• This Week at St John’s – June 25, 2017

    This Week at St John’s
    June 25, 2017

    The Third Sunday after Pentecost




    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.

    Summer Sundays will meet during the first half of the 9 am service on the playground, for a Bible study discussion and some free play. We’ll return to “Big Church” for the Peace and Holy Eucharist.

    We don’t have Sunday School during the summer but can’t wait to see all the kids again when the Christian formation year starts up on September 10th.


    NEW(ER) EUCHARISTIC PRAYER TODAY – Throughout the month of June, we will be using Eucharistic Prayer 1 from “Enriching our Worship” for the Sunday services. This is an approved liturgy of the Episcopal Church, and it is the same liturgy we used for last fall’s outdoor worship service. You should notice some minor changes in wording. This order of the Eucharistic Prayer is not in the current Book of Common Prayer.  Father Philip


    ADULT FORUM TODAY “Called to be a Servant of God”. Deacon Deniray Mueller will explain the two types of Deacons in the Episcopal Church and how she, as a vocational deacon, is educated and fulfills her ministry. NEXT SUNDAY: No Adult Forum. Classes are held in Kilbourne Hall, starting at 10:20 AM.


    SUGGESTED GROCERY ITEMS to bring next week are chili with beans and dish detergent. 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 Lily & Jeff Thompson.


    LEARN ABOUT BUDDHISM – The Worthington Interfaih Neighbors (WIN) continues their series “Sharing our Stories”. This coming Tuesday, June 27, at 7 p.m., Glenn Gustafson will be speaking about Buddhism. Glenn is the Monk in residence at the Central Ohio Center for Pragmatic Buddhism. The program will be held at the Old Worthington Library, 820 High Street. All are welcome!


    FRIENDSHIP DINNER JUNE 29TH – St. John’s next Friendship Dinner will be this coming Thursday. Meal service begins at 6:30 pm, and helping hands (and feet and smiles) are welcome anytime between 4:30 and 7:30. The Friendship Dinner is one way our parish serves the surrounding community. On the last Thursday of each month, we offer a free spaghetti dinner (complete with meatballs, veggies, bread, salad, fruit and cookies) for any and all who may come. Through the Friendship Dinner, we answer Christ’s call to feed the hungry and offer hospitality to neighbors and strangers alike. No special skills required, just a willingness to be present. If you have any questions, please call John and Dawn Pascoe at 614-888-3471. We hope to see you on the 29th!  Mother Maggie


    SIGN-UP TO HELP WITH SUMMER SUNDAYS – During the summer we spend Children’s Church time outside. We have a very brief discussion of the Gospel reading, and then the kids play on the playground. We need adults who are willing to supplement our regular crew and keep an eye on the kids. If you’re interested in accompanying the children to the playground at the start of worship and return with them for communion, please sign-up with Karl after the service.


    THE FIRST SUMMER EDITION OF THE CROSSROADS IS NOW AVAILABLE – Hard copies of the newsletter are available on the Information Table in the Atrium.


    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WORTHINGTON PARTNERSHIP’S 24TH HABITAT HOUSE CONSTRUCTION – St. John’s has signed up to provide volunteers to the Habitat construction site on Saturday, July 1 between 9 and 3. We have also volunteered to provide lunch for the Habitat workers on that day. Construction of the two-story structure was begun the last week of April so it should be pretty far along. The work site is located at 1676 Manchester Ave. just north of the intersection of Cleveland and Westerville Rd. Our partnership family is from Somalia and has lived in the Columbus area for 20 years. Eight volunteers are needed at the site and 2 or 3 to make lunch for about 15 workers. There will be crew leaders to organize and guide you – no experience is necessary.

    St. John’s has been a member of this partnership since its founding in the 1990s. The Partnership has built and contributed funding for 23 houses during this time. Habitat provides a great opportunity to work together on a worthwhile project and to help a family who has worked hard to qualify for a Habitat house. Look for the sign-up sheet in the atrium.  Eve Herold for The Outreach and Social Justice Committee


    IN THE GARDEN DINNER JULY 2ND – St. John’s will be serving dinner to the homeless and residents of downtown Columbus at Trinity Church, 3rd and Broad, on July 2nd. This is a ministry that has been continuous for over a decade. Food donations are needed as well as volunteers to help prepare and serve the meal between 1 and 3 p.m. This month we will be serving hot dogs, chips, coleslaw, beans and fruit as well as a special holiday desert to celebrate Independence Day. Please sign the sheet in the atrium to donate food; we still need many items. There will be bins under the atrium table to receive your contributions on July 2 including a cooler for hot dogs. Any one who wants to serve the 2nd please contact Eve Herold at 614-846-3736 or


    SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE FOR CRIS (Community Refugee and Immigrant Services) – For many years St. John’s has collected school supplies over the summer to be donated to students in need. The last couple of years we have donated the supplies to Neighborhood House. Since Neighborhood House has closed, this year our supplies will go to CRIS. CRIS is located on Route 161 just a few miles east of the church so transport of collected items will be convenient. More important, since these children have nothing they need everything! Please search your homes for supplies outgrown or no longer needed. And keep CRIS in mind when the back to school sales begin, usually as early as July. There is a list of needed items on the information table in the Atrium and a bin below it where you can deposit your donation. Anyone interested in helping with the transport of these items to CRIS throughout the summer can contact Eve Herold at or 614-846-3736.


