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This week @ St. John's   
July 28 - August 4

FROM GAYLE
Dear Ones,

The other night I was sitting with one of my sons, and he reacted to a story on TV, which got us talking about politics.  That is fairly unusual.  We tend to avoid religion and politics at my house in exchange for occasional church attendance.  But he started it, and so we talked.  And I was so glad we did, because it was calm, reasonable and thoughtful.  And that gave me such hope.  Any time we can talk about things with civility and respect, no matter what the topic, we invest in democracy and in our Christian values.  In this season of heightened rhetoric and plunging respectfulness, let's set an example.  Not shying away from controversy, but speaking with kindness and an acknowledgement of the dignity of every human being.

Praying for peace!  Gayle+

This week 
Thank you to the Kevin Elliott and Elliott's Greenhouse for the generous donation of mulch. It makes St. John's yard look very sharp!

SUNDAY, JULY 31 
8 & 10:30 am Morning Prayer
Rev Suzanne Hill
4 - 9 pm Full Spectrum Community Outreach Center Spaghetti Di nner
Tickets go on sale for Scott Simon

BUILDING ST. JOHN'S FUTURE: The 2016-2017 Capital Campaign
THANK YOU to those who have pledged to the Capital Campaign. So far  34 pledges have been received for a total of $200,800+!! Thank you!!
 If you are considering making a pledge, the committee is asking that  you please do so by August 15.
Thank you in advance!!
New this week 
School Food Pantry Update
Starting in September, the United Way, Second Harvest Food Bank and St. John's (with the help of the Diocesan grant from ECS, Episcopal Community Services, and hopefully other organizations will join us) will hold a monthly Food Pantry at Taft School on the South Side.  Plans for a pantry at Williamson School have been put on hold due to the resignation of the school principal, whose replacement has not yet been named. 
As part of our sponsorship of the pantry, we have been asked to supply four to six volunteers each month, to register families and help them transport food boxes to their car. 
The pantry will take place on the third  Tuesday of each month during the school year, beginning  September 20.  The food will be delivered at  2:30 PM and families can pick it up between  3 and 5 PM
Please let Liz Wrona (elizabethwrona@gmail.com) or Gayle+ know if you can help with the pantry.  And let us know if you have questions too!

SUMMER @ ST. JOHN'S!

SEND POSTCARDS FROM YOUR SUMMER TRAVELS TO THE CHURCH.
WE WILL DECORATE A BULLETIN BOARD!! THANKS!! 
323 WICK AVE., 44503

FITNESS CHALLENGE
By moving together -let's get to Rio de Janeiro (5,030 miles!) and back to Youngstown (Yikes! 10,060 miles!)!! I've sent a link to those of you who have gmail accounts to track things on line. (I hope it works!!)
Track your miles: walking, running, biking or swimming - Log them weekly on the chart - (or  send us an email and I'll log them in for you.)
 
BLOCK PARTY @ 
Martin Luther Lutheran Church
Saturday, August 13, 11-1pm. Held in collaboration with 
Martin Luther Lutheran Church, 420 Clearmount Dr, Youngstown, OH 44511
Please let Linda Vasconi,  vasconilinda@yahoo.com know if you would like to assist with this event. Thanks!

CELEBRATION OF 50 YEAR
MEMBERS OF ST. JOHN'S
August 14, 10:30 service

BOOKCLUB
August 16, 7pm
Under the Undala Trees, Chinelo Okparanta

PANERATHON REGISTRATION/ SIGN - UP has begun
Please sign up early so that we can pick up your shirt at the team pick up!!
Team - St. John's Episcopal
Sunday, August 21 
10K Run @ 10am
2 Mile Walk begins at 10:05am
 
BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS,
TEACHERS & STUDENTS
August 21, 10:30am
We are again collecting school supplies for the students at Williamson School, and would appreciate donations of either filled backpacks or loose supplies.  Here's what is needed to fill a basic backpack:
For Kindergarten to 2nd Grade: 1 box (24 count) of crayons, 1 one-inch binder, 1 glue stick, 1 box of tissues, 2 pocket folders, 1 pencil case, 2 #2 pencils, 1 pack of wide-ruled loose-leaf paper, 1 backpack.
For Grades 3 to 5: 1 box (8 or 16 count) of washable markers, 2 one-inch binders, 1 glue stick, 1 box of tissues, 4 pocket folders, 1 pencil case, 2 #2 pencils, 2 spiral notebooks (wide-ruled), 1 pack of wide-ruled loose-leaf paper, 1 backpack.
Donations of wide-ruled loose-leaf paper, glue sticks and other supplies for replenishment during the school year are also welcome!
Backpacks and supplies will be blessed on August 21 and delivered to Williamson before the first day of school. 
Thank you for your generous support of our partner school!
Liz Wrona
Chair, Christian Social Relations Commission

SAVE THE DATE - 7pm, SEPTEMBER 13
SCOTT SIMON host of National Public Radio's Weekend Edition is coming to St. John's!!! 
Tickets are $10 and will go on sale beginning August 1.
Co-sponsored by St. John's and WYSU. 







SAVE THE DATE! 3pm, OCTOBER 9
Andrew Sords, Violinist

EASY!! 

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