Dear Friends in Christ,
With so much happening in the coming week, this Friday Letter is devoted entirely to a “hit list” of upcoming events around St. John’s. Please give it a read and find out how you can plug in with all that is happening here!
Sunday, September 25 at 9am Adult Ed. Forum Rooted in Artistic Expression – Parishioner Elizabeth Plummer speaks about her photographs, on display in the Hallway Gallery.
Sunday, September 25 at both the 8 and 10am services – Please sign up with one of the Huge Sale representatives in the back of the church and help this important ministry through your time and energy. This ministry to the community cannot go on without help from parishioners so thank you for giving generously of your volunteer hours to make it happen. Proceeds from the Huge Sale go to support the mission and ministry including the Outreach of St. John the Evangelist.
Tuesday, September 27 at 7pm in the Undercroft. Tim Ternes, director of exhibition and programming for the The Saint John’s Bible and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library will talk about the recently-completed Historical Books of the Bible. Please join us to hear this dynamic speaker!
Tuesday, September 27 at 8pm – St. John’s To Be Featured on PBS Documentary
Twin Cities Public Television station TPT will present a documentary on the architect Clarence Johnston on Tuesday, September 27 at 8 pm and on Wednesday, September 28 at 2 am (for night owls). The documentary is titled: Gracious Spaces: Clarence H. Johnston, Minnesota Architect. Johnston was one of Minnesota’s most prolific Gilded Age architects. He was also the architect of St. John’s nave, completed in 1903. His task at St. John’s was complicated by the fact that the new nave would be attached to the existing building by Cass Gilbert, the so-called Guild House constructed in 1895. Gilbert’s building filled the space now occupied by the chancel, the chapel and the two clergy offices. Johnston virtually gutted the interior of Gilbert’s building and added the arches and a new ceiling in the chancel, along with the new nave. The crew from TPT examined St. John’s blueprints by Gilbert and Johnston in great detail last spring and took many photographs. The architectural distinctions of our building truly merit attention in a documentary such as this.
Sunday, September 25 from 11:30 – 1pm in the Fireside Room ,Alison Feigh will be our guest talking about “How to Talk to Your Children About Personal Safety Without Scaring Them”.
Alison served as the safety specialist at the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a program of the National Child Protection Training Center. Influenced at an early age by the abduction of classmate Jacob Wetterling, she became an avid spokesperson on issues of personal safety. Alison has been tackling the problem of missing and exploited children for over a decade – providing education and support to families and communities.
Alison has also authored two children’s books; “I Can Play it Safe”, and “On Those Runaway Days” – both available for purchase.
Lunch and childcare available. Adults meet in the Fireside Room and children in the nursery. Will you need childcare? Do you have any dietary restrictions? Please RSVP by TODAY Friday, September 23.
Saturday, October 8 from 10am – 4pm, Motherlove Retreat at Mt. Olivet Retreat Center in Farmington, MN. Barbara Mraz, Keely Franke and Jean Hansen will be leading our time together. What does it really mean to be a mother? How do the ways your were mothered (or not) affect the way you mother your own children? What spiritual resources are available to weather the storms and celebrate the joys of motherhood?
The cost for the retreat is $25. You may sign up with Jean at church, or email her directly. Childcare will be provided.