A Note from Fr. Humphrey 

Friday, 31 July 2015


Dear People, Neighbors, and Friends of St. John's,


If you weren't at our Music on the Lawn event on August 23rd, you really missed out on something special: an intergenerational gathering of the people, neighbors, and friends of St. John's, all enjoying some great music and each other's company. I am still savoring the memory of seeing my kids run around with both neighbor's kids we know and some kids who were new to us-perhaps just visiting their grandparents that weekend. I'm still laughing at the jokes I heard. And I'm still hearing echoes of the music itself. My daughter even pulled me out of my chair for a little dance on the lawn!


None of this would have happened without Scott Nicholson, who went from being a friend of St. John's (he knew us through his work with the diocese) to a neighbor (living as a tenant on our property), to one of the people of St. John's (serving now on our governing board and as the chair of our Finance Committee)! In my dreams, everyone in the Point would make this pilgrimage from friend and neighbor to "one of us." In reality, of course, some people will elect to remain "just friends," and that's just fine, too. Writing this letter every week is a way for me to keep in touch both with those who count themselves one of us and those who count themselves neighbors and friends, and to remind everyone that the doors are always open to the degree to which you feel called to participate. 


One way to participate is to help Scott keep events like Music on the Lawn going. We already have one scheduled for September (see announcements below), but we would like to do one in August, too, if possible-most likely August 13th or 20th. It takes a team of eight people to work with Scott in selecting the musicians, marketing the event, setting up, preparing and selling food, and then breaking down the tables and chairs afterwards. Oh, and if you are interested in underwriting, sponsoring, or providing goods for use at the event, we'd be grateful for your support in these ways, too. Just email Scott at gramer890@gmail.com to help get the ball rolling. If we get sufficient support from the people, neighbors, and friends of St. John's, we'll keep Music on the Lawn going and continue this great way of getting everyone together again next month.


Whether I see you on the lawn or in the pews, or both-or neither!-I pray that you are enjoying your summer and that you will not hesitate to be in touch with me for any reason whatsoever.


Yours in Christ's service,

N.J.A. Humphrey+


Peter Quire Challenge Update

To date, we have received pledges and donations in excess of $1600 toward the $36,000 Peter Quire Challenge, designated for capital improvement projets, which has been made possible by an anonymous challenge grant of up to $18,000. We need to average $900/week in pledges or donations between now and December 1st in order to meet this challenge, so if you haven't made a commitment or donation now, please do so. Pledges toward this challenge may 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!


The Choir School News

The mid-to-late Summer is packed with special chorister events intended to raise our profile in Newport, Rhode Island, and New England. All of these events are potential recruitment opportunities. We hope you will mark your calendars and come to as many as possible. 


Today, July 31 at 6:15 p.m. The choristers will be singing the National Anthem at the Newport Gulls Game at Cardines Field! The game starts at 6:35, but show up 20 minutes early to support our choristers. 


Tuesday, August 18 at 12:30 p.m. If you are a member of the Newport Rotary Club, you're in luck! The choristers are coming to sing for their lunch at the Atlantic Beach Club!



Friday, September 4 from 6-8 p.m. Music on the Lawn: Special "Back to School" Kids' Night with The Toe Jam Puppet Band and Choir School singers!




Saturday, September 12 from 7-9 p.m. WaterFire in Providence will have a stage on Steeple Street sponsored by the Ep iscopal Diocese of Rhode Island to celebrate the diocese's 225th anniversary. The Choir School of Newport County is a headliner in the performances, so plan to come to Providence for this fantastic public event.




Sunday, September 20 at 4 p.m. The choristers will be the guest choir at Calvary Episcopal Church in Stonington, Connecticut for a special Evensong. If you are near Stonington that day or want to make a special trip to our Nutmeg State neighbor, please join us.



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

Summer Fair News
The Summer Fair is coming! Mark your calendars for September 19th! To volunteer, please contact John Garagliano at john.garagliano@cox.net. 

The Summer Fair Silent Auction is welcoming donations of new goods and services. Do you frequent a store or restaurant that you can ask for a donation? Or know a merchant to approach? Or offer to provide something yourself, for example "a ride to/from the airport?" or "a few hours of gardening or snow shoveling?" Or offer to fill a theme basket? Please contact Amy Acampora at a2_newyork@hotmail.com

We will be accepting items for the Summer Fair's White Elephant & Clothing Sale beginning on Sept 12th. Please do not drop off items until then as the Guild Hall & parlor are used on a weekly basis. Items should be in good condition. We are unable to accept mattresses, anything broken, electronics, large furniture or exercise machines. Thank you so much for your cooperation.


Saint Stephen's will be joining us in Newport for the feast of the Transfiguration this Thursday, August 6th at 6:30 p.m. We will be joining Saint Stephen's in Providence the next week for the feast of the Assumption on Saturday, August 15th at 11:00 a.m. 

The Few, the Humble, the Brave: The Acolyte Corps


Fr. Humphrey is looking for fresh recruits for the Acolyte Corps at St. John's. Acolytes assist the clergy at the altar-at High Mass on Sundays, and especially during Holy Week and on feast days. Acolytes set up the chancel before Mass and make sure all is in good order after Mass. During Mass they carry out various duties, including subdeacon, thurifer, master of ceremonies, crucifer, server, and torchbearer.


The corps is healthiest when it is comprised of young children, teenagers, and adults. The oldest serving acolyte is well over sixty-five. 


Acolytes can sign up on a regular, seasonal, or special event basis, so participation need not be an every week commitment. We have acolytes who only serve in Holy Week or at Christmas, or when they are home from school.


If you have children or grandchildren who need something useful to do on a Sunday morning to keep out of trouble, especially in the summer, now is a wonderful time to join. 


Interested in exploring what it means to be an acolyte? Whether you are an adult or a young person, please speak with the Vicar today--or have your child or grandchild email him this week! He is always available at vicar@saintjohns-newport.org

We need coffee hour hosting volunteers!  We have four openings for this month:

16 August - 10AM 

23 August - 8 and 10AM 

30 August - 10 AM

Please either sign the sheet posted in the Guild Hall or contact Teddi Shaw or Deacon Close if you aren't going to be in the Guild Hall soon. 


Also please consider hosting a coffee hour on a regular schedule. As of today we have the following regular hosts:

1st Sunday of the month: 8 and 10 -Teddi and Buck

2nd Sunday: 8 - Cheryl and Karen; 10 - Phyllis and David

3rd Sunday: 8 - Chases; 10 - VACANCY

4th or 5th Sunday:  8 - Dottie and Trish (they will take every last Sunday in the month. In months with 5 Sundays, they will always take the 5th, in other months, the 4th.)  10 -  VACANCY


Hosting coffee hour is not difficult and it can be fun. The more we share this ministry of hospitality, the better we get at it. Hospitality is one of the most vital attributes of healthy Christian community. Please consider hosting a coffee hour. 


Hospitably yours, 

Deacon Close

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.

Do you have a freer schedule this summer? Consider joining us for Morning Prayer (8:30) or Evening Prayer (5:30) during the week. These brief services are a wonderful way to start and/or end the day.

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.