March 21, 2018
News of the Parish
Palm Sunday Choral Evensong
We will celebrate a Service of Choral Evensong on Palm Sunday, March 25 in the church. Join us at 5:00 p.m. as our choir helps us begin a thoughtful, sacred Holy Week in St. John's.
Wednesdays in Lent Conclude Tonight
We conclude our 2018 Wednesdays in Lent series, Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John, tonight.  A service of the Stations of the Cross will precede the program at 5:00 in the Church. The group will gather at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall for a delicious communal meal prepared by Chef Dave and his team. The final Lenten menu is Western vegetarian chili over white rice, minestrone soup and grilled cheese, and cake with chocolate frosting.  

Dinner will be followed by
 a program at 6:30 p.m. when we will reflect together on God's word as found in the writings of St John the Evangelist. The program will be followed by a closing service of Compline at 7:30 p.m.

If you plan to join us tonight, RSVP to the parish offices at so we can count you in for dinner!

For more information contact Deacon Kathleen at or 785.9400.
Annual Parish Picnic: Sunday, April 8
On the  Sunday following Easter, as is our custom, we will combine the  9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services into one  10:00 a.m. service, to be followed by our spring Parish Picnic. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be grilled by the Fathers' Ministry of St. John's. Parishioners with last names beginning with A through L, please bring a side dish. Those with last names from M through Z, please bring a salad, fruit, or some type of vegetable. 
Easter Memorial Flowers Deadline
Easter memorial flower dedications are due to the parish offices by this Friday, March 23, if they are to be included in the bulletin for Easter Sunday.
The Circle
The Circle 2018 Plans Underway, Mark Your Calendars!
Are you interested in joining a group of St. John's parishioners who periodically gather to share in faith, fellowship, and friendship through social events? The Circle is open to adult parishioners of any age. 

We are kicking off 2018 with a festive "Cinco de Mayo" event on Friday, May 4 at the home of Paul and Mary Beth Carastro. Stay tuned for further details, we hope you'll make plans to join us!

If you would like more information about The Circle, to join our mailing list or to help organize or host future events, please email Lisa Sepulveda at
Maundy Thursday Night Vigil
Jesus asked his disciples to keep awake while he prayed to his father in the garden of Gethsemane on that first Maundy Thursday.  Following the emotional and powerful Maundy Thursday liturgy on Thursday evening, which includes both the foot washing and the stripping of the altar, the Blessed Sacrament is moved to the chapel altar to remain in repose until the morning of Good Friday.  As is our custom, parishioners sign up for one hour blocks of time throughout the night and this opportunity is open to all who wish to spend some quiet and reflective time with Christ in a very special way.  Please contact Nicholas Nitch at if you would like to sign up for a particular hour of the watch.
Holy Week and Easter in St. John's
25  Palm Sunday
      EYC Messy Games Night, 4:30 p.m., Discovery House
      Choral Evensong, 5:00 p.m., Church

29 Maundy Thursday
     Joint School Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m., Church
      Maundy Thursday Liturgy, 7:00 p.m., Church  

30 Good Friday
      Parish Offices Close at Noon
      Morning Prayer and Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament, 7:00 a.m.,          Chapel  
      The Liturgy for Good Friday with St. John's Choir, 12:00 noon, Church
      Tolling of the Bells, 3:00 p.m.
      Good Friday Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Church

31 Holy Saturday
      The Great Vigil of Easter, 7:00 p.m., Church

1    Easter Sunday
      Easter Service, 8:00 a.m., Church
      Flowering of the Cross, 9:00 a.m., Courtyard
      Festal Service, 9:15 a.m., Church  
      Family Easter Service, 9:15 a.m., Parish Hall  
      Easter Egg Hunt, following the 9:15 a.m. Family Service  
      Festal Service, 11:15 a.m., Church

2    Easter Monday
      Parish Offices Closed for Easter Monday
8    Combined Services at 10:00 a.m. (8:00 a.m. service takes place as usual),                  followed by the Parish Picnic
Adult Christian Formation
Save the Date-Annual Women's Retreat May 4 and 5 at Dayspring
The 2018 Women's Retreat will be held at Dayspring Conference Center on Friday evening and Saturday, May 4 and 5.  Our theme this year is The Friendship of Women.  A limited number of overnight spaces are available for those who wish to attend the Friday evening session.  All are welcome to attend the all-day program on Saturday.  Details will follow soon.  For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at or 785.9400.
Mid Morning Women's Bible Study
Deacon Kathleen Moore will guide the Mid Morning Women's Bible Study in a reading of Genesis 37:5 - 38:30, "The Joseph Saga Begins, " on Tuesday, April 3.  The group meets on alternate Tuesdays, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., in the Church Sanctuary.

