St. John's Enews
August 1, 2020
A Timely Verse
Memorize this powerful verse in August!

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

a. Humble yourself before God (Kneel, lie prostrate, cry out, surrender, let go, humility)

b. Pray & Seek God’s Face (Focus on the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, Worship, Seek God alone)

c. Turn from your wicked ways (Sins, Guilty conscience, Evil Thoughts, Dark Plans)

*I will hear from Heaven (God will listen to this prayer)

*I will forgive their sin (You will experience a greater depth of God’s mercy and freedom from sin)

*I will heal their land (Our Father will begin to bring his deliverance from this present darkness)

  Reconciliation…Mercy…Peace…Love…Provision...Justice…Redemption
                       
The Holy Spirit and Church will bring light in this hour!

Blessings,

Fr. Joseph
Jim Etz
Junior Warden Reflection

Several positive things have taken place during the slow down due to the Virus.  The pew and kneeler cushion project begun by our former Junior Warden, has now been completed.  They not only provide a fresher, cleaner, updated appearance, but more importantly, they are much more comfortable, no more buttons.  In addition, I have had the Sanctuary completely sanitized and disinfected and have made available all of the necessary supplies to maintain it in a safe and sanitary condition for our parishioners.  Our indoor air quality (IAQ) is also being addressed and we will soon be installing state of the art air purifiers in the air handlers in the sanctuary to make the environment even safer as attendance increases and our lives return to a more normal state.  These changes have been a priority and hopefully will alleviate some of the concerns and apprehensions our members may have with regard to the safety of our church facility.

Jim Etz
Giving Message
"Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For the measure you use it will be measured to you" Luke 6:38


You can mail your gift to the church at
St. John's Episcopal Church
500 Park Shore Drive
Naples, FL 34103
Sunday School
The Sunday School’s “Connecting Through Faith” virtual classes for the month of July went incredibly well! It was a fun way for families and children to connect throughout the summer! Families even joined us when they were traveling! The children were excited to see and talk with their friends and had a lot of fun virtually learning. They were always eager to use the materials they received and always loved guessing what they were for or how they connected to the lessons. For examples some of materials they received and used were:

-Clay  was used to create or mold objects when we learned about God’s creation. We learned God created the universe and everything in just 6 days.
-Paper and crayons  were used to draw a meaningful picture for their parents. We learned that God gave us parents to teach us to follow Jesus and do the right thing. 
-A cross, stickers and   crayons  were used to decorate our cross. We made a cross to remind us that God is protecting us.
-Sand and a sandcastle mold  were used when we learned about building our lives on the foundation of Jesus. 
If you are interested in receiving more information about Sunday School or would love to have your child join us, please contact me at  youth@stjohnsnaples.com .

Sunday school will be meeting again in-person starting August 9th. To ensure the safety and health of our families, church members and others, we will practice the following guidelines. Sunday School will be held in the open space by Sugden Hall. Children will be given hand sanitizer and have their temperature check upon arrival. They will be asked to sit on their own mat and given their materials. All materials will be cleaned after they are used. A full list of guidelines, will be emailed to the Sunday School families before we meet on August 10th.

Dayna Sottosanti

Outreach
I'm excited to report that St. John's sent $50,000 to Harry Chapin Food Bank and St. Matthew's House to support them in providing food for our neighbors in need. St. John's is Wonderfully Generous!

St. John's was also the food collection site for United Health Care's Immokalee Food Drive on Friday (7/24)
A truck load full of food was delivered on Saturday!

Thank you for blessing us so we can bless others in the name of our Lord!
St. John's Upscale Thrift Shoppe

We have experienced a banner month in June with the shoppe open only four hours a day for business. The fantastic donations help tremendously and we are ever so grateful for the clothes, furniture and household items that are being donated. Please keep it all coming because charitable donations mean good sales. We appreciate our many volunteers, but with COVID-19 and our snowbirds leaving, we are always shy of volunteers. If you want to volunteer and feel safer in the back room, there is a bundle of jobs sorting, hanging, pricing and organizing.Your help in every position is appreciated. Speaking of volunteers, we have a new volunteer who has been a delight at the shoppe. Lisa Maiocco is volunteering and what I hear from the managers and other volunteers, she is doing a great job. Welcome, Lisa and thank you for joining us in raising money for our charities. I usually don’t write the shoppe’s submission for the enews, so I want to take this opportunity to thank our managers, James Meehan and Donna Bartuccio for the fantastic job they do at the shoppe. The board is so thankful for the help of our cashiers and volunteers, especially during this pandemic. If you are at the shoppe or see any of these folks, please give them a thank you for their contribution to our success. God is good. I feel his blessings on the shoppe every day.   “Let us rejoice and be glad in it”.

