First Summer Saturday 
Contemplative Service
This Saturday

During the summer, St. John's will offer the opportunity to worship on Saturday evening the second Saturday of each month.  The service will include Holy Eucharist, meditative music, a quiet, candlelit atmosphere, and the rite of healing.  

We hope that you will find this to be a relaxing supplement to your Sunday morning worship. Please consider inviting friends who prefer a more contemplative form of worship in the early evening.

Saturdays
June 9, July 14, & August 11
5:30 p.m.
The Third Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, June 10
Nursery 9:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
10:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist
                       Children's Chapel, Keeper's Cottage
11:15 a.m.  Coffee Hour, Parish Hall


From Amelie, with Love

Dear Friends:

This week, as I was glancing at the assigned readings for Sunday, I came upon the familiar words from the Apostle Paul, "So we do not lose heart...even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day." In saying this, Paul distinguishes between our "outer" and "inner" selves not to designate a split between mind and body or between spiritual and material layers of existence, but to emphasize how, amidst all that we face in the struggle of our concrete, daily lives, there is a deep well of wisdom, peace and guidance to be found by opening our hearts to the eternal presence of God.
So the question for me becomes: How? How do I open my heart to God's renewing grace when my mind and my body cannot keep up with the demands that "real life" places upon them, when I get caught in the stress and anxiety of unanswered questions, unresolved conflicts, habits I cannot seem to break, or unhelpful behaviors that my loved ones repeat over and over? How do I work my way to that heart space where my inner nature can rely on God?  

The great spiritual guide, Henri Nouwen, tells us this can be achieved only through prayer. More specifically, silent, contemplative prayer: "the discipline by which we begin to see God in our heart."

"It is a careful attentiveness to the One who dwells in the center of our being... such that we allow God to take possession of all our senses. Through the discipline of prayer, we awaken ourselves to the God in us and let God enter into our heartbeat and our breathing, into our thoughts and emotions, our hearing, seeing, touching and tasting. It is by being awake to this God in us that we can see God in the world around us. The great mystery of prayer is not that we see God in the world, but that God within us recognizes God in the world. God speaks to God, Spirit speaks to Spirit, heart speaks to heart. Our prayer therefore is a participation it this divine self-recognition. It is the divine Spirit praying in us who makes our world transparent and opens our eyes to the presence of God in all that surrounds us. It is with our heart of hearts that we see the heart of the world."

"In this way, prayer becomes a bridge between my unconscious and conscious life. Prayer connects my mind with my heart, my will with my passions, my brain with my belly. Prayer is the way to let the life-giving Spirit of God penetrate all the corners of my being. It is the divine instrument of my wholeness, unity, and inner peace."

Do not lose heart. Take some time this week to pray,

See You Soon, Tevin Ware
In the spirit of hating to say "goodbye," because it sounds so final, this Sunday we bid our choir assistant, Tevin Ware, "See you soon," at a special coffee hour in his honor as he departs for Washington, D.C., where he has accepted a call to be a Performing Arts Curriculum Integration Specialist at Achievement Prep Charter School. While we will miss him very much, we are proud of him and wish him every success.
Sunday, June 10
11:15 a.m.
The Parish Hall
Next Vestry Meeting 
Tuesday, June 12, 
at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall

All members of St. John's Church are welcome to attend vestry meetings as observers. Minutes of recent vestry meetings are displayed on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall foyer. Please share your ideas or questions about the life of St. John's Church with a vestry member.
Wednesday Evening Formation
 
The final session in our study of the Book of Mark  is next Wednesday. Using the study guide by Richard Deibert, we will discuss the material covered in  Unit 10. If you need a copy, please contact Amelie. All are welcome!
 
Wednesday, June 13
6:30 p.m. Light Supper
7:00 p.m. Bible Study
Parish House
Summer Hymn Sing
Hymns from Around the World

In the wide world of food, we sometimes limit ourselves to a small range of choices. It's good to have foods and recipes we know and love. It can also be wonderful to discover a new dish or recipe. 

In the wide world of hymns it's  satisfying to sing what we know and love. But it can be a delight to discover a new  song (and it might even become a new favorite...)

God's people praise God in places and cultures different from our own. Maybe that's one way our image and understanding of God can expand. So we'll sing some hymns that may be new and some that that will be familiar. We may even discover a gem hidden in plain sight.

St. John's will provide beverages and a main course (fried chicken). Please bring a dish to share---it can be a favorite family recipe or international dish (maybe it's both!) We'll gather and share a meal at 5:30 and then sing familiar and new hymns from our hymnal 1982 and Wonder, Love, and Praise! supplement, as well as songs from other lands and cultures. Kevin Davis will join us again on percussion (including that wonderful steel pan).

