This Week at St John’s – January 28, 2018

This Week at St John’s
January 28, 2018
The Fourth 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.

Sunday School This Week: This Sunday Karl is heading over to the Carriage House to lead Youth Formation, and the wonderful Alice Carroll will be leading Sunday School. We’ve been working on the story of the Prodigal Son for three weeks, and on Sunday the kids will tell Alice everything they’ve learned and show her everything they’ve made. Parents, this is your chance to see what your kids have been up to! Join Alice and check it out.

ADULT FORUM TODAY – “Faithful Protest” is one of the ways that each of us can respond to life experiences, be they mere rudeness or much more extreme forms of social injustice and disrespect of others. Deacon Deniray Mueller and Tricia Herban will provide the context for a participatory discussion. NEXT WEEK: 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. Classes are held in Kilbourne Hall, starting at 10:20 AM.

BUILDING TOURS –Join us today for a short orientation tour of the St. John’s campus. You will be sure to discover rooms you didn’t know even existed! The tour will be given after the 9:00 service. Please meet at the back of the church immediately following the service.


LOST AND FOUND – Today we are doing a “last-call” for lost and found items. A table has been set up in the Atrium. If any of the items belong to you please take them home! After today, these items will be given away or sent to the trash. Please remember that “lost and found” items are kept in the church office for an undetermined amount of time.

TODAY’S ALTAR FLOWERS were given by the Sarah Iles Johnston and Fritz Graf.

FORWARD DAY BY DAY for February, March and April are available on the Information Table in the Atrium. Please take one or find the on-line version at, Forward Day by Day tab.

MUSIC SERIES CONCERT THIS AFTERNOON AT 3:00 – Nathan Medley and Brian Kay ladies of song “The compelling countertenor” (LA Times), Nathan Medley, joins forces with lutenist, Brian Kay of Hesperus and Apollo’s Fire for an afternoon exploring female archetypes of the renaissance and baroque eras. Join in the perfect melding of the countertenor voice type and the lute as we discover the ‘Ladies of Song’. The Hospitality and Fellowship Committee will host a reception in the Atrium following the concert. Our concerts are a great way to introduce others to St. John’s – please spread the word and invite a friend!

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 canned pears or other fruit and soap. Please take perishable items directly to the pantry. Donations support the Worthington Resource Pantry and Gladden Food Pantry.

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 (

IMPROV WORKSHOP ON FEBRUARY 2NDThe great Bill Sabo, one of the founders of Columbus Unscripted, will hold a special workshop for St. John’s youth on Friday, February 2nd from 6:30 – 9:00. We’ll eat dinner together, learn improv games, and may even do a few skits. We’ll be holding the workshop in Township Hall, and some kids from St. Patrick’s and St. Stephen’s will be joining us. RSVP to Karl ( or 740-326-0236) so that we’ll have enough pizza!

FEBRUARY SATURDAY SUPPER – Christine Arnold will host Saturday Suppers on February 3rd at 6:30 PM. She has chosen Chicken Divan as her entrée. Her address is 122 E, Schreyer Place, Columbus. Please let Christine know if you plan to attend and what you will bring: appetizer, salad, vegetable or dessert. She can be reached at or 614-267-2124122.

IN THE GARDEN: FEBRUARY DINNER — On Sunday, February 4th, St. John’s will provide dinner at Trinity Capital Square, for community members in need. Beginning in 2018, St. John’s has deepened its committed to In the Garden by committing to serve a meal every month. We are confident that our church is able to support the ministry in this way, and are looking for parishioners who may not have been involved in the past to join in. Please help us by volunteering, cooking a main dish of baked spaghetti, or signing up to bring a side dish to church that morning. Please see the sign-up list on the Information Table in the atrium if you are willing to cook or provide garlic bread, green beans, or fruit. Contact Brice & Emily Patterson at 614.747.2963 or with any questions. We hope you’ll consider joining us for the afternoon, too–extra hands are always welcome and needed!

ACOLYTE TRAINING SESSION SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 4THThere is an Acolyte training session scheduled for February 4 after the 11:15 service. The session will start at approximately 12:30 pm. and should last about an hour. Please meet in the church. The training session is for both new and current Acolytes. If you have felt called to become an Acolyte or want to learn more about what Acolytes do, please join us. If you have any questions, please call Lisa Graupmann at 614-653-1917.

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER – This year’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be on February 13th. Supper will be served 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

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.

A SPIRITUAL RETREAT, FEB. 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:

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 a.m. Activities for children and nursery care will be provided. Please plan to attend this quick business meeting.

2018 FLOWER CALENDAR S IN ATRIUM – If you would like to make a donation for the altar flowers please provide your name and phone number on the date you would like. You may donate in thanksgiving or memory of a Loved One(s). More than one donor may sign up for the same date. The donations made are the only source of income for the altar flowers. Someone from Flower Guild will call you for additional information. If you have any questions please contact Donna Somerville (614) 208-8573.

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.

SAVE THE DATE: The 2018 Women’s Retreat will be Oct 5th-6th at the Transfiguration Spirituality Center. Our facilitator will be Sr. Maxine Shonk. Direct any questions to Donna Hissrich, 614-203-3562 or

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! Feel free to discuss with Fr. Philip!

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

CHILDREN AT COMMUNION – All baptized children (old enough to safely eat regular foods) are always invited and encouraged to take communion with the rest of the congregation. However, this practice is always ultimately left to the parent’s discretion. If your child has not been baptized, please consider scheduling a baptism. Parents, if you have questions about communion for children please contact Fr. Philip.


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