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September 24, 2017

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Fundraising Efforts
Upcoming Reminders
Treasures N Trinkets
Volunteers Needed
Participants for September 24,2017
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Weekly Bible Commentary
September 24, 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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 Dear Friends:
The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow, and what will poor robin do then, poor thing? He'll sit in a barn and keep himself warm, and hide his head under his wing, poor thing.
That is a memory from long ago. But it does bring up the fact that cooler weather is approaching. Which brings me to knitting. I do a lot of knitting all year long, however, winter makes me think of yarn, lots of yarn. The awesome colors, shades, self-striping, bulky, fingering. I pretty much stay out of yarn shops, as my stash seems to grow without buying new.
I always have 3 or 4 projects going at once. No boredom here. It does keep things interesting. You would think I would be very organized, this item here, that item there. But no, it doesn't work that way. It's more like put this down, pick up that one and pretty soon the first item is buried.
What do I knit?  Mittens by the dozens; they get sent to Colorado to be distributed all over the world, to refugees. Hats and scarves go there, too.  Occasionally a sweater, mostly for me.  Handbags, knitted and felted, then put in an auction, hoping to bring in money for a good cause.  Many of these things warm the heart, as well as the person.  Knitters at St. John's knit prayer shawls, which are then blessed and given to someone in need of comfort and prayer.
Knitting brings conversations, especially at airports.  And socks are small enough to carry anywhere. Knitting brings new friends through classes, or just shopping for yarn. There isn't a knitter anywhere who doesn't like to share what he or she is making.
I did not send in a photo of Where I Saw God this Summer, but I see Him in my knitting, actually in other's work, as well.  He is in the colors, stitches and patterns, and in the people who create these beautiful items.  He is in the friendships knitting brings.
Ginny Hoffmann
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.  

St. John's Painting Party -Members of the congregation will be gathering this fall to paint the lower two thirds of the front of the church. (The top third will be professionally painted.) See Stan Moraski to join the party. 
Coffee Hour Sign Up Sheet - We have posted the coffee hour schedule for 10am services in the fall. This is an important ministry of hospitality. Please consider signing up.

PRAYER SHAWL BASKETS ARE BACK - Please help us by adding a row or two today!
Liturgy Day at Our Cathedral - September 30, 2017 -- Keynote: Rev. Patrick Malloy, Ph,D. Canon for Liturgy & the Arts, Cathedral of St. John the Divine - Workshops: Preaching, BCP Rubrics, Altar Guild, Music, Hospitality, etc.
Blessing of the Animals - Sunday, October 1st at 10:00am - Everyone and every animal family member are invited!
Red Door Youth - Thursday, September 21st from 4:00 to 5:30pm - Young people grade 5 and up are invited to the Parish Hall to help us prepare for the Blessing of the Animals. Call the parish office to let us know that you will attend.
Celebration and Blessing of our new Little Free Pantry will take place at the end of our 10am service on Sunday, September 24th. We will process out to the churchyard during the final hymn


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, Diane Hayes or Jill Smith. This is our major Funraiser. Join us.
Open Door Soup Kitchen - join our team for October 21st 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 24, 2017
Please let the office know of substitutions. Thanks.

 8:00 AM Chalice -             James-Paul Cosman Forbed
10:00 AM Chalice -            Stan Moraski

10:00 AM Acolytes -           Matthew Moraski, Olivia Ficalora &
                                        Audrey Coates
8:00 AM Reader -             Bob Osborne
10:00 AM Reader -           Larry Espinet

8:00 AM Greeters -           Nancy Butler & Tom Chappell
10:00 AM Greeters -         Jill Smith
Vestry Greeter -               Ginny Hoffmann

10:00 AM Bell Ringer -      Howard Truax

10:00 Coffee Hour -          Jill & Rick Smith

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

Nursery Staff -                   Molly Lukiwsky

Godly Play Storyteller-   
Godly Play Doorkeeper-  
Blessings & Peace,
The Rev. Sandra L. Cosman
St. John's Church