Capital Fund Drive: The vestry has launched a Capital Fund Drive in order to accomplish the following: (1) complete a ramp project to make the nave and parish hall accessible to those who use a wheelchair as well as easier for others who have mobility issues; (2) install a columbarium to inter the ashes of our loved ones who have gone before us; (3) add to the Building Fund for ongoing maintenance and preservation of our buildings. If you have not done so already, please turn in your Capital Fund Drive pledge cards as soon as possible. There are extras in the back of the nave and in the parish hall.
A crucifix (from Latin cruci fixus, meaning “one fixed to a cross”) is a cross with a representation of Jesus’ body, or corpus. It is a principal symbol of the Christian faith which has been used in the Church since as early as the 6th century A.D. However, some modern day Christians have objected to the use of crucifixes in the Church on one of the three grounds.
In the tradition of the Church, the reading of the Gospel is marked by special honor. It begins with a processional in which the Gospel Book is taken from the altar and brought into the middle of the nave. This procession symbolizes the coming of the ‘Good News’ of our salvation from heaven (the altar) to the midst of God’s people on earth (the nave). The Gospel Book is accompanied by two candles on each side which are both a token of joy and a symbol of Christ, the light of the world (John 8:12).
Our Second Annual Rally Day will be Sunday, September 13. Rally Day is when we rally the parish together for the beginning of the Fall season of Sunday morning educational classes and Wednesday night Bible studies. Two important aspects of Rally Day are an emphasis on reaching out to unchurched families in our community and having a
As you all know the Fall Arts & Crafts Fair is coming up on September 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please be thinking about something or someway to contribute to this annual Parish fundraiser. It was wonderfully successful last year due to your generosity. As in past years we will need items for the silent auction, door prizes to give away, and baked goods and casseroles to sell, which can be made
It’s important to recall that “Christian Community” is more than assembling for Worship, Bible Studies and Sunday School. We are encouraged by scripture to associate with one another at all levels; social activities included. In order to provide Christians of varying interests opportunities to associate with one another in a Christian atmosphere St. John’s has elected to sponsor the Dancing Christian’s Association (DCA) which is managed by Parishioners and sanctioned by the Vestry. The DCA will have social dances open to the public from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month starting in
Tentatively, these classes are scheduled to be held on Sunday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. beginning August 2. Each class will be divided into two sessions approximately an hour each. Between each session, there is a simple dinner (those participating in these classes should bring their own brown bag dinner). If you are new to St. John’s and wish to learn more about the parish and/or Anglicanism, or you are an “old timer” and want a refresher course, please join us for these important classes. These classes are also required for anyone desiring to be Confirmed or Received into the Anglican Church
There are five Church seasons: Advent, Christmas, Lent, the Paschal Triduum (a three-day season), and Easter. In addition there are two blocks of “Ordinary Time.” The Sundays of the major seasons of the Liturgical Year are distinguished by their relationship to the Solemnities of Christmas (Advent and Christmas) and Easter (Lent and Easter). The other parts of the year called Ordinary Time refer to all the Sundays of the year outside of the Christmas and Easter seasons which fall under the heading of celebrations of