This Week at St. John’s April 17, 2014


Thursday, April 17
Maundy Thursday Eucharist, Noon & 7:00 p.m.
7:30pm –
Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

Friday, April 18
Office Closed
Good Friday Eucharist 12 Noon & 7:00 p.m. Church

Saturday,  April 19
Holy Saturday
9:00am –
Communion class kitchen & dining room
9:30am –
Flower assembling (church).
6:00pm –
Easter Vigil Service with Baptism

Sunday, April 20

8:00am – Eucharist and 10:15 am (Church)

11:15am – Easter Egg Hunt (Church Grounds)

12:00pm – Neighbors’ Link (Library)

Monday, April 21

 Easter Monday Office closed

Tuesday, April 22

 Mother Kathleen away

6:15pm – Yoga (Eagle’s Loft)

Wednesday, April 23

 Mother Kathleen away

Thursday, April 24

 Father Jim away

2:00pm – Staff Meeting (Conference Room)

7:00pm – Boy Scouts – (Teen HQ)

Friday, April 25

Office Closed

Saturday, April 26

9:00am – Facilities Rental Committee Meeting (Conference Room)

10:00am – Garden clean-up


Coffee Hour— Thanks to everyone who brought brunch items to share in our Easter Potluck Brunch

Neighbor’s Link- Conversational English Class for All—Conversation and Communication in basic English— Tutors needed. Please see Kathryn Trusty or Glenn Wecker on Sunday.

Tuesday Scripture Studies – Tuesday afternoons between 2 pm and 3 pm—Denise Wade will lead scripture study with the New Interpreters Version. We are reading Luke– Acts and will continue with the New Testament. No preparation is necessary. Feel free to invite friends—this scripture study is open to the public. Please let us know by calling the church office if you need childcare.

Help St. John’s Feed the Hungry—Recently, St. John’s has had numerous people come to the church looking for assistance in obtaining food. In an effort to serve our community, St John’s Outreach Committee would like to help provide immediate hunger relief by distributing bags of food that are high in protein and readily accessible to eat. Flyers with listings of local food pantries and soup kitchens will also be provided. We are asking for your help with this ongoing ministry, by purchasing items from the list below, and placing the food in the baskets at the back of the church as you come in. In lieu of canned items, purchasing a small food gift card while checking out at your local supermarket will be greatly appreciated. Pop top cans are needed—Chunky soups, beef stew, chili, canned chicken or tuna, peanut butter, crackers, pork & beans, canned black beans, canned pasta, juice or water bottles , protein bars or cereal bars and/or supermarket gift cards.

Worship Attendance: On Palm Sunday there were 135 in attendance at the 10:15 a.m. service, 166 total for the weekend.  “Let mutual love continue.  Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”  (Hebrews 13:1-2)

Ladies- Come one, come ALL – Our first Women’s Breakfast of the season on Saturday May 3, 2014 beginning 9:00 a.m. in the dining room. Bring a friend and a favorite breakfast dish to share.  Help me to plan by either signing up on the sheet located near the library or call me (Sandie) at 203-348-2619 x10.  We are very excited to have as our guest speaker Sheelagh Schlegel. Sheelagh will share her journey about her personal life and her life here at St. John’s as a member of the Vestry, Outreach, Christian Education and so much more.  This is going to be a very exciting morning. What a way to welcome Spring!

Harvest Garden Saturday April 26th is garden clean-up day!! – Please bring your gloves and energy from 10-2pm to help make space for the bountiful vegetable garden. All produce from our St John’s garden is donated to the Food Bank of Stamford.

Haiti Trip —A mission trip will take place from June 28-July 5th, 2014. The purpose of the trip is fellowship and partnership building with the school and the now independent parish in L’Acul and to meet the new priest. All parishioners are welcome to join us or contribute to the trip to offset expenses for those traveling. Donations of frequent Flyer miles for AA or Delta Airlines are also welcome. Please see Gus or Sheelagh if you are interested in the trip. Next year’s trip will be in April 2015 and will be a Youth Mission trip for aged 14 years and up

Announcing an Intergenerational Mission Trip for Superstorm Sandy Relief: August 10-15, working with the Episcopal Recovery Team of Staten Island.  Adults and youth, 14 years or older at the time of the trip, are welcome to participate.  Fr. Wheeler and Scott Vezina (a former contractor) are leading the trip.  A mission work trip is a wonderful way to express our Christian faith in serving others and is also a wonderful opportunity to share in Christian community.  Skills in house repair, painting and carpentry are a plus but not a required.  Speak with Fr. Wheeler or Scott Vezina if interested.

