St. John's Church
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This Sunday, June 28, 2020
The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Online Worship at St. John’s Church

  Liturgy of the Word
10:00 a.m.
You will receive an email with a service bulletin and instructions for logging on in advance of the service.  The premiere has a chat feature, and we welcome your participation.  Note: You can view the service any time after 10:00 a.m.

Virtual Coffee Hour and Conversation
11:00 a.m.
See below for instructions for logging in via Zoom.

Virtual Children's Chapel with the Rev. Anne Lane Witt
3:00 p.m.
See below for instructions for logging in via Zoom.

From Amelie, with Love

Dear Friends:

As I write, I am staying at my sister’s home on the coast of Maine for a family gathering - a time to give thanks for the lives of those we love and see no longer and a time to honor the time we still have to walk this earth together. While this meant traveling great distances during a global pandemic and season of national unrest, there is something about the tenuousness of our times that has revealed that the precious family we have must be family now.

So much has changed since we last gathered, and as with many families, we have differing opinions and interpretations of the events that have turned our lives upside down. As much as we welcomed one another and embraced the hospitality that one just gives when one is family, it was clear that some ideas and attitudes are not welcomed. 

I was pondering this as I glanced at our lectionary for this week, and read Jesus’ words from the Gospel of Matthew, “Who ever welcomes you, welcomes me.” And I thought…that just doesn’t mean laying out a nice spread of food and providing a cozy bed with clean sheets and fresh towels…it also means welcoming those opinions and interpretations that differ from our own.

Especially now. Especially now that so many of us feel like strangers in our own world, our own lives, our own skin. Life has changed more in the past three months than in decades…and for some, much more than others. We are all strangers in a strange land, and all in need of welcome.

Who in your life might be feeling particularly in need of welcome…just a bit more of a stranger than the rest of us? Who right now might you have trouble welcoming into your life? Who might be welcoming you, who if you are like me, may be feeling, at times, like a stranger in your own lives?

There is an enormous power in welcome. When someone gathers us in and invites us to be at home when we are not at home, or have had to leave our home, or do not know where home is….there is enormous power in that. Even if the best “home” we can offer during this time of social distancing is a conversation from our front porch to the sidewalk, or a back-yard chat (six feet apart), or a Zoom or FaceTime conversation.

May we know, and create, places of welcome that help us become something other than strangers to one another and to ourselves. May we learn how to make one another at home in this world.

Especially now,

Listening to Other Voices 

St.Peter's Episcopal Church has invited St. John's to join them in listening to the voices of their younger members through a four week preaching series that continues this Sunday.  We offer this series  in addition  to our regular Sunday sermon and service.

Anthony Gabaton is this week's preacher. Anthony is a resident at Richmond Hill, where he works in marketing and communications. He holds an MDiv from Union Seminary in New York and a MTh from Emory University in Atlanta. You can view here.
Thank you for joining us during this time of deep listening, discernment, and call to action.
While Waiting for the World to Re-Open,
Now is a Good Time to Start Following
The Way of Love
Set out on an intentional path of following Jesus. It's a way of life.

Coffee and Conversation Hour During Social-Distancing
Join us on Zoom at 11:00 a.m., right after our Sunday morning online service. This summer, we have been setting up "virtual" coffee tables, which makes it easier to connect, support, and catch up with friends at St. John's, old and new. If you haven't attended yet, we welcome you.

Directions for online “Coffee Hour”
Meeting ID: 206 696 128
Password: 288060

Join meeting by telephone:
+1 253 215 8782 US
 +1 301 715 8592 US
 Meeting ID: 206 696 128
Password: 288060 

Virtual Children's Chapel

Our children's chaplain, the Rev. Anne Lane Witt, hosts online Children's Chapel at 3:00 p.m. each Sunday for our youngsters. Simply log in using the following instructions:

Meeting ID: 298 725 169
Password: 288060 

Join meeting by telephone:
+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
Meeting ID: 298 725 169
Password: 288060 
Inquirer's Class is Underway

The participants for the Inquirers' Class of 2020 have begun their journey together, and will be meeting for six sessions through the end of the summer.  We invite your prayers for the 13 participants as they prepare for our Bishop's visitation in the fall. 
This formation series is for those who are interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church or in becoming a member of St. John's through Confirmation or Reception.    Please  email Amelie directly   with your interest or questions.
Let us see your faces and hear your voices!
Thanks to all who have been joining us for our "virtual" worship over the past months. Many of you have shared how much you appreciate seeing the faces and hearing the voices of members of our congregation who are participating in the services. 

