Announcements, Wednesday – November 18, 2020

Service at 9:00 a.m. Nov. 22nd, 2020 via Zoom

The Vestry met on Sunday, via Zoom, for an hour and a half. The minutes were reviewed and approved as submitted and both the parish and Gleaners budget reports were approved pending audit. We will end the year in “fine fettle,” financially, according to Treasurer, Craig Munger.

Fr. David noted that the proposed budget for 2021 is going to be $13,000 higher than the current budget (with increases in our diocesan apportionment, outreach, the pastoral associate, insurances, and raises for two employees). The Gleaners budget has not yet been figured. Vestry will review both at the December meeting.

The Vestry agreed to a further discussion of the use of the endowment, how we might realistically deal with the major repair/options for the bell tower (now estimated at $447,000), and investing the Kimble Fund money for Gleaners, also at the next meeting.

Fr. David discussed the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy filing and our connection to it. He thanked the Vestry for agreeing to turn it over to the attorney suggested for parishes by The Episcopal Church. Should anyone make a viable claim against any leader of one of our troops or packs, it will go through the BSA Trust Fund and the church would not be held liable. He noted that none of our leaders or adults have been implicated in any way, although several from other troops and packs in Canandaigua have. (There have been close to 90.000 filings as of the cut-off date on Monday.)

It was decided that if we are allowed to be “in-person” on Christmas Eve, we will celebrate in our traditional way, with eucharist. If we are not permitted to be “in-person” then we will Zoom a service of Lessons and Carols. Both Stephanie Durham and Tracy Allen agreed to sing at Lessons and Carols. Both services will be planned and ready for any last minute changes.

Fr. David mentioned that pledges are still coming in and that he would meet with the stewardship folks and have phone calls made to those who are late pledgers.

Senior Warden, Debbie Cole-Wenderlich, noted that Outreach would meet in December and spend the rest of their allotment, and she noted the needs at Family Promise for furniture for a family who just moved into their first home. Pam Thompson noted that they are now only in need of kitchen chairs. Margy Ashley asked about the annual “Giving Tree” and Fr. David said he would phone St. Mary’s to see if they are still doing it. Ginny Vigh, who usually coordinates it is dealing with her mother’s illness.

John Taylor, Junior Warden, talked about the review of the bell tower repairs at length, and will be looking for other bids as well as someone to review the building needs for a comprehensive report. It was agreed to have more discussion about tower options next month and into 2021 if necessary. John then reviewed our “technical” needs in the church and discussed prices ($14,000 – $25,000) as well as options He’s going to gather more information for the next meeting and will be visiting several other churches who are already wired in a bigger way.

Fr. David encouraged everyone to participate in the “Ham It Up” project, buying a 2 – 5 pound ham for the Gleaners Thanksgiving food boxes. The meeting was adjourned at 11:30. The next meeting is December 20. Meeting notes are always available to those in the parish.

Boy Scout Troop 32 and Cub Scout Pack 32 will be selling Christmas trees at their regular sale site at the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department Station #2 on Hook Road opposite the Finger Lakes Race Track this year. Sales will begin on Saturday, November 28 and continue for the next three weeks. Sale hours are Thursday and Friday from 4 to 8 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM. Trees will be wrapped and loaded on vehicles and delivery is available if needed. Also Cub Scout Pack 32 is selling wreaths again this year. Pre-sale forms will be available later this week with pricing and types available. They can accept orders via email if needed and delivery is available.

Hand in hand with UR/Thompson Hospital, we will be holding a FREE flu shot clinic in the dining room tomorrow, between 10:30 and 12:30. This is for those who are uninsured and underinsured and is made possible through the generosity of CMAC and Constellation Brands. If you know someone who could benefit, please tell them!

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.