This Week at St. John’s

Thursday, September 11
10:30 am—Backpacking Book Review with Father Jim (Conference Room)
12:10pm – Eucharist (Chapel)
7:00pm – Boy Scouts (Eagle’s Loft)
7:30pm – Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
Friday, September 12
Office Closed
Saturday, September 13
10:00 am— Outreach Pathway (Library)
5:00pm – Eucharist (Church)
Sunday, September 14
9:15am – Scripture Reading (Library)
9:30am – Church School Registration (Baronial Hall)
11:30 am – Church School Teachers (Teen HQ)
12:30pm – Iglesia Betania Eucharist (Church)
6:15pm – L’Eglise de L’Epiphanie Service (Church)
Monday, September 15
1:00pm – Staff Meeting (Conference Room)
7:00pm –  Adult Formation (Conference Room)
Tuesday, September 16
2:00pm – Scripture Study (Conference Room)
6:15pm – Yoga (Eagle’s Loft)
7:00pm – Adult Scripture Study (Library)
Wednesday, September 17
7:00pm – Stephen Ministry (Library)
7:00pm – Education Pathway Meeting (Conference Room)
Thursday, September 18
10:30am – Back Packing Book Review (Conference Room)
12:10pm – Eucharist (Chapel)
7:00pm – Boy Scouts (Eagle’s Loft)
7:30pm – Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
Friday, September 19
 Office Closed
Saturday, September 20
10:00am – Communications Pathway Meeting (Conference Room)
10:00am – Outreach Pathway Meeting Library
5:00pm- Eucharist (Church)

Parish Administrator Sandie DeFilippis is on vacation this week and will return to the office on Monday, September 22.

Church School Registration—Sign up your children and youth TODAY at 9:30 a.m. in Baronial Hall for Godly Play and J2A. Church School for all ages resumes next Sunday at 10 a.m.

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.

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

Attention Godly Play and J2A teachers and any prospective teachers— There will be a meeting in the Teen Headquarters downstairs after worship this Sunday  to discuss the upcoming school year.

Great Welcome Sunday! – This year Great Welcome Sunday is September 21 – and includes POTLUCK LUNCH AND the MINISTRY FAIR.!  We need your help to prepare and make this the best ever welcome to new people greeting our friends and sign-up for ministries! HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP:
-Bring a main dish, healthy snack/appetizer, healthy dessert, or salad ON A DISPOSABLE SERVING PLATE – and leave it by 9:30am on SUNDAY SEPT 21 in the kitchen
-Set-up Saturday September 20
-Hospitality – Placing food on the tables/serving/replenishing
-Be a Greeter- in the church after the service to help guide newcomers.
- Clean-up- – kitchen, replacing the tables, trash
-Volunteer with a Ministry to give info and sign people up at the tables!
Let’s make this the most exciting Ministry Fair at St. John’s
To volunteer – please sign up during coffee hour this week OR call the church office at 348-2619 x14.

Save the Date!Interfaith Panel at St. John’s on September 28— “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 will be available. This event is being sponsored by the Tuesday Scripture Study Group. Please call 203-348-2619 ext. 29 to reserve your tickets. A $5 donation is suggested at the door.

It’s not too late to join! Book Study: Falling Upward: Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life —Richard Rohr a Benedictine monk, teaches that our spiritual journey begins when our core beliefs about life, relationships, work, even our spiritual life, are challenged- often through suffering.   Illness, death of a loved one, job loss, retirement, when the children grow up, are all ways of “falling” and can lead to spiritual growth. We will explore this “second half of life” and develop new tools for spiritual growth. September 15 (Brooding our Thinking) September 22 (Bright Sadness- a new Direction) and September 29 (Spiritual Tools for the second half of life) Please read the Introduction and Chapter 1 for the first meeting if you have the book. (online at A few copies will be available for purchase at coffee hour and at the class.

Tuesday Scripture Study – Tuesday, September 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the conference room.

Renewing Our Faith Online Course Series begins September 29 – Sign up during Coffee Hour on Set. 14 and Sept. 21. Discussions Sundays October 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 11:45am-12:30pm in the Library. Sign up September 14 and September 21 during Coffee Hour. 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.

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!b 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. Please call Sheelagh or Gus Schlegel at 203 216 8637 or 203 918 0288 if you wish to participate.
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.

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 October 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 near the Godly Play Room, or contact Kathi Bacchi at 914 764 5758.

Visit the newly renovated Sexton’s Apartment:  Before Dante Ibanez, our new Sexton and his family, move into the Sexton’s apartment members of the parish may wish to see this piece of St. John’s.  Vestry member Gene Zacharewicz will lead a tour following the 10:15 a.m. service.  The apartment is located on the third floor and involves climbing stairs.