Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ or Lord. Amen.
Father Zeb Treloar
I am so excited about all that is happening at St. John’s, indoors, outdoors, and online. Thanks to gracious donations, we have a new video system in our nave and a new portable audio system has been ordered for activities and worship in the garden. We’ve been working on the new video system the past few weeks, and it is up and running. With this set up, we are no longer reliant on people’s cellphones for recording the Sunday worship service, and are able to livestream simultaneously to Facebook and our YouTube channel, so those who worship online can choose which platform works best for them. The audio system will hopefully be ready for All Saint’s Day on Nov. 7th, and we look forward to hearing better in the garden space.
We also have some fun worship opportunities coming up!
October 10th is also our Blessing of the Animals! We will have a brief service with blessing at 3:00 in the Memorial Garden. We will also have a drive through option as well from 3:45-4:15. The Memorial Garden committee is planning to hand out dog and cat treats, as well as special tags that say, “I am loved by St. John’s Episcopal Church!”
October 31stis both a Sunday and Halloween! You are invited to wear your costume to worship, and we will have some special treats for the kids after the service. At 7:30 pm, we will have a candle lit All Hallow’s Eve Service in the Memorial Garden.
We will begin our stewardship season on October 10th, considering the theme Growing Together: Planting Seeds for the Future. As in the past, we will have people from our congregation share about St. John’s during worship and you’ll soon get information in the mail, inviting you to give to this great community. I hope you will consider giving to this place that means so much to so many. We truly change lives here at St. John’s!
Your Sibling in Christ,
Q. What are Eucharistic Visitors and Eucharistic Ministers?
A. Prior to the 2003 General Convention of the Episcopal Church, lay persons were licensed by the bishop of each diocese to administer the consecrated elements of the Eucharist either by assisting at the service or by taking the sacrament from a Sunday Eucharist or other principal celebration of the Eucharist to share it with members of the congregation who were unable to be present at the celebration because of illness or infirmity. These individuals were licensed as Lay Eucharistic Ministers for either or both ministries.
During the 2003 General Convention, the term Lay Eucharistic Minister was eliminated, and separate titles were designated for those individuals administering the consecrated elements in the service and those taking the sacrament to the ill or infirm. Titles were changed so as not to imply that they are lesser forms of ministry than the ordained ministries of deacons, priests and bishops.
A Eucharistic Minister is “a lay person authorized to administer the Consecrated Elements at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist. A Eucharistic Minister should normally act under the direction of a Deacon, if any, or otherwise the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith” (Canons, 2003). At St. John’s, the Eucharistic Ministers are the individuals that you see bearing the chalice at the Sunday Eucharist. Some of the Eucharistic Ministers are also Eucharistic Visitors.
A Eucharistic Visitor is “a lay person authorized to take the Consecrated Elements in a timely manner following a Celebration of Holy Eucharist to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, were unable to be present at the Celebration. A Eucharistic Visitor should normally act under the direction of a Deacon, if any, or otherwise, the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith” (Canons, 2003). This ministry is meant to connect homebound or hospitalized parishioners with the congregation attending the service in the church. Therefore, Communion administered by Eucharistic Visitors should consist of the elements consecrated that same day in the presence of the visitor. When the Eucharistic Visitors reach their destination(s), they use the service for “Distribution of Holy Communion” found in the Book of Occasional Services. This service instructs the visitors to use the Propers of the day and to summarize the sermon that was preached that day. The selection of Eucharistic Visitors is based on their demonstrated gifts of pastoral sensitivity to others and their abilities in reading, speaking and praying with others. Persons called to this ministry may serve also as Eucharistic Ministers. Eucharistic Visitors are not meant to substitute for visits by clergy of the parish.
Both Eucharistic Ministers and Eucharistic Visitors must be confirmed communicants in good standing. “Requirements for the selection, training, continuing education, and deployment of such persons, and the duration of service of such persons shall be established by the bishop granting the license” (Canons, 2003). Guidance in the handling of consecrated elements and direction regarding the recording of the Communion is the responsibility of the parish clergy. Eucharistic Ministers and Eucharistic Visitors must also complete Safeguarding requirements before they may serve.
