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St. John’s UMC
February 2017 Journal
St. John’s United Methodist Church
515 S McDuffie St
Anderson SC 29624-2330
Phone (864) 224-6563
Rev. Dr. Kitty Holtzclaw
Fax (864) 224-8330
St. John’s website:
St. John’s Journal deadline: 3rd Monday By Noon
Friday, March 3rd: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 4th: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 5th: 9:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Combined Sunday School in Fellowship Hall
St. John’s United Methodist Church
515 S. McDuffie St. Anderson SC
The world continues to change around us.
How can we, as Christ followers and leaders,
better understand those changes and how
they impact the way we function as a
In an effort to equip, nurture and support St.
John’s as we live into God’s vision, you are
invited to this informative and inspiring
Mark Tidsworth of Pinnacle Leader Associ-
ates will lead an overview of his book
Shift: Three Big Moves for the 21
Church and lead us in a discussion on how it
relates to our congregation
Member to Disciple Identity
Attractional to Missional Church
Consumer Church to Sacred Partnering
Cost: $25, which includes a copy of Shift,
lunch on Saturday and light refreshments
If you are sharing a book, the cost is $10.00
for lunch and refreshments.
Please contact the Church office to register
or by submitting the registration form that
will be in the bulletins weekly.
Church Office 864-224-6563
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St. John’s Happy Group Travel
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Please join us (you do not
have to be a member of the
Happy Group) on a trip to
Columbia, SC, for a tour of
the State House and a visit
to the SC State Museum. A
brief tour and short film will
provide the South Carolina
history that many of us have
either forgotten from our school trip
visits or we who have not grown up
in South Carolina do not know. The
SC State Museum, located in an old
cotton mill, houses a diverse
collection of art, history, natural
history, science and technology
and a 4D Movie. The
planetarium features a laser light
show and a NASA gallery with
artifacts from SC astronauts.
The Blockbuster exhibit,
“Discover Savage Ancient Seas”, explores a world of
huge marine reptiles, flying reptiles and the largest sea
turtles to have ever lived. Some of these strange
creatures once lived off the coast of South Carolina.
Lunch will be in the Crescent Café (on your own) and
you will enjoy shopping for South Carolina made gifts
in the Cotton Mill Exchange.
We will leave at 8:00 AM from the St. John’s UMC
Atrium and should return by about 6:45 PM.
The cost is $41.00 which includes the museum
tickets, motor coach, driver’s tip, and a snack.
Call Ben and Marion Hursey (864) 261-6642 to make a
Payment may be made by mailing a check made out to
Happy Group to Mike Smith, 308 Green Hill Drive,
Anderson, SC 29621.
Payment must be received by
Sunday, February 5, 2017.
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It is February and love is in the air! The
CDC will be hosting our 2
“Love Lunch” this year on Friday,
February 10
for all of our parents and
grandparents. We had a great turn out
last year and the children loved having a
special lunch with
their loved ones.
February is “National Children’s Dental Health” month. Ashby Park
Pediatric Dentistry will visit the CDC to educate the children about
practicing good dental hygiene.
Special Prayer Request:
We have a mother of three who is in her early 30s that has recently
been diagnosed with breast cancer. The doctors are not sure if the cancer has spread to
her lymph nodes yet. We ask that you please keep her and her precious family in your prayers.
Looking Ahead:
Public registration for Summer/Fall 2017-2018 will begin on Monday, March 6
. St. John’s
church members receive a discount on tuition if you would like to enroll your children in our
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Can you help us for an hour or two?
St Johns has committed to making sandwiches
to support our neighbors in need throughout
the month of February. Each Saturday we need
10-20 volunteers to gather in the St Johns fel-
lowship hall to make 150-200 sandwiches &
sack lunches, which we’ll deliver to the Ander-
son Emergency Soup Kitchen. Many hands
make light work, and it’s a great chance to
serve our neighbors while fellowshipping with
each other, so let us know if you can join us
(just for an hour or two) on one or more Satur-
days in February. Dates needed: Feb 4, 11, 18,
& 25. Contact Chip Reaves, chip@bigger- or 864-231-7496.
February Mission of the
Month: Anderson
Emergency Kitchen
In February, the Anderson Emergen-
cy Kitchen is our "Mission of the
Month". The mission of this organ-
ization is to "provide a hot nutri-
tional meal to all in need that come
through their doors". They are open
Monday through Friday and located
at 306 West Franklin Street near the
corner of West Franklin and Towers
Street. In recent years, volunteers
donated 18,627 hours of their time serving 19,835 people from Anderson Coun-
ty. On a typical day they serve over 50 people.
