This Week at St. John’s – November 12, 2017


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 – This week we’ll be painting on canvas board with tempura paint. Children will be asked to paint an interpretation of each commandment as it is read and discussed. After each commandment, they’ll switch places, so that they’re always adding to someone else’s painting. In this way, we’ll have a chance to express the group’s understanding, rather than any one individual’s, and practice the 10th commandment!

ADULT FORUM TODAY – “The Anglican Church – a Church founded by Refugees”: Religion has long been a life or death matter. After Henry VIII made himself head of the Church of England, it became treasonous to be Dissenter. The life of Deacon James Kilbourne and the members of the Scioto Company who founded Worthington will be discussed. NEXT WEEK: “A Refugee’s Story”: As the season of Advent approaches, our spiritual travels turn to Mary and Joseph who were forced to journey far from home to a community where they were strangers, isolated and alone. Miriam Utter will introduce us to a local refugee, who will share his journey to our shores and to our doors. Classes are held in Kilbourne Hall starting about 10:20 AM.

SUGGESTED GROCERY ITEMS to bring next week are any canned beans (except green beans), body wash and Thanksgiving dinner items. Please take perishable items directly to the pantry. Donations support the Worthington Resource Pantry and Gladden Food Pantry.

TODAY’S ALTAR FLOWERS were donated by Susie Bonnell.

MUSIC SERIES CONCERT THIS AFTERNOON AT 3:00 – Camarata Trio: piano trios by beethoven and Mendelssohn. Comprised of Otterbein piano faculty member Suzanne Newcomb and Kenyon string faculty members Ariane Sletner and Luis Biava, all three of the trio’s musicians perform in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, with Mr. Biava serving as principal cello. From 2014-16, Camarata performed the complete Piano Trios of Mozart and Beethoven at a series of ten concerts at Mozart’s Café in Clintonville. The trio’s inclusion of a contemporary work on each recital earned it a grant from the Johnstone Fund for New Music. They completed last year’s concert season with two recitals at the Orange Johnson House in Worthington, hosted by the Worthington Historical Society, with Suzanne performing on the newly refurbished 1824 Tröndlin fortepiano. 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!

JOURNEY TO GENEROSITY – PLEDGE UPDATE: As of Wednesday, 104 pledges have been received, totaling just over $338,000, with an inspiring 50% of those who pledged taking a step forward in their giving. Thank you to all who have submitted their pledge to support the ministries, mission, and operation of St. John’s in 2018! Contributing to the Birthday Bags for Worthington Resource Pantry or the New Job Bags for CRIS, contributing items for the Giving Tree or food for In the Garden, and filling out our pledge forms are all outward and visible signs of our gratitude to God, sharing ourselves and our bounty with others on our Journey to Generosity, and giving our time, talent, and treasure to do the work God has given us to do. – Mary Bailey, on behalf of the Stewardship Committee

PHOTOS TO BE TAKEN NEXT SUNDAY FOR REVISED PHOTO DIRECTORY – We are once again updating the photo directory and hope to have it ready in the next few weeks. On Sunday, November 19th, parish photographers Greg Hayes and Matt Rice will be taking photos in the atrium after both the 9 a.m. and the 11:15 a.m. services. If you have never had your photo taken for the directory, we would like you to be included! And if you would like your photo updated, please plan to have a new photo taken next week. Father Philip

PLEASE TURN IN YOUR PLEDGE FORM – The Vestry needs to know what commitments of financial support they can expect in 2018. With just 104 pledges received so far, there are still about 140 parishioners who have not yet submitted their pledge. If you haven’t yet done so, please return your completed pledge form as soon as possible, either by mail or in the offering plate, or simply fill out a pledge form online at Blank forms are available on the table in the atrium. – Mary Bailey, on behalf of the Stewardship Committee

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.

ITEMS FOR THANKSGIVING BASKETS NEEDED – St John’s Outreach & Social Justice Committee is collaborating with the Mid-Ohio Workers Association to provide food for Thanksgiving dinners for needy families. Items will be collected on Sundays November 5th and 12th. The 3 items requested are: canned pumpkin pie filling, stuffing mix, and cranberry sauce. A bin labeled “Outreach & Social Justice: Thanksgiving Foods” will be under the table in the atrium. Volunteers are also needed to pack baskets and deliver them to individuals on Tuesday, November 21st. If you can help with delivery please sign the sheet on the Information Table. Call Terri Foley-Nelson for more information (614) 578-0873.

THANKSGIVING DAY WORSHIP SERVICE – On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, we will offer Holy Eucharist at 10:00 a.m. There will be organ music and hymns, but no homily. Please join us! And bring you guests.

