This Week’s Sermon








Sunday, November 18








I don’t know about you, but there is a lot of my life that is lived with my head down, focused on the myopic tasks that are before me.  This means that I may miss a lot of the world around me and what is happening, particularly with my neighbor.  I believe that God is still trying to smooth out the rough edges in me, especially those related to how I engage my neighbor(s).  If we believe that love is the antidote to the ills of this world and humans, then we have to engage others to share the antidote.  We have to learn what it means to literally practice loving our neighbors.

This Sunday we will continue our worship series, Hard Love, discussing what it means for each of us to “love our neighbor as we love ourselves.  I invite you to join us at either 8:30 am or 10:45 am for our hour of worship and conversation.  All are welcome here at St. John’s – come and join with us as celebrate the love and goodness of God.


Until Sunday, blessings for the journey.





     8:30 a.m. in the Chapel


10:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary





READING: Matthew 22:36-40 (CEB)


MESSAGE:   HARD LOVE − “Love Your Neighbor”        Pastor Jim Hoffman









8:30 a.m.


READER:  Carolyn Jeter


USHERS:  Stuart Shaw



10:45 a.m.


READER:  Steve Doyal


USHERS:  Gary Fischer, Wes Shumate, Drew Brought, Jack Dunbar





Please join us in the Rotunda following the 10:45 a.m. worship service for refreshments and fellowship!  




Adult Sunday Morning Studies 9:30 a.m.  



Modern Christianity (Guice Library)


Study & Sunday Coffee  -    Join us this Sunday!  The Modern Christianity class is a casual, fellowship-oriented group that focuses our discussions on applying Christian beliefs to modern culture and contemporary issues.  Our next endeavor is the “Disciple Fast Track,” an adaptation of the original, bestselling Disciple Bible Study.  The study promises to provide a viable option for busy people seeking comprehensive engagement over time with the entire Bible.   Please join us in September following Summer Break − everyone is welcome in Guice Library for conversation, coffee, and fellowship.

Lead by Todd Gardner



Pathways Class (Room 205)



Join us this Sunday in Room 205 at 9:30 a.m. as we continue a new study − “The Coming of Jesus.”   The book by Gayle Carlton Felton is available (used) at  Enlightening and relevant as we prepare for the season of Advent!


Lead by Cheri Leigh





Children & Youth Sunday School 



YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL for grades 6 – 12 meets in the Youth Lounge (lower level) at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. Video-based lessons and lively discussions.




J.A.M and Sunday School are fun and engaging!  Classes allow kids to be part of worship and also experience Jesus during their own class time.  Children will be dismissed from 10:45 a.m. worship to their classes.


GOD QUEST SUNDAY SCHOOL | Room 203   |  Grades 1 − 5  meets on the second floor of the Education Building (south side), Room 203.


JAM* PRE-SCHOOL SUNDAY SCHOOL | Room 104  |  Children potty-trained 3 year-olds − Kindergarten meets on the first floor of the Education Building. 


* Jesus And Me


A Nursery is provided for infants and toddlers during the 10:45 a.m. worship service.