Announcements, Wednesday – April 21, 2021

The Vestry met on Sunday after the 9 a.m. liturgy. Minutes were reviewed and approved as were the financials for the parish and Gleaners – pending audit. Craig Munger, our Treasurer, tells us all is well for the moment.

The Rector talked about his recovery (evolving nicely!) and discussed the upcoming Confirmation class. 

There was a calm discussion regarding keeping the church open going forward. The Vestry decided that we will stay open, monitoring the numbers daily and following the advice of Ontario County and other agencies.

Senior Warden, Debbie Cole-Wenderlich reported on the Outreach Committee’s most recent activity and shared that Family Promise is holding a training session for support congregations. Anyone interested should talk with Debbie.

John Taylor talked about the effort to restore the bell tower and Suzanne Blatchfordreviewed where we are with the retaining wall. Both projects are on-going. The next meeting is to be determined since the bishop will be with us on May 16.


The Rector was able to visit with Pat Perkins at The Pines @ M.M. Ewing Care Center on Tuesday morning. Although visiting is not allowed generally, the center has opened up to spiritual care visits. Pat looks great and says she is feeling AOK. She says the staff there is wonderful to her and the food is “passable.” She sends her love to all the people of the parish and said to tell you she misses you all.


So, apparently some folks were rattled by the inconsistency of the Psalm as read vs. the Psalm in the BCP on Sunday past. Fear not for the future, people! We will be using the BCP authorized versions from here on out.


Our tower bell is now officially out of commission for the next three months, at least. The good folks at the Verdin Bell Company came in on Tuesday and removed the parts that need replaced and will re-mold them and replace all the parts that were “falling apart,” if you will. The original clapper will become part of our historical archive!


Do you want to give flowers or a candle in memory or in honour of someone? Now that we’re back in the building for worship, you can do that so easily! Just take a form from the table in front of the office, fill it out, and drop it in the basket right there. (Don’t forget to send in your check or cash at some point!). Flowers are $40 for two vases and the Sanctuary candle is $5. If we don’t have flower donations, we will continue with the potted plants on the altar.


Congratulations to DR. Michelle Wenderlich, who was granted her Ph.D. recently after years of dedicated study and research. Michelle is one of the trio of talented and socially-conscious daughters of Mark and Debbie Cole-Wenderlich.


Michael Dudley would like to thank all who sent a card, made a call or visit, or contributed to the Ice Cream Gift Card Extravaganza! He had a very memorable birthday and is grateful to each and every one of you. 80 isn’t seeming so bad suddenly.


The Gleaners Community Kitchen Garden has come back from the long winter respite, with the tomato house up and the soil being tilled. We are grateful for the efforts of Lou Bliss and her team for, once again, getting this going.


Please submit your long and short term prayer requests to Linda Mayton and she will be certain they get where they need to be.


The Forward Day By Day booklets for May – July are in. Please phone or email Linda Mayton if you desire a copy.

Holy Week – April , 2020

     There are no services at the church until further notice. However you can join in to the services for Holy Week at the National Cathedral in Washington.

See below for details.

 

We are counting down the days until Palm Sunday and Holy Week.  I’ve been in discussions with other clergy, our bishop, and my “theologian brother.”  Here’s what it comes down to . . we simply cannot do what we would normally do and no week is more important in our spiritual lives than this.  It has to have a liturgical integrity that we cannot accomplish this year due to the Coronavirus.  So, in light of that, I am suggesting to each of you that you “plug in” to the services on the web at the National Cathedral.  The link is here:                                                                          https://cathedral.org/lent/        
When you click on the link, there will be an immediate connection and the services should show and flow nicely.
The services are as follows: 

Palm Sunday will livestream at 11:15 a.m.

Maundy Thursday will livestream at 7 p.m.

What we refer to as the Night Watch will livestream (with prayer and meditation resources) between 9 p.m. and midnight.

Good Friday services include Morning Prayer at 10 a.m., the Solemn Liturgy at noon, and Compline at 7 p.m.

The Easter Vigil will livestream at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Easter Day the service will livestream at 11:15.


You can watch as much or as little as you desire, but as I always tell you, experiencing the whole of Holy Week is a life-changing experience.  You will understand so much more of the life of Christ by going through it liturgy by liturgy.  You will not regret tuning into the National Cathedral, either.  Their services are extraordinary as you may know.  I’m sorry for all of this and sad for the loss of our own community celebration, but I suspect the next celebration will be even more meaningful and spirit-filled.



Christmas Eve 2019

Advent 2019

Although the weather outside was frightful, Advent I at St. John’s was delightful . . . Ellery Barg and her dad lighting the first Advent candle, while her sister, Audrey gave the reading.