Newsletter for St. John's Church, Cold Spring Harbor
May 31, 2018
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This Sunday

Second Sunday after Pentecost
June 3, 2018


8 am: Holy Eucharist 
10 am: Holy Baptism  
5 pm Holy Eucharist 

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St. John's Church
Post Office Box 266
1670 Route 25A
Cold Spring Harbor
New York 11724

Parish Office
516-692-6368, x 3

Finance Office
516-692-6368, x 15

Memorial Cemetery of St. John's Church
On Stewardship
Over the last 10 years St. John's has a history of pledges to our annual stewardship appeal ranging between 100 and 135 families supporting the church by pledge. This represents approximately 30% of our parishioners - well below the national norms for Episcopal Churches with as ambitious and daring programs as ours. The overall average for Episcopal churches is close to 50% nationally. This year and in future years we would like to work towards exceeding our traditional norm and coming closer to matching the national norm.

We have made direct appeals for this year's cycle through our fireside chats that have focused on supporting the emerging vision and mission activity of our vibrant congregational life. As that process draws to a close we will be contacting parishioners more widely on this subject in the near future so that the whole parish is able to participate in supporting the core mission and ministry of our church.

Frank Gundersen
Senior Warden
WorshipW OR SHIP
Funeral Service Reminder: William James Pugsley
A service in thanksgiving for the life of Bill Pugsley will take place at St. John's Church on Saturday June 2nd at 11 am.  Bill's family has requested a choir.

Guest Preacher this Sunday
St. John's is pleased to welcome back The Rev. Dr. Jim Lemler as our guest preacher this Sunday, June 3. Dr. Lemler led our Vestry retreat on congregational growth and vitality in January and is returning for a follow-up visit with the clergy and Vestry leadership.

Youth Sunday and Choir Recognition Day
Sunday, June 10 at 10 am
This year we combine two St. John's traditions in one. Youth Sunday, when the young adults and youth from our parish take over the 10 am service.  Youth Sunday does not honor the church's ministry to our children, but honor's our children's ministry to the church.  We will also celebrate our Music Ministries by recognizing all our dedicated Choirs - from our most experienced Chancel Choir to our youngest Junior and Primary Choirs.  Please join us for this special service and celebration!

families FAMILIES
LI-CAN Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 3 at  3 pm
New Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran School, Plainview
Come hear what LI-CAN has accomplished in the past year on its efforts to make Long Island safer for families and end the opioid epidemic. We will also set an agenda for the coming year for local action. Please note the new location: Good Shepherd Lutheran School, 99 Central Park Rd, Plainview, NY 11803.

Cold Springers Youth Group
June, 5 - 7:30 pm, Bleecker Hall
This is the last Cold Springers of the year! All 9-12 year olds are welcome for an evening of fun and fellowship. We will be preparing decorations and designing bulletin covers for June 10th's 10 am Youth Sunday service. Dinner will be available.  For questions or more information, email

Caring Connection Contacts
For June: Rita Cleary (516-759-9522) or Clare Fearon (631-423-3560). 
Anytime: call the Church Office
(516-692-6368, x 3).

Caring Connection links parish volunteers with fellow parishioners who need a little help. Depending on the availability of volunteers, we can offer rides to church and church events and to some medical appointments, help with marketing, altar flowers, and a friendly visit, or information on local services.
St. John's Annual Parish Picnic
Sunday, June 10 at 11:15 am
Church Patio & Lawn
Food, Fun & Fellowship for all ages are on the menu. Join us immediately after the 10 am service, for our annual Parish Picnic. Learn MORE.

Fireside Chat with Gideon
Sunday, June 10 at 11:30 am
Sherwood Room
All parishioners who have not yet attended a  Fireside Chat with Gideon are cordially invited to come a final Fireside Chat on Sunday, June 10.  We hope you will join us as we gather in the Sherwood Room during the Parish Picnic.  Come to h ear Gideon's  vision for St. John's and to share  your thoughts, needs, aspirations.
St. John's  Handmades Needs Wool!
St. John's Handmades is working on a new project for 2018, and needs 100% wool yarn (or old woolen sweaters or throws) in any amount or colors. If you too many UFO's (un-finished objects) and would like to donate yarn please email Betty GilbertAnita MacDougall or Janet Stevenson.
Grow-to-Give Garden Work Days Summer Schedule
Every other Saturday
June 9th - Sept. 22, 10 am - 12 pm
Join the Grow-to-Give Garden Gang for our twice monthly work day. Tasks will vary, but weeding and harvesting are almost always on the to-do list. Food that we grow supports our Outreach Ministry through free will offerings and also supports the Community Solidarity food distribution on Tuesday evenings in Huntington Station.  For more information, please email  The Rev. Jesse Lebus .

Oyster Garden Work Day: Training & Cage Building
Saturday, June 16
Time and Location TBD
St. John's is thrilled to sponsor two oyster cages this year at Laurel Hollow Town Beach. On this day gardeners will gather to help build cages and learn the details of monitoring and maintaining the baby oysters, or spats.

This is a wonderful opportunity to build community, spend some time on the water and help bring balance and healing back to Cold Spring Harbor. For more information, please email The Rev. Jesse Lebus.

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