Sources: Armentrout, D.S. & Slocum, R.B. (2000). An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church. New York: Church Publishing Corporation.; The Archives of the Episcopal Church. (2003) Constitutions and Canons of the Episcopal Church. New York: Church Publishing Corporation.
The Ven. Rose Bogal-Allbritten, Deacon
Toddler Time - Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:00
Toddlers will meet outdoors with masks next to the playground with Father Zeb. They will pray together, share a story, and play.
Godly Play 1 - Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:00
Grades Kindergarten through 5
We will meet outdoors with masks in the grassy area between the nave and the memorial garden.
Godly Play 2 - Wednesdays 6:30 - 7:00
Grades 6 - 8
We will meet outdoors with masks in the grassy area between the nave and the memorial garden.
A note to parents about Godly Play:
I am modifying Godly Play again for this school year. Ideally we would meet in a Godly Play classroom where we could build a circle, share a story and wondering questions, have some work time and a feast. But in these times we need to meet outdoors. My goal is for the kids to gather in a circle for community and fellowship. I will share a story and wondering questions. We will close with conversation and prayer. I will have a parent sheet for the story each week for your reference. I love being a Godly Play story teller and I am happy to answer any of your questions or concerns. Angie 270-350-2833
Journey to Adulthood
Grades 9 - 12
Time and date to be determined
Adult Forum - Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:00
Adult Forum is hybrid, with both in-person and Zoom options. In person classes are held in the parish hall. They are listening to a lecture series from Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson on The Apostle Paul, exploring the complexity of the one Dr. Johnson calls “An Apostle Admired and Despised”.
*Please note there will be no Godly Play classes on October 6th due to Fall Break.
There are upcoming blood drives at St. John's in the New Parish Hall from 11am-4pm. You can pre-register for your donation appointment here.
Schedule Yourself and a Friend a time to donate.
Future drives that are available at St. John's
November 18th December 2nd January 13th March 10th
Memorial Garden News
We had a good first workday in August and have been hard at work on our committee. Here are some results.
First, we’re making progress on our garden electrical situation, thanks to John Hart’s previous knowledge about the electrical lines going to the garden. Thanks to John, our old, dilapidated greenhouse electrical unit was de-activated and readied to be dismantled (no more live wires!). This is good news because now we can go ahead with plans for a new electrical post to be installed toward the back of the garden for any lighting needs. A big thank you to Colleen Anderson for single-handedly removing the giant garlands of poison ivy that had been growing on the older installation during our work day—a brave person! She prevailed and is now working with an electrician to see about getting a new unit.
I’m sure many of you have noticed we have two new benches installed in the garden in the circle around the mound. They are the work of David Mikulcik’s son Martin and his friend Eric, who made them and installed them. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have two strong young men helping us—not to mention they’ve made a very good garden product! This is a big advantage in a woodland garden with boulders, trees, and at last nine benches. We are fortunate to have them working with David in the garden. Of course, David continues to be a huge source of general garden lore as well as specific plant and soil knowledge. He owns a unique local nursery and was with the garden from the beginning in 1995. I’m glad Father Zeb got a chance to meet and work with him for a day last month.
Many thanks to John and Sharon Hart for cleaning out the reservoir under the water basin, so that the water can run again and make that lovely sound we all love to hear. Thanks to everyone who came to our recent work day and contributed to sprucing up a particular corner of the garden. We will have a general workday once a month with David M until winter, so come sometime and try it out! You can choose a specific area you’d like to tend, and maybe—like some of us—you will even come on your own time to see how your part of the garden is coming along.
Stay tuned for news about our Blessing of the Animals event on October 10th!
Whether you want to be added to the church directory, or you are already in it and would like to update your information then this is for you.
Either scan the QR code or click here to fill out the quick and easy Google Form with your contact information. The Parish Admin will update the directory regularly as updates come in.
