Program Year Sundays 2019 8:00 a.m. Rite I Worship 9:30 a.m. Rite II Worship *Please follow the junior crucifer out of the church for Children's Chapel.
St. John's annual Peaches and Ice Cream Social was this past Sunday. This event was a huge success and filled our parish hall. We had ice cream and fresh peeled peaches after both services. 45 parishioners stayed after Rite I and we had 128 join us after the Rite II.
Thanks to all who helped organize the event, dish up the ice cream, and peel the peaches.
Apple Butter Fundraiser is Fast Approaching
Please volunteer to help at the largest fund raiser at St. John’s!
We are very short of volunteers the following times:
Sat. 5th in the Morning
Sat. 12th in the Afternoon
Sun. 13th in the Morning
Saturday, Oct. 5; Sunday, Oct. 6; Saturday, Oct. 12; and Sunday, Oct. 13 we need Volunteers! Sign up in the Cloister. If you have questions contact Mike Gwozdecki at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE PARISH PICNIC AND
BACK PACK BLESSING
ARE FAST APPROACHING
The Annual Parish Picnic is September 8th, following the 9:30 am service in the courtyard. The Rite II Eucharist will be held in the courtyard so wear your hat and sunscreen!
This year St. John's will provide the following food items: Hamburgers Hot Dogs Rolls, Buns, and all the Fixings Chips Baked Beans
Join us and bring a side dish or whatever says picnic to you!
Our St John's Picnic favorites: Water, Lemonade, and Iced Tea will be available.
As always, you will need to bring your own chairs. The brand new burgundy parish hall chairs will not be invited to this outdoor event.
NOTE: The timing and location of the Rite I, 8 a.m. Eucharist are unchanged.
Thank you to all the parents and children who attended our Back to Sunday Event after peaches and ice cream! We had a great turnout of parents who were able to hear about what we offer to families and children. We were able to connect and start building relationships. If you did not get a welcome folder from Aimee, please contact her.
If you want to get involved, here are some upcoming events for families:
September 8: Blessing of the Backpacks at the Outdoor Service
September 8: Youth Group for Grades 6-12 from 5:30-7:00 pm
September 15: Welcome to Worship/Eucharist Sunday
October 6: Apple Butter Service Trip
Fr. Adam’s September 4th Night Class
Spend fifteen minutes in social conversation with committed Episcopalians, and you will hear about our challenges in membership and attracting young people. These conversations reveal participants' anxieties. These conversations rarely shed light on what is really happening, and what the threats and possibilities are in this era.
Fr. Adam’s class, Decline…?, will be taught the first four Wednesdays of 4th Night (September 4 through September 25). Decline…? Will explore the history of religious belonging, behaving, and believing in the United States, using data from substantial national surveys. The material will also explore various responses of church leaders to the realities of smaller membership. It will then shift to address methods of reaching out to those seeking a faith community. The material used to explore these matters will come from the fields of sociology of religion, political science, church history, and his own experience as a parish priest.
The anxiety of the age for The Episcopal Church is what to do about reduced membership and reduced dollars. Fr. Adam can not provide a single explanation to address this development. He can provide church leaders with the tools to properly understand our place in these social developments. Once church leaders understand what has brought us to our current setting in life, then the appropriate theological responses become more apparent. Furthermore, the reduced raw numbers of church membership allows for some exciting opportunities to witness to the Gospel, and these opportunities need to be understood and then seized.
Prayer Shawl Ministry will resume its monthly meetings at a new time
and day. The new meeting time will be on the 2nd Wednesday of the
month from 1:00 to 2:30 in the church library. We welcome all who are
interested in knitting or crocheting prayer shawls for those in need
to our first gathering on September 11.
If you need more information or have questions please contact
Carolyn Freberg. (717-713-0985)
Evening Prayer Begins at St. John's on Sundays at 5pm
Evening Prayer is an ancient prayer service of the church. Its roots trace directly back to the monastic orders who gathered five times a day to pray. We will be using the Evening Prayer liturgy directly from the Book of Common Prayer. Some of you will remember such wonderful canticles like the Song of Mary and the Song of Simeon. This liturgy is particularly geared to those who cannot get here in the mornings because of physical limitations or small children's sleep schedules. It is also a great gathering for our Dickinson students who may find the need for community on Sunday evenings.
