This Week at St. John’s – October 8, 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 – In the second chapter of Matthew, three wise men, or magi, come to visit Mary, Joseph, and the newly born baby Jesus. These wise men are magicians, just like the magicians of Pharaoh’s court that we learned about last week. But they behave very differently. Instead of trying to show off their own power, they kneel in awe and reverence before the power of God. This is especially surprising, given that the power of God is being revealed in a tiny, helpless baby. Pharaoh’s magicians were able to imitate Aaron and Moses’s miracles for awhile. But after two plagues, their power stopped working. It is true that we can manage to do some pretty remarkable things just with our own talent, power, and control. But after awhile, our power fades, our talents don’t work for the particular task at hand, and situations slip out of our control. That’s the moment when we’re brought face to face with our limitations and find that we have to rely on something greater than ourselves. Sometimes this means relying on friends and neighbors. But for the greatest challenges, that are beyond the talents, power, and control of our friends and neighbors as well, we have to rely on God.

ADULT FORUM TODAY – Mother Maggie continues the series on Anglican Heroes of Western Africa. Solomon Tilewa Johnson. Rev. Dr. Tilewa, a contemporary figure, was the forward-thinking Archbishop and Primate of the Church of the Province of West Africa until his unexpected death at age 59 in January of 2014. NEXT WEEK: NO ADULT FORUM. Classes are held in Kilbourne Hall starting about 10:20 AM.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS THIS AFTERNOON – The annual Blessing of the Animals at St. John’s will be held today at 5 p.m. We will gather on the Village Green in front of the church. If it rains, we will go inside! (Horses and Zebras will be required to stay outside.) This is a short, casual service that give us much joy. It is also a good way to meet someone new and to get to know others better. Invite your neighbors and friends! ANY animal may be presented for a blessing- not just dogs and cats! Please come!

SUGGESTED GROCERY ITEMS to bring next week are baked beans and dental floss. 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 Tom & Ellen Hitch.

THE CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW IN HONOR OF COLUMBUS/ INDEGINOUS PEOPLE DAY please plan accordingly. Vicky Turner will not be in on Friday, October 13th and Monday, October 16th. Volunteers will be in for part of the day so please plan accordingly.

“THIS IS HUNGER” NATIONAL TOUR – Congregation Beth Tikvah. 6121 Olentangy River Rd, Worthington, is hosting “This Is Hunger,” a national touring exhibit today October 8th through Tuesday the 10th. This first-of-its-kind FREE exhibit will bring Central Ohioans face to face with the stark realities of hunger through state-of-the-art storytelling techniques and interactive elements. This exhibit will give the community an incredible experience that will change the way we look at hunger. Reservations are required for the 45 minute presentation which will be showed throughout the day. For more information and for tickets go to:, or call Beth Tikvah: (614) 885-6286

OUTSIDE WORSHIP AND PICNIC NEXT SUNDAY– Back by popular demand! St. John’s will have an outdoor worship service followed by a picnic on Sunday, October 15 at 11:00am. The service will take place on the Village Green in front of the church and will include music from a jazz ensemble led by Jim Masters. The annual parish picnic will follow the service. Fried chicken, spiral ham and dinner rolls will be provided along with bottled water, lemonade, and iced tea. Letters A thru J – please bring an appetizer; K thru S – please bring a side dish; T thru Z – please bring a dessert or fruit. There will be fun kid’s activities during the picnic. Chairs will be set up in the grass. You may want to bring a blanket or umbrella in the event of cold weather or rain. The service may be moved indoors if the weather is too harsh, but it will go on rain or shine. PLEASE NOTE: This will be the only service that day!! St. John’s Outdoor Worship and Picnic offers a wonderful chance to participate in a uniquely beautiful worship service and to share fellowship with other parishioners. It also provides a perfect opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to visit St. John’s, meet us, and learn how we work for justice and help those in need. At the same time, the outdoor service and picnic – situated prominently on our West Terrace and the Village Green – are excellent ways to increase our visibility within the community. All are welcome to attend (even pets)! Questions? Contact the church office at or 614-846-5180.

EXODUS BIBLE STUDY GROUP – We meet Wednesday evenings from 7-8 pm in the Atrium. Please come in the Atrium door. Exodus 5-8 will be covered in October. For more information contact Christine Look at or 614-499-6209 or Margaret Allen at or 520-591-1442.

SACRED CONVERSATIONS – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry was the keynote speaker at the Trinity Conference in New York City in 2016. The topic was Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice. In response, a discussion group called Sacred Conversations was formed in Columbus. The group has read books and watched films about racial issues and had the opportunity to listen to each others views and experiences. On October 10th, Sacred Conversations will meet at St. John’s to view and discuss the first half of the acclaimed 2016 documentary about James Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro. This film is a reminder of the state of racial justice in the 60’s and the 70’s and a measure of how far we have and have not come since then. If you have never read James Baldwin or heard him speak, you will be stunned by his eloquence. Please plan to join us in Kilbourne Hall at 7 pm on Tuesday, Oct 10th. The second part of the film will be shown at St. Mark’s in Upper Arlington on Tuesday, November 14th at 7 pm. Eve Herold

LAYWEEDERS GARDENING DAY SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH – 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

CAREGIVERS & GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP – In the spirit of Caregivers taking better care of themselves, our group is hosting Victoria Frisch, an instructor from Otterbein University at our meeting on Monday, October 16th, at 1:00 p.m. in The Atrium. We will practice “chair yoga” and discuss meditation as relaxation. Please join us, even if you are not a regular member. Contact Nancy Woodson with questions at 614-396-7392.