Margo Ziolo
President
A Blast from the Past (Music Ministry)
Following in the footsteps of Rosemary Schroeder and Robert Phelps, I began in the fall of 2001 my long association with St. Johns Church. The First Sunday of Advent was the start of many services I would be playing at this wonderful church! At that time my position was Organist/Choir Director and pianist for the contemporary service. From the beginning, I was welcomed and encouraged by this loving community of faith. I went to another church in the area before returning to St. John’s in the summer of 2006 and I have been Director of Music here ever since. I have been privileged to work in this ministry with an awesome group of believers committed to expressing our shared love of Jesus and his church. Now that it’s 2020 we are experiencing a renewed energy and enthusiasm for worship as if our life depends on it because it does! We are indebted to the many parishioners who have participated in and supported St. Johns Music Ministry over the years. It has truly been an incredible faith journey here as we have joined with the heavenly chorus and praised God in this place!
Glenn Saffran
Noteworthy News
St. John's worship services meet Saturday 5 pm and
Sunday 10 am a with up to 50 people. Join us in person or via live stream!

St. John's Campus is open for prayer weekdays from
9 am-5 pm and church groups of 50 or less.

St. John's will participate in "The Return" during September.
This is a national call to repentance and revival by Jonathan Cahn and other religious leaders. Stay tuned for details and please register for The Return!

Enews deadline is Friday (August 14th)
Parish People
New Members: Noreen Schumann and John Olson, Allain and Patricia Russo.

Transfer : John & Laura Ransom.

Deaths: Beatrice Rimsky, Dick Tutwiler,
Walter Roxey, Terri Vaughn.
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Please Pray For
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St. John’s Parishioners and Families
Praise Report
God Pours out His Spirit!
“I tell you this: if you had even a faint spark of faith,
even faith as tiny as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain,
‘Move from here to there,’ and because of your faith,
the mountain would move. If you had just a sliver of faith,
you would find nothing impossible.”
Matthew 17:20 (The Voice)

When my girls were young, we had a neighbor named Andrea. While she had brothers and sisters of her own, they were considerably older, and since Andrea fell in age between my third and fourth daughters, she fit right in with my crew. She loved coming over to our house and hanging out. We often included her in meals and sleepovers, and when her parents went on vacation, Andrea stayed with us for five nights in a row.
           The first night after everybody had their baths and were in their pajamas, I started the routine that I did with my own children every night, saying prayers and singing lullabies.
           When we all began to pray The Lord’s Prayer, Andrea didn’t join in.
           “I don’t know the Lord’s Prayer,” she said. I was surprised because she was probably seven or eight years old at the time.
           “Well, you can have your choice of bowing your head with your hands together and listening or we can teach it to you and then you can say it with us,” I told her.
           “I’d like to learn it,” she said. So that’s what we did. Andrea was smart. Within two days, she knew the entire prayer by heart. After that, every time she slept over, we went through the same routine. She always joined right in. It was evident even then that The Lord’s Prayer was important to her. “I say it when I’m by myself, too” she told us.
           After Andrea and her family had been our neighbors for ten years, they moved away, and we lost touch. Twenty-five years later, I received a letter in the mail from someone I didn’t recognize. I opened it and read:
            “This is Andrea. I’m not sure you remember me, but I was a friend of your children for many years. I’m married now and live in North Carolina. When I woke up this morning, I knew I had to write and tell you that I am born-again Christian. I am grateful to you for making my life so good because of my belief in God that began when you taught me The Lord’s Prayer. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
           Since then, when I say The Lord’s Prayer, I can’t help but think of Andrea and thank our God who takes a tiny mustard seed and makes a mighty tree. It only has to be planted.  

Carol Schaller

Be Filled with Pentecostal Power from the Holy Spirit!
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