This Week at St. John’s – November 5, 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.

All Saints Scavenger Hunt Today! – During Sunday School time (10:20-11:00) we’ll be having our annual All Saints Scavenger Hunt! Kids will go from place to place, answering questions and receiving prizes and candy (some chocolate, with chocolate alternatives available at each station). We need a few more adults to volunteer to help shepherd groups of kids, ask questions, and hand out prizes. Father Karl

MOM’S GROUP MEETS TODAY – Moms and Grandmas who are care givers are invited to join us the first Sunday of every month at 10:20 am in the Conference Room. Come and take heart in knowing that you are not alone in the challenges of parenting and that you have a community of women at St. John’s who support you in presence and in prayers. Any questions please contact Yvette Adjanoh (614 373- 6883) or Amy Beebe (614-477-0502).

SUGGESTED GROCERY ITEMS to bring next week are mandarin oranges, toilet paper 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 Greg & Kathy Hayes.

  1. JOHN’S EARLY ED. SPONSORING A FALL FESTIVAL TODAY – St. John’s EEC is having a Circus themed Fall Festival this Sunday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm. Please join us for fun, popcorn, raffles, games and crafts. All of the classrooms will be open and we will have the raffle and popcorn in the undercroft! Cathy Wahoff

ALL SOULS CELTIC SERVICE THIS AFTERNOON – Please join us in the Atrium today at 5 pm to commemorate the Celtic Christian Saints who spread the faith in remote and wild places. We will also remember the saints in our own lives who have gone before us. This is a quiet, contemplative service of music, prayer, meditation, and reflection followed by 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. The Celtic Fellowship

PLEASE TURN IN YOUR PLEDGE FORM – The Vestry needs to know what commitments of financial support they can expect in 2018, so 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 also available on the table in the atrium. –Mary Bailey, on behalf of the Stewardship Committee

DIOCESAN CONVENTION TO BE HELD THIS WEEK – The 2017 Diocesan Convention will be held this coming Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11, in downtown Cincinnati. Your clergy will be attending along with the St. John’s Delegates: John Pascoe, Rob Thurman, Sandy Carroll and Anna Sylvester.

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.

Our JOURNEY TO GENEROSITY fall pledge program culminated last week on Consecration Sunday, with over 80 parishioners offering their 2018 pledge forms during the worship service and then gathering to celebrate at the potluck meal after church. Many thanks to Ted Dziemianowicz, Nancy Elkington, and their Vestry assistants for the delicious egg casserole and lunch entree, and thanks to all of you who brought such tasty potluck items to share. Kudos to all the Hospitality & Fellowship helpers, Vestry helpers, Stewardship helpers, Youth helpers, and all others who pitched in to help last Sunday with set-up, serving, washing and drying dishes, re-setting tables, and general clean-up after the meals – your gifts of time and service are much appreciated!. Showing our gratitude to God, we are fellow travelers on the Journey to Generosity, sharing ourselves and our bounty with others, 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

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.

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

LAYWEEDERS GARDENING DAY NEXT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH – Join the fun with the crew of lay weeders. We’ll meet at the sheds at 1 PM. Bring gloves and clippers if you have them. Ellen Stukenberg

MUSIC SERIES CONCERT: CAMARATA TRIO: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12THAT 3:00 P.M. 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. In 2016, Camarata presented its entire contemporary repertoire, including works by Augusta Read Thomas, Jennifer Higdon, Elliott Carter, Leonard Bernstein, Arvo Pärt, and more, at the Garden Theatre in the Short North. 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!

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!

POSSIBLE SUMMER 2018 YOUTH GROUP WORK TRIP TO MOUNTAINTOP The youth minister at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati has invited us to join them on their annual summer work trip to Mountaintop in Tennessee. I need to let him know whether we can join them, and I think in order for us to say yes we would need to have at least five kids (13 years or older) to express interest in going. This is a little tough, since the dates aren’t set yet, so don’t think of this as a commitment. But if you have any interest, let me know. If I hear back from five of you, I’ll hold an informational meeting.

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

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

MESSIAH SING-A-LONG. Each year the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra hosts a Messiah Sing-A-Long in which community, school, and church choirs join forces to sing Handel’s Messiah (choruses only) in the Southern Theatre. This year’s performance will be on Friday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. No extra rehearsals will be held. Any singers in the congregation who love this piece and would like to participate, please let me know and I will get you more information. Sara Seidel ( or 614.846.5180)

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!

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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