Good news for all!! Miss Madelyn Theresa Greer was born on Sunday, January 22 – right on time!! – and checked in at 8 pounds, 1 oz. Parents, Will and Jenny, are excited and thrilled to welcome Madelyn to the family, but Grandma and Grandpa Greer are over the moon! Congratulations one and all!! Red hair rules!!
And, congratulations to the Thompson family who have adopted a beautiful new dog, Luna. As Pam says, “He’s everyone’s dog.” So far the transition has been good, although Luna is still shy. But Betsey would definitely approve!
Carol Witzel is off to Florida for the winter. She’ll be back home in April and sends her greetings to all!!
Due to the Annual Meeting the 8 a.m. service on January 29 is cancelled.
Please note!! Since only a few people in the parish use envelopes to give their pledges and gifts, and because the numbered sets are expensive to buy, we won’t be ordering any for 2023. If you want an envelope, remember, they are available in the pews. If you have a check, your name is already on it so that it will be credited to your account. If you give cash, simply write your name on the envelope before you place it in the offering plates. Thanks!
St. John’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 29beginning at 10 a.m., in the context of the service. We will take a short break after the liturgy concludes and there will be coffee and several different kinds of goodies (sweet and savory) available in the Perkins Room. After the break, we’ll continue with the business meeting. Please join us! (The 8 a.m. originally scheduled for that day is cancelled.)
As the year moves along, it’s time to think about the upcoming change of liturgical season. Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent is on February 22 – a mere month away! So that means that it’s time for our annual Men’s Pancake Supper!!The amazing and talented men of the parish, always anxious to share their culinary expertise, will start serving pancakes, sausage, OJ, coffee and applesauce at 6 p.m. on Tuesday the 21st (“Fat Tuesday”) and serve until about 7 . . . or when the massive crowds thin out. Join us on Tuesday, February 21 at 6 in the dining room downstairs. (The only door that will be unlocked that night is the Gleaners door at the parking lot, so please enter there.) And to all men of the parish – come and help, please. All hands on deck at 5 p.m.!! It will be a great celebration.
The Vestry slate was announced in December’s meeting and will include Rich Kean, Don Morley, and Nancy Tourje for three year terms (ending 1/26), Debbie Cole-Wenderlich for warden (ending 1/25), Shari Peck for a two-year term (ending 1/25), and Mary Munger for a one-year term (ending 1/24). The slate will be presented at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 29.
We will continue collecting empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls for Lollipop Farm. They’ve called for our help with their influx of small animals – which has now grown to over 1,000 rodents!! A basket in the north transept has been set up 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.