FYI-for your information-December 13, 2018 

48 Middle Street --  (Parking at 33 Wash. St.) 
Gloucester, Massachusetts

Please Join Us for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany Services

EVENSONG on Thursdays at 6 pm in Advent: December 6, 13 & 20 
Monday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve 
5 pm Family Eucharist with Community " Instant" Pageant 
8:30 pm  Christ Mass with Christmas Concert
Midnight Mass Incense will be used at this service.
Tuesday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day-10 am 
Wednesday, Dec. 26, Boxing Day Tea-2-4 pm at the rectory. 
Sun. Dec. 30, Single Service at 9 am Lessons & Carols for Christmas & Holy Eucharist
Sun. Jan. 6, The Epiphany 8 am & 5 pm. The evening service is followed by a potluck

! Please join Sue and Martha for a pot luck supper on Friday, December 14th at 6 PM. They'll share stories and pictures of their recent pilgrimage to Santiago on the El Camino in Spain. All are welcome! Sign up sheet is in PH1. 

Sunday: Songs for Grace at 5 pm at St. John's. A benefit concert for the Grace Center featuring Marina & Berna with openers Alexandra & Josh. $10 suggested donation. 

Vestry notes - 12/11/18
  • The 'Renewing Our Covenant' stewardship campaign is nearing completion. To date, 65 pledges have been received, totaling $117,000. This represents a 5% increase to the average pledge, and the Vestry would like to thank all who have pledged! The Vestry would also like to invite those who have not participated thus far to consider that every dollar pledged helps defray operating expenses; and, that every individual who prayerfully commits to a pledge - in whatever amount - adds to the vitality of our faith community.
  • Please note that the annual Epiphany Service and Potluck at 5pm on Sunday, January 6 will include a celebration of the life of Adele Q. Ervin. Adele contributed her time, treasure and considerable talents to St. John's for many years, and a professional portrait of Adele will be unveiled, blessed and installed.
  • The Vestry, after nearly a year of research and deliberation, has approved the installation of solar panels on the roofs of the rectory, parish hall and main church. This project has been made feasible through an Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts 'green loan,' and net savings to the church are projected at $100,000 over a 25 year period. Please see (or email) Paul McGeary, Chuck Everett or Fr. Bret for more details.
  • St. John's is again partnering with Ascension Memorial Church in Ipswich on an adult and youth mission trip to the Navajoland Episcopal Diocese of New Mexico at the end of June. All are welcome on this journey of service, cross-cultural awareness, natural beauty, and fun! An information seminar is scheduled for January 18 at 6 pm at Ascension Memorial. Please see Doug Parsons for details.
Music Notes  
The anthem Sunday morning, Advent Carol by Alfred Fedak reflects the themes of the readings and directly mentions "rose" which is often used as the vestment color of the day (as well as the pink candle where used in the Advent wreath). This Sunday Gaudete (the word of the ancient entrance chant) is traditionally (along with the fourth Sunday in Lent: Laetare) observed with a bit more joy than in the other Sundays. The tune of the Anthem is Orientis partibus, a medieval carol whose text is about the donkey that carried Mary and becomes eventually the familiar song that I grew up with, "The Friendly Beasts," which tells the Nativity story from the point of view of all the animals in the stable. This tune is found with many others that are beloved: Divinum mysterium (82: Of the Father's Love Begotten) and Personent hodie (92: On this day Earth shall Ring) of many others, even in our Hymnal 1982.
            Tomorrow begins the final 7 days before Christmas which are marked by the Great O-Antiphons which we sang about at our Advent service back on Dec. 2. I've revised and updated a devotion guide that I produced years ago to help us pray great songs of justice and hope. I've included the words to "Veni Emmanuel" which were written by Jim Cotter which give a rich restatement of these themes. Pick a blue one up in the Parish Hall or on the guest register near the Middle Street doors.
Mark Nelson             I'm so honored to be planning for the generous gift of the sabbatical which begins on Jan. 1. Here's what I'm doing:
  1. Rest, renew, relax, restore.
  2. Doing an installment on the Lenten Hymn Podcast
  3. Visiting other churches around the Boston area most Sundays, and sometimes for the weeknight rehearsals.
  4. Making 2 short visits to churches in Philadelphia (Christ Church, St. Mark's, St. Thomas, Whitmarsh) and New York City (Transfiguration AKA "Little Church," St. John the Divine, St. Thomas and Trinity, Wall Street.)
  5. Attending American Sarum Conference in Princeton Feb 17-20.
  6. Writing 2 short articles about some of the things that we do here that are unique.
  7. Studying Yoga and the Alexander Technique (movement and body work for musicians).
Thank you for this gift.

Thank you for your pledge. Newly received pledge from Al Browne Jr. and Bill Melvin

The Open Door sign-up for Monday, December 17 is in the parish hall.

