eConnect: 06.15.17
Connect to God 
One of my favorite movies is "Smoke Signals" written by Sherman Alexie. If you haven't seen it I highly recommend it. The movie focuses on the story of Victor and Thomas, two Coeur d'Alene Native Americans, as they travel to Arizona to retrieve the ashes of Victor's father, with whom he had a troubled relationship. The movie includes one of my favorite lines, "sometimes it's a good day to die, and sometimes it's a good day to eat breakfast."

In the final scene of the movie, as Victor pours his father's ashes into a river, the voice of Thomas recites a poem titled "Forgiving our fathers" by Dick Lourie and adapted by Sherman Alexie. I think the poem speaks to all of us whatever our relationship with our father is or was. It can also be read in terms of our forefathers. When the movie first came out and I heard the poem my daughter was 9 months old and I experienced it from the perspective of a son. Now that I have two teenagers I also read it from the perspective of the father in the poem. Forgiveness, of course, is a central aspect of the Christian faith. The final line of the poem is a deeply theological and spiritual question for all of us.

Forgiving our fathers
How do we forgive our fathers? Maybe in a dream. 
Do we forgive our fathers for leaving us too often or forever when we were little? 
Maybe for scaring us with unexpected rage, 
or making us nervous because there never seemed to be any rage there at all? 
Do we forgive our fathers for marrying or not marrying our mothers? 
For divorcing or not divorcing our mothers? 
And shall we forgive them for their excesses of warmth or coldness? 
Shall we forgive them for pushing or leaning? 
For shutting doors? 
For speaking through walls, or never speaking, or never being silent? 
Do we forgive our fathers in our age or in theirs? 
Or in their deaths? 
Saying it to them or not saying it? 
If we forgive our fathers, what is left?

One of these Father's Days I hope to have the courage to give this poem to my children, ask them how they forgive me, and if they do what is left?

The Rev. Chris Rankin-Williams, Rector
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Pastoral Announcement: A funeral for Donna Hazlett will be held this Saturday, 6/17 at 11am. 
Connect to Community 
Church Potluck This Tuesday Join us for a summer potluck on the lawn this Tuesday, 6/20 from 6 to 8pm. The church will provide pulled pork sandwiches with slaw and beverages. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. This is an informal version of our regular Dinner Church with social time and an opportunity for people of all ages to engage in a short spiritual discussion and reflection. This is the first of our three summer suppers on the lawn. If you can't make it this time, we hope to see you on either 7/18 or 8/22.

Women of Wisdom
 All women are welcome to join us next Thursday, 6/22 for coffee, tea, and spiritual discussion from 10-11:15am in the Fireside Room. We'll be discussing this research study (pages 1-8 only) on faith in Marin, particularly the "spiritual but not religious."  

Fellowship Circle sign-ups have been an outstanding success! We currently have more than 100 participants. Enrollment ends this Sunday, 6/18. If you'd like to join in the fun just CLICK HERE. If you have questions, contact Anna Frost, Margaret Harter, Kelli Fleitas, Connie Granger, or Hope Garbo. If you're already signed up you can look forward to receiving your circle details in the beginning of July. Circles start meeting in the fall.

Summer Saturday: Bringing Faith into Real Life Saturday, 6/24, 10am-noon (or come to the Parish Hall at 9:30 and we'll have coffee, juice, and donuts.) At 10am, drop off the kids in the youth room (ages 4-11) for games and art. If you have youth (ages 11-18) who would like to come or under 3s who need nursery care, please email Rev. Ginger and we'll make arrangements. What do you want to learn more about? Pick 2 discussion sessions to attend - each lasts 45 minutes, and there will be a short break in between. We'll end at noon. Course choices will include:
-    Everything you wanted to know about the Bible but were afraid to ask - with Rev. Ginger
-    Faith for busy parents - with Rev. Chris
-    Finding meaning in grief, loss, and change - with Rev. Ginger
-    Seeking God in Nature - with Rev. Chris
-    Grappling with God: How to bring God into our everyday lives - with Roger and LaRae Quy
-    What does the rest of the world sing? Music in worship around the world - with Dr. David Montgomery, our Music Director

Yoga at St. John's Yoga for all levels, live music, candlelight, and meditation. Every Monday, 6:15-7:30pm in the Parish Hall. Suggested donation of $10-20. All are welcome. Yoga continues through the summer.    
Connect to Service
Does your child need community service hours for school? Do you want to get them away from the screen and doing something meaningful this summer?  Please feel free to email Rev. Ginger - we can help connect you with ways that your child can serve in the church and in the community.

Serve hot meals and share conversation with those in need of food and community at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room. St. John's serves every second Saturday of the month and the last Saturday of the month from 10:30am-1pm. Volunteers are particularly needed on 6/24, 7/8, and 7/29. To volunteer, contact Becky Hlebasko via email or phone, 415.846.1589.

We need you! Read a book, do an art project, have a conversation with a child. Gilead House is a transitional housing facility for families in need, where 100% of the children in residence are behind grade level and in need of extra care and attention. Think you might be interested in serving on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30 at least once per month? Contact Rev. Ginger via email or at 415.456.1102, x104.
Connect to Children & Youth
Youth Group Corner:  Click here  for our Youth Group weekend info . If you are new, please see our clergy for free latte cards, or come by our coffee corner for a free latte. Have a great weekend! If you have any youth questions please  email  Tom Fregoso, Youth Minister.  
Connect to Music
An invitation: Beginning this Sunday, 6/18, our choir will offer a series of "summer" anthems prepared on Sunday mornings at 9AM (no Thursday night rehearsals.) We would be delighted to welcome anyone who would like to sing with us on this informal basis - no prior notice necessary, just come to the Sunday rehearsal and enjoy! For more information, please contact David Montgomery, Director of Music, via email or at 415.456.1102, x111.

This Sunday's Music: Click HERE to learn what St. John's Music Director David Montgomery has to say regarding the organ music selected for this Sunday's 10am service.   
8a: Eucharist in the Church
9a: Family Eucharist in the Parish Hall
10a: Eucharist in the Church
7.15a: Meditation in the Chapel
6pm: Dinner Church in the Parish Hall
2nd Thursdays of the Month
Noon: Eucharist in the Chapel   
St. John's Episcopal Church 
PO Box 217 
14 Lagunitas Road 
Ross, CA 94957