December 13, 2019



Dear All:

This Sunday we will have our Christmas Pageant during our 10:00 am service. Our student interns, Frankie Sitler-Elbel and Max Toth, wrote, directed and produced it. The ensemble will feature Bard students.  Come and see how our students tell the story of the birth of Christ and sing a few carols.

Mary Grace+


Wreath Making

Last Sunday following the service several people gathered to create our lovely natural wreaths for our beautiful church doors.  These wreaths will welcome all to our Christmas services!


Advent Resources

Here is a website for resources to help you have a prayerful and holy Advent and a calendar to help you with your daily readings:

Advent … – Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices – Tools



THIS SUNDAY: Advent III–Holy Eucharist, Rite II with the Christmas Pageant

Readings: Isaiah 35:1-10; Canticle 15; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

Christmas Memorials – The flowers for our Christmas Eve service will be given to the glory of God and for the loving memory of those loved ones you would like remembered on this holy night.  Please submit the names of those you want listed in our Christmas bulletin by filling out the list at the back of the church or in Aspinwall Hall during Coffee Hour or emailing me at .  We ask for donations for our Christmas flowers that you can either put in the Offertory plate or mail/bring to the parish office



Greening of the Church – Next Sunday, December 22  – All are welcome to stay after the service to help with preparing the church for our Christmas celebration.   Many hands will make the decorating go quickly!


Happy Birthday: Faith Compo and Eliot Wilson

Please remember to fill in the Anniversary/Birthday Book located on the table next to the kitchen in Aspinwall Hall. We want to remember everyone’s special occasions during our Sunday worship.

Stewardship Season – Each year we are asked to prayerfully consider how we can support our church financially in order to do the important ministry of the church.  Over the next few weeks, we will hear from the members of the Board of Trustees as to why they give back to St. John’s.

Sign-up Sheets for Sunday ministriesThere are new sign up sheets located on the table next to the kitchen in Aspinwall Hall.  Please sign up to read a lesson, lead Prayers of the People, host Coffee Hour, provide treats for Coffee Hour and/or arrange flowers for worship.  All are welcome to be part of these important ministries that make our Sunday morning worship a spiritual experience for all.




Sundays @ 10:00 a.m.                      Holy Eucharist/Morning Prayer  and Coffee Hour

Mondays @ 8:00 p.m.                       Men’s AA meeting in  Aspinwall Hall

Wednesdays @ 8:00 p.m.                Open AA meeting in Aspinwall Hall



The Rev. Mary Grace Williams, Vicar,, (203) 858 – 8800

The Rev. Virginia Grab, Associate to the Vicar                                               

Mr. Peter Sipperley, Director of Music

Paulina Swierczek, Soloist

Frankie Sitler-Elbel, Student Intern

Max Toth, Student Intern



President                   Sara Takacs            2021      

Vice President        Mike Kelley            2020                                                                  

Treasurer                 John Ferguson        2020

Clerk                           Sarah McDonald    2022   



Tom Cathcart             2022                           Evie Chanler              2021

John Ferguson           2020                           Mike Kelley                2020

Isabel Livingston       2021                           Sarah McDonald        2022

Fran Sharpless          2022                           Peter Sipperley            2020  

Sara Takacs                2021

Nan Eliot, ex officio

Wayne Baden, Trustee Emeritus & Advisor to the Board