Announcements

Here’s the COVID tracker website: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.

Betty Phillips’ 99th birthday celebration is in the Perkins room December 12, after church. 

Gleaners Kitchen is now requesting donations of 2-3 lb. fresh or frozen boneless hams. 

All are welcome to come and help prepare for the Greening of the Church in the dining room on Saturday, December 18th at 10 a.m.  Then join us for the Greening of the Church after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, Dec. 19th.  

Our Christmas service will be at 4pm on December 24th. There will be a contemplative Christmas Day Eucharist at 10 a.m. Our 10 a.m. service on Sunday, December 26th will be Morning Prayer. 


People are needed to count the offerings after the 10 am Sunday service. It takes about 30 minutes on Sunday and people are scheduled in teams of two about 4 times/year. If you are interested, please contact Liz Mattison 585-394-6195 emattison2@rochester.rr.com


If you would like to dedicate flowers for Christmas, Poinsettia forms are available at the back of church and on the table near the office. Forms and payment must be turned in by Monday, December 13th.


Diaper Drive We’re collecting baby diapers in all sizes to be given to Owen’s House Crisis Nursery in Rochester and Child and Family Resources of Ontario, Seneca, and Yates Counties. There is a collection box in the Sanctuary by the ramp door. We’re collecting until Sunday, December 19.


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.