Evening Prayer will be on September 8, October 13, November 3, December 8
Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) will take place on October 20 and November 10
A Big Thank You to those who buy Giant Gift Cards! In the last two months we have increased the weekly sales to an average of $600. This is a dramatic increase in card sales. We were only raising $600 on average per MONTH.
The rebate funds from this program will now cover the phone and internet bill every month. Let us see what other recurring monthly bill we can cover!
REMEMBER GIANT FUNDS THIS ENTIRE PROGRAM.
These card sales raise funds for St. John's in the form of rebates to the church, directly from GIANT/Ahold. There is no fee associated with these card sales. Watch in the parish hall or stop by the office during business hours to purchase your cards.
Remember your checkbooks!
NOTE: This program does not conflict with the Cash for Causes card sales. These are additional monies that Giant donates to St. John's when you use your BonusCard. See the pink letters in the Cloister on the sign up table.
National Acolyte Festival 2019
National Cathedral in Washington
Deadline to register for the festival is FRIDAY, SEPT 13th
Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 10:00am
Join acolytes from across the United States for a morning service of re-dedication and Holy Eucharist. Bring your processional crosses, banners, torches, thuribles, flags, and streamers for a festive procession of acolytes, clergy, and vergers. Workshops in the afternoon offer enrichment and instruction. Theresa Rice would like to take a group of people to this event. If you might be interested in attending, please contact her:
Old Testament Jeremiah 2:4-13 Rite I - Rite II – A Reading from the Prophet Jeremiah:
Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord: What wrong did your ancestors find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves? They did not say, "Where is the Lord who brought us up from the land of Egypt, who led us in the wilderness, in a land of deserts and pits, in a land of drought and deep darkness, in a land that no one passes through, where no one lives?" I brought you into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things. But when you entered you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination. The priests did not say, "Where is the Lord?" Those who handle the law did not know me; the rulers transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal, and went after things that do not profit. Therefore once more I accuse you, says the Lord, and I accuse your children's children. Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look, send to Kedar and examine with care; see if there has ever been such a thing. Has a nation hanged its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for something that does not profit. Be appalled, O heavens, at this, be shocked, be utterly desolate, says the Lord, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that can hold no water. THE WORD OF THE LORD Continue to the Psalm at both services
Psalm 81:1, 10-16 Rite I - Rite II – 1 Sing with joy to God our strength *
and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob. 10 I am the Lord your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said, *
"Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it." 11 And yet my people did not hear my voice, *
and Israel would not obey me. 12 So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts, *
to follow their own devices. 13 Oh, that my people would listen to me! *
that Israel would walk in my ways! 14 I should soon subdue their enemies *
and turn my hand against their foes. 15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him, *
and their punishment would last for ever. 16 But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat *
and satisfy him with honey from the rock.
The Epistle Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Rite I - Rite II – A Reading from the Letter to the Hebrews:
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you." So we can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?" Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
THE WORD OF THE LORD
The Gospel Luke 14:1, 7-14
On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. "When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, `Give this person your place,' and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, `Friend, move up higher'; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." He said also to the one who had invited him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
Liturgical Ministers Schedule Pentecost XII
8 am Rite I This Sunday
Celebrant-Adam Kradel+ Lay Ministers:
Lay Reader 1-Terry Young
Lay Reader 2-Larry Alexander
9:30 am Rite II This Sunday
Celebrant-Melissa Q. Wilcox+ Lay Ministers:
Altar Guild: Altar Guild: Gail Knisely, Cindy Mortzfeldt, Cindy Ludwig,
Becky Hammell, Larry Alexander
Coming Up At St. John's
September 4th - 1st Wednesday of 4th Night Programing &
Choir Rehersals begin
Parish Picnic is September 8th after the 9:30 Eucharist.
Mark your Calendar. We need volunteers to help clean up afterwards. Please sign up in the Cloister.
Apple Butter Time is Almost Here.
Please volunteer to help at the largest fund raiser at St. John’s. Saturday, Oct. 5; Sunday, Oct. 6; Saturday, Oct. 12; and Sunday, Oct. 13 we need Volunteers! Sign up in the Cloister. If you have questions contact Mike Gwozdecki at email@example.com
Please note: The deadline for submissions to "This Week" and the Sunday service bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thanks! If you submit an out of church event, please verify the information before sending it to the office.