NATIVITY PROJECT SUNDAY NOVEMBER 26THJoin us for the first time this year as we share our own nativities with the Worthington community during the annual Downtown Worthington Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting on Sunday, November 26th. All nativities are welcome and youth are especially invited to participate! A form with details and the application are on the Information Table. The first 25 submissions are guaranteed to be shown. And all forms must be turned in by November 14th. In addition there will be activities for children, music in the sanctuary and holiday miniatures and nativities on view Sunday afternoon, with a preview event for ourselves during Adult Formation that morning. Help us reach out to the community in this special way! Tricia Herban

DARKNESS TO LIGHT: A LITURGY OF ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS – Sunday, November 19 at 5:00 p.m. (prelude beginning at 4:45). “Darkness to Light” is a liturgy that strives to capture the Advent sense of hope and longing. The liturgy begins in darkness, and as it unfolds the nave is transformed from darkness to light. The service is structured around the verses of the great hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”. The readings are presented in pairs – the Old Testament speaking of God’s promise and the New Testament showing how that promise is fulfilled in Christ; readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols complement each verse of the hymn, reflecting on the theme of the Christ who comes to save his people. The Hospitality and Fellowship Committee will host a reception in the Atrium following the service. This service is a great way to introduce others to St. John’s – please spread the word and invite a friend!

ORIENTATION TOURS – Do you know where the elevator is? How about the library? Parishioners will lead orientation tours of the St. John’s campus next Sunday, November 19th, after both the 9:00 and 11:15 services. Please meet at the back of the church immediately after the service.   Susie Bonnell

IN THE GARDEN DINNER – On December 3rd, St. John’s will again serve dinner to the homeless and transient downtown population at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3rd and Broad. This ministry is called In the Garden because it began about ten years ago with brown bag lunches for a dozen or so in the small garden of Trinity. Last month we served a hot balanced meal to 98 hungry and grateful people. In order to help keep this ministry going, as of December St. John’s will be serving dinner on the first Sunday of every month instead of every other month as in the past. Hopefully, as our responsibility grows, so will the participation of St. John’s members in providing food, helping to cook the hot dishes during the colder months, and joining the team at Trinity to prepare and serve the meal. The generosity of this congregation is very much appreciated by those who attend the meal. This December we will be serving baked spaghetti as a main dish. A list of food items we need, pans and recipes are available on the table in the Atrium. Any one who wants to join us downtown to serve the meal or just has any questions, contact Eve Herold at or call 614-846-3736.

Laser Tag on Sunday, November 19th
We’ll be going to Lazer Kraze in Lewis Center for an afternoon of laser tag! We’ll leave right after church at 12:30 and be back by 3:30 at the latest. The Laser Tag is paid for by all of the wonderful people who give to St. John’s. Bring money if you want to buy lunch or play video games while there.

Mountain T.O.P. Informational Meeting on Sunday, December 3rd
We’ll be partnering with Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati in order to go on a summer work trip to Mountain T.O.P. Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project) is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian partnership ministry affiliated with the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church, dedicated to rural life ministry in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee. They seek to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual & social needs of people through the love of Christ. The trip is scheduled for June 23rd – 30th, 2018. It looks like we’ll be able to put together a good crew, but we need to start thinking about fundraising, among other things. The cost of the trip is around $450.00/person. If you’re interested, join us for a brief informational meeting on Sunday, December 3rd, at around 12:30 in the Atrium.

TAKE ACTION TO STOP EXECUTIONS! THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO: 1 – Go to and send an email to Governor Kasich asking him to put a stop to Alva Campbell’s execution, which is scheduled for November 15th. You can also call the Governor’s office at 1-855-782-6925. 2 – Call your state senator and ask him/her to support Senate Bill 94, “To Abolish the Death Penalty,” which was introduced by Senator Edna Brown in September. You can find your Senator’s contact information at 3 – If the execution does go forward, please join me and others from St. John’s at a prayerful demonstration outside the Statehouse on November 15th, beginning at approximately 9:00 am. We will stand together as witnesses for human dignity, true justice, and Christian nonviolence! ~ Mother Maggie L-S

RECEIVE SPIRITUAL DIRECTION FOR ONE YEAR AT NO COST – The Wellstreams Training Program in the Art of Spiritual Director is seeking individuals to work with their intern spiritual directors for one year beginning January 2018. There is no charge for this service. This would be especially good if you have never received spiritual direction, but would like to have the experience. If you would like to learn more about this program contact Amanda Stone Cushing at the Spirituality Network: 614-228-8867 or

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

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

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!

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

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!

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

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!

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.

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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