e-News & updates for the week of January 10, 2020
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new website?

Check out this video tour that highlights some of the common ways current members of St. John's are using our new website.
Weekly Parish Message
From Sarah Bentley Allred
Director, Children's Ministry

You might not know this about me yet, but I love a good list. And I have a lot of them. There is the grocery list, the “to do” list for each of my jobs, our home improvement wish list, my list of personal “to do” tasks, the leftover staycation “to do” list still hanging on our fridge…. I could go on. But there is one list I didn’t make this year: a list of New Year’s Resolutions.
On December 31st, almost ten months into this devastating global pandemic, I found myself reflecting on how the uncertainty of 2020 has shaped me. I’m not planning as far in advance as I did before. I’m holding any plans I do make loosely. The future seems fragile.
Annual Parish Meeting, Part II
Sun, Jan 31 after 9 am worship
Stay on our regular Sun morning Zoom worship "meeting" to hear a presentation from our Rector and Vestry on St. John's ministry and mission priorities for 2021 and the operating budget that supports all we do.
Giving thanks for our 2021 Wardens & New Vestry Members

Elected in December, 2020, David Bennett will serve as St. John's Sr. Warden and Robert Stell will serve as our Junior Warden for one year. Elected in December, 2020, Kevin Closson, Suzi Hetzel, Jeff Heynen, and Elizabeth Melvin represent the Vestry class of 2023, and will each serve 3-yr terms.
David Bennett, Sr. Warden
Robert Stell, Jr. Warden
Kevin Closson, Class of 2023
Suzanne (Suzi) Hetzel,
Class of 2023
Jeff Heynen,
Class of 2023
Elizabeth Melvin,
Class of 2023
John Drymon,
Interim Music Director
Welcome to our new Interim Music Director, John Drymon
John has served as Accompanist on organ and piano at St. John's since Sept 2020. His extensive experience and gifts as a church musician, the breadth of his repertoire (from Bach to rock!), his knowledge of digital music recording/editing technologies, and his great sense of humor make him an exceptional gift to St. John's during this season of transition. Welcome, John, and thank you for your leadership!

Volunteers needed to
operate new A/V system
Our new A/V system in the church is being installed now. We hope to begin using it to livestream worship beginning mid-February. Now all we need is a team of volunteers to operate it!

Professional training will be provided in late January. Please join Mo. Sarah+ for an interest meeting on Jan 14 to learn more and see if this ministry is for you.
Interest Meeting (via Zoom):
Thurs, Jan 14 @ 7:30 pm

Four Week Series
Wholehearted Parenting

Join Sarah Bentley Allred & Joy Shillingsburg for a parenting series offered by our diocese. This series will be held on Zoom and take place on four Tuesday nights: 1/12, 1/19, 1/26 and 2/2 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm The curriculum is based upon the research of Brené Brown. Learn more and find registration link here!
Curious About Godly Play?
Join us on January 31st!
Have you ever wondered what our children do during the Liturgy of the Word or wanted to know what "Godly Play" is all about? Join us for Godly Play Pajama Night on Sun., Jan. 31st, from 6:45-7:30 pm via Zoom. Learn more here.
If you have a child or grandchild of preschool age, we invite you to consider St. John's Preschool! We hope to open with full-day options in addition to half-day; and we offer 50% off registration fees for children and grand-children of active St. John's members.
Preschool Re-Opening Fall 2021
Registration Begins January 20th
A Preschool Transition Committee, appointed by our Vestry and led by Vestry Member and St. John's Preschool founder, Jane Hill, is working tirelessly to enable our preschool to open again in fall, 2021 after its closure during the pandemic.

Please watch this space and our Preschool page on the website for registration details coming next week.
Virtual Book Club
Our Virtual Book Club pick for January is Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen.

CLICK HERE to find out more!

Many thanks to all who contributed to our A/V technology upgrade. Your donations are much appreciated!

We'll be switching over to our new system in mid-February.
Update On
Weekday Outdoor Worship

Our Weekly Outdoor Worship will continue to be held on Wednesdays at 11am (weather permitting). Please check your e-News for updates each week.
St. John's Financial Update
Church Office Open Remotely Due to COVID
All staff are currently working from home.
Mail & calls are being forwarded.
Church Office Hours
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday – Thursday

919-556-3656 – Office
919-562-8619 – Preschool

Mailing address: 
834 Durham Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

The Rev. Sarah Phelps, Rector

Barbara Kwiatek, Parish Admin barbara@stjohnswf.com

Mawethu Ncaca, Curate

Joy Shillingsburg,
Director of Youth Ministry and Outreach

Sarah Bentley Allred,
Director of Children & Family Ministry