FEBRUARY 14, 2020
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech
but with actions and in truth. 
1 John 3:18 
Grace & Peace,

On Sunday a challenge was issued for each of us to Light a Lamp for Jesus. After all, “No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.” The challenge was to “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” - what that really means is go out and do ministry, ministry that will make Jesus smile. 

To make this challenge real everyone in attendance received cash ($10 for adults and $1 for kids) as a catalyst for their ideas. We all have ideas of what to do, the catalyst is a way to go from idea to action. As a reminder, there are no strings attached, just a responsibility to report back on the idea and story of how each of you lit a lamp for Jesus. 

There are a few early reports of how some at St. John’s have lit a lamp for Jesus: 

  • One gentleman has donated his $10 to the American Cancer Society in recognition for the life giving treatment that family, friends, and most importantly his wife, received when faced with a life changing diagnosis. 

  • Another parishioner returned the $10 to St. John’s with a 10-fold increase - a $100 donation.

  • There are several parishioners who have decided to collaborate, to pool their funds and work together. Over coffee they were last seen making plans together. 

  • And a parishioner paid the money forward to another parishioner who missed the sermon, but who was encouraged to participate regardless. 

Only a few days have passed since the challenge was issued so we can all expect more ideas and more stories to be forthcoming. The challenge is not limited to those in attendance, everyone is encouraged to participate. 

A recording of the sermon is available on the St. John’s website if you want to explore this further; but please be patient with the recording, due to technical issues it is a combination of both the 8am and 10am services. 

The key point is to light a lamp for Jesus. If you want to participate along with everyone else, take $10 (or more) and put it aside. Prayerfully consider an idea of how you too can Light a Lamp for Jesus: help someone in need, buy supplies to make something to give to someone in need, or sell and donate the proceeds, create a micro-ministry, the ideas are unlimited. Use the money you have set aside to be the catalyst to get your idea started, and then share your story. No one lights a lamp to put it under a bushel basket, so Light a Lamp for Jesus, “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” 

Peace,
Fr. Henry+
40 DAY RESET
Begins Wednesday, February 26th
Spend Lent this year intentionally walking "The Way of Love." 
Sunday Morning Forum @ 9am
March 1st-April 5th
Reading together Bishop Mariann’s book, Receiving Jesus .
Wednesday Evenings @ 7:30pm
March 4th-April 1st
Soup Supper, Faithful Conversation and Evening Prayer
SMALL GROUPS THIS LENTEN SEASON
We invite and encourage parishioners to a more intentional study, in a Small Group. The idea of a Small Groups is to bring people together. The groups will be made up of 8-12 people who agree and commit to meet as a group for a 7 week period during Lent March 1st -April 5th. Each Small Group meets with the same people, with the same host, at the same location and time each week. Each week the group will take an in-depth look at the components of Bishop Curry’s Way of Love and discuss how to incorporate a Christian rule of life, or routine Christian moments, throughout the day. Please review time slots and host and sign-up for a small group. Questions? Contact Mo. Shivaun .
FROM THE DIOCESE OF WASHINGTON

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington is reaching out to all the parishes in the Diocese to elicit interest from lawyers in the congregations in establishing a guild of pro bono counsel to provide support to parishes and on Diocesan initiatives.  Please click the link below to read the attached invitation to lawyers, which explains the initiative to lawyers in the congregations. Please contact EDOW for additional information or to indicate willingness to serve.  To: Lawyers of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington...
INTO THE WARDROBE

A Family Vacation Bible School inspired by
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ,
by C.S. Lewis

August 3rd-7th
6PM-9PM

Each night transports participants into the world of Narnia with activities designed to engage all ages and faith levels, in household groups, in mixed Narnia “houses” and in small groups by age. Every night includes dinner and all supplies necessary for a full evening of seeing the Gospel in the magic of C.S. Lewis’ masterpiece. All are encouraged to attend - families, empty nesters, young adults, prayer partners and teenagers. 

Early Bird Registration has begun. Sign up today to get the discounted rate of $50 per household - for 5 nights of dinner, formation, fellowship and fun.
MISSED SUNDAY MORNING'S SERMON?
Click the link below to listen or read
FEBRUARY 16
9am Choir Rehearsal

Sunday School @ 9am

Acolyte Training @ 11:30am

FEBRUARY 17
President's Day - OFFICE CLOSED

FEBRUARY 19
Vestry Meeting @ 6:30pm

FEBRUARY 20
Mindful Yoga with Lori
Parish Hall @ 7pm

FEBRUARY 23
Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction

9am Choir Rehearsal
11:30am Handbell Rehearsal

Sunday School @ 9am

FEBRUARY 26
Ash Wednesday
Services at
8:30am - Chapel
2:45pm - Ashes to Go
7:30pm - Service
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16
 
8AM
Luke McQueen


10AM
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EM Chalice
Nancy Olkewicz
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EM 2nd Chalice
Pat Dunn
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   Lessons
Bree Bruemmer
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Prayer Lector
John Ellis
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Acolytes
Luke Belmont
Isaac Williams
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Ushers
Bruce & Dawn Hohl
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Counters
Bruce Hohl
John Ellis
ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
3427 Olney-Laytonsville Road
Olney, MD 20832
301-774-6999