APRIL 30, 2021
The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Psalm 19:1
Grace and Peace,

The adult forum has been exploring the book Your Faith, Your Life paired with the Catechism that is found in our Book of Common Prayer (pgs 844-862). This has been a good extension of our broader views of Christianity found in the writings of CS Lewis and NT Wright, and brings those discussions into the context of the Anglican / Episcopal expressions of Christianity. 
 
Our discussions these past weeks have been around worship and the sacraments. The Catechism provides this definition “The sacraments are the outward and visible signs of an inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.” The two great sacraments are Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist. The other sacramental rites are Confirmation, Ordination, Holy Matrimony, Reconciliation of a Penitent, and Unction of the Sick. These are the seven sacraments of the church. 
 
For many though, there is an eight sacrament: Coffee. 
 
If coffee, and coffee hour, are to hold up as a sacrament then it too must be an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. So what is that? 
 
The obvious response is that coffee, and tea for the civilized among us, is the outward and visible sign. It then follows that the inward and spiritual grace is the fellowship and communion (lower case “c”) that accompanies sharing a cup of coffee with another parishioner. 
 
For a little more than a year we have been denied this eighth sacrament, but the wait is over. This week we will have coffee, and of course tea, available following each service. We aim to do this both safely, and warmly. We want to welcome each other while respecting that each of us has a different definition of what our ‘safe zone’ looks like. 
 
To communicate our personal wishes red, yellow, and green wrist bands are available for everyone. Red means I am maintaining physical distancing; yellow means love to talk - at a responsible distance, and green means that handshakes and high fives are ok. You will be able to pick your color without judgement, and enjoy the level of contact that works best for you. 
 
Please be patient as we expend our boundaries with worship and fellowship. As we navigate new options and new ways of doing what had become so familiar, let us know how it is working so we can adjust. Frankly, unlike our Book of Common Prayer, first written in 1549, and most recently updated in 1979, this environment is changing by the minute; adapt with the changes, while be comforted by the changeless prayers that we offer to an ever steady and loving God. 
 
Peace
Fr. Henry+
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8AM INDOOR WORSHIP
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ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, Olney
PENTECOST
The day that the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples
marking the beginning of the Christian church's mission to the world.
Celebrate Pentecost with us on Sunday, May 23rd with a birthday party... complete with Pentecost crowns, goodie bags, cupcakes and socially distanced party games.
Join us at 9:45am for the party and stay for worship at 10:30am.
"IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PAUL"
Inter-Generational Summer Program

Bible Study, Activities, Sermon Series, and "bring your own picnic" evenings
at St. John's this summer.
More info coming soon.
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HONORING GRADUATES & PROMOTIONS
Sunday, June 6th

Celebrating the end of the
[weirdest] school year...
We would love the opportunity to pray over and with our 2021 graduates. Please email Mo. Shivaun with names.
SUNDAY MORNINGS @ 9am
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Password: STJEC
CREATION SUNDAY SCHOOL
SUNDAY'S @ 9:45am

ZOOM
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SUMMER CAMP IS BACK!
Summer camp is back with enhanced safety measures in place.
A summer full of new adventures.
The Claggett Center offers week-long, residential, camp programs for youth from completed 2nd grade to recently graduated high school seniors.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
SUNDAY COFFEE HOUR
Sundays @ 11am - Noon

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ESTHER DEEL
Sundays @ 12-1pm

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FAMILY COFFEE HOUR
Sun. May 2 @ 11:15am

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SUNDAY SCHOOL
PreK-2nd @ 9:15AM
3rd-5th @ 9:30AM

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MONDAY MISSION SOCIETY
Mondays @ 7pm


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COMPLINE
Wednesdays Evenings
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VIRTUAL RECORDING READERS
9am Thursday mornings in the church

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

Thurs. May 6 - Alan Soukup
Thurs. May 13 - Stephen Simpson
Thurs. May 20 - Will Lederer
IN-PERSON READERS

Sunday, May 2
8am - ??
10:30am - Tim Wittig

Sunday, May 9
8am - ??
10:30am - Mathy Downing
Use this list to pray for the sick,
shut-in, bereaved, or those merely
in need of prayer.



Betsy O'Neil
Dana Glaudemans
Dorcas Taylor
Sean Miller
Diana
Betty
Olivia Rose
Sherine
Ava
The Loudon Family
Michael
Matthew Skube
Frances Hunt
Peter Cheung
Stan Simpson
Beblon Parks
Cheryl
Mary Persinger
Maura Parker
Chris Prinz
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
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