August 17, 2018



Benefit for Puerto Rico – On Sunday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m. there will be a benefit for Puerto Rico at the Grace Community Church (160 Seremma Court, Lake Katrine), featuring an afternoon of musical theatre, jazz, salsa and more by local performers in support of Colegio El Arco Iris, a school of the arts destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Donations are $25, $50, $85. There is also a gofundme site which has a video about the project:

Website– Check out our new updated website ( Feedback is welcomed!

Eleanor Prior– On September 15th Eleanor Prior will be ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.   As a token of our love and support, we are taking up a collection to present her with a stole and a vestment carry bag.  If you would like to contribute, please make your check out to St. John’s or the Women of St. John’s and write Eleanor’s name on the memo line. Eleanor has accepted a position as Canon Pastor at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland, Maine.

Altar Servers– For anyone who would like to be trained to serve at the altar during the Sunday worship services, please contact the Vicar (  I encourage anyone who feels called to this special ministry to consider signing up.  We hope to have several Altar Servers so your commitment would be approximately one Sunday a month. Training sessions will be held.


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 a.m       Open AA meeting in  Aspinwall Hall


Happy Birthday:       Kyle Van Wagner, Jr. and Erica Gratzel


This Sunday, August 19th:

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost


Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Readings:      I Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14; Psalm 111; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6: 51-58 

Message from the Vicar


Last Sunday I talked about the complexity of faith in our culture and society and referred to a recent Pew Research Center Survey of 4,729 Americans telling us precisely why they do (or don’t) attend religious services. This survey challenges us to reflect on what we do well and what might we do better in being the church to the people in our community.  CNN has anarticle ( about this survey and summarizing it with the following:

First, here are the top 10 reasons given by Americans who attend religious services at least once a month, according to Pew:

  1. To become closer to God. (81%)
  2. So their children will have a moral foundation. (69%)
  3. To become a better person. (68%)
  4. For comfort in times of trouble or sorrow. (66%)
  5. They find the sermons valuable. (59%)
  6. To be part of a faith community. (57%)
  7. To continue their family’s religious traditions. (37%)
  8. They feel obligated to go. (31%)
  9. To meet new people or socialize. (19%)
  10. To please their family, spouse or partner. (16%)

Here are the top reason survey respondents gave for skipping regular religious services:

  1. They practice their faith in “other ways.” (37%)
  2. They are not believers. (28%)
  3. No reason is “very important.” (26%)
  4. They haven’t found a house of worship they like. (23%)
  5. They don’t like the sermons. (18%)
  6. They don’t feel welcome. (14%)
  7. They don’t have the time. (12%)
  8. Poor health or mobility. (9%)
  9. No house of worship in their area. (7%)

Mary Grace+