January, 2020
In this edition:
Annual Meeting
Reel Theology
Sunday Forum
Host a Book Group
Church-wide formation survey
Hope for Creation conference
New Resource for Children
Upcoming Parish Events
Annual Meeting

Please come to worship at 9:30 AM followed by the annual meeting at 10:45 AM in the Great Hall on Sunday, January 26. This is a schedule change! Curious what it is an annual meeting is? The Episcopal Church describes it at this link.

We will be hearing about ministries of the Cathedral in 2019 and looking towards our ministries in 2020 and beyond! Copies of the Annual Report will be available by January 19 for you to review prior to the meeting. On the 26 th we will be electing four new members of Chapter, and our delegates to the 2020 Diocesan Convention.

You can hear from the candidates for Chapter in person at coffee hour following the 10:30 AM service this coming Sunday, January 19.

There is also still time to put your name forward to serve as a delegate to diocesan convention (October 16-18, in Spokane). Contact the church office no later than Tuesday, January 21, to give your information.
Reel Theology
Welcoming the Stranger

Join us for Reel Theology in Epiphany! We will enjoy five films together on the topic of WELCOMING THE STRANGER, with pizza and salad at 5:30 PM and film screening beginning at 6 PM. We look forward to fellowship and conversation about the following films:
  • January 22: Arrival (2016). Based on the award-winning short story by Ted Chiang, Arrival tells the story of a linguistics professor and her team that must try to find a way to communicate with alien visitors who have landed in various places around the world. It has been described as “an ambitious sci-fi film that forces viewers to reconsider that which makes us truly human.” (1 hour 56 minutes; PG-13 (language))
  • January 29: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018) For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. (1 hour 34 minutes; PG-13 (language))
  • February 5: Hotel Rwanda (2004). This film is set during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, and tells the story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who sheltered over a thousand refugees from militias during the height of the genocide. (2 hours 1 minute; PG-13 (language, violence))
  • February 12: The Big Sick (2017). In this romantic comedy Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings. (2 hours, R (language, sexuality))
  • February 19: Toy Story (1995). This Pixar classic is our traditional family-friendly choice! Meet (again) Woody, a cowboy doll, and Buzz Lightyear, a spaceman toy, and enjoy the story as they compete for love and attention amongst other toys in a boy’s room. (1 hour 21 minutes; G)

Help us plan appropriately for dinner— email the office with the date(s) you’ll attend and the number of persons attending, or sign up in the Great Hall.
Sunday Forum
The Book of Common Prayer

Through the end of Epiphany, we continue to learn more about the history, shape, and future of the Book of Common Prayer as part of our year-long series exploring the beliefs, practices, and resources of our Episcopal and Anglican heritage as we walk in the Way of Love: Faith, Hope, and Love. We’re excited to explore the richness of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, our church’s primary resource for public worship as well as a rich resource for private devotion.

Prayer is the way we grapple with God, asking in hope that God’s kingdom would come, God’s will be done. Our hope is that focusing on the Book of Common Prayer will allow us to hear our liturgy anew and see how this book is living document. In the process, we hope to understand a bit better how it has shaped the Anglican tradition of which we’re a part.

Join us Sundays at 9:15 in the Guild Rooms for coffee, conversation, and Christian formation – note that we will not meet on January 26 (single service at 9:30, annual meeting at 10:45). Please join us!

  • January 19: Baptism. We will begin to look at specific sections of the Prayer Book and what the Prayer Book has to teach us about the sacraments. During this session, we will pay close attention to the baptismal liturgy and ask just what baptism is.
  • February 2: Eucharist. This week, we will discuss the Holy Eucharist. We will look at the overarching structure of the liturgy, and we’ll ask what the liturgy teaches us about the holy mysteries.
  • February 9: Liturgy of the Word. This week will focus on the first part of the Eucharistic Rite. We will explore why we have the particular readings we have. What does it mean to say, “The Word of the Lord”?
  • February 16: Liturgy of the Table. This week will focus on the second part of the Eucharistic Rite. We will explore a range of Eucharistic Prayers. We will crack open the words we pray every week so that we might hear them as though for the first time.
  • February 23: Conclusions, looking forward. In the concluding session, we will look at other Episcopal liturgies as well as what the future holds for the Book of Common Prayer.
Invitation to Hospitality
Host a Book Group!

