Photo by Sylvia Margo Tospann

Quick News for  
Wednesday, September 5, 2018  

Community Concerns
Thanks to the parishioners of St. John's and the Essex Community Church, the bake sale to benefit the fund raiser for Matt Looby raised $550. Thanks so much to those who baked, bought and volunteered!   
Friday Night Supper Club
Louise and Lauren show off the amazing chocolate raspberry cake they made in a cooking class with Rose for the Friday night dinner! 
Our French Cuisine Night Buffet Menu 
Please join us this Friday, September 7 at 6pm for St. John's Supper Club. This week's dinner features the cuisine of Morocco. Bring a beverage or salad, and a friend!
Prayer Retreat Planning Session
Please join us on Monday, September 17th 10am-12:30 as we plan a community ecumenical Prayer Retreat for November.
Refreshments and lunch are provided.
Planning programs are available in Persell Hall or ask Father Craig, Lyn Barrett or Rose Kaszuba for more information.  
If anyone wants to go or needs further information to contact Janice Summers via email  
Friends of McGill's Mideast ICAN Fellows  
A new class is arriving this month in Montreal, from Jordan, Syria, Israel and Palestine.  
We are in our FINAL preparations for an October tour of Israel, Palestinian and Bedouin villages, Jordan, and a Syrian refugee camp. There is room for a few more attendees! I went on a nearly similar 10-day tour last year. It was exceptional, and heart-warming to see first hand the real progress being made in shared living, at the grassroots, by graduates of the McGill Masters in Social Work program for Mideast students. 
This "friend raiser" tour will begin and end with dinners hosted for the group by the Canadian Ambassadors to Israel and then Jordan.
Please call me for details and to join us! 

John Bingham 
247 Christian Rd. 
Essex, NY 12936 
518 573-7405 (cell) 
518 963-8966 (home)
October 26 and 27, Friday and Saturday Vermont Convention
Please go to the Vermont Diocese website to register for the convention (  The deadline is October 5, 2018.  Registration fee is $30 for Friday only and $55.00 for two days.  Please note -- scholarships are available by speaking with Carole Harsh.
The Vermont Convention will take place at the Burlington Hilton Hotel on October 26 and 27.  We would like to have a good representation from St. John's. For more information see the poster below.
Prayers of the People  
We pray for those within our community known only to you who are challenged by a serious illness. And for Jerry Macey; Sally Johnson; Matt Looby; Dave Martin; Rob Close; Ed; Jill; Vivian; Judith Moore; Dottie Hall Swinehart; Helene Gray; and others known to us....

No Holy Day This Week 

Here are the ways you can reach Father Craig:
Church Phone: 518 - 963 - 7775
Rectory Phone: 518 - 963 - 4657 
Cell Phone: 207 - 595 - 2697 
If you are unable to reach him at the Church, please call the Rectory and speak with someone there or leave a message.   
And please note, the Rectory is always open for emergencies.

We look forward to seeing you  
in church at 9:15 a.m.  
this Sunday, September 9th