This Week at St John’s – August 13, 2017

This Week at St John’s
August 13, 2017
The Tenth 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.

NO ADULT FORUM – The scheduled Summer Adult Forum offerings have ended. Please watch your Crossroads or announcement sheets for the fall start up date and topic.

SUGGESTED GROCERY ITEMS to bring next week are canned apple sauce, canned fruit and toilet paper. Please take perishable items directly to the pantry. Donations support the Worthington Resource Pantry and Gladden Food Pantry.

TODAY’S ALTAR FLOWERS were donated by Alice & Sandy Carroll.

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. This year we are supporting CRIS. They are located on Route 161 just a few miles east of the church so transport 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 shop back to school sales. There is a list of needed items on the information table in the Atrium and a bin below it for donations. Anyone interested in helping with the transport of these items can contact Eve Herold at or 614-846-3736.

REFUGEES FROM OPPRESSION–1942: Casablanca: The Backstory is the story of how the movie came to be. An original staged reading at the McConnell Arts Center, Casablanca: The Backstory will be presented by the Gallery Theatre at 3:00 today, August 13th. The play is directed by parishioner Ellen Stukenberg. This evening at 6:30 there will be a showing of the original film, Casablanca. Tickets to both the play and the film are available at or at the McConnell Arts Center, 614-431-0329.

My Comfy Kits is a program of Orphan World Relief whose mission is to provide comfort and dignity to children entering foster care. Most children leave their families with only the clothing on their backs or a trash bag with a few belongings. Our age and gender appropriate Comfy Kits provide a few necessities and comfort items. We hope to show these kids in a practical way that they are loved and cared for and give them something to call their own. Every child deserves that! If you would like to donate items for a Comfy Kit, you can provide the following: NEW stuffed animals (for toddlers – sewn eyes, instead of buttons to prevent a choking hazard)  books, pajamas or outfits for both boys and girls, toothpaste, toothbrushes, night lights (Dollar Tree is a great place), Diaper Wipes, 3-in-1 wash and backpacks. We will be collecting donated items until Friday, September 15th. Please look for the large box labeled “My Comfy Kits” in the Atrium. Thank you! – Carrie Troester


A NOTE FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE: As you finish up your summer activities, please review your quarterly giving statement to see if your pledge fulfillment is on track or could use a little “catching up”. The July financial report shows that we are noticeably behind with our planned giving, currently $16,000 under plan at the end of July. Your progress toward fulfilling your pledge is appreciated. Rob Thurman

THE SECOND SUMMER EDITION OF THE CROSSROADS IS NOW AVAILABLE – Please check your email inbox or pick up a printed copy from the Information Table in the Atrium.

AN eye glass Collection/recycling box is located on the Atrium table. The donated glasses will be given to the SVOSH (Student Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity) students from OSU. At an Adult Ed. Program in the near future, the SVOSH students will return to give us an update of their recent Mission trip providing many glasses for those in need in Honduras. – Joan Bird for the Outreach and Social Justice Committee

CHOIR REHEARSALS ARE BEGINNING SOON!  The adult choir is a super fun group of people, and even though the chancel looks full, we are always excited to add new singers! The choir is open to anyone high school-aged or older, and no audition is required. If you can read music and would enjoy an hour and a half of singing, fellowship, and fun on Thursday evenings (as well as a different perspective on worship on Sundays) , please consider singing with the choir as part of your ministry at St. John’s. Curious, but unsure about the commitment? Please consider this an open invitation for an 8-week trial period. Any questions? Grab me after church one morning, call me at the church, or email me at SaraS@StJohnsWorthington.orgSara Seidel

Choir Schedule, beginning August 31: Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Choir Room. Sundays, 10:30 a.m. (8:15 on the first Sunday of the month), in the Chancel.

LAYWEEDERS GARDENING DAY, SATURDAY AUGUST 19THJoin the fun with the crew of lay weeders. We’ll meet at the sheds at 1 PM. Bring gloves and clippers if you have them.  Ellen Stukenberg

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 #5 – The Protestant ReformationWe have been building a Reformation collection of books and DVDs in the church library since the first of the year. The idea was that some of you may wish to attend our Reformation workshop on September 30th and also to gain a basic grounding on the period, the people, and the places, that were most prominent in the efforts to reform the Church. The collection is still growing but for now it can be viewed on a small bookshelf on the library’s desk. Stop in, browse, and check out something that you find interesting. You might also search our online catalog using the term “reformation” to see what else we own. – Elkington

BIG READ – READING THE BOOK OF EXODUS TOGETHER! Beginning on Sunday, August 27th and running thru April 7, Bishop Breidenthal has invited everyone in the diocese to come together to read the Book of Exodus. We are at a moment as a church and a culture when questions raised in the Book of Exodus are pertinent. What does it mean to be a stranger in a strange land? To leave behind all the things we thought we knew? To see our communities change? Go to for reading schedules to guide individual study and more.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS FOLLOW UP:  Thank you so much for donating your items to DFS. It was a great success! If you wish to get a tax receipt for your donation please contact Joan Bird at or 614-327-8646.

CAREGIVERS & GRIEF SUPPORT will not meet in August. Their next meeting will be Monday, September 18th. The speaker will present on the topic: Be Prepared.


THE REV. JUAN PEREZ   – Remember Juan, our former seminarian? Fr. Juan has announced that he will be completing his ministry in the Detroit area immediately. He has accepted a call as Priest-in-Charge of the Harlem Valley Ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of NY. The Harlem Valley Ministry is a collaboration of two Episcopal churches and a mission in Putnam and Dutchess counties. The three parishes are St. Andrew’s Brewster, Holy Trinity Pawling and MESA Dover Plains (Mission Episcopal Santiago Apóstol). His start date is September 1st. Please keep Fr. Juan in your prayers as he begins this new phase of his ministry.

WIN PICNIC AUGUST 27TH – Plan now to attend the Worthington Interfaith Neighbors Potluck Picnic 4-7 pm at Selby Park on Sunday, August 27th. This family friendly event offers wonderful food, music, games and entertainment. Just bring a blanket or chairs and a food typical of your upbringing to share. Beverages and tableware will be provided. This is a free event thanks to our sponsors!  Tricia Herban

Save the Date! Sept 30 2017 – On September 30th St. John’s will host a day-long workshop “Introduction to the Protestant Reformation” to recognize the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s formal complaints – his 95 Theses – to the Church. “Introduction to the Protestant Reformation” will feature a theologically diverse group of speakers (three clergy and three academics) sharing their thoughts about seven pivotal 16th century reformers: Luther & Melanchthon, Zwingli, Calvin & Knox, Simons & the Anabaptists, and Cranmer. Join us as we learn together about the onset and shifting nature of the Reformation: who were the major reformers, what were their beliefs, how were they similar and different, who were their adherents, and where do we see their theologies in modern Protestant denominations? Read more about it: Space is limited so plan ahead. The price for St. John’s parishioners is $20 in advance or $25 at the door.  Nancy Elkington

THE WOMEN’S RETREAT will be held Sept 8th & 9th. The theme is Walking in the Footprints of Jesus: A Retreat Based on St. Teresa of Avila. It will be held at the Transfiguration Spirituality Center in Cincinnati. Our Facilitator is Sandra Weisner, a 2015 graduate of Wellstreams. Reservations and money need to be received by August 20th. The cost is $88.00, which includes all meals. For more information contact Donna Hissrich at 614-203-3562 or email

WELCOME GUESTS AND VISITORS! – 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!

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

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. One caveat, we do not always have an extra person to say prayers with you. Remember, Fr. Philip and Mother Maggie have regular office hours if you wish to make an appointment.


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