Christmas Basket Program https://www.saintjamescathedral.org/outreach/christmasbaskets.
We have one family left that needs sponsoring, so anyone who is able, please contact Fr. Jeremyto receive their Family Packet. This year’s deadline for dropping off your Christmas Baskets at St. John’s will be no later than Wednesday, December 5th. If you are unable to shop and would like to be a part of this blessing, please give checks made out to St. John's, with "Revive Christmas Baskets" in the memo. The youth of the congregation will be adopting/shopping and wrapping the presents for the family. Checks should get to the church by Friday, November 30th.
Fleece Blanket Donations
The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center provides fleece blankets to all children with whom they conduct sensitive interviews. At this time they are running out of blankets. We will be putting together blankets on Tuesday 11-13-2018 at 6:30pm. If you are planning to help assemble the blankets please bring sharp scissors, a ruler and a marker. If you would like to donate towards supplies, please contact Shirley Reilly. Thank you!
Only 5 Spots Left to Help Feed the World!
Join other St. John volunteers on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, as we pack nutritious meals for the world's malnourished children. We will caravan from church (approx 1:00 pm) to the packing facility for Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) in Aurora, IL, where we--along with over 200 other volunteers--will assemble and pack meals for shipment to the hungry. It's fun fellowship with like-minded folks, it's perfect for chalking up service hours, and it is quite literally life-saving, soulful work. Can't join us? PLEASE consider donating money to cover the cost of the meals we will pack! Each volunteer will pack $50 worth of food which translates to 216 meals! Our goal is to raise $750...that's 3,240 meals. Make checks payable to Church of St. John with FMSC on the memo line. Want to know more about FMSC? Check out this amazing Christian organization at http://www.fmsc.org If you want to go with us and help pack meals, please email Dee McManamy. There are jobs for everyone and for every ability from age 5 yrs upward. Need to sit while working? We've got those jobs, too! If you signed up for this project during St. J's Ministry Fair in September, look for info emails soon with more details.
The church has a ping-pong table that could be yours for the taking! It folds in half for moving and storage and is on wheels. You probably would have to buy a new net for it. If you or an organization you know of would like to have it, speak with Fr. Jeremy or Susan Marquis.
Interfaith Dinner, November 18th
The South West Interfaith Team (SWIFT) will be having its annual interfaith dinner at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Homewood on Sunday, November 18 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. There will be lots of food and great conversation. Tickets are $20 and must be bought ahead of time. If you are interested please talk to Rob McManamy or Bryan Burke.
Alternative Christmas Gift Market
Are you thinking about Christmas shopping? The Alternative Christmas Gift Market enables you to contribute to a charitable organization. An alternative Christmas gift to friends and family will benefit those in need. Your alternative gift to another will extend the true meaning of Christmas and ensure spiritual action after Christmas has passed and other gifts are forgotten or discarded. For each donation made, you will receive a decorative card indicating the name of the organization to which you have donated. This card can then be given as your alternative Christmas gift.
The following organizations will be included this year:
* Cancer Support Group * Bakery Dos Corazones
* Christian Peace Makers * ReVive
* The Night Ministry * Respond Now
* Episcopal Relief and Development * Holistic Riding Equestrian Therapy
You will be able to purchase donations in the amounts of $5, $10, $15 or $25. Payment will be made to Transfiguration. Order forms will be distributed on November 11th and November 18th. One the back of the order forms there will be a brief description of each organization. Order form will be collected along with payment in cash or checks made out to Transfiguration on November 18th and November 25th. Cards with a copy of the order form will be distributed to participants on November 25th and December 2nd.
Make new friends and reconnect with old ones ant St. John’s Dinner Groups. Groups of six to eight will meet at each other’s homes at least three times. You don’t have to host to participate. Conversation will flow, and it doesn’t even have to be religious! Sign up by November 25th with Gale Michael, before or after mass. For more information, contact Gale Michael.