news & updates for the week of September 20, 2020
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Message from Lois Sauer, Sr. Warden
Dear Beloved Folks of St. John’s,

As Mo. Sarah, the staff, and yours truly continue to take turns sharing our reflections with you each week, I am delighted to write following our first in-person worship services last week. Those three services on Sept 6 and 10 were a beautiful milestone moment for us as a parish as we begin to carefully regather.

Weekly Outdoor Eucharists

Thurs, Sept 24~ Nov 19
@12 Noon & 5:30 PM

Prior RSVP required
(attendance limit is 25)

CLICK HERE to register
for September 24th
Liturgy of Healing
(includes Holy Communion)

Sunday, Oct. 4
@ 11 am

Prior RSVP required
(attendance limit is 15)

CLICK HERE to register for October 4th
St. John's principal weekly service continues to be our online service each Sunday at 9 AM.
"Drive-By" Blessing of the Animals
Sun, October 4th from 2-3 pm
St John's Parking Lot

In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, we gather each year to bless and celebrate our beloved pets and all animals who are such a varied and wonderful part of God’s Creation. All pets are welcome and ashes may also be blessed if you bring them.
We are compiling pictures for a slide show to honor our beloved pets—living or departed. Email your pet pictures (please include names) to Barbara in our church office barbara@stjohnswf.com and we will highlight your pets in our Weekly News that weekend!
Calendar of Prayer for Creation Season

Prepared by Gena Refrow, Julie Arthur, and Sarah Bentley Allred

CLICK HERE for a printable version

CLICK HERE to learn more about the 5 organizations we will lift up in Sunday prayers during Creation Season.
From Sunday, Sept 6 through Sunday, Oct 4, we will celebrate God's incredible gift of Creation and explore the call of all humanity to good stewardship of it.

May this season inspire and equip us to faithfully honor, care for, and repair the world in which we live!

Coming Up

Creation Season themes @ 9 AM online worship
Sundays, Sept 6 ~ Oct 4

Blessing of the Animals (Drive-By)
St. John's Parking Lots
Sun, Oct 4, 2 - 3 pm
If you believe a fellow member has gone "above and beyond" for St. John's Church or our community, you can nominate them for a special "thank you" by contacting Barbara in the church office barbara@stjohnswf.com.
Laura Closson graciously donated a web cam which will help make our online worship even better!

Jane Hill, Kenille Baumgradner, Sandra Rhodes, and Helen Holt have faithfully assisted with Zoom Godly Play for the past six months. They have attended nearly every Sunday, prayed for our children, supported Sarah BA, and led sessions when Sarah was away.

Mynn Paige made a beautiful quilt for our Preschool Director, Tracy Painter's, farewell gift from St. John's!
ONE Wake
The total turnout goal for this event is 2,000 members from ONE Wake institutions.

St. John's is striving to turnout at least 75 of our parishioners for this online only event.

Register now! www.onewake.org/launch

Please contact Ken Marsh, St. John's Core Team Leader, at kenelmm@gmail.com or Mo. Sarah+ at rector@stjohnswf.com

to read more about ONE Wake
Save the Date!
ONE Wake Founding Assembly
Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

For the last two+ years several leaders from St. John's have invested their time and talent to build ONE Wake: an exciting new broad-based social justice organization composed of 41 religious and non-profit organizations across Wake County (and more are joining each month).

During our Founding Assembly, ONE Wake will:

(1) Announce the results of our ambitious non-partisan effort to contact over 20,000 eligible voters for voter registration and assistance with absentee ballots;

(2) Unveil our social justice action agenda on affordable housing, education, and jobs created with the input of over 3,300 Wake County residents;

(3) Invite candidates from every party, elected officials, and corporate leaders to work with ONE Wake and St. John's to address these important issues;

(4) Kick off a non-partisan Get-Out-The-Vote Campaign to ensure that every registered voter in our community votes in the upcoming election.
Join St. John's CROP Walk Team Today!

This year our team will make history by walking in different ways to support local and international hunger ministries. 

St. John's members will have three options for walking:

1. Join Mo. Sarah+ and a group of 25 walkers at St. John's for a shorter walk around our parking lot on Sun, Sept 27th at 4 PM -- masks required, social distancing and signing in for tracing information. Complete these two steps to participate: 1) Let us know you are coming via this Sign Up; AND 2) Register/donate on our St. John's CROP Walk Team Page

2. Walking anytime, any place with your family or friends! Only registration is required: St. John's CROP Walk Team Page. Post pictures on our Team Page when you're done!

3. Join others from St. John's for a longer walk (1 - 3 mile options) at Joyner Park on Saturday 9/26 at 9:30 AM -- Complete these two steps to participate: 1) Let us know you're coming via the CROP Walk Sign Up Genius; AND, 2) Register/donate at St. John's CROP Walk Team Page

While this will look different from past CROP Walks, we remain committed to supporting local hunger ministries and "Walking in Love" together. Please contact Joy Shillingsburg, Youth & Outreach Director with any questions: 919-229-9015 / youth@stjohnswf.com. Thank you to Helen Holt and Kenille Baumgardner for their organizing efforts!!

Join the Wake Forest KICK-OFF via ZOOM on Sun, 9/27 at 2 PM to celebrate CROP Walk 2020! Watch for details next week!
Children & Families
Our next Raising Antiracist Kids will take place on Sep. 27th.

Click HERE for more information about our Children & Families Ministry.
Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)
Be sure to click HERE to learn more about all that's happening and changes with our MS and HS/College groups and to view the upcoming fall schedule.
Live Weekly Sunday Worship at 9 am

IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration for our worship Zoom meeting is required. Once you register, you should not need to register again on future Sundays.

Morning Prayer

Join us each Mon/Wed/Fri at
7:30 am. Click HERE for details.
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