Newsletter May 28, 2020

Connect with St. John’s online
With the church buildings closed to help minimize spread of the COVID-19 virus, we’re offering several opportunities to pray, worship and connect online.
The best way to stay informed of our online schedule and other resources is to subscribe to our YouTube channel and/or follow us on Facebook.
Sunday service, 10:30 a.m.
The weekly Sunday service will be live on YouTubeFacebook and the web site. You may also watch the recorded video any time afterward. We will send an e-blast at around 10 a.m. on Sunday with the video link, along with a bulletin and Children’s Chapel video. The service is followed by virtual coffee hour on Zoom.
Christian Education for children and youth on Sundays
  • Sunday School for elementary and middle school at 9:30 a.m.
  • Participate via Zoom
Noonday Prayer, Monday through Friday, 12 p.m.
Compline, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 p.m.
Bible Study with Margie Baker, Monday at 7 p.m.
  • We are studying the book of Ruth.
  • To participate, join via Zoom on your phone, computer or tablet.
Book discussion group with Susan Pinkerton, Wednesday at 10 a.m.
  • The book is Falling Upward by Richard Rohr.
  • To participate, join via Zoom on your phone, computer or tablet.
Wednesday benefit recitals, 12:15 p.m.
Various musicians will present short musical programs from their own homes, benefitting local charities helping our most vulnerable neighbors affected by COVID-19. Recitals are posted on YouTube and Facebook for viewing live or afterward. Click here for details.
Happy Hour geared for children & families, Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Happy Hour for all ages, Friday at 5 p.m.
  • To participate, join via Zoom on your phone, computer or tablet.
  • Everyone is welcome at both Happy Hours, with the Tuesday gathering focused on kids’ needs and interests.
We’re still taking requests for favorite hymns
The great hymns of the faith provide comfort and strength, especially in a time of trial. Submit your favorites to Scott by e-mail and he’ll record as many as he can to be posted on our social media channels. Click here for a YouTube playlist of the hymns he has recorded so far.
Join Bishop Douglas, Bishop Ahrens, our Region Missionary and our Region Leadership Team for a one-hour conversation TONIGHT at 5 p.m., to explore together what are we learning and what is God saying to us during the pandemic? All are welcome. Invite others. No registration required.
To join the meeting via Zoom:
or by phone
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 911 0742 0103
Ways to connect
We now have two Happy Hour gatherings
Tuesday at 5 p.m. for children and families
Friday at 5 p.m. for everyone
Keep us informed of pastoral care needs
Please reach out to our clergy, Susan Pinkerton (rector) and Margie Baker (curate) by confidential e-mail. You may also call us at 860-523-5201 and leave a message in the general voicemail box, in a particular clergy or staff person’s voicemail box, or on our pastoral emergency line if your need is urgent. We are retrieving voicemail messages regularly. The clergy are available to provide one-on-one pastoral care via phone or Zoom.
Request healing prayers
Our healing prayer team is on call to pray with and for you. To request prayers for yourself or someone else, e-mail the parish manager, Ellen, with your preferred contact information. She will pass the information on to one of our healing prayer ministers, who will reach out to you. All prayer requests will remain confidential.
Ways to give
A huge THANK YOU to all who have responded to our requests to send pledge payments and gifts as you are able. Your generosity is encouraging and heartwarming!
We can still receive and process checks through the mail, or you may give online by credit card or automatic bank withdrawal through our web site.
St. John’s is collecting donations of fruit juice and snacks for Loaves & Fishes, where our donations will be added to the “pantry bags” of food staples distributed every Monday. Please drop off your donations in the plastic bin at the back door (ramped entrance) at St. John’s. All flavors, types, and container sizes of shelf-stable fruit juice and snacks are welcome. To make a financial donation to Loaves & Fishes, click here.
The West Hartford Food Pantry is in need of food to help feed our neighbors. Please contact the West Hartford Food pantry directly for information about what they need and how to drop it off. They ask that you ONLY donate the items listed as most-needed on their web site.
Foodshare is continuing to provide neighborhood deliveries of food and supply local food pantries with items. They have an urgent need for additional funds to help them continue their work. They also need face masks for workers to use when sorting and delivering food. They only need homemade fabric masks; they ask that medical-grade masks be donated to local hospitals and first responders. Mail or drop off your masks to 450 Woodland Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002. Donate to Foodshare online.
Journey Home continues to coordinate services for Hartford’s homeless population so they can self-isolate as needed and have access to sanitizing supplies and medical care. Click here to make a financial donation.
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