Financial Peace University

 Dave Ramsey
Tuesday Evenings at 7:00 p. m.
September 16 – November 11, 2014
St. John’s Church
1055 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi, CA
Contact:  Dee Mayfield at 209-747-7996

Reminders for this week

Monday, August 18-Kitchen Bible Study, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Kitchen

Tuesday, August 19
Morning Prayer, 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Chapel
Yoga for Christians, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Nursery

Wednesday, August 20-Evening Prayer, 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Chapel

Thursday, August 21-Ladies’ Night Out, 5:30 p.m. – Church

Sunday, August 24 – The Rev. Jim Stickney will be our celebrant today
Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Church
St. John’s Bells, August 27, Church

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.

Adult Forum returns on Saunday, September 7

Living the Questions—Coming on Sunday mornings
Held in between the two Sunday morning services in the Hospitality Room, come and enjoy the presentation of a video series called, Living the Questions. LtQ2 features thirty acclaimed scholars, theologians and other experts, who offer presentations on various theological topics which will be followed by discussion. Each session is designed to stand alone, so individuals will certainly gain something from the series even if they cannot attend every session. The 20-
minute video segments include conversations with leading voices of faith, digital stories illustrating aspects of an evolving faith, and concrete spiritual practices and disciplines.
Join us as we seek to explore the future of Christianity and what a meaningful faith can look like in today’s world. Come early to pick up a cup of coffee in the narthex and join us promptly at 9:30. Childcare is provided.

Mexican Fiesta Dinner

Mexican Fiesta
Coming in September we are planning to have a “Mexican Fiesta Dinner” to raise funds for the landscaping and a maintenance fund for the Chapel. There will be a festive dinner, raffle, piñata for kids, music and fun! Look for more information in the following weeks!

Sermon From 8/17

St. John’s Church, Lodi
Tenth Sunday After Pentecost, August 17, 2014
Pastor Jim Stickney
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Listen to this…Sermon 2014.08.17 PJS

Sermon from 8/10

The Rev. John Day
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 14
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.08.10 JD

Sermon from 8/3

The Rev. John Day
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 13
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.08.03 JD

Sermon from 7/27

The Rev. Elaine Brechenridge
July 27, 2014
Proper 12A
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.07.27 EHB

Sermon From 7/20

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 11
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Listen to this….Sermon 2014.07.20 EHB
Once there was man walking through the woods when he came across a strange looking lamp. Hoping that there might be a genie inside the lamp, he picked it up and rubbed it, and, sure enough, out popped a genie who immediately granted him three wishes. “For my first wish,” said man, “I want 5 million dollars deposited into a Swiss Bank Account. Poof, there was a flash of light and the man found himself holding a piece of paper with an account number and directions to the bank. “What is your second wish?” asked the genie. “I’d like a new Ferrari,” said the man. And POOF! A gleaming new Ferrari car suddenly appeared. “And for your third wish?” inquired the genie. The man said “Now, I want to be made irresistible to women.” And POOF! The man was turned into a box of chocolates.
Now what does a genie and a box of chocolates have to do with our readings this morning? Absolutely nothing. I just thought it was important to laugh. How else is one to deal with the end of our Gospel reading this morning– an ending of judgment–complete with a fiery furnace, weeping and gnashing of teeth.
I have never cared for the ending of this passage. Three years ago when this Gospel reading came up, I omitted reading verses 36-43 out loud. The whole passage was printed in the bulletin, but I simply ended the Gospel reading with the words, “Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.” In other words, I kept the words of the original parable but dropped Matthew’s interpretation of the parable of the wheat and the weeds. Matthew’s interpretation?
Most scholars agree that Jesus probably told the parable of the wheat and the weeds. But it is almost certain that Jesus did not interpret it as we heard today, equating weeds with evil people and wheat with good people. That was the work of whoever wrote the Gospel of Matthew. It was written by a church that struggled with issues of both inclusion and excommunication. A church that was deciding its rules for membership.
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