St. John’s Front Garden News
You may have noticed a new look in front of St. John’s old parish hall, facing Main Street. Thanks to Marion Bradtke and Barbara Wysock—with special help from Susan Brown—this area has been transformed. Some new additions are two red-blooming hydrangeas, a beautiful Rose of Sharon, and two new chrysanthemums for plenty of bright blooms during fall days. We still have a healthy azalea and a rose bush that has been growing new shoots since it had a pruning a few weeks ago. Try out the steps leading to a bench and enjoy the view. Many thanks to this volunteer crew for working in the heat of August to make these improvements and for taking care of the new plants!
We are so pleased that you have noted and approve of the renewal of the little garden in front of the church. Your kind words kept us going in the heat of August. There are a couple of people who have earned our thanks: Susan Brown, who toiled and sweated along with us and Wade Rogers for the heavy lifting (so many bags of mulch!) Thanks also to Ed Cyzewski who added the grace note of the cedar cross. Peace, Marion and Barbara
Buildings and Grounds Report!
By Erika Mehta
Because of the pandemic, the last year or so has had our church campus in a sort of sleepy survival mode, with virtual services and safety measures keeping us from being on and around the church. Well, if you've happened to swing by St. John's lately, you may have noticed some beautiful new signs of life around the property! There are many people to thank profusely for this great amount of generous, hard work. John and Sharon Hart have gotten the lovely water feature working again, adding a lovely peaceful feeling to the Memorial Garden. John has also done some much needed electrical work around the main building. You can now see us at night! He has also created a "mission control station" for streaming our services complete with screen monitors, cameras and sound equipment. Janice Morgan and the Memorial Garden committee have been working hard to spruce up our treasured space. Barbara Wysock and Marion Bradtke worked many hours to beautify the garden on the Main St. side of our church. It looks amazing. Thank you, ladies! Ed Cyzewski has built a beautiful cross for out front as well. Special thanks also go to Wade Rogers and Susan Brown for their hard work!
I invite everyone to please check out the "to-do" list for our church which is posted and updated on our website. You can find it under the "Parishioners" tab or click here to access it directly. https://trello.com/b/znrbsINi/work-list ; These are projects that need to get done around our church campus. I realize that not everyone is able to physically help out on some or all of these tasks. We are all so busy this time of year. If I you are so inclined, you can give a monetary gift to help complete a task as well. Your time or donation to help out with these much needed projects would be so appreciated and help keep our property in good working order and prevent major expenses in the future.
We are all anxiously waiting for a time when it will be safe for our church family to gather again "like normal" for services and fun parish activities. It is my goal to have our properties in great working order, ready for that much anticipated time!
If you are interested in helping out with buildings and grounds projects, big or small, with your time or donations, please contact me!
Our current playground is both in need of major repairs and quite small for the number of children in our congregation. Since the playground is also used by children in the community and serves as an activity hub for church events, outreach ministries, and outside groups, having a safe and adequate playground is a top priority.
A group of parents at St. John’s have already donated the funds necessary to replace the current playset and have funded an additional set of swings. We are offering the rest of the congregation an opportunity to donate toward this project.
Raising an additional $1,000 would cover the cost of adding gravel and an expanded border to accommodate the new swing set.
You can make a donation via Easy Tithe under the “Playground” fund option or send a check to the church office designated Playground fund.
Thank you for your consideration!
August, September, October Edition
Forward Day By Day's Now Available
Copies of Forward Day by Day's Daily Devotionals are available in the old parish hall for pick up. If you would rather have a copy mailed to you please contact Janie at the office and she will make sure a copy gets to you.
Special Collection for the Discretionary Funds of the Rector and Deacon
During the month of October, our monthly special collection will be designated for the Discretionary Funds of the Rector and Deacon. The discretionary funds are used by the rector and deacon to assist individuals in our community who are having a difficult time paying for rent, utilities, gas to get to medical appointments, etc. The people requesting assistance are referred to St. John’s by community agencies such as Hope Calloway, Need Line and the Family Resource Centers. Funds are needed since both the discretionary accounts are very low at this time. Checks should be made out to St. John’s Episcopal Church with Discretionary Funds in the memo line. If you would like to donate online, St. John’s Easy Tithe will have a Discretionary Funds option during the month of October.
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