    GET CONNECTED THROUGH THE SKILLS AND INTERESTS INVENTORY – The Skills and Interests Inventory is up and running on the website! Take a minute to add your profile or search for others with similar interests. You can access the inventory on the St. John’s website under the Participate link. Contact any member of the Communications Committee for more information.  Dawn Pascoe


    BOOK NOTES #3 – THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH – Do you remember what you learned in Confirmation Classes? Do you know what we mean by “grace”? Do Episcopalians “confess”? When was the Book of Common Prayer first published? Who are the members of the Anglican Communion? Did you know that the library owns at least 50 books that are primarily focused on the Episcopal Church?! And even more if you count those that deal with the role of the Church of England in the context of the Christian Church. Over the next week or so I will be moving relevant books to the mantle in the library – to make it easier for you to browse and select items of interest to borrow. Don’t forget to fill out the card in the back and put it in the “Borrow” box on the card catalog. And please take a copy of the printed book list!  Nancy Elkington


    PIMIL FUNDRAISER SILENT AUCTION. As last year, we need interesting items for the silent auction. We ask that donations NOT be garage sale items, but rather worth at least $10. “Things” as well as small gift certificates (DQ, pizzas, etc.) are most welcome. Questions or need items picked up? Call Kathy Hall (614-888-1933), OR just bring your items to the Church Office.  THANK YOU!

    PIMIL FUNDRAISER – GREAT FOOD, SILENT AUCTION, INSPIRATION, AND FUN – Put on your brightest summer CASUAL clothes, and come join us for an international luncheon, entertainment and silent auction. The 8th Annual Fundraiser for PIMIL (Partners-in-Ministry-in Liberia) will be held from 12:30-3:30 PM on Saturday, July 22, here at St. John’s. The Rev. Dr. Lee Ann Reat, Vicar of St. John’s, Columbus will speak on the theme, “Bearing Fruit that Endures”, based on the Gospel of John. A silent auction and raffle will offer treasures. Children will be invited to join in and share a “hands on experience” with the African drums circle. Ladies will learn the art of the “African head wrap”. Letters from our PIMIL students will adorn the tables and words from our students will amaze us all. Our lunch menu will offer both American and Liberian food. Delicious Liberian style spinach served over rice, Liberian doughnuts, and ginger beer (non-alcoholic) will surprise your taste buds. Recipes will even be available. The event is the primary source of funds to support our students in Liberia. In the 2016-2017 academic year PIMIL has sponsored 212 children. By reaching our 2017 goal of $10,000 we hope to fund an additional 40 Ebola orphans. Tickets ($5 children, $15 adults) may be purchased at the door, in the church office or from St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (614-882-2706).  Donations are also appreciated.  Kathy Hall & Caroline Fraker



    We are thankful for your presence among us and hope you will enjoy your visit with us! St. John’s is a diverse congregation, and we aim to provide a safe and caring environment for worship, study and fellowship.

    If you fill out the Welcome to St. John’s brochure found in the pew rack, we’ll send you notes of welcome and additional information about the church including a bit about our history and our most recent monthly newsletter, the “Crossroads”. Just put the completed brochure in the offering plate or hand it to a member of the clergy at the end of the service.

    We do wish to get to know you! Please stay for coffee and other refreshments in the Atrium after the service, and introduce yourself to the clergy at the back of the church. We’ll be glad to introduce you to some of the people who can help you get to know the church and answer any immediate questions.

    We hope that you will come back again!



    DIFFICULTY WALKING? – If you have difficulty walking, but would still like to receive communion, please tell one of the ushers. The usher will make sure that one of the clergy brings communion to you in your pew.  Fr. Philip


    DID YOU KNOW? – Did you know that on most Sundays, the clergy of St. John’s offer private prayers in the Mary Chapel (the small room to the left of the altar)? If you wish to receive a private prayer, after receiving communion simply step into the chapel. Briefly explain to the person greeting you why you are asking for prayers. That person will then say a short prayer with you. The process is discrete and quick. One caveat, we do not always have an extra person to say prayers with you. If you walk into the chapel and there is no one to greet you, simply return to your pew. At some point in the future we may be able to promise that someone will always be there. Remember, Fr. Philip, has regular office hours if you wish to make an appointment.



    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.


    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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