This Week at St John’s – January 7, 2018

This Week at St John’s
January 7, 2018
The First Sunday after the Epiphany:

The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ


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.

Sunday School This Week: Hooray for a new year of Christian formation! During the coming months we’ll be concentrating on five parables of Jesus, delving deep into each one over the course of an entire month. This morning we’ll use a tableau drama practice to begin exploring the parable of the Prodigal Son. In the weeks to come, we’ll use art practices and prayer practices to go deeper into the story. And at the end of the month, the kids will present what they’ve learned to their parents during Sunday School time. Hope your children can join us!

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

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

CELTIC SERVICE THIS AFTERNOON – Please join us in the atrium 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


The Flower Guild would like to thank everyone who donated money for the poinsettias and other Christmas flowers. Your donations helped make our church especially beautiful during this Christmas season.

The Flower Donation Calendar for 2018 is now on the wall in the Atrium. If you would like to sponsor the weekly altar flowers in memory of or in thanksgiving for an event or person, please sign your name and phone number by a date. 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.

A few able bodied volunteers are needed to help take down the Christmas decorations in the church tomorrow morning starting at 10 AM. Please just show up if you are available and willing.

SUGGESTED GROCERY ITEMS to bring next week are baked beans and facial tissues. Please take perish-able items directly to the pantry. Donations support the Worthington Resource Pantry and Gladden Food Pantry.

TODAY’S ALTAR FLOWERS were given by Dick & Collette Martin and Andrea & Bill Pfeifle.

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. Today is Mother Maggie’s last Sunday at St. John’s. She will be in the office this week Monday thru Thursday. Her first Sunday at Christ Church, Springfield will be January 21st. Mother Maggie and her family, Jon and Jesse – and Mr. Chubbikins, of course – will all be missed, but not forgotten.

WEDNESDAY EVENING EXODUS BIBLE STUDY – Join us this week (January 10th) at 7 PM in the Atrium as we study Chapter 16.  Margaret Allen

FUNERAL FOR THE REV. CANON PETER NORMAN – The funeral for the Rev. Canon Peter Norman will be held here at St. John’s on Saturday, January 13 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a reception. The Rev. Mr. Norman was a sometime member of St. John’s. He was a graduate of the Yale Divinity School and served in a few parishes early in his career. However, most of his ministry was in the secular world of fundraising. He is survived by his son, Peter Norman, II and three daughters.

FORMATION EUCHARIST NEXT WEEK!  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, Sara, Bob, Deniray, or Karl if you have any questions. We hope you’ll join us!

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.

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.

RECEPTION TO WELCOME VISITORS AND NEWCOMERS TO ST. JOHNS – In two weeks, on Sunday, January 21st, the Newcomers Committee will host a reception to welcome visitors and those newer to St. John’s. It will be held immediately following the 9:00 service in Kilbourne Hall. If you are 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 found in the pews or complete the guest registration form located at the entrance to the church. We hope you will take this opportunity to meet church staff and parishioners and learn more about St. John’s. If you are interested in attending, please contact Susie Bonnell at 614-438-5259 or by e-mail at

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.

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 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!

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