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August 27, 2017  

In This Issue
Website Resources
Fundraising Efforts
Springtime at Saint John's
Upcoming Reminders
Treasures N Trinkets
Volunteers Needed
Participants for August 27, 2017
The Website is Church, too!!
Weekly Bible Commentary
August 20, 2017

Join Our Mailing List
Means a
Balanced Budget 
"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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and to learn about diocesan activities. 

The Episcopal Church in Connecticut
Bishop's Statement on Charlottesville Violence

Dear Companions in Christ,
     We write to you on this day following the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Once again a community in our nation has been torn apart by senseless violence resulting in bloodshed and death. We celebrate and uphold our country's rights of free speech and assembly. We cannot condone, however, any actions motivated by racism and hate. Each and every one of us is created in the image of God. To believe or act as if one race is of more value in God's eyes than another is sinful. We stand against such brokenness, hatred and division. And we stand with those who work for peace and justice for all.
     Our prayers go out for all who have been affected by this violence. We pray for the people and community leaders of Charlottesville that they may find wholeness and healing. We pray for the 19 individuals who have been injured and for Heather Heyer who lost her life in what Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called an act of domestic terrorism. And we pray for all first responders and law-enforcement officials who worked to bring order and stability to the situation remembering especially Virginia State Police, Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates who died when their helicopter crashed en route to the scene.
     We invite you to join us in prayer and action to decry the violence and racism that infect our own hearts, our local communities, and our nation. Let us pray together the collect, For our Country, found on page 820 in the Book of Common Prayer that says in part: "Save us from violence, discord and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues ..." Let us indeed join together in solidarity and humbleness of heart to pray and work for unity, wholeness, and reconciliation in Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Bishop Diocesan
The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens, Bishop Suffragan



  • 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.  




St. John's Tag Sale, Saturday, September
 30th 9-3pm (rain date October 1st). NEEDED: Your Treasures! Your Help! Sign up to price 9/25, 9/27, 9/29. Sign up that day 9/30 Your enthusiasm! Be there, bring friends, tell neighbors, your suggestions. Call Sue Hall or Jill Smith. This is our major Funraiser. Join us.
Open Door Soup Kitchen - join our team for September 16th 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 27, 2017
Please let the office know of substitutions. Thanks.

 9:00 AM Chalice -             Stan Morasi

 9:00 AM Acolytes -           Molly Keefe, Calli Smith
 9:00 AM Reader -             Donna Colavecchio

9:00 AM Greeters -           Nancy & Jeff Linton
Vestry Greeter -               Diane Hayes

9:00 AM Bell Ringer -        Volunteer Needed

Counters -                        Jill Healey & Diane Hayes
Altar Guild (August) -         Donna Colavecchio
                                         Leah Alibozek

Nursery Staff -                   Molly Lukiwsky

Lay Weeder (week of August 27th) -    Volunteer Needed

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