This Week at St John’s – December 31, 2017

This Week at St John’s
December 31, 2017
The First Sunday after Christmas Day



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.


MOTHER MAGGIE TO BECOME RECTOR AT CHRIST CHRUCH SPRINGFIELD, OHIO – As most of you know by now, Mother Maggie Leidheiser- Stoddard has been called to be the next Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Springfield. Mother Maggie’s last Sunday at St. John’s will be January 7th, the Sunday after the Epiphany and the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ. Her first Sunday at Christ Church, Springfield will be January 14th. Mother Maggie and her family, Jon and Jesse – and Mr. Chubbikins, of course – will all be missed, but not forgotten.

SUGGESTED GROCERY ITEMS to bring next week are canned tuna or chicken and laundry detergent. Please take perishable items directly to the pantry. Donations support the Worthington Resource Pantry and Gladden Food Pantry.

CHURCH OFFICE TO BE CLOSED – In observance of the holidays, the church office will be closed on Monday, January 1st and Tuesday, January 2nd. Please plan accordingly.

WEDNESDAY EVENING EXODUS BIBLE STUDY – Join us this week (January 3rd) at 7 PM in the Atrium as we study Chapter 16.  Margaret Allen

JANUARY SATURDAY SUPPER – Miriam and Don Utter will host the next Saturday Suppers January 6th at 6:30 their home 194 Sinsbury Drive N. Lasagna will be their entrée. To RSVP call 614-436-7427 or email at

BAPTISMS NEXT SUNDAY – Next Sunday, January 7, is the Sunday after the Epiphany and the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ. We will celebrate by renewing our baptismal vows and the 9 a.m. service and with two baptisms at the 11:15 a.m. service. Mother Maggie will be preaching for the last time before leaving St. John’s.

ADULT FORUM NEXT WEEKReading Exodus from the Jewish Prospective. Rabbi Daniel Bogard, Rabbi in Residence for our Diocesan Big Read, will lead this discussion on January 7th. Classes are held in Kilbourne Hall, starting at 10:20 AM.

IN THE GARDEN DINNER JANUARY 7TH – St. John’s will be serving dinner to the homeless and residents of downtown Columbus at Trinity Church, 3rd and Broad, on January 7. Our first meal of the New Year will be chili. Food donations are needed as well as volunteer servers and/or cooks. Please sign up on the sheet in the atrium to donate food. There will be bins under the atrium table to receive your contributions on January 7. Any one who wants to serve downtown or make chili, please contact Eve Herold at 614-846-3736 or Thanks for all you do!  Eve Herold

PLEASE “LIKE” ST. JOHN’S ON FACEBOOK.  St. John’s Episcopal Church and Early Education Center – Worthington, OH. Fr. Philip is also on Facebook and would appreciate you “friending” him!

CELTIC SERVICE NEXT SUNDAY – Please join us in the atrium on January 7 at 5 pm for the next lay-led Celtic Service. We will celebrate Epiphany using the Order of Service found in the Iona Worship book. This is an intimate, quiet, and contemplative service followed by a time of hospitality and fellowship. We welcome all St. John’s parishioners and friends from outside our church family as we celebrate the coming of light. Enter through the atrium doors any time after 4:30.  The Celtic Fellowship

PEW CUSHIONS ARE COMING! – In early January, semi-permanent pew cushions will be installed in all pews in the main sections downstairs and in the balcony! These cushions are a gift from the family of Letty Belknap. Letty was a long-standing member of St. John’s who diligently served the church in many ways during her long life. When Letty passed away in June, 2016, the Belknap family decided a fitting tribute to Letty’s dedicated service to St. John’s would be to purchase pew cushions for the nave, including the balcony. With the help of the Heritage Design Committee and Vestry, the material was selected for the cushions. They will be red, to complement the carpet, with a gold-tone design, which I have been told is a Celtic symbol. We are grateful not only for the life of Letty Belknap, but to the Belknap family for this generous gift that will provide an attractive addition to St. John’s as well as comfort to those who attend services. Linda Weatherholt

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO SET UP ONLINE GIVING FOR A YEAR-END GIFT TO THE CHURCH OR YOUR ANNUAL PLEDGE – In the course of year-end tax planning, you may find yourself considering a special one-time donation to St. John’s. Online giving makes that possible. Just click the Online Giving link in the bottom right-hand corner of the St. John’s website at to get started. The link will redirect you to a secure website that provides options of paying directly from your checking or savings account or from any major credit card. You can proceed directly to the online giving page, or you can first view a slideshow to familiarize you with how to set up your online giving. You can enter a one-time or recurring gift to support normal operations (General Pledge), or you may wish to make a gift to a special category such as the Rector’s Discretionary Fund or the All Saints fund to honor a special person or event in your life. –Mary Bailey, on behalf of the Stewardship Committee

FORMATION EUCHARIST!  Do you know why we read the Gospel from the center of the church? Starting on January 14th we’re going to be worshipping with a Formation Eucharist that will take place during the 9:00 AM service on the second Sunday of the next few months. This service offers formation for all ages, and will aspire to answer all of the questions about worship that you’ve ever had but were afraid to ask. Please talk to Philip, Maggie, Sara, Bob, Deniray, or Karl if you have any questions. We hope you’ll join us!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – Parents right here in Worthington are unable to communicate with their children’s teachers, family doctors, emergency personnel or potential employers. You can help these immigrants and refugees improve their spoken English by becoming a Conversation Partner. Worthington Interfaith Neighbors (WIN) offers the opportunity to connect one-on-one with someone new to our country, to learn about one another’s culture, develop a friendship and practice speaking English. Your investment of time can really make a difference. WIN is hosting an orientation and training session for Conversation Partners on Saturday, January 20th from 10-11:30 am at All Saints Lutheran Church, 6770 N. High Street. For questions or to register, please contact WIN at or call Tricia Herban at 614-505-7498.

SEEKING ADULT FORMATION ENTHUSIASTS! – Are you satisfied with what you know about your faith or do you want to know more? Have you sought out insights from books or videos in our Parish Library? Have you ever attended and learned from our Sunday Adult Forums (10:30am-11:10am)? Did you participate in the recent Reformation Workshop held here in September? Do you ever talk with friends and/or family about what it is to live a life of faith and perhaps what tools or experiences might make faithful living a bit easier? If you answered “Yes” to any of the questions above, you are exactly the person we’re looking for! The St. John’s Adult Formation Committee is looking for new members. If you have an interest in and commitment to lifelong Christian education, please consider joining us as an active member. We need your ideas, talents, and energy! Call (+1-516-316-9104) or send me an email ( and we’ll find a time to chat.  Nancy Elkington, chair, Adult Formation Committee

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

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.

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 are interested please talk to Mother Maggie ( or Jo Pascoe ( Thanks for your consideration!

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!

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

NEEDED: CHAIR OF HOSPITALITY AND FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE– We are in need of an enthusiastic and organized person who might be interested in becoming the Chair of our Hospitality and Fellowship Committee. This person would be replacing Ted Dziemainowicz immediately. NOTE: The Chair of the committee does not mean you do all the work by yourself! Rather, the chair recruits others, communicates and organizes Hospitality and Fellowship events along with a committee of other parish volunteers. If you would like to learn more about this important volunteer position, please speak to Fr. Philip soon.

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.

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



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