December News

Christmas Season Schedule

Dec. 6th:  7:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I,  10:00 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Dec. 10th:  10:00 am to 6:00 pm Vintage Jewelry Sale

Dec. 11th:  10:00 am to 6:00 pm Vintage Jewelry Sale

Dec. 13th:  7:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I,  10:00 am Holy Eucharist Rite II, Vestry Meeting

Dec. 20th: 7:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I,  10:00 am Holy Eucharist Rite II, 11:00 am Greening of the Church followed by Potluck Luncheon

Dec. 24th:  Christmas Eve – 6:00 pm Children’s Service, 10:45 pm Choir Musical Prelude, 11:00 pm Midnight Service,  No Incense at either service!, Refreshments in Parish Hall after service.

Dec. 25th:  Christmas Day – No Service.

Dec. 27th:  7:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I,  10:00 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Dec. 31st: 5:00 pm to 10:00pm “Celebrate Johnstown”

Jan. 3rd:  7:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I,  10:00 am Christmas Lessons and Carols

Vintage & Collectable Jewelry Sale

Friday, December 11, 2015 and Saturday, December 12, 2015

10:00 am to 6:00 pm, both days

All jewelry is CLEAN with some pristine items available. Simple gifts bags will be provided. An official NFL Registered Steelers Pendant Necklace and Earrings set is being chanced off. This will also be the last chance to purchase tickets for the eternal Basket Party before the drawing is finally held after 10:00 am Service on December 12th. Chances are 10 for $3.00 or 20 for $5.00.

Saturday’s Kitchen

Still looking for donation of two dozen cookies for their Christmas Party. Also still need twenty bottles of shampoo and medium and large gift bags. Box for donations is still in the parish hall. Deadline is December 12.

Remembering our Homebound Parishioners

A list of names and addresses of some of our St. Marks family who are unable to attend church because of health concerns is printed in the Decmber issue of The Grapevine. Please consider taking time to send them a card or note during this hoiday season to let them know they are still in our thoughts and prayers.

Greening of the Church and Potluck Luncheon

Sunday, December 2oth after 10:00 am Service

This is the time when we get together and help to decorate the church for the Christmas Season.  There will be a sign up sheet in the hall to let us know what you are bringing for the Potluck. You can also call Joanne at the office.

Pastoral Care

Donations of food for the St. Marks Food Pantry are always needed especially during the holiday season. We were able to provide ten families with turkey dinners for Thanksgiving. We are hoping to deliver a holiday basket to families in need for Christmas, We will also sponsor a family with a meal and gifts for the children. We are also  still collecting winter gloves, hats, scarves and blankets. For more information, please contact Amy Whitlow.


Finance Committee Meeting, Wednesday, December 9th at 1:00 pm.  Vestry meeting, Sunday, December 13th after 10:00 am Service.

Christmas Memorial Flowers

Order by Sunday December 20, 2015 with payment due by December 23rd. The cost is ten dollars per every two names but twenty-five dollars will cover an unlimited amount of names. Order form is in the December issue of The Grapevine. Contact Joanne at the office or Doris Horner.

Happy December Anniversaries

Bob and Sharon Howarth,  December 2, 2006;  Doan and Rhonda Lowry, December 8, 2012;  Doug and Cynthia Greig, December 2, 1977.

Happy December Birthdays

Penn Whitlow Sr. 12-1, Jim Russell 12-2, Lucie Whittle 12-2, Connor Rager 12-5, Rachelmae Pulliman 12-7, Shawn Rager 12-8, Irene Joyce 12-10, Katy Shaffer miller 12-13, Bill Pulliman 12-13, Amy Whitlow 12-14, Brian Gunnlaugson 12-16, Regina Hoover 12-17, John Mead 12-19, Andrew Rudnik 12-22, Jesus 12-25, Hannah Joyce Lilly 12-26, Penn Whitlow Jr. 12-28, and Sam Buchan 12-31.