This Week at St. John’s

Friday, August 29
Office Closed
Saturday, August 30
9:00am – Facilities Rental Committee Meeting (Conference Room)
5:00pm – Eucharist (Church)
Sunday, August 31
8:00am – St John’s Holy Eucharist Rite I (Church)
9:15am – Scripture Reading (Library)
10:15am – St. John’s Eucharist Rite II (Church)
10:15am – Iglesia Betania Eucharist (Eagle’s Loft)
6:15pm – L’Eglise de L’Epiphanie Service (Church)
Monday, September 1
Office closed in observance of Labor Day
Tuesday, September 2
1:00pm – Staff Meeting (Conference Room)
6:15pm – Yoga (Eagle’s Loft)
7:00pm – Adult Scripture Study (Library)
Wednesday, September 3
7:00pm – Stephen Ministry (Library)
Thursday, September 4
10:30 am Backpacking Through the Anglican Communion (Conf. Room)
12:10pm – Eucharist (Chapel)
7:00pm – Boy Scouts (Eagle’s Loft)
Friday, September 5
 Office Closed
Saturday, September 6
10:00am – Strategic Planning Committee Meeting (Library)
3:00pm – Private Party (Dining Room)
5:00pm – Eucharist (Church)

Father Jim will be on vacation until September 2. He will return to the office on September 3

Sunday Scripture Studies— Takes place today from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the library. We will be using the series “Living the Good News”—sessions will explore scripture passages for the day.

Coffee Hour— Please volunteer for Coffee Hour so that we can continue to enjoy the amazing hospitality that we share after our service– with snacks! Thank you to all who have signed up for coffee hour this summer.

Fill the food basket — Last week, thanks to parishioners, the bountiful harvest of the garden and the hard work of the St. John’s Garden Club, the church donated 60 POUNDS of fresh vegetables and canned goods to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County and 15 surrounding pantries in the Stamford area. Please continue to keep giving to fill the food basket in the back of the church. Thank you for your generosity.

Last Sunday of Summer Church School— As of this printing no one is signed up for summer Church School this Sunday. Volunteers are still needed for September 7.

Prayer List—Please send all prayer list requests for the bulletin to the Parish Administrator, Sandie DeFilippis at

Backpacking Through the Anglican Communion—discussion and blog. Fr. Wheeler is leading a discussion of this fascinating book about unity and division in our faith within the worldwide Anglican Communion. Discussion and class on Thursday mornings until September 25. Online discussion on blogsite at

Tuesday Scripture Study - There will be no Scripture Study meetings in August. Meetings will resume on Tuesday, September 9 at 2:00 p.m. in the conference room.

Empty Coffee Cans Make Nice Flower Pots - The Flower Guild is asking for donations of empty coffee cans to use as vases in order to deliver flowers to the homebound parishioners of St. John’s. Please drop off your empty cans in the kitchen anytime.

Great Welcome Sunday—Join the celebration on September 21 as we welcome everyone back from the summer hiatus and welcome new people into St. John’s life and fellowship. The Great Welcome is also the start-up of all our fall activities, the first day of Church School and a chance to reconnect as a parish community.  We typically also celebrate with a potluck brunch on this special Sunday.  Stay tuned for more details.

“Falling Upward: Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.” -  Monday evenings at 7pm beginning September 8! Book Study with Mother Kathleen – Richard Rohr a Benedictine monk who writes about the spiritual life, teaches that it is through “Falling” that we are able to open our souls to God and develop deeper spirituality.  The true spiritual journey begins when our core beliefs about life, relationships, work, even our spiritual life, are somehow challenged. For many people this happens with retirement, when the children grow up, with health challenges, trauma, illness or death of a loved one. We will explore this “second half of life” of spiritual growth September 8, 15, 22 and 29th.  Book may be purchased online. One DVD is available to listen in the Church ahead of the course discussion.  

Jennifer Roland – St. John’s new Director of Children and Youth Ministry – In a national search for a full time director, the search committee of Jackie Bembridge, Linda Clapp, Caroline Smit, Peter Stroili and Father Wheeler found that Jennifer embodied all the qualities the church was looking for. Jennifer has wide experience with Godly Play, a love of the Episcopal Church and wide experience in starting and supporting children and youth Christian formation programs. Jennifer has a Certificate in Children’s and Youth Ministry from the Seminary of the Southwest and is proud of the many children and youth ministry programs she was able to start at St. John the Baptist in Arizona. Jennifer said she enjoyed her visit to St. John’s last month for her interview and felt very welcomed by all the wonderful people she met. She will be moving here from the Kansas and plans to begin her work here in September. Jennifer’s husband, Alan, will be joining her later in the year, while their son, Parker, who is attending college, will remain in Kansas to continue his education. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys quilting, reading, theatre, swimming, cycling and running in 5K races. “I am looking forward to working with a church that is as passionate about Godly Play as I am,” she said. Copies of Jennifer’s resume are available at different locations around the church and at

Save The Date! - Interfaith Panel at St. John’s on September 28— “Christianity, Islam and Judaism: Teaching on Love and Peace,” featuring three guest speakers starting at 11:45 a.m. in the Eagle’s Loft. This event is being sponsored by the Tuesday Scripture Study Group.

Volunteer Opportunity—Inspirica Women’s Emergency Shelter, located at 8 Woodland Place in Stamford CT, provides housing and support services for women in need. Their mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by helping women achieve permanent housing, and stability in their lives. St. John’s family has the opportunity to volunteer to help provide meals on the fourth Friday of each month. We are currently in need of volunteers for September through December. If you are interested in this ministry, and can volunteer to provide and serve meals on one Friday, please place your name on the sign up sheet located on the bulletin board near the Godly Play Room, or contact Kathi Bacchi at 914 764 5758. Thank you.