St. John's Church
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This Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
First Fruits Sunday

Nursery—9:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m.                                              
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist & Children’s Chapel, Keeper’s Cottage
11:15 a.m. Coffee Hour, Parish Hall
11:30 a.m. Usher Training, Church

Sunday's a First Fruit Sunday
Please deposit your non-perishable food donations to the Christ Ascension Food Pantry in the basket at the chancel steps on your way to communion Sunday morning. Thank you for generosity; your gift is a blessing.

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From Amelie, with Love

Dear Friends,
This week, our lectionary continues with the “Bread of Life” discourse in the Gospel of John. Last week we heard how Jesus fed 5,000 on a hillside, and now people are following him around, sticking to him like glue. The miracle of the loaves and fishes has reminded them of the manna stories they heard as children, the stories of Moses feeding the people of Israel in the wilderness. Perhaps this is a new Moses, they are thinking. A new Moses who will work wonders for them.

To test their theory, they ask Jesus to prove himself by producing bread from heaven on the spot. They wanted instant gratification, food for their belly, but Jesus knew they needed more than that. He knew they needed food for their souls, so he gave them himself, instead. Which, believe me, sounded like a can of beans to some of them!

For what do you hunger? Not just in your belly, but in your soul? Are you hungry for recognition, acceptance, healing …hope? What happens when the miracle you are praying for does not come as you wish…or when you wish? Do you think that God is ignoring you or punishing you, or worse, that God is not there? Is there a chance that you might be missing the ordinary things in your life that God gives you every day…in the friend, the bird, the book, the breath…the can of beans?

Barbara Brown Taylor puts it this way, “The people who followed Jesus around wanted miracle food to eat, not a relationship with this ordinary man. He honored their hunger, even as he corrected them. It was not Moses who gave it to them, he explained. It was God who gave it and God who gives the true bread from heaven, the bread that gives life to the world. ‘Give us the bread always,’ they said, and that is when he let them know that they were looking at it. ‘I am the bread of life,’ he told them. Jesus is God’s manna in the wilderness, the one who reminds us day by day that we live because God provides not what we want, necessarily, but exactly what we need: some bread, some love, some breath, some wine, a relationship with this ordinary looking man, who comes from heaven to bring life to the world.” *

May God give us this bread, always,


*Barbara Brown Taylor, Bread of Angels (Cambridge: Cowley Publications, 1997), 11.

New Small Group Ministry
for the Victims of Abuse

Over the past year, there has been a growing interest among some of our members in forming a support group for those who are currently dealing with abuse or those who have been victims of abuse in the past. If you are interested in participating in a group that would meet regularly to read and discuss selected books on healing and transformation and to offer companionship, prayer, and mutual support, please contact Amelie.
‘Want to Serve
During the Church Service?

Servers are essential to our worship services, and there is no time commitment outside of the Sunday service you already attend. We encourage our young members, ages 8 and up, to become acolytes. We will hold training sessions after the 10:00 a.m. services on the following Sundays. Please contact Amelie or August Butler at if you are interested .

August 5 :           Usher training (This Sunday!)

August 12 :        Acolyte training

Our Final Summer Book Study
with Intern Sarah Price

Participating in our parish summer book study, Stranger God: Meeting Jesus in Disguise by author Richard Beck, is a great way to live into our ordinary-yet-extraordinary lives of faith. Seminary intern, Sarah Price, will lead the final session of her Wednesday night study based on the biblical, theological, spiritual and practical lessons from the book. The session meets in the Parish Hall, beginning with a light meal at 6:30 p.m. followed by book study at 7:00 p.m.  The discussion will cover last the sections of the book:

August 8:    From Vision to Action [Part IV: "Practicing Hospitality" and Part V: "How to Save the World"]

National Night Out
Ice Cream Social
Needs Volunteers

The Young Adults will sponsor our annual National Night Out Ice Cream Social in front of the church next Tuesday, when we will offer hospitality in the form of ice cream to our neighbors while getting to know them better.

National Night Out is an annual event, locally supported by the Richmond Police Department, that aims to lower crime rates by bringing citizens outdoors to meet their neighbors. It’s free and open to the public, so bring your friends and family. If you’d like to help, please email Heather Jone s . We need volunteers to show up early to set-up and to stay after to clean-up.

Tuesday, August 7
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sidewalk in front of church
Join Us for Our Final
Summer Saturday Contemplative Service

During the summer, St. John's offers a service the second Saturday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The service includes Holy Eucharist, contemplative music, a quiet, candlelit atmosphere, and the rite of healing, as a relaxing supplement to your Sunday morning worship. 

Please invite friends who prefer contemplative worship in the early evening.

While our final service for this season is on August 11, we hope to schedule more services in the fall .

Everyone is welcome; no exceptions.

Saturday, August 11
5:30-6:30 p.m.
  “How Can St. John’s Help?”
 Two opportunities to Make a Difference in Richmond

The Spirit of God is moving in Richmond and at St. John's. Have you felt it? Two opportunities for the St. John's family to walk alongside our neighbors and help them to thrive amidst the struggles of poverty and unemployment have emerged.  We invite you to attend the following conversations as we discern where best to invest our time, energy, and talents as a congregation:

  •  Wednesday, August 22Circles RVA, Kim Vulo, Executive Director

Each conversation will convene in the Parish Hall at 7:00 p.m. , preceded by a light supper at 6:30 p.m. After each presentation participants will have time to reflect and offer feedback. The program will conclude by 9:00 p.m.

Next Vestry Meeting,
Tuesday, August 14, at 5:30 p.m.
in the Parish Hall

All members of St. John’s Church are welcome to attend vestry meetings as observers. Minutes of recent meetings are posted on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall foyer. Please share your ideas or questions about the life of our parish with a vestry member.
Your Opinion Really Matters to Us
Have you taken the St. John's
Sunday Worship Schedule Survey?

