Here’s the COVID tracker website:

Please note: The risk in Ontario County, as it relates to COVID, has been lowered to “medium.” Therefore, with the onset of summer, a reduction of our numbers, and our ability to open all the windows and doors, we are dropping the mask requirement, at least for now. You are encouraged to do what you believe is best for you.

We will continue monitoring numbers in the region daily. If you have concerns, please see Fr. David.




Related to a recent homily and in light of the overwhelming gun violence occurring all over America, here are some resources to get you going in your own contact/letter/email/phone campaigns. ” And if you want one of the legislator lists, please let the office folks know.  Moms Demand Action, formed after Newtown  James Brady Foundation Gabby Giffords foundation- this site has a lot of simple useful data to support the cause started by parents of Sandy Hook victims; education and prevention emphasis centered on policy changes, bringing public pressure to politicians and corporations, “regulate the industry, invest in communities, raise firearm standards” main ideas


Regarding the surveys that were sent out last week. We’re not expecting them back until July 15, so if you wish to wait until you’ve experienced a more “contemplative service,” which will be on July 3rd, please do!

The St. John’s Parish Art Show is on! We have 8 artists in many mediums willing to share their work with us and the larger community. We’re planning to open to the public from 4 – 6 on Friday evening, July 15, and then from 6:30 – 8 p.m. there will be a private viewing for parishioners and friends with wine and cheese. We’re hoping all the artists can be there in person. Then, on Saturday, July 16, the exhibit will be open to the public from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please come out and share the beauty of the works our parish artists have created. This is a very gifted and talented group of folks!

The Vestry met on Sunday for a brief bit of time. Minutes were passed, correspondence shared and the Treasurer’s Report was passed for the parish and Gleaners, pending audit. There was a discussion of pledging and Fr. David noted that quarterly statements are coming out at the end of June and that may remind folks to update their giving. If not, reminders will be sent. There was also a discussion of security in light of the shootings at the Episcopal Church in Vestavia, Alabama last week.  The Vestry approved giving Parish Administrator, Linda Mayton, 4 more hours a week (1/2 hour/day) beginning July 1, and Fr. David asked Elaine Walker if she would coordinate the Episcopal Night at Frontier Field group for this year. (We’ll have SJEC T-shirts available for purchase.) Warden, John Taylor, discussed some of the ongoing tower issues and bids, and Fr. David talked about General Convention in Baltimore and why it was reduced to four days from two weeks and the ramifications of that. The meeting adjourned at 11:50.

Mark your calendars for Friday, July 29 @ 7:05 p.m. That’s Episcopal Night at Frontier Field for the Red Wings game this year. We have always had a small but faithful group and we hope to have one again this year. The Wings are playing the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Rail Riders that night. Elaine Walker is coordinating our group!!

As you may know, the Campbell family are pulling up roots and moving to Philadelphia. There has already been a sale of their furnishings and household goods with most of what they will want and need moved over a period of weeks, and the house is on the market. The good news is that Libby intends to return regularly as her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren are still living in Bloomfield. We wish them well in this new transition and are delighted that this isn’t “goodbye” – just “see you later!”

Plans for Summer 2022 are going full-tilt!! Here’s what we have so far…

+ July 15 & 16 – SJEC Art Show

+ July 24 – The Great SJEC Retirement Event (for Ruth Dainty, Tom Carter, and Melva Brady) More info to come . . .

+ August 14 – The Annual SJEC Croquet Tournament

+ August 28 – “Beach Blanket Pool Party” at Pecks

+ September 11 – Onanda Celebration

+ September 18 – Bishop Steve Lane visits

We need to continue collecting empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls for Lollipop FarmThey’ve called for our help with their newest influx of small animals – which has now grown to 1,000 rodents!! Ruth Dainty is setting up a basket in the north transept for your convenience. And, if you have them, we do collect “pop tops” from aluminum soda cans for Ronald McDonald House. We actually have a little competition with our friends at First Congregational and sadly, they are much better pop top savers. Maybe we can beat them this next time. Bring you pop tops in when you can.


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

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:                                                                        
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.