Announcements, Wednesday – December 2, 2020

Service at 9:00 a.m. December 6, 2020 via Zoom

Please remember Dr. Brad Peck in your prayers today. He is having surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome in Rochester. And remember his after-care nurse, Shari, as well.

The Vestry met, briefly, on Sunday with Ron Schlegal, President of R. Kelley, Inc. That’s the company that has made the tower repairs and the company that we are considering for the major repair yet to come. No decision has been made as there is a lot more background work to do to determine the best path forward. John Taylor, Junior Warden, is coordinating the effort.

By a unanimous E-vote, the Vestry has granted approval for replacement of all the gutters on the former Rectory with the work to be completed by B&B Builders – “the porch guys.” The money will come from what remains of the Capital Campaign funds.

Just a reminder to the families with children and youth . . . we have an Advent curriculum up and running on the web! Contact Jessica Ashley McMaster at to be connected.

As the church is closed to in-person services until 2021, it has been decided that the service for Christmas Eve will be Lessons and Carols, taken from King’s College, Cambridge, and the service they began in 1918. We will be using the King James Version (translation) of the Bible with seven readers, two soloists, and Daniel Chang at the organ. The service will begin at 4 p.m. via Zoom and all are welcome to “tune in.”

From the Communications Director at Rural and Migrant Ministries, Grayson Morley . . .URGENT: We are in need of a donation of a car in good working order for one of our youths who grew up in our programs. He needs transportation to finish college and receive his degree. If you or anyone you know has a lead on such a donation, please send us a message at Thank you!

The good news is that St. John’s, Wellsville, has managed to gather all the new coats and boots they need for the schools. So, Outreach Chair, Debbie Cole Wenderlich, turned to Family Promise to help and here’s the result:
‘It took a few tries but I have developed an angel tree for the 2 Family Promise families we have been given. If people have questions, tell them to contact me. Here is the link.
I just signed up for “St. John’s Canandaigua Angel Tree” and you should too! Click here now:
315-521-1880Debbie Cole-Wenderlich


Are you a knitter? Tom Carter and the Gleaners Community Kitchen would like to be able to give away hand-knit hats and gloves or mittens for adults. They are not looking for kids’ sizes, just adults. If you are interested, please drop them off at Gleaners (their door is open M – F, 8:30 – 12:30) or the parish office before December 18. Thanks!

Please – if you haven’t made your 2021 pledge to the church, do it today. We are struggling with next year’s budget, so every pledge is especially important. If you need a pledge card, call Linda in the parish office and she’ll send one out.

Nominations are now open for positions on the SJEC VestryWe need three people for the full three year terms. If you are interested in throwing your name into the ring, please let Senior Warden, Debbie Cole-Wenderlich, know. It’s a minimal commitment of time with a group of funny, articulate, and devoted folks.


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.