They invite you to consider joining them even if you have not attended previously. Each chapter of Genesis is rich in themes and teaching that inform our Christian journey.  The study guide they are using is "Genesis for Everyone, Part 2" by John Goldingay, which is available from Amazon and other booksellers.  If you have questions, please contact Joan McKay at or Pat Wilson at
Children and Youth
Messy Games Night This Sunday!
THIS Sunday, March 25, is our first EYC Messy Games Night, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Discovery House! Come dressed in clothes that can get dirty for a night of crazy fun. Invite your friends--it's going to be an epic experience!
St. John's EYC Mission Dinner: Chattanooga Choo Choo
St John's EYC is sponsoring a Mission Fundraiser Dinner on Sunday, April 15 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall to help with expenses for the upcoming Mission Trip to Chattanooga (June 2 through 9)! Each Mission Trip youth personally selected eight to ten families that they would like to invite, and the invitations go out this week!
We invite you and your family to join us on April 15  for a yummy meal, and a quick Youth Mission presentation. Near the end of the event, each family will receive an envelope with a profile of a St John's Youth "Mission Tripper", as well as a number from 1 to 50. The profile will be your family's Prayer Partner-a Youth that you can pray for before, during, and after the trip, and the number is the dollar amount that we ask that you will donate to our cause (from $1 to $50). We pray that you can attend and participate with us!
Please bring cash or check to the dinner for your Mission Trip donation. RSVP by Sunday, April 8  by calling the parish offices at 259.1570 or contacting Youth Minister Ayana Grady at God bless!
Easter Egg Painting Party!
Spring Youth Calendar
Sunday, March 25 
Messy Games Night,4:30 to 6:00 p.m., Discovery House

Sunday, April 1 
Easter Sunday (No EYC)

Sunday, April 8 
Regular EYC, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., Discovery House

Sunday, April 15 
EYC Mission Envelopes Fundraiser, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., Parish Hall

Sunday, April 22 
Bowling Night, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Pinarama Bowl Lanes

Sunday, May 6 
Final Regular EYC, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., Discovery House

Sunday, May 13 
Senior Sunday
Youth Mission Trip Spotlight
Over the next weeks, we will feature some of the young people of our EYC who will be attending the summer mission trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Jack Bricklemyer
7th Grade
Coleman Middle School
I like to swim, play soccer, and anything with music.
"I am going on the trip to make new friends and serve the community."
Metropolitan Ministries Donations
We now have a permanent blue Metropolitan Ministries donation barrel located just inside the door to Brickman Hall.  This barrel will be regularly serviced by Metropolitan Ministries each month and is available for you to donate both unopened food as well as new or slightly used clothing items at any time.  There is always an opportunity for you to be a blessing to someone else!
Action Items and Opportunities
Just One Date Left to Host Sandwich Sunday
We are in need of Sandwich Sunday hosts on May 20.   Hosting includes shopping for supplies, coordinating sandwich preparation on the day-of, and delivering the meals to Faith Cafe. Costs are reimbursed by the parish. Click here to contact Cindy Martin if you can help.
Information and Resources
Our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's Birthdays

March 22
Miriam Faircloth, Rich Whiteley, Amanda Whittlesey

March 23
Lucie Benson, Patty Crumpton, Chris Farmen, John Guyton, Beth Heisel, Michael Matthews, Charlie Sansone, Pat Van Dyke

March 24
Stephen Crane, Andrew Deitzer, Sam Haire, Catherine Marston

March 25
Allison Foley, Evan Simmons, Whitney Tozier

March 26
Karen Dellinger, Beth Foley, Lori Green, Lanny Russell, Pam Scruggs

March 27
Christian Brown, Christine Henry, Glenda Hodgson, Emil Okenfus, Colin Roberts

March 28
Baldwin Barnes, Lara Butler, Gaines Hayes, Tess Lowke, Shahla Madani
Sunday's Scripture Snippet 

"Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say-'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again."

John 12
Hospital Visitation

We want to provide support during your time of need! However, because health regulations prohibit the clergy from being informed when our parishioners are in the hospital, we will not know if you or someone you love is there unless you tell us. We want to provide support in any time of need or crisis. Please call the parish offices at 259.1570 or  click here to email us to let us know when you need us.
This Week in St. John's
Thursday, March 22: The Feast of St. Joseph
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Healing & Anointing, 10:00 a.m., Chapel

Men's Thursday Bible Study and Lunch, 11:45 a.m., Peterson Room
The Men's Thursday Bible Study and Lunch group meets on Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. at the School's Middle School campus. The readings the group studies are those from the Revised Common Lectionary for the coming Sunday. Please do not park in the Four Green Fields parking lots. Feel free to bring your lunch.
Saturday, March 24
Easter Egg Painting Party, 3:00 p.m., Parish Hall
Sunday, March 25: Palm Sunday
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 8:00 a.m., Church

The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 9:15 a.m., Church
Family Service, 9:15 a.m., Parish Hall

Coffee Hour Fellowship, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall

Confirmation for Youth, 10:30 a.m., Discovery House
Confirmation for Adults, 10:30 a.m., Church

Adult Christian Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m., Church

EYC Messy Games Night, 4:30 p.m., Discovery House
Choral Evensong, 5:00 p.m., Church
Tuesday, March 27
No Meeting Today: Contemporary Women's Bible Study
For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at or 785.9400.
Wednesday, March 28
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 12:15 p.m., Chapel
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