MAY 22, 2020
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.
Psalm 116:15
Grace and Peace,

Technology is wonderful, when it works! How often have you heard that said? 
 
This past Sunday, just as churches on the east coast prepared for digital worship and meetings, the widely used digital meeting network ZOOM crashed. It did not crash completely, but enough capability was compromised that many people could not log on, or could only log on with voice and no video. This system failure lasted into the afternoon affecting churches across the country. 
 
Despite that, St. John’s remained connected. Yes, our meetings, Adult Forum, Sunday School, and digital Coffee Hours were impacted, but we were able to worship, we were able to pray for each other, we were still St. John’s.
 
Our community, though dispersed, remained connected as branches on the same vine. We have come together in many unique ways these past months and that is strengthening us and changing us.
 
We are currently soliciting suggestions for a favorite hymn to be included in a video, so let your voice be heard and send in your requests, and let's connect through our favorite hymns. 
 
The Adult Forum is about to begin a discussion of C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity”. Join the discussion at 9am on Sundays and make a new connection or renew an existing one. “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, also by C.S. Lewis, will be part of a book discussion beginning in June, yet another connection found at St. John’s for you to explore. 
 
Since 2009, a group of parishioners have been connected through the care of our beloved Church Cat and her offspring. Since Church Cat’s death, another stray took up residence under the church. This cat was recently relocated to a sanctuary where she has found comfort in the surroundings and company of other cats. This relocation was necessitated by the presence of several groundhogs who also found shelter under the church; their destructive presence is most unwelcome. With all animals relocated the entry points have been secured and repairs under the church are in process; yet the memories and connections formed at St. John’s remain. 
 
As branches of the same vine, we are connected. St. Paul wrote that “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8:38-39). I would also suggest that neither the crashing of ZOOM, nor stay-at-home orders, nor physical distancing can separate us from the connections of St. John’s. 

God be with you until we meet again.
Fr. Henry+
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FAVORITE HYMNS
Send us your favorite hymn
(hymn number or title)

TODAY is the last day to get your Favorite Hymn submitted
for inclusion in the
"Favorite Hymns of St. John's" video.

Hymn submissions must be from 
The Hymnal 1982  
or the hymnal supplements
  Wonder, Love and Praise  and 
Lift Every Voice and Sing.
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during these uncertain times.

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STJEC ADULT FORUM
   Sunday Mornings @ 9 AM
through December 27, 2020

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Meeting ID: 833 0378 8008
Sunday, May 24, 2020

This Sunday's discussion:
MERE CHRISTIANITY
C.S. Lewis
BOOK 1 - Chapters 1 &2

"Mere Christianity" offers a philosophical approach to understanding Christian doctrines.
C. S. Lewis argues the logical validity of Christianity, defends the religion from its critics, and looks at what the life of a Christian is like.
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So that we may acknowledge and recognize ALL of our 2020 graduates, please EMAIL us the names of those graduating. To be included in our 2020 Graduate Recognition names must be submitted by JUNE 1 .
INTO THE WARDROBE!
A Lion, Witch & Wardrobe Family VBS August 3rd-7th, 6-9PM

As of today... VBS is still on!
If restrictions still require "physical distancing" VBS will be re-arranged to be a virtual experience.
Dear God,

Today, we remember the many brave men and women who have given their lives throughout history -
those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect us from harm.

We salute those now serving and ask that you bless them and their families.
May they be supplied with courage to face each day, may they trust in your mighty power to accomplish each task. Help them to walk wisely and
give them godly discernment.
Help them to be men and women of prayer, realizing that this is where their greatest help comes from.

Bless them and keep them,
make your face to shine upon them and be gracious to them,
turn your face toward them and give them peace.
 
In Jesus' Name,
Amen.
STAINED GLASS REFLECTIONS
A few thoughts by Fr. Henry+
DAILY DEVOTIONS
Use this list to pray and to show your love and concern for the sick, shut-in, bereaved, or those merely in
need of prayer.


Samantha
Louann
Paul Littlewood
Chris Prinz
Health Care Workers
Phil Cushman
Catherine Cant
Joanne Brine
Melissa Bank
Craig Schumpert
Lori Billings
Jane Nicholson
Edith Pangisa
Frances Hunt
Marilyn Lee

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
 Hebrews 4:16

How can we pray for you?
ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
3427 Olney-Laytonsville Road
Olney, MD 20832
301-774-6999