Last year's confirmation class with Youth Mentor, John Gulick. Sunday (6/2/19) is our next confirmation service at 8 & 10 AM.
Connect to God 
What a joy it has been to serve as seminarian (seminary student in the ordination process) during a year of transformation at St. John’s Ross, especially in the midst of personal transformation as Raine and I welcomed our first child Llewyn this winter. I find myself encountering scripture differently now that I am a parent, and there is a shift in perspective in my meditations on God as both Mother and Father, and on us as God’s children. I’ve had a growing awareness of the expansive possibility of love after meeting Llewyn. I have been pondering what it would mean to open myself up to the same overflow of God’s love, to rest in being God’s child in the same way Llewyn rests in our arms.

During my year at St. John’s, it has often been God’s children teaching me what it means to live in light of the love of God. It has been a privilege to experience the children at the 9am Family Service fearlessly asking questions and to encounter the space that is held for their honest queries, doubts and fears.

This openness is not just confined to children. I’m thankful for the open hearts and minds that so many parishioners have. There is a readiness to hear from God, to be moved by the Spirit and to follow Jesus out into the neighborhood. With their Mission Trips, youth are leading the way, even taking St. John’s beyond the neighborhood, across the state and country to places of pain caused by both a racist past and racist present. All while exploring the possibility of reconciliation so the church can fulfill its baptismal covenant to strive for justice and peace of all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.

This Sunday, May 19th will be my last Sunday serving as seminarian this term. You’ll occasionally see Llewyn, Raine and I over the summer when we are in town. This summer I’ll be participating in the Episcopal Preaching Excellence Program, studying New Testament Greek and visiting The Episcopal Church in Panama before joining my brother in rural Panama supporting his non-profit, This Is Health, providing critical health care to families among the indigenous Ngäbe people. Your prayers for this work and travel are appreciated.

I am thrilled to be returning as a seminarian next September to continue to be part of this parish that is making worship more accessible and is embracing the adventure of learning to love our neighbor. Thank you for helping me grow in my call to the priesthood and welcoming my family into St. John’s. My prayer is that everyone who enters St. John’s experiences the same welcome as we all continue to grow in the knowledge of God’s love for us. 
Serving with You,
Jed Dearing
Masters of Divinity ‘20
Church Divinity School of the Pacific
email Jed
Pastoral Notes
  • The funeral service for Bill Talmage is Saturday May 18 at 11am.
  • The funeral service for the Rev. Murray Hammond is Sunday, May 26 at 3pm at the Church of Our Savior in Mill Valley
  • The funeral Service for Nancy Danielson is Saturday, June 8 at 11am.
Connect to Community
Baptism Class This Sunday, May 19, 11:30am-1pm in the youth room. Open to those desiring to be baptized and for the parents of children preparing for baptism, and also to those who are just curious about the meaning of the sacrament. The class will focus on the meaning of baptism and on how to integrate faith into your life (and the life of your child). We'll also talk through the logistics of the baptismal service. A short (approximately 1 hr.) online course follows this session. Please RSVP to Rev. Ginger. Nursery care will be available upon request.

Women's Group: May Gathering All women are invited next Wednesday, May 22 to the Fireside Room from 11am to 12:30pm. We'll be sharing stories of special Easter season joys and our Merry Mary thoughts. Please RSVP to Jane Heath.

Monday Bible Study is open to all - whether you’re new to reading scripture or a regular participant. Our next meeting is Monday, May 20 in the Youth Room from 1-2:30 pm. The reading is I Corinthians 9-10 .

Women of Wisdom will not meet this month, but we are thankful for the women of this group for their wonderful work in creating our Merry Mary Month of May liturgy!

Yoga at St. John's Yoga for all levels, live music, candlelight, and meditation. Every Monday, 6:15-7:30pm in the Parish Hall. Suggested donation of $10-20. All are welcome.

Sunday, June 9
  • Parish BBQ on the lawn following the 10am service
Monday, July 29-Friday, August 2
  • St. John’s Adventure Camp: Fun, creative faith formation for kids.
Friday, September 6-Sunday, September 8
  • Parish Weekend Away: Join us at the beautiful Bishop’s Ranch in Sonoma.
Connect to Service
Flour Bagging & Blessing Join Elizabeth DeRuff, founder of Honoré Farm and Mill , on Tuesday, June 4,10am-noon in the Parish Hall to bag the flour used to bake our communion bread. Each season St. John’s receives heirloom flour that is freshly stone-milled and grown locally and sustainably. Practice your spiritual values by joining us as each 2-lb. bag is hand-filled, weighed, and blessed before it is boxed up and sent out to sister parishes. Volunteers of any age are welcome, as well as those who are interested in sustainable agriculture and the local food movement. All volunteers take home a bag of fresh flour for their personal use.

