This Week at St. John’s April 17, 2014
Thursday, April 17
Maundy Thursday Eucharist, Noon & 7:00 p.m.
7:30pm – Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
Friday, April 18
Good Friday Eucharist 12 Noon & 7:00 p.m. Church
Saturday, April 19
9:00am – Communion class kitchen & dining room
9:30am – Flower assembling (church).
6:00pm – Easter Vigil Service with Baptism
Sunday, April 20
8:00am – Eucharist and 10:15 am (Church)
11:15am – Easter Egg Hunt (Church Grounds)
12:00pm – Neighbors’ Link (Library)
Monday, April 21
Easter Monday Office closed
Tuesday, April 22
Mother Kathleen away
6:15pm – Yoga (Eagle’s Loft)
Wednesday, April 23
Mother Kathleen away
Thursday, April 24
Father Jim away
2:00pm – Staff Meeting (Conference Room)
7:00pm – Boy Scouts – (Teen HQ)
Friday, April 25
Saturday, April 26
9:00am – Facilities Rental Committee Meeting (Conference Room)
10:00am – Garden clean-up
Coffee Hour— Thanks to everyone who brought brunch items to share in our Easter Potluck Brunch
Neighbor’s Link- Conversational English Class for All—Conversation and Communication in basic English— Tutors needed. Please see Kathryn Trusty or Glenn Wecker on Sunday.
Tuesday Scripture Studies – Tuesday afternoons between 2 pm and 3 pm—Denise Wade will lead scripture study with the New Interpreters Version. We are reading Luke– Acts and will continue with the New Testament. No preparation is necessary. Feel free to invite friends—this scripture study is open to the public. Please let us know by calling the church office if you need childcare.
Help St. John’s Feed the Hungry—Recently, St. John’s has had numerous people come to the church looking for assistance in obtaining food. In an effort to serve our community, St John’s Outreach Committee would like to help provide immediate hunger relief by distributing bags of food that are high in protein and readily accessible to eat. Flyers with listings of local food pantries and soup kitchens will also be provided. We are asking for your help with this ongoing ministry, by purchasing items from the list below, and placing the food in the baskets at the back of the church as you come in. In lieu of canned items, purchasing a small food gift card while checking out at your local supermarket will be greatly appreciated. Pop top cans are needed—Chunky soups, beef stew, chili, canned chicken or tuna, peanut butter, crackers, pork & beans, canned black beans, canned pasta, juice or water bottles , protein bars or cereal bars and/or supermarket gift cards.
Worship Attendance: On Palm Sunday there were 135 in attendance at the 10:15 a.m. service, 166 total for the weekend. “Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:1-2)
Ladies- Come one, come ALL – Our first Women’s Breakfast of the season on Saturday May 3, 2014 beginning 9:00 a.m. in the dining room. Bring a friend and a favorite breakfast dish to share. Help me to plan by either signing up on the sheet located near the library or call me (Sandie) at 203-348-2619 x10. We are very excited to have as our guest speaker Sheelagh Schlegel. Sheelagh will share her journey about her personal life and her life here at St. John’s as a member of the Vestry, Outreach, Christian Education and so much more. This is going to be a very exciting morning. What a way to welcome Spring!
Harvest Garden Saturday April 26th is garden clean-up day!! – Please bring your gloves and energy from 10-2pm to help make space for the bountiful vegetable garden. All produce from our St John’s garden is donated to the Food Bank of Stamford.
Haiti Trip —A mission trip will take place from June 28-July 5th, 2014. The purpose of the trip is fellowship and partnership building with the school and the now independent parish in L’Acul and to meet the new priest. All parishioners are welcome to join us or contribute to the trip to offset expenses for those traveling. Donations of frequent Flyer miles for AA or Delta Airlines are also welcome. Please see Gus or Sheelagh if you are interested in the trip. Next year’s trip will be in April 2015 and will be a Youth Mission trip for aged 14 years and up
Announcing an Intergenerational Mission Trip for Superstorm Sandy Relief: August 10-15, 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 required. Speak with Fr. Wheeler or Scott Vezina if interested.
Welcome Iglesia Betania! St. John’s Vestry recently voted to welcome the Episcopal Community of Iglesia Betania to worship at St. John’s. Betania is a Spanish speaking Episcopal Church that is losing its worship space in the former Grace Episcopal Church in Norwalk. Many of you will remember sharing a bi-lingual worship service together with Betania in November. Beginning Sunday, May 4 they will hold a Spanish speaking worship service at 10:15 a.m. in the Eagle’s Loft simultaneous with the English service in the Church. Children from Betania will join St. John’s children in Church School and the two parishes will share coffee hour together. For the next 6 months we will share worship together, while discussing the possibility of a deeper partnership or merger. Please give Fr. Eddie Lopez and the members of Iglesia Betania a warm welcome!
Preparation for Confirmation and Renewal of Baptismal Vows: A youth Confirmation preparation program using Making Disciples, a curriculum for Mentors and Confirmands, is just beginning. A program for adults meeting on Tuesday evenings, May 6 – June 17, Foundations in Faith, is also just starting. Bishop Jim Curry will be at St. John’s on November 2 for Confirmation and to celebrate the anniversary of the consecration of our current church building.
Foundations in an Adult Faith - May 4- June 17 Tuesday Evenings 7:00-8:30pm This is faith formation for everyone!! SAVE THE DATES! Whether you are a newcomer, want to explore your faith and grow, want to prepare for baptism, confirmation or reaffirmation of baptism, are eager to learn about the Episcopal Church, want to become a member of St. John’s, or explore the most challenging questions about God, Jesus, Scripture and the Church this is for you! Light snack will be served. Please let us know if you are coming and if you will need childcare! Speak with Sandie or Mother Kathleen. Confirmation and reaffirmation of vows will take place November 2 when Bp Jim Curry visits St. John’s.
Flower Guild Activities for Palm Sunday, Easter and Flower Delivery Guild News
To prepare for Palm Sunday and Easter, St. John’s Flower Guild is in need
On Saturday, April 12 at 9:30 we will meet in the kitchen to prepare the
On Saturday, April 19 at 9:30 till noon, we will meet in the sanctuary to
The Arranger’s Guild is hoping to recruit new members. NO EXPERIENCE OR
To “spruce up” the place and make it more inviting to those entering our
We are also looking for someone who is willing to chair or co-chair this
Anyone wishing to honor or celebrate the memory of a loved one via the
St. John’s is looking to “revive” our Flower Delivery Guild, a vital parish
If you know of someone who could use a gift of flowers to help them through
If you are interested in volunteering for palm prep and/or Easter and/or