» New Name Tags & Storage

Posted on: January 11, 2018

Thanks to the work of Julia Ferguson and the Building Committee, the closets in the narthex have been converted into gorgeous name tag storage cupboards.

New name tags have been printed and placed in the cupboards. Some are already in plastic name tag holders. The rest are in container in the left-hand cupboard, sorted alphabetically by last name. If your name tag is not there or you need a new one printed, contact Ellie in the office at elizabeth.watkins@stjohnsstpaul.org.

The holders have a magnetic closure, so if you have a pacemaker, please ask the ushers for an alternative holder.

» Job Opening: Associate Rector

Posted on: January 9, 2018

Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church is seeking a full time Associate Rector for Spiritual Life, Faith Formation, and Pastoral Care. This position reports directly to the Rector and must work collaboratively with the staff, ministry leaders, vestry, and volunteers of Saint John’s.

 

Position Overview

  • Share in the pastoral and sacramental leadership of the parish including regular preaching, celebrating, & pastoral care;
  • Develop & support the pastoral care ministries of the parish, including Lay Eucharistic    Visitors, Community of Hope International, & prayer chain;
  • Develop & support adult faith formation opportunities (Sunday Forums, seasonal Lenten series, retreats, & Bible studies) in collaboration with the Formation Commission;
  • Form & maintain new & continuing Spiritual Life groups, including small groups, house groups, & demographic groups.

 

Skills and Abilities

  • Gifts for preaching & teaching;
  • Strong organizational/organizing skills, is pro-active, & a self-starter;
  • Ability to collaborate, coach, mentor, & lead others;
  • Proven experience & strengths in pastoral care, & knowledge about lay pastoral ministry;
  • Knowledgeable about discipleship & current resources for helping others grow into     mature Christian faith;
  • Can work with a diverse team, representing many abilities & backgrounds;
  • Passionate about following the Way of Jesus & helping others do the same.

 

Requirements

  • Ordained priest (or transitional deacon) in the Episcopal Church;
  • Demonstrated experience in the areas of responsibility;
  • Called to parish ministry & working with people in all stages of their faith journey.

 

Compensation

Commensurate with experience. Includes benefits.

 

How to apply

Please email resume and a brief introduction to the Reverend Jered Weber-Johnson at jered.weberjohnson@stjohnsstpaul.org with “Associate Rector” in the subject line, no later than February 5, 2018. Please know we are praying with you as you discern whether you are being called to serve in the mission of God and to ministry at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

» Discover St. John’s

Posted on: December 28, 2017

Sunday, January 14, after 10am worship. Open to seekers, newcomers to the Episcopal Church, and newcomers to this parish. Is there anyone you know who might be interested? Invite them along!

This simple introduction to life at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church will help people discover what we’re about and help them discern whether this is the place where they can best grow in their relationship with God and their ability to serve the world. Bring your questions—we love questions!—and curiosity. Our rector Jered Weber-Johnson will provide a brief overview of our faith community and how you can connect further.

For more info: Contact Lea Anne Schmidt at leaanne.schmidt@stjohnsstpaul.org.

 

» Volunteer with the Altar Guild

Posted on: December 21, 2017

The altar guild is seeking volunteers to help set the Lord’s Table.  Training is “on the job.” Time commitment is one Saturday or Sunday a month for about one hour.   Altar guild is open to all members of St. John’s 13 years and older.  Contact Diane Power at 651-222-1031, powerdianep@gmail.com, or at church after services.

 

Read the story of the altar guild below:

Setting the Table

By Colleen Swope

“Do you like to set the table or do the dishes?”

The above was one of the first descriptions I received regarding Altar Guild. It was a nice, humorous introduction for a ministry that touches all of us so deeply.

I joined the St. John’s Altar Guild to find a way to connect and contribute at St. John’s without a major time commitment, as my free time was scarce. The Altar Guild uses four teams that rotate on a weekly basis, so I would only need to be available for one weekend each month. I thought, “Easy!”

