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ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST NEWSLETTER

  March 15, 2019

                               

All are invited to our annual

ST. PATRICK’S DAY BRUNCH

following our 10:00 a.m. service

With our corned beef, cabbage and Irish soda bread

 

Dear All:

We all woke up this morning to the horrific news of the mass shootings in the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.  At this point 49 people have lost their lives and 48 have been wounded.  Will we ever have an end to such terrorist attacks that target innocent people who gather for prayer and worship, whether it is in a mosque, a synagogue, a temple or a church?  Will we ever see the end of shootings in our schools, places of business and in our homes? These are questions that should haunt all of us.

As Christians our first response is prayer and from there we pray that we are given insight as to how we can confront the violence in our world.  This past week I have been reading another poem from Mary Oliver’s book of selected poems, Devotions:

“Praying

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.”

May we all be open to the voice of our loving God and as we are reminded in this Sunday’s gospel, we turn to our God who “desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings” (Luke 13:34).  During this holy season of Lent, may we all seek ways to protect and love all of God’s children.   And, now, once again we hold in our hearts and prayers all victims of gun violence and violence of any kind. 

Mary Grace+

This Sunday, March 17, 2019:

The Second Sunday in Lent – Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Sunday Readings:

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35

Next Sunday:              

The Third Sunday in Lent –  Morning Prayer

Readings:               Exodus 3:1-15

                                    Psalm 63:1-8

                                    Luke 13:1-9

 

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Institute of Advanced Theology:

The Institute of Advanced Theology invites you to the Spring 2019 IAT Luncheon Lecture Series with Bruce Chilton.  We will meet on the following dates:  March 8th, 15th, 29, April 5, and 12th. All lectures in the series are sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Theology.

The presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer period.  The Fall 2019 Lecture Series will take place at the Bard Chapel of the Holy Innocents.

A brief description follows for the Spring IAT Lecture Series;

CHRISTIANITY AND REVOLUTION

Since the Crucifixion, followers of Jesus of Nazareth have been associated with calls for revolutionary change.  For most of Christian history, their promotion of such causes has brought criticism from partisans of the status quo.  Only in the modern period has revolution seemed, not just a violent spin of fortune’s wheel, but a necessary feature in the process of human advance.  Christianity’s role in both ancient and  modern revolutions will provide the focus of the Lenten series.

Lunch will be available at the Bard Faculty Dining Room at the Kline Commons Building.  The cost for lunch will be $9.00. The Faculty Dining Room has a buffet lunch set up.  I suggest that you arrive around 11:30  or 11:45 a.m. for lunch.

After lunch, please head over to the Bard Chapel of the Holy Innocents for the 12:30 p.m. lecture.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 845-758-7279 or email me at iatatbard@gmail.com.  I look forward to seeing you on Friday, March 8th, for the first lecture.

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.  Pledge cards are available at the back of the church or can be mailed to you.

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 reada lesson, leadPrayers of the People, hostCoffee Hour, providetreats for Coffee Hour and/or arrangeflowers for worship.  All are welcome to be part of these important ministries that make our Sunday morning worship a spiritual experience for all.

Happy Birthday: 

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.

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CALENDAR

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

  

CHURCH STAFF

The Rev. Mary Grace Williams, Vicar,

            (magrwi5154@gmail.com, (203) 858 – 8800)

The Rev. Virginia Grab, Associate to the Vicar                                                 

Mr. Peter Sipperley, Director of Music

Paulina Swierczek, Cantor

Annah Heckman, Student Intern

Frankie Sitler-Elbel, Student Intern

 

OFFICERS OF THE BOARD

President                      Sara Takacs             2021      

Vice President           Mike Kelley              2020                                                                                                      

Treasurer                     John Ferguson        2020

Clerk                               Sarah McDonald    2022                                                                                                                             

 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

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

Wayne Baden, Trustee Emeritus & Advisor to the Board