This Week at St. John’s

Thursday, July 24
12:10p – Eucharist (Chapel)
Friday, July 25
Office Closed
7:00pm – Marriage of Kelly Trusheirmer and Ryan Donahue
Saturday, July 26
9:00am – Facilities Rental Committee Meeting (Conference Room)
5:00pm – Eucharist (Church)
Sunday, July 27
9:15 am —Organizational Meeting for Mission Trip (Conference Room)
9:15am – Scripture Reading (Library)
10:15am – Iglesia Betania Eucharist (Eagle’s Loft)
11:30 am — Clergy Corner
6:00pm – Party for Chaltas’ family (Wade’s Home)
6:15pm – L’Eglise de L’Epiphanie Service (Church)
Monday, July 28
12:00pm – Staff Meeting (Conference Room)
Tuesday, July 29
2:00 pm— Scripture Study (Conference Room)
6:15pm – Yoga (Eagle’s Loft)
6:30 pm—Community Foundation and Finance Meeting (Library)
Wednesday, July 30
5:30pm – Young Champions (Champion’s Room)
Thursday, July 31
10:30am – Fr. Jim’s Backpacking Thru Anglican Communion (Conference Room)
12:10pm – Eucharist (Chapel)
Friday, August 1
Office Closed
Saturday, August 2
5:00pm – Eucharist (Church)

Farewell party for Alison and Thano Chaltas -—Charles and Denise Wade are hosting an ADULTS ONLY farewell party for Alison and Thano Chaltas this Sunday, beginning at 6 p.m. at their home on 25 Trinity Lane, Pound Ridge, NY. Guests are asked to bring a pot luck dish that is table ready, plated and does not require any heating or preparation on site. If you would like to attend but have not yet registered, please speak with Denise or Charles Wade at church or call them at 1-914-764-5045 to let them know that you will attend and what you will be bringing for the pot luck meal.

Sunday Scripture Studies— Takes place on Sunday 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.

Exploring St. John’s history and sanctuary with Fr. Jim: Sunday is the start of a monthly “clergy corner” to talk with the rector about various topics. To kick off these meetings, Fr. Wheeler will meet with anyone interested at coffee hour to lead them on a scavenger hunt to learn more about our beautiful sanctuary and history of St. John’s.

Summer Church School— Do YOU want to be a church school leader for a day? During August, we are looking for people who want to lead the church school. We will provide a craft and a scripture story to read. This is a chance to share with the younger members of our St. John’s community. High School students are invited to assist. Thank you to those who have signed up already this summer: June 29—Buck and Patricia Lima-Smith, July 6—Olive Grant, July 13—Gus and Sheelagh Schlegel, July 20 Bert Kohler and July 27—Scott and Melody Vezina.

Same Sex Marriage: On Tuesday, July 8 the Vestry approved the following resolution by majority vote: “St. John’s Vestry endorses St. John’s clergy’s ability to unite persons in marriage regardless of race, nationality or sexual orientation.” The same standards of marriage within the membership of the parish will apply to couples of the same sex as traditional couples. Thank you to the many parishioners who wrote to the Vestry or spoke with Vestry members to share their thoughts on this issue.

Fill the food basket — Please help fill the food basket in the back of the church with canned goods to help the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County . Last week, St. John’s donated 18 pounds of food. The basket is always there to be filled.

Tuesday Scripture Study - We invite you to attend and participate in Tuesday Scripture Study meetings at 2:00 p.m. in the conference room. July topics include a study of Paul and the letters on July 22 and July 29. 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

Intergenerational Mission Trip for Super Storm Sandy Relief: August 4-8, 2014, 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 requirement. This is the last possible week to sign up. Speak with Fr. Wheeler or Scott Vezina if interested.

Tag Sale Vendors Needed — The St. John’s Episcopal Church Tag Sale on Canterbury Green will take place on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 from 9 am to 4 pm. If you are interested in selling those items in your attic or basement that you have not used in years, HERE IS YOUR CHANCE!!! We have tables available for $35 each. You keep the proceeds of the sale and anything you don’t sell, you take back home. To reserve your table (s), please call Sandie DeFilippis at 203-348-2619 ext. 10.

Celebrating 40 years of Women in the Priesthood — Join Mother Kathleen to celebrate 40 years of women’s ordination at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford on Tuesday, July 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The celebration includes a morning and early afternoon of worship celebration, discussion and lunch! Mother Kathleen is hoping that you will join her! The cost for lunch is $10 – let us know if cost is a problem. To purchase tickets, visit, MOTHER KATHLEEN WILL DRIVE (space for four) AND OTHERS ARE WELCOME TO DRIVE TOO!

Backpacking through the Anglican Communion: Fr. Wheeler is offering a book study of Jessie Zink’s “Backpacking through the Anglican Communion: A Search for Unity” on Thursday mornings from 10:30-noon, beginning on July 31. By entering into the local life of the Anglican Church on five of the seven continents, Zink helps us understand both what unites us and divides us as Christians. Please speak with Fr. Wheeler if interested so he can order a book for you.






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