The Altar Guild ministry is one of care and attention to detail. Their work is often behind the scenes — the kind of work that can go unnoticed because it’s making everything run so smoothly. You may never have even heard of the Altar Guild, or not know what they do. To explain it briefly, the Guild cares for the altar, vestments (the robes worn by the clergy), Eucharistic vessels, linens, and flowers. These physical items all have deep spiritual meanings.

When Altar Guild Coordinator Diane Power trained me, she explained all the pieces we were using, names and history. She explained the reasoning behind placement of items on the altars, within the Aumbry (the box in the Chapel where consecrated bread and wine are stored), and the Sacristy itself. She reinforced the seasons of the Church calendar, how the setup changes with each season—sometimes a straightforward setup, sometimes an “all-out assault” for major celebrations. Amid this discussion, Diane also gave me a history lesson of the Episcopal Church.

You see, she was teaching me that while the previous joke is funny, there is so much more to what you are experiencing in the Guild. On Saturday, members of the team pull out the various silver pieces that reflect the history of St. John’s and all the parishioners before us. They put out the flowers that celebrate the lives of past parishioners or celebrate moments of current parishioners. They check the candles that will illuminate our celebration.

On Sunday mornings, they prepare the respective altars for each service. They are setting the stage for the celebration to begin. The Gospel Book, cruets of wine and water, the paten with the bread, the chalice and its finery—all are placed as decreed.

After each service, members of the team clear the items from the Altar and return the Reserved Sacrament to the Aumbry. Every holy item is cleaned and restored to the cabinet to be ready for the next week.

Every week we gather to sing and to pray, to listen to God’s word and to praise God. But especially, we gather to eat together.

Is there anything more basic and human than to share a meal? When we share the Eucharist with each other, we join Christ in his humanity, remembering when he ate with his disciples. But we also join each other in Christ’s divinity. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians, “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.”

We eat together every Sunday morning. We eat together during Holy Week. We eat together at weddings and at funerals. In times of joy and in times of sorrow, on special days and ordinary days, we eat together. We approach God’s table side by side, as one body in Christ. And it is the vital ministry of the altar guild that ensures this table is set for every meal we share together.

The first time you take part, you are suddenly aware of each piece and its place in the celebration. The experience is very personal and amazingly fulfilling. You are part of this.

The Altar Guild is not just for women or singles. Everyone is welcome to join. If this is something that you would like to be part of, please contact Altar Guild Coordinator Diane Power at powerdianep@gmail.com.

 

A True Story:

Me: “I can’t make it Saturday morning. I have Guild at church.”
My sister: “Wow, you Episcopalians take things seriously. You book time for it?”
Me: “… yes … how else will we get the church ready on time?”
My sister: “Oh! Guild! I thought you said GUILT!
[and a collective facepalm]

 

» Crocus Hill Preschool: Enrolling Now

Posted on: December 20, 2017

Five years ago, St. John’s partnered with Crocus Hill Preschool, which provides early childhood education for the children of about 50 area families. “Words cannot express our excitement at the opportunity to create a vibrant preschool in this space,” stated the staff. “We are looking forward to a long relationship with the parish.”

We graciously welcomed the entire Crocus Hill community (children, parents, and teachers) at St. John’s, and they have become an enthusiastic part of the neighborhood. They offer field trips in the community, hold an art show in our gym every spring, participate in annual food drive for Hallie Q. Brown, and connect with residents at The Willows of Ramsey Hill. They can often be seen walking along the sidewalks or playing at the Holly Tot Lot.

The school currently has enrollment openings for all ages 2 1/2 – 5. They offer preschool Monday-Friday, 9-11:30am, with extended care hours 8am-4pm. Members of St. John’s receive a 10% discount on tuition.

Crocus Hill Preschool’s goal is to create a stimulating environment that promotes intellectual, emotional, physical and social growth. Their program provides a balanced combination of structured activities and free choice time. Contact director Kathy Hopkins at crocushillschool@gmail.com to schedule a tour or ask questions.

 

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