We hope you can join us! Bring your family, invite your friends, and share the joy and love that permeates St. John's!

For more information or to help, contact Minister of Music, Jim Bennett.

Friday, June 29
5:30 p.m.  
Parish Hall
Stars and Stripes Picnic
Bring your friends!

Celebrate the major part our church played in events that led to the United States' declaration of its independence at our annual Stars & Stripes picnic, featuring fried chicken.

Sue Schutt sure would appreciate your help setting up, serving, and cleaning up. Please email her if you can help.

Sunday, July 1
11:15 a.m.
Parish Hall
Final Inquirer's Class Meets July 15

The 16 participants in this year's inquirer's class invite your prayers as they explore the tradition of the Episcopal Church and the reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant.

Sunday, July 15
4:00 p.m.
The Parish Hall
Child care is provided.
Summer Book Study 
with Sarah Price

Our parish summer book study,  Stranger God: Meeting Jesus in Disguise by author Richard Beck,  is a great way to live deeply into our ordinary-yet-extraordinary lives of faith while staying connected to our intern Sarah Price during her travels to Church Divinity School of the Pacific and General Convention.   

Sarah will lead a four-week Wednesday night study based on the biblical, theological, spiritual and practical lessons from the book. Each session will meet in the Parish House, beginning with a light meal at 6:30 p.m. followed by book study at 7:00 p.m.

  You can begin reading the book at your own pace over these next several weeks; Sarah will also be reading and will post inspiring, thought-provoking quotes as she encounters them to encourage our reading.  Look for an update each week with a link to her journey through the book and a peek into her learning and formation on the West Coast. 

For those who prefer to read on a schedule, the in-person conversations will work through the sections of the book as follows:
July 18 :  Learning to Open the Eyes of our Heart [Introduction and Part I, "Entertaining Angels"]
July 25 :  Sharpening our Emotional and Spiritual Eyesight  [Part 2: "The Emotional Battlefield"]
August 1 :  Theological Visioning and Re-Visioning  [Part 3: "I Shall Be Love"]
August 8 :  From Vision to Action   [Part IV "Practicing Hospitality" and Part V "How to Save the World"]

Copies of the book are available for borrowing in the parish office. For more information please email Sarah .

Click here to purchase the book in Kindle or paperback format.

Wednesdays, July 18-August 8
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Discussusion
Parish House
Spotlight on Outreach
St. John's is committed to living our Baptismal Covenant-- 
to seek and serve Christ in all persons,  loving our neighbor as ourselves and respecting the dignity of every human being.

  Ongoing Opportunities

Join the $5 Club!   Pledge to spend at least $5 a month on non-perishable foods to feed others. Bring your donations on the first Sunday of each month, or deposit your donations in the wicker basket at the rear of the church anytime. Remember that while we might take a vacation this summer, hunger does not. Thank you for your generosity in supporting First Fruits. Your living out the Gospel allows others to go to bed without being hungry.

First Fruits Sundays : First Sunday of every month. Bring non-perishable food items to church for donation to the Christ Ascension Food Pantry. The food bank especially needs soup, pasta, and canned fruit. In May we collected 181 pounds of food, bringing our year-to-date collection to 623 pounds, meeting 41.5% of our goal 41.7% of the way into the year. Well done! Next First Fruits Sunday--July 1, 2018 

Laundry Love : Third Saturday of every month. Help do your neighbors' laundry at the laundromat at 25th & Nine Mile.  This month we helped 51 people with 97 loads of laundry and 99 dryer loads. Excellent! Next Laundry Love Day--June 16.

Tuesday Morning 
Knitting Circle

Did you know that a group of parishioners gathers in the Parish House  each Tuesday morning to visit with each other while they knit? Everyone is always welcome to join them, and you do not need to know how to knit to participate. In fact, if you're interested in learning,this group provides helpful instruction And, the knitting circle wants you to know that they will provide the yarn and needles to get you started.

 Other crafts are welcome. Drop-in at any time and stay for as long as you want.

Tuesdays
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Parish House Library
Prayer Group & Sunday Prayer s
 
Bring your prayers to the Wednesday morning prayer group. Pray with us silently or aloud as the Spirit leads you, and let us surround you with love and prayers. Find sacred silence and hear the still, small voice of God. Simply stop by the Keeper's Cottage any Wednesday at 10:00.

Prayer ministers also offer individual prayer Sundays during communion.

Wednesdays
10:00 a.m.
Keeper's Cottage (to the left of the church)
To learn more, contact Carolyn Dallas
St. John's Church
2401 East Broad Street








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