Snacks for Sunday's coffee hour
will be provided by the Vestry.
Vestry Coffee Hour
set-up and clean up- Sam Cameron.
Annual Parish Meeting
- St. John's Annual Parish Meeting will be held immediately after church this
Sunday, February 16
. We will have reports from the Rector, the Senior Warden, the Treasurer, and others. We will also elect new members of the Vestry. Please plan to attend.
- Two parishioners have put their names forward to serve on the Vestry: Dick Griffith and Angela Hadfield. We currently have 8 people on the Vestry, and our bylaws state that we can have up to 12. Bob Faithful has served three years and is rotating off the Vestry. Many thanks go to Bob for his service on the Vestry. We will be electing Vestry members at the Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday. Here are the biographies of the two nominees:
Angela and her husband, Russ, have been members of St. Johns for approximately 3 years. She currently serves as the register for the Vestry and as one of the Sunday School teachers. Angela and Russ live in South Riding with their 2 year old daughter Julia, and are expecting another little girl any day now. They are very happy to have found St. John's and look forward to being more involved in the Church, especially as their girls grow up. Professionally, Angela is a Finance Manager at Raytheon and holds an MBA from George Mason University.
My name is Dick Griffith. Fran and I found St John’s in the mid 1980’s. What attracted us to St John’s was the small, friendly parish atmosphere. We have two daughters. Jenni was married in St. John’s and is living in Spartanburg, SC. Our oldest daughter is a graduate of Episcopal church schools - K through 12. She is currently a vestry member of the Piedmont Parish in Madison, Virginia.
Previously Fr. Kempsell recruited me to help train seminarians to be priests for small parishes. St. John’s is still uniquely able to this, and I frequently bring this subject up for discussion. I became a member of the Search Committee which led us to find Carol to be our rector. I previously served a full term with a very active vestry (2016-2018). I worked to revise our insurance to have superior coverage at much less cost, saving our parish thousands of dollars a year. I also secured a pest control contract, the first since 2006. And I helped to get the contract for our first AC replacement.
In regular Sunday parish life, I’m an usher, or lector, or crucifer, and in the summer, sometimes sing in choir. This is my fifth year on the finance/budget committee. Finance committee and previous vestry experience will help me start where we left off - no learning curve.
Being retired is an advantage as I can meet with contractors during the day to discuss bids, check on arrivals, just drop in to see how work is progressing, and notify wardens and treasurer when work is completed. There are projects from several years ago that are still outstanding. If elected for another vestry term, I want to develop a 3 year intermediate planning cycle for all vestry members. The finance committee develops a short term one year budget plan, but now we need second and third year to alert the vestry members of future needs and develop tentative strategies to meets these needs. No more crisis to crisis management.
Bishop Gulick coming May 10 -
Bishop Ted Gulick will be with us on Sunday, May 10. If you are 14 or older and would like to be confirmed when the bishop is here, please let Carol know as soon as possible. Confirmation classes meet once a week for 5-6 weeks.
The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper -
The Annual Pancake Supper will be held on
Tuesday, February 25 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM
in the parish hall. Please sign up in the breezeway if you plan to attend so we will know how many to plan for. Invite your friends and neighbors to join you. Donations will be gratefully accepted!
which marks the beginning of Lent, is
. We will have two services, one at 12:00 noon and one at 7:30 PM in the church. Please join us for this important service of repentance and reflection.
"Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."
- The Lenten program this year will be a bit different. We will read and discuss a novel, "Woman of God" by the popular author James Patterson. The book deals with the subject of suffering and where God is in the midst of it. Again this year, we will have a service of Holy Eucharist at 6:00 PM, a light supper at 6:30, and the book discussion from 7:00 - 8:00 PM. The book study will be held on the 6 Wednesdays in Lent, from March 4 through April 8. Please sign up in the breezeway to provide soup and bread for the supper. The cost of the book is $8, or you could borrow it from the library.
Save the date!
The annual Progressive Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 16. Put it on your calendar now. Details will be provided closer to the date.
TV for sale!
We have a 32” color TV for sale. It's in good working condition and we will accept the best offer. If you want to come by and see it, it is in Carol’s office. The proceeds will benefit St. John’s.
Need a nametag?
If you are new to St. John’s, or if you have never had a nametag, please fill out a form on the back table and we will make a nametag for you. The nametags have a magnetic back and are stored on the magnetic board outside the sacristy (by the nursery). It is helpful for those new to St. John’s for you to wear your name tag so they can get to know you by name.
Did you know???
Holy water from the Jordan River that Val Tucker brought back from our pilgrimage to Israel last year was used in the consecration of the new bishop of Michigan, The Rt. Rev. Bonnie Perry.
It's not too early.
.....to sign up for Shrine Mont camps for this summer. Brochures are in the breezeway. These camps fill up rapidly so register soon. Shrine Mont is located in Orkney Springs, VA, in the Shenandoah Mountains and is owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.
Parish Family News -
-Our prayers and sympathy go to John Sherman and his family on the death of his father, Lynn Bradley Sherman, in Texas. The funeral will be in Texas in March.
-Gail Weirich is recovering at home after successful foot surgery.
-Jim Scott (and Beth) were in church on Sunday. Jim is now walking with just a cane. He continues on the road to a full recovery following a terrible car accident in September.
Diocesan Visioning Session
- The location of the next diocesan Visioning Session that is closest to us in this Saturday, February 15 at 1:30 at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Burke. All are invited to attend. Further details are below under "Diocesan Visioning Tour".
Carol's email hacked
- Last Friday, I heard that some of you may have received an email that looked like it is coming from me. There are some different emails being circulated, but they seem to be asking for money or other things. The email has my name and my picture. But it is not from me. This email hack has my church email address (stjohnscvpriest) with the number 1 added to it. Please do not reply to that email. I am sorry that this is happening but there doesn't seem there is much that can be done to stop it.