"To know Christ and to make Him known . . . "
The Chalice
The Weekly Sunday Bulletin of St. John’s Episcopal Church 
The spiritual journey is a process of liberation from programs for happiness that cannot possibly work: ones rooted in the gratification of instinctual needs for security, approval, power, and control. The journey is not just a method of mediation or a practice to find personal peace. Rather, it is a total surrender to the human condition, in all its ramifications, including its desperate woundedness. It is a transformative process into the light, life, and love of God. Then we no longer manifest the false self but the image of God within us and the likeness to God which is the assimilation of the mind and heart of Christ into our everyday life (Heartfulness, The Human Condition, Overview).

Lent is the time when we realize that the distractions of the world have kept us from God’s purpose in our lives. This pandemic has given us free time at home, but many of us are consumed with social media, online shows, the weather and all the political nonsense that the networks try to get us addicted to. If we want to be an authentic expression of Christ’s light, we need to pray, study, listen, and make God the center of our world again. Please journey with St. John’s and observe a Holy Lent this year. Take a few quiet moments to re-examine the gifts that God has given you and align yourself again to God’s purpose.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life” (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Please use this Lenten season to go into a deeper relationship with Christ. Join us for Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM. Join us on Tuesdays via Zoom for Stations of the Cross at 6:00PM, Evening Prayer at 6:30, and our Adult Christian education program from 7:00-8:00. We will look at racial reconciliation through children’s books this year. Next Sunday, February 21st at 4:00 PM we will offer a Gospel Concert with our sister parish St. Augustine’s in Brooklyn. On Saturday February 28th, Fr. John will lead our quiet day via Zoom from 9:30-11:30 AM. This year’s topic is “Eternity & the Public Library.” Monday nights at 6:30PM and Tuesday Mornings at 11:00 AM we will be offering Bible Study. Thursday nights we do compline at 8:15 PM.

Our Mission at St. John’s is to Know Christ and to Make Christ Known. Lent is the perfect opportunity to do this at St. John’s. You are God’s Beloved and God blessed you with gifts that you might a blessing to others. Despite this nightmare that many are facing during this pandemic, we can be a light to others. But first, we must take care of ourselves and one another. We offer extensive opportunities to step out of this confused culture we live in and into the loving arms of our Lord. May all that we do be to the glory of God!

“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever” (Ephesians 3:20-22).

 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: Lent1_02-21-2021
9:15 am – Rite II Morning Prayer with Music
9:15 am Service BulletinLent1_02-21-2021

10:15 am - Sunday School via Zoom
11:00 am - Rite II Holy Eucharist in the church & Facebook Live
Face masks, social distancing, and registration required for all in person worship.
Register online: 11 AM REGISTRATION FORM
Please join us for a ZOOM coffee hour each Sunday immediately following the 8:00am (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83750939744) & 9:15am (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85013336358) services. Grab a cup of your own coffee and a snack, share some time with your friends at St. Johns.

Thoughts to ponder and share over coffee:
"Lent comes providentially to awaken us, to shake us from our lethargy." -Pope Francis
How are you being shaken this lent?

Join us for
Lent at St. John's
Gospel Music Concert
Sunday, February 21st at 4pm via Facebook Live
St. John's Music Ministry and the Music Ministry of St. Augustine's, Brooklyn will perform a concert of Gospel music via Facebook Live:

Morning Prayer
Monday - Friday at 9am via Zoom
Thursdays at 8:15 pm
Bible Study
Mondays at 6:30pm via Zoom

Tuesdays at 11am via Zoom
Lenten Series- Five Tuesdays in Lent
"Lent through Children's Eyes"
Our 2021 Lenten Series using children's books selected by our Racial Reconciliation & Social Justice Ministry will take place on Tuesdays in Lent via Zoom. We will begin with Stations of the Cross at 6:00 pm, Evening Prayer at 6:30 pm. The program will be from 7:00-8:00 pm. Each week will feature a different speaker:

  • February 23rd - Bill Kiley, Hope and Freckles by Bill Kiley
  • March 2nd - Claire Mis, Sometimes People March by Tessa Allen
  • March 9th - Pat Ahmad, Same Difference by Calinda Rawles
  • March 16th - Fr. Duncan Burns, The Watcher: Inspired by Psalm 121 by Nikki Grimes
  • March 23rd - Crystal Roberts, Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano
Lenten Retreat
Saturday, February 27th, 9:30-11:30am via Zoom
Eternity & the Public Library with Rev. John Morrison
Recommended Reading: The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

Daily Lenten Devotions
"A Lenten Journey: A Christian Piligrimage toward New Life"
Download St. John's "A Lenten Journey: A Christian Pilgrimage to a New Life." This small collection of Lenten meditations was composed by now Bishop Allen Shin when he was rector of St. Johns as an offering to the members of St. John’s. 

