Monday, September 10th 

  • 7:00 pm Knitting Fellowship – Undercroft

Tuesday, September 11th 

  • 11:45 am Senior/Lunch Bunch – Lower Parish Hall
  • 7:15 pm Women’s Spiritual Growth Group – Undercroft

Wednesday, September  12th 

  • 10:30 am Pastoral CareGivers – Riverside Nursing Home
  • 7:00 pm Holy Eucharist and Healing Prayers
  • 7:30 pm Brotherhood of St. Andrew Meeting – Undercroft
  • 7:30 pm Al-Anon in the Lower Parish Hall

Thursday, September 13th

  • 10:30 am Pastoral CareGivers – Fox Hill Nursing Home

Sunday, September 16th – 17th Sunday of Pentecost

  • 8:00 am Rite I, Holy Eucharist
  • 10:00 am Rite II, Holy Eucharist, with Music, Choir, Sunday School, Nursery Care, followed by Coffee Hour in Lower Parish Hall and First Confirmation Class in side classroom of the LPH (making clay masks)
  • 4:00 pm St. John’s Concert Series features The Prometheus Duo, with dinner following at New England Pizza on Hartford Turnpike, Vernon

SAVE THE DATE:  Saturday, September 29th at 5:00 pm is the annual Brotherhood of St. Andrew Steak and Chicken Dinner in the Lower Parish Hall.  Appetizers are at 5:00 pm, dinner is served at 6:00 pm.  Please purchase tickets in advance after worship in September.   Please contact Dave Smith at (860)690-4651, or by email DSmith6298@Yahoo.com if anyone has questions…Many thanks.

Threatened and Endangered Birds of Prey – What do the classifications “threatened” and “endangered” really mean? Horizon Wings will be visiting St. John’s Vernon on September 30, 12:00 noon for a presentation featuring two American kestrels, a peregrine falcon, a northern saw-whet owl, and an eagle!  What caused the drastic decline in North American peregrine falcon populations in the 1960’s? Learn which species of raptors are currently on Connecticut’s threatened and endangered list and ways in which we can help to promote their survival.

I am looking for 2 or 3 people who would be willing to be available on an as-needed-basis to help with funeral receptions.  This work involves setting up the Lower Parish Hall, making coffee, preparing ice water or lemonade, and receiving food delivered by caterers, so that everything is ready when the services are over. For many years now Diane Gutzmer and Mary Wilson have done this ministry work alongside me.  Bill and Paul also help.  They have been incredibly faithful.  And, we would love to have a few more volunteers to help out.  If you have questions, please see me or talk to Mary or Diane.  Having some gentlemen would be lovely.  Blessings and thanks!  Virginia.

Each fall we do a collection for the Cheyenne River Lakota Reservation through the local non-profit, Hawkwing.  The reservation remains one of the most impoverished places in the world.  The following items are needed this year.  We are collecting September 9- October 28th.  Items needed:  Full sized personal care items (no items containing Triclosan): toothpaste & floss; deodorant; bar soap; Shampoo/Conditioner; lip protector (Chapstick, for example); hand cream.  New or gently used coats (all sizes -12 month – adult 3xl);  new warm clothes (same sizes); gently used winter coats accepted; underwear; warm socks; winter boots; sneakers; tops (sweaters/sweatshirts); heavy water proof gloves (all ages).  New Items for Babies (sizes 3 months to 18  months): disposable diapers & wipes, powder & diaper cream, sleepers, Onesies, receiving blankets, snowsuits, baby wash & shampoo, developmental & educational toys, baby dolls.  Toys for toddlers & art & sport items for teens.  (PLEASE NO BATTERY OR ELECTRIC TOYS or STUFFED ANIMALS.)  Art supplies (drawing pads/charcoals/pastels), board games, trucks & cars, preschool playsets & building blocks, baby dolls, basketballs, footballs.  New books for all ages (infant – teen.)  New items for elders: socks, hand cream, sweaters, towels.  FOOD IS CRITICALLY NEEDED:  You may donate to the existing Food Bank on the Rez. They purchase food for 18 cents a lb. from the South Dakota Food Bank.  CASH/CHECKS (all tax-deductible), made payable to Hawkwing, are welcome!  Send to:  Rochelle Ripley, 306 Cavan Lane, Glastonbury, CT 06033 860.633.8933.  For more information visit: www.hawkwing.org.  Any questions please see Terri or Tom Sessions, 860.644.5892. Thank you.  We will also have a money jar collection for Hawkwing Outreach Food Bank on Sunday, October 14th.

I am looking for a few more volunteers to join our Home Away from Home Ministry. This involves putting together and sending out a care package to one of our St John’s college students or armed service members. We have a total of 10 this year so your help would be greatly appreciated even if it’s only for one of the two semesters.  It is a fun way to connect with our young adults and let them know that their St. John’s family is with them in spirit.

Also needed are a couple of people for our Flower Ministry.  It takes very little time but is so rewarding.  This involves delivering one of the vases of flowers after the 10am service about once every 4-6 weeks.  Please contact me for more information about either of these special Ministries!   Feel free to email me at daug6978@sbcglobal.net or call me at (860) 916-8316.  Thank you!  Diane Augustus

The Cornerstone:  Food pantries usually experience a significant drop in the donations during the summer, and that is certainly the case with our Cupboard.  In case you are wondering why such items as canned beets and spinach and not corn and green beans are needed, it is because we can usually obtain free corn and green beans from Foodshare but not the less common vegetables.  The same holds true with soup; free tomato soup can be obtained at Foodshare but not the other soups.  Especially need:  cereal including instant oatmeal, spaghetti sauce, Ramen noodles, rice side dishes (such as Rice-A-Roni, Knorr Rice Sides), soup: chicken noodle, cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, canned tomatoes, cans of beef stew, boxes of macaroni, penne, rigatoni, etc., pudding or fruit cups, cans of beets, spinach, sauerkraut, white potatoes, crackers, peanut butter and jelly or jam.  We are so very grateful for your ongoing support of our Food Cupboard!


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