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St. John’s Thoughts

Dear friends: It’s time for an update

On Friday, May 25, 2018, the Judicial Council (JC) of The United Methodist Church (UMC), the denomination’s highest court in matters of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, ruled that petitions, in addition to the bishops’ recommended One Church Plan, will be allowed at the special called 2019 General Conference. What does this mean? The constitution of The United Methodist Church states: “The purpose of [a] special session shall be stated in the call, and only such business shall be transacted as is in harmony with the purpose stated in such call...” In its call for the 2019 conference, the Council of Bishops stated, “The purpose of this special session of the General Conference shall be limited to receiving and acting upon a report from the Council of Bishops based on the recommendations of the Commission on a Way Forward.” Accordingly, many were hoping that the called

July 27th, 2018|

A note from the Finance Manager:

Did you know that when you give to the church operating budget, you are giving to many different ministries of the church? When you give a regular contribution, you are supporting the staff, who aid all the ministries of the church, such as the nursery, children’s ministry, youth ministry, and university ministries? The staff also supports the benevolence ministry, music ministry, facilities upkeep, and worship ministries. Regular contributions directly support the budgets of all the above ministries, including benevolence. The food vouchers and pantry items are all covered by the operating budget. The budget also supports our efforts to feed the hungry for Fiesta Domingo. Building maintenance is also part of the operating budget. Operating costs such as air conditioning and electricity are covered by the operating budget, as well as everything needed to run the church office. All the music expenses are covered by the budget, such as scholarship

July 27th, 2018|

Friendships Bind Sunday School Class for More Than Six Decades

By Leslie Cranford On just about any given Sunday morning in the past 60 or so years, during the Sunday school hour, if you walked down the south hall of St. John’s, you’d probably have heard a piano and hymn singing from Room 111. The Fellowship Class met there together for about six decades, but it finally disbanded in April. I was fortunate to sit down with Melba Rickman to record some of her memories of the class. She joined the class with her husband, J.C., in 1959 when they first came to St. John’s. The class was already going when they joined; she didn’t know with certainty what year it started. “There were around 100 members when we had to divide it. At first we met in the Garden Room because that’s the only place that was big enough. When we divided, our group took the name ‘Fellowship Class,’

July 27th, 2018|
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