The Arts at St. John’s Presents

Reminders for this week

Monday, October 20
Bible Study, 9:30 a.m., Kitchen

Tuesday, October 21
Morning Prayer, 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Chapel
Yoga, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Nursery
Financial Peace University, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Nursery

Wednesday, October 22
Choristers Rehearsal, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Church
Choir Practice, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Church

Thursday, October 23
Contemplation and Conversation, 7:00 p.m., Hospitality Room

Friday, October 24
Diocesan Convention

Saturday, October 25
Diocesan Convention
An Evening with Mike + Ruthy, 7:30 p.m., Church

Sunday, October 26
Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Church
Adult Forum, 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., Hospitality Room
Youth Luncheon, 11:45 a.m. -12:00 p.m., Patio & Kitchen
Youth Group Classes, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m., Chapel & Hospitality Room
MTAC Piano Recitals, 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Church
St. John’s Bells Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Church

Sunday, November 9 –One celebration of the Eucharist at 10:00 a.m.

At 11:00 a.m.– “All Good Gifts” Parish Meting & Stewardship Presentation
Childcare and Youth program will be available.
On this special Sunday we will observe All Soul’s Day by offering a litany of thanksgiving for church members who have died since last All Saints’ Day. New memorial plaques will also be blessed. Immediately following the service, all are invited to stay for an important parish meeting as we launch our stewardship campaign.

Soul Kitchen Dinner, Friday, October 31

The next Soul Kitchen Dinner will be Friday, October 31 at 5:30 p.m. The Soul Kitchen Dinner shares a simple, nutritious meal and fellowship with anyone who comes through our door.  There will be NO Soul Kitchen in November or December.  This will be our last Soul Kitchen for the year.  We will start again January 30, 2015!

Gardening Laborers Needed

Volunteers are needed to do the work of preparing the ground in front of the chapel so that the landscape can be planted. There is a sign-up sheet at the Ministry Table. This will be fairly labor intensive work.

Help Feed Our Youth!

Please consider taking one Sunday this fall to bring and/or a simple lunch for our twenty youth and teachers. A sign up sheet is on the Ministry Table. We are looking for one course easy meals. We also need volunteers to help set the tables and clean up afterwards. Many thanks for this special ministry with our youth.

Soul Kitchen Dinner, Friday, October 31

The next Soul Kitchen Dinner will be Friday, October 31 at 5:30 p.m. The Soul Kitchen Dinner shares a simple, nutritious meal and fellowship with anyone who comes through our door. It is our hope that the parish will join us the last Friday of each month for food, fellowship, and fun!

The Bishop is Coming on All Saints’ Sunday, Sunday, November 2

Bishop David Rice will be coming to St. John’s to offer the rite of confirmation, reception and renewal of baptismal vows on Sunday, November 2. If you are interested in preparing for confirmation, reception into the Episcopal Church or if you would like to renew your baptismal vows, please contact the church office.  If there is interest, Elaine Breckenridge will offer a class or retreat for such preparation.

Sermon From 10/12

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 23
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.10.12 EHB

Sermon from 10/5

St. Francis Sunday, October 5, 2014
The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.10.05 EHB

Keep it simple Elaine. Keep it simple like the hymn we just sang. Keep it simple like Francis himself. St. Francis is famous for keeping it simple saying, “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” However, it is a challenge to keep it simple because there are many biographies, many legends about St. Francis. In fact he has the longest single entry of anyone in history in the Library of Congress. There are many things that could be said about Francis today.
St. Francis is so compelling, that you can walk into a Lowe’s or a Walmart store or any number of nurseries and buy a statute of his likeness. Extraordinary–a Christian saint who has universal appeal and not unlike St. Nicholas can easily be found in both sacred and secular settings. Where do we seem him most? In gardens and adorning birdbaths.
St. Francis sometimes referred to himself as Brother Sparrow. He loved birds and there are numerous accounts of him preaching to birds. And of course he is now identified as the patron saint of both pets and animals. In New York City, St. John the Divine Episcopal Cathedral’s most well attended service throughout the church year is not Christmas or Easter.
It is the famous service of the Blessing of Animals which features a procession of everything from camels to peacocks, from reptiles to ant farms. They march right down the center of the cathedral’s nave, one by one accompanied by sacred music.
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CREATION CENTERED EUCHARIST — Thursday, October 2, at 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy a creation centered celebration of the Eucharist featuring sung chants, special readings and prayers and gather in-formally around the altar. A pot-luck party will follow, so bring a festive beverage and a finger food snack to share.

PET BLESSING—Saturday, October 4 at 4:00 p.m.
Bring your pet bless for a short service and blessing. It will be offered outdoors underneath the tent.

SUNDAY CELEBRATION—Sunday, October 5 at 8 & 10:30
Featuring the lessons appointed for St. Francis and a special Children’s Chapel during the Liturgy of the Word.

Sermon from 9/28

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Sunday, September 28, 2014
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 21Listen to this…Sermon 2014.09.28 EHB