This Week at St. John’s – September 3rd


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.

Summer Sundays will meet during the first half of the 9 am service on the playground, for a Bible study discussion and some free play. We’ll return to “Big Church” for the Peace and Holy Eucharist.

We don’t have Sunday School during the summer but can’t wait to see all the kids again when the Christian formation year starts up on September 10th.

FALL PROGRAMS TO BEGIN NEXT SUNDAY – Next Sunday, September 10th, we will resume Children’s Church during the 9 a.m. service. Afterwards, at approximately 10:20, Christian Education will resume for both children and adults. The St. John’s Choir will also return during the 11:15 a.m. service. We will also be rotating to Eucharistic Prayer D

NO ADULT FORUM TODAY – NEXT WEEK: 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. Classes are held in Kilbourne Hall starting about 10:20 AM.

SUGGESTED GROCERY ITEMS to bring next week are canned fruit in natural juices and razors. 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 Walt Sellers, Philip College and Edward Lasseigne.

MOMS’ PRAYER GROUP TODAY – We meet from 10:20 – 11 AM in the Conference Room on the first Sunday of each month. We pray, laugh, and share the joys and hardships of raising Godly children in today’s world. It is a relaxed, welcoming, and fun time for moms to connect. ALL moms are welcome. If you are unable to attend, we have prayer request forms in the hall by the church office and we will keep you in our prayers. We also have one-on- one prayer time for anyone who has concerns. Please join us! We are planning outings for moms and children, as well as some play dates during the summer. Leigh Thurman

HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF – Hurricane Harvey has caused unprecedented and catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas, and hundreds of thousands of people are affected, including the most vulnerable. It is the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005 and also the first hurricane to hit the state of Texas since Ike in 2008, and the strongest hurricane to hit Texas since Carla in 1961. The Outreach & Social Justice Committee have voted to provide financial support to the Episcopal Relief & Development Fund (ERD) for Harvey. Your generous support will augment the church’s contribution and supply critical necessities for communities immediately and for the long-term as they recover and rebuild. To donate, you can write a check to Episcopal Relief & Development with “Hurricane Harvey” on the memo line and place it in the offering plate, or visit ERD’s website at to give electronically!

CHURCH OFFICE TO BE CLOSED MONDAY – Tomorrow, Monday, September 4, the church office will be closed in observance of Labor Day.

SAVE THE DATE! SEPT 30 2017  – 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: who were the major reformers, what were their beliefs, how were they similar and different, who were their adherents, 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

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.

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.

SEPTEMBER SATURDAY SUPPER – Please plan to attend the next Saturday Supper on September 9th (the second Saturday). Our hosts are Norm and Judy Shackelton. Please contact them at or by cell phone 410-693-0404 to let them know you are attending. The entrée will be ham. Please let them know if you will be bringing an appetizer, salad, fruit, vegetable or dessert. Their address is 5633 Travis Pointe Court in Westerville. Kim Basso

IN THE GARDEN: SEPTEMBER DINNER — On Sunday, September 10th St. John’s will provide dinner for community members in need at Trinity Episcopal Church on Capital Square. Please sign up on the sheet in the atrium if you are willing to prepare baked spaghetti, provide garlic bread, salad items, or fruit or volunteer to serve on the 10th. Contact Brice & Emily Patterson at 614.747.2963 or with any questions. We hope you’ll consider joining us for the afternoon, –extra hands are always welcome and needed!

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.

BIG READ – READING THE BOOK OF EXODUS TOGETHER! Beginning on Sunday, August 27th and running thru April 7, Bishop Breidenthal has invited everyone in the diocese to come together to read the Book of Exodus. We are at a moment as a church and a culture when questions raised in the Book of Exodus are pertinent. What does it mean to be a stranger in a strange land? To leave behind all the things we thought we knew? To see our communities change? Go to for reading schedules to guide individual study and more.

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.

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. Each of these four artists is a cello soloist and chamber musician in her own right, bringing a strong musical philosophy and relationship to cello repertoire and pedagogy. 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

COME TO “THE PROMISED LAND” – The Diocese of Southern Ohio invites all Episcopalian to attend a convocation titled “Toward the Promised Land” on Saturday, September 16, beginning and 9 a.m. and ending in the late afternoon. The convocation will take place at (the Episcopal) Procter Conference Center near London, OH. If you are passionate about making our Church and the Gospel relevant to our neighborhoods and to the world today, this is the day for you! Come together for a day of deep discussion and practical learning about identifying our “Egypts” and how to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us out of our building and into connection with the people around us. This promises to be a unique day of discovering, dreaming and discernment. Learn to leave behind what holds us back and journey toward where God is call us. There is no fee, but pre-registration is required. For more information, and to register, go to Fr. Karl is deeply involved in organizing this event. A few of your parishioners – and your clergy – have already registered. If you do plan to attend, please let Fr. Philip know!



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