January Happenings (& Then Some)

January has arrived – like a determined Martha Stewart, she comes ready to renovate our lives. Out to the curb go the leftovers of December, along with our 2014 grievances and disappointments. We watch her polish our New Year’s Resolutions until we can see our reflections mirrored back with such optimism and faith ~DJ
Let us begin…
Women’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study – Wednesday, January 7 – 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – DJ Gomer’s Home – 26 Mackenzie, Coto de Caza
“The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think.  No book in the world equals the bible for that.” ~Harper Lee
Each Wednesday, for a little over an hour, we explore our faith journey by traveling through the Bible. We read a section together, stop for discussion, then continue on our way. Like all travelers, some days we meander, exploring every nook and cranny of a passage, maybe taking a side trip. Other days we may cut the expedition short, promising to return another time. On occasion we supplement our readings with guest speakers – Fr John, Linda Allport and Pam Kelley have all been generous in their time with us. Later this month, Mother Martha will attend to share her insights on an influential woman of faith – Hildegard of Bingen.
There is no weekly homework or attendance required. You come when your schedule permits. It is an hour of community among women who want to explore the Bible and expand their faith horizons. For more information or if attending for the first time, please RSVP to me at djgomer@cox.net or 949-351-1399.
Women’s Movie & Dinner Night Out – Wednesday, January 14 – Time, Movie & Location TBA
“Movies touch our hearts and awaken our vision…” ~Marin Scorsese
I agree, Mr. Scorsese. So let’s see if our hearts might be touched and our vision awakened by the scenes played on the screen in this month’s selection. If you are new to our movie/dinner night, allow me to explain – approximately a week before said date, I will send out a separate email with all the needed information: time, place and movie selection. All I ask is that you RSVP ASAP so that I can make reservations at a nearby restaurant. If you have any other questions, please feel free to email or call me.
Caregiving Mosaics: Providing Those Who Care With The Support They Need – Wednesday, January 21 – 7 p.m. – Bishop’s Room – St. John’s Church

“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.” ~Miles Franklin

Sharing stories, struggles and strategies is what our support group can offer to the caregivers among us. And often that is all we need at that moment – to be heard, to be listened to. For the most part, caregivers do what they do out of love and a sense of responsibility. But that love and responsibility do not always carry when it comes to taking care of themselves. So now that the holidays are over and the New Year is upon us, let’s make a date to gather for an evening of support, friendship and a time to be heard.
We meet once a month, giving time for everyone to check in and then we segue into a selected topic for discussion. Last month we offered each other coping strategies and suggestions to get through the holidays without completely overwhelming ourselves.
The Caregivers Support Group is open to all in our community, and they need not be a member of our faith community. If you know someone that might benefit from this group, please have them contact me at djgomer@cox.net and I will put them on our mailing list to receive future notifications.
Book It On Mondays – January 26 – 7 p.m. – Leslie Eskildsen’s Home – 3 Charleston Lane, Coto de Caza 
“Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world, because it’s the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself. ~Ray Bradbury
Hmm…one could say that Mr. Bradbury might be a bit (or a lot) biased towards the science fiction genre 😉  However, I am sure there are many that would strongly agree with him – so you be the judge and weigh in at this month’s book club meeting. The selection? Hyperion by Dan Simmons  The premise? “On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope—and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.” ~Goodreads 
If joining the Women’s Book Club is on your list of New Things to Try for 2015, please contact Loreen Guilford, Book It On Mondays ministry leader, at loreenguilford@gmail.com, and she will add your name to her email list notifying you of upcoming dates and the list of books chosen for 215. This is a group that truly enjoys reading and discussing. If planning to attend, please RSVP to Leslie at 949-635-9377 or leslie.eskildsen@cox.net
St. John’s Moms Club – Wednesday, January 28 – 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Bishop’s Room – St. John’s Church
“The clocks were striking midnight and the rooms were very still as a figure glided quietly from bed to bed, smoothing a coverlid here, settling a pillow there, and pausing to look long and tenderly at each unconscious face, to kiss each with lips that mutely blessed, and to pray the fervent prayers which only mothers utter.” ~Louise May Alcott, Little Women

Yes, well, when not recreating scenes straight out of Little Women, other nights found me gliding not so quietly from my child’s room picking up dirty clothes off her bedroom floor and discovering undelivered notices sticking out of her backpack informing me I was chaperoning the next day’s field trip. What?! I’m afraid what I was muttering were fervent prayers not so much for her, but for me,“Heaven help me survive the middle school years! ; ) 
No matter what stage of motherhood you are presently experiencing, this morning is open to all moms of all faith backgrounds. So if you know a mom that could use a little inspiration and encouragement, please send her an invitation. If you have a need, daycare will be provided in the church nursery from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. You may register and find additional upcoming dates online at: https://st-johnrsm-moms-club.eventbrite.com
(& Then Some)
Upcoming Events: More Information to Come
Saturday, January 17 – Mother Martha’s Ordination – 10 a.m. – St. John’s Pro Cathedral, Los Angeles 
Sunday, January 25 – Chrysostom Day, Annual Meeting, Potluck – Following 10 a.m. Service 
Saturday, February 21 – Fellowship Dinner – 6 p.m. –  St. John’s Gym
Weekly On-Going Events:
Tuesday Evening Tune-Ups – Lectio/Starbucks/Adult Bible Study – 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. – St. John’s Church
Friday Night Happy Hour – Starbucks, RSM – 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. 
And Finally,
Remember I said that January comes in like Martha Stewart, wanting to renovate, wanting to polish those resolutions till they are bright and shiny? Not a bad thing, but let us resolve to banish expectations of perfection in those resolutions. Instead let us resolve to“acknowledge within yourself the introvert, the clown, the artist, the homebody, the goofball, the thinker. Look inside. That way lies dancing to the melodies spun out by your own heart.” ~ Anna Quindlen
Wishing you all a very Happy and Blessed 2015!
DJ Gomer
Women’s Ministry