Friday, July 3, 2020
Weekly Worship Offerings
Join us from home this morning !

July 5 - The Fifth Sunday after Pentecos t


Sunday School 9:00am I Sunday School
Sundays, 10am I    Livestream Holy Eucharist
Coffee Hour, 11am I  Coffee Hour
PDF bulletin for this Sunday I  Bulletin
Wednesdays, 10am I   Livestream Holy Eucharist

Zoom Church School will be held on the first Sunday of each month for the summer. Tune in on July 5 at 9 a.m.!

Worship links and orders of service available on our    worship online page .


BLM Vigils Continue

Deacon Geof Smith tells us that the BLM vigils he and his family been holding at the corner of North Main and Prospect St. will continue through July, with gatherings on Mondays, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Geof says, "We’ve a rather solid group of St. John’s participants and over the last couple of weeks a growing number of our neighbors from the community at large."
 
Please join the group on Monday nights in July. We ask that you wear a mask, and you are welcome to bring a sign or simply stand in solidarity with us. Our presence is just that: a non-violent witness in our town. 
 
Thank you!
The CT River Conservancy is looking for someone in the Essex area with motorized boat who would be available for a couple of hours around sunrise to help monitor test sites in the CT River. The staff member would be masked and gloved, and respect the distance possible depending on boat size. This is needed  every other  week ;  if you’re willing to take  even  a few weeks, that would help. If you’re interested, please contact: Kelsey Wentling ( kwentling@ctriver.org )
Our thoughts and prayers inform our actions. “Advocacy Tools for Loving Your Neighbor” on Thursday, July 9, from 12:30-2 p.m. is an online training event jointly hosted by The Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to equip you. Both Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, plus advocacy leaders from both denominations, will be part of this time of exploring the nature of faith-based advocacy, the issues to which we can speak, and the ways we can make our voices heard. Ordained ministers, Lutherans, Episcopalians, and friends are welcome to the free webinar and will leave with tools and inspiration to make a difference.
 
Register  here  and receive instructions for joining us Thursday, July 9.

Spots are filling up fast! If the webinar is full, please watch with us live on the  EPPN's Facebook Page .
CT Bible in Theater Vacation Bible School (VBS)
Calling all St. John's families with youth in grades 2-8! Last summer was so much fun downstairs in the Undercroft with the little kiddos, and due to COVID, we didn't want to stop having the fun this summer. There will be a virtual CT Bible-in-Theater Vacation Bible School (VBS) classes available.

The sessions will be held online from July 6 to July 31 on weekday mornings. Participants will spend that time rehearsing group and solo singing, choreographed movement, acting, and other fun activities that revolve around specific Bible Stories. Then, using what is covered during the sessions, they will independently submit recordings of themselves performing from the comfort of their own homes. These recordings will be compiled into a Christian Musical Theater video production that will be released (for a limited audience) sometime after July 31, 2020.

Registrations for Theater Vacation Bible School have been very slow, and there is a minimum of 10 participants needed to offer the program. If you are interested, please contact coordinator, Laurie Burke, this weekend at  ctbitplayers@gmail.com.
Free Virtual
Learning Events
Liberty Bank, along with Middlesex Habitat for Humanity, recently launched a series of free virtual workshops to assist individuals, families and small businesses experiencing financial hardships due to setbacks caused by COVID-19. 

In addition to this series, Liberty provides simple, yet sound expertise through its Online Learning Center which provides money management advice, easy-to-use financial tools and more through educational videos. Visit:  learningcenter.liberty-bank.com

For a list of upcoming free, virtual events, please visit:  liberty-bank.com/news-events

For questions and/or to sign up for a workshop, interested participants may contact Liberty Bank’s Community Outreach Officer Rosa Carrero at 860-344-7328 or   rcarrero@liberty-bank.com.
Volunteers For The Westbrook Project
Middlesex Habitat for Humanity is well underway at its newest build in Westbrook, CT! They are very excited to welcome back volunteers on the site. If you are looking to add a little grease to your hands, volunteers are welcome on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. If you are a new volunteer, click here to register and complete all information that applies to you and click complete application. Once you've completed the form, you will be notified by email that your registration has been processed. Then you may sign-up for a shift through the Volunteer Portal .  

If you are already a registered MHFH volunteer click here to sign up for a shift  through the  Volunteer Portal . You will then be prompted to sign in using your registered email and first name. Once you sign in, you may sign up for a shift.
General Information:

  • MHFH builds most Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays.
  • The time is 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, unless otherwise advised.  
  • Please visit their website or Facebook page for delays and cancellations.
  • Please dress weather appropriate. No open toe shoes.
  • Volunteers should bring a bag lunch. Lunch is 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM.
  • Construction volunteers must be 16 years of age on an active build site. Youth volunteers ages 16 or 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.
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