A Note from Fr. Humphrey 
Dear People, Neighbors, and Friends of St. John's,

As we enter into the long green season of summer, our focus will be on growth: the growth and spread of the Kingdom of God; our spiritual growth; the growth of this particular congregation.

With regard to the last of these, in response to feedback from both longstanding and more recent parishioners, we are introducing a new layout for our bulletin, along with a Mass Booklet we hope is user-friendly. I believe those of us already familiar with our liturgy will find it an aid to worship, and I hope that it will be much more accessible to our occasional visitors and newcomers. A first step has been to produce a draft booklet, which you will see this Sunday. We have already made several changes to this draft that you will see the following Sunday. (We completely forgot to include the text of the Last Gospel at Low Mass in this first edition-don't worry, that will be there next week!) Your ongoing feedback is welcome.

As far as our spiritual growth is concerned, the new bulletin format includes the texts of the readings; I hope you will take the leaflet with you to continue your reflections on the words of scripture throughout the week. The collect of the day and anthem texts are printed there as usual, and they provide ample devotional material.

The growth of the Kingdom of God can be fostered by such simple things as bringing these new materials to work with you and leaving them in your workspace, where you can be reminded throughout the day of the integration between the life of faith and our work in the world; and if your co-workers and others should happen to see them, who knows what will happen? This Sunday  we will hear the  parable of the mustard seed, which illustrates  how God's activity is often unseen and mysterious, but produces fruit at harvest time. To human eyes, the beginning may seem insignificant, but God gives the growth.  So, too, little things like sharing our faith and being a little more intentional about the way it is presented--whether in a bulletin or in the witness of our lives--can have surprisingly life-changing results.

I am grateful for your companionship in this green season of growth, and look forward to seeing those of you who can be with us at St. John's. And if for any reason you can't be, I hope you will be in touch with us, and will keep us in your prayers as we keep you in ours.

Yours in Christ's service,
N.J.A. Humphrey+
Vicar

Upcoming Events 
13 June (Saturday) at 9 a.m.: Beautification Day
Want to help St. John's increase its "curb appeal" outside and its "soul appeal" inside? Members, neighbors, and firends are invited to join in a festive beautification day. We will be focusing on 9 key areas: Outside we will focus on the church grounds, scraping/painting the exterior of the buildings, and cleaning the garage. Inside we will be scraping/painting the interior, as well as cleaning the sacristy, choir room, church and parish office, and polishing the brass. Please join in the fellowship, service, and fun of this day by signing up on the sheet posted in the Guild Hall. A complementary box lunch will be served to all participants who sign up in advance and RSVP to the parish office. 
Announcements

Dear People of St. John's,

 

As some of you have heard, Jean Winsor, the widow of Ed Winsor, has died. She returned to her beloved Rhode Island from Florida last week in time to spend her final days amongst family and friends. 

 A joint Requiem Eucharist for Ed and Jean will be held at St. Columba's, Middletown, where Ed was for many years the rector, at noon on July 18th, with Bishop Knisely celebrating and the Rev. Ashley Peckham preaching.

 

May Jean's soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercies of God, rest in peace.

 

Yours in Christ's service,

N.J.A. Humphrey+

Vicar

Bach and Friends at Quarter Till returns June 13 through September 6: Saturdays at 11:45 am and 2:45 pm; Sundays at 2:45 pm, 5:45 pm, and 8:45 pm. Fifteen-minute concerts/mini-demonstrations with organ music of J. S. Bach and another composer at each program. Admission 25 cents (put a quarter in the "Quarter Till"), or any amount you wish. With new video technology made possible by a grant received from the New York City American Guild of Organists Centennial Millennium Fund. Last summer, 110 of these mini-concerts raised over $11,000 to begin restoration of our historic 1894 Hook and Hastings instrument.