St. John's Church
mary anointing Jesus' feet , rubens
Spring Parish Work Day
This Saturday

Now that spring has arrived, we need to spiff up the grounds and property. We would love your help with this, and we’ll trade you your help for a day of fellowship, fulfilling labor, fresh air, and lunch. 

Please contact Jamie Isaacs if you’d like to help.

Saturday, April 6
8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
Parish House Garden 
Altar Guild Meeting
This Saturday
We hope all current altar guild members and anyone who aspires to be a member will attend Saturday's preparation for Holy Week and refresher training.
 Please contact   Lisa Wood  for more information.
Saturday, April 6
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 This Sunday, April 7, 2019
The Fifth Sunday in Lent

                                              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.

Sunday Is a First Fruits Sunday
Please bring your non-perishable food donations to the Christ Ascension Food Bank to church this Sunday so you can deposit them in the basket at the chancel steps on your way to communion. The food pantry always needs cereal, canned pasta, tuna, and peanut butter.

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From Amelie with Love

Dear Friends:

During my trip to the Yucatan peninsula last week, my hosts introduced me to their new hobby – bird watching. The birds of the Yucatan are plentiful, diverse, and above all quite beautiful, and my friends were eager to share their discoveries with me. From the deep blues and black of the Yucatan Jay to the variegated shades of pink that adorn the flamingo, the lavish display of color surprised and delighted my eyes every time I peered through the binoculars. 

As I shared in this experience, I learned a bit about why these birds have the colors they do…many are very practical. The various hues offer camouflage that match the local surroundings, enabling the birds to hide from their predators. Bright colors also assist in the mating process, and it is wonderful to learn which colors belong to the male, and to the female.

But the human and spiritual side of me has also wondered about the more impractical benefits of color, and what it means that so much of God’s creation is gifted with beautiful color, texture, scent and sound. Could it be that pure pleasure, and the delight it brings to our senses, is reason enough for creation’s beauty?  If so, what does this say about our creator? And what God desires for our well-being and wholeness?

In our reading from the Gospel of John for this Sunday, we will hear the moving story of how Jesus’ friend Mary kneels at a crowded dinner table, breaks an alabaster jar filled with priceless perfume, and washes his feet with her hair. As the musky fragrance of the oil fills the house, Jesus’ disciple Judas rebukes Mary for her misguided generosity: “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” But Jesus silences him: “Leave her alone.”

Is Mary’s gift lavish? Yes. It is “useless” in the practical-minded world that Judas brings to the table? Yes. Is it efficient, orderly, or logical? No. And yet Jesus cherishes and blesses it.
In Mark’s version of the story, Jesus tells Mary’s critics that her gesture is “a beautiful thing,” worthy of honor and remembrance. Over and against Judas’s pragmatism, Jesus celebrates what is fragrant and delectable. In doing so, he grants permission to savor the good gifts of life on this fragile but gorgeous earth - the pleasures of our senses, the beauties of nature, and the fruits of human creativity and artistry.

This has had me thinking. In times of adversity, pain, or sorrow, what tends to comfort us the most? What carries us through? The practical advice of a pragmatist? Or the lavish and “useless” gesture of someone who loves us? What about the soft hues of a sunset? The melody of a bird’s song? The silky comfort of a warm bath? 

As we move into this last week of Lent, take time to attend to something beautiful. And let it be God’s gift to you and to those who God has placed in your life.

In Christ,

Adult Forum Lenten Series
Parables and Prodigals:
Luke’s Lenten Lectionary
Concludes Sunday

Our Lenten Adult Forum sessions have considered Lent through the lens of the gospel passages the Sunday lectionary gives us. This year, compelling themes have engaged us through an interactive dialog relating the ancient story to our current lives. 

Sunday Denise Bennett concludes the series with “The Cost of Extravagant Love.”

Sunday, April 7
9:15 a.m.
The Parish Hall
Nursery is available.
RE:work RICHMOND Partner Training
Next Tuesday

RE:work RICHMOND will host a Good Neighbor Update and Training session at Challenge Discovery Projects Tuesday, April 9.

If you want to hear the latest news about and receive initial training on how Good Neighbors (program volunteers) can prepare to support RE:work’s Parent Members, come on out!

Supper will be provided. 

If you’d like to attend, email Diana Vasquez.

Flyers with detailed information on Re:Work Richmond are available in the Parish Hall or by clicking here .

Tuesday, April 9
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Lenten Supper Series
Becoming Beloved Community
Concludes Next Wednesday

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 not to turn back.

There is still much work to be done to achieve this dream of Beloved Community. This Lent we have reflected on how each of us embodies God’s agape love in our individual lives and in our community of faith in meaningful and steadfast ways to help a challenged world. 

Join us for our final Lenten potluck supper and program next Wednesday. Our concluding topic will be “Repairing the Breach in Institutions and Society."

Wednesday, April 10
6:00 p.m. Potluck Supper
6:40 p.m. - 8:15 Presentation 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 focus on moving all joints and muscle groups, alignment, and breath awareness to maintain and restore balanced body function.

Students 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.

Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
The Parish Hall  
Evening Prayer, Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

All are welcome to join us for a casual service of Evening Prayer, Rite II, in the Parish House on Thursday evenings. Hannah Mawyer, who served as a prayer leader in the campus ministry at William and Mary, leads the service.

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

For questions, please contact Hannah .

5:30 p.m.
Parish House Library
Second Saturday Contemplative Service

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

We hope you find this service 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:
Saturday, April 13
5:30 p.m.
Young Adult Potluck Dinner and Conversation

All young adults (in there 20s and 30s-ish) are invited to attend a potluck dinner followed by a discussion of the topic: Spiritual Practices for Real People.

Please bring a potluck dish to share.

Sunday, April 14
5:00 p.m.
The Parish Hall
Holy Week at St. John's Church

                                              Palm Sunday                                       April 14, 10:00 a.m.
                                              Maundy Thursday Eucharist         April 18, 7:00 p.m.
                                              Good Friday Liturgy                         April 19, 7:00 p.m.
                                              The Great Vigil of Easter                April 20, 7:30 p.m.

Easter Day, Sunday, April 21
                                              Holy Eucharist                                     8:15 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
                                              Potluck Easter Brunch                     9:30 a.m., Parish Hall

Annual Easter Egg Hunt Has Moved to Easter Day

Enjoy our lively Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. Tell all the kids you know to grab their baskets and head to the churchyard.

Lots of hands are needed to help set up and help the little hunters. Please contact Anne Lane Witt .

Sunday, April 21
12:00 p.m.
Honor Loved Ones
with Easter Lilies

Purchase Easter lilies at $15 each to decorate the church on Easter Sunday. Please place your order in the offering plate, deliver it to the church office by April 14. (Checks payable to St. John’s Church.)

Or, p rovide the details of your tribute here, then click the link below to pay.
Save the Following Dates

Friday, May 3
Spring Sing at St. John’s Church, 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 11
The Ordination of the Rev. Sarah Price to the Priesthood
St. Thomas Church at 1 0:30 a.m.

Tuesday, May 28
The installation of the Rev. Amelie Wilmeras Rector of St. John’s Church
St. John’s Church at 7:00 p.m.
(If you plan to attend this service and will need nursery care during the service,

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.

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— This 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—Saturday, April 20

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.
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,
Thursday, April 11,
(this is a change)
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.
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

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 .
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.