We would like to offer that opportunity to you, too! If you would like to read a prayer or a lesson, please  email August Butler.  If you don't have the time or are nervous about reading, send us a quick greeting instead. Record yourself saying "And also with you" or "Thanks be to God!" and send the video to  v .   Your St. John's family would love to see you,
your kids, and your pets!

Helpful hints for all recordings are offered  here .
Wednesday Evening Bible Study
 Each Week at 7:00 p.m.

Next week,   we continue with our chronological study of the New Testament with a discussion on Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians. In this letter, Paul addresses a community wrestling with divisions over leadership, lifestyle, and identity, and deals with what it means to find strength in humility, new creation in chaos. The topics explored are timely for our own day. We will continue with Chapters 4-6.

All are welcome to attend, whether you have joined us in the past are not. The format lends itself well to drop-ins!

The Zoom conference will open 5 minutes before 7:00 p.m. to allow time for everyone to log on. We will conclude promptly at 8:05 p.m. We will provide the study guides in our Monday email.

We will offer our evening service of Compline online afterward for those who wish to conclude their evening in quiet prayer. (For additional information, see below).

Thanks, Liz!

Meeting ID: 823 0797 3354
Password: 404128

To dial by phone:
     +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
    +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 823 0797 3354
Password: 404128

Join Us on Zoom
for Wednesday Compline
at 8:15 p.m.
Wednesday evening we will gather online for the ancient and gentle liturgy of Compline. This, the final prayer service of the day in the Christian tradition, blends psalms, song, lessons, and prayers to bring peace as we end the day.

Note: This format is a change from our previous YouTube format that will offer a greater sense of connection among participants.

Meeting ID: 823 0797 3354

To dial by phone:
    +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
    +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 206 696 128
Password: 288060

The service can be found in the  Book of Common Prayer  on p. 127 or downloaded   here .
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.

First Fruits Collection : During COVID-19 social distancing, we will collect food every other Saturday. Bring non-perishable food items to the church for donation to the Christ Ascension Food Pantry. Please contact David Curtis i f you prefer that someone drop by your home and deliver your donations for you. Be sure to include your street address in your message.

Progress report: We collected 396 lbs on June 20 making our total for the year so far 3,059 pound, which is 76% of goal just halfway into the year. This is amazing!  Thank you.

Next collection--Saturday, July 4, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon.

Join the $5 Club : Pledge to spend at least $5 a month on non-perishable foods to feed others. Submit your donations at the next First Fruits collection point for the Christ Ascension Food Pantry .

Laundry Love : Our monthly Laundry Loves are cancelled until further notice. Please contact David Curtis with any questions. Next Laundry Love Day-- TBD
You can pay your pledge or otherwise make a donation to St. John's Church online by clicking the button above and scrolling down to the "Donate" button.

You may also mail your pledge payments to: St. John’s Church, 2319 E. Broad St., Richmond, Va. 23223.
COVID-19 Resources

Our staff is telecommuting from home so that they can remain healthy while maintaining our usual office hours and administrative functions.

Patty Duffy's and Amelie Wilmer's phone extensions are forwarded to their cell phones, so you can still reach them by calling the church office at 804-649-7938 and dialing their extensions as prompted.

This information will clarify our diocesan support and expectations as we proceed through the next months. 

All churches in the Diocese of Virginia are directed to be closed for worship
until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Note about Pastoral Appointments and Emergencies

To schedule an appointment with one of our clergy, please contact Amelie directly at her email or her voicemail at 649-7938; you will hear from her or another member of our clergy staff within 24 hours.    And if you learn of a pastoral issue concerning one of our parishioners, please reach out to Amelie as well.

If you have an emergency, please contact Patty Duffy at 649-7938, and she will ensure a more immediate response.

The Market at 25th Street
Community Rewards Program

Please support the new Market at 25th Street, which provides a full array of nutritious foods and vital services to the East End neighborhood.

The market has recently initiated a rewards program for area churches, agreeing to contribute 3% of all purchases made by their members. Cards are available at the market’s service desk, or enroll by clicking here .

New volunteer opportunities are continually being identified at Re:Work Richmond, the East End employment initiative that St. Peter's Episcopal Church has launched through a collaboration of churches and community organizations. You are invited to complete one of the "Good Neighbor Network" cards, available in the Parish Hall. Place your completed forms in the basket provided. For more information, contact Diana Vasquez .

Sign-up at Kroger
 for the Good of St. John’s

. To link your card, sign up here.

Use account code 81386 and click "Search.” Funds received support St. John’s ministries, and we are grateful.
Next Vestry Meeting,
Tuesday, July 14,
at 5:30 p.m.
via Zoom

 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.  
Annual Report

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.