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The Annual Parish Meeting of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Roanoke, Virginia will be held in the Parish Hall on Sunday morning, December the 15th at 9:15 am. The annual meeting will take the place of Sunday School/Adult Formation on this day; a nursery/childcare will be provided.
Some of you have asked about Absentee Ballots for voting. While we really would like to accommodate all of our members who wish to vote and yet not attend the annual meeting, the canons of our diocese are clear:
“The following persons may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which they are qualified to vote: a) Any person who will, in the regular and orderly course of his or her business, profession, or occupation, or while on vacation, be absent from the county or city in which the parish is located on the day and at the time that the election is held.” Or” (b) Any person who is ill or physically unable to attend the election.
All absentee ballots shall be secretly made in writing, sealed in a signed envelope and delivered to the chair of the teller committee or senior warden at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the meeting.”
If you meet the circumstances above, you may request a ballot by calling Jessica or Kristi in the parish office. A ballot will be mailed to you or you may pick it up at the office. Please note the canon quoted above. Your ballot must be delivered or received by mail in the church office by the close of business on Friday, December 6th. Or, it must be delivered to Jane Coulter, our Senior Warden, by 9:15 am Saturday morning, December 7th. While this seems rather technical, please know it is NOT because we do not wish to accommodate everyone. Everyone one of you is valued and appreciated as members of St. John’s. However, in order for the election to be valid, we are required to follow the rules of our common life together as members of this diocese.
Absentee ballots cannot be given out on the day of the meeting.
Thanks for your prayers and the time, talents, and gifts you share with all your fellow church members. We hope to see you on December 8th for our annual meeting.
Christmas at St. John’s
Children’s Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 22
6:30 p.m. Following The Gathering Meal
Tuesday, December 24
(nursery available for the 2 and 4 p.m. services)
2:00 p.m. The Gathering on Christmas Eve
4:00 p.m. Family Holy Eucharist, Rite II
7:30 p.m. Festival Music for Christmas Eve
8:00 p.m. Festival Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 p.m. Festival Music for Christmas Eve
11:00 p.m. Festival Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Wednesday, December 25
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
First Sunday After Christmas
Sunday, December 29
(nursery available for the
10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. services)
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer, Rite I
10:30 a.m. Lessons and Carols with Eucharist
5:00 p.m. The Gathering
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