This Week at St John’s – February 4, 2018

This Week at St John’s
February 4, 2018
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany


Children are always welcome in church! However, we do have two nursery attendants available from 8:45 AM – 12:45 PM. The nursery is located on the lower level. There is also a ‘Crying Corner’ in the Atrium. At the entrance to the church there are coloring/activity books and crayons. Ask the ushers for more details.


All kids and youth are invited to join in the opening procession at the 9 am service. Just come out into the Atrium a few minutes before worship begins to get lined up and ready.

New Sunday School Program for Pre-Kindergartens and Kindergarten! Starting this Sunday, we’ll be using the Whirl curriculum from Sparkhouse to give our youngest kids a great Sunday School experience. Sunday School for pre-Ks and Kindergartners will take place from 10:25-11:00 AM in the Nursery. Children will watch a video, hear a Bible story, and help to illustrate it. Some kids will prefer going to the regular Sunday School class in the Undercroft no matter what their age, and they’re more than welcome to do so! And you’re welcome to stay with your little ones for Whirl if you’d like.

Sunday School This Week: Today begins a new four week deep dive into one of Jesus’s great parables, the Wise and Foolish Bridesmaids. In the first week, we’ll learn the story and act it out in tableaus. We’ll also get to see what an ancient oil lamp is like. This parable is mostly about paying attention to the world around us and staying awake to signs of God’s presence in our lives. Throughout the four weeks, we’ll be working on building attentiveness skills that can carry over into our daily lives.

ADULT FORUM TODAY – Meet the Candidates. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and learn more about the candidates who are running for Vestry this year. The candidates for Senior Warden are David Hissrich and Rob Thurman; and Terri Matthews, Stephen Sollars, Lisa Graupmann, Eldon Ronning, Bob Hayes and Barbara Gessaman are running for Vestry. NEXT WEEK: 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. Classes are held in Kilbourne Hall, starting at 10:20 AM.

PARISH PICTORIAL DIRECTORIES ARE HERE! 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

SUGGESTED GROCERY ITEMS to bring next week are peanut butter and shampoo. Please take perishable items directly to the pantry. Donations support the Worthington Resource Pantry and Gladden Food Pantry.

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER – This year’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be on February 13th from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM in the Undercroft (under Kilbourne Hall). A menu of pancakes, sausages, applesauce and beverages will be served — yes, “breakfast for dinner”! 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!! Questions? Get in touch with Ted Dziemianowicz or Nancy Elkington at 516-316-9104 or

TODAY’S ALTAR FLOWERS were given by Carey Toops and Jo Pascoe.

SEEKING GOD TOGETHER: Wednesday, February 7th – Since our usual space, the Library, is still undergoing renovation we will meet at the home of Donna Hissrich at 12:30 PM. Donna’s address is 1204 Thurell Road, Columbus.

ASH WEDNESDAY – Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, is rapidly approaching – February 14. 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.

SAVE THE DATE- THE ANNUAL MEETING – The parish’s 215th Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 25, between the two morning services. We will gather in the nave (worship space) at approximately 10:30 AM. Activities for children and nursery care will be provided. Please plan to attend this quick business meeting.

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.

CONFIRMATION CLASS REGISTRATION – 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 – The Third Annual Episcopal Night at the Symphony will be Friday, March 23rd, at the Ohio Theater. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are performing the Brahms’ “Requiem.” Ticket prices for Orchestra Seating (we have reserved a block of seats) are $45 per person and include food at the reception. We expect both Rossen Milanov and Ronald Jenkins to join us before the concert. This event is once again being hosted by Fr. Bruce Smith and Fr. Paul Williams. If you have questions, or would like to order tickets, please contact Fr. Bruce Smith at Please include your email address.

KIDS ARE WELCOME AT THE ORGAN! On occasion, curious children visit me at the organ as I’m playing the postlude at the end of the service. I welcome this and invite anyone who is interested to come closer for a look at how things work on the organ. Just a reminder that there are no postludes during Lent, though!  Sara Seidel

GLUTEN FREE COMMUNION WAFERS – If you are gluten sensitive, please know that we offer gluten-free wafers during communion. Simply inform the priest and he/she will provide you with a gluten free wafer!

WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER OF ST. JOHN’S? New to St. John’s? Not sure if your Baptism or Confirmation Records are recorded in the Church Office? – Now is a good time for the office staff to update membership records. If we have not requested a “Transfer of Membership” or asked that copies of your baptismal or confirmation records be sent to St. John’s from your previous congregation, please contact Vicky in the church office and she will help you with the process. Membership requires that we have those records documented in the church membership rosters.  Fr. Philip



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