» Summer Food Shelf

Posted on: June 24, 2019

Thank you for the 80 pounds of donations collected in June so far including two boxes of diapers for our local food shelf, Hallie Q. Brown. Please keep it coming!

Items most needed include: 

  • Pasta
  • Dry Beans
  • Low-sodium Soups
  • Canned Stews
  • Chicken, Beef, and Vegetable Broth
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Canned Meat & Chicken
  • Canned Seafood & Tuna (in water)
  • Canned Fruit (in juice)
  • Rolled Oats
  • Low Sugar Cereals
  • Honey
  • Peanut Butter (16-oz. jars only, please)
  • Rice

And other items (that aren’t covered by food stamps, either):

  • Menstrual Care Products
  • Female Incontinence Products
  • Diapers (all sizes) and Baby Wipes
  • Pet Needs: dog food, cat food, bird food,
    cat litter, pet treats

Leave donations at the church in the narthex (the entryway at the back of the worship space) or the foyer at the 60 Kent Street entrance. Thank you for helping to feed our neighbors this summer — because hunger never takes a vacation.

For more information, please contact Dave Borton at dave@sidewalkmystic.com.

» Responding to Protest

Posted on: June 24, 2019

There have recently been a few instances of homophobic and transphobic protesters outside local Episcopal churches. At St. John’s, we sadly do run a risk (but by no means a certainty) of having someone protest outside our parish.

How can we best respond if this were to happen? In this video, the Rev. Tim Kingsley advises us:
Don’t engage — because often these particular protesters’ main goal is to provoke a response that will allow them to bring a lawsuit.
Report the incident to your parish leadership and ECMN.
Pray for the protesters and those who will be hurt by their words and hate.

If you have more questions about this or other security issues, please talk to Jered Weber-Johnson or contact the Rev. Tim Kingsley.


» Discover St. John’s

Posted on: June 20, 2019

Open to seekers, newcomers to the Episcopal Church, and newcomers to this parish. Come discover St. John’s! Is there anyone you know who might be interested? Invite them!

Held Sunday, June 30 at 11:15am in the Fireside Room. A light lunch will be served.

This simple introduction 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 and curiosity. Our rector Jered Weber-Johnson will provide a brief overview of our faith community and how you can connect further. We’ll also take a short tour of the church building.

RSVP to Lea Anne Schmidt at leaanne.schmidt@stjohnsstpaul.org.

» Music for the Viola and Piano Concert

Posted on: June 12, 2019

On Thursday, July 18 at 7pm, Mark Hatlestad, Viola, and Robert Ragoonanan, piano, present Music for the Viola and Piano. Featured works by Takemitsu, Hindemith, and Milhaud will be performed.

For more information contact Richard Gray at richard.gray@stjohnsstpaul.org.

» Instructed Eucharist

Posted on: June 2, 2019

Many of us at St. John’s who grew up in other faith traditions (and even some cradle Episcopalians!) have questions about our liturgy. What is the meaning behind our words and rituals? Why do we do what we do?

To illuminate these answers, the Faith Formation commission will be presenting two Instructed Eucharists: real-time worship commentary that sheds light on the various elements of the service.

On June 16, our 9am Formation Hour will show the How2charist videos (a digital version of Instructed Eucharist) on the Liturgy of the Word. (You can watch them at home instead, at www.how2charist.com.) The first half of our 10am worship that day will be an Instructed Eucharist.

On June 23, our 9am Formation Hour will show the How2charist videos on the Liturgy of the Table. (You can watch them at home instead, at www.how2charist.com.) The second half of our 10am worship that day will be an Instructed Eucharist.

For more information, contact Craig Lemming at craig.lemming@stjohnsstpaul.org.