A Note from Fr. Humphrey 

Friday, 30 October 2015

Dear People, Neighbors, and Friends of St. John's,
 
Those of you who live in the Point can expect to see me tomorrow night in my clericals as I accompany my children through the neighborhood in their costumes. My collar is my costume of choice, as I reflected on in my letter of August 23, 2015, though I have been mistaken on Halloween of masquerading as a priest when in fact I am one.
 
Trick-or-treating in my collar serves as more than a convenient excuse not to get a Halloween costume, however. To me, it underscores that there's a friendly neighborhood priest nearby, whose family is surprisingly (and sometimes disconcertingly) "normal" (whatever that means), and who sees Halloween not as something to be "for" or "against" but simply as an opportunity to be neighborly.
 
This year, if you stop by the front entrance to St. John's Church on Washington Street, you will find some folks there eager to give out Halloween candy to all comers. Some other "spooktacular" treats may also be in store, so be sure to put us on your route.

Dennis House, the circa 1740 Rectory at 59 Washington Street will likewise be open for business, though mysteriously its front door faces Poplar Street. (Fun fact: Captain John Dennis, after whom the house is named, was a colonial "privateer," a polite term for a pirate. Could it be that the priest and his family live in a haunted pirate's house? Aaargh!)
 
On second thought, I have to admit that I am "for" Halloween to the extent that it has its origins in a celebration of the Eve ("ee'n") of All Saints' Day (a.k.a. All Hallow's Day). All Saints' Day this year falls on Sunday, and I hope that our trick-or-treaters and their families will come by St. John's at 8 or 10 o'clock the next morning to celebrate the feast of which Halloween is merely a (sticky) foretaste. (And if you do come, don't forget to set your clocks back by one hour before you go to bed. Since you'll be getting an extra hour of sleep, you have no excuse for not coming to church, even if you stay up later than usual in order to trick-or-treat.)
 
All Saints' Day is followed by its companion observance, All Souls' Day, which we will keep on Monday, November 2nd at 6:30 p.m. The choir will be singing Fauré's heavenly Requiem, accompanied by our organ, two violas, and two cellos. It is an experience not to be missed. After all, we often don't give ourselves enough space to mourn and remember, and the Requiem Mass, with its total focus on those who have died, is a powerful and intimate way of doing so. Rich in ritual and symbolism, the Requiem is a profound experience for those who have never before encountered it, and a moving one no matter how many Requiem Masses one has attended. I invite all who mourn, and all who stand in solidarity with them, to join us in this special service of remembrance. Information on including the names of your departed loved ones in the service booklet may be found below.
 
I look forward to seeing many of you in the neighborhood on All Hallow's Eve, and I hope to see even more of you at St. John's on All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. You'll be glad you came. It's what we're here for, after all.
 
Yours in Christ's service,
N.J.A. Humphrey+
Vicar
This Weekend & Around The Corner
Trick-or-treat at St. John's! Come to the front entrance of the church on Washington Street to get some Halloween goodies and enjoy the spooktacular ambiance of this historic church.

Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Halloween or you will get a trick but not a treat the next morning. The treat is sleeping in an extra hour and still making it to church on time!
 
Monday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. Solemn Requiem for All Souls Day with the St. John's Adult Choir and special guest instrumentalists, in a candlelit service of remembrance with Fauré's  Requiem. 

Please email the names of your departed loved ones to the parish office no later than October 31 to be included in the All Souls' Day Necrology. 

Halloween Help Wanted
As a part of our recruitment efforts for the Choir School, business card-sized ads are available at the entrances to the church. We ask that you take as many as you like and tape them to your Halloween candy, giving one card per Trick-or-Treater, whether child or adult. This way, you will help spread not just something sweet, but something good for the soul: the gift of music. If you have access to a color printer, you can make your own by downloading the attached PDF hereBlack & White will also work, of course, and anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated. After Halloween, these cards are perfect for passing on to prospective choir families and others--keep a couple in your wallet or purse! And thank you for your support.

The Choir School News

The Choir School is back in full swing with rehearsals at St. John's on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mark your calendars now for these upcoming events!

 


Sunday, November 1 at 4 p.m. Choral Evensong for All Saints' Day, at Trinity Church , Newport, combining the Trinity and St. John's choirs and the Professional Choristers of The Choir School of Newport County. 


 


 


 

 

 

Sunday, November 15 
at 4 p.m. Choral Evensong for the Feast of Dedication of the Church of St. John the Evangelist (our 122nd birthday!). Sung by the St. John's adult choir and the Professional Choristers of The Choir School of Newport County.

 

 


 

 

The Choir School of Newport County is recruiting new choristers. Do you know a boy or girl who likes to sing? The choir school offers a first rate musical education right here in Newport. To arrange an informal audition, email the director, Peter Stoltzfus Berton, at director@thechoirschoolri.org. More information on the choir school may be found atwww.thechoirschoolri.org

 

Stewardship Update
As of this week, we have 31 pledges totaling $146,773 for 2016. We are still waiting to hear from 20 pledgers who have yet to renew their pledges. If every one of these twenty were simply to renew their pledges, we could raise at least $25,000 -- or more if they are moved to increase their pledges. With a few new pledges on top of that, we would be in an extremely healthy position headed into our budget planning process for 2016. 

As our guest preacher, Fr. Andrew Mead, said on Sunday. "All my days as a priest since 1971 I have watched this parish with interest...I see the potential: the building itself is a prayer of hope in stone in this beautiful spot. And now it's happening...Ventures taken, investments made by the bishop, choosing and placing a gifted priest and his family. Willing and able assistants. Music with a maestro. Evangelical and Catholic preaching, teaching and liturgy. Communication and enthusiasm. Pastoral ministry. Neighborhood outreach. Young people invited and taking up the invitation. Good cheer and for good reason: The beauty of holiness is opening up to be shared. It is most encouraging, and the new is amazing."

Now more than ever there is ample reason to support St. John's. With God's help, you are making a difference. Many thanks to everyone who has pledged thus far; we are well on our way to having a most successful pledge campaign on record. 

Mark Your Calendars Now!
Peter Stoltzfus Berton will present a special organ recital on Wednesday, November 18th at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. All are welcome. Freewill donations to the organ restoration fund in any amount gladly accepted.



Saturday, November 21 at 7 p.m. in the Guild Hall  of St. John the Evangelist, a special acoustic guitar and vocal concert by the phenomenal band Aztec Two-Step. $28 admission benefits ministries of St. John the Evangelist. Limited ticketed seating with refreshments available...sure to sell out! For more information, please contact Scott Nicholson at gramer890@gmail.com. Tickets can now be purchased online here!

Christian Formation Opportunities 
for Adults
 Bible Study
 Join Stephanie Shoemaker and friends on Wednesdays at noon in the Guild  Hall Lounge for a lively Bible Study. For more information, email her at   revshoe@aol.com
Group Spiritual Direction
The first meeting of the Group Spiritual Direction for Men will meet in the Vicar's study on Sunday, November 22nd from 12-1 p.m. To join this group, you must email the Vicar at  vicar@saintjohns-newport.org .
Announcements
The donor of our festal white vestments has given an additional stole and an ambo fall, which will be on display in the chapel this Sunday, All Saints' Day and blessed following Low Mass. What is an ambo fall? As you can see in the picture, it is a covering for a portable lectern, which we use for various purposes. Most importantly, the Passion is chanted from the ambo on Maundy Thursday, and white is the liturgical color for that day. Many thanks to our donor for completing our festal white set of vestments and sanctuary hangings. 
Sixty-six people attended last Saturday's screening of The Phantom of the Opera, which raised $240 for Episcopal Charities, as well as additional freewill donations to the Organ Restoration Fund. Charles Lane Cowen, the Assistant Director of Episcopal Charities, wrote us afterwards, "It is my sincere hope that other churches will follow your model and be creative in their fundraising for themselves and for Episcopal Charities. This was an incredible opportunity to welcome people from the community into your church while also supporting the outreach work of the diocese."
Have you visited www.saintjohns-newport.org lately? We have launched a redesigned website with new content. Over the next several weeks more bells and whistles will be added, so check back frequently! For instance, did you miss last week's sermon? Find the manuscript online here

An archive of past Evangelist weekly emails is now available in the sidebar on  http://saintjohns-newport.org/contact/subscribe/ . Now it's even easier to share your favorite past issues with friends!

Did you know you can subscribe to our sermon manuscripts and have them delivered to you automatically each week via email? At the bottom of each page on our website,  www.saintjohns-newport.org, you will see "Subscribe to our Blog." Enter your email there and click on the "Subscribe" button. It's that easy! Please note that those who are subscribed to our Friday emails are not automatically subscribed to receive sermons, and that you must opt in via our website.


Realm is the name of the new cloud-based database program St. John's uses to keep track of people. The more people who register, the more useful it becomes. Since we are now in stewardship season, the best introduction to it is to register for an account by going to   https://onrealm.org/StJohnEvangelis/Register. 
  Once you have registered for an account, you can sign in via 

Realm allows you to view and edit the information we have in our database and to set up online giving, either one-time or recurring. It also allows you to make a pledge that is entered directly into our system, skipping the "middle man" of the pledge card process. To find out more about these features, click on the links below to watch a brief video about how it works.


You can also access Realm via our website at  http://saintjohns-newport.org/support/.

Register today!

Is the Samaritan Ministry for you? Are you called to be a friend to someone who needs one? Do you like to do things that make you feel good after you've done them? If the answer you gave to those two questions was "yes," then we would like you to consider becoming a member or associate of the Samaritan Ministry of St. John's. Our mission is to be a neighbor to those in need, either within the parish or without. So we want to be ready to respond to need whenever it arises, be it material need (a hot meal, a ride, etc.)  or simply the need for companionship during a difficult time. We are especially interested in exploring ministry to nursing homes and assisted living facilities in our immediate area. As we develop our ministry, we will need more people on the team. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. If you'd prefer not to attend meetings but want to be called on to help when needed, you can simply join us as an associate. Please ask yourself those questions above and see where it leads you. You may contact any of those named below for more information or to join us in our important and rewarding work.
 
Trish Dresser
Mary Jane Rodman
Letty Champion
Melissa Bostrom
Deacon Buck Close
Teddi Shaw

Want to get more involved at St. John's? There's plenty to do outside and inside St. John's. If you'd like to become more active than you already are, please reach out to Fr. Humphrey at vicar@saintjohns-newport.org.
Need a visit? Please be in touch with Deacon Close at deacon@saintjohns-newport.org and he or Fr. Humphrey will be in touch.
Readings for this Sunday
 

Sunday, 1 November 2015
All Saints' Day

Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 24
 Revelation 21:1-6a
John 11:32-44