e-News & updates for the week of June 13, 2021

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Weekly Parish Message
The Rev. Amanda Bourne

Hello St. John’s! I am so excited to join you as your curate for the next year through the Reimagining Curacies Program. As you all know, the three of us curates (Mawethu, Philip, and I) spend a year at each parish, and then rotate to our next placement. I’m eager to get to know all of you—though please forgive me if I ask for your name 5-6 times, as I try to remember all y’all!

My name is Amanda Bourne, and I come to you from the Diocese of Virginia, from the DC area. I grew up in Southern Maryland on a farm, and spent my early years learning how to acolyte in a tiny Episcopal church in my home county. In college at Marymount University in Arlington VA, I majored in English (Media and Performance Studies), with a minor in Theology and Religious Studies. You sometimes hear the phrase “once an English major, always an English major”, and that is definitely true for me! I love going back to my roots in literary and adaptation theory, and remain an avid reader. My for-fun genre of choice is murder mysteries, particularly really bad Sherlock Holmes adaptations.

Digital "Coffee Hour" with Mo. Amanda
This Sunday, Jun 13th after worship!
Stay on the Zoom call after worship this Sunday to get acquainted with our new curate, Mo. Amanda Bourne. (If you're attending in-person this week, up to 25 people are welcome in the Parish Hall for this hybrid in-person/virtual gathering!)
Bishop's Visitation
Sunday, Jun 20 at 9 AM
Nativity of St. John the Baptist (our patron saint)
  • Celebrating eight new members confirmed/received into the Episcopal Church

  • Outdoor reception in the church yard after worship (Online worshipers welcome to come on over for the party!)

  • Popsicles in the playground for our youngest members!
The Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple
Bishop Suffragan
Diocese of North Carolina

Segregated by Design

A Beloved Community Multi-Church
Conversation on Race & Housing
Wed, Jun 16 on Zoom, 7:00 - 8:15 PM

Inspired by Habitat for Humanity's recent series on Race & Housing, several of our Wake Forest churches will gather to view the short film Segregated by Design (17 mins)
and then break up into diverse small groups for facilitated, Holy conversation on the history and continuation of housing segregation what we can do about it now.

Juneteenth Celebrations!
Learn more about Juneteenth (holiday celebrating the emancipation of slaves) and celebrate with the Wake Forest Northeast Community Coalition and St. John's!

Learning and festivities for all ages with special activities for children & families.

Hiking Group
Meets June 19
St. John's Hikers will be on the trail again Saturday, June 19. We will continue exploring North Carolina's Mountain to the Sea Trail with a segment that runs west from Raven Ridge Road to Possum Track Rd in North Raleigh. This trail section is approximately 2.6 miles and is easy except near the beginning, which, although flat, is quite rocky and thus hazardous. 

Necessary items include good walking/hiking shoes plus water; helpful items include a hat, bandana, bug spray, walking stick and--if you are a birder--binoculars! Never know what we'll see.  

Until then, Happy Trails to You!
For carpooling, meet in the church parking lot at 8:30 am. Or, meet us at 8:45 am at the Raven Ridge trailhead, just past the causeway on the right. Contact Helen Holt hwholt09@gmail.com or 919-522-7917 to let her know you are coming so the group will know whether to wait or not.
Support the Ministry of our Curates!
As our curates begin Year 2 of the 3-year Reimagining Curacies Program, we invite you to support their ministry with a gift to their discretionary funds. These funds are specifically designated for "the relief of the poor." Each clergyperson has a discretionary fund enabling them to help those facing financial difficulties (confidentially and at the clergyperson's discretion.) All funds received will be divided equally among the three curates.
St. John's Parish Assessment
& Recommendations

Ministry Architects will work with St. John's over the next 18 months to help us more clearly define our parish mission, vision, and values, and develop stronger internal systems needed to support our growing parish -- systems such as parish communications, volunteer coordination, and the like.

We invite you to stay abreast of news about these efforts and take advantage of opportunities for parish-wide input and participation!
(video recording of webinar from Sun, Jun 6th)

(full written report)

Outreach Opportunities
As restrictions on gathering change and more folks are vaccinated, many members are ready to begin working in the community. 

Please check the weekly updates on all of our outreach opportunities on our website to see all of the ways you can love your neighbor and do good in our community. There are opportunities for people of all ages so be sure to check out

Giving Online

Children & families in our community need our help.
St. John's Financial Update
Church Office Hours
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Thursday

Please make an appointment
from 10 am - 2 pm if you need to see our
Office Administrator, Barb Kwiatek

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

Amanda Bourne, Curate

Joy Shillingsburg,
Director of Youth Ministry and Outreach

Jane Hill,
Director of Preschool

John Drymon,
Interim Music Director