In addition to the financial support that the SJUMC Missions will give, we are
asking that everyone bring food donations and leave the items in the marked box
in the atrium. Additional donations are greatly appreciated and needed. Please
consider becoming a volunteer, with daily preparation, serving, and cleanup after
the meal.
St. John’s UMC pledges
to conduct the ministry
of Jesus Christ in ways
that assure the physi-
cal and emotional safe-
ty and spiritual growth
of all of our children,
youth and vulnerable
adults as well as all of
our workers. Therefore, we will have a
Safe Sanctuary training on Sunday, Febru-
ary 26th right after worship in the library.
According to St. John’s Safe Sanctuary Poli-
cy adopted in 2010, each person working
with children, youth or vulnerable adults
must be trained annually. For more infor-
mation, email Ron at or drop by the
church office.
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The St. John’s Happy Group will be
meeting Tuesday February 14, 2017 at
12:00 Noon in the Fellowship Hall. Our
Valentine’s Day meal will be catered by
Carolina Catering. We will enjoy turkey,
dressing, southern green beans, sweet
potato soufflé, cranberry salad and des-
Providing the program this month is
Violet Kelemen. Mrs. Kelemen has writ-
ten a book entitled “The Road to Free-
dom”. She tells the story of living un-
der Russian-dictated rule in her home
country of Hungary and her and her
husband’s fight to freedom in America.
Copies of her book will be available.
Members will be called for reservations
and non-members and guests are asked
to call President Dick Franklin or Portia
Franklin at 864-642-9698 for reserva-
tions. Reservations are due by Friday,
February 10, 2017.
Rebecca is a
recent gradu-
ate of Presby-
terian College
where she
earned her B.A
in English with
a double minor
in Media Stud-
ies and Women
and Gender's
Studies. She’s
in her first
year of the Master of Divinity program at Emory Uni-
versity’s Candler School of Theology. Currently, she
is discerning a call into ordained ministry in The Unit-
ed Methodist Church, where she is pursuing Order of
Elders to become an Elder in the UMC. Rebecca is a
certified candidate here in the South Carolina Confer-
ence of the UMC. She enjoys hiking with her friends
on the weekend. Rebecca also enjoys spending time
rock-climbing and recently began horseback riding. A
ministry passion of hers is communications, and she’s
excited to share this with St. John’s! Rebecca is look-
ing forward to working on the St. John’s staff and
happy to join the St. John’s family!
Knitters and crocheters are invited to join St. John's Yarn Circle. The first meeting is Thursday,
February 9 at 10:00 in the Library. Thereafter the second Thursday of the month. Enter through
the atrium. We will knit for ourselves as well as others. We have plenty of yarn. Everyone is
invited. Bring a friend. Facilitated by Kathy Smith and Agnes Ewe.
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In memory of Carol Brown
Dot Fant
The Happy Group
Miriam Pettigrew
In memory of Eddie Thomas
Mac’s Dry Cleaners
In memory of Katherine B.
K. Suzanne Ivester
In memory of Pansy Upton
Marjorie Halford
In memory of Roy Griffith
Joyce Griffith
In honor of Chris Finley
Tammy Dwozan
In honor of Donnie Brock
Tammy Dwozan
In honor of Mike & Donna Vandiver
Tammy Dwozan
In memory of Carol Brown
Jake & Mary Rowell
In memory of Carol Brown
Circle #5 Ladies
Doris Hoover
Marshall Fant Sunday School
In memory of Eddie Thomas
John & Evelyn Farr
In memory of Carol Brown
Tom & Debbie Dunaway
In honor of George & Ann
Margaret Scoggins King
In honor of Donna Vandiver
Miriam Pettigrew
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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
10:00a Coffee & Conversation, Parlor
1:30p Happy Group Executive Mtg. 10:00a Bible Study, Library 11:00a CDC Chapel CDC Love Lunch, Fellowship Hall
Youth Ski Retreat - Bus Reserved Youth Ski Retreat - Bus Reserved
14 Valentine's Day
15 16 17 18
10:00a Coffee & Conversation, Parlor
10:00a Bible Study, Library Wednesday Evening - (see schedule below)
Youth Ski Retreat - Bus Reserved
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
10:00a Coffee & Conversation, Parlor
2:00p Bridge Club, Church Library
26 27 28 Shrove Tuesday 1-Mar Ash Wednesday 2-Mar 3-Mar 4-Mar
10:00a Coffee & Conversation, Parlor
10:00a Bible Study, Library 11:00a St. John's Clothes Closet Open
St. John's United Methodist Church, Anderson, South Carolina Mission of the Month is Anderson Emergency Kitchen- Bill West
(Frequent changes are made to the monthly calendar. Please check the weekly calendar in the Journal & Bulletin for confirmation of events.)