This Week at St John’s – February 11, 2018

This Week at St John’s
February 11, 2018
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany



We welcome children in worship! We encourage parents to help them follow the service and sing the hymns. If it would be helpful to you, nursery care is available on the lower level, just off the atrium.


WHIRL SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR PRE-KINDERGARTNERS & KINDERGARTNERS! Last week we launched our new pre-K and Kindergarten Sunday School Curriculum, Whirl by Sparknotes! The class meets in the nursery from 10:25 – 11:00. This week’s lesson uses the story of the annunciation to help kids think about the risk and fun of trying something new!

Sunday School This Week: 1st – 5th Grade Sunday School: The Wise and Foolish Bridesmaids, Week Two! The 1st – 5th Grade Sunday School will meet in the Undercroft from 10:25 – 11:00 (it’s also open to any kindergartners who feel ready for it) to continue our investigation of Jesus’s parable of the Wise and Foolish Bridesmaids. How do we stay alert and make sure we’re ready for anything? Well, last week we answered this question with some pyrotechnics. This week we’ll be making lamp-themed stained glass windows. And maybe also having some pyrotechnics, just for fun!

ANOTHER FORMATION EUCHARIST – Today at the 9:00 AM service we will hold our second in a series of Formation Eucharists for All Ages. There will be no children’s procession.  Children will stay in the nave rather than going to Kilbourne Hall for Children’s Church. Parents are encouraged to sit with their children and help them follow the order of service and sing the hymns. Parents and children are encouraged to fill out the prayer sheet that they receive at the beginning of the service, use it during the Prayers of the People, and then take it home for their prayers throughout the week. This week’s Eucharist will focus on the Gospel reading.

VESTRY ELECTIONS TODAY – Today and next Sunday, voting for Senior Warden and Vestry members will take place in the Atrium. The polls will be open from 8:45 AM until approximately 12:45 pm. Information sheets about the candidates are on the information table in the Atrium. All current and active member of St. John’s, age 16 and over, may vote in the election.  John Pascoe, Chair Vestry Nominating Committee

ADULT FORUM TODAY – OUTREACH FAIR: CHAT AND WALK. Join us for this opportunity to hear from some of the service organizations that St. John’s supports and chat individually with them at their display tables. There will be representatives from the Mid Ohio Workers Association, Kaleidoscope, BREAD, the Ronald McDonald House and In the Garden. In addition Coffee Hour after the 11:15 service will be held in Kilbourne Hall to give persons attending that service a chance to see the displays and talk with representatives also. This program is co-sponsored by Adult Formation and Outreach and social Justice. – NEXT WEEK: Exodus and Moses viewed from a Muslim Perspective. Iman Ali Aktan will help us continue our exploration of the book of Exodus by sharing another approach to our Biblical history. Classes are held in Kilbourne Hall, starting at 10:20 AM.

ORIENTATION TOURS – Do you know where the elevator is? How about the library? Parishioners will lead orientation tours of the St. John’s campus next Sunday, February 18th, after both the 9:00 and 11:15 services. Please meet at the back of the church immediately after the service.  Susie Bonnell

SUGGESTED GROCERY ITEMS to bring next week are canned tomatoes or spinach and deodorant. Please take perishable items directly to the pantry. Donations support the Worthington Resource Pantry and Gladden Food Pantry.

TODAY’S ALTAR FLOWERS were given by the Utter Family.

THE 2017 ANNUAL REPORT IS NOW AVAILABLE – Your copy of the 2017 Annual Report is now on the Information Table in the atrium. Please pick one up after the service. Take it home for your review. We will be referring to the Annual Report at the Annual Meeting on Sunday. Feb. 25.

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER – Join us this coming Tuesday for the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. A menu of pancakes, sausages, applesauce and beverages will be served — yes, “breakfast for dinner”! Dinner will be served from 5:30 – 7 PM in the Undercroft. Please plan on bringing your family, friends and neighbors . . . everyone is welcome! The cost is $5 for adults and children over age 12, $3 for children 12 and under. The maximum cost per family is $15!! There will be activities for children starting at 6 PM in the Music & Movement Room. Questions? Get in touch with Ted Dziemianowicz or Nancy Elkington at 516-316-9104 or

BRING YOUR OLD PALM BRANCHES TO SHROVE TUESDAY! If we get enough of them, we plan to burn them and use the ashes on Ash Wednesday. This is a wonderful old tradition that links one year to the next and helps us remember that seasons of joy lead into seasons of sorrow, and then to seasons of joy again.

