St. John of the Cross Episcopal Church
Bristol, Indiana


Weekly Email

December 23, 2014

Join us tomorrow evening for our Christmas Eve service! Carols begin at 7:15pm and Mass at 8:00pm.

Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-20

Readers: Steve Streeter and Deb Walters
Prayers of the People: Cindy Keck
Chalice Bearers: Steve Streeter and Deb Walters
Greeter: Bill Walters
No Coffee Hour
No Sunday School or Nursery


This Sunday is the First Sunday after Christmas

Readings: Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Psalm 147
Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
John 1:1-18

Readers: Christine Stockbarger and Cyd Sunday
Prayers of the People: Terry Scott
Chalice Bearers: Steve Streeter and Cyd Sunday
Greeter: Judy Streeter
Acolytes: Steve Streeter and Michelle Dixon
Coffee Hour Hosts: Steve and Judy Streeter
No Sunday School or Nursery

Let us pray...


...for Karen Hipsher, and Bill Strong, Deb Walter's step-father, who are both battling cancer.
...for Judy Hatley, who is struggling with mobility and pain, and for Bob, Anne, and Mark, who care for her.
...for Rosemary Streeter, who is having health problems.
...for all those in need of healing of body, mind, or spirit.


"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone." (1 Tim 2:1)

Birthday Blessings to...


Joy Stutsman (December 23) Marcus Story (December 28) Bryan Dixon (December 29)

Upcoming Wednesday Evening Schedule:

December 23: Evening Prayer (6:00pm).

December 30: Evening Prayer (6:00pm), music planning meeting.

January 6: Mass in honor of the Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ (7:00pm), followed by an Epiphany Tea.

January 13: Evening Prayer (6:00pm), vestry meeting.

Bishop Election Walkabout Information


St. John of the Cross has been chosen as the site of one of the Bishop Search Walkabouts! Electing delegations must attend, but all are welcome. Our Walkabout session will be held onSaturday, January 16, 9:30am - 1:30pm. The Walkabout will include presentations from each of the candidates and a social hour.
We have been asked to provide coffee, tea, and light refreshments for the candidates and the social hour. After Christmas, we will begin asking for help with hospitality for that day.

So mark your calendars! We are excited to be hosting this important diocesan event!
Winter Retreat 2016
Friday January 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM EST
Sunday January 17, 2016 at 11:00 AM EST
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Wawasee Episcopal Center
7830 East Vawter Park Road
Syracuse, IN 46567
Driving Directions
The Winter Youth Retreat for the Diocese of Northern Indiana is for all youth in the diocese in 6 - 12 grade. The theme is "A New Beginning". In addition to the retreat, the youth will be attending one of the Walkabout Sessions for the Election of the Eighth Bishop.

Please fill register using the link to the left by January 15. Download and complete the medical release and community covenant and mail it along with your $25.00 to reserve your space.

We have a limited number of spaces available so we will go on first come first serve.
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Christmas Greetings from Candidates for Bishop of Northern Indiana

Our candidates for bishop all made Christmas videos for our viewing pleasure. To access the videos, click here.
by Jan Riley

A shining star, an empty barn
A weary maiden fair.
This sets the scene for a story told
Of love beyone compare.

We've heard it told each Christmastime
How Mary bore the Son.
She heard God's word and followed it.
The true and faithful one.

But, in that manger, also stood
another human life.
A man who trusted and believed,
Who loved his God and wife.

He trusted both and stood by them
When others might have run
Into this family of love,
Our Father gave His Son.

A gentle mom, an honest dad
To form the Child King.
And, so the world all would know,
He let the angels sing!

This gentle babe, so loved by God
was sent to save us all.
God gave His Son, His only Son,
to save us from the fall.

So, at this holy time of year,
let's all return that love.
Let's honor, praise and glorify
our Father up above.

Our precious Lord, we thank you
for sending us your Son.
The savior of our sinful souls,
The one and only one!
Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 433, Bristol, IN 46507

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