JUNE 4, 2021
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Matthew 19:14
Grace and Peace, 

This past week we learned that St. John’s is one of 12 parishes that has been accepted into the diocesan initiative Tending Our Soil. This initiative is a part of the diocesan strategic plan to work with thriving congregations and transform them, transform us, into greater vitality. 
The analogy of the name Tending Our Soil is one of cultivating the soil where St. John’s is rooted, the very soil that nourished us from 1842 to 2021, so that God’s love might grow more fully right here, right now within our congregation and in our neighborhood.
The initiative is based on the belief that thriving congregations recognize the changing social and cultural contexts, exhibit clarity of values and mission, and cultivate Christian practices. 
Over a three year period our entire congregation, led by a team of 4-6 parishioners and me will (1) listen to God, one another, and our neighbors; (2) reconnect to God’s dream for our congregation; (3) discern new or refreshed ministries; (4) cultivate leadership and resources needed for those ministries; and finally (5) celebrate learnings and successes. Our hope is that this initiative will strengthen our capacity to bear God’s love in the world and light a lamp for Jesus.  
We will be commissioning our congregational team in September. The program launches on September 18th with a gathering of leaders from across the diocese. The first year will focus on listening to one another, our neighbors, and God and will begin with the opportunity for us to share stories about our congregation’s history and hopes for the future. Be on the lookout for invitations. 
We invite you also to discern whether you are being called to be a part of the Tending Our Soil leadership team. We will be seeking a diverse group of parishioners who think strategically and prayerfully, who are team players (if you listened to my sermon a few weeks ago that means humble, hungry, and smart), and who can find and encourage others to join the process. 
As we now re-gather in worship and fellowship the timing for this program could not be better. This is an opportune time to reimagine and reinvigorate how St. John’s lights a lamp for Jesus. 
Fr. Henry+
The Church Office is now OPEN Monday through Thursday from 9am to 12noon.
MASK are still required when inside the building.

Beginning THIS Sunday the following practices and changes will be in place.

Both the 8am and 10:30am services
will be held INDOORS

"Let everything that has breath
praise the Lord."
Preregistration and attendance limits will no longer be required.

Mask WILL continue to be worn
during worship.

Service length will return to "normal"
with full sermons being preached.

Singing during the 10:30am service
will resume WITH masks.

Parishioners will be able to come
to the altar rail to receive
Communion in 1-kind.

One side of the sanctuary will be set up for social distancing, while the other side and transept will be open seating.

Coffee Hour with prepackaged food will continue.

Through Healthy School Food Maryland, families with children 0-18 years old now have the opportunity to sign up to receive a box of healthy food each week, to make sure that no child is hungry. However interest has outnumbered volunteers and currently only families living within three zip codes are able to receive these vital resources. Not all families have access to transportation, and especially in households where parents work long hours, food drop sites are not accessible to their children to go and receive these foods. The county is seeking volunteers who can help get food to hungry families. For more information contact deliveries@healthyschoolfoodmd.org.
Dear God,

Help our children to walk in your wisdom and grace. Give them spiritual eyes and discernment in all things. Help them to be wise leaders and influencers in this generation, transformed by your power.
Equip them with all that they need to make a difference for your purposes.

In Jesus Name
Naomi Wilkinson
Sydney Bauduy
Eloise Polesnak
Sofia Jones
Ian Arthur Gray
Anna Legrady
Charles Cobb
Max Coots
Kate Ermi
Sophia Goncalves
Emma Hayes
William Johnson
Carlin Keefe
Sophia Kerr
Kate Odell
Elly Saiz
Fiona Tworkowski
Karen Wambia
Patrick Gough
Castille Dennison
Wednesday Evenings @ 7pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 867 2402 6403
Passcode: STJEC
2nd Sunday of the month

Next Meeting is
Sunday, June 13 @ 12 Noon

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 830 8468 5432
Password: STJEC
Mondays @ 7pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 894 2092 0635
Passcode: MMS
9am Thursday mornings in the church

*Please remember to wear a mask
for your safety and that of others

Thurs. June 10 - Stephen Simpson
Thurs. June 17 - Will Lederer
Thurs. June 24 - Chuck McQueen

Sunday, June 6
8am - ??
10:30am - Bree Bruemmer

Sunday, June 13
8am - ??
10:30am - Bill Fleming
Use this list to pray for the sick,
shut-in, bereaved, or those merely
in need of prayer.

Robert Kokal
Virginia Whitefield
Gregoria Palacios
Jerry Breummer
Sean Miller
Betsy O'Neil
Dorcas Taylor
Frances Hunt
Peter Cheung
Stan Simpson
Mary Persinger
Chris Prinz

“He gives power to the weak,
and to those who have no might
He increases strength…

Isaiah 40:29
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.
2 Corinthians 8:12
Mail your gift to:
St. John's Episcopal Church
PO Box 187, Olney, MD 20832

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