ASH WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 14TH – Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, is rapidly approaching Please plan to attend an Ash Wednesday service wherever you will be on that date. Services here at St. John’s will be held at:

10:00 a.m. – Spoken service with The Imposition of Ashes and the Holy Eucharist. Bible Study will follow afterwards for those that wish to stay.

5:45 p.m. – Brief spoken service of The Imposition of Ashes (for families with young children).

7:00 p.m. – Full service with The Imposition of Ashes and the Holy Eucharist, hymns, organ and choir.

FUNERAL FOR NANCY WOODSON – Nancy Woodson, 83, died on Tuesday, February, 6th. She was a long-time active member of St. John’s. Most recently she was a co-chair of the Grief and Caregiver’s Group. She is survived by her three adult children, Sarah, Paula, and Andy – and their families. The funeral will be this coming Saturday, February 17th at 3 PM here at St. John’s. There will be a reception following the service.

SPECIAL MUSIC ON FEBRUARY 18THDuring both worship services, the choir will sing Michael Haydn’s Missa Quadragesimalis. The four movements of this lovely, simple mass for the Lenten season will be sung where each naturally occurs in our liturgy, rather than as one large work. Although Michael Haydn has long been overshadowed by his brother, Joseph, during their lifetime, Michael was by far the more renowned church composer. He completed this mass in 1794.

ALL MEMBERS OF ST. JOHN’S CONGREGATION are invited to the next Caregivers and Grief Support meeting. We will be introducing a ‘Survivor’s Guide’: a document providing information necessary for you and your loved ones upon death. It could reduce stress and indecision about your final wishes. The meeting will be held in Kilbourne Hall at 1 PM on Monday, February 19th. Please RSVP to Kim Basso ( or (614) 204-9855) by Sunday, February 18th, so we can have enough copies available.

THE ANNUAL MEETING – The parish’s 215th Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 25, between the two morning services. The 9 a.m. service will be abbreviated. We will gather in the nave (worship space) at approximately 10:30 AM. Please plan to attend this quick business meeting. There will not be Adult Forum that day. However, Christian Education for the children and teenagers will proceed as usual. The nursery will be open as usual from 8:45 until 12:45 pm.


GET READY FOR LENT MADNESS!  Do you enjoy learning about the lives of the saints, especially the more obscure and/or eccentric ones? Do you love the playful camaraderie of March Madness bracket pools, but don’t know much about college hoops? Then LENT MADNESS is perfect for YOU! During the season of Lent, join in the fun as we make our predictions and vote on head-to-head matchups pitting saint against saint, all in pursuit of the coveted Golden Halo. Copies of “The Definitive Guide to Lent Madness: Saintly Scorecard” are available on the Information Table. All are encouraged to take part in this lighthearted exploration of the lives of the saints! Contact Terri Matthews if you have questions (

A SPIRITUAL RETREAT, FEBRUARY 17TH – This year the diocese is hosting a spiritual retreat during Lent. The title of the retreat is “Practicing the Presence of God”. During the retreat you will be invited to reflect on your experience of God’s presence, and you will learn new ways of deepening your relationships with God and with yourself. The retreat will be held locally at St. Phillip Episcopal Church, 146 Woodward Ave. (near Franklin Park Conservatory). The cost is $15. For more information and to register go to the diocesan website at:

LENTEN SERIES AT ST. JOHN’S – St. John’s is one of the local sites to host viewing and discussion groups on “From Bondage to Liberation” a live-stream event from Christ Church Cathedral, in Cincinnati. Bishop Thomas Breidenthal, Rev. Karl Stevens and Rabbi Daniel Bogard will lead the discussion. It will focus on the journey from bondage to liberation – traveling from Exodus to resurrection. The four part series will be held on Wednesday evenings February 21st & 28th and March 7th & 14th. Registration will begin at 6:15 followed with a lite meal of vegan soup and bread. The live-stream feed will begin at 7 PM and will end with Compline at 8:05 PM. Look on the Information Table in the Atrium for more information.  Nancy Elkington, for the Adult Christian Education Committee

