This Week at St. John’s

Thursday, October 16
12:10pm Eucharist (Chapel)
7:00pm – Boy Scouts (Teen HQ)
7:30pm – Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
Friday, October 17
 Office Closed
5:00p – Young Champions’ Hip Hop Classes (Dining Room)
Saturday, October 18
9:00am – Facilities Rental Committee Meeting (Conference Room)
2:00pm – Tea Party & Tour of Stained Glass Windows (Church and Eagle’s Loft)
5:00pm – Eucharist (Church)
Sunday, October 19
8:00 – Holy Eucharist Rite I (church)
9:15am – Scripture Reading library
10:15am – Holy Eucharist Rite II (Church)
10:15am – Stewardship testimonials during service
11:30 am – Christmas Show Committee Meeting (Dining Room)
11:45am – Renewing Our Faith (Conference Room)
12:00pm – Neighbors’ Link Library
12:30pm – Iglesia Betania Eucharist (Church)
6:15pm- L’Eglise de L’Epiphanie Service (Church)
Monday, October 20
7:00pm – Same Sex Marriage Discussion (Library)
Tuesday, October 21
1:00pm – Staff Meeting (Conference Room)
2:00pm – Scripture Study (Conference Room)
6:15pm – Yoga (Eagle’s Loft)
Wednesday, October 22
5:00pm – Young Champions’ Art Classes (Champions’ Room)
7:00pm – Stephen Ministry (Library)
Thursday, October 23
12:10pm – Eucharist (Chapel)
7:00pm – Boy Scouts (Teen HQ)
7:30pm – Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
Friday, October 24
 Diocesan Convention in Waterbury
 Office Closed
Saturday, October 25
 Diocesan Convention in Waterbury
5:00pm – Eucharist (Church)
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

Stewardship Pathway “Spirit of Abundance” - This is the season of Stewardship at St., John’s. We will be hearing testimonials from parishioners today, and on Oct. 19 and 26. We will celebrate the abundance of our God-given gifts on Commitment Sunday, Nov. 9. “For all things come from you O Lord, and of thy own have we given thee.” 1Corinthians 29:14

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, October 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the conference room.

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT ST JOHN’S ONLINE EDUCATION? “Renewing Our Faith” Online Course Series Continues Today! — Video segments for the third course in the “The Elements of Faith Series ” is now available online! In only 5 minutes a day you can watch the video segments and then join in the conversation online! We meet after church on Sundays in the Conference Room to discuss what we have heard and discussed online! The third course in the “Elements of Faith Series” is now online. You can access it through the My Courses tab on the Pathwright Website, For questions and to receive email reminders contact Course coordinator Franklin David The third course in the series, The Book of Common Prayer, will be discussed Oct. 19. The final course in the series will be discussed Oct 26. Discussions begin right after the service in the Conference Room, get your snack and join us!

2014 Christmas Show — ATTENTION: CAST MEMBERS ARE NEEDED for St. John’s Annual Christmas Show scheduled for Sunday, December 14. If you would like to participate in the cast or as a member of the stage crew, please put your name and contact information on the sign up sheet in the Dining Room, visit with Shideh Khorasheh during coffee hour, or contact Shideh at

Clergy Conversations on Same Sex Marriage - Monday evenings, October 20 and 27 Mother Kathleen will share important points of theology and morality based on the Episcopal tradition of scripture, tradition and reason on October 20. at 7 pm in the Library. Join us for this important event.
 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.


Fellowship Gatherings—There’s still time to sign up for one of the 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.

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.


Church Kneelers — A generous parishioner has offered to purchase 20 new kneelers. We are looking for other parishioners to match this gift with the ultimate goal of replacing all the kneelers in the church. Each one costs $57.00. You may purchase one, two or as many as you can afford. Make your check out to St. John’s with “kneeler” noted in the memo portion. All contributions will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please call Sandie DeFilippis in the Parish Office at 203-348-2619 ext. 10

Diocesan Convention - This Friday and Saturday, October 24-25 at the Co-Co-Key Convention Center in Waterbury. Sunny Stearns and Denise Wade are our Lay Delegates. Mother Kathleen and Father Wheeler are our Clergy Delegates. On Friday evening there is a special reception to honor retiring Suffragan Bishop Jim Curry. Check out the resolutions at the Episcopal Church in Connecticut website: In addition to elections and resolutions special time will be spent at this convention working on re-imagining the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.

Sunday, November 2 – Annual re-dedication of the church building, bishop’s visitation, Confirmation and Baptism: Bishop Laura Ahrens will visit us on this special Sunday and young people from our J2A (Journey to Adulthood) class, who have been preparing for the past 6 months, will be confirmed.

All Saints Sunday Remembrance of Loved Ones: If you would like to remember a loved one who has died, at our All Saints services, November 1 and 2, please give the name to our Administrator, Sandie DeFilippis (203) 348-2619, ext. 10, or by email,

Run4Haiti2014 - Thank you participants! Natasha Lehner, her friend Alexa, Chris Schlegel, Jim Wheeler and Evan Jones ran the 26.2 mile relay in 4 hours 10 minutes. Jennifer Roland was 100th in her age category in the 5K Christine Sassi Lehner also ran a good time. Henri and Roslyn Mainville, Sheelagh and Elijah Schlegel, Tara Williams and Olive Grant, Dipika Barot, Jiannethe Grajales and Glenn Wecker all were part of the 5K walking team. Close to $2000 has been raised thus far, but more is needed. Won’t you support this great effort with your donation, online @ or write a check to St. John’s with “Run4Haiti” in the memo line. The money goes to the support of our partner school and clinic in L’Acul, Haiti. Thanks for your generosity!

 Nov 2 Bishop Visit Conf Bapt
Stewardship Sunday 2014