Monthly Archives: October 2013

Capital Campaign Case Statement

Our History
In December 2000, St. John’s celebrated the
completion of our current church building—
one that, at last, was large enough to hold
all of us, to support us in glorious worship,
and allow us to continue to grow. It was the
culmination of many years of dreaming,
praying, working… of many people stepping
out in faith, to commit to our future, to
commit to generations yet to come.
See our flyer here… Case-LodiCAStJohnsFinal

St. John’s Freecycle

Launched with the intention of us all helping each other and keeping perfectly useable items out of landfills. How it works:  If you have something you no longer need and think someone from our church family could use it, please post a description of that item here.  You may also post “wants” here, if you are looking for something.  Please check the board regularly to see if someone is looking for something you might be able to provide. These can be tangible items as well as services.  If you have any questions you may contact Kimberly Kinser at the church office.

Readings for 10/27

For those who would like to preview the lectionary for Sunday, October 27,  the scriptures are:  Joel 2:23-32; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Psalm 65 and  Luke 18:9-14

PRIDE

Our next scheduled date to beautify our church grounds will be Saturday, October 26th beginning at 8:30am.  There are a number of areas that need to be tackled including – trimming hedges (bring hedge trimmers; rakes; brooms; plastic bags for clippings; and if have portable generator, this too is needed); bring Round-up for weed killing; bring WD-40 for sprinkler heads sticking up; and brooms for general tidying up.  A wonderful opportunity to care for the building and grounds we love.

Convention Choir

Eucharist at 9:30 am on Saturday, Oct. 26. All of us are invited to that Eucharist and they are in need of singers to join together to form a choir singing that morning. Practice will be from 9:00 am – 9:30 am and the group will be singing John Rutter’s “Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace”. If you would like to see the music or sing at this event, contact Randy Knutson on Sunday, during the week at the church office.

All Saints’ Sunday and the Commemoration of All Souls

This year we will celebrate All Saints’ Day at our Sunday morning liturgies on November 3.  The children of St. John’s have embellished our All Souls’ Memorial Banner with the names of the departed, and during the prayers we will also chant the names of those who have died.  If you would like to include a family member, friend, mentor, or other loved one, please list that person’s name on the sheet on the Ministry Table.

Readings for 10/13

For those who would like to preview the lectionary for Sunday, October 13,  the scriptures are: Jeremiah 29:1,4-7; Psalm 66:1-11; 2 Timothy 2:8-15 and Luke 17:11-19

Choristers

One more musical opportunity will begin this month. Choristers, (music for grades 1-6; singing and playing instruments) will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 4-5 p.m. We hoped to have  Choristers fully functioning by the end of September, but ongoing commitments and then the two week school break got in the way. So we will being in earnest on October 16 and work from there, preparing to sing late October or early November and to start to prepare for Advent and Christmas events. We would like any members of the parish who have children in these grades to join us or give me a call; we really need more members! And what we are providing is free music lessons; a free opportunity to try out music and learn in a intimate, open situation. Choristers includes access to some great songs, hymns and musical treasures. Children in Choristers sing, but also learn to play handbells, Orff (tone bar instruments) Instruments and learn the basics of reading music. And it is all free! All that is required is attendance as we rehearse and then sharing our gifts on a Sunday parents and kids all agree to. Call Randy Knutson at the church office.

Capital Campaign Survey

We need your input:  Is this the right time to carry out a capital campaign, to substantially pay down our mortgage?  You’ll be getting a survey in October inviting you to participate in making this decision.  To keep all responses fully confidential, we’ve asked the Episcopal Church Foundation to carry out the survey for us.  Your Vestry is wholeheartedly behind the idea of carrying out a capital campaign in the near future, but only if there is support for the campaign, to pay down the debt, will leadership proceed.  The results from you, The Voice of the Parish, will give guidance to leadership to move forward!

Would You Like to Acolyte?

We want to invite children 9 years old or older and adults who are interested in being more involved and engaged in worship by participating as an acolyte? Please contact Stacey Robles Bagnasco or the Church office.