Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend. Remember to set your clocks back one hour when you retire Saturday night.
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by the Rev. Christopher Potter, Vicar
Of late at St. John’s, we have been variously forbidden, discouraged, and defended against gathering as a community. Some of us have a reluctance to come together as church over concerns of COVID infections – either infecting or being infected.
Now, being a little further down the road with COVID recovery, and with special precautions in place, we are being given an opportunity to be together this Saturday night for fellowship (with live entertainment!) and a fundraiser. After our scheduled Saturday night service (see you at 5 p.m.!), we’ll gather in the gymnasium at 6 p.m. Delicious food that has been curated and assembled by our gloved and masked crew and beautifully boxed, will be available along with drinks (non-alcoholic and wine) for a full experience of fellowship.
It will be pure grace to see many of you again in a fellowship environment. I hope to have time with each of you; to catch up with what has transpired in your lives in the past 20 months, and to shed a few tears of joy.
Here’s the shortcut to buy your ticket ($50/person) via our PayPal link (where you can opt to use your credit card):
• on the website home page go to “Online Giving”
• click “Donate” and note that your adult ticket payment is for the November 6 fundraiser.
• Here’s the website!
Remember that at both the Saturday night service and on Sunday morning we will bless our promises of support to the work of the Gospel during the Eucharist. If you forget your Promise Card, there will be some available at the back of the church. Jenn Miramontes, a member of the Gratitude Committee, will share some thoughts with us about the personal benefits she receives from being a member of St. John’s.
Another way to show gratitude for what God has given you is to sign up for the Red Cross blood drive that is happening here on Sunday from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can sign up here; use sponsor code St. John’s. Walk-in appointments will also be available.
Peace, Joy, Love be ours!
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Gratitude and Ingathering Weekend
Today and tomorrow, in a very tangible way, we will celebrate who we are at St. John’s. With the many other things we will be doing that day — blood drive, baptisms, and All Saints — we have made it our “Ingathering” Sunday. At all services, including Saturday night before the Fall Fellowship Event, we will present to God, to each other, and to ourselves our Promises of Support to the ministry and to the Church of St. John’s of which we are all beneficiaries. After spending time in prayer and reflection, we promise financial support for 2022 in an amount that allows us to exercise our trust in God. Please bring your envelope with your Promise enclosed to Church on November 6 or 7. Everyone with an envelope will come forward and place it on the altar where they all will be blessed – as we are all blessed when we share in the ministry of the Gospel at St. John’s.
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We’ll see you at St. John’s.