For the month of February the Adult Forum, meeting on Sunday mornings at 9:30, will be taking a look at the two New Testament letters addressed to the church at Thessalonica. We will focus on what a faith community of long ago has to say to us, the church today. Hopefully you will be surprised and hopeful as we consider how to live out the Apostle Paul’s teachings as Christian men and women of the 21st century. Please join us beginning this Sunday morning and throughout the month of February as we open our minds and hearts to God’s Word for the living of our days. Meet at 9:30 outside the nursery door.
Cookies and Kisses to Support Compassion/Outreach
Today, Compassion/Outreach is selling their traditional bagged fresh, homemade cookies and chocolate kisses for Valentines. A decorated bag will sell for $5. All monies are used for Outreach projects for our church. Thank you for your support!
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, February 21, from 5 to 7:30, you are invited to come enjoy our annual Pancake Supper! Cost is $8 for guests ages 13 to 64, $6 for seniors and children ages 5 to 12, and no charge for children under 5. If you’re able to help purchase supplies, we have a sign-up sheet on the ministry table with the items needed. We’ll collected donated items by the 19th of February. All donations are greatly appreciated.
Lenten Devotional Guides
You are invited to pick up a copy this year’s Lenten Meditations booklet prior to the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, February 22. The booklet contains devotional material for every day in Lent.
New this year: Lenten Devotional Guide Meditations online!
You can also sign up to receive the daily meditations by email by going to http://www.er-d.org/Lent/.This guide is intended to help us reflect on Jesus’ life of healing and sacrifice and prepare our hearts and minds for the joy of Easter and the call of God to serve the world for the sake of Christ.
Wednesday Evening Suppers in Lent
Wednesday Soup Suppers are scheduled for February 29 and every Wednesday in March. They will begin at 5:30 pm with supper for all. Discussion will begin at 6:00 p.m.; the evening will end with Compline at 7:00 p.m. Childcare will be provided. Our study this Lent will be based on Brian McLaren’s book A New Kind of Christianity. You are invited to purchase the book and read along (it is readily available at Barnes and Noble and online), but you don’t have to have the book to join the study!
Parish Capital Campaign Discernment Conversation
The time has come for St. John’s to look again at the possibility of a capital campaign. Such a campaign would represent the opportunity to significantly restructure our building debt and make our payments easier to manage. The first step is deciding whether to have a campaign. We will begin the decision-making process with a meeting led by our representative from the Episcopal Church Foundation, Sue Fornabai, to discern whether there is sufficient interest, excitement, and engagement on the part of the congregation to go forward with a campaign.
To kick off the discernment process, we will have an all-parish meeting on March 4 after the 10:45 liturgy (around 12:00). A light lunch will be served. The meeting will take no more than an hour and a half, during which Sue Fornabai will facilitate our conversation. She tells us this session has always been fun and enjoyable for the congregations she has worked with in the past.
Please plan to attend the March 4 meeting at noon. Your input is important!
Join the men of St. John’s on Sunday, March 4, at 5 p.m. as they experience great fellowship and food. Sign up is on the ministry table.
Holy Eucharist and High Tea Honoring Juanita Weber
Juanita Weber is retiring as administrator of the diocese. You are invited to a Eucharist and High Tea to honor her service: Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of St. Anne in Stockton (1020 W. Lincoln Rd.). RSVP to Ellen Meyer, 209-576-0104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome New Vestry Members and Delegates
Welcome Kevin Canwell, Richard Cress, Bob Mustain, Jim Reeve, Yvonne Schidlt, and Andee Zetterbaum to St. John’s Vestry. Our newly elected vestry members serve a three-year term with the exception of Yvonne, who will serve the remaining year of an unexpired term. The rector has selected Celisse Johnson to be the next senior warden. At the next vestry meeting on February 28, the vestry will elect junior warden, clerk, and treasurer. Our new slate of delegates includes Elaine Sager, Kathy Bell, John Ledbetter, and Rosemary Cress, with Carol Foote, Celisse Johnson, and Corky Kuykendall as alternates.
New and Retiring Ministers 2011
We are grateful for all who participate in ministry in this parish, and would like to acknowledge new commitments and retirements for 2011. Our thanks go to: Yvonne Schildt, retiring as Eighth Day coordinator; Lisa Wallace, retiring as Wedding Guild coordinator; Frank Pegg, retiring as LEM/LEV (after 54 years of service!); Norman Lithco, retiring as LEM; Linda Harkins, retiring as LEM; Clifton Painter, resigned as Lector, LEV, and webmaster; Julie Buchmiller, retiring from Altar Guild after 40 years; Verna Reinhardt, retiring from Altar Guild; Colleen Walton, retiring from Designer Guild; Jay Hoellworth, retiring as soundboard operator; retiring Office Angels Mary Mustain, Jack Harkins, Vanadeane Brooks, and Marilyn Thompson; new Altar Guild Co-directresses and Wedding Coordinators Peggy Moos and Marilyn Cook; new soundboard operators Scottie Scott, Joe and Taylor Franklin, and Tom Gundershaug; new Eighth Day coordinator Ann Marie Addler; new acolytes Robby Loiacono, Ethan Bronson, Matthew Kafton, Colleen Walton, and Scott Parker; new Office Angels Dee Mayfield and Fran Neiman; new Sunday school teachers Joyce Petrotta, Carol Foote, Ann Marie Addler, and Peggy Moos. (If this list omits any new or retiring ministers for the year 2011, we would be grateful if you would identify them to the church office.)