The Week of January 12, 2020
Highlights For The Coming Week
Saturday, January 11
  • 10:00 a.m. - Community Thrift Shop (St. John’s International Room)
Sunday, January 12
  • 11:30 a.m. - Outreach Meeting (Conference Room)
Tuesday, January 14
  • 2:00 p.m.- Exploring Spirituality (Conference Room) - see below
  • 6:00 p.m.- Women’s Group (Conference Room) - see below
Thursday, January 16
  • 10:00 a.m. - Community Thrift Shop (St. John’s International Room)
Saturday, January 18
  • 10:00 a.m. - Community Thrift Shop (St. John’s International Room)

For the full calendar please scroll down to the end of the newsletter.
St. John's welcomes Kathy McBride our new Parish Administrator! 

When you are around, please stop by the office and introduce yourselves.
Weekly contribution envelopes are available for pick up in the Baronial Hall. If you would like envelopes, and your box is not there, please notify Kathy in the parish office at 203-348-2619-Ext. 10.
This Sunday for
Children and Youth
  • Pre-K - Grade 4 - will explore the Godly Play story of Epiphany
  • Grades 5-8 – will explore the Godly Play story of the Parable of Parables 
  • Grades 9-12 – are invited to join the congregation for worship as Fr. Sandy would like them to hear this week’s sermon.
Exciting Children and Youth events coming up – Save the date!
 
Children’s Choir!
Sunday, February 2 – 9:15AM
 
Guest Preacher and Workshop – Raising Children of Faith
Sunday, February 23 – worship + workshop
St. John’s sanctuary and library
 
Tain Gregory was present in his third-grade classroom on the morning of the Sandy Hook shootings. As part of the healing process for the community after the tragedy Tain was asked, “What’s the most important thing in the world to you?” His mother expected an answer about a video game or Pokémon trading card. Tain thinks for a moment then answers with one word. “God.” Read more>>
Stewardship Reflection
By Beth Ford
Upon reflection of what “Stewardship” really means to me, I came across the biblical definition of “utilizing and managing all resources God provides for the Glory of God and the betterment of His creation.” I have witnessed a strong presence of stewardship in action over the past several years here at St John’s Episcopal Church. 
Becoming a member of the Vestry, has opened my eyes to the amazing gifts of gracious leadership, outpouring wellness programs, a sense of love for one another – a spiritual family that this church offers to its community. 
I have truly felt the love, community, and overflowing support of our St. John’s Family over the years within Godly Play ministries, Confirmation programs, Outreach programs, Inspirica, the Christmas Nativity Productions and Christmas Village, the beautiful choir, and the meticulous care of our guilds, and the careful management of our awe inspiring church. 
I am proud to pledge our families support to our St. John’s family and to promote our stewardship efforts for the betterment of His creations!
Fr. Wheeler's 40th this Sunday
The Rev. Dr. James R. Wheeler, 11th Rector of St. John's, Stamford, will celebrate 40 years of ordination to the priesthood at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at St. Paul's, Brookfield, CT on Sunday, January 12. He will preach and officiate that morning and St. Paul's will host a reception following in their parish hall. Jim and Carol will host an informal open house for friends and former parishioners at their home of 57 Mountainview Dr., Brookfield, CT following the reception. St. Paul's is located at 174 Wisconier Dr., Brookfield, CT, 06804.
Exploring Spirituality
The Tuesday Afternoon Spirituality Meetings continue next Tuesday! Come join us! 
Women’s Group: Happy New Year to you and your family. May 2020 bring you all good health, strength and much success in the name of Jesus. Our first women’s group meeting of the new year, will be on January 14th, at 6 pm in the Conference Room. We will be discussing Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron. The women’s group is open to all the ladies in the church and the community. Looking forward to new and better things working together in oneness to uplift and empower each other in our group for 2020. Many blessings to you All!! Yours In Christ. - Olive 
A Musical Feast Coming Up...
Farewell Fr. Yves!
Saint John’s Church wishes Fr. Yves Eugene-Joseph all the best as he moves on from his ministry with  L'Église de L'Épiphanie . We are saddened to see him leave and pray for his journey ahead. We hold Haitian ministry at Saint John’s in our prayers. 🙏🏽 - Fr. Wilfredo.

Children & Youth Ministry Updates
Click on the image above to see current updates.
We are now accepting fall and winter clothing in VERY GOOD CONDITION, along with smaller household decor items.

Please place these items in the designated box outside of St John’s dining room/parish hall.

All proceeds from the Thrift Shop are donat ed to charity.  This month the Thrift Shop donated to SIRS (Stamford Interfaith Refugees Settlements), and RISE Zambia.

Thank you for your generosity. 
If anyone ever needs a document notarized, Vicki Zacharewicz has recently been certified as a Notary Public in Connecticut. Notaries are $5 each. Her cell is: 203-962-3438.
When you're bringing food to others, you are also feeding God.

Did you know that each week St. John’s has a 1/2 hour healing service at 12:10 p.m. on Thursday?  Click here to learn all about it!>>
Coffee Hour Sign-Ups:

 Everyone delights in Coffee Hour and the wonderful hospitality we enjoy on a weekly basis.
Haiti Outreach Partnership

Lunch program and
child sponsorship.

Weekly Calendar
Sunday, January 12
10:15 a.m. - Eucharist Rite II (Sanctuary)
11:30 a.m. - Coffee Hour (Parish Hall)
11:30 a.m. - Outreach Meeting (Conference Room)
12:30 p.m. - Iglesia Betania Service (Sanctuary)
6:00 p.m. - L’Église de L’Épiphanie Service (Eagle’s Loft)

Monday, January 13
No events scheduled for today

Tuesday, January 14
2:00 p.m.- Exploring Spirituality (Conference Room)
6:00 p.m.- Women’s Group (Conference Room)
Wednesday, January 15
No events scheduled for today

Thursday, January 16
10:00 a.m. - Community Thrift Shop (St. John’s International Room)
12:10 p.m. Eucharist Rite II (Ladies Chapel)
7:15 p.m. Choir Practice

Friday, January 17
No events scheduled for today

Saturday, January 18
10:00 a.m. - Community Thrift Shop (St. John’s International Room)
Announcements
St. John's Office Hours 
 The Church office is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

Prayer List  
Please send all prayer list requests for the bulletin to the Parish Administrator, Kathy McBride, at  office@stjohns-stamford.org .
   
Please sign up for Coffee Hour
If you would like to share food as well as fellowship, please sign up to lead coffee hour for one of the next several weeks in the Dining Room. "Light snacks on throw away plates or pack and go containers is a great way to make clean up super easy!"
  
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