and Christmastide, St. John's will offer a virtual Holy Eucharist service at 8am on Facebook and a Participatory Sunday Worship at 10am on ZOOM. To join the ZOOM worship, use the meeting ID: 883 0267 7388 and the Passcode: 175371 or you can clink the link below.
Join us Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7pm during Advent and Christmastide for a virtual service of Compline with a scripture reflection via ZOOM. To join this ZOOM service, use the Meeting ID: 833 2904 6468 and Passcode: 465757 or clink the link below.
Each year the people of St. John’s have brought Christmas Joy to the residents of Grace House.
Since we are restricted in our social interactions this year so that we can all have a healthy, safe Christmas Season, we have come up with a plan to continue our tradition. Instead of selecting name tags from our Giving Tree, we are requesting cash donations, and will use the money to purchase the gifts from a local retail store to support our community, and then have them gift-wrapped and tagged for delivery to Grace House.
You can make your contribution by mailing a check to the office, indicating that the donation is for Grace House, texting "GIVE" to (774) 298-0388, or using our website. We would appreciate receiving your contributions any time before December 13th. This date will give us time to shop, wrap, prepare name tags for the gifts, and enough time to deliver them for Christmas.
Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We pray for abundant blessings to all during our health emergency, for care and concerns for ALL God’s people.
St. John’s Growing Edge Book Group will be starting a new book on December 10, 2020.
The selection is Karen Armstrong’s “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life” The book is available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and on Kindle. Used copies of the book can be found at Abebooks.comas well.
Financial assistance can be provided to anyone needing help to purchase the book. Church membership is not a requirement. Any adult - from anywhere - is welcome to join!
The group meets via Zoom every Thursday from 4:00 - 5:15 pm. If you are not comfortable with Zoom, let us know and we will get you up to speed before the first meeting. Each week’s reading assignment is 20-25 pages on average.
If you are interested in participating, email Sue Kucharski, at SJCbookgroup@gmail.com to sign up or get further details.
Here’s a description of the book:
“One of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world--author of such acclaimed books as A History of God, Islam, and Buddha --now gives us an impassioned and practical book that can help us make the world a more compassionate place. Karen Armstrong believes that while compassion is intrinsic in all human beings, each of us needs to work diligently to cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion. Here, in this straightforward, thoughtful, and thought-provoking book, she sets out a program that can lead us toward a more compassionate life. The twelve steps Armstrong suggests begin with "Learn About Compassion" and close with "Love Your Enemies." In between, she takes up "compassion for yourself," mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and "concern for everybody." She suggests concrete ways of enhancing our compassion and putting it into action in our everyday lives, and provides, as well, a reading list to encourage us to "hear one another's narratives." Throughout, Armstrong makes clear that a compassionate life is not a matter of only heart or mind but a deliberate and often life-altering commingling of the two."
Silent Auction & Craft Fair
Thank you to everyone who has donated crafts and items for this year's Virtual Christmas Fair & Silent Auction! We hope that you will join us at stjohnsnorthampton.org the week of December 5th - 12th and invite your friends! Please share the Christmas Fair Event on Facebook to help us get the word out!
Today, November 27th is the last day to order your wreath! Any remaining wreaths will be on sale at the Jaesckes Farm Stand, pre-decorated.
Those planning on picking up their wreaths on either Nov. 29th or Dec. 6th, can do so between 9:30-12:30. Credit Cards cannot be accepted at pick up. Check or Cash only. Preferably, please send payment to the office or through our website beforehand for a quick and easy pickup.
Sunday, November 29th is the last day to place your coffee order!
The J2A Pilgrims are selling Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters coffee to raise money for their Pilgrimage. These 1lb bags of whole bean or ground coffee make great holiday gifts. Price is $14 per bag and pick up or local drop off can be arranged the week of December 13th. Please use the form below to place your order. Payment can be made through the “give” section of our website (choose “Coffee” from the drop down menu) or a check can be mailed in to the office at 48 Elm Street, Northampton MA 01060. Please direct any questions to Olivia at email@example.com. Thank you!