This Week at St John’s – May 14, 2017

This Week at St John’s
May 14, 2017
The Fifth Sunday of Easter



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.

Children’s Church will meet during the first half of the 9 am service in Kilbourne Hall, for a kid-friendly sermon discussion. We’ll return to “Big Church” for the Peace and Holy Eucharist.

THIS WEEK: When Philip meets the Ethiopian eunuch and asks him if he understands what he’s reading as he pores over the scripture, the eunuch replies by asking “How can I understand unless someone explains it to me?” As Christians, we know that we can’t understand our faith, or even ask good questions about it, without doing so in the company of others. How do we formulate good questions as we encounter scripture, and how do we learn from each other? Using art, crafts, and drama exercises, we’ll explore the story of Philip and the Ethiopian and explain it to each other. Sunday School takes place from 10:25 to 11:00 AM in the Undercroft.

Contact Karl if you have questions or comments at, or 740-326-0236.

Youth Education for 6th through 12th graders will meet upstairs in the Carriage House (aka “the barn”) from 10:20 to 11 am.


ADULT FORUM TODAY – We will explore The Cult of The Saints: the third in Miriam Utter’s fascinating series on the history of the Christian Church, leading up to the Reformation. Each talk is complete within itself, so do come even if you have missed the others! NEXT WEEK: The Pre Reformation World was a time of social ferment, as the Black Death has decimated Europe, and wondering minds began to examine long-held beliefs. Catholicism held sway in the political and spiritual realm, but new ideas began to slowly percolate and shake the foundations of society. What was the religious climate at that time? Miriam Utter will help us to understand. Classes are held in Kilbourne Hall, starting at 10:20 AM. Tricia Herban


SUGGESTED GROCERY ITEMS to bring next week are spaghetti sauce and diapers (size 4, 5, 6). Please take perishable items directly to the pantry. Donations support the Worthington Resource Pantry and Gladden Food Pantry.


TODAYS ALTAR FLOWERS were given by Matthew Sturtz & Elyse Mizer and Melissa Alexander.


GRADUATING SENIORS – If you or someone in your family is graduating from high school or college or some other academic program this spring, please contact Vicky Turner in the parish office and let us know. We will offer prayers for our new graduates on Sunday, May 21st.


PHILIP TO BE OUT OF OFFICE – Fr. Philip will be out of the office for two weeks beginning this coming Wednesday, May 17. He will return on Thursday, June 1. In the meanwhile, Fr. Bruce Smith, well-known to this congregation, will be our guest priest. Both Fr. Bruce and Deacon Maggie will be available for emergency pastoral care during Fr. Philip’s absence. If you need emergency pastoral care, please call the church office or one of the Wardens – John Pascoe, 614-314-2165 or Rob Thurman 614-439-3659.


DEACON MAGGIE’S ORDINATION TO THE SACRED ORDER OF PRIESTS – Although it is not definite, Deacon’s Maggie’s ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 10th at 11 AM at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati. All are invited! If you are interested in carpooling, please sign-up on the sheet in the atrium on the Information Table. Also, indicate if you would be willing to drive! Watch the announcements for more information as it is available.

MUSIC SERIES CONCERT NEXT WEEK: SOPRANO KAREN PEELER – songs for a lifetime. Sunday, May 21, 3:00 p.m. – The 2016-17 season ends with a concert by Karen Peeler, who is Professor Emeritus of Voice and Pedagogy at The Ohio State University, where she headed the graduate program in voice pedagogy and was Director of the Helen Swank Voice Teaching and Research Lab. She has performed leading roles in opera, operetta, and musical theater throughout the United States and has concertized widely in the U.S., Austria, and Italy.. She will be joined by a host of friends, including pianists Robin Guy, Michael Lester, and Rose Zuber; violist Henrietta Neeley; soprano Marley Nemeth; tenor Michael Hamilton; and narrator Christopher Purdy. Karen and Michael both sing in the St. John’s choir. 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!


OUTREACH PROJECT FOR RONALD McDONALD HOUSE – Continuing during May the Outreach and Social Justice Committee is having a “Wish List” donation drive for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbus. The “Wish List” includes various household items such as paper towels, 13 gallon trash bags, HE laundry soap (PODS preferred), disinfecting spray (i.e. Lysol), scrubbing bubbles for bathtubs and disinfectant cleaning wet wipes. As you do your regular shopping and see sales or coupons please think about this need. There is a box a box in the Atrium for your donations. Lillian Balukjian


GIFT NEXT SUNDAY – All babies & toddlers and their grownups are encouraged to participate in Growing In Faith Together (GIFT) next Sunday, May 21st, at 10:20 am in the Nursery. GIFT is a relaxed, age-appropriate worship experience for little ones with simple songs, movements, and a rhyming Bible story. Olivia Slykhuis


PARTICIPATE IN THE SKILLS AND INTERESTS DIRECTORY…PLEASE – The St. John’s Skills and Interests directory is a living document that incorporates parishioners’ talents and areas of interest. In a church setting, the directory can play a key support role as ministries are born and renewed. Please go to the St John’s web page and press PARTICIPATE and complete the mini form. It’s quick to do…..takes just a little more time than microwaving a bowl of instant oatmeal. Alex Lagusch


