This Week at St John’s – May 21, 2017

This Week at St John’s
May 21, 2017
The Sixth 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: The church, and the world, is like a body. No one part is better than any other part. Every part is important in its own ways. What if we could easily name our talents, and whole-heartedly celebrate the talents of others? Can we learn and grow in collaboration with each other, rather than in competition with each other? This Sunday we’ll explore improv techniques that will help us celebrate each other’s gifts and learn together. Sunday School takes place from 10:25 – 11:00 AM in the Undercroft. Contact Karl at with questions.

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

Growing In Faith Together (GIFT) for babies and toddlers and their grownups will meet downstairs in the Nursery at 10:20 AM.


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATES! Britt Adams – Mt. Carmel College of Nursing, Gwendolyn Fuller – Ohio University and Paul Dettra – University of Cincinnati.


ADULT FORUM TODAY – The Pre-Reformation World was a time of social ferment, as the Black Death had 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. NO ADULT FORUM NEXT WEEK. Classes are held in Kilbourne Hall, starting at 10:20 AM. Tricia Herban


SUGGESTED GROCERY ITEMS to bring next week are pasta, rice or pet food (because a pet may be a homebound senior’s only companion). Please take perishable items directly to the pantry. Donations support the Worthington Resource Pantry and Gladden Food Pantry.


TODAYS ALTAR FLOWERS were given by Nina Bruns.


PHILIP OUT OF THE OFFICE – Fr. Philip is currently out of the office, and 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).


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


LAYWEEDERS GARDENING DAY SATURDAY, MAY 27THJoin the fun with the crew of lay weeders. We’ll meet at the sheds at 1:00 p.m. Bring gloves and clippers if you have them. Ellen Stukenberg


songs for a lifetime

This afternoon the 2016/17 season of the Music Series closes with a fantastic program by Dr. Karen Peeler, Professor Emeritus of Voice and Pedagogy at the Ohio State University. Dr. Peeler 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 Steve Ellcessor. Each of the Music Series concerts is followed by an artist’s reception in the Atrium, hosted by the Hospitality and Fellowship Committee. There is no charge for admission to any of our concerts; a freewill offering will be taken to support the Music Series. Our concerts are a great way to introduce others to St. John’s – please spread the word and invite a friend! Sara Seidel


DEACON MAGGIE’S ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD – Deacon Maggie’s ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests is 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!


SHARING OUR STORIES: HINDUISM – Join the Worthington Interfaith Neighbors at the Old Worthington Library (820 High St.) next Thursday, May 25th at 7:00 pm to hear Dr. Deepa Sampath speak about her Hindu faith. Dr. Sampath, originally from India, earned her PhD from the University of Texas and is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at OSU. All are welcome!


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 are bins in the Atrium for your donations. After making your Wish List donation, please use your donation TAG to enter into a prize drawing! Write your name, address, and phone number on the TAG. Then place it in the “big house” for a chance to win a prize after the Wish List donation drive is complete. Limit one (1) prize per household/family/address. Prizes include a gift card to City Barbeque, Cincinnati Reds baseball tickets, and more! Lillian Balukjian


CELTIC WORSHIP JUNE 4TH – Please join us in the atrium on June 4th at 5 pm for the last Celtic Service before the summer break. We will honor the Summer Solstice and the season of warmth, light, and growth with music, prayer, meditation, and joy and conclude with a time of hospitality and fellowship. We welcome all St. John’s parishioners and friends from outside our church family to this service based on the Iona Abbey Worship Book. Enter through the atrium doors any time after 4:30. Eve Herold


SIGN-UP FOR VBS NOW! Vacation Bible School starts Monday, June 5th and that means it’s time for children and adults to register and volunteer! 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 (

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We are still looking for some volunteers to “shepherd” the children from activity to activity. Sign-up to help on any or all days. Look for Karl in the Atrium after the service, or email or call him at, or by calling him at 740-326-0236.

VBS KITCHEN HELPERS NEEDED! Once more, Hospitality & Fellowship will be preparing and serving dinner for each VBS session. 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 Nancy Elkington (516-316-9104) or Ted Dziemianowicz (610-389-0898) to volunteer.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS: PIMIL FUNDRAISER JULY 22ND – On Saturday, July 22, the annual fundraiser for Partners in Ministry in Liberia (PiMiL) will be held here at St. John’s from 12:30 to 3:30 PM. This year PiMiL hopes to raise $10,000 to advance the education of economically challenged Liberian children, especially Ebola orphans. PiMiL was established 10 years ago at St. Matthew’s in Westerville to provide financial assistance for education in the small west African nation. St. John’s has sponsored students and helped to repair school buildings through the church budget (in addition to parishioner’s donations). Last year PiMiL sponsored 156 students including 65 Ebola orphans. Tickets for the event are available in the church office. For more information or to volunteer, contact Vicky Turner in the church office, 614-846-5180, or Mother Abby Flemister at 614-891-2960. To donate items for the silent auction contact Kathy Hall at 614-888-1933.


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.


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 a member of the clergy 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!


THANK YOU IN THE GARDEN VOLUNTEERS – Thanks to all who cooked and served pulled chicken for ITG in May: Melissa Alexander, Judi and Dick Guy, Wendy Miller, Brice Patterson, Christine Rees, Seth Reichenbach, Andy Reiger, and Jeff and Lily Thompson. Thanks also to food donors including: Susie Bonnell, Punky Cline, Nancy Elkington, Tricia Herban, Susan Herbert, Maggie Leidheiser-Stoddard, Jane Kuntz, Brice and Emily Patterson, Christine Rees, Seth Reichenbach, Kim Rice, Virginia Trapp, Vicky Turner, and Janet Winston. We served 85 hungry people and all the good food was eaten. Our next opportunities to serve at Trinity will be in June and July. Eve Herold – Outreach Committee


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.


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.


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