Chapel Fiesta Dinner, Saturday, September 20

Mexican Fiesta
Ticket Sales for our “Chapel Fiesta Dinner” ends on Wednesday, September 17. If you are still interested in purchasing tickets, please contact Penny in the office, Karen or Kelly Olds or Kathy Girard. Help us raise funds for the landscaping and a maintenance fund for our Historical Chapel.
Join us at St. John’s for a festive dinner, raffle, piñata for kids, music and fun on Saturday, September 20.
Doors Open at 5:30 p.m. and Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $25/Children (5-12) $12.50 and 4 & under are free.
Take out orders are available.  Tickets are on sale now until September 17.
Church office:  209-369-3381

Reminders for this week

Tuesday, September 16
Morning Prayer, 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Chapel
Yoga for Christians, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Nursery
Financial Peace University, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Hospitality room

Wednesday, September 17
Evening Prayer, 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Chapel
Choir Practice, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Church

Thursday, September 18
Contemplative and Conversation, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Church

Friday, September 19 – Set up

Saturday, September 20
Fiesta Chapel Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Narthex

Sunday, September 21
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 Group Classes, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Chapel & Hospitality Room
Jack Harkins Celebration of a Life, 3:00 p.m., Church
St. John’s Bells, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Church

Sermon from 9/14

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Sunday, September 14, 2014
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 19
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.09.14 EHB


Contemplation and Conversation Group Forming – Thursdays, September 18, 25

People interested in being part of a contemplative prayer circle are invited to attend sessions being offered Thursdays, September 18 & 25 7:00-8:30 p.m. The group will convened initially by The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge. The purpose of the group is to practice quiet prayer (at least twenty minutes of silence) and reflect with others in the group on the prayer experience. This will be a covenanted group, meaning that participants will learn to practice deep listening skills and be comfortable participating in the conversation.

After the initial session, depending on participant’s calendars, the group will continue meeting twice monthly. For questions or additional information, please contact Elaine Breckenridge

Jack Harkins Celebration of a Life

A Celebration of the Life of Jack Harkins will be held on Sunday, September 21 at 3:00 p.m. A parish reception will follow in the narthex.

Sermon From 9/7

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Sermon from September 7, Proper 18A 2014
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.09.07 EHB

Once upon a time, there was a Jewish synagogue that had a conflict. And the conflict centered around the SHEMA, the sacred moment in the Hebrew liturgy when the congregation says, “Hear O Israel, the Lord is One God and you shall love the Lord God with all your heart, mind and soul.” There was one group in the synagogue that said, “When we hear the SHEMA, we should stand in respect and reverence. But there was another group that said, “ We should sit in the posture of learning, as a symbol that we are being taught.” These two groups continued to argue about it until one day, the rabbi said, “The only solution to this conflict is to visit Mr. Finkelstein, the oldest living member of the original congregation. Let us go to him and ask him what the practice was when they started this synagogue.” So the rabbi took three standers and three sitters and went to see Mr. Finkelstein. One of the standers said, “Now Mr. Finkelstein, surely when they heard the SHEMA in those early days of the synagogue, you stood. Can you remember? Tell us and help us out of this impasse.” Mr. Finkelstein, said, “I can’t remember.” Then a person representing the sitters said, “Surely when that great moment of instruction came you sat down to hear the SHEMA, “Hear O Israel.”
Mr. Finkelstein said, “I can’t remember.”
Then the rabbi said, “Now Mr. Finkelstein , you’ve got to put your mind to this question. Tell us what it was like in those old traditional days. Members of our congregation are now fighting each other, tearing each other apart. The congregation is divided. “That,” Mr. Finkelstein said,
“I remember.”
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Men’s BBQ, September 7

Please note that the Men’s BBQ is scheduled for Sunday, September 7, 2014
at 5:00 p.m. Please join us for fun and fellowship.
We look forward to seeing you there!

St. John’s Choir

St. John’s Parish Choir begins another year of singing on Wednesday,
September 10, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Our Parish Choir serves weekly at the 10:30 am liturgy, providing music and leadership for that service, but also at special times in the year, like Christmas Eve, Liturgies in Holy Week, Easter and other times. If you are interested in coming, please call (327-1870) or email Randy Knutson (, so we can have music and a choir folder ready for you when you come.

Sermon from 8/31

A Sermon by Elaine Breckenridge
August 28, 2011, Proper 17A 2011
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.08.31 EHB

“Satan get behind me!” I am reminded of the little boy who developed the terrible habit of climbing through a hole in the fence to play in his next door neighbor’s yard. The child was told to stay in his own yard, but you know the neighbor’s yard was just more interesting. Finally the mother said, “Son, the next time you are tempted to disobey me by going into that yard, I want you to say, Satan get behind me!” About an hour later the mother went outside and found her son playing in the neighbor’s yard. Dragging him home, she sat him down in the kitchen and said, “Son, didn’t I tell you what to say when you were tempted to go next door?” “Yes, Mother. I was standing near the hole in the fence, and I so, said, ‘Satan get behind me.’ He did. And he pushed me through the hole into the yard.”
Well, that’s about all I am going to say about this morning’s reading from Matthew. Today, I am departing from my usual practice of preaching on the Gospel. I am turning aside from Satan, Peter, Jesus and the cross to instead join Moses in the desert. Together, let us contemplate the mystery of the burning bush.
This morning’s first reading, the call of Moses is a favorite of mine. And over the years I have tried staging it. Once, during the sermon, I invited all the children to take off their shoes because they were on holy ground. They remained barefoot throughout the whole service, including coming to communion. The children and the adventurous loved it– others not so much. So the next year I made a visual display of the burning bush which sadly caught on fire in the middle of the service. Now that I am older and perhaps wiser, this morning, I shall simply read from a children’s story.
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Sermon from 8/24

The Rev. Jim Stickney
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 16
August 24, 2014
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.08.24 JS

Youth Ministry News

St. John’s is moving forward with its plan to offer two new Christian formation programs for middle and high school youth on Sunday mornings. Both groups will be held following the second service beginning Sunday, September 14. Provided we can get enough volunteers, we plan to provide lunch, or at least a substantial snack every week, at approximately 11:45, before the programs. Both groups will meet together for the meal and then separate into two different age appropriate groupings. Both programs will end at 1:15.
The middle school group (called Rite 13) will meet in the chapel for their program. Carol Foote, Josie Daughrity and Jay and Kathleen Bell have agreed to serve as adult mentors for this program.
The high school group (called J2A) will meet in the Hospitality Room. We will begin with a seven week program featuring confirmation instruction which I will offer, assisted by Deacon Randy Knutson. Steve and Sylvia Augusto have offered to help with this program. It is my hope to find additional adult mentors, as Randy and I cannot lead this program indefinitely.
We need the parish’s support and help for these initiatives. If you can volunteer to be with our teenagers in anyway,
please contact Penny in the church office or Mother Elaine.

Sunday School & Chapel for Children

Mark the date. Children’s Chapel will be held on September 7.
Children’s Chapel will be held the first Sunday of the month,
led by Carol Foote and Josie Daughrity.

The Sunday school program for elementary age school children begins on September 14, (not September 7). Chapel and the class is held during the Liturgy of the Word during the second service. Children begin in church with their parents and then process to their classes during the singing of the Hymn of Praise. They return during the Exchange of the Peace so they can receive communion with their parents. This year the class will continue with the “Connect Program.,” focusing on Jesus and the New Testament.
For more information, contact Penny Wilson in the church office.