ALL SAINTS’ & ALL SOULS’ DAY SERVICE – Please join us for a lay-led commemoration service in which we will reflect on the lives of all the departed, including those from the past year, on Wednesday, November 1st at 7:00 PM in the Atrium. This quiet, meditative service is intended to provide participants with the space to give thanksgiving for the lives of those who have left us, mourn their passing, and also reflect on our own lives. It is open to all, especially friends or relatives who are not parishioners at St. John’s. Please contact Brice Patterson ( or Fr. Philip ( if you have any questions, or would like to assist with the service. Brice Patterson

A CHILDREN’S CHOIR IS FORMING – Would your children like to sing an anthem during the 9:00 service on December 3rd? Rehearsals will take place during Children’s Church’s music time on each of the Sundays in November. If you have a child who would like to sing AND your family can commit to be at each of the practices (I understand that some families may travel over Thanksgiving weekend), please let Karl or Sara know:,, or the church office at 614.846.5180.

BAPTISMS – Last call to register for November 5th, The Sunday after All Saints Day, baptisms. Contact Fr. Philip at 614-846-5180, ext. 302, or PhilipC@StJohnsWorthington.Org for more information.

JOURNEY TO GENEROSITY OUTREACH PROJECTS: In response to God’s generosity to us, the parishioners of St. John’s are invited to be generous in serving other children of God by participating in two special outreach projects. We will be collecting items for these special bags through October 15th. Cash donations are also welcome to purchase the nice messenger bags for those with new jobs, or to help supplement item donations for the Birthday and New Job Bags. There are bins in the atrium for donation items, as well as a secure box for donations of cash, gasoline gift cards, or bus passes. “God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7) HELP CREATE BIRTHDAY PARTY BAGS: We need cake mixes, frosting, balloons, birthday plates & napkins & candles, party favors or stickers, and gift bags to create 50 Birthday Party Bags to serve children of our neighbors who utilize the services of the Worthington Resource Pantry. HELP CREATE NEW JOB BAGS: We need notepads, pens, water bottles, lunch bags, pocket calendars or planners, gasoline gifts cards or COTA bus passes to create 25 New Job Bags for our immigrant and refugee neighbors who get a job after participating in the Employment and English Language classes at CRIS (Community Refugee and Immigrant Services). You can purchase a weekly bus pass at the service desk at Kroger or Giant Eagle for $25, and gasoline gift cards for $5, $10, or more can be purchased at Speedway and other stations.

HELP ASSEMBLE NEW JOB BAGS FOR CRIS – Join a group of caring parishioners at 12:30 pm in Kilbourne Hall on October 22nd. We will share a light lunch, some fellowship and reflection on God’s generosity, and then will assemble the New Job Bags. Want to help? Contact Mary Bailey at 614-854-9907 or to volunteer or ask questions.

KIDS & YOUTH INVITED TO DELIVER BIRTHDAY BAGS – St. John’s kids and youth (and an accompanying parent for kids under 14) are invited to the Worthington Resource Pantry on Monday evening, October 23rd, to deliver the Birthday Bags and take a tour, maybe even help with some sorting or shelving. Meet at St. John’s at 5:15 pm for a light supper and reflection on God’s generosity, then carpool to the Pantry for Birthday Bag delivery and weigh-in from 6:30-7:30 pm. Contact Mary Bailey at 614-854-9907 or to volunteer or ask questions.

MEET THE AUTHOR – “We don’t read or talk about women in the Bible much in church, and the Bible itself tends to skate right over them anyway. When women do show up, they seem to be players in a man’s story. Or they’re victims of violence whose victimhood teaches the nation a lesson. Or the church offers their stories as morality tales about how to be better wives and mothers. There’s so much more.” Author and Episcopal Priest, Alice Connor (from Cincinnati), will be reading from her new book “Fierce Women of the Bible and their Stories of Violence, Mercy, Bravery, Wisdom, Sex and Salvation” at St. Philip Episcopal Church, 166 Woodland Ave., Columbus (near Franklin Park Conservatory) on Thursday, evening, October 19th. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. and will end by 8:30 p.m. All are welcomed. No reservations are required. Books can be ordered through Amazon.Com or

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

HIS PLACE DINNER AT ST. JOHN’S COLUMBUS – It’s that time again! Our parish is providing the meal again at St. John’s Columbus on Wednesday, October 25th. This hands-on ministry provides fellowship and a healthy meal for the Franklinton community and is supported by a rotating group of churches in Columbus. We need casserole cooks and people to help serve the meal and clean up. Sign up sheets and casserole pans with recipe are on the Information Table in the Atrium. Please consider joining us for this important ministry. Please contact Mary Wachtel, or 614.648.1450 if you have any questions.

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. Joan Bird for the Outreach and Social Justice Committee

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