This Week at St. John’s

Thursday, October 23
12:10pm – Eucharist (Chapel)
7:00pm – Boy Scouts (Teen HQ)
7:30pm – Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
Friday, October 24
 Diocesan Convention in Waterbury
 Office Closed
Saturday, October 25
 Diocesan Convention in Waterbury
5:00pm – Eucharist (Church)
Sunday, October 26
8:00am—Holy Eucharist Rite I (Church)
9:15am – Scripture Reading library
10:15am—Holy Eucharist Rite II
10:15am – Stewardship testimonials during service
11:45am – Renewing Our Faith – Conference Room
12:00pm – Neighbors’ Link Library
12:30pm – Iglesia Betania Eucharist Church
6:15pm – L’Eglise de L’Epiphanie Service Church
Monday, October 27
7:00 p.m. Same Sex Marriage Discussion. (Library)
Tuesday, October 28
1:00pm – Staff Meeting (Library)
2:00pm – Scripture Study (Conference Room)
6:15pm – Yoga Eagle’s Loft
Wednesday, October 29
5:00pm – Young Champions’ Art Classes Champions’ Room
7:00pm – Stephen Ministry Library
Thursday, October 30
12:10pm – Eucharist (Chapel)
6:00pm – Dinner Meeting “Leading a Life of Legacy” with Rabbi Kohen Dining Room
7:00pm – Boy Scouts
7:00pm – Pre-Baptismal Class Church
7:30pm— Choir Rehearsal Choir Room
Friday, October 31
 Office Closed—Happy Halloween
Saturday, November 1
5:00pm – Eucharist (Church)
6:00pm – Confirmation Class Vigil Supper church and dining room.
Coffee Hour — We will be having a (NON-HALLOWEEN) Children’s Costume parade during Coffee Hour today. Coffee Hour will be held as it normally is, but the children can line up and walk around the buffet table showing us their costumes.  Candies will be on the tables.  Fran Caballero.
-No accessories (swords, light sabers, sharp teeth, etc. where kids can get hurt.)

Coffee Hour sign-up
- If we are going to continue to offer coffee hour parishioners need to sign-up . Next Sunday, November 2 we have a special reception to honor Bishop Ahrens, the newly baptized and our confirmands. A few helpers are needed for set-up and clean-up. NO ONE IS PRESENTLY SIGNED UP FOR COFFEE HOUR beyond November 2. We will have fellowship but no coffee hour on Sundays when no one signs-up.

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


Stewardship Pathway “Spirit of Abundance” - This is the season of Stewardship at St., John’s. On Sunday, we will be a hearing a personal testimonial from a parishioner (the last of three such testimonials) about what St. John’s means to them. We will celebrate the abundance of our God-given gifts on Commitment Sunday, Nov. 9. “For all things come from you O Lord, and of thy own have we given thee.” 1Corinthians 29:14

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.

Tuesday Scripture Study - Tuesday, October 28 at 2:00 p.m. in the conference room.

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT ST JOHN’S ONLINE EDUCATION? “Renewing Our Faith” Online Course Series Continues Today! — Video segments for the third course in the “The Elements of Faith Series ” is now available online! In only 5 minutes a day you can watch the video segments and then join in the conversation online! We meet after church on Sundays in the Conference Room to discuss what we have heard and discussed online! The fourth course in the “The Elements of Faith Series ” is now online. You can access it through the “My Courses” tab on the PathWright website or click on the following link Those of you who are new to the PathWright website will have to create a username and password to access these courses.  or for questions and to receive email reminders contact Course coordinator Franklin David franklin.david@gmail.comThe final course in the series will be discussed Oct 26. Discussions begin right after the service in the Conference Room, get your snack and join us!

Sunday, November 2 - Annual re-dedication of the church building, bishop’s visitation, Confirmation and Baptism: Bishop Laura Ahrens will visit us on this special Sunday and young people from our J2A (Journey to Adulthood) class, who have been preparing for the past 6 months, will be confirmed. The undesignated offering is dedicated to the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund.


2014 Christmas Show — This year’s Christmas Show is on Sunday, December 14 with performances at 4 pm and 6 pm in the church. Rehearsal Dates are Sunday, Nov. 16 at noon, Saturday, Nov. 22 at 9 am, Sunday, Nov. 30 at noon and Sunday Dec. 7 at noon.
Dress rehearsal will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Currently there are 25 cast members. If you would like to be a member of the cast or participate in other ways, , please contact Shideh Khorasheh at 203-552-4291 or by email at

Clergy Conversations on Same Sex Marriage – Monday evening, October 27 Mother Kathleen will share important points of theology and morality based on the Episcopal tradition of scripture, tradition and reason on October 27. at 7 pm in the Library. Join us for this important event.

Fill the food basket — Last week, thanks to parishioners, the church donated 7 POUNDS of fresh vegetables and canned goods to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County and 15 surrounding pantries in the Stamford area. This was St. John’s most successful year ever thanks to the hard work of George Smith and Olive Grant. Now that the produce is shrinking we need to keep up our contributions. Please continue to keep giving to fill the food basket in the back of the church. Thank you for your generosity.

Unaccompanied Children – While we all would like to think of church as always being a safe place, there are a lot of young people unsupervised in our hallways. We are in a downtown location with all of our doors unlocked on Sunday morning. Therefore, for everyone’s safety, young people need to be with adults at all times. Since we realize teens would like to have an opportunity to talk with each other during our coffee hour, we will have a table available for them to gather in the Dining Room so they can talk together without needing to have adults monitoring them. Thank you all for your cooperation in making this a safe environment for our young people.

Church Kneelers — A generous parishioner has offered to purchase 20 new kneelers. We are looking for other parishioners to match this gift with the ultimate goal of replacing all the kneelers in the church. Each one costs $57.00. You may purchase one, two or as many as you can afford. Make your check out to St. John’s with “kneeler” noted in the memo portion. All contributions will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please call Sandie DeFilippis in the Parish Office at 203-348-2619 ext. 10

Routers Installed —Routers are installed at St. John’s and all internet access has been switched to Optimum Online so speeds are much faster. There are 3 routers to cover various areas and all use the same password which is STJOHNS628 and this IS case sensitive so be sure to enter all letters here as uppercase. Each area has its own SSID (the designation for it is in your list of available networks) as follows and note that these are also all case sensitive:Dining Room: StJohnsStamfordDR Basement & Library area near classrooms: StJohnsStamfordBmt Eagle’s Loft: StJohnsStamfordEaglesLoft.

Thanksgiving Boxes—Once again, St. John’s will be preparing food boxes for families this Thanksgiving season. The sign –up sheet will be available NEXT WEEK.
 Nov 2 Bishop Visit Conf Bapt
Stewardship Sunday 2014