Announcements

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

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.

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NAMETAGS!! NAMETAGS!! NAMETAGS!! NAMETAGS!! 

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Please return your filled backpack this Sunday, August 14. Thanks!!

We need a few more counters and a home eucharistic visitor who could do an afternoon visit once a monthCounters – see Liz Mattison and potential home Eucharist visitors please see Melva Brady.

Website is back up.

St. John’s has been nominated as one of the top five best places to worship in the Finger Lakes┬áby the Daily Messenger’s “Best of the Finger Lakes” initiative for 2022!! We don’t yet have all the details, but we’ll keep you posted and let you know what’s next.

The Vestry met on Sunday, approving the Treasurer’s reports pending audit. There was no correspondence to be shared. Fr. David shared pastoral concerns and a brief discussion of security on Sundays ensued. Warden Suzi Blatchford shared information about the ” Best of the Finger Lakes” contest and then Warden John Taylor reviewed the results of the surveys sent out earlier this summer. All parishioners will receive a copy of the results and the schedule of services intended for October through January. The tower repair was discussed as was the work needed before we can fix the wall in the north transept. The meeting adjourned at 11:15.

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

+ August 14 – The Annual SJEC Croquet Tournament

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

+ September 6 – The re-opening of the Gleaners in-house luncheon program

+ 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 over 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.

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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:                                                                          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.