REIMAGINING CHURCH – This year there is no Columbus area Lenten School. Instead, you are invited to attend a series of workshops offered by St. John’s Episcopal Church in Columbus (Town Street). The workshops will be held on Saturdays: February. 24th, March 10th and April 21st from 9 am – 3 pm. The cost for each session is $20 and includes lunch. Scholarships are available. The first workshop “Beating the Bounds, Moving the Spirit” will be facilitated by Rev. John Spicer. He will be speaking about ways Episcopalians and Anglicans hold onto their traditions while experimenting with new ways of being the church.  You can register now by going to and clicking on “Events’. The topics for the other two programs will be announced later.

PARISH PICTORIAL DIRECTORIES AVAILABLE – look on the Information Table in the Atrium for your copy of the newly revised parish directory. There are copies for all active and prospective members. If you do not find one with your name on it and would like a copy, please add your name to the sign up list and check next week for your copy.  The Church Staff

CONFIRMATION CLASS BEGINS NEXT WEEK! REGISTER TODAY! – Confirmation is the adult continuation and public affirmation of our baptism. Anyone wanting to learn more about the church and our faith may find it interesting and helpful. Anyone in the eighth grade or older is invited to participate. This class is especially good for people who are relatively new to The Episcopal Church! And people who have been confirmed in another denomination are highly encouraged to take the classes to learn more about our Episcopal traditions! The classes will cover a range of subjects – including church history, an introduction to the Bible and an introduction to the Book of Common Prayer, church governance, and much more. The 2018 Confirmation Class will begin on Wednesday evening, February 21st and continue through Wednesday evening, April 25th. Classes begin at 7 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. Most classes, if not all, will be taught by Fr. Philip. The service of confirmation will be held at Trinity Church, Capital Square, on Saturday, May 12. Have more questions? Speak to Fr. Philip. A sign-up sheet can be found on the Information Table in the atrium. Or you can call or email Fr. Philip for more information: 614-846-5180, Ext. 302, PhilipC@StJohnsWorthington.Org.

WORTHINGTON CARES: DRUG SAFE WORTHINGTON SPEAKER SERIES –Do you ever find yourself struggling to make a connection with your child? Do you ever wonder why students are struggling to learn the material in your class? If you answered yes to the questions then this presentation is for you! In an interactive and exciting way, parents, teachers, coaches, and employers will learn practical and proven ways to engage and connect with today’s youth. On Monday, February 26th, Ty Sells who has over 30 years experience in drug prevention and community service, will address these concerns. He is known for his charisma, humor, and leadership. The event begins at 6:00 PM  with a free dinner followed at 6:45 by the keynote talk for adults. There will be youth activities from 6:45 to - 8:00 PM in the Auxiliary gym. This event is being held at Thomas Worthington High School.

EPISCOPAL NIGHT AT THE SYMPHONY – MARCH 23RD – BRAHMS “REQUIEM” Announcing the Third Annual Episcopal Night at the Symphony, Friday, March 23rd at the Ohio Theater in Columbus – The Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performing the Brahms’ “Requiem.” This event, for Episcopalians in Central Ohio is once again being hosted by Fr. Bruce Smith of St. James, Columbus and Fr. Paul Williams of St. Andrew’s, Pickerington. Ticket prices for Orchestra Seating (we have reserved a block of seats) are $45 per person and include food at the reception, 2 drink tickets (beer and wine are 2 tickets, non-alcoholic drinks are 1 ticket. Other alcoholic drinks are available for cash.) We expect both Rossen Milanov and Ronald Jenkins to join us before the concert. Checks should be made out to The Rev. Bruce Smith and mailed to 627 Yaronia Dr. N. Columbus, OH 43214. Please include your email address. Your check guarantees your reservation. Deadline for reservations WITH CHECKS is: MARCH 7th. We are hoping for an even larger turnout this year. This is a great way for parishioners and clergy to connect with other Episcopalians throughout Central Ohio!

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