Friday, July 18, 2014

Grace Abounds at our One Day Bible School


We joined earth to heaven, and heaven to earth as we learned the story of Jacob and the ladder of his dream during our One Day Bible School this last Tuesday, July 15 at St. John's Church.  Nine students, three assistants, and three teachers, sang, prayed, learned stories, made art, visited the Malotz Skilled Nursing Pavillion, went to a park, and last but not least, learned to sing "Jesus loves the little children" in American Sign Language.  You can see hear much more at church on Sunday, July 20 at the 10AM service.  Meanwhile enjoy this brief video with a foretaste of the song!

Monday, March 24, 2014

St. John's Serves the Community!

Yesterday was our first week to help serve the meal at the Sharing Community.  Well, not actually.  Back in the day it was members of the congregation who started serving meals as part of a ministry that eventually formed into the Sharing Community, but it is really nice that we have reformed that connection.  Diane Irving has been great to get it organized and we had an enthusiastic first go.

This is a great thing for St. John's.  It is a way for us to actively put into practice what we learn in the liturgy God calls us to do!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Announcing Faith Friends

Do you remember the song we used to sing called "They will know we are Christians by our Love".  Because we want to make this true at St. John's a team of people have organized a new ministry called Faith Friends.  Here is an excerpt from the Informational Flyer.

"What is Faith Friends?  Faith Friends is a way for us to express our care for one another and to remember to pray for one another.  In the recent past a weekly rhythm of life was the norm, and people showed their care for each other when they gathered at church.  Today life follows different rythms.  It is harder to depend on the weekly gathering in order to stay in touch.   Faith Friends enables us to care for one another even when we do not see each other every week.  We commit to pray and make regular contact with one another whether at church, by telephone, or some other way.  This allows us to both receive and give spiritual care during the week as well."

You can read the whole document Here.  If you would like to be part of this Exciting Ministry you can sign up here.   Our First Faith Friends Lunch will be Sunday, March 30!

Lent, Holy Week & Easter

We have begun our Lenten journey at St. John's, however it is never late to take up the path to Easter!  Follow this link to see our Lenten Guide for 2014.  It includes a description of Lenten discipline with some practical ideas.  You will also find the weekly schedule for St. John's: perhaps this is a good time to try out one of our mid-week opportunities.  It also has the calendar for Holy Week and Easter.   A discipline many find fun, educational, and lighthearted is to participate in Lent Madness.  Check it out here!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Weather Conditions Report: Sun. Feb. 16

Sunday, February 16, 2014: The roads around the church are not good but passable though be very careful of potholes. The church parking lot has residual snow and ice, can be slippery, but is passable for steady walkers with appropriate footwear taking proper precautions. There are less spaces than usual due to snow accumulation, but if people will remember they can also park along the Hudson Street fence in front of the Sharing Community there should be sufficient space. Please choose to be safe, and if this means you need to stay home by all means do so. Remember to pray for yourself, this parish, and the world, this and every day. Father John.

You can see the parish Weather Policy here.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Celebration and Looking Forward: Parish Meeting 2014

We have a rich life together at St. John's as we seek to live out our faith in Getty Square.  Each year wecelebrate our year and look to our future with the Annual Parish Meeting.  This year the meeting is on Sunday, February 23.  We hope everyone will attend.

We will be electing 4 Vestrypersons and 1 Warden at that meeting, and all people who attend worship regularly and contribute during the preceding year are may vote.  You can go here to find a suggestion form for the nominating committee, and also to see information about who is eligible to stand.  The nominating committee is planning to meet tomorrow, Sunday, February 16, weather permitting, at 11:30 PM and will be accepting forms until that time.  (This time was extended) You can also make nominations from the floor at the meeting.  

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Candlemas: Blessing of Candles

Let the light of Christ shine in your life!  Bring a candle to church this Sunday to be blessed.  Ideally it could be a candle easily lit and extinguished many times, like one in a jar, so that you can light it when you or your family says prayers together.  We will hear this week how Simeon recognized in Christ the light for the nations.  He did this because of his rich life of prayer.  Candlemas can be an occasion for us to rededicate our lives to the presence of Christ in our lives.  Come to Church, this February 2, 2014.  We will all be richer for it.  If you would like to use Facebook to invite friends, you can go HERE.