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Contemplative Service
This Saturday

St. John's offers Saturday evening services the second Saturday of the month. Each service includes Holy Eucharist; contemplative music; a quiet, candlelit atmosphere; and the rite of healing. 

We hope that you find this to be a relaxing supplement to your Sunday morning worship. Please consider inviting friends who prefer a more contemplative form of worship in the early evening. 

Also, please consider serving at this service when you sign up for your service slots each month.

Next Service--March 9
5:30 p.m.
This Sunday, March 10, 2019
The First Sunday in Lent
Daylight Saving Time Begins
(Remember to set your clocks forward.)
                                              8:15 a.m.            Holy Eucharist (no music)
                                              9:15 a.m.            Adult Formation, Parish Hall
                                              10:30 a.m.          Holy Eucharist
                                                                             Children’s Chapel, Keeper’s Cottage
                                              11:45 a.m.          Coffee Hour, Parish Hall
          Nursery is available in the Parish Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

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From Amelie with Love

Dear Friends:

Last Wednesday, as I stood on the corner of 24 th and Broad on Wednesday, offering “Ashes to Go” to passers-by, I was reminded once again of the intimacy of ashes against skin, and the power of the words, “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
It is a strange anointing, this cross that comes to mark us as Lent begins. Ashes, dust, dirt: the stuff we walk upon, that we sweep away, that we work to get rid of, now comes to remind us who we are, where we are from, where we are bound, and what is most important.
As we enter this season that pares our lives down to what is absolutely essential and basic and elemental, what do you hold as most important? Is there anything you need to allow to become ash, that it may be transformed into something new? Beneath what seems dying or destroyed, what life might yet take hold? As poet Jan Richardson asks in a blessing that I now offer you:  Do you not know what the Holy One can do with dust?
Blessing the Dust  
For Ash Wednesday*
All those days you felt like dust, like dirt,
as if all you had to do was turn your face toward the wind
and be scattered to the four corners or swept away
by the smallest breath as insubstantial—
Did you not know what the Holy One can do with dust?
This is the day we freely say we are scorched.
This is the hour we are marked by what has made it through the burning.
This is the moment we ask for the blessing that lives within the ancient ashes,
that makes its home inside the soil of this sacred earth.
So let us be marked not for sorrow.
And let us be marked not for shame.
Let us be marked not for false humility
or for thinking we are less than we are
but for claiming what God can do
within the dust, within the dirt,
within the stuff of which the world is made
and the stars that blaze in our bones
and the galaxies that spiral inside the smudge we bear.
In Christ,


  © Jan Richardson.
About Lent
The word Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencton - meaning "spring" or "lengthening" from the time of year when the days grow long.

The season begins on Ash Wednesday with the imposition of Ashes, Litany of Penitence, Solemn Absolution, and service of Holy Eucharist. This initiates the 40-day period of self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, and reading and meditating on God’s word that the church has honored since its earliest years. 

Lent is also a time to prepare with joy for the coming feast of the Resurrection and to ready ourselves to receive God’s mercy and renewal. 

When we prepare for Lent, therefore, we may decide to give up a habit in self-denial or add a new spiritual practice that adds joy and renewal to our faith. We may do both. This is a deeply personal and holy decision.

Beginning on Friday, March 1 and throughout Lent, our rector will also be available by appointment to offer counsel or private confession through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Just email Amelie .
Adult Forum’s
Parables and Prodigals:
Luke's Lenten Lectionary
Begins Sunday with
"Temptation in the Wilderness"

During Lent, Adult Forum sessions will consider the journey of Lent through the lens of the gospel passages that the Sunday lectionary gives us each Sunday. This year, we have some compelling themes that our clergy and lay leaders will engage through an interactive dialog that relates the ancient story to our current lives

Sunday, the Rev. Dorothy White will present on the topic: “Temptations in the Wilderness.”

Sunday, March 10
9:15 a.m.
The Parish Hall
Nursery is available.
Lenten Supper Series
Beloved Community

The Civil Rights Movement in the United States, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., began in the Church. Biblical imperatives lived by people of faith gave the movement its foundation, fire, and perseverance to not turn back. There is still much work to be done to achieve this dream of Beloved Community.

This Lent you are invited to reflect on how you embody God’s agape love in your life and in your community of faith in meaningful and steadfast ways to help a challenged world. Join us each Wednesday during Lent.

Wednesdays, March 13-April 10
6:00 p.m. Light Supper
6:30 p.m. Study and Discussion
The Parish Hall
Join Andrea Bleck-Smith for Gentle Yoga

Each Thursday, Andrea Bleck-Smith offers a yoga class meant for those who enjoy moving a little more slowly and who are looking to maintain or increase strength and flexibility. We will focus on moving all joints and muscle groups, alignment, and breath awareness to maintain and restore balanced body function.

