This Week at St. John’s

Sunday, September 28
9:15am – Scripture Reading library
10:15am – Joint Spanish/English service church
11:30am – Interfaith Conversation with lunch Eagle’s Loft
12:00pm – Neighbors’ Link Library
12:00pm – Tea & Tiffany Committee Meeting 12 Conference Room
5:00pm – Confirmation Mentors’ Appreciation Dinner Eagle’s Loft
6:15pm –  L’Eglise de L’Epiphanie Service Church
Monday, September 29
1:00pm – Staff Meeting Conference Room
7:00pm – Adult Formation Conference Room
Tuesday, September 30
2:00pm – Scripture Study (Conference Room)
6:15pm – Yoga Eagle’s Loft
Wednesday, October 1
5:00pm – Young Champions’ Art Classes Champions’ Room
7:00pm – Stephen Ministry Library
Thursday, October 2
12:10pm – Eucharist (Chapel)
7:00pm – Boy Scouts
7:30pm – Choir Rehearsal Choir Room
Friday, October 3
 Office Closed
Vestry Retreat St. Birgitta’s, Darien
 5:00pm – Young Champions’ Hip Hop Classes Dining Room
Saturday, October 4
 Vestry Retreat St. Birgitta’s, Darien
5:00pm – Eucharist (Church)

Interfaith Panel at St. John’s This Sunday — “Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Teaching on Love and Peace,” featuring three guest speakers starting at 11:45 a.m. in the Eagle’s Loft. A light lunch is included and childcare is available. This event is being sponsored by the Tuesday Scripture Study Group. A $5 contribution will help defray the cost of this event.

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!

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

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.

Tuesday Scripture Study - Tuesday, September 30 at 2:00 p.m. in the conference room.

Renewing Our Faith Online Course Series begins September 29 – Discussions Sundays October 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 11:45am-12:30pm in the Library. Participants will receive email reminders and links to four 5-minute video segments to review each week. Topics: October 5 – The Episcopal Tradition October 12 – Creeds Commitments and Beliefs, October 19 – Holy Communion 101, October 26 – The Book of Common Prayer.
ST. FRANCIS DAY BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS – Next Sunday, October 5 at 4:00 p.m. Hamsters to horses, dogs and cats, goldfish, stuffed animals and all their humans are invited to the outside blessing on the green in front of the fountain. Invite your friends and neighbors to this fun and beautiful annual event.

RUN4HAITI2014 — Runners and walkers are sought from St John’s (and beyond) for the Hartford marathon on Saturday October 11th. Participants have the option of being part of a relay team in the marathon or participating in the 5K. This is our annual fundraiser for the Bon Samaritan clinic in L’Acul, Haiti which provides medical care on a weekly basis to L’Acul and many surrounding villages. There are plans underway also for the reconstruction of the clinic in the near future as it is in a state of disrepair. Last year 12 parishioners took place in both races and raised over $5000! Please see Sheelagh or Gus Schlegel at 203 216 8637 or 203 918 0288 if you wish to participate. Transportation will be provided to and from Hartford on the day and it will be a lot of fun! Stay tuned for a fundraising web page in the near future or you can donate to the team by making a check out to St John’s and putting Haiti marathon fundraiser in the memo line.
Save the Date — The Fundraising Committee is hosting a Tiffany and Tea Social on October 18. The event includes a tour of the Tiffany Stained Glass windows in the church followed by tea in the dining room.

Fellowship Gatherings—There’s still time to sign up for one of the 5 Fellowship gatherings!  Please check your calendar, and then call one of the hosts to let them know you can attend, and ask what you could bring.  It will be fun to relax and have a meal together and get to know other people from St. John’s Church family.
Choose one: 1)Sun Oct 5 at noon, right after church. Contact Margo Puma Cell 203-548-1189. Meet at Cove Island playground and children are very welcome! The park is free in Oct. Park, cross the bridge, and turn left to get to the playground near the pavilion.  Bring some food to share in the little gazebo. 2)Sun Oct 5 2:00-4:00. Hosts Ron and Kathi Bacchi, Pound Ridge tel: 914-764-5758 Room for 3 more guests for lunch.  Give them a call. 3) Sat Oct 11 at 5 p.m. Hosts Vicki and Gene Zacharewicz, Stamford tel 203-569-7960 Room for 8 for dinner. Give them a call and plan to bring a side dish or dessert. 4)Sun Oct 12 2-4:00 p.m. Hosts Father Jim and Carol  Cell 203-525-0011 Cookout at the rectory, 127 Westover Lane, Stamford. Please bring side dish or dessert. 5) Sat Oct 25 11:30-1:30. Host Don Shaver tel 203-323-7006 Room for 8 for lunch, 1 Strawberry Hill Ave, Apt 1-I, first floor. Call Don and let him know what you can bring.

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.

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 November 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 in the Dining Room or contact Kathi Bacchi at 914 764 5758.

Wi-Fi in the Dining Room:  A wi-fi connection is now available in St. John’s dining room.  The site is StJohnsStamfordDR, the password to use the wi-fi is WR8USBCSKP