Committee prepares for Centennial Year
Celia Tolar-Bane, Director of Music Ministry
excitement of the final preparations for our 2012 Centennial
year is upon us! The Music Committee is hard at work
planning centennial music that will be moving, sentimental,
fun, worshipful…but not all at the same time. An original
centennial anthem has been commissioned forthe celebrations,
and David Lowery, a well-established local composer
of choral music, is preparing music for us that can
be used frequently as a congregational hymn and occasionally
as a choir anthem throughout the year. The composition
will include a fanfare useful in various settings, such
as at the Gospel procession on feast days or before
the singing of the presentation hymn (usually “Praise
God, from whom all blessings flow”).
St. John's was founded in 1912 the Episcopal hymnal
of 1892 was in use, and extensive research is under
way to choose those hymns that we might use during our
Sunday worship during 2012. There are many hymns that
we still find meaningful today that were contained in
this early hymnal, including “The church's one foundation”,
“O worship the King”, “Crown him with many crowns”,
and “Love divine, all loves excelling”. The collection
also includes hymns that would not be considered by
most to be appropriate for Sunday worship, such as the
two Temperance Hymns. There are also six hymns for travelers,
seven litanies and 48 hymns for children.
will be using hymns from this old hymnal in several
ways. On our primary centennial celebration Sundays,
we will sing only hymns that are common to our current
1982 hymnal, drawing a direct line from hymns in use
100 years ago and hymns in use today. On other Sundays,
we may select hymns with meaningful texts to be sung
by the choir, as a weekly song following the Lord's
Prayer in the service or as a communion song. We may
also be selecting hymns from the 1940 hymnal that we
know to have been favorites at St. John's, especially
those hymns that are common to the 1982 hymnal. We are
canvassing older church members to discover their favorites
from the ‘40s and ‘50s, as well as consulting available
church bulletins and records of services. Your Sunday
bulletin will clearly indicate every week in 2012 which
is the centennial hymn and something about its origins
or its significance to St. John's in particular.
special Centennial Concert on February 5 will feature
all of St. John's music ensembles singing and playing
some great old popular music. The Chancel Choir will
sing, among other things, the popular song “Welcome,
Sweet Springtime” written in the late 1800's and made
popular again in the 1960's by The Andy Griffith Show,
a.k.a. "Good ole 14-A". Soloists will also
be featured, and everyone present will join in singing
a hymn or two from the 1892 hymnal that are not appropriate
for today's worship, such as perhaps: Brightly gleams
our banner, pointing to the sky…Or O mother dear, Jerusalem
, when shall I come to thee? Or Art thou weary, art
thou languid, art thou sore distressed?
from St. John's
calendar for more information about
upcoming events and services.
John's Contribution Envelopes The 2012
Contribution Envelopes areavailable for pick up at St.
John's . Envelope boxes can be found in the Barr Center
, across from the kitchen on tables underneath the bulletin
boards. The envelope boxes are in alphabetical order.
Envelope boxes will be available throughout December.
Opportunity with the Red Cross to sort
holiday mail for military personnel at the Bull Street
location Monday, December 12 from 9 am to 12 pm. Contact:
Carol Morrett, volunteer coordinator, 540.1223.
Middle School Needs volunteers to assist
with the Christmas shop December 13 and 14, groups to
assist families for the holidays, and mentors/tutors
every weekday from 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm one or more days
perweek. Contact: Barbara Mullen, BFMullen@aol.com or
Christmas Caroling St. Clare's Guild
invites you to join them for caroling
on Wednesday, December 14, at 6 pm. We will meet at
the church and walk through Shandon and spread Christmas
Joy. We will carol for an hour and then gather for cookies
and hot chocolate in the Barr Center . Bundle up and
bring a flashlight, songbooks provided. All ages welcome!
Bible Study meets on Mondays at 11 am
in room 9 and is led by the Rev. Fletcher Montgomery.
Bible Study Meets Weekly on Mondays 7:00
- 8:30 pm, at Victoria Fleischer's home, 3233 Girardeau
St . The Bible is the mostinfluential book ever published,
and yet it can be difficult or just plain confusing
to read. The Essential Bible Guide takes you
through the Old and New Testaments in 100 carefully
selected readings and gives a big picture of the Bible.
Women of all ages are invited to learn God's word through
prayer, reading, and reflection. Books are available
to purchase for $10. Questions, contact Victoria Fleischer
Morning Bible Study Samson was in many
ways a bad dude, but men today can learn from his mistakes. The
Tuesday Morning Men's Bible Study will read and discuss
the book, Samson Syndrome by Mark Atteberry. Gentlemen,purchase
your book and join us. Barr Center Dining Room,
Tuesdays, 6:45 - 8:00 am. Breakfast included.
For more information, call Ned Badgett, 787.8189.
Classes (updated) will not meet during
Limerick Lakers high school basketball
team from Ireland will host a free basketball camp on
December 30, 10 am - 2 pm. The camp is led by Coach
J.P. Nerbun and will be held at St. John's . Questions,
J.P. Nerbun: firstname.lastname@example.org.
accepted for Episcopal Young Adult Service Corps
Episcopal Church offers opportunities for young adults,
ages 21 - 30, toprovide service and share their expertise
worldwide through the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC).
Possible placements for 2012 include Mexico, Brazil
, South Africa , Tanzania , Kenya , Japan , the Philippines
, Hong Kong, and Papua New Guinea . Applicants must
have a high degree of maturity and possess a faith commitment
and “the willingness to be a humble guest, and the ability
to be an authentic companion,” the Rev.
Copley, Mission Personnel Officer. Applications can
be found on the diocesan website and deadline for 2012
placements is January 9, 2012. Contact: Lisa Denaro
at email@example.com or 212.716.6114.
Save the Date for Kanuga Parish & Family Weekend
17 - 19, 2012. Register by Thursday, December 29 and
receive a $20 coupon toward's the cost per person. Look
for registration forms in the narthex and Heyward Hall.
Services at St. John's
Midweek Eucharist: Thursdays
at 12:15 pm
December 24, Christmas Eve: 4:00
pm Children's Christmas Program; 4:30 pm Festival Holy
Eucharist, Rite II; 10:00 pm Prelude of Christmas
Carols and Anthems; 10:30 pm Festival Holy Eucharist,
December 25, Christmas Day:
am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
January 1, First Sunday after Christmas: 10:30
am Christmas Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion
First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of
Our Lord: return to regular Sunday schedule.
100 years of serving
throughout the 2012 calendar year
3:13-14 “Reaching for that which lies ahead.”
January 8, 2012 - Centennial Year Kick-off
Sunday with breakfast during the Sunday School hour.
your Centennial Special Edition Church Photo Directory.
March 18, 2012- St. John's 1912, a special
worship service in remembrance of St. John's Incorporation
of 2012 - Speaker Weekend - more details to come
November 2, 2012 - The Centennial Gala
December 23, 2012 - “Reaching for that which
lies ahead” Breakfast