Youth Minister Tom Fregoso and the St. John's Youth Confirmation Class 2019: (l) to (r) Nathan Wollenweber, Andreas Mitchell, Molly Biggs, Frances di Carpegna, Willow, Buscaglia, Nathaniel Sansone, Carmen Dettmer, Nina-Marie Sadie, Cecilia Bull, and Natalie Bull.
06.06.19
Connect to God 
This Sunday, June 9, is the great feast of Pentecost. On this festival day, fifty days after the Resurrection, people of all nations were gathered in Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit descended on them. Today, the Christian feast of Pentecost celebrates the gift of God’s Spirit to all people of all languages and cultures. Pentecost also celebrates the birth of the Church, which came into being through the work of the Spirit that day in Jerusalem.

It’s a day when we celebrate the creative, disruptive, comforting, surprising Spirit of God. We celebrate by wearing red , signifying the burning of the Holy Spirit, which appears in the Pentecost story as tongues of flame dancing over the heads of the disciples. We also celebrate the birth of the church and the ongoing presence of the Spirit with with a parish BBQ, complete with hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie options, snow cones served by the youth, a bouncy house, and even water balloons (for willing participants only). 

The 17th century poet George Herbert celebrated the Holy Spirit in one of my favorite poems. We hope you will join him and us in celebrating. 

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
 
And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
The Rev. Ginger Strickland, Associate Priest
Connect to Community
Parish Picnic  All are invited to attend a picnic on the lawn after the 10am service this Sunday. The Parish Picnic marks the official end of our Sunday School program year. Grilling courtesy of the St. John's Men's Group. To assist with the BBQing, please email the Men's Group.

Sign-ups for Youth Confirmation 2020 To sign up for our next youth confirmation class or to learn more, please come to a meeting on Sunday, June 9 at 9am or Sunday, June 23 at 11:30am in the Youth Room or email our Youth Minister, Tom Fregoso for more details The confirmation program is open to 8th- 12th graders.

Our children are a blessing and a gift to our church.  Take part in serving our youngest members of our congregation by volunteering in our Nursery Care or Sunday School. Empty-nesters, available adults, parents who would like to see their kids learn about God, youth or college students looking into child education, anybody who loves children and have a heart to serve, we want you! Don’t know how to do it? No worries, training will be provided to safeguard our children. If you are interested and/or have questions, please email our Director of Children’s Ministry, Sandra Pathik. Looking forward to hear from you!

Summer Potlucks on the Lawn  This Tuesday, June 11 is the first of three summer
potlucks on the lawn. Please bring an appetizer, side dish or salad to share. The St. John’s Dinner Church team will provide an entree and beverages. This gathering is a more informal version of our regular Dinner Church with a meal, social time, and an opportunity for people of all ages to engage in a short spiritual discussion and reflection. There will be activities for children. All are invited . . . bring friends! The picnic dates are June 11, July 9, and August 13.

Summer Scheduling
  • Yoga St. John’s will continue to meet on Mondays from 6:15-7:30 throughout the summer.
  • Monday Bible Study will meet on Monday, June 17 and then go on summer break until September.
  • Women of Wisdom will not meet in June, July, and August - we’ll look forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 26 for fellowship and theological exploration.
  • Second Thursday Lunch and Eucharist will continue in June, July and August. We will offer eucharist in the chapel but a meal will not be provided afterward. All are welcome to bring a brown bag meal and share conversation after the service. 

Monday Bible Study is open to all - whether you’re new to reading scripture or a regular participant. Our next meeting is Monday, June 17 in the Youth Room from 1-2:30 pm. The reading is I Corinthians 12-13

Save the Date: Parish Weekend Away  Hiking trails, swimming pool, tree swing, simple but well-appointed rooms, lots of car-free space for kids to roam, campfire, and amazing food! All are invited to the  The Bishop's Ranch   for our annual St. John's Parish Weekend. This year we'll gather from Friday, 9/6 to Sunday, 9/8 for fellowship, fun, rest, and spiritual development. Our staff and clergy provide activities and program for all ages: some of which are age-specific, and some inter-generational. Online sign-up coming soon.
Connect to Service
Gilead House Room Prep We need your help! St. John’s “sponsors” a room for a homeless family at Gilead House in Novato. The family in our room has moved out and a new family is moving in! We need your help this Saturday June 8 from 2-4pm to get the room ready for a new family. We need shoppers, cleaners, and anyone with a talent for putting together Ikea bunk beds! Please email Rev. Ginger if you can help. This is a great option for kids and parents to work together and also a good fit for teens needing community service hours.
Connect to Children
The faith journey continues . . . Sunday School for School Year 2018-2019 ends June 9 and Summer Sunday School starts on June 16. It’s an all ages curriculum of summer fun for kids 4 years to 10 years old. 

St. John's Summer Adventure Camp is a week filled with awesome fun for PreK to 5th graders. The theme “Roar: Life is Wild, God is Good!” is an epic adventure where kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life! The dates are Monday, July 29 thru Friday, August 2, 9am to noon. For more information email Sandra Pathik, Director of Children's Ministry. Registration is $50/child, which includes snacks and T-shirt. Online registration is now open. Youth are invited to serve as counselors-in-training and parents are encouraged to volunteer a day or more.
It was privilege to spend all weekend with our recent confirmation class. This is a photo from before they walked into Grace Cathedral! If you are interested in having your youth confirmed, come at 9am to the Youth Room this Sunday.
Connect to Youth
Summary of Sunday 6/9/19
  • 9AM Confirmation Meeting in the Youth Room - Info for Next Year's class.

  • 10AM Church School: meets in the youth room and we'll working one of the readings for this Sunday's Pentecost lectionary. We'll be unpacking the work of the Holy Spirit (tongues of fire) with my recent week at the College for Congregational Development training. I had the privilege of learning many amazing things and sharing time parish leaders that are still in the midst of the fall out of the recent Northern California fires.
  • Confirmation Youth are preaching at the 8 & 10

  • Snow Cone Hour - for our end of the program year BBQ, we'll be making SNOW CONES!!!

  • Afternoon Youth Group: TBD!

  • Evening Youth Group: It should be spiritually uplifting with just the right amount of prayerful snark.
  • 6-630pm Dinner
  • 630-730pm Sr. High YG

Next Confirmation Class
  • To sign up for our next youth confirmation class or to learn more, please come to either meeting
  • 9AM (Sun. 6/9) in the Youth Room or
  • 11:30AM (Sun. 6/23) in the Youth Room
  • or email our Youth Minister, Tom Fregoso for more details (tom@stjohnsross.org). 
  • The confirmation program is open to 8th - 12th graders.
  • Note: I'd like to cap the class at 10 youth
Pilgrimage to North Carolina
Nostalgic Videos of the Past Year(s):
Here's a few video retrospectives of the last year:
Connect to Music
This Sunday's Music  To learn what Music Director David Montgomery has to say regarding the music selected for this Sunday's service, click  here. 
Sundays
8am: Eucharist in the Church
9am: Family Eucharist in the Parish Hall
10am: Eucharist in the Church
& Sunday School
Mondays
Tuesdays
7.15am: Meditation in the Chapel
2nd & 4th Tuesdays 
6pm: Dinner Church in the Parish Hall 
2nd Thursdays
Noon: Eucharist in the Chapel  
Contact 
St. John's Church 
PO Box 217 
14 Lagunitas Road 
Ross, CA 94957

415.456.1102