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September 10, 2017 - Services 8 & 10am Begin 

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Upcoming Reminders
Treasures N Trinkets
Volunteers Needed
Participants for September 10, 2017
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Weekly Bible Commentary
September 10, 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. 

A Letter to ECCT from the Bishops
September 6, 2017

Dear Friends:

What does it mean to be a dreamer?
Being a dreamer can call up images of freedom and peace. We can easily link the image to childhood, young children looking out classroom windows wistfully dreaming about summer as they face challenges of a new academic year, new friends, and more homework than the year before.
Or we can link the image to the passionate words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Washington Mall. "I have a dream" - words forever linked to the dream of racial justice and a vision that all children would find welcome and equality in this country. This work of racial justice we need to address continually, as recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia and other locations throughout this country have tragically and painfully reminded us.
Today many of us link the image of the word "dreamer" to those young women and men who were welcomed into this country under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) beginning in 2012. Through General Convention resolutions, The Episcopal Church has expressed support for DREAMers and DACA. (Link here and here.) As a church that seeks to be welcoming and inclusive, we open our hearts as well as our doors to offer hospitality to these young people seeking education, a new life, and peace. Over 800,000 young people have been welcomed into this country through DACA and over 10,000 of the DREAMers live in Connecticut. Fleeing persecution and insurmountable challenges they arrived in this country as children and this is the only home they have ever known. As your bishops we have been blessed to walk with some of the DREAMers in Connecticut and we can share with you that our hearts have been transformed by their stories and their hopes.
As Christians, Holy Scripture and Jesus call us to welcome the stranger, opening our hearts in love. Our Episcopal Church leaders, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies Gay Jennings, have written in their September 5 statement: "we call on our nation to live up to its highest ideals and most deeply held values, and we call on Congress to take action to protect these young people and to formulate a comprehensive immigration policy that is moral and consistent and that allows immigrants who want to contribute to this country the chance to do so while keeping our borders secure from those whose business is in drugs, human trafficking or terror." ( Link here to full statement in English and Spanish.) We are committed to supporting the DREAMers and walking with them to find opportunities for education and new life in this their home.
We urge you to reach out to our elected officials in Washington to share with them your thoughts and your hopes regarding DACA, encouraging them to work together so that these young people in our nation can achieve the dream of a pathway to citizenship. We also celebrate and support the good and hard work of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Service - IRIS (link here) as it faithfully serves immigrants and refugees in Connecticut. We are blessed to stand in partnership with this passionate and professional organization.
We commend the future of DREAMers to your prayer and action.
The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Bishop Diocesan
The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens, Bishop Suffragan
Upcoming Reminders

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 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.  


Acolyte Gathering/Training - Sunday, September 10th at 11am.




St. John's Tag Sale, Saturday, September
 30th 9-3pm (rain date October 1st). NEEDED: Your Treasures! Your Help! Sign up to price 9/25, 9/27, 9/29. Sign up that day 9/30 Your enthusiasm! Be there, bring friends, tell neighbors, your suggestions. Call Sue Hall or Jill Smith. This is our major Funraiser. Join us.
Open Door Soup Kitchen - join our team for September 16th 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 September 10, 2017
Please let the office know of substitutions. Thanks.

 8:00 AM Chalice -             Blake Hall
10:00 AM Chalice -            Ryan Patch

10:00 AM Acolytes -           Audrey Coates, Molly Keefe &
                                        Lexi Arthur
8:00 AM Reader -             Blake Hall
10:00 AM Reader -           Brian Jones

8:00 AM Greeters -           Howie Martin & Barbara Hinman
10:00 AM Greeters -         Julie & John Gargiulo
Vestry Greeter -               John Gargiulo

10:00 AM Bell Ringer -      Volunteer Needed

10:00 Coffee Hour -          Volunteer Needed

Counters -                        Norma Pappalardo & Chris Osborne
Altar Guild (September) -   Cynthia Welch
                                         Barbara Patch
                                         Nancy Butler

Nursery Staff -                   Molly Lukiwsky

Godly Play  -    The Commissioning of Christian Formation Leaders

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