PARISH NEWS for Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Parking Affected this week
Fri. Aug. 23 & Sat. Aug. 24
If you are visiting the church campus on Friday after 2 PM, or Saturday this week, please note that re-graveling of all the parking lots will be occurring those days. You may park in the field behind the church as shown. The spots on Wm. Peterson Way will likely be used by Ministry Partners staff or clients.
Volunteer Needed Now - We are in need of a new treasurer to start in January 2020, but we would like to find a treasurer now so that he/she can shadow our current treasurer, Tom McDermott, and learn the ropes before Tom retires. Tom has served as treasurer for the past four years. Not only does he need and deserve a break, but the diocesan canons require that a treasurer step aside for at least a year after serving for four years. The treasurer signs the checks, makes sure the financial books are in good order, and sees that expenses come out of the right account. If you interested, you can talk to Tom to get a further description of the job. We really need to get someone in place this summer in order to have a few months to work with Tom. Please let Carol, Tom, or Penny Parker know if you might be willing to serve in this capacity.
 Our organist has broken her foot......
and since she cannot get up the stairs to the choir loft, the electronic piano and the choir have moved downstairs. So for the next six weeks, while Mandy is in a "boot", she will use the electronic piano and the choir will sit in the first two pews on the lectern side. Our best wishes go to Mandy for a speedy recovery!

Lisa Heller will be moving to Pakistan for a year of service abroad with the State Department. Lisa will leave for Pakistan on August 19. Please remember Lisa in your prayers as she works in a conflicted part of the world, serving our country on our behalf. Lisa will be able to return home a few times during her year away. Jim will remain here, keeping the home fires burning.

Please remember in your prayers our students who will be starting college in the next few weeks: Peter Heller who will be going to William and Mary, and Lindsay Jones who will be going to Georgia Tech. Our returning students include Cecelia Sellars (William and Mary), Katie Heller (William and Mary), Jack Yagerline (James Madison), David Daniel Weir (George Mason), Catherine Crossett (Virginia Tech), and Samantha Belso.

Coffee Hour - As this Sunday is the fourth Sunday of the month, St. John's parishioners, whose last names begin with M - Z, provide the Coffee Hour snacks this Sunday.

It's that time of year... Vacation!
I will be on vacation from August 5 - 23, visiting family in New England and relaxing at the beach. I will be back for the service on August 25. Carol

Mandy Hull, our organist , is offering a FREE trial period of three piano lessons during the month August to anyone available between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM on a weekday, Monday through Friday. Mandy teaches using the Simply Music Piano method, which emphasizes playing for enjoyment and recreation. Open to beginners and former pianists. Learn a variety of styles, including classical, blues and pop, and learn to accompany the singing of songs like Amazing Grace, Auld Lang Syne and Danny Boy within a couple of months. To set up a trial, please contact Mandy at or text to 931-808-2789. 
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The Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

August 25, 2019

9:30 AM

 The First Reading: Isaiah 58:9b-14
Isaiah urges those who will hear to let their concern be for others, for the well-being of neighbors, family, and friends, trusting that God himself will quell any needs that we have and provide any salve for which our soul long.

The Psalm: 103:1-8 , page 733, BCP

The Second Lesson: Hebrews 12:18-29
The gift which God offers is deeper and more full than what can be seen or touched, more than a mountain, more than a city. May we long for God's eternal kingdom.

The Gospel: Luke 13:10-17
Jesus's healing and sign of wonder captured the hearts and the imaginations of those in the synagogue; may we stand in awe of the wonderful things God does, no matter where or when we encounter them.
(Rm. 205) 
During the Service

 Each week, St. John's children join with our Ministry Partners: 
Wellspring UCC & Grace Baptist Church
Room 207/208

St. John's Sunday School class for ages 2-4, Room 215
Meets the first Sunday of each month from 9:50 - 10:45 AM 
(will not meet in June, July or August)
Our first class in September will meet on September 8 to avoid the Labor Day weekend.


  FROM 10:50 - 11:50 AM

The Saint of the Week for Forum Discussion:

Rev. Denzil Angus Carty was an Episcopal priest and civil rights leader who fought against discrimination in Minnesota—particularly in St. Paul--while serving as rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church for 25 years (1950-1975). Born March 30, 1904 in St. John’s, Antigua, he received a B.S. from the City College of New York and a B.Div. from New York’s General Theological Seminary (where he later received an honorary doctorate). Graduating from there in 1934, he initially worked in three New York parishes: All Souls, St. Philip’s, & St. Luke’s. Carty served as a chaplain for the 512th Port Battalion during World War II & then as a principal at Weber Elementary School in Baldwin, Michigan before becoming rector of St. Philip’s. During his long career in Minnesota, he headed several organizations & provided leadership on many boards. An outspoken advocate for equality, Carty fought against discrimination in housing, education, & employment. In 1961, he lobbied the Minnesota legislature to pass the Minnesota Fair Housing Act, led efforts to establish a state Fair Employment Practices Commission and fought to desegregate St. Paul public schools. As director of the Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity, Carty established training centers for black & white civil rights leaders aimed at combatting racism. He brokered an agreement between St. Paul construction trade unions & employers to increase the number of blacks in construction jobs in the 1970s. A founder of the Christian Social Relations Department in the Minnesota Episcopal diocese, Carty served as its vice chair & director. He was also president of the Minnesota branch of the NAACP; director of the St. Paul Urban Coalition; director of the Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity; president of the St. Paul Urban League; & president of the Minnesota Council for Civil and Human Rights. If that were not sufficient, Rev. Carty served as chaplain of the American Legion & sat on the boards of the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center & the Children’s Home Society. In 1964, he led a “prayer intercession” of about 300 people at the Minnesota State Capitol to garner support for what would become the landmark Civil Rights Act that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin in voting, public schools, employment, and public accommodations. Rev. Carty died August 24, 1975, two months after announcing his retirement. In 2007, Episcopal Homes opened Carty Heights, an affordable senior apartment building that is also named in his honor. Carty Park in St. Paul’s Summit-University neighborhood is named after him. Carty insisted his devotion to human rights was simply part of his Christian duty--the only thing worth doing, he contended, was helping people.
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"We know that food can be one of the most expensive items on a household budget list. Our hope is that in allowing our clients to visit once per month they will save enough money to pay for other expenses such as rent or utility bills."
I tems are collected weekly in the baskets at the front door of St. John's Church. For food list:
Every Wednesday evening, we have a service of Holy Eucharist and healing at 6:00 PM. The service is about 30 minutes. It is a perfect alternative for those who cannot come to church on Sunday mornings, as well as a good spiritual boost in the middle of the week. Come join us!

What we wear on our hearts should be just as obvious to the world as what we wear on our bodies. Our T-shirts may say “Harvard”, but our hearts should say Jesus. Our jeans may say “Levis”, but our hearts should say Jesus.
-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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May our ministry together spread God's love to all whom we encounter.
      - Carol

        The Rev. Carol Hancock, Rector
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