"To know Christ and to make Him known . . . "
The Chalice
The Weekly Sunday Bulletin of St. John’s Episcopal Church 
“Emily Dickinson is a famous American poet who lived a rather unusual life. As an adult she rarely left her home and during the time that she lived “hidden away” she preferred wearing white dresses. She wrote nearly two thousand poems, but she hid most of her poems away as well. Only five of her poems were published during her lifetime. After she died her sister found her poems and they were published into books of poetry. How fortunate for the world that her poems were found and that others valued them enough to see that they were published. All of the poems of Emily Dickinson have now been published and thousands of readers take pleasure in the beauty and rhythm of her words” (Richard Donovan).

In today’s Gospel, each disciple is given a sum of talents. A talent in Jesus’ time was a very large sum of money. Multiply your annual income by 15 and you will have a relative idea about the value of a talent in the first century. The first steward is given 5 talents. He is able to double the money before the man returns from his journey. The second steward is given 2 talents and also doubles the value while the man is away. The man says to the first steward, “Well done good and trustworthy servant, you have been trustworthy in a few things, I put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.” The man says to the second steward, “Well done good and trustworthy servant, you have been trustworthy in a few things, I put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.” The man has the exact same response whether the stewards make 2 or 5 talents. What is important is what you make of what you’ve been given. The third steward is given 1 talent and is so afraid of the man, he hides the talent and gives it back to the man when he returns. The man is very disappointed with the third steward and takes away what he has and throws him out in the cold. Our lesson for today is that living in fear can hold us back from God’s plan. Perhaps Emily Dickinson did not think her poems were worthy of publishing. Thank God that her sister knew the value of her gift.

In today’s Covid environment, we are tempted to live in fear and not continue with our mission or our ministry at St. John’s. Jesus tells us that we all have been given gifts and talents and we are called to use our gifts and talents in God’s service. When everyone is deepening their relationship with God and one another, we are following God’s plan. Zoom services are not like being at St. John’s. I miss giving the Holy Eucharist to all our parishioners. I miss the pancakes and the feeling of family at St. John’s coffee hours. I miss all the kids running around at church. I will miss not being with my brothers, nephews, and nieces on Thanksgiving. But we must focus on our ministry and mission at St. John’s to insure that we are healthy when we come our of this pandemic. Please send your pledge card into the church this week so the vestry can make plans for next year. I know times are tough, but we really need every member of our church to share their time, talent, and treasure in 2021. Our mission is to know Christ and make him known. Together, we can be steadfast in our mission in St. John's 276th year.

In Christ’s love,
Fr. Duncan
8:00 am - Rite I Holy Eucharist in the church
Face masks, social distancing, and registration required.
Register online: 8AM REGISTRATION FORM

8:00 am - Rite II Morning Prayer
8am Service Bulletin: Pentecost24_8am

9:15 am – Rite II Morning Prayer with Music
9:15 am Service Bulletin: Pentecost24_9:15am

10:15 am - Sunday School via Zoom

11:00 am - Rite II Holy Eucharist in the church
Face masks, social distancing, and registration required.
Register online: 11 AM REGISTRATION FORM
Please join us for a ZOOM coffee hour this Sunday at 10:00 am. Grab a cup of your own coffee and a snack, share some time with your friends at St. Johns. This will be an informal remote gathering where we can enjoy each other's company. Join Zoom Coffee Hour:

Join us at 9:00 am for Morning Prayer, Monday - Friday, via Zoom (New Meeting #):
Meeting #: 83021762936
Please follow along with Mission St. Clare
Bible Study meets on Tuesdays at 11:00 am via Zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84448323853

For those who prefer an evening Bible Study, we have a session on Mondays at 6:30 pm. Join us via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83527491169.

We are studying the New Testament, referencing N. T. Wright and Michael F. Bird's The New Testament in Its World.
St. John's ECW and Youth Group are taking up their yearly Thanksgiving collection to provide Thanksgiving baskets for families who have had to abandon their homes to seek safety from domestic violence.
We are asking for monetary donations only, no food donations. All monies collected will be put towards these Thanksgiving baskets. No amount is too little or too big. If giving cash, please mark your envelope "Thanksgiving Basket Donation"; if giving a check, please make your checks out to the “St. John’s ECW.” You may put your donations into the Sunday offering plate or mail it to the Parish Office.

We will be collecting thru November 23rd, so please contribute now.
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." Hebrews 13:16

Sonshine Ministry is a program where we, as church members, offer meals to any in our church family who may be experiencing a significant life event: medical emergency, healing from surgery, time of loss and bereavement, or just difficult circumstances. The ministry is available to all of us and is and open to all parishioners interested in volunteering to prepare a meal when a need becomes apparent. We usually provide a supper consisting of a main dish, a vegetable/salad, a starch, and a dessert, delivered with a greeting card between 5 and 6 p.m. A cooler is generally made available outside the home for placement of food.

The program we will use to set this up is called: Meal Train – a simple online program with a calendar of requested dates for the parishioner in need. Meal providers simply login, using the link that will be emailed to you and sign up for the date of your choice.

Please contact Coral in the church office at cfreas@stjohnshuntington.org, or 631-427-1752 or Claire Mis at cmis@hotmail.com or 631-680-6635 if you are willing to provide meals. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have. You do not have to provide a meal each time a request is made – only as you are able. 

Also, in time of COVID-19, we do ask that you follow all the proper hygiene guidelines when preparing a dish, i.e. washing hands frequently and wearing a mask during preparation. Alternatively, you may purchase a meal from a local restaurant to drop off.

