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By Scripture Alone 2022

We received such good feedback on this year's By Scripture Alone daily Bible reading plan that we're doing it again next year - but with a slight tweak. Our 2022 reading plan will still feature three different daily readings five days per week. However, the second half of our Old Testament readings will be arranged more chronologically to help you get an idea of how these books of prophecy fit into the historical events of Israel and Judah. Click here for a reading schedule or pick one up in the church narthex.



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Three Good Things That Will Happen in December

1. We will come together for midweek Advent services. These devotional services, held on Wednesdays at 3:30 & 6:45 p.m., give us the opportunity to prepare our hearts for the birth of our Savior. Fellowship meals between services will also be held again this year.

2. We will host Advent by Candlelight on Sunday, December 5. After an online-only event last year, we're excited to come together again this year in word and song to usher in the Advent season. If you aren't able to attend in person, you can join us virtually at www.sjtosa.org/ABC.

3. We will celebrate our Savior's birth through a variety of worship opportunities: our grade-school Christmas Eve service, our traditional Lessons & Carols service, and festival worship on Christmas Day. Click here for a full listing of holiday worship opportunities.



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Two Good Things That Happened in November

1. We began a new church year with the season of Advent: a Latin word that means "coming." Advent is a time when we celebrate the coming of Christ as a baby in Bethlehem and look forward to his coming again on the last day. Please join us for worship!

2. Our teens headed out around church and raked leaves for some of our neighbors. One of the aspects of our strategic plan includes service opportunities to the community, and we're thankful to have our teens serve in this way!



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One Good Thing That You Might Not Know About

1. School spirit days are back! On December 7, 14, and 21, our grade-school students will be showing their school spirit according to various themes. First up: Christmas pajamas day!



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Midweek Advent Worship Opportunities

Wednesdays, December 1, 8 & 15 – Please join us for midweek Advent Worship at 3:30 and 6:45 p.m. We’re happy to be able to serve fellowship meals between services once again! Meals will be served from 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. On the menu for December 1 are chili and hot dogs, December 8 is casserole night, and December 15 features chicken cordon bleu and chicken nuggets. A salad bar and soup will be available at all meals.



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Advent by Candlelight - Last Chance to Register!

Sunday, December 5
Don't wait - it's time to register for Advent by Candlelight! Invite your female family members, friends, and neighbors to attend this Christ-centered preparation for the holiday season, held in the school gymnasium beginning at 1:30 p.m. We're still looking for table hostesses - hosting is easy, and many choose to do it with a friend or family member.  Click here for more information and to register by Tuesday, November 30.



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By Scripture Alone 2022

We received such good feedback on this year's By Scripture Alone daily Bible reading plan that we're doing it again next year - but with a slight tweak. Our 2022 reading plan will still feature three different daily readings five days per week. However, the second half of our Old Testament readings will be arranged more chronologically to help you get an idea of how these books of prophecy fit into the historical events of Israel and Judah. Click here for a reading schedule or pick one up in the church narthex.



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Thanksgiving Worship

Wednesday & Thursday, November 24 & 25
Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, and we'd love to have you join us for worship! Our Thanksgiving services will be held on Wednesday, November 24, at 6:45 p.m. and Thursday, November 25, at 10:00 a.m. Worship services can also be viewed online by clicking here. "Praise God from whom all blessings flow..."



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Annual Voters' Meeting

Sunday, December 5
The annual electoral voters’ meeting will be held following the 10:30 a.m. service (and will also be broadcast online for those unable to attend in person). In addition to the election of church officers and Board members, detailed financial information will be presented. All voters and interested parties are encouraged to attend.



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New Support Group

Thursday, December 16
The holidays can be a difficult time, especially for those who are struggling with mental health issues, the loss of a loved one, a difficult relationship – and the list goes on. In light of these challenges, Pastor Steve Stern will be facilitating a support group at St. John’s. If you or a family member is dealing with cancer or other major health issues, loss and grief, or mental illness, please join us at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Matthew’s Room. We’ll take time to listen to each other, explore helpful spiritual truths, and generally provide assistance and support in a safe setting. Please feel free to bring a friend or neighbor who might benefit from being part of this group.



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