 Welcome Iglesia Betania!  St. John’s Vestry recently voted to welcome the Episcopal Community of Iglesia Betania to worship at St. John’s.  Betania is a Spanish speaking Episcopal Church that is losing its worship space in the former Grace Episcopal Church in Norwalk.  Many of you will remember sharing a bi-lingual worship service together with Betania in November.  Beginning Sunday, May 4 they will hold a Spanish speaking worship service at 10:15 a.m. in the Eagle’s Loft simultaneous with the English service in the Church.  Children from Betania will join St. John’s children in Church School and the two parishes will share coffee hour together.  For the next 6 months we will share worship together, while discussing the possibility of a deeper partnership or merger.  Please give Fr. Eddie Lopez and the members of Iglesia Betania a warm welcome!

 Preparation for Confirmation and Renewal of Baptismal Vows:  A youth Confirmation preparation program using Making Disciples, a curriculum for Mentors and Confirmands, is just beginning.  A program for adults meeting on Tuesday evenings, May 6 – June 17, Foundations in Faith, is also just starting.  Bishop Jim Curry will be at St. John’s on November 2 for Confirmation and to celebrate the anniversary of the consecration of our current church building.

 Foundations in an Adult Faith - May 4- June 17 Tuesday Evenings 7:00-8:30pm    This is faith formation for everyone!! SAVE THE DATES! Whether you are a newcomer, want to explore your faith and grow, want to prepare for baptism, confirmation or reaffirmation of baptism, are eager to learn about the Episcopal Church, want to become a member of St. John’s, or explore the most challenging questions about God, Jesus, Scripture  and the Church this is for you!   Light snack will be served.  Please let us know if you are coming and if you will need childcare!  Speak with Sandie or Mother Kathleen.  Confirmation and reaffirmation of vows will take place November 2 when Bp Jim Curry visits St. John’s.

Flower Guild Activities for Palm Sunday, Easter and Flower Delivery Guild News

To prepare for Palm Sunday and Easter, St. John’s Flower Guild is in need
of volunteers to assist us with the following activities…

On Saturday, April 12 at 9:30 we will meet in the kitchen to prepare the
palm branches (which will be distributed) at the Palm Sunday service.
This activity takes about 2 hours.

On Saturday, April 19 at 9:30 till noon, we will meet in the sanctuary to
arrange the Easter flowers. Volunteers are greatly needed to help us place
the Easter lilies in the sanctuary and around the church, freshen our
plants around the building, and prepare daisies which will be placed on
the “Flowering Cross” on Easter Sunday.

The Arranger’s Guild is hoping to recruit new members. NO EXPERIENCE OR
KNOWLEDGE OF FLOWERS IS NECESSARY! Training will be provided. Committee
members serve two-three months a year, splitting the month with another
member and spend about two hours on Saturday mornings (or Friday’s if
preferred) arranging the flowers (which are delivered to the church).
Everyone is asked to help out at holiday times. This is a wonderful
ministry for a family to share.

To “spruce up” the place and make it more inviting to those entering our
doors, we need a weekly plant caretaker (or two) who refreshes the
arrangements during the week and takes care of our indoor plants.

We are also looking for someone who is willing to chair or co-chair this

Anyone wishing to honor or celebrate the memory of a loved one via the
Sunday flowers (recommended donation is $55) or a candle in the Ladies,
Children’s or Military Chapels (recommended donation is $5), please contact
Sandie Defilippis in the business office at 203-348-2619 x10 or

St. John’s is looking to “revive” our Flower Delivery Guild, a vital parish
ministry. Each Sunday after the 10:15 service a member of the Flower
Delivery Guild prepares two small arrangements from the sanctuary flowers
to deliver to parishioners or friends of St. John’s who are unable to
attend church and could use a bouquet to brighten up their day. The total
time commitment is about 1½ hours, 7-8 times a year. A list of
parishioners who would appreciate a bouquet of flowers is available as well
as requests received by the church business office or clergy.

If you know of someone who could use a gift of flowers to help them through
happy or difficult times, please contact Sandie Defilippis and provide your
name and phone number, the name of the recipient(s) and their address
(home, hospital/care facility with room #, etc.).

If you are interested in volunteering for palm prep and/or Easter and/or
joining the Flower Arrangers and/or Delivery Guild’s, please contact
Phyllis Wilson at 203-961-1891 or These
ministries are wonderful for families to participate in together.



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