Annual Meeting, Sunday, January 25 – One Service @ 9:00 a.m.

There will be only one church service on
Sunday, January 25 at 9:00 a.m.
The Annual meeting will begin at 10:15 a.m.
with a church pot luck luncheon to follow.

Reminders for this week

Monday, January 19
Bible Study, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Kitchen

Tuesday, January 20
Morning Prayer, 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Chapel
Yoga, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Nursery
Good Grief, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Chapel

Wednesday, January 21
Choristers, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Church
Choir Practice, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Church

Sunday, January 25 – One Service Only 9:00 a.m. – No Youth Group Class or lunch today.
Holy Eucharist, 9:00 a.m., Church
Annual Meeting, 10:15 a.m., Church
All Parish Potluck Luncheon, following meeting, Narthex
St. Johns Bell’s rehearsal, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 27
Morning Prayer, 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Chapel
Yoga, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Nursery
Good Grief, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Chapel

Wednesday, January 28
Choristers, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Church
Choir Practice, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Church

Friday, January 30
Soul Kitchen Dinner, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Narthex & Kitchen

Sunday, February 1
Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Church
Youth Group Classes & Luncheon, 11:45 a.m. – 1:10 p.m., Hospitality Room & Chapel
St. John’s Bell Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Church

Bake Sale, Sunday, January 11

Bring your wallet to both coffee hours on Sunday, January 11th. Josie Daughrity will be offering a bake sale as a way of raising funds for her ordination process. Josie is an aspirant for the diaconate in this Diocese and needs parish support to begin her process. See the newsletter and future bulletins for more information. Please do consider helping Josie respond to this calling. -EHB+

Soul Kitchen, Friday, January 30

We are starting back up with our monthly Community Dinner being served from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the last Friday of every month. This is a free dinner and ALL ARE WELCOME AT OUR TABLE.

Sermon from 12/14

The Rev. Elaine Breckenridge
Advent 3B 2014
December 14, 2014

Are you ready? It’s the one time of year when people seem to have permission to ask this question. “Are you ready for Christmas?” And I always marvel when I hear people, even before the Thanksgiving holiday, say things like, “Yes, the tree is up, cards are ready to mail, gifts almost wrapped.”
Am I ready for Christmas? Well it depends on what you mean. I will be honest, I am not very good, nor really that interested, in the celebration of a Hallmark Christmas. Heck, I have not even opened up one box of decorations yet. But if you mean– are you ready for Christmas, on a psycho/spiritual level, then I am on board. I may not be prepared for Christmas, but I am ready. I long for a birth. I long for the in-breaking of the kingdom, for a light at the end of a dark tunnel. I long for all who sit in darkness to be present to the coming light.
For many of us, the dawning light of Advent and Christmas is illusive. I know many people who if not dreading the holidays, they at least merely cope with getting through them. Many of us are reminded of painful losses during this time. In our own congregation we have attended many burials this fall. And while those deaths have left several vacancies in our pews, think of the gaps that will be felt this coming holiday in the lives and families of their loved ones. Light for many is a gift longed for but not yet realized.
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Office Closed

The church office will be closed Thursday, December 25 through Monday, January 4. Emergencies can be left on the church answering machine as the machine will be checked daily.

The Arts presents…A Prayer for Peace with Eugene Frisen

On December 31st, New Year’s Eve, at 7:00 p.m. the Arts at St. John’s will present “A Prayer for Peace”, an evening with cellist Eugene Friesen. More information on Friesen can be found online at: Tickets will be $20 at the door.

What comes after Christmas? Epiphany of Course!

On Sunday, January 4 at both services we will hear the “three kings Gospel” and sing accompanying carols. On Tuesday, January 6, at 7:00 p.m. a Eucharist called, “Manifesting Divinity” will be offered. This alternative service for the Feast of the Epiphany will begin in darkness and feature handheld candles.

The Arts at St. John’s & Music Teachers’ Assn. presents:

Young Artist Guild Recital featuring pianist Tayler Hayford on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 for general admission, $15.00/family. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

Sermon from 12/7

The. Rev. Elaine Breckenridge
December 7, 2014
Advent 2B 2014

Prepare the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight. Thinking about the word path brought an experience to mind this past week. Right before I moved to Lodi, I went to a doctor’s office for a routine checkup, only to find out that the doctor had re-located the office. Of course I was running on time, which meant I was going to be late trying to get to the new location. But I was only across the street from the new location. Walking would be faster than driving. All I had to do was to descend a little hill to get to the sidewalk and then cross the street. So I set off but soon realized that there was no path on this little hill. Instead I found myself trying to walk through a thick ground cover of juniper bushes. It was not the best plan. But I carried on, slipping, getting filthy and praying that I was not damaging the plants too much. A week later, I again returned to the first clinic for a different appointment. After I parked the car, I noticed a new sign on top of the very hill that I had traversed the week before which read “This is not a path.”
This is not a path. Hmn. I thought to myself, I wish that sign had been there the previous week. I would have repented. That is, I would have turned around and found another way to get to the doctor’s new office.
This is not a path. What a useful sign that is. If only we could get such direct messages about our own faith journeys. Often we seek God’s guidance, looking for direction for our own spiritual paths. As we stand at a fork in the road, it would be helpful to get more direction from on high that at least said, “Hello, there, that is not the path for you.” But often times, we only discover the wrong path because we have actually taken it. At other times, life forces us to take path we would have never chosen for ourselves. And it’s usually not been the easy road, the smooth and straight path. Taking the wrong path either by choice or not can lead one into exile.

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Christmas Season Celebrations

Christmas Eve, December 24
5:30 p.m. Pageant & Eucharist
9:45 p.m. Musical Prelude
10:00 p.m. Festival Eucharist

Christmas Day, December 25
10:00 a.m. Carols and Eucharist

First Sunday after Christmas, December 28
10:00 a.m. Baptism and Eucharist

Sunday, January 4
8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Epiphany Sunday Observed

Tuesday, January 6
7:00 p.m. Manifesting Divinity
A Celtic Celebration for Epiphany