New Opportunities at Gilead House Please email Rev. Ginger at to volunteer. In addition to childcare and mentoring opportunities Gilead is also seeking:
  • Administrative Volunteers: Have a couple of hours once a week during business hours? Help with simple admin tasks, answer phone calls, and get to know Gilead House families.
  • Saturday Activity Leaders: Have a hobby or activity to share? A great opportunity for individuals or groups. Lead an enrichment activity for moms or kids on a Saturday morning.
  • Transport Team: can you help change a tire, fix a flat, or make minor repairs? Or are you an extra savvy car buyer or deal negotiator? Many folks coming out of homelessness can be derailed by a car breakdown or get taken advantage of by a car dealer. If you’d be willing to offer help and advice to a family from time to time, please reach out.

Interested in helping out with little ones? We need teen and adult volunteers in our Nursery on Sunday mornings to assist our professional nursery worker. Volunteers care for kids from 9:45 through the end of the service and can sign up for the Sundays that work for them. Please note that we take extra care with those who work with children at St. John’s so volunteers must be willing to undergo special training and a background check. 

Get to know our neighbors. St. John’s volunteers serve lunch to those in need of food and community at St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room. We need volunteers every second Saturday of the month and the last Saturday of the month, from 10:30am-1pm. To volunteer or learn more, contact Becky Hlebasko via email or 415.846.1589. Open to adults and to youth aged 14 and up.
Connect to Children
What our kids did in Sunday School on Mother’s Day click here

The faith journey continues . . . Sunday School for School Year 2018-2019 ends June 9 and Summer Sunday School starts on June 16. It’s an all ages curriculum of summer fun for kids 4 years to 10 years old. 

Interested in volunteering? Our Nursery Care ministry is in need of volunteers to assist in caring for kids 3 years and under. We are also recruiting for Sunday School teachers for the 2019-2020 program year. If you are interested and/or have questions, please email our Director of Children’s Ministry, Sandra Pathik.

St. John's Summer Adventure Camp is a week filled with awesome fun for PreK to 5th graders. The theme “Roar: Life is Wild, God is Good!” is an epic adventure where kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life! The dates are Monday, July 29 thru Friday, August 2, 9am to noon. For more information email Sandra Pathik, Director of Children's Ministry. Registration is $50/child, which includes snacks and T-shirt. Online registration is now open. Youth are invited to serve as counselors-in-training and parents are encouraged to volunteer a day or more.
Connect to Youth
Summary of Sunday 5/19/19

More photos for last weeks Good Friday E-connect Article.

  • Church School: Jon Meyers and Tom will be leading a discussion on these readings.
  • Espresso Hour
  • Afternoon Youth Group: off to the movies! Pokemon detective Pikachu
  • 12:10pm @ Fairfax
  • We'll leave after church / Grab lunch after or before depending on time. Cost of movie is $9
  • Evening Youth Group: It should be spiritually uplifting with just the right amount of prayerful snark.
  • 6 - 6:30pm Dinner
  • 6:30 - 7:30pm Sr. High YG

Nostalgic Videos of the Past Year(s):
Here's a few video retrospectives of the last year:

Pilgrimage to North Carolina
  • Dates: Saturday, July 20 - Friday, July 26
  • I'm working with the Diocese of North Carolina and will have more details soon.
  • Grades: 9-12th graders
Connect to Music
The Children’s Choir rehearses directly after the 10am service during coffee hour. Music folders for this choir are kept in the choir room (bottom shelves on the left). Any interested child in grade school may join. Reading skills (including music reading) are not necessary for the younger members. Parents will receive the texts of the songs by email from David Montgomery. WELCOME, ALL KIDS IN THIS AGE GROUP!

This Sunday's Music  To learn what Music Director David Montgomery has to say regarding the music selected for this Sunday's service, click  here. 
8am: Eucharist in the Church
9am: Family Eucharist in the Parish Hall
10am: Eucharist in the Church
& Sunday School
7.15am: Meditation in the Chapel
2nd & 4th Tuesdays 
6pm: Dinner Church in the Parish Hall 
2nd Thursdays
Noon: Eucharist in the Chapel  
St. John's Church 
PO Box 217 
14 Lagunitas Road 
Ross, CA 94957