Students will receive personal alignment suggestions and assistance as needed. Each class ends with a brief relaxation to balance the body.

$54 for the 6-week session or $10 drop-in per class.

Beginning March 7
Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
The Parish Hall  
No class March 21 & April 4. 
Evening Prayer, Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

In response to requests from many of you for an opportunity to pray the Daily Office liturgy of the Episcopal Church, we will begin offering a casual Evening Prayer service in the Parish House on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. 

The services will be led by Hannah Mawyer, who is active in our young adult group and who served as a prayer leader in the campus ministry at William and Mary.

Following the service, participants are invited to gather for dinner at a local restaurant.

For questions, please contact Hannah.

Thursdays, beginning March 14
5:30 p.m.
Parish House
Helpers Needed
for Irish Festival

This year, St. John’s will host a table in front of the church during the Irish Festival, Saturday and Sunday, March 23 & 24, to sell our new “Signature” toffee and to provide information about our ministries to the community.

Volunteers are needed to help prepare the toffee on Friday, March 22, and also to greet guests who visit our table and the church grounds over the weekend. 

If you can help during any of these times, please contact our Senior Warden, Horace Dowdy.

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.

Next Outreach Meeting-- Tuesday, March 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

One-time Opportunities
Rebuilding Together Richmond, 2019: Rebuilding Together Richmond’s 2019 workday is April 27. Although St. John’s and St. Mary’s will not sponsor a house this year, there are opportunities for a team from St. John’s to work that day. Plans are in progress for “community” projects, and we can sign up to help with those. We might work in a community garden, a school, or other areas where help is needed. It is always a great day! If you are interested in participating, please contact Rita Drisc ol l.  

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 them in the basket at the rear of the church at any time.
First Fruits Sundays : First Sunday of every month. Bring non-perishable food items to church for donation to the Christ Ascension Food Pantry. Christ Ascension Food Pantry currently needs canned fruit and rice. They always need cereal, canned pasta, tuna, and peanut butter. Next First Fruits Sunday— Sunday, April 7

Laundry Love : This ministry takes place the third Saturday of every month from 11:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m., at Richmond Coin Laundry, 25 th & Nine Mile, and defrays our neighbors’ cost of doing laundry so that they can direct their income to other necessities. We would love your help dispensing coins and laundry supplies, helping to run the machines, entertaining children, and being a friendly presence.    Please contact David Curtis for more information. Next Laundry Love Day— Next Saturday, March 16

Laundry Love Activity Table : The Outreach Team needs new or gently used donations for the kids' activity table at Laundry Love, a place for safe play and learning while parents are busy with clothes. Possible donations include:
  • addition/subtraction flashcards
  • Play-doh
  • simple puzzles
  • picture books, coloring books
  • markers, crayons
  • small Lego sets
  • simple craft supplies (pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, glue, etc.). 

A box for your donations is in the Parish Hall. This is an ongoing collection. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Broda.
It is never too late for you to submit your pledge to support the ministries of St. John’s Church, either to the parish office, in the offering plate, or at our website .

Pledge cards are available in the back of the church.

Click here to read the 2018 St. John's Church Annual Report. You may pick up a hard copy of it in the back of the church or in the Parish Hall. If you have any questions about the report, please contact our Rector, Amelie Wilmer , or Senior Warden, Horace Dowdy .
Altar Flower Remembrances

We encourage everyone to remember or honor loved ones and special anniversaries and events by sponsoring the flowers at the altar for a specific Sunday. 

The cost is $35. You may pay via cash or check in the offering plate or in the church office, or through Paypal.  

Sign up for the Sunday when you want to sponsor flowers on the sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall foyer, and notify Patty Duffy in the parish office .
Next Vestry Meeting,
Tuesday, March 12,
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.

We also invite your prayers for our vestry members while they meet for their annual planning retreat at Richmond Hill this coming Friday and Saturday.
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 prayers Sundays during communion at the 10:30 a.m. service.

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

So that all our members will know what to expect during inclement weather, here are ways we will notify you of changes in the parish calendar:

  • We will send an email to you by the Saturday afternoon preceding Sunday services. For other changes, we will attempt to notify you at least 3-4 hours ahead of time.
  • We will post a message on our website’s home page
  • We will leave a message on the office voice mail: 804-649-7938.
  • We will announce our change in plans on the NBC closings scroll.

If you want to arrange for another way for us to notify you, please contact Patty Duffy at the church office, 804-649-7938.

Please note that, regardless of whether or not we decide to proceed with plans during severe weather, your safety is important, and we understand if you decide to stay home.

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.