“Regarding the Scouting program at St. John’s. . . we are most fortunate to have an old, old scouting program here in the parish – if not the oldest, one of the oldest in Canandaigua. The leadership has long included Bill Haizlip, a man of great integrity and honesty. He is an excellent leader and would never allow any kind of scandal or “secrets” to happen within the program. We have had any number of discussions about the predator issues and I am confident that all is well within our program. I am truly sad about the recent news of the filing for bankruptcy by the larger organization, which relates to paying claims, mostly from earlier times, to those who have filed suits for abuse. It is an atrocity not only for Scouting, but for many faith denominations as well. And while the Episcopal Church has not been immune, we have taken measures to avoid and “fix” many of the challenges of abuse, and thus, had many fewer issues with which to deal. I believe the Scouts have as well with their training and safety programs. Transparency is key for every program that works with children and youth, as is valid training in abuse and impropriety. We will continue to be vigilant in our program and I thank Bill and his leaders for all they do to keep our Scouts safe and protected from harm. David+”
At the Vestry meeting on Sunday, members introduced themselves (since some are new!) and shared something no one else would necessarily know about them. It was fascinating! The Treasurer’s Reports were reviewed and passed pending audit, and the most recent endowment report was shared. (We currently have just over $1,425,000.) After an excellent audio/visual presentation, an intense discussion regarding the tower issues ensued and the Vestry voted, upon the recommendation of the Junior Warden, John Taylor, to spend $37,000 for the next phase of repair of the east side of the tower. $6,000 of that will come from the accrued “tower fund” with the rest is to be taken from the endowment. The Vestry also voted to spend $3,000 (from Memorial funds) to replace the side door leading to the garden. A complete replacement of the 1967 installation is necessary for both security and because it has completely separated from the frame and we are wasting energy through it. Then, Debbie Cole-Wenderlich reviewed Family Promise and Outreach activities. The meeting ended at 1:30. Meeting notes are always available in the bookcase in the reception area. Speaking of Family Promise, on Friday they will be at full capacity . . . proof that the need is great while the resources in Ontario County are limited. If you are interested in volunteering for the program, please talk with Debbie Cole-Wenderlich.
There are lots of closings in the community, suddenly. Our own David Morse, owner of Olde Country Picture Framers, will accept his last framing jobs on Friday and will close completely in March. As David has noted, it’s time for retirement and some personal enjoyment time. We will miss his stunning creations and his artistic eye. “Wink,” in the Ryan’s plaza, which offered many photographic and visual services and which we frequented for a variety of projects is, apparently, already out of business, sadly, and the Inn on the Main B & B, directly across from the church, run by our friends Guy and Jaynee Straw, is up for sale. They too have decided it’s time for a break from the daily routine. We’ve housed a number of guests of the parish there. So, hail and farewell, all!
Sunday will be the last Sunday of the Epiphany season. Next Wednesday will begin the season of Lent and we will celebrate the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist both at noon and 7 p.m. Lenten meditation booklets are available on the table right outside of the Parish Office. The Lenten Book Study will begin on Wednesday, March 4 at 6 p.m. In addition, the Stations of the Cross will be laid out for the entirety of the season for you personal meditation and prayer.
Join the Women of St. John’s for Movie Night on Sunday, March 8 @ 4 p.m.This winter’s offering is “Chocolat” starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche.It is a wonderful story and it all centers around . . . chocolate!Bring something to share and your favorite beverage and join the womenfor a night of relaxation and fun. Need more info? Call Grace @ 394-6172.Our chocolate fountain will make its debut that evening!!