This Week at St. John’s – September 10th


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 & CHILDREN’S CHURCH BEGIN AGAIN THIS SUNDAY – We’re so happy to be starting another Christian Formation year! Children’s Church takes place during the 9 AM service in Kilbourne Hall. Sunday School takes place from 10:25 – 11 AM in the Undercroft. See you then!

ADULT FORUM TODAY – In anticipation of the Reformation Workshop on September 30th, Nancy Elkington will discuss the changes which occurred in Europe during the seventy years leading up to Luther’s formal complaints and the Reformation. NEXT WEEK: A representative from CRIS (Community Refugee & Immigration Services) will discuss the services they provide to prepare refugees for the workplace and integrating into the Central Ohio community. Classes are held in Kilbourne Hall starting about 10:20 AM.

SUGGESTED GROCERY ITEMS to bring next week are low sugar cereal and toothbrushes. 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 Virginia Trapp.

EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT – Want to help the victims of Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Harvey? Please consider donating to ERD (Episcopal Relief and Development). Your generous support will help supply critical necessities for communities immediately and for the long-term as they recover and rebuild. To donate, go online to the ERD website at Or, you may write a check and mail it directly to ERD at P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

EXECUTION THIS WEEK – The State of Ohio is scheduled to execute Gary W. Otte on Wednesday, September 13th. Please consider joining in a prayerful demonstration outside the Statehouse with members of Ohioans To Stop Executions. We will gather on S. High St. (just west of the Statehouse) shortly after 9 am, and the execution begins at 10:00. If you’re interested or have questions, talk to Mother Maggie ( For more information, check out &

A RECEPTION FOR RECENT VISITORS AND NEW MEMBERS – It is always a pleasure to welcome guests and visitors and newer members to St. John’s! The Newcomer’s Committee will be hosting a reception for newcomers to St. John’s on Sunday, September 17th, immediately following the 11:15 a.m. service. The reception will take place in Kilbourne Hall. If we have your contact information, recent guests and visitors will be receiving a written invitation to attend the reception. If we do not have your contact information, please complete the Newcomer’s Welcome brochure that is in the pew racks. Then, place the brochure in the offering plate, or hand the form to one of the clergy after the service.

THE SEPTEMBER EDITION OF THE CROSSROADS IS NOW AVAILABLE – Please check your email inbox or pick up a printed copy from the Information Table in the Atrium.

CONCERT CELEBRATES TRINITY CAPITAL SQUARE’S BICENTENNIAL – On Sunday, September 10th, at 4:00 p.m. musicians from Trinity’s choir and the Columbus Symphony will perform the Brahms Requiem as a highlight of Trinity’s bicentennial celebration. An interesting piece of trivia: the Requiem was completed in 1869, the same year Trinity’s current church building was completed. Also on the program is the world premiere of Sanctuary by Jacob Reed. Admission is free; no tickets or reservations are required. Trinity Episcopal Church is located 125 E. Broad St. in Columbus.

SAVE THE DATE! SEPT 30TH – On September 30th St. John’s will host a day-long workshop “Introduction to the Protestant Reformation” to recognize the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s formal complaints – his 95 Theses – to the Church. “Introduction to the Protestant Reformation” will feature a theologically diverse group of speakers (three clergy and three academics) sharing their thoughts about seven pivotal 16th century reformers: Luther & Melanchthon, Zwingli, Calvin & Knox, Simons & the Anabaptists, and Cranmer. Join us as we learn together about the onset and shifting nature of the Reformation and where do we see their theologies in modern Protestant denominations? Read more about it: Space is limited so plan ahead. The price for St. John’s parishioners is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Nancy Elkington

CHOIR REHEARSALS HAVE BEGUN But it’s not too late to participate. The adult choir is a super fun group of people, and even though the chancel looks full, we are always excited to add new singers! The choir is open to anyone high school-aged or older, and no audition is required. If you can read music and would enjoy an hour and a half of singing, fellowship, and fun on Thursday evenings please consider singing with the choir as part of your ministry at St. John’s. Please consider this an open invitation for an 8-week trial period. We rehearse each Thursday evening from 7 – 8:30 PM in the Choir Room and Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM (8:15 on the first Sunday of the month), in the Chancel. Sara Seidel

EXODUS EVENING BIBLE STUDY – A number of people have asked if we can have a weekly Bible Study focusing on Exodus during the Diocesan-wide Exodus Big Read, and the answer is YES! Fr. Karl will be our facilitator. We will be reading and studying the Book of Exodus every Wednesday evening starting on September 6th from 7 – 8 PM in the Atrium. For more information contact Christine Look at or 614-499-6209 or Margaret Allen at or 520-591-1442.

LAYWEEDERS GARDENING DAY SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH – 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

BAPTISMS – The next scheduled date for baptisms is The Sunday after All Saints Day, November 5. If you wish to be baptized or if you have a child to be baptized please contact Fr. Philip at 614-846-5180, ext. 302, or PhilipC@StJohnsWorthington.Org. He will need to meet with you for about an hour for an educational discussion about baptism. After November 5, the next scheduled date for baptism is The Sunday after the Epiphany and the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, January 7, 2018.

UCELLI, THE COLUMBUS CELLO QUARTET FAMILY CONCERT | travel through europe! Sunday, September 24, 3:00 p.m. You and the children in your life are invited to explore the sounds of European music through the centuries with the most melodious, awesome instrument in the world! The violoncello is many people’s favorite instrument, and what could be better than one cello? Four cellos, of course! UCelli is a quartet of virtuoso cellists who have appeared to enthusiastic sold-out audiences around Columbus. UCelli members Pei-An Chao, Mary Davis, Cora Kuyvenhoven, and Wendy Morton are also members of the Columbus Symphony and ProMusica Chamber Orchestras. The individual artistry and the combined chemistry of these four cellists results in an exciting, unique, and vibrant concert experience. This concert is especially designed for families with children; nursery care will be available, if needed, for our littlest concertgoers. Following the concert, kids will have a chance to meet the musicians and their instruments. 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! Sara Seidel

My Comfy Kits is a program of Orphan World Relief whose mission is to provide comfort and dignity to children entering foster care. Most children leave their families with only the clothing on their backs or a trash bag with a few belongings. Our age and gender appropriate Comfy Kits provide a few necessities and comfort items. We hope to show these kids in a practical way that they are loved and cared for and give them something to call their own. Every child deserves that! If you would like to donate items for a Comfy Kit, you can provide the following: NEW stuffed animals (for toddlers – sewn eyes, instead of buttons to prevent a choking hazard) books, pajamas or outfits for both boys and girls, toothpaste, toothbrushes, night lights (Dollar Tree is a great place), Diaper Wipes, 3-in-1 wash and backpacks. We will be collecting donated items until Friday, September 15th. Please look for the large box labeled “My Comfy Kits” in the Atrium. Thank you! – Carrie Troester for the Outreach & Social Justice Committee

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

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 would like to pray with us, please talk to Mother Maggie ( or Jo Pascoe ( Thanks for your consideration!

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!

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

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

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.

2017 FLOWER CALENDAR IN ATRIUM – If you would like to make a donation for the altar flowers please provide your name and phone number on the date you would like. You may donate in thanksgiving or memory of a Loved One(s). Someone will call you the week before to get information for the announcement.



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