Toys for Kids ...Please return gifts by December 17. Thank you.
Christmas Flower Memorial names: Please return your names by December 17. Thank you.
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The Third Sunday of Advent: December 16, 2018
Presiding & Preaching:The Rev. Bret Hays, Rector

Lector: Norm Barr
Lay Eucharistic Minister/Intercessor: Bill Melvin 
Acolyte: Norm Barr
Usher: Dani Stotzer

Lectors:  George Sibley & Faith Berry 
Lay Eucharistic Ministers: Claudette Chmura & Beryl Cox
Intercessor: Joan Gorga
Acolyte: Sue Lupo & Geoff Grow
Ushers: Faith Berry & Joan Gorga       
Greeters:  Carole Secrest & Fred Rhinelander  
Musicians: The Parish Choir & Mark Nelson, Director and Organist

Preparing for the Liturgy
Altar Guild:  Kim Prentice & Melanie Murray-Brown 
Flower Guild: Mark Nelson
Bread bakers Catherine McGeary, Sue Lupo, Kim Prentice and I ona & Melanie Murray-Brown.
Food Bank  for next week: SOUP
Coffee Hour Sunday will be hosted by Dori Mottola & Chuck Everett.  Please sign up for future dates. 

Action Shelter Sandwiches   this week are being provided by Gwen Kopka & Carole Secrest

The Sanctuary Lamp burns this week in remembrance of Brian Tarr given by "the elephants," Beverly, Nancy and Jean. 

The Advent Wreath candles burn in memory of James M. Knott, Jr. on his birthday given by Janet Knott. 

2018 sign-ups for Lamp/Flowers, etc. are in the parish hall or next to sacristy door in hallway.
St. John's Intercession List: 
Sarah, Judy, Vicki Baxter, Andy Spellman, Patricia Anders, Susan Kessler, Jeffrey, Sr. Judy Fortune, Susan, Malcolm Henderson, Harold Ercolani, Margo Lion, Sally Elwell, Christine, James T. D., Maud & family, Meghan, Tom Kaito, Katherine Esty, The Riccio family, Sharon Martin, Richard Jefferson, Anthony Shamitaro, Catherine Genovese, David Arnold, Connor Macauley, Jackie Vannah, Susan Richardson, Mary McIntyre, Jane Walsh, Patti Kelleher, Margie Sonthemier, Beni Rose, Jack Ketchopulos, Marie Giacalone, Grace Center, John Fleming.

Contact Prayer List manager  Joan Gorga 978-283-5926 or
The Intercession List  is used by members of the congregation to pray on behalf of fellow parishioners or others in need of assistance. The assistance can be needed for any type of problem perceived by the person for whom the prayers are requested and stating the reason for the request is not necessary. Sometimes only the first name of the person on whose behalf the prayers are offered is used. The list is published twice a week, once in the emailed FYI bulletin and once in the Sunday bulletin distributed at the 8:00 and the 10:30 services. There are several sources for the list of intentions. Calls are received at the church office, Bret adds names based on his ministry of pastoral care and other calls are received by the person who keeps the formal, computerized list and whose name is publicized in the two bulletins. Anyone can call with a name for the list. Names are removed when the need for assistance has passed. 

The FORUM is currently reading and discussing "Vintage Saints and Sinners - 25 Christians who Transformed My Faith" by Karen Marsh. Sundays at 9:15 in the Thompson Room.
Nurture and Challenge Your Spirit with us at St. John's.
Our mission in Christ is to nurture and equip members  for spiritual growth and active participation in ministries  of compassion, justice, and peace in the church and beyond.

  • 8 am Eucharist, Rite 1
  • 9:15 Adult Forum (Thompson Room)
  • 10:30 am Sung Eucharist, Rite 2 with choir
  • 7:30 pm Sunday & Sober Alcoholics Anonymous
  • 9-noon Ms. Fixits Women gathering to tend to the fabric of the church.
  • 6 pm Women's Cursillo Reunion Group (1st and 3rd Monday)
  • 7 pm Bible Study (First Monday of the month led by Lynn Runnells.)
  • 7 pm Psalm Study (Fourth Monday of the month)
  • 5 pm Free Harvest Meals, sponsored by Cape Ann Interfaith Commission.
  • 7 am Men's Bible Reflection, (Bible study)  
  • 9:30 am Open Space             
  • 7 pm Fish City Alcoholics Anonymous
  • 4:30-5:45 pm Choir School Children from ages 5-12
  • 6 pm Evensong (during Advent and Lent) 
  • 7:15-8:45 pm Parish Choir rehearsal.
  • Action Shelter Lunch-Making, Carolyn Stewart 
  • 5 pm " Art Service First Saturday of the month , October to May. 
  • 8 pm Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous
Parish Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 
The Church is open for prayer and meditation during these hours.

Binky, Parish Mascot
The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Diocesan Bishop  
The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan

The Rev. Bret Bowie Hays, Rector - e-mail,
Mark Edward Nelson, Music Director - e-mail
Elizabeth de Veer, Parish Administrator - e-mail
Marge Bishop, Church Assistant - e-mail
Martha Whitney, Thrift Shop Manager - e-mail
Wardens & Vestry
Wardens: David Stotzer & Paul McGeary
Clerk:Geoffrey Pope  
Treasurer: Karen Kasper
Assistant Treasurer:  Sue
2019- Connie DeSimone, Joan Gorga, Lynn Runnells
2020-Pat Earle, Nancy Harrison, Jim LaBelle  
2021-Tom Chmura, Bill Melvin, Dori Mottola  

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