Midweek Eblast

Midweek News

September 27, 2023

Still much to share!

Dear People of Saint John’s:

Sunday morning Bible Study resumed this past Sunday, from 9 to 9:45. It started up with so little fanfare that some regretted missing it. For those who would like to catch up or just see what we are up to, I am providing a link to our first video here. Continuing with resources introduced by Eileen Manz from Scripture Scholar The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Bailey, we are focusing on the Good Shepherd. We viewed 23 minutes; we discussed Jesus as metaphorical theologian and the importance of the Good Shepherd for the first 300 years of the church’s life. Dr. Bailey will be leading us through all the Old and New Testament references to the Lord as our Shepherd, and I will augment this study with reflections from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, which we share with the children.

News from the Shepherd’s Storehouse Pantry

In preparation for Thanksgiving, for the next two months we are asking members of the congregation to donate boxes of Stove-top Stuffing, cans of cranberry sauce, and/or cans of pumpkin pie mix (includes seasoning). These will be distributed at our November pantry. Our next pantry is October 7. Thank you for your prayers, your generous help, and your financial support! ~Gail and Lois, Team Leaders

A mailing went in the last week to raise funds for our organ repair. Rebecca Rem has provided a beautiful brochure, and the Robison Fund has provided generous matching funds. Please prayerfully consider a generous contribution to this worthy endeavor to renew the beauty of holiness in our organ.

Bill Stewart, our Treasurer, asks that all committees, mission activities, and parish programs needing funding next year - whether existing or new that may be proposed - submit their budget requests to treasurer@stjohnstroy.org by October 15. Please include the anticipated expenses & annual amount being requested along with as much information as possible about the work of the committee/activity/program for the Vestry's consideration.

If you would like to be included in a Foyer group, it is not too late! Be in touch with Linda MacDonald through the office.

If you would like to be part of the new Fellowship Committee, please be in touch with the office. It is about to be organized!

Please mark your calendars for these wonderful events:

  • Blessing of the Animals in our garden and Food Pantry, Saturday, October 7th, at 10 a.m. That afternoon at the Cathedral, at 3 pm, there will be another blessing of the animals, with charcoal pet portraits made beginning at 2 pm. More information on the Cathedral event can be found here.
  • Sunday, October 15th: A special coffee hour provided by Sue Rielly for the celebration of the Salmon’s 50th wedding anniversary. Do come!
  • Sunday, October 15th: Choral Evensong jointly celebrated with the Roman Catholic Diocese on the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham. Organ concert at 2:30, choral evensong at 3 pm, followed by a reception. More information can be found here.
  • A Bible Symposium on Psalms will be held on Saturday, November 4th, at the Cathedral from 9:30 to 1:30, with Priest/Poet Michael Guite. More information can be found here. Leading up to this is a study of the Psalms led by Jon Kimmel on Zoom on Tuesday nights. More information can be found here.

May God continue to bless our abundant life together.

With every blessing,

Mtr. Judith+