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August 13, 2017  

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Website Resources
Fundraising Efforts
Springtime at Saint John's
Upcoming Reminders
Treasures N Trinkets
Volunteers Needed
Participants for August 13, 2017
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Weekly Bible Commentary
August 13, 2017

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"Changing" St. John's

Bring Your Change

Presented at the Altar
The Second Sunday
of the Month
Total to Date: $354.64

Changing St. John's

Save your coins when you empty your pockets at night. Collect them in a can or "mite" box and bring them to St. John's. Bring them anytime, and we'll present these "mites" on the first Sunday of the month. Many small efforts could make a big change in our budget and ministry. (We have can wrappers in the narthex to help us remember.)

Shopping Cards
An Easy Way to Help

Stop & Shop Cards
In Stock!
Available Every Sunday

When you buy shopping/gift cards through St. John's, you are making a contribution that does not cost you financially. It may take a little planning.  Order forms are available in the narthex and can be placed in the lockbox at any time.

To make it easy, here's the form for ordering. Print it and bring it on Sunday.

And if you want more choices, here's a complete list. Sue Bremer could order anything on this list.

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Dear St. John's Members and Friends,
St. John's is blessed to have a wonderfully dedicated team of lay people who volunteer their time to form the leadership core of our parish. Much of this work is behind the scenes and without fanfare. This work does not stop in the summer and our vestry gathered for a meeting on July 27 th following the Healing Eucharist. Here is a short summary of our work together:
MOTHER COSMAN called the meeting to order at 7:05pm and GINNY HOFFMAN gave the opening prayer. The Dwelling in the Word study of Luke 10:1-12 included a rich conversation around where we felt "sent out into the world as a lamb in the midst of wolves." RYAN PATCH volunteered to take minutes as BETH COATES was away on vacation.
The Priest in Charge process included an update that our consultant, THE REV. JOSPEH SHEPLEY, will be joining us for our September meeting to complete the next steps in the process, including the review of our goals and how they can be updated to reflect the progress that we have made as a parish.
JOHN GARGIULO, our Junior Warden, shared our progress on improvements in the kitchen and the vestry formulated a plan for moving forward during the summer with vestry input.
The Gill Memorial Garden will benefit from a visit from MARK MARCHETTI, an arborist who will work on items proposed by NORMA PAPPALARDO.
In other Mechanical and Botanical news, STAN MORASKI, our Senior Warden, is working to obtain quotes for power washing the Spirituality and Formation building and for painting the upper third of the front of the church. DON PHILLIPS from Quinoco has provided St. John's with lock in prices for both oil and propane and the vestry approved with appreciation, the plan for the coming year.
DIANE HAYES reported on our summer parish project, "Where Do You See God?" and the progress in hanging the photographs in the walkway.
Our Region Missionary, ELIZA MARTH, will be joining us for worship on September 10 th and will be available to chat at coffee hour following the service.
In administrative matters, the minutes of the June meeting, prepared by BETH COATES, were accepted. KAREN STRONK has been hired as our new auditor following the death of FRED PRIOR. DIANE HAYES will provide the parish with a second quarter update following the Eucharist on August 6 th.
DIANE HAYES and NANCY GIBSON reported that Tag sale items are coming in and we are moving forward with a Taste of Trinity/St. John's.
Our Mission and Outreach Team, BEYOND THE RED DOORS, is making good progress. The Little Free pantry is dug and BRUCE & LAURE WEARNE are making progress on construction. Our Fresh Market/Soup Kitchen partnership, led by BETTY CASTONGUAY and GINNY HOFFMAN is going very well. LUCIE MARTOCCHIO is working with our Covenant to Care for Children (C2C4C) social worker, MICHELLE CHASE to gather backpacks and school supplies for children at risk.
JILL HEALEY shared that MARY HEALEY and the New Hartford Ambulance Explorers will be holding a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for training purposes on August 12 th.
A discussion of our participation in New Hartford Days took place and KEVIN CASE will work with SALLY O'NEILL to make a plan to go forward with some possible creative new ideas.
JILL HEALEY reported that LUKE HEALEY has reported for training in the Marine Corps. The vestry committed to hold him and their family in our prayers.
The vestry ended the meeting by saying together the Lord's Prayer.

  • Peach Festival on the Green - August 26th - We will be selling hamburgers, cheeseburgers, sausage patties and breakfast sandwiches on Saturday, August 26th from 10-4 pm. Volunteers needed. If you can help, please contact Lou & Lucie Martocchio.
  • Acolyte Gathering - Sunday, September 10th at 11am.

Upcoming Reminders

St. John's Summer Service Schedule
- The summer service schedule will be at 9:00 am starting June 18th through September 3rd. Coffee hour will be hosted by the 9:00am greeters.

Our Little Free Pantry is available for those who in need of food for themselves and their family. Please consider donating non-perishable items to the pantry.
St. John's Summer Parish Project: Where Do You Find God? As you travel and enjoy the summer, please stop and capture a picture of where you have seen God at work in the world. Perhaps a garden, the shore, with family and friends, or at a summer chapel?   Send your pictures to with a caption and title and we will share them in the glass walkway for all to enjoy!

St. John's Garden Scholarship Program -
We are looking for interested high school students to take advantage of this opportunity to be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship upon graduation.  Just 25 hours of garden volunteer work required. Time may be accumulated from year to year and student need not be a member of St. John's.Call Norma Pappalardo 860-944-5541 to sign up.  
Spring Scrip Cards
- Remember to order your St. John's Scrip Cards. See Sue Bremer for more information. Order forms are in the Narthex.
Spaghetti Dinner - To support the New Hartford Volunteer Ambulance Explorers.  August 12th - 5pm-8pm at the Pine Meadow Volunteer Fire Co.  Prices - $10 for Adults, $8 for Children and Seniors, under 5 years old is free.  There will be a buffet style meal which includes Pasta, Salad, Bread, Drinks and Dessert. Donations are accepted and appreciated.

Treasurer's Note - Thank you everyone who attended the Financial Update meeting last Sunday. If anyone needs a copy of the Financial Update, please contact the office. 




Volunteers Needed!

Contact Sue Hall, or 860-379-1943 
Open Door Soup Kitchen - join our team for August 19th at St. James in Winsted. (9:00am-1:00pm)
Bell Ringers - s ign up to toll the tower bell for worship to begin our 9am worship.
Coffee Hour Volunteers - Show hospitality by hosting our social time together following worship. Co-hosting with another person or family is encouraged.

Participants for August 13, 2017
Please let the office know of substitutions. Thanks.

 9:00 AM Chalice -               Ryan Patch

 9:00 AM Acolytes -            Mary Healey, Calli Smith and
                                         Howard Truax
 9:00 AM Reader -              Jamie Hall

9:00 AM Greeters -            Betty Castonguay
Vestry Greeter -                Nancy Gibson

9:00 AM Bell Ringer -         Volunteer Needed

Counters -                         Chris Osborne
                                        Norma Pappalardo

Altar Guild (August) -         Donna Colavecchio
                                         Leah Alibozek

Nursery Staff -                   Molly Lukiwsky

Lay Weeder (week of August 13th) -    Volunteer Needed

Blessings & Peace,
The Rev. Sandra L. Cosman
St. John's Church