Newsletter for July 26, 2018

Sunday, July 29 – The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the Church, with hymns and organ music
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist in the Cloister Garden
Click here for a service preview – Besides a preview of the service music and bulletin for upcoming services, this link also provides access to sermon texts, podcasts and live-stream service videos.
NOTE: Summer parish office hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Christian Education staff changes
Our Christian education programs for children and youth are in a time of transition as we say good-bye to several staff members. Janet Babbitt, who will continue as an active St. John’s member with her family, left her position as director of religious education on July 15. Mary Scripko, our part-time religious education assistant, has also decided to step back from her work at St. John’s to focus on her primary calling as a musician. She wrote the letter below to the parish.
The search committee for a new Director of Religious Education position continues to seek applicants. Please share the job listing with anyone who might be interested.
My dear St. John’s family,
After careful thought, I’ve decided to step back from my position working with all ages of kids at St. John’s. Music has always been my first passion and priority, and as I grow my business as a teacher and performer, I need to put my efforts toward fulfilling that calling.
The past three years at St. John’s have been truly life changing for me; I’ve met colleagues who are friends, friends who have become like family, and some of the best kids on the planet. I even got married here!
I look forward to popping in from time to time for different events to see you all and catch up. Please keep Kevin and myself in your prayers, as we will keep you all in ours.
With love and appreciation,
Update on our Sunday Service Live Stream – Subscribe today!
Just a reminder that if you can’t catch us in person during the summer, you can watch the morning service live on YouTube, or at the same link anytime later. We currently have an online congregation of around 50 people (between the live stream and podcast). It’s a great way to connect right from home!
Community garden update and volunteer opportunities
Your help is needed to continue this new and exciting ministry! We need:
  • Volunteers to help maintain the garden by weeding, planting new crops and harvesting.
  • Volunteers to pick, wash, bag and distribute veggies on Tuesday mornings. We especially need help on Tuesday mornings in August.
To sign up for garden maintenance, look for a sign-up sheet at coffee hour on Sunday, or sign up online here. You may pick a week that you’re available and come in any time during that week.
To help with Tuesday morning veggie distributions in August, contact J.P. Evans at or (860) 436-7967. You may direct other questions to J.P. as well.
Also, as of today (Thursday, July 26) we have some leftover veggies from Tuesday’s distribution that weren’t given away. Feel free to stop by during office hours (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) to pick some up.
Youth and Adult Choir Open House Sundays during August
Anyone, age 8 and up, is welcome to experience the joy of singing in our choir during the month of August at our 9:00 service. This is a great opportunity to see what it is like to sing, without the commitment of a midweek rehearsal. A core of our regular choir members will be present and singing to help you feel confident and welcome.
Why try choir? Singing in the choir has benefits you may have not considered, other than the obvious – using your voice to express praise to God, at the same time helping those who hear you to praise and pray…
  • Choir is an amazing, close-knit community
  • Singing has proven health benefits – both physical and mental
  • Best seat in the house on Sundays
  • An activity that children and adults can do together
  • Best robes in town!
Join us on any Sunday during August at 8:15 in the church for a brief rehearsal to learn the Offertory Anthem for the day. You can just show up, or contact Scott at for details.
Save the date for Block Party 2018!
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