SIGN-UP FOR VBS NOW! Summer is almost here, and that means it’s time for children and adults alike to come together at St. John’s to learn, play, and grow in faith in Vacation Bible School! St. John’s does VBS a bit differently – we meet the four Monday evenings in June (the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th) from 5:50 to 8 pm. We also create our own program each year, exploring fun new themes that won’t be found anywhere else. This year’s theme is “The Image of God”. We’ll begin by sharing a meal together, and then we’ll have our large group gathering time. VBS is open to preschoolers through rising 5th graders, and youth (6th grade and up) are encouraged to participate as volunteers. You do not have to be a member of St. John’s to attend VBS. There is no fee for registration, but there is a suggested donation of $5 per night, to help cover expenses. To register go to: Contact Fr. Karl at (


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Plans for VBS are coming along nicely, and we need lots of volunteers to “shepherd” the children from activity to activity. VBS will run from 5:50 – 8:00 PM on Monday evenings, June 5, 12, 19, & 26. Sign-up to help on any or all days. Look for Karl in the Atrium after the service, or contact him at, or by calling him at 740-326-0236.


VBS KITCHEN AND SERVING HELPERS NEEDED! VBS season will shortly be upon us! Once more, Hospitality & Fellowship will be preparing and serving dinner each Monday night in June (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th) in the Undercroft. We’re looking for energetic helpers to aid in: kitchen prep, dining and serving set up, food prep, serving on the buffet line, clearing and cleaning tables, running the dishwasher, and cleaning up in the kitchen. We get started at 4:30pm and are usually finished by 7:30pm. If you can help one night or more nights, please contact get in touch to confirm your available dates and times. Thank you in advance for your help!


ROOF (Reflecting on Our Faith) Book Study Group – will be meeting on Thursday, June 8th at La Chatelaine from 1 – 3 pm. ROOF is a book group which reads and discusses a book chosen by the convener. Donna Hissrich has selected “The Shack” by Wm Paul Young. Please contact Donna at 614-203-3562 or email her at if you plan to attend or if you have any questions.

JUNE 8TH IFTAR DINNER CELEBRATION AT ST. JOHN’S – Join St. John’s members in breaking the fast with our Muslim neighbors from TASO (Turkish American Society of Ohio). We will share a meal of traditional Turkish food in Kilbourne Hall, Thursday, June 8th at 7:30 pm. Reservations include a $10 contribution to TASO’s Immigration Resettlement Fund. Please send checks made out to TASO to Tricia Herban – 120 East Dublin Granville Road – Worthington, OH 43085 – first come first served for limited spaces.


SAVE THE DATE: The Women’s Retreat will be held September 8th and 9th at the Transfiguration Spirituality Center in Cincinnati. The facilitator will be Sandra Weisner. Reservations and money are needed by August 20th. The cost is $88.00, which includes over night accommodations and all meals. Please make your check to St. John’s and write Women’s Retreat on the memo line and give to Donna Hissrich. Scholarships are available. For more information contact Donna Hissrich at 614-203-3562 or email


BOOK NOTES ISSUE #2: “Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. He is a passionate advocate for ‘a new kind of Christianity.’” He brings a new sensibility to post-modern thinking, culture, faith, and ministry. The St. John’s Parish Library owns seven of his books – with the hope that you will find in them inspiration, hope, and insight. Find them grouped together on the mantle in the library. Nancy Elkington



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 the priest 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!



HELP HABITAT CONSTRUCT A HOME – The Worthington Partnership will begin construction on a two-story house at the end of April. The partnership provides a crew three days a week, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 9 – 3:30. No experience is needed to volunteer on a Habitat build as experienced volunteers are always present to help you get started on a task. Also a few non-builders are needed to help keep construction tools organized. Anyone wishing to volunteer on this house can contact crew leader, Bob Lenz, at , 766-5744(H), 570-3440(C), for more information. St. John’s, a founding member of this partnership, will provide the crew and lunch for one Saturday in June or July. We need 8 people to volunteer so watch for the announcement in the weekly bulletin. This is a great way to learn skills and meet people from neighboring churches.


JOHN’S INTERCESSORY PRAYER GROUP prays for others and the situations in which they, their loved ones, friends, co-workers, etc, may find themselves. Prayers remain on the list for three weeks. If you or someone you love or know needs prayer support or you would like to join us in praying, please call or email Jo Pascoe at (614) 885-1773 or


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.


EXECUTION UPDATE – On May 1st, Governor Kasich postponed a series of nine executions, the first of which had been scheduled for May 10th (now July 26th). The Governor’s decision comes amid ongoing legal challenges over the constitutionality of Ohio’s lethal injection protocol (controversial sedative Midazolam has been used in recent executions in Arkansas and Arizona, where dying men convulsed, snorted, lurched against their restraints and gasped for air as they were being killed). The General Convention of the Episcopal Church has repeatedly called for an end to capital punishment in the United States, most recently in 2015, when it declared the death penalty to be “in direct opposition to the witness of Jesus.” Please consider calling the Governor’s office at 614-466-3555 to declare your Christian opposition to this barbaric practice in our state! ~ Deacon Maggie L-S


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