The Week of January 26, 2020
Highlights For The Coming Week
Friday, January 24
  • 5:00 p.m. - Dinners at Inspirica
 Saturday, January 25
  • 9:00 a.m. - Men's Breakfast (Parish Hall/Dining Room) - see below
  • 10:00 a.m. - Community Thrift Shop (St. John’s International Room)
Sunday, January 26
  • 10:15 a.m. - Eucharist Rite II and Annual Parish Meeting - see below
  • 4:00 p.m. - Stephen Clapp Memorial Concert - see below
Tuesday, January 28
  • 12:00 p.m.- Executive Committee Meeting (Library)
  • 2:00 p.m.- Exploring Spirituality (Conference Room) - see below
Thursday, January 30
  • 10:00 a.m. - Community Thrift Shop (St. John’s International Room)
Saturday, February 1
  • 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.
Ernest "Ernie" DeFilippis
Dear Parishioners,
Ernie DeFilippis, beloved husband of our former Parish Administrator, Sandie DeFilippis, passed away this past Sunday morning.
Please keep Sandie and the DeFilippis, Fahey and Yantorno families in your prayers at this time.
Living Within The Graces
of The Via Media
One of the many gifts in living our Christian faith within the Episcopal Church, is the wide range of liturgical diversity. Some of our parishes have a more characteristic Protestant flavor (Low Church) perhaps celebrating the Eucharist only once a month, and the rest of the time doing Morning Prayer on Sundays; others move in the direction of being more “Anglo Catholic” (High Church) emphasizing Catholic ritual and outward expressions of liturgical practice. Most parishes are somewhere in-between, celebrating the Sunday Eucharist on a weekly basis. These weekly celebrations feature outward visible signs of our catholicity with symbols that have taken hold since the time of the Oxford Movement in the Anglican Church. The 19 th century Oxford Movement originated in Oxford England, and came as a response to the Protestant practices that had taken hold in the Church of England.  Read more>>

Coming up THIS Saturday!
Attention all men of St. John's: Our next Men's Breakfast will be THIS Saturday, January 25 at 9:00 am in the Parish Hall. We look forward to seeing with you then!
A Musical Feast THIS SUNDAY!
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 - Parable of the Good Samaritan
  • Grades 5-8 – The Story of the Child's Own Life
  • Grades 9-12 – are invited to join the congregation for worship.
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>>
Exploring Spirituality
Tuesday Spirituality will be exploring (through film) little known historical facts in the life of Saint Francis of Assisi. Please join us this Tuesday at 2:00 PM in the Conference Room.
Stewardship Reflection
By Fr. Wilfredo
Why I Pledge?
Being a member of the clergy, and the Priest In-Charge (PPIC) at Saint John’s Church, it is a natural expectation that I would pledge, and that I pledge with intentionality. But is this the reason why I pledge? The mission statement for Saint John’s Church reads as follows: “ To Live the Love of God  with hearts open to all, strengthened by joyful worship, inspired by the Holy Spirit and dedicated to serving Christ in the world.” Serving Christ in the world is the mission of our parish, and contributing to its resources is a vital part of this mission. Do I believe in this mission? Am I committed to it? When we seek to honor our baptismal covenant with the Eternal and Transcendent, we have no choice but to support the mission of God’s work, and we do this for the sake of a humanity transformed into the image and likeness of God in our midst. In the process, we do this for the sake of our own transformation as servants of God, while discovering our truest self and identity. One thing becomes clearer to me the older I get: I possess nothing, not even the body my soul embodies; I possess absolutely nothing. All that I enjoy in life is a gift!
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 ARI and Americares for Puerto Rico Relief.

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 26
10:00 a.m. - Church School
10:15 a.m. - Eucharist Rite II & Annual Parish Meeting (Sanctuary)
12:30 p.m. - Iglesia Betania Service (Sanctuary)
4:00 p.m. - Stephen Clapp Memorial Concert (Sanctuary)
6:00 p.m. - L’Église de L’Épiphanie Service (Eagle’s Loft)

Monday, January 27
No events scheduled for today

Tuesday, January 28
12:00 p.m.- Executive Committee Meeting (Library)
2:00 p.m.- Exploring Spirituality (Conference Room)
Wednesday, January 29
No events scheduled for today

Thursday, January 30
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 31
No events scheduled for today

Saturday, February 1
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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