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July 23, 2017  

In This Issue
Website Resources
Fundraising Efforts
Springtime at Saint John's
Upcoming Reminders
Covenant to Care for Children
Volunteers Needed
Participants for July 23, 2017
The Website is Church, too!!
Weekly Bible Commentary
July 23, 2017

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"Changing" St. John's

Bring Your Change

Presented at the Altar
The Second Sunday
of the Month
Total to Date: $354.64

Changing St. John's

Save your coins when you empty your pockets at night. Collect them in a can or "mite" box and bring them to St. John's. Bring them anytime, and we'll present these "mites" on the first Sunday of the month. Many small efforts could make a big change in our budget and ministry. (We have can wrappers in the narthex to help us remember.)

Shopping Cards
An Easy Way to Help

Stop & Shop Cards
In Stock!
Available Every Sunday

When you buy shopping/gift cards through St. John's, you are making a contribution that does not cost you financially. It may take a little planning.  Order forms are available in the narthex and can be placed in the lockbox at any time.

To make it easy, here's the form for ordering. Print it and bring it on Sunday.

And if you want more choices, here's a complete list. Sue Bremer could order anything on this list.

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and to learn about diocesan activities. 

Dear Friends:

Our summer activity is taking pictures of where you find God.  Deciding what picture to take is going to be particularly hard for me since I see God around me all of the time; in the glow of the clouds at sunset, the quiet sparkling of the trees after an ice storm, the overwhelming vastness of the Milky Way on a moonless night in Maine, everywhere.  As a scientist, I have some understanding of the physical forces behind what I see.  Because I am a scientist, I am certain that God exists.  My limited knowledge makes me realize that the universe is more wondrous and miraculous than we will ever fully comprehend.  Next month there will be solar eclipse visible here in Connecticut.  As you watch the eclipse, keep in mind that the moon is just the right size, at just the right distance, and in just the right orbit to make this display of God's creation possible.  On August 21 st I will be looking up, "rapt in awe", thanking God for this gift. 
The most beautiful and most profound experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms - this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness. (Albert Einstein - The Merging of Spirit and Science)

Diane Hayes 

Saturday, July 22nd
  • Save The Date - Northwest Region Convocation 2017 - Saturday, July 22, 11-3pm at White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield, CT. Adult and Children's Programs.
  • Parish Update Meeting - Sunday, August 6th following the 9am Eucharist. Please plan to join us!
  • Peach Festival on the Green - August 26th - We will be selling hamburgers, cheeseburgers, sausage patties and breakfast sandwiches on Saturday, August 26th from 10-4 pm. Volunteers needed. If you can help, please contact Lou & Lucie Martocchio.
  • Acolyte Gathering - Sunday, September 10th at 11am.


Upcoming Reminders

St. John's Summer Service Schedule
- The summer service schedule will be at 9:00 am starting June 18th through September 3rd. Coffee hour will be hosted by the 9:00am greeters.

Our Little Free Pantry is available for those who in need of food for themselves and their family. Please consider donating non-perishable items to the pantry.
St. John's Summer Parish Project: Where Do You Find God? As you travel and enjoy the summer, please stop and capture a picture of where you have seen God at work in the world. Perhaps a garden, the shore, with family and friends, or at a summer chapel?   Send your pictures to with a caption and title and we will share them in the glass walkway for all to enjoy!

St. John's Garden Scholarship Program -
We are looking for interested high school students to take advantage of this opportunity to be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship upon graduation.  Just 25 hours of garden volunteer work required. Time may be accumulated from year to year and student need not be a member of St. John's.Call Norma Pappalardo 860-944-5541 to sign up.  
Spring Scrip Cards
- Remember to order your St. John's Scrip Cards. See Sue Bremer for more information. Order forms are in the Narthex.




Volunteers Needed!

Please stay after church for a short meeting this Sunday, July 16th, or contact Sue Hall, or 860-379-1943 
Covenant to Care for Children
Covenant to Care for Children Back to School Backpacks - Our parish social worker, Michelle Chase, has asked us to help provide backpacks and school supplies for children. Your generosity is appreciated. Please place your donations in the container in the narthex. Thanks!
For elementary school students: Age appropriate books, small packets of tissues, colored pencils, crayons, drawing pad, erasers, glue sticks, journal, non-permanent markers, notebooks, pencils, sharpener, ruler, blunt scissors, toy key chains, binder, tape, etc.
For middle school/high school students: Age appropriate books, colored pencils, drawing pad, erasers, glue sticks, journal, non-permanent markers, colorful spiral notebooks, geometric stencils & compass, colorful file folders, loose leaf three hole paper, #2 pencils, red pens, notebooks, binder, tape, small stapler & staples, etc.
Please return items no later than August 6th. See Lucie Martocchio, our Parish Liaison, for any further information.

Open Door Soup Kitchen - join our team for August 19th at St. James in Winsted. (9:00am-1:00pm)
Bell Ringers - s ign up to toll the tower bell for worship to begin our 9am worship.
Coffee Hour Volunteers - Show hospitality by hosting our social time together following worship. Co-hosting with another person or family is encouraged.

Participants for July 23, 2017
Please let the office know of substitutions. Thanks.

 9:00 AM Chalice -               Gordon Ross

 9:00 AM Acolytes -             Molly Keefe & Calli Smith
 9:00 AM Reader -              Joe Kenney

9:00 AM Greeters -            Lucie & Louis Martocchio
Vestry Greeter -                Ginny Hoffmann

9:00 AM Bell Ringer -         Guy Hayes

Counters -                         Jill Healey
                                         Diane Hayes

Altar Guild (July) -             Sue Hall
                                         Diane Hayes

Nursery Staff -                   Mary Healey

Lay Weeder (week of July 23rd) -      Debbie & Wally Truss

Blessings & Peace,
The Rev. Sandra L. Cosman
St. John's Church