This Week at St John’s – August 6, 2017

This Week at St John’s
August 6, 2017
The Eighth 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.

ADULT FORUMMission at Standing Rock Reservation.  The formal presentation is a short (just over 8 minutes) video of our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speaking at the encampment of Water Protectors. A brief introduction will be followed by the video and a discussion about modern missions and what a modern missionary might be. The Adult Forum meets in Kilbourne Hall at approximately 10:25 a.m.   (Margaret Allen)

SUGGESTED GROCERY ITEMS to bring next week are canned greens and zip-seal baggies. Please take perishable items directly to the pantry. Donations support the Worthington Resource Pantry and Gladden Food Pantry.

BACK TO SCHOOL LOCK-IN SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 12TH! An annual event at St. John’s, and one much anticipated by the children and youth, the lock-in will include dinner, games, a walk to Graeter’s for ice cream, movies, and (hopefully) a good night’s sleep. We’ll eat breakfast together and all go to the 9:00 AM service in the morning. Let Karl Stevens know if your kids can attend (

BLESSING OF THE BACK PACKS NEXT SUNDAY!  Believe it or not, the start of the new school year is only a few days away!  Next Sunday, August 13th we’ll bless the back packs at the 9:00 AM service.  This will be the morning after the back-to-school lock-in, so parents should try to remember to bring back packs with them when they pick up their kids from Kilbourne Hall and bring them into church.  Not going to the lock-in?  Bring your back packs anyway!

MOTHER MAGGIE ON VACATION – Mother Maggie Leidheiser-Stoddard is currently out of the office, and will return to St. John’s on Sunday, August 13th.

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.

SIGN-UP TO HELP WITH SUMMER SUNDAYS – A few more volunteers are needed to supplement our regular crew and keep an eye on the kids during the first half of the 9 AM service. If you’re interested in accompanying the children to the playground at the start of worship and returning with them for communion, please sign-up with Karl Stevens after the service.

STEWARDSHIP MEETING THIS WEEK – The Stewardship Team will meet on Thursday, August 10th at 7 pm in the Conference Room.  You might be surprised to learn that this is a really FUN committee to serve on.  Curious?  Please join us for the next meeting to discover the FUN.  Questions – please contact Mary Bailey at or 614-854-9907.

FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS AVAILABLE – Please look on the Information Table in the Atrium for your second quarter contribution statement. Help us save the cost of postage by taking yours home. – The Church Staff

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 next Sunday, August 13. The play is directed by parishioner Ellen Stukenberg. That evening, there will be a showing of the original film, Casablanca, at 6:30. 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 help by donating the following NEW items:
*Toddler appropriate stuffed animals (sewn eyes, instead of buttons to prevent a choking hazard)
*Toddler Books
*Toddler sized pajamas or outfits for both boys and girls
*Toddler toothpaste
*Toddler toothbrushes
*Night lights (Dollar Tree is a great place)
*Packs of Diaper Wipes
*3-in-1 wash
We will be collecting donated items until Friday, September 15th. Please look for the large box with the words “My Comfy Kits” in the Atrium. Thank you! – Carrie Troester

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. An Adult Ed. Program in the near future, the SVOSH students will return to give us an update of their 2017 Mission trip providing many glasses for those in need in Honduras. – Joan Bird for the Outreach and Social Justice Committee

DRESS FOR SUCCESS Thank you for the many donations of women’s clothing items, scarves, shoes and jewelry for Dress for Success. We will continue to collect these items in bags under the information table in the Atrium until Sunday Aug. 13. The contributions coordinator from DFS will be presented the items you have graciously given to help low income women become empowered, confident and hopeful…in their journey to secure work and financial independence. After this campaign is over, you may deliver items to 1204 N. High Street. 43201. More information is available at – Joan Bird for the Outreach and Social Justice Committee

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

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.

Book Notes #5 – The Protestant ReformationWe have been building a Reformation collection of books and DVDs in the library since the first of the year.  The idea is that some of you may wish to attend our Reformation workshop on September 30 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 that sits on the desk in the Parish Library (just across from Kilbourne Hall).  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. – Nancy Elkington

BIG READ – READING THE BOOK OF EXODUS TOGETHER! Beginning August 27, 2017 and running to April 7, 2018, 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.

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.

Save the Date! Sept 30 2017 – On September 30, 2017 St. John’s Episcopal Church  (Worthington) will host a day-long (9:00am – 5:00pm) 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 6 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:  description and full schedule and registration form.  The price for St. John’s parishioners is $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

WILL YOU PRAY WITH US? The Intercessory Prayer Group is looking for a few new members, folks who are willing to receive a weekly list of prayer concerns via email and commit to praying for each person/family on the list at some point during the week. The contents of this prayer list are confidential, so we ask those who pray to keep all details from the list private. If you would like to pray with us, please talk to Mother Maggie ( or Jo Pascoe ( Thanks for your consideration!

THE FLOWER DONATION CALENDAR has several openings for the remainder of 2017. If you would like to donate flowers in Memory of a loved one, or to Celebrate an event in your lives, please add your name to Calendar which is located on the front wall of the Atrium. We can have more than one Donor a week if your date is already taken. You will be contacted the week before for information for the bulletin. Any questions please contact Donna Somerville (614) 208-8573 or Punky Cline (614) 284-3782. Thank you.

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

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