Newsletter August 22, 2019

Sunday, August 25 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist in the church followed by neighborhood veggie giveaway
5:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist in the Cloister Garden
Help give away fresh veggies on Sunday morning
If you can, please stay for a short time after the 9 a.m. service to staff our giveaway table in front of the church, on the Farmington Avenue side of the property. It’s a great way to connect with neighbors and a great family activity — kids are welcome to help! Word has been spreading about this ministry, and we regularly have 15 or 20 people waiting for vegetables when the 9 a.m. service ends.
If you have an abundance of vegetables from your own garden, you’re welcome to bring them to church and add them to the giveaway!
Last chance to join the Summer Singers!
Anyone, age 8 and up, is welcome to experience the joy of singing in our choir during the month of August at our 9 a.m. 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 this Sunday at 8:15 a.m. 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.
We have lots of ways that you can participate in St. John’s community life, as we serve the parish and our wider community.
Teach Sunday School. The program year is just around the corner, and we are looking for a few more volunteers to teach! Teachers serve on alternating Sundays, and all materials are provided in advance. Training will be held on Sunday, September 8 after the 10:30 service. Interested? Contact Margie at or 860-523-5201 x 312.
Purchase Blessing Bag items from our Amazon wish list. On Sunday, September 8, we’ll fill Blessing Bags to have on hand as the cooler weather arrives. Blessing Bags are given to people in need who come to the church asking for help, and contain toiletries, non-perishable snacks, and warm socks, gloves and hats. While we welcome donations of individual items (such as unused travel toiletries), the most cost-effective and efficient way for you to help is to order items in bulk from Amazon and have them shipped directly to the church. We’ve created a wish list for this purpose, which includes bulk packages of trial-size toiletries, single-serve snacks, and warm accessories for men and women. Go to, purchase one of our needed items, and it will automatically be shipped to the church and removed from the wish list. THANK YOU to those who have responded to this opportunity so far! More than half of our wish list has already been purchased by generous parishioners!
Help in the community vegetable garden on Wednesday mornings. Our curate, Margie Baker, will be in the garden (which is out back, behind the sexton’s house) from 8 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday mornings, weather permitting. All are welcome to stop by (kids are welcome with an adult) to help weed, water and harvest. You don’t need to sign up ahead of time, and you don’t have to stay for the whole two hours. Just come on by in your gardening clothes, and stay for as long as you can! If you’d like to help but that’s not a good time, contact the parish office to make other arrangements.
Sign up to help prepare or serve food at the Community Block Party. We need people to bake treats ahead of time, as well as cook and serve hot dogs at the event. Sign up here:
Publicize the Community Block Party with a lawn sign in your yard. Lawn signs for this year’s block party are available in the church office during the week, and in Hubbard Hall on Sunday. Please help spread the word by putting one in your yard, particularly if you live relatively near the church, and/or on a main street or corner lot where the sign will be highly visible.
Acolyte Lunch and Training, September 29
Children and youth in grades 5 to 12 are invited to join the acolyte team! Acolytes serve on a rotating basis at the 10:30 service and at other important services throughout the church year (Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, et al.). This is a fantastic service and fellowship opportunity. Acolyte training is scheduled for Sunday, September 29 from noon to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided. New and returning acolytes should attend! Youth choristers are welcome to serve as acolytes, as we will schedule them to acolyte only on Sundays when they are not singing. Please RSVP for the acolyte training using this form. The RSVP form also includes a poll where you can give your Sunday availability from September through January, to help with acolyte scheduling.
High school students: Sign up to help in the nursery
High school students (grades 9 to 12 or equivalent) are invited to work in the St. John’s Nursery! Each shift is from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday mornings unless otherwise noted (Christmas Eve at 4 p.m., for instance). Nursery workers will receive an honorarium of $25 per shift. We need two nursery workers per shift. Please follow this link to sign up through December.
Enjoy Scott Lamlein’s music from afar
Last week, Music Director and Organist Scott Lamlein gave a recital at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal. You may watch a video recording of the recital on YouTube.
“Women Together” book group starts up again on September 10
Women Together is a group that gathers weekly to explore our Christian faith and practice through book discussion, prayer and fellowship. We will resume meeting on Tuesday, September 10 at 2 p.m. Open the Door – A Journey to the True Self by Joyce Rupp is the focus of the first six-week session. The book is available at and other booksellers, and includes a reflection for each day of the week. At our first meeting on September 10, we will discuss Week 1. Women Together meets every Tuesday from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the Reception Room at St. John’s, and is currently attended by women from St. John’s and Trinity, but new members from any church are always welcome! For more information, contact Sarah Kieffer.
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