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Friday, October 26th – Saturday, October 27th

  • ECCT Annual Convention in Mystic at the Mystic Marriott

Saturday, October 27th   

  • 6:00 pm Annual Halloween Party for Kids of all ages, Potluck Sloppy Joes & Salad, Costumes, Games, Trunk or Treat about 7:30 in the Parking Lot

Get Your Sooner Spirit On! Claim a garden as the great St. John’s Land Rush is here!!!!  This week the gardens of St. John’s that are in need of TLC have been given a stake.  Simply claim your garden by removing the stake and contact Melissa Fenner with the garden number you chose.  Thanks in advance!!

RSVP TO stjohnsvernonct@gmail.com!  Children of all ages are invited to annual Trunk or Treat Halloween Party on Saturday, October 27th at 6:00 pm, for the second of our “Let’s Have Fun Together” activities.  Costumes are highly recommended for children of all ages.  There will be games and pumpkins, and a pot luck supper of Sloppy Joes, corn bread, salad and dessert (sign-up sheet in the Narthex).  The party ends with Trunk-or-Treat in the parking lot at about 7:30 pm.  It is amazing what some of our parishioners do to their cars!!  Bring your family and friends….this party is open to all comers and is always SOOOOOO much fun!!
If any of you have unwanted Halloween decorations taking up space in your basement, please consider bringing them to Church on Sunday, October 21st.  It’s almost time for Trunk-or-Treat — our annual celebration of Things That Go Bump in the Night — and we’d love some “new to us” decorations to keep things fun and special for the kiddos and their grown-ups*.  All donations can be left in the lower parish hall.  (*Don’t forget — grown-ups without kiddos are welcome too!  The more the merrier!

November 4th is Bring A Friend To Church Sunday. We will have an augmented coffee hour. Plan ahead about who you might invite to join us in worship and fellowship!!

Carol Clayton has a significant number of 312 hearing aid batteries which she would like to donate to anybody at St. John’s who could use them. They are in the narthex. Thank you Carol!

The Environmental Ministry and the Let’s Have Fun Together committee are jointly sponsoring our 2nd Party for the Planet, a Fundraiser for the Inter-Religious Eco-Justice Network (IREJN):  November 11, 2018, 5:30pm. Fun!  Golden oldies spun by DJ Dave Smith. Also, a Raffle for donated items such as quilts, hand-knitted items, floral