This winter, St. John's is supporting HIHI by collecting Dunkin Donuts gfit cards of $5 or $10 amounts to distribute to homeless in Huntington. If you would like to contribute, you may drop your Dunkin Donuts gift cards off at St. John's, 12 Propect St, Huntington or send them directly to Family Service League, Attn: Peggy,/HIHI,790 Park Ave, Huntington, NY 11743.

We are also collecting men's jeans, sweatshirts, work boots, and winter coats which may be dropped off at St. John's.

HIHI is the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative. In a pre-COVID year, St. John's and other local churches would provide a meal and shelter for homeless in the area on a rotating basis in the winter months.
St. John's Llturgical calendars, Annual Meeting Booklets, and Day-by-Day pamphlets are available to pick up. Fr. Duncan has put a number these items in the mailbox outside the Parish Office on Prospect Street. Please feel free to take one for yourself and for a friend.

If you are homebound and unable come to the church, please reach out the Parish Office at info@stjohnshuntington.org or 631-427-1752. We will make arrangements to have them delivered.
St. John’s has been actively providing food staples to the many food pantries within our community – especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. There continues to be a significant food insecurity need, however, many of us may not realize that individuals who receive benefits, from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cannot use those benefits for a large list of items that most of us consider essential.

Take a look at the following list and you will see that all items are essential for daily living and for overall health benefits.  As you continue to drop off other essential items in the bins outside the church office on Prospect Street, please consider including the following items. Of particular need are items found in #7:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissues
  • Toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss
  • Soap
  • Diapers
  • Tampons, pads and incontinence products
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoos
  • Cleaning products
  • Lotion, powder, sunscreen, lip balm
Thank you so much for your generous spirit and continued support of the ministry of St. John’s. Your stewardship is a commitment to sustaining St. John’s ministry today and going forward.

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 payment platform Realm. Please click on the link below to make a payment:

Or send a check made payable to "St. John's Episcopal Church" to 12 Prospect Street, Huntington, NY 11743.
Have you ever wondered what your giving is to date?

Did you set up online recurring payments and wonder how to update to your giving amount for 2021?

These are a couple of questions you can answer for yourself by setting up your On Realm membership account with St. John's. Using either your desktop computer or your smart phone, you may update your contact information, sign up for the virtual Parish Directory, sign up for events and services, and update your online giving.

If you are interested in setting up your On Realm St. John's membership account, please contact Coral in the Parish Office to receive an account invite and sign up for a training session. Please send an email to cfreas@stjohnshuntington.org or call 631-427-1752, ext 101.
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: Bob, Christian, Gladys, Lynn, Fred, Ellen. Lucille, Frank, Theresa, Spencer, Sue, Tom, Stephanie, Madeline, Gary, Allison, Maggie, Susan, Tyler, Ursula, Jim and Irene, Debra, Bill, Amy, Kate, Richard, Barbara, Shannon, Justin, Ogueira, Tom, John and Debra, Janice, Fran, Patti, Cheryl, Sylvia, Sue and Fr. John, Diane, Allison

The Perpetual Light is given this week loving memory of Frank, Bertha, and John Lasek by Dave and Nelly Lasek.

The Perpetual Light is given this week in loving memory of Arthur Seymour and Harold Charlton by the Seymour Family.

Please submit your prayers to cfreas@stjohnshuntington.org.

For pastoral care and prayer, please contact Fr. Duncan or Claire Mis, directly.
While we do not have Altar Flower in Lent, if you would like to remember a loved one or give thanks for an imporant event with the Perpetual Light, Please complete the Perpetual Light portion of the Altar Flower Form and return it to the Parish Office with your check made payable to "St. John's Altar Guild."