Last summer, the vestry surveyed the congregation on several aspects of the worship service, including worship times. Based on that data, we determined that a trial of adjusted worship times be conducted in 2018 from Lent through the end of the program year. During that period, we held services at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and our Adult Forum met from 9:30 to 10:145 a.m.

Now that we have concluded the trial period, we want to hear from you, so click the survey button below.

If you prefer to respond in hard copy, instead, we will include a copy of the survey with this Sunday’s bulletin insert; you can place your completed survey in the offering plate or give it to an usher. 

We ask that you complete only one survey, and we thank you for this very important feedback.

Deadline for Shrine Mont
Room Reservation
is August 31

This year’s Shrine Mont retreat weekend is October 19-21 , and the Shenandoah Valley in the fall is quite beautiful. Due to changes in reservation policies, we must report the number of people in our party early, so if you plan to participate, please notify Patty Duffy of the number in your party and the number of rooms you require by August 31.

Spots are filling up, so please respond sooner, rather than later. Autumn is a popular time at Shrine Mont, and there is little wiggle room once reservations are confirmed. Details about this year’s activities, fees, etc., are coming soon.

Spotlight on Outreach

St. John's is committed to living our Baptismal Covenant
to seek and serve Christ in all persons,
loving our neighbor as ourselves
and respecting the dignity of every human being.

Ongoing Opportunities
Join the $5 Club : Pledge to spend at least $5 a month on non-perishable foods to feed others. Bring your donations on the first Sunday of each month, or deposit your donations in the wicker basket at the rear of the church at anytime. Remember that while we might take a vacation this summer, hunger does not. Thank you for your generosity in supporting First Fruits. Your living out the Gospel allows others to go to bed without being hungry.

First Fruits Sundays : First Sunday of every month. Bring non-perishable food items to church for donation to the Christ Ascension Food Pantry. Last month, you contributed 146 pounds, giving us a 944 pound year-to-date total donation. That’s 63% of our goal of 1,500 pounds 58.33% of our way into the year.  The pantry currently needs cereal and peanut butter.
Next First Fruits Sunday— This Sunday, August 5, 2018

Laundry Love : Third Saturday of every month from 11:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Help do your neighbors' laundry at the laundromat at 25th & Nine Mile. Thank you to everyone who helped with last month's Laundry Love when we helped 40 people do 89 loads of laundry and 91 dryer loads. Contact David Curtis for more information .
Next Laundry Love Day—Saturday, August 18
School Supply Drive : It might still be summer, but school will be back in session before you know it! Help St. John's collect school supplies for our neighborhood elementary school, Bellevue. Every Sunday in August , just drop your donation in one of the boxes in the chancel on your way to communion. Start shopping now. (Virginia's Tax Holiday is this weekend--August 3-5.)

Put This On Your Calendar Now:
Drew Willson Concert, September 14

Join us for an entertaining evening of original songs and stories with local songwriter Drew Willson. Featuring Richmond-based musicians and friends Jim Bennett (St. John's and Richmond Hill) on piano and Kevin Davis (Ban Caribe) on percussion.

For ten years, Drew Willson has been a minister in the United Methodist Church. He's currently serving at Trinity in the West End. For much longer, Drew has been a musician. From places like the Eastern Shore of Virginia to Atlanta; Georgia and Iona, Scotland; he has followed the muse to write and wrestle with all he has seen. Songwriting is the place where it all comes together.

Despite his day job, Drew tends to surprise listeners with the content of his songs. People, places, and humor abound without a lot of church talk. To quote a recent first-time concert-goer in Fluvanna, "I figured this was going to be religious music, but it was great!" Drew replied, "You know, I want to keep this interesting for myself, too!"

In the spring of 2018, Drew worked with Jim and Kevin to record and release a new album entitled Ritual Matters , the follow-up to Drew's 2016 debut Inviting Storms to Town.

Drew lives in Richmond with his wife, writer Shea Tuttle, and their two children. You can learn more at his website .

Friday, September 14
7:00 p.m.
St. John's Church
Reserve Your Spot in the Van Headed for Karla Hunt’s Ordination
Karla Hunt, a long-time member of St. John's, will be ordained as a vocational deacon Saturday, September 29, at Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Norfolk. St. John's is renting a 15-passenger van to provide transportation to those who wish to attend. We will leave promptly at 7:45 a.m. from St. John's and should return to Richmond by 4:00 p.m. Please sign up online , or contact David Curtis to register or to ask questions.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Resting After Surgery

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is resting comfortably following surgery on Tuesday, July 31. According to the presiding bishop’s family and his medical team, the surgery went well, as had been expected. Bishop Curry is resting, and a full recovery continues to be anticipated. On July 25 Curry shared news that he had recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer and would be having surgery to remove the prostate gland. Curry and his family are touched by the outpouring of prayers and well wishes.

Prayer Group & Sunday Prayers
Bring your prayers to the Wednesday morning prayer group. Pray with us silently or aloud as the Spirit leads you, and let us surround you with love and prayers. Find sacred silence and hear the still, small voice of God. Simply stop by the Keeper's Cottage any Wednesday at 10:00.

Prayer ministers also offer individual prayer Sundays during communion.

10:00 a.m.
Keeper's Cottage (to the left of the church)
To learn more, contact Carolyn Dallas

St. John's Church
2401 East Broad Street

Office: 2319 E. Broad Street RVA 23223

The deadline for submitting copy for the weekly bulletin insert and parish-wide email is Wednesday morning , but earlier is always appreciated. Please send your content to  Patty Duffy . Please note that content may be edited to accommodate space limitations and style guidelines.