However, health regulations prohibit the clergy from being informed when our parishioners are in the hospital, so we will not know if you or someone you love is there unless you tell us. W e want to provide support in any time of need or crisis.
Please call the parish offices at 259.1570 or email
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Healing & Anointing (Chapel)
Men’s Thursday Bible Study and Lunch
11:45 a.m., Peterson Room
The Men’s Thursday Bible Study and Lunch group meets on Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. at the School’s Middle School campus. The readings the group will study are those from the Revised Common Lectionary for the coming Sunday.
Please do not park in the Four Green Fields parking lots. Lunch is sandwiches at $5 per person. RSVP email@example.com if you would like to partake.
The Christian Formation group will meet in the Lowry Room at 10:30 a.m. for their Lenten study.
Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and takes place in the Lowry Room. Bring your coffee and join the conversation! For more information, email Kathleen Moore or call her at 221.6253.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I) (Church)
Focus on Faith (Parish Hall)
Monday, March 13
4:00 p.m., Lowry Room
The Bible Women group continue their new study during Lent called The Women of Easter, written by Liz Curtis Higgs. The book can be purchased through Amazon for $11.14. They welcome all ladies to join them.
CWBS continues their study of Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians.
After conversation and a light breakfast (fruit & some type of bread) that members take turns bringing, the study starts at 7:00 a.m. and ends shortly before 8:00 a.m.; a few people may leave early if they have to go to work.
All women of St John’s and their friends are welcome; the current group includes several valued members from other branches of Christ’s church. For more information, please contact Kathleen Moore at 221.6253 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, March 14
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Chapel)
Wednesday Nights In St. John’s
The Wednesday Nights group will not meet during Lent. Parishioners are encouraged to attend the Lenten Wednesday night series. Contact Paul and Winkie Game at
We will gather in the Parish Hall at 5:30 p.m. for social time and prayer with a delicious dinner by Chef Dave served at 6:00 p.m. At 6:45 p.m. there will be a program for children in the Lowry Room. Adults will remain in the Parish Hall for a series of discussions on the topic When Bad Things Happen to Good People, led by our guest speaker, the Rev Everett Walk of Sarasota. The evenings will conclude at 7:30 p.m.
The next Choral Evensong will take place on Sunday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. in the church. Choral Evensong is widely considered the jewel in the crown of the Anglican Choral Tradition. We hope you will join us for this lovely way to worship and wind down your weekend.
We are delighted to welcome two new faces to the music program – both of whom will be with us through the end of the current season. Many people have already met and heard Margaret-Mary Owens. Margaret is a graduate of Florida State University, and is currently in the midst of auditions for a post-grad place at three of the country’s finest music conservatories. She has played some challenging organ repertoire to a high standard over the weeks that she has been with us.
James Hendy has, quite literally, just arrived from the UK. James hails from Plymouth in south-west England, and was a student at Canford School, one of the UK’s top public, (as they’re known there, but private here!) schools. He is taking what is commonly known as a “gap year” between school and university, and is hoping to win an organ scholarship to one of the Oxbridge (Oxford and Cambridge) colleges. Please take time to make both Margaret and James feel welcome.
We are, of course, now in the season of Lent. There are many ways in which we mark this season liturgically – the crosses are veiled, we omit Alleluias, and the vestments are purple. The tone of the music changes too. Some of the greatest hymns and anthems, in their often minor keys, were written for this season. In marking Lent musically, some churches, especially those in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, suppress the use of the organ almost entirely, and all of the hymns and service music are sung unaccompanied. Here at St. John’s, we have not gone quite that far, but we have, for the past two years, ceased from playing postludes at the end of the services. In adopting this practice once again this year, it is our hope to encourage a reflective end to our services, and that the impact of the organ voluntary will be all the more meaningful when it returns at the Great Vigil of Easter.
Preserve our Heritage Campaign Update
The first phase of repairs under the Preserve Our Heritage Campaign is moving along quickly and nearing completion. Under this phase, we are repairing the “Building Envelope” and its focus is restoring the exterior of buildings where cracks have developed that allow water and moisture in to the buildings. As of the end of February, Western Specialty Contractors reported these completion rates.
Some of the most significant results from the this phase is restoring the wooden frames around our stained glass windows. The paint and caulking had deteriorated and the wood was stripped back to bare wood, sanded, re-caulked and repainted – providing much better aesthetic appeal and adding years of life to the windows we enjoy so much. Please see the pictures above for an illustration.
Next week, efforts will be focused on installing a layer of insulation beneath the wooden floor of the church. This will help us retain the conditioned air inside the church and prevent humid air from seeping in. Engineers have promised better performance from our HVAC system and a significant reduction in moisture in the church.
These two projects – the building envelope repairs and the insulation installation – are just two parts of our multi-faceted campaign to repair and improve our beautiful buildings. We are also planning these projects as well:
Additional HVAC improvements.
Renovation of the church doors.
Retrofit and update the church lighting system which will include a new control system and longer-lasting, high-efficiency LED lights.
Replace the sound system in the parish hall.
Making landscape and hardscape improvements to the courtyard.
Making repairs to the choirmaster and curate residences
If you haven’t yet contributed to the Campaign, please prayerfully consider a gift because we need your help. Contributions to the Campaign should be made to St. John’s Church, and please note “Preserve Our Heritage” on the check.
Events and Fellowship
Pastoral Care Spring Fling
Monday, March 13, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
If you have an interest in exploring a pastoral care ministry, come and join the Pastoral Care Team for dinner and discussion on March 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall and find the opportunity that fits your gifts. Register by March 8 by emailing email@example.com or call Janet at 518.5232.
Mid Morning Women’s Bible Study
The Mid Morning Women’s Bible Study will meet in the Church Sanctuary from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21. They will be continuing the study of Luke’s Gospel. Deacon Kathleen Moore will guide their study of Luke 15 on March 21.
The group invites all interested women to join them in the Church every other week on alternate Tuesdays. For more information, you may contact Joan McKay at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pat Wilson at 644.4640 or email@example.com.