Religious Service Schedule 

Sundays in the Sanctuary
8:00 a.m.~ A contemplative Rite 1 service with music.

10:15 a.m. ~ A beautiful and celebratory Rite II service with rich liturgy and full choir.

~ Child Care is available at 10:00 a.m. ~

 Thursdays in the Chapel
12:10 p.m. ~ A beautiful service with music and a brown-bag lunch gathering afterwards.
 Saturdays in the Chapel
5:00 p.m. ~ a contemplative Rite II evening service.
 
 
Interfaith Seder On Thursday, March 26th @ 7 pm
 
The Interfaith Council is holding our third Interfaith Seder at the Beth at the Temple El., 350 Roxbury Road, Stamford. It will begin at 7, and will not include a full Seder meal. (Refreshments will be served at 6:30 for those who would like to eat before we begin.) In the past this has been a rich time of sharing across faith traditions, exploring the richness of the Passover story and expanding our scope to incorporate contemporary themes. This year our focus is on “Befriending the Stranger: Fostering Peace in a World of Hostility.” Given the year we’ve had, with multiple areas of conflict and violence between people who regard each other as “Stranger,” this seemed a fruitful focus. This event draws over 100 people each time we do it. We would very much like a diversity of voices in the mix. If you are willing to participate, through doing one of the readings we are selecting, or offering a prayer, please let us know by March 19th so we can finalize our plan for the evening. Email Kate Heichler or Rabbi Joshua Hammerman. For more information or to make reservations call 203-348-2800.
 
 Palm Sunday, the traditional beginning of Holy Week is
THIS Sunday, March 29!
 
We invite you to come to Holy Week Services, Maundy Thursday, (12 noon and 7pm, Good Friday (12 noon and 7 pm) Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil at 6:00pm).  Easter Sunday Services are 8 am and 10:15 am. 
 
Easter Sunday is April 5!
CLICK HERE  to see how you and your family can help Fran Caballero and the Hospitality Committee prepare for the celebration!
 
Members of the Flower Arranger’s Guild and anyone willing to help are needed to help for the following activities
 
Saturday 3/28 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the kitchen to prepare the palm branches for Palm Sunday. Saturday, 4/4 from 9:30-a.m. 12:30 p.m. in the sanctuary to arrange the flowers and lilies for Easter. During the week of 4/6—4/10 a volunteer is needed for watering and removing wilted leaves off the lilies and Easter arrangements (this is a great activity for a family). To help, please contact Phyllis Wilson at phyllisjwilson@yahoo.com, or 203-961-1891.
 
GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER!!!
St. John’s Monthly Open Mic Night Starts in April!
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Dessoff Chamber Choir Performs at St. John’s
on Sunday, March 29!
 
The Dessoff Chamber Choir from New York City will be presenting a concert entitled Lamentations on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 4pm in Stamford at St John’s Episcopal Church.
 
The concert features ethereal settings of texts from Jeremiah’s Lamentations by the Renaissance composers Orlando de Lassus and Thomas Tallis. The hour long concert will be presented without an intermission; admission is by donation.

 

The Dessoff Choir is celebrating its 90th season this year. In its early years, the choir was known for its rediscovery of masterpieces of the Renaissance and Baroque, including these works.

For the past five years, they have been conducted by Chris Shepard, who is also Director of Music at St John’s.

 

 

 
 Haiti Fundraiser A Success! Thanks!
We would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers for helping with the Haiti Dinner last week, especially: Olive Grant, Roslyn Mainville, Kathi Bacchi, Bernadette Savage, Caroline Smit and Pat Chery from L’Eglise de L’Epiphanie for their wonderful cuisine and decorations. We would also like to thank our lovely servers/dancers: Ravin Finlay and Stephanie Dieudonne and others who helped at the event, especially Tara Williams, Dipeka Barot, Kranz Medeus, Glenn Wecker, Ron Bacchi and Vincent Gilmore (who did all the dishes!) Thank you to the St John’s staff and all who helped to support the event. We have raised over $2600 so far for the Bon Samaritan School and Clinic. – Sheelagh & Gus Schlegel

 

Easter Sunday is April 5!
CLICK HERE  to see how you and your family can help Fran Caballero and the Hospitality Committee prepare for the celebration!
 

FROM BULB TO BLOSSOM LENT GATHERINGS

Wednesday evenings in Lent, 6 – 8 pm, through March 25, our church family is gathering for a family style meal, Bible Study, fun activities, and closing prayers. So far we have SENT out bulbs to begin their journey in the soil and we are waiting with our bulbs, recognizing this as SACRED time to rest and trust God’s loving progress. Next week we will explore the theme of STRUGGLING. Everyone is invited to join us as we all grow with our bulbs through these weeks of Lent. Please email or call Mother Kathleen or Jennifer Roland to let us know you would like to join us so we can set a place at the dinner table for you or if you have any questions. 

 

Lent Madness

Who will win the Golden Halo? Your vote counts! Each weekday of Lent, go to www.LentMadness.org, learn which saints are facing each other that day and cast your vote! Learn about new saints from different traditions—including Hildegard and Margaret of Antioch! Saintly Scorecard booklets are available to find out more about the saints. If you cannot access the internet each day to vote, see Jennifer Roland for a paper scorecard to enter your selections! Lent Madness continues through Good Friday!

 
Check out what is happening  at St. John’s in this month’s Lent Newsletter.
 
 Electronic copies of the Annual Report as presented at the Annual Meeting on 1/25/15
 
 
 

 

St. John’s Mission StatementTo Live the Love of God with hearts open to all, strengthened by joyful worship, inspired by the Holy Spirit and dedicated to serving Christ in the world.

St. John’s Vision StatementSt. John’s is a dynamic, multi-generational and multi-ethnic church growing by creatively seeking out and embracing youth and young adults as well as those seeking a welcoming, inclusive place of worship; guided by strong leadership; focused on effective communications, and committed to enhancing our existing ministries.

Parish life -At St. John’s, we endeavor to nourish individual spiritual growth through worship, the sacraments, education, healing services, fellowship, and group Bible study.

Women’s and men’s Saturday morning breakfasts bring parishioners together on a regular basis and are led by laypersons; quiet days and retreats offer opportunities for reflection; while flower delivery to shut-ins, the altar guild and numerous committees provide avenues for involvement.

St. John’s is a tolerant parish. The “St. John’s way” is to allow for virtually every shade of opinion within our parish. It is expected that parishioners will express any concerns to the clergy or to Wardens or members of the vestry so that matters may be handled with Christian care and compassion. If common ground cannot be found, we simply agree to disagree and move on.

St. John’s is in the Connecticut Diocese, Province One, of the Episcopal Church, USA and follows the rubrics concerning church policies. We support the diocese financially according to the standards set by the diocesan convention and maintain cordial relations with the diocese.