Volume 3, Issue 36
September 2, 2020

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A Message from the Senior Warden

Dear Friends,

Sisters and Brothers in Christ, 

For the month of September our Rev. Terri will be taking a long needed and well deserved vacation. We will try to keep things running without disturbing her too often! 

During this month we were very fortunate to secure Rev. Barry Griffin to fill in for her. He is recently retired from St. Augustine’s in Morrow. We have been blessed, in the past to have him grace our pulpit and I know that we are all looking forward to the message that he has to share.  

A special thank you to the volunteers who have helped us to distribute food to our Friends in Need on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Appreciation to Jean Riehl, Pat Roberts and Sherran Davis. We have been handing out approximately 20 food and personal hygiene bags each week. If you would like to volunteer please give me a call. 

I was privileged to attend the College of Congregational Development through the Diocese (on Zoom) this past Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The purpose is to create “a healthy, faithful, sustainable congregation fulfilling their call to be the body of Christ in a particular place and time and among a particular people.” There were multiple trainers from across the United States and Canada with unique insights into what makes a parish and how to grow and vitalize your Church home. Special emphasis was placed on the opportunity of the pandemic that we are currently experiencing. I’m looking forward to sharing this information with the Vestry as we move forward. 

Meeting with other Churches I have a new, special appreciation for the people and gifts that are St. John’s. There are still some Churches in the Diocese who have not been able to roll out an online presence. They are struggling with finding the support and expertise to accomplish this. I am able to share with them what a success this has been for St. John’s and how many parishioners are joining us for Sunday morning Worship, Bible Study, Compline and Morning Prayer. I’m hoping that most of you are taking advantage of these opportunities.

If you are having trouble gaining online access, please let me know and we’ll try to direct you to someone who can assist you. (Special thanks to Jorge Darr for all that you do in this ministry.)

Please do not hesitate to give me a call if you have or see a need. I am blessed daily by being a member of this wonderful family. Stay safe, stay healthy and I’ll hopefully see you and hear you on Zoom! 

David Gibbs 
(404) 427-9770

Compline
Night Prayer
Join us via Zoom
Thursday 7:00pm

For the Compline Service:
You may be prompted to enter the following:
Meeting ID: 843 7684 4017
Password: 848486
(see Zoom instructions below)
Sunday Worship
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Join us via Zoom
September 6, 2020 at 10:00am

For the Sunday Worship Service:
You may be prompted to enter the following:
Meeting ID: 890 4465 2335
Password: 704817
(see Zoom instructions below)
Morning Prayer
Every Tuesday and Thursday Morning
Join us via Zoom
10:00am

For Morning Prayer:
You may be prompted to enter the following:
Meeting ID: 291 729 9738
Password: 30337
(see Zoom instructions below)
Bible Study
Every Wednesday
Join us via Zoom
6:45pm

For Bible Study:
You may be prompted to enter the following:
Meeting ID: 291 729 9738
Password: 30337
(see Zoom instructions below)
A Note from Rev. Terri

THANK YOU to our new St. John's Men's Quartet for the wonderful gift of "Amazing Grace" this past Sunday. Your voices lifted me up, brought tears of joy and gratitude, and were a stunning example of 'love in action.' Can ya'll believe that they rehearsed it once and then sang right through for recording! What a vacation sendoff! David Gibbs, Michael Isham, Michael Spring and Val Valverde (and of course Jorge Darr working everything behind the scene) - thank you for offering your talents and your enthusiasm for yet another part of our evolving musical collection. I am so looking forward to hearing more from this group.

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BIBLE STUDY: We have moved our study to Zoom each Wednesday evening at 6:45pm. Please check the above links for access to the study notes for this week and also for the link to the Zoom session itself. We are studying the Gospel of Matthew and this evening look at Chapters 26-28, the final chapters of this important gospel.

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COMPLINE: We meet on Zoom each Thursday evening at 7:00pm to say together the "goodnight prayers" of the church, using the beautiful texts from the New Zealand Prayer Book. The service itself is brief - about 15 minutes or so - and a bulletin has already been prepared. Join us this week and check it out.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATES: Updated guidelines for small group gatherings, pilgrimage and some pastoral occasions are now posted on the Diocesan website (www.episcopalatlanta.org) if you want to review or download. If either of those options are unavailable to you, please contact the parish office and we will be glad to mail you a hard copy.
Be Prepared! Voter Education Webinar:

St. John's is hosting a ZOOM event with the Fulton County Voter Education and Outreach Team on September 8th at 7:00 PM. This workshop focuses on the voting process for the upcoming election in November. They will cover the usage of the current voting machines as well as answer questions about the voting process, absentee voting, and early voting. This election promises to have its challenges, let's take that first step in being educated voters and engaged citizens!

Participation is limited and registration is required.
To register, follow this link:
Put This on Your Calendar
Parish Calendar Notes... at least for now

As we noted in the Town Hall meeting on August 9, the Bargain Shop will be closing by the end of the year and the property will be sold with proceeds being used to fund Community Outreach through the parish.

We need to clear the existing inventory in preparation for this closing. The shop is no longer accepting any new donations. During this pandemic, the shop hours are 10:00am until 2:00pm, Monday through Friday.
Ministers of Worship for this coming Sunday, September 6, 2020:

First Lesson - Andrew Hales
Psalmists - Michael Isham & Lisa Norton-Rotella
Second Lesson - Susan Schubert
Prayers of the People - Flo Webster
Musicians - Tom Elston (Music Director) with: The St. John's Singers
Communications Director - Jorge Darr

** if you have a 'speaking' role in this Sunday's service, please log-in to Zoom by 9:45 for a microphone check and any updated instructions. Thank you!
A Meditation: "A Franciscan Benediction"

May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and
To turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done,
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.

Attributed to: Sister Ruth Marie Knox
Age 84
To join any of our worship services via Zoom, here's what you need to do:

(1) If you have not already downloaded the Zoom application and if you have a laptop, tablet or cellphone that has a camera, then you can download the Zoom app at no charge. Just go to www.zoom.com to do this, following the prompts to set up your own 'account.' I would suggest doing this in advance of Sunday's service since the app can take a while to download to your device.

(2) Download a copy of the bulletin for the service by clicking the appropriate button above. You can then print and follow along with the service.

(3) Then, at the specified meeting time (or a few minutes before), click on the appropriate button to access the link to enter the Zoom service.

You will then be connected into the video meeting. All participants will be 'muted' upon entry so that we can begin the service in quiet; however, everyone participating via video can see the faces of other participants and will be able to hear the readers/speakers. At various times during and at the end of the service, everyone will be 'unmuted' and all the channels will be left open for a 'virtual' exchange of the Peace (most likely a noisy time!).

If you do not have a 'camera-enabled' device and/or would prefer to join the meeting by simply calling in with your phone, use 1-929-205-6099 as the toll-free number to do so, using the same meeting ID and password as listed above. You will be connected for audio only.