This year in Lent we will again be convening small groups for One Cathedral, One Book. Groups of about 8 parishioners meet weekly at the church and in homes to discuss the book chosen by the formation committee. Groups will begin meeting the week of March 1 and run through the week of March 29, for about 90 minutes each session.
You, your family, or a group of friends have the opportunity to host a group! You could open your home to a group, or you could convene a group at a public location, or even at St John’s. Select the meeting time that works for you! The Faith Formation committee will provide facilitation materials and support. If you are interested in volunteering, or exploring the idea of volunteering, please contact the church office.
Invitation to a survey on formation resources and practices

The Task Force for the Formation & Ministry of the Baptized is a group of people charged by the church to identify, develop, and recommend curricula, practices, and strategies that encourage and engage the ministries of all of the baptized. They are reaching out to people who worship in Episcopal communities for insight, direction, and a better understanding of best practices. The Task Force seeks to identify the resources and practices that are forming Christians for daily life in participants’ contexts and the challenges faced, in order to equip people of all ages to live into their baptismal vocations with confidence and joy.

The Task Force seeks input from all who participate in Episcopal worshiping communities and orders of ministry who participate in Episcopal faith communities or who identify as Episcopalian. The survey will take about 25 minutes to complete. You can access the survey here. Responses are requested by January 31, 2020.
Save the Date
Hope for Creation Conference

Hosted by St. John’s Cathedral, in partnership with the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement and the Creation Care Calling Community, the Hope for Creation Conference is designed to share a vision of hope for creation; spotlight local caretakers of land, water and air; and renew Spokane's leadership on environmental care.

Expo '74 was the first world's fair dedicated to the environment. It brought the topic of creation care to the world stage and helped shape the consciousness of the Spokane community. As we near the 50th anniversary of Expo '74, now is the time to look back at where we've been, consider carefully what is being done, and develop a road map for the future. Spokane was a leader in creation care then, and that leadership should continue.

All are welcome at this event – civic leaders, nonprofit organizations, faith communities, business people and engaged citizens. All points of view are needed, and the dignity of each person will be respected.

Mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday April 17-18, 2020. Learn more here: www.whitworth.edu/hopeforcreation
New Resource for Children
Through Epiphany, we’re introducing a new scripture lesson teaching resource for parents of children ages 3-12. “The Sunday Paper” (ages 3-10) and “The Sunday Paper Junior” (ages 9+) are coloring sheets which teach the scripture lessons for the day. They will be available each week at the welcome tables. Children can color them in church or take them home and work on them during the week. Included in “The Sunday Paper Junior” is a short editorial for parents edification. The lessons were created by one of the leading children’s ministers in the Episcopal Church and we’re excited to try them out in these seasons. Let Arlen know your thoughts: ArlenF@Stjohns-cathedral.org
The Episcopal Church affirms a commitment to evangelism . Through the spiritual practice of evangelism, we seek, name and celebrate Jesus’ loving presence in the stories of all people - then invite everyone to MORE . In support of this work we share resources each month.
Evangelism and the Episcopal Church
Try the 30-day Evangelism Challenge

This is a fantastic resource to move from thinking about (or being afraid of) evangelism into practices that flow from your own lived experience of God. The Rev. Tricia Lyons and the Rev. Becky Zartman describe evangelism in the following way: “we believe evangelism is about living a life in response to the loving, liberating and life-giving way of Jesus. When you start there, evangelism practices start to look a lot more like the invitation of Jesus to live a fuller, deeper and more meaningful life, and less like coercion or guilt.”

Their blog features 30 prompts, starting with: “Think about the last 24 hours. What has given you joy?” The first third of the prompts asks participants to look inward and think about the place of God in their own lives. The middle third encourages them to look around and seek God in their neighborhoods and their neighbors. The final third encourages participants to pray, serve, show kindness and, when the moment is right, talk about their faith with others

Consider giving this practice a try! You can learn more here.
Upcoming Parish Events

January 17-19: Teens Encounter Christ (TEC), for senior high youth

January 19, 12 pm: Meet the Chapter candidates at coffee hour

January 22, 5:30 pm: Reel Theology begins with pizza and salad dinner plus film and discussion

January 25, 1 pm: KPBX Kid’s Concert, free for all ages featuring music from the Jazz Age

January 26, 9:30 am: one combined morning Eucharist service, followed at 10:45 am by the Annual Meeting. Child care provided.

January 26, 3 pm: Yoga in the Cathedral

January 31, 5-8 pm: Family Game Night. Enjoy a potluck dinner, board games, group games, family fun, and compline. RSVP here.
Do you have an item that you’d like to see included in the February edition?
Contact the editor, Katherine Karr-Cornejo, prior to February 12.