The St. John’s Journal
The St. John’s Journal is a monthly newsletter of
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Diocese of Connecticut September 2010
Bishop, The Right Rev. Ian T. Douglas, PhD
Bishop Suffragan, The Right Rev. James E. Curry
Bishop Suffragan, The Right Rev. Dr. Laura Aherns
St. John’s Episcopal Church
851 Stafford Avenue Volume 2010 Issue 8
Bristol, CT 06010 Dear friends in Christ,
Priest in Charge I am approaching my first anniversary among you as your priest and pastor. Yeah! So much has
The Rev. Dr. Martha Klein-Larsen, happened this past year and we look forward to a very exciting fall. You will read about some of the
events that are in the planning stages within this newsletter. We begin the fall with a work day on
Pastor’s Phone: 203-577-8332
Office Phone: 860-583-5445
September 11th. Look for details on our exciting new model for Christian Education/Faith Formation
Office email: firstname.lastname@example.org which will begin at the end of September. This new model will include Sunday School, Confirmation
Website: www.stjohnsbristol.org classes and our Youth Group.
The next important event combines milestones and concerns significant to St. John’s: On Sunday,
October 17th, Bishop Ian Douglas will be with us to celebrate our 125th Anniversary and my ministry at
St. John’s. This will happen in an afternoon that begins at 4:30 p.m. with a benefit concert for Haiti.
As you know one of the three Outreach emphases for this year is L’Ecole Bon Samaritan in Carrefore,
a school run by the Episcopal Church. The school was leveled by the earthquake and we are
Saint John’s Episcopal Church committed to support this school as they rebuild. After the benefit concert we will proceed into the
Parish Hall for a Potluck Supper. We will conclude the evening with a Jazz Evensong in the
851 Stafford Avenue sanctuary at which Bishop Douglas will preach. The musicians for the evening will be friends of the
Bristol, CT 06010 congregation who played at my wedding. Please mark your calendar for this important event!
As we move into November, we will have some fun with a fundraising event…an auction with
refreshments. See the article below for more details. This event will take place on November 6 th, a
Saturday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. We have an income line item in the budget for a fundraising
event and we want to cover this in one fabulous evening! So, mark your calendars accordingly.
At the end of November we will be celebrating our Fall Stewardship Emphasis. The organizing and
planning for this emphasis will begin on Saturday, September 25 th, at St. James’s, West Hartford at
the Bishop’s Fall Stewardship Conference. It would be great to get a large group of members to go to
the conference together and to begin a conversation about what exciting things we might do to get
across the message of this year’s stewardship themes. The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00
p.m. and includes lunch. The cost is $20.00 and brochures are available at the back of the church.
Please speak with me if you would like to go so we can carpool.
Last but not least our Joy Fellowship will conclude the fall with their annual Bazaar. That will bring us
into the Advent Season; thankful for all that has transpired in our ministry together!
Sunday Holy Eucharist JOY Fellowship is back from Summer Break!
For the month of September and (as yet to be determined) the following months in fall: After taking a summer break, the women of JOY Fellowship are ready to jump back into action
WE WILL STAY AT ONE 9:00 a.m. SERVICE and continue with their ministry of spirituality, fellowship & outreach.
While we are without a church musician, All women of St. John’s are invited to join us on Tuesday, September 14th at 6:30 p.m. as
it will be important to ‘rally together’ as one community. We know this is a sacrifice! JOY Fellowship hosts a "Movie & Dessert Pot-luck" evening featuring the Bible Story of
Please make it joyfully for the sake of the community. "Esther"... Esther shows us that remaining respectful and humble, even in difficult if not
humanly impossible circumstances, often sets us up to be the vessel of untold blessing for
Fall Kick Off both ourselves and others. -- Bring your sweet-tooth and your favorite dessert.
For Sunday School, Confirmation Classes & Youth Program
Sunday, September 26, at 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall At the beginning of the story of The young Jewess Hadassah, whose
Esther, the King of Persia is displeased Persian name is Esther, is among the
For all Parents & Kids Supper will be provided with his queen, and removes her from young maidens brought to the palace.
her royal position. Advisors suggest At the insistence of her guardian,
that all the fairest young maidens in Uncle Mordecai, she conceals her
Back to School Project the land be brought to the King over a national identity. After winning the
"The JOY group had an opportunity to help with a United Way outreach project. The period of time that he might choose a favor of the King, she becomes Queen.
"back-to-school" initiative that assists children with clothing and school supplies was new queen from among them.
in need of shopping for the last two children on their list. Joy stuffed backpacks with
first-day-of-school outfits and stationery to get them started. They look forward to
getting involved with a back-to-school project each year and was thankful that they Both men and women are invited to be our guests on November 9th at 7:00 p.m. for an enjoyable
could support some children in need again this year." evening with Christian Author and dynamic speaker, Luann Dunnuck! Luann’s desire is to inspire
others to live an optimistic, faith-filled life.Her messages of hope and restoration have been heard
on radio and TV shows. The chosen topic for her evening at St. John's will be
St. John’s Work Day "Understanding Your Personality Type". Mark your calendars…. invite a friend to join you!
