Monthly Archives: June 2012

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkins are growing! Take a walk to our pumpkin patch to see what’s starting to come up. Last year as part of our Visioning Process, the children of St. John’s expressed a dream to have a pumpkin patch here at St. John’s. That dream is coming to fruition now that the Vestry has approved use of land for that purpose. We plan to open the patch to the community during our Harvest Faire in September. Volunteers to help weed and maintain the patch are very welcome!

Facilities Maintenance Assistance Needed

We are seeking the assistance of a knowledgeable person to help maintain the sprinkler system around the church. Also, we need someone with carpentry skills to do some small jobs around the facility. Volunteers can see Jr. Warden Kevin Canwell or leave a note in his folder in the office, or see Rev. Anne.

Integrity Video, Featuring Our Rector!

Interviews with Fr. Harold as well as our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Chet Talton, and the Rev. Carolyn Woodall, deacon in our diocese, are featured in “Voices of Witness: Out of the Box,” a ground-breaking documentary about the witness of transgender Episcopalians courageously telling their stories of hope, healing and wholeness.

Readings for June 24

For those who would like to preview the lectionary for Sunday, June 24, the scriptures are: Job 38:1-11; Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; and Mark 4:35-41.

[Note: These readings are different from those originally posted here. We have chosen to use the Sunday Propers rather than those for our name saint.]

Coming Events (6/17)

VBS Teacher Orientation, Monday, June 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Parish Picnic, Sunday, June 24, following the 10:45 service
Vacation Bible School, June 25-29, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Soul Kitchen, June 29, 5:00 p.m.
Office Closed, July 4, in observance of Independence Day

Parish Picnic

All are invited: After ten years of faithful giving, campaigns and fundraisers, we have paid off half of our mortgage. It is a wonderful milestone and an accomplishment to be celebrated. To mark this special occasion, your Vestry is hosting a potluck barbecue after the 10:45 service on Sunday, June 24. The theme is “Nifty at Fifty” to highlight the fifty percent or the payment of half of the mortgage. We will provide the barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers. For this event to work, we need the participation of the congregation. By splitting the congregation in half, we are requesting that last names A – L bring salads and last names M – Z bring desserts. We hope you will join us for a well-deserved celebration. Please sign up on the Ministry Table if you plan to attend; this will help us know how many to prepare for.

Photographers! If you will be present at the potluck next Sunday, please bring along your cameras and help us create a photographic record of the event. Send your pictures by email to the office for inclusion in the parish newsletter and on our website. Thank you!

Parish Picnic Basket Raffle: At the potluck, we will raffle off a beautiful large hand-woven Longaberger picnic basket with stand and protector, with a depiction of the church and chapel buildings hand-painted on the lid. The basket will be filled with lovely picnic items, all donated by friends of St. John’s: a cotton throw, an apron, cookbooks, wine, and more. Proceeds will be split 50/50—half to the building fund, half to landscaping the grounds. Tickets are available today and next week for $5 each, or 6 for $25.

Sierra Service Project Thank-You

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Sierra Service Project fundraising effort during the past two months. Thanks to your donations, we have raised almost $1,000, an incredible show of support. We ask that you continue to pray during the coming weeks for Claire Augusto, Steve Augusto, and Josie Daughrity as they prepare to go on this service trip, which will be the week of July 8.

New Treasurer Elected

On Tuesday, June 12, at its regular meeting, the vestry accepted the resignation of Scott Parker from the position of parish treasurer. Scott is resigning so that he can spend more time with his family, especially in the precious evening hours each week. The vestry also elected Dee Mayfield to the position of treasurer. Dee has been working with Scott and with Edyth Ledbetter over the past few months to learn the ropes. We thank Scott again for his service and welcome and thank Dee for joining the team.

Thank You, Gardeners!

Thanks to all who helped in the garden Saturday with laying drip line and with planting. Thanks also to Greg and Penny Wilson for summer starts of tomato, basil, peppers, and various melons and squashes and additional seed plantings of cucumber, squash, and beans;  Rich Shook for helping get and set up the drip system on a timer; Chad Beckman, Jacki Shaw’s nephew and Charlyn Lauchland’s grandson, for bringing his tractor out and disking – we now have plantable area; Amy Gomes and Matt Bronson from the NRCS (Natural Resources and Conservation Service) for native grasses and perennial flowers for the perimeter of the garden, and other seedlings and starts. If you would like to help, please sign up with Aleathea Langone: individuals and teams to water and weed are wanted!

Adult Forum–I Peter

This month we are studying the New Testament book of 1 Peter. Bring your Bibles and a notebook and join leader Jeannie Canwell outside the nursery door at 9:30 every Sunday.