We will be celebrating Independence Day on July 4th and the gifts of freedom that are uniquely found in our nation. Our founders affirmed in the Declaration of Independence that "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." As believers, we find ourselves present during a shift in our Nation and world, where freedom of speech and other liberties are under attack in various ways. The most important thing we can do in this present moment is to live in freedom in every possible way. Secondly, don't be silent in fear, but honor Paul's teaching in Ephesians to "speak the truth in love."
Share These Truths in Love
God loves every person and offers salvation in Jesus (Jn.3:16)
"It is for Freedom Christ has set us free" (Gal.5:1)
Repent & Bring Healing to the Nations (2 Chron.7:14)
The summer months are a great time to update the office calendar and reserve facility space for events and meetings in the fall. For any changes to current meetings and events on the calendar please notify firstname.lastname@example.org.
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St. John’s Buildings & Grounds are up to date and in good shape. Aside from the normal routine maintenance we have had some unexpected air conditioning and plumbing issues. These problems are being addressed and should be completed shortly.
I am working on finding suppliers to renovate and replace the children’s play land. This is taking longer than expected due to the play land area being located within a storm water basin where the capacity and function cannot be altered and must be certified periodically.
Youth Program Director
Our Sunday School program has an exciting Summer Curriculum planned! Our Summer Sunday Funday Curriculum will start in July and continue throughout the summer. Each week we will focus on an important message and connect it with a fun summer craft or hands-on project the children will participate in. Some of our lessons include the following:
-The Seasons Change but God always stays the same – we will be decorating summer tote bags to remind us even though it is summertime God is always with us.
- Focus on Jesus and He will help us soar – we will be making kites to remind us that we can fly high whenever we have Jesus with us.
- God give us Life – we will celebrate God by making bubbles and having a bubble party!
Sunday School will continue to be held during the 10:00am service until further notice. Masks are recommended but not required for all children attending. We hope you can join us! The nursery will also be available for younger children during the 10:00am service.
If you have any questions or would like to stay updated on what is happening in our Sunday school or nursery programs, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
St. John's awarded 10 Collier Charities $210,000 in 2020. One Charity will be in focus each month.
LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF COLLIER COUNTY
Executive Director: Susan Spry
The funding we receive from our generous donors, like St. John’s Episcopal Church, helps many people in our community. We have a number of different programs that serve the non-English speaking community in Collier County. LVCC has a staff of 3 full-time people and 3 part-time people. We run our programs with a dedicated staff of volunteers.
The money we receive will be used to train volunteers, run programs, maintain our workplace and fund administrative costs associated with programming.
Our programs fall into the following broad categories:
*Adult Literacy - Proficiency in English is the goal with one-to-one and group classes in person or on-line. We work with all English levels and help students develop skills and confidence to succeed in careers and participate in the community.
*Family Literacy - Working with Collier County Schools and Head Start, tutors conduct enrichment programs for immigrant families and their pre-K children. The goal of this program is to teach parents to become an integral part of their children’s education by becoming their children’s “at-home” teachers. Parents learn to be “teachers” and children develop their pre-K literacy skills along with receiving a library of books. We conduct this program in-person and on-line.
*Citizenship - Becoming a U.S. citizen is a dream for many. LVCC prepares students for the citizenship test from beginning to end. We hold group classes with dedicated tutors providing support and knowledge, with lots of handholding and cheerleading.
*Workplace Literacy - Tutors help improve workers’ language skills so they can become more effective employees and advance their careers. LVCC works with employers to provide low-level English speakers with incentives for taking advantage of English classes on the job site.
On behalf of the LVCC staff, our Board of Directors, and the many people we serve, please accept our grateful appreciation for your generous gift to our organization.
St. John’s Thrift Shoppe has limited hours through September 30th, 2021. We will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM Mon. to Sat. Tamiami Square. 14700 Tamiami Trail N. Naples, FL 34110. 239-597-9518. www.stjohnsshoppe.com
Still looking for an inspiring graduation gift? Graduate to Greatness; A Life Commencement Message by Andrew James contains words of wisdom beautifully presented. The author uses the letters of the word GREATNESS on which to build this wisdom with biblical truths. Newly gifted to the library and ready for checkout on a first come, first served basis. Also please note: Good News - our library will be open to you on Fridays from 1-4 pm to peruse the collection and borrow material.
Independence Day is at time to remember our freedoms and thank God for them. Let us celebrate today paying tribute to those who fought for our freedom and future.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
Food Bank Challenge response from Harry Chapin Foodbank was widely successful, raising $263,372.70 for a total of $343,373.70 with our grant. Our Challenge Grants encouraged combined giving of $512,767.70 for Harry Chapin and St. Matthew's House, providing food for the hungry in our midst!
Sisters for Life gather Mondays at 5:30 PM in Brewster Hall. Please contact Dee Hayes at 239-784-8759.
Co-Ed Bible Study continues as we study the book of Acts on Tuesday’s from 10 AM to 11:30 AM. We will meet in Brewster Hall. We welcome anyone who would like to join us. Contact Joan McCarthy at 331-625-2196.
Men's Bible Study fellowships on Wednesdays at 7:30 AM in Brewster Hall. Bring your own coffee. Plenty of room to distance. We continue our study of Matthew. Please contact Skip at email@example.com.
Centering Prayer is held Wednesdays 9 AM. For more information please contact Pat Mills at 239-596-8890.
Order of St. Luke gathers Wednesdays at 10 AM in Sugden Hall.
OSL healing prayer continues on Sunday during the service. For healing prayer at any other time, please contact Vickie Bauch at 239-249-0957.
St. John's worship services are Saturday 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM. Join us in person or via live stream!
In observance of Independence Day the office will be closed on Monday (7/5).
Enews deadline is Friday (July 9th).
Life Relaunchwill be at St. John’s on the following dates: Women’s (8/20 -8/21). For more information, contact Susan Uresti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plan your Pilgrimage to the Holy Land June 20-29, 2022. For more information please contact Cathy Latimer at email@example.com.
You are invited to St. John's Potluck on Sunday (7/25) after the 10 AM service. Please sign up today!
59 Minutes to Understanding Advanced Directives
Wednesday, July 22, 2021 / 12:00 PM to 12:59 PM
Ispiri Community Center, 1205 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples FL 34105
Presented by Mark Beland, Community Liaison with Avow.
Five Wishes is an easy-to-use legal advance directive document written in everyday language. It helps all adults, regardless of age or health, to consider and document how they want to be cared for at the end of life. It is America’s most popular living will with more than 30 million copies in circulation. Five Wishes is unique among all other living will and health agent forms because it speaks to all of a person’s needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual. Five Wishes also helps to guide and structure discussions with your family and physician, making conversations easier.
Attend this presentation to get your free copy of Five Wishes and helpful advice on how to fill it out.
If you need a refresher course on how to upload the Instant Church Directory, simply click on the link below and you will see three different pages on how to load the directory. One is for iPhone, iPad and any iOS device. The second is for Android devices. The third is for logging in from a computer.
Shelley, Susann & Ronald, Joanne, Linda, Annabeth, Darren, small businesses, St. John's Parishioners and Families.
Names are kept on the prayer list for 4 weeks unless the office is notified.
Joy in the Morning
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 (KJV)
“I need to speak to you,” my mom told me. “I think you’re old enough to understand it now,” she continued quietly. I was thirteen.
“You are adopted, but we are family. I am your aunt. You and I are blood, but you and your father are not.” Of all the things she could have said, this was the one I least expected.
“Then who are my parents?” I wondered out loud.
“Your real mother’s name is Naomi, and she lives in Queens, New York. Your real father is my brother, your uncle Doyle.” Wow, I’d just thought that I was his favorite nephew. All my life he’d done special things for me. Now I knew that I wasn’t his nephew, I was his son.
“When you’re older, you need to find your real mother and get to know the other side of your family,” Mom said. I promised her I would. “Don’t tell your dad,” she admonished. “He doesn’t want you to know you’re adopted.” He didn’t want any confusion.
My dad was a no-nonsense guy, but I knew I could go to him for anything. Although they were very strict, both my parents always showed me a whole lot of love. They instilled values in me that made me who I am today. I adored them, and they adored me.
I lost Doyle in 2000 and my dad in 2004. As she aged, Mom began to suffer from dementia, so in a way I began to lose her, too.
When I was in my twenties, a half-sister told me that my real mother was dead. When I was in my thirties, an aunt confirmed it. I heard I had a half-brother, but every road I took to find him turned into a dead end.
My wife had a keen interest in ancestry, so when our daughter suggested I buy her a DNA kit for Christmas, I agreed, and I bought myself one as well. Last Thanksgiving, unbeknownst to me, my wife followed my DNA trail and found one of my aunts and one of my cousins.
“I found your family!” she announced excitedly. We gave my cousin a call.
“I’m glad to talk with you,” I told them. “It would have been so nice if I could have gotten to know my mother before she passed away.”
“Aunt Naomi’s not dead,” my cousin said. “She’s in Queens.”
I was astonished.
Within a week, I spoke with my birth mother for the first time. During our conversation, I learned that my brother lives in Palm Coast. We agreed to meet there April 7th. In the intervening months, the two of us exchanged letters, pictures and phone calls. I’d kept my promise to my mom, and I wanted her to know, but she had developed full dementia. How could she possibly understand?
“Did you see her?” Mom asked when I visited her one Sunday. “The lady’s looking for you. You’ll meet. You’ll see her.” No matter how many times I asked, I couldn’t find out who the lady was. Could Mom somehow know I’d found my real mother? Was the lady she was talking about Naomi?
When Mom developed pneumonia, she was put in hospice care. I stayed with her, talking to her through the night before she passed away March 26th. Her wake was April 5th, her funeral April 6th. On April 7th, as we’d planned months before, my wife and I drove to Palm Coast to meet my brother and Naomi.
I buried my mother one day, and I met my mother the next. One chapter closes, another opens through God’s orchestration alone.