Twenty-three women have registered to attend the Women of Faith Conference at the
will be held on September 11th, at 9:00 a.m. (Rain date will be September 18th) Hartford XL Center on November 19th & 20th. Women of Faith is an Interdenominational
There will be something for everyone to help with. women's ministry committed to helping women of all faiths, backgrounds, age groups, and
Please consider volunteering your time to help spruce up St. John’s Church! nationalities grow emotionally and spiritually. The events include messages from noted
Pastor Martha will offer her mild Chili. speakers, concerts by popular artists, original dramatic presentations, and times of worship.
If you are interested in joining us for this unforgettable event, please see Chris
MacArthur….we still have 2 tickets available – this event promises to be Over the Top!
Laura Hedenberg and Ann Flower will be co-chairing our Holiday Bazaar & Country
Cupboard on Saturday, December 11th. Since our home-made food items were so
successful at last year’s bazaar, this year we will concentrate our energies on a “Country
Cupboard” theme…offering home-made goodies such as jams, jellies, relishes, baked goods
and the like. We will also have a Theme Basket Raffle, Jewelry Table & the ever-popular Mrs.
Lectionary Readings for September Claus’ Luncheon. If you’d like to help with this event, please contact Laura or Ann. Also, if
September 5 September 12 September 19 September 26 you have a special recipe you’d like to prepare (or better yet, get together with other women
Jeremiah 18:1-11 Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 from St. John’s and show them how to make it), please contact Laura, Ann or Chris Knowles
Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17 Psalm 14 Soup Kitchen
Psalm 79:1-9 Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16 – our resident culinary expert!
Philemon 1-21 1:12-17 1 Timothy 2:1-7
1 TimothyKitchen is scheduled for September 1 Timothy 6:6-19
The Soup 13th. Chris MacArthur & Laura Hedenberg, Co-Presidents Donnie Coombs, Treasurer
Gospel Luke 14:25-33 Gospel Luke 15:1-10 Gospel Luke 16:1-13 Gospel or donate food.
A sign up sheet is located in the Narthex for those wishing to volunteer Luke 16:19-31 Pam Lindvall, Secretary & Spiritual Enrichment Ann Flower, Outreach Chairperson
Outreach Committee Planning Events for Fall and Beyond
Youth Work Day
This past spring, the Talbot’s, Youth Group Missions and Haiti were selected as the three ________________________________________________________________________________________________
ministries St. John’s would focus on as a parish. So, what’s been happening? The first event
Members of the Youth Group, along with some parents and friends, spent several hours doing
to benefit one of these outreach programs is coming very soon. The Outreach Committee is
odd jobs at St. John’s on Sunday, August 8, 2010. Organized by vestry member Kelsey
organizing a Concert for Haiti. The concert will be held on October 17th, to coincide with Bishop
Wiegert and led by Jr. Warden Jeff MacArthur, sixteen people gathered to paint, clean storage
Ian Douglas’s visit to our parish. There will also be a potluck dinner. No admission fee will be
areas and electrical room, trim junipers, weed front parking area, repair holes in front driveway,
charged for the concert or the dinner. Instead, we will ask for a freewill donation. We will also
dig trenches and bury drainpipes, power wash the front of the church, sand and paint picnic
have information available about how anyone interested can sponsor a child at Ecole la Bon
table for rectory, secure new bookcases to wall, and attach fourteen doorstops in the church
Samaritian or contribute to the rebuilding of the school. The holidays are just around the
and education wing. In addition to Kelsey and Jeff, Julia and Ann Flower; Ann Blakelock and
corner. That is a busy time for those of us who supply holiday dinners to needy families. Also,
Michael, Zach, and Katie; Liz and Daniel Burdelski; Adam and Eric Petosa and Todd DeMadia;
we will be planning a Tag Sale in the spring to benefit the Talbots. Finally, we are
Joey Lombardi, Chris MacArthur and Pam Lindvall all pitched in to accomplish these much
beginning to plan fundraising events for Youth Mission trips in 2011. Members of the Outreach
needed tasks. It was a hot, muggy day, in spite of the discomfort, everyone felt very satisfied
Committee will attend a Youth Group planning meeting to discuss these plans. Anyone
to have accomplished so much for St. John’s. We thank them all for all their hard work.
interested in helping on any of these projects, please contact Chris Knowles or Joe Reidy.
Fundraising Event Committee Report A Volunteer's Prayer
Please note that SJEC is planning a combined services (e.g. yard work, weekend condo, "I thank Thee, Lord as a volunteer for the chance to serve another year.
income tax preparation…) and goods auction this fall. Per review with vestry, we’re now And to give of myself in some small way, to those not blessed as I each day.
targeting Saturday, November 6th at 8PM with an open hour of viewing from 7 to 8PM. It will My thanks for health and mind and soul, to aid me ever toward my goal.
be held in the church lobby and the church hall. The admission price will include hors d'oeuvres For eyes to see the good in all, A hand to extend before a fall.
and 2 glasses of wine. We also expect to provide desserts and coffee and tea at closing time. For legs to go where the need is great, Learning to love—forgetting to hate.
The first announcement of this event to the full congregation took place during Sunday services For ears to hear and heart to care, when someone's cross is hard to bear.
on August 8th. The committee consists of Chris Knowles, Sheila Kasmer, Cathy Baker, Charlotte A smile to show my affection true, with energy aplenty—the task to do.
Whitham, Candy Getler and Gary Mason. We welcome everyone’s involvement. Right now, we And all I ask, dear Lord, if I may, is to serve you better day by day."
are making people aware of the date and general scope of the event, and that more
announcements are coming shortly. We are asking that everyone start now to think about
how they may want to participate, and that we are soliciting donations now. Like past year’s
events, we expect some nice goods. We are also asking, if you have a service to offer, please
provide us with a description. Forms will be provided for this shortly. Please look for regular
updates and announcements as we head into fall. Thanks for your support.
ASSISTING WITH WORSHIP
CHALICE 1 Susan Pare 7 Joyce Ronewicz
USHERS BEARERS LECTORS COUNTERS Timothy Sample 8 Ann Blakelock
9/5 9 am P.Coombs/P.Moderacki C.Kasmer L.Burdelski J.Valeri 2 CJ Puskarz 9 Michael Desmarais 19 Nancy Ryan
Tony Ambrosio 11 Nathan Tuttle 22 Donna Doucette
9/12 9 am J.Knowles/F.Markowich C.MacArthur C.MacArthur L.Rozanski Faith Schreiner 14 Peg Moderacki 24 Jared Lacko
9/19 9 am B.Baker/R.Barrett C.Reeves C.Reeves P.Moderacki 4 Aislyn Hedenberg 16 Chris Knowles 27 Michael Klatt
6 Chris Olander 18 Faith Schreiner 28 Liz Burdelski
9/26 9 am J.MacArthur/P.Moderacki C.Knowles C.Knowles J.Valeri
Buildings & Grounds Update SEPTEMBER 2010
Through the generosity of several St. John’s parishioners, we have collected enough funds to
purchase 13 replacement windows for the rectory – only eight more to go! The Vestry asks
that you prayerfully consider a donation – if you are able. If the full cost of a window ($260) SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
is out of your reach financially, please consider partnering with other parishioners and making 1 2 3 4
a “group” donation. All contributions, no matter how big or small, are welcome and Service at
appreciated! The Pines Holy Eucharist
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Volunteers are needed to help with the window installation, which is scheduled for Saturday, 10:30 am
October 30th. If you are available to help, please contact Jeff MacArthur (860-302-3675). Mothers of
Training will be provided – the only prerequisite is a willingness to learn! 10:30 am
A recent donation from the estate of Ken Aylett, a former St. John’s parishioner, will be
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used to replace the furnace in the parish hall. We are awaiting the results of an energy
audit, which will establish the appropriate size furnace for the space. Our expectation is AA
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that the furnace replacement will be completed prior to the heating season. 10:30 am
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Many thanks to the youth & their adult helpers who recently gave up their Sunday afternoon St. John’s
to perform several much-needed tasks around the church – inside and out! Also, thanks to AA
Pam and Chris for making lunch for the workers so that they could come in out of the heat 9 am
and rest for a bit before they continued their work. God bless each of you for your
commitment to St. Johns. 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Jeff MacArthur, Junior Warden Holy Eucharist Zion Soup JOY AA Holy Eucharist AA
9:00 am Kitchen Fellowship’s 10:30 am 10 am 10:30 am
Dessert Potluck AA
Praise God from whom all blessings flow: 6:30 pm 10:30 am
Here is a list of prayers from the Red Envelope Thanksgivings Prayers that were recognized for
the Prayers of the People. 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
In Thanksgiving For… Holy Eucharist AA
9:00 am 10:30 am 10:30 am
...Safe travels ...35 years of marriage AA
...Faithful animals ...57 years since baptism 10:30 am
...Blessed life & family ...10 year anniversary of being cancer free Vestry Meeting
...Worlds greatest wife ...Graduation & future opportunities 7 pm
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...Children ...Having a caring & loving church family
...Good endings, better beginnings, the best of moving onward through Holy Eucharist AA Holy Eucharist
grace and in recognition of the responsibility of tithing out of abundance. 9:00 am 10:30 am 10 am
Church, Youth & Bible Study
Soon we will distribute Green Thanksgiving Envelopes for “The Season of Growth” Parents Program 7 pm
Please use these for your thanksgiving offerings in the weeks ahead! 5 - 7 pm AA
Total Red Envelope Thank Offering to date = $7470. Our Goal for 2010 is $12,000! 10:30 am