A Note from Fr. Humphrey 

Friday, 16 October 2015

Dear People, Neighbors, and Friends of St. John's,
Last year's stewardship campaign, which spanned three months, resulted in 44 pledges totaling $120,066. This year's stewardship campaign has just completed its second week, and in that time we have received 23 pledges totaling $120,938. This is astounding progress, for which I have no adequate words of thanks.
But we are not yet at the end of our campaign, for at least 23 of last year's 44 pledgers have still to renew (and I hope will, if able, increase) their pledges. Additionally, if you haven't ever before pledged to St. John's, or have pledged in the past but not last year, I invite you to help us make 2016 the best year yet.
When I reflect upon our progress thus far, I wonder: Why are we seeing such results? Clearly, we must be doing something right! I think it boils down to the sense that we have found an identity as a church, a choir school, and a community center that connects with people where they are, and which points in a direction of where we, together, feel called to go. Those of us who call St. John's our church home find in it a place of spiritual refreshment, fellowship, and growth. Those who support the choir school see how it is forming lives of character and service among the young people of Newport County, and how it enriches the lives of all of us, of all ages, who benefit from their incredible gifts, not to mention the talents of their extraordinary director, Peter Stoltzfus Berton, who so skillfully nurtures and develops those gifts. Those who are attracted to St. John's for its community involvement, both through our outreach and in our events, see us as yet another way to connect with each other on the Point and to do good in the world around us. For these and so many other reasons, you support St. John's, and your support makes all the difference.
In the midst of this stewardship campaign, I continue in my own work of presiding at worship, saying my prayers, preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, burying the dead, visiting the sick, preparing couples for marriage, and in general doing all of those things that a priest does. But St. John's is so much more than what I do. St. John's includes the anonymous volunteer who recently renovated the women's room in the Guild Hall; it includes our tenant/parishioners, Mary and Chuck Berlinghof, for whom tending the flower beds is a labor of love; it includes the members of our committees and ministries, working for a better tomorrow. You are St. John's. And in your support of St. John's, you are equipping St. John's to do the good work we have been called here to do. Thank you for your support, and don't forget that St. John's exists to support you.
I look forward to completing this campaign in the coming weeks and to turning my attention in my weekly letters to matters other than our finances! But it is important for you to know where things stand, as without your support we cannot be or do what you most value about St. John's. To make a pledge to St. John's, visit http://saintjohns-newport.org/online-pledge-card/ today.
Yours in Christ's service,
N.J.A. Humphrey+
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, October 18 at 4 p.m. Choral Evensong for Treble Voices at St. John's, sung by the Professional Choristers of The Choir School of Newport county joined by the choristers from the Calvary Music School, Calvary Episcopal Church, Stonington, CT. 





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


Mark Your Calendars Now!
The following feasts will be kept as Low Masses in October, all at 5:45 p.m., immediately following Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, October 19th - St. Luke 

Friday, October 23rd - St. James of Jerusalem

Wednesday, October 28th - Sts. Simon & Jude

Please plan on joining us in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament on these holy days.
Saturday, October 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. PipeScreams on the  Point!  This year's highlight is a screening of the original 1925 silent horror film,  The Phantom of the Opera with live organ accompaniment improvised by the spooktacular silent film specialist Peter Krasinski.  $5.00 suggested donation benefits Episcopal Charities, supporter of Newport's MLK Jr.   Community Center.  More wacky pre-Halloween fun for all ages, costumes are welcome! 
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 FaurĂ©'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. 

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. $25 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.

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
Parishioner Melissa Bostrom is a certified lay Spiritual Director and Fr. Humphrey has served in this capacity for numerous individuals over the past several years. We are now considering offering Group Spiritual Direction, in two sections: one for men, led by Fr. Humphrey, and one for women, led by Melissa Bostrom. The two groups might also choose to meet together occasionally to discuss a common reading or for mutual prayer.
The term "Group Spiritual Direction" is not self-explanatory. Rose Mary Dougherty of the Shalem Institute defines it as "a process in which people gather together on a regular basis to assist one another in an ongoing awareness of God in all of life." It is not therapy or counseling, nor is it merely a support group, since the goal is to assist each other in discerning God's will for us and then praying for God's grace as we strive, with God's help, to put our discernment into action in our lives and in the world around us. Spiritual Direction helps us answer the question, "How, then, shall we live?" When undertaken as a group process, Spiritual Direction strengthens the bonds of the gathered community and focuses us individually and corporately as disciples of Jesus.
If you are interested in being a part of either the women's or the men's group, please email Fr. Humphrey at  vicar@saintjohns-newpor.org, and we will schedule an introductory meeting that will delve deeper into the group process.
Please join Fr. Humphrey and diocesan delegates Zach Allen and John Garagliano on Sunday, October 18th at Coffee Hour after either the 8 a.m. or 10 a.m. Mass to hear about what is on the agenda for our upcoming Diocesan Convention in November. This forum is an opportunity to be informed and to share your perspective with your clergy and delegates. All are welcome.
 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

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!

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

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.

Please join the Point Association for the annual Fall Point 
Clean-up, which will take place on Saturday, October 24th, at 9:00 a.m.  We will gather at Storer and Battery Parks. In addition to these two parks we will be cleaning up Hunter Park and the driftways. Please bring a rake, broom and/or shovel. All are welcome. The more the merrier!
Need a visit? Please be in touch with Deacon Close at deacon@saintjohns-newport.org and he or Fr. Humphrey will be in touch.
Peter Quire Challenge Update
Over $13,700 has been received thus far for the Peter Quire Challenge, pushing us ever closer to our $18,000 fundraising goal, which thanks to the challenge grant will be worth $36,000 if we meet this goal by December 1st. We are now on the home stretch. You can now make a secure contribution online by clicking here. If you haven't made a commitment or donation now, please do so.  Pledges toward this challenge may also be emailed to the office at parishoffice@saintjohns-newport.org, and checks with "Peter Quire Challenge" in the memo line may be mailed to the church at 61 Poplar Street Newport, RI 02840 or placed in the collection plate on Sunday. Small weekly donations in addition to your regular pledge are gratefully received, since these will make all the difference in meeting this challenge!

Did you see the article in Newport This Week on the legacy of Peter Quire? Click here for the online version of the story. (For the record, Fr. Humphrey's use of the word "Godless" in describing the neighborhood of the 1870s is a quote from a 1925 sermon marking the church's 50th anniversary and should be understood as such!)

Readings for this Sunday

Sunday, 18 October 2015
The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 53:4-12
Psalm 91:9-16
 Hebrews 5:1-10
Mark 10:35-45