This Week at St. John’s
Sunday, October 11
9:15am – Scripture Reading (Library)
10:00am – Church School (Classrooms)
11:15am – Christmas Show Committee Meeting (Dining Room during Coffee Hour)
11:30am – Blood Pressure Reading (Conference Room)
11:30am – Social Justice Meeting (Chapel)
12:00pm – Neighbors’ Link Noon (Library)
12:30pm – Iglesia Betania Eucharist (Church)
6:15pm – L’Eglise de L’Epiphanie Service (Church)
Monday, October 12
 Parish Office Closed – Columbus Day
No Over 60 Club Today!
Tuesday, October 13
9:00am – Over 60 Club (Eagle’s Loft)
10:00am – Staff Meeting (Conference Room)
2:00pm – Bible Study (Conference Room)
7:00pm – Vestry – (Library)
Wednesday, October 14
9:00am – Over 60 Club (Eagle’s Loft)
5:00pm – Young Champions’ Art Classes (Champions’ Room)
7:00pm – Renewing Our Faith (Library)
Thursday, October 15
9:00am – Over 60 Club (Eagle’s Loft)
12:10pm – Eucharist (Chapel)
7:00pm – Boy Scouts (Teen Headquarters)
7:30pm – Choir Rehearsal
7:30pm – Cub Scouts (Dining Room)
Friday, October 16
9:00am – Over 60 Club Eagle’s Loft
5:00pm – Young Champions Dance Class (Dining Room)
Saturday, October 17
5:00pm – Eucharist (Church)
6:00pm – Frank Mastrone & Friends – 2015 Fundraiser (Church/Dining room)


Our Broadway at St. John’s Fundraiser is less than one week away!!!!
This is an all-parish event, where we need everyone to participate and pitch in. Here’s what we need everyone to do. 1) Buy your ticket, if you have not already done so. Over 65 senior tickets can be purchased for $30 and anyone who cannot afford the price of a ticket should speak with Mother Kathleen or Fr. Jim who have tickets that others have purchased for those who cannot afford them. 2) Sell tickets! Encourage family, friends, neighbors and associates to purchase their ticket either through the parish office or online by going to the St. John’s website. 3) Make a dessert item. Please let Melody Wagstaff Vezina know what you are making and how many people it will serve ( 4) Volunteer to help. We need people to help decorate on Thursday night and Friday (contact Olive Grant). We need help with set-up of tables and food on Saturday (contact Phyllis Wilson). We need people to take tickets and sell tickets at the door (speak with Caroline Smit or Peter Stroili). We need people during the silent auction (6-7 and 8:30-9:30 p.m.) to watch over items, handle sales and make it all go smoothly (speak with Caroline Smit or Phyllis Wilson).
The St. John’s Christmas Show Committee will meet Sunday, October 11th following 10:15 am service in the Dining Room during Coffee Hour. Sign up sheets are available for parishioners to be part of the cast and production crew.

Sunday Scripture Study — Every Sunday from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Library, where we study the day’s scripture and reflect on living it in our daily lives. Mother Kathleen leads.

Stewardship Pledge Drive 2016 has begun! – We thank all who have pledged in the past – you are the backbone of support for St. John’s. While Fundraisers help, they are supplementing the basic budget that your pledges fund. Please lookout for your pledge letter, and let us know if you do not receive one. We hope to have all pledge cards returned by November 15. For questions, please speak with Fr. Jim or Sandie DeFilippis in the parish office (203) 348-2619 x 10.

Thank you for making your pledges for 2016! Have you sent in your pledge card? Join the growing number of parishioners who have sent in their cards EARLY! And prayerfully take the opportunity to INCREASE your pledge from last year. The Stewardship pledge cards that we fill out now for 2016 will allow St. John’s to keep its budget without having to do a Fundraiser NEXT year! Please return the cards by November 15. For questions, please speak with Fr. Jim or Sandie DeFilippis (203) 348-2619 x 10.

Food Bank— Last week, St. John’s donated 19 pounds of food and fresh produce to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. A special thanks goes out to George Smith for the produce from the garden and his hard work this summer.
New And improved Directory— The St. John’s Fall 2015 Directory is now available with two alphabetical listings by first name and by last name for an added convenience to find your friends. Directories are available in the main office and around the church.
Renewing our Faith Resumes October 14 at 7:00pm in the library. We will continue our discussion of other faiths, comparing and contrasting with Christianity and the Episcopal faith. We will read Scripture, and study an overview of the Old and New Testaments. Newcomers, first-timers and people wanting to jump-start their faith are welcome. Last meeting is October 21. For questions please contact Mother Kathleen at or (203)348-2619 x18.
Community Bible Study of Isaiah — Carol Wheeler would like to invite everyone to a coed evening Bible Study she has been part of for 5 years, which meets on Monday nights beginning 9/21, 7:15-9:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Old Greenwich. It’s a wonderful group of 60 men and women from over 20 different Christian churches in the area who do the homework each week at home in their workbooks and then gather on Monday nights to learn more about the next section from the book of Isaiah. We share fellowship together with their core group members of about 12 women or 12 men. We hope you can join us.

Christmas Dinner at Inspirica— This Christmas, St. John’s is scheduled to provide dinner at the Inspirica Women’s Shelter. We are appealing to one or more families to prepare a delicious Christmas meal for residents who are currently going through a very difficult time. Please consider sharing the warmth and spirit of Christmas by helping support this ministry. If you are able to provide Christmas dinner, please contact Kathi Bacchi at 914 764 5758. Thank you to all the parishioners who have provided meals throughout the year. Your generosity and service has made a difference in the lives of so many.

A Spiritual Journey of Faith and Friendship an Interfaith Pilgrimage to Palestine: The Interfaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut is sponsoring a 9-day interfaith pilgrimage to Palestine in May, 2016. Rabbi Joshua Hammerman and the Rev. Kate Heichler, working with Mejdi Tours, have put together a 9-day, 8-night itinerary that includes holy sites as well as places where interfaith, peace-building and environmental work is being done. Participants will meet with Israelis and Palestinians, Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze and Baha’i in order to gain a deeper understanding of the complex issues that have made peace so elusive, and meet with groups laying the groundwork for dialogue and reconciliation. If interested and to learn more you are invited to an informational meeting Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 7 pm at the First Presbyterian (FISH Church, 1101 Bedford St., Stamford.) More information and a sample itinerary is available at, click on “upcoming events.”

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

St. John’s Wireless Network—Internet Access is available! – The password for Internet access at St. John’s in the Dining Room, Basement & Library area near classrooms, and Eagle’s Loft is STJOHNS628, which is case sensitive.