This Week at St. Johns: January 14, 2018 The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

FORMATION EUCHARIST THIS SUNDAY! After months of planning and the involvement of a cast of millions (well, at least dozens), the Formation Eucharist is ready to launch! This Sunday at the 9:00 AM service, we’ll show you everything we’ve been working on! We won’t have Children’s Church that day, since we’ll all be in the sanctuary learning together throughout the entire service. Over time we hope to answer all of the questions that you and your children have ever had about why we do what we do in worship. For this first Formation Eucharist, we’ll be focusing on the psalms. We’ll have a children’s bulletin to keep kids focused on the service, and children are invited to come to the aisle for the sermon and the Prayers of the People. We hope that you’ll sit with your children, and help them learn as you learn.


The children will not be processing today and there will be no Children’s Church.

Sunday School This Week: We’re continuing our month long deep dive into the story of the Prodigal Son. Last week we heard the story and created tableaus to illustrate it. This week we’ll look at artworks from throughout the ages and make collages to explore the story visually.

ADULT FORUM TODAY – St. John’s is Making a Difference in Our Community! Barb McVicker, Betsy Warner and Tricia Herban will explain the scope and purpose of Worthington Interfaith Neighbors (WIN), a vital young program that offers an opportunity for refugees to connect with Worthington residents. Through this program we are proving that a few people can really make a difference without formal training, a rigid commitment or significant cost. NEXT WEEK: NO Adult Forum. The Newcomer’s Committee is hosting a reception for our newest members during this time period. Classes are held in Kilbourne Hall, starting at 10:20 AM.

THE CHURH OFFICE CLOSED TOMORROW in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY CELEBRATION – The Worthington celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend this annual event featuring community musical performances, including youth and adult Capriccio choirs. The program will feature a living history performance by Anthony Gibbs, creative director of Black History Impressions, highlighting the experience of African American troops who fought during the Civil War. A light luncheon will follow the program, and the entire event is free and open to the public. The program will be held at the Worthington Methodist Church, 600 High Street.

WELCOME VISITORS AND NEWCOMERS – Next Sunday, January 21st, the Newcomers Committee will host a reception to welcome our visitors and those newer to St. John’s. It will be held immediately following the 9:00 service in Kilbourne Hall. If you are visiting or new to the congregation and have not yet received an invitation in the mail, we do not have your name and contact information. Please complete one of our visitor information cards in the pews or complete the guest registration form located at the entrance to the church. We hope you will be able to take this time to meet parishioners and learn more about St. John’s. If you are interested in attending the gathering, please contact Susie Bonnell at 614/438-5259 or by email at

TODAY’S ALTAR FLOWERS were given by the Norman’s and Lothes’ Families.

SUGGESTED GROCERY ITEMS to bring next week are oatmeal or cereal and deodorant. Please take perish-able items directly to the pantry. Donations support the Worthington Resource Pantry and Gladden Food Pantry.

JOHN’S CARES – JOIN US AS WE HOST A DRUG SAFE WORTHINGTON EVENT! – The 5th Worthington Cares Speaker Series event is Monday, January 22nd at Worthington Kilbourne High School. The evening begins with dinner at 6 pm hosted by St. John’s Hospitality & Fellowship Committee, followed by the speaker at 6:45pm. There will be activities for youth ages 5-15 starting at 6:45. The topic is “Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction: America’s Invisible Thief.” In addition to providing a basic yet vital foundational understanding of addiction, Jim Joyner (Chemical Dependency Counselor) will describe how addiction impacts the whole family and the greater community and what can be done to prevent drug use. We could use a few volunteer servers! And any parishioner wishing to come for dinner and attend the lecture would be very welcome – just RSVP at: St. John’s Hospitality & Fellowship Committee

CONCERT SERIES CONCERT – Nathan Medley and Brian Kay – ladies of song. Sunday, January 28th, 3:00 p.m. “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! Sara Seidel

PEW CUSHIONS ARE HERE! – Semi-permanent pew cushions are now in all pews in the main sections downstairs and in the balcony of the church! 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. 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

SINGLES DINING OUT – The next SDO event will be at 6 PM on Wednesday, January 24th, at the Hunan Lion on Bethel Road. SDO welcomes single men and women, as well as married people whose spouses prefer to dine at home. To make a reservation, please contact Sue Sheets at or 614-764-1941.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 has 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 Jo Pascoe (

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