Also, if you know of a parishioner or family in need of meals, make sure they are interested in receiving those meals and then contact Claire Mis.
The Thrift Shop is open Saturday, 12 to 3 pm!

Our Thrift Shop is a vital ministry for our church and in our community. Help is needed in sorting and pricing during the week, and on Saturdays to serve the public.To volunteer, please contact Nancy Feustel at n.feustel@verizon.net.

Social distancing and masks are required.
Thursday, November 19th at 4pm
via Zoom:
All are welcome to join St. John's Spirituality Group for our next meeting. We will discuss and reflect on "Thanksgiving."
If you are interested in exploring your spirituality and deepening your connection to others, consider joining us. To find out more about SJSG, contact Patti Aliperti (silverymoon33@yahoo.com).  
All are welcome to join us for our Advent Series on "Celtic Christianity" on Tuesdays in Advent via Zoom. We will begin with Evening Prayer at 6:30 pm. The program will be from 7:00-8:00 pm. Each week will feature a different speaker:

  • December 1st - Leslie Valentine
  • December 8th - Rev. John Morrison
  • December 15th - Rev. Duncan Burns
  • December 22nd - Claire Mis

The annual Christmas wreath and flower sale is December 5th and 6th. You can pick up your order that Saturday from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm or on Sunday from 8:30 am to 12 noon.

Order forms are available using the link below or online as stjohns1745.org. Please return your order to a Youth Group member or the Parish Office by Monday, December 1st.

Contact Ford Spilsbury with any questions at 212-873-7088

On Sunday, December 6th at 11:30 am via Facebook Live, Alex Pryrodny will peform a concert to benefit Navajo children.

Join us via Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/stjohns1745/live/
On Saturday, December 12th from 9:30 to 11:30 am, St. John's Spirituality Group will welcome Leslie Valentine, certified mentor for EfM (Education for Ministry) via Zoom. Leslie will present "Rop tú mo baile - Be thou my vision: contemplating the wonder, reverence and awe of this 8th century Irish hymn"

First Holy Communion will take place on Sunday, November 29th at 11am in the church. Any child 2nd grade or older interested in participating in First Holy Communion, should join us for Sunday School this Sunday, November 15th at 10:15am via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87420093357

For more information please contact the Parish Office at 631-427-1752 or cfreas@stjohnshuntington.org.
Ushers - Help is needed on Sundays ffor the 11am service in the church.
Lectors - Readers are needed for both Zoom and in person services.

Please contact the Parish Office to get on the schedule.
St. Hilda’s Guild meets Tuesdays at 12:00 noon via Zoom. Join us using the link below, and make sure to bring your latest project and a snack:
Our Altar Guild is asking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks in the church or at home to prepare our church for Sunday and special services. Please contact Barbara Hinton (hwp250@gmail.com) and Nancy Feustel (n.feustel@verizon.net) to volunteer or with questions.

Also, if you would like to remember a loved one or give thanks for an imporant event with altar flowers or Perpetual Light, Please complete an Altar Flower Form and return it to the Parish Office with your check made payable to "St. John's Altar Guild."

Thank you so much for your generous spirit and continued support of the ministry of St. John’s. Please turn in your 2021 pledge card if you have not done so already. We will begin preparing our 2021 Budget, and pledges are vital in that process.

If you are financially able, please make sure your 2020 pledge is up to date
We have set up online giving. Using your credit card or a direct payment from your checking account, you will be able to make a one-time payment or set up recurring payments.

Or send a check made payable to "St. John's Episcopal Church" to 12 Prospect Street, Huntington, NY 11743.

To text your contribution (standard text message rates do apply):

Text SJEC1745 STEWARDSHIP $[Amount] to 73256.

Your stewardship is a commitment to sustaining St. John’s ministry today and going forward. Thank you for your continuing support!
We have set up online giving. Using your credit card or a direct payment from your checking account, you will be able to make a one-time payment or set up recurring payments using our secure online system. 

Using the below form, you can choose the types of contributions you would like to make a Plate Offering online:

Or send a check made payable to "St. John's Episcopal Church" to 12 Prospect Street, Huntington, NY 11743.

To text your contribution (standard text message rates do apply):

Text SJEC1745 PLATE $[Amount] to 73256.
We pray for all our doctors, nurses, and medical staff who put themselves at risk to care for us during this corona virus epidemic.

We pray for all our men and women serving in the armed services and all first responders who put themselves at risk every day, especially during this time. May God keep them safe and healthy, and return them home to their loved ones.

We pray for those who work for justice. May God give us all strength and wisdom to act for change when it is needed.

We pray for the sick: Kathy, Lynn, Fred, Ellen, Lucille, Frank and Theresa, Spencer and Sue, Tom and Stephanie, Peter, David, Nils, Margaret, Cheryl, Carol, CJ, George, Nichole, Roelie, Tom, Nelly, Marty, Irene and Jim, Debra and Carol, Bette, Justin, Hagai, Cassie, Bill, Amy, Kate, Fr. John, Amelia, Gladys, Christian, Jane, Diane, Robert Boise, Simon, May

Altar flowers are a gift this week of George and Nancy Feustel in thanksgiving for the birth of their grandson, Owen Mario Feustel.

Please submit your prayers to cfreas@stjohnshuntington.org.

For pastoral care and prayer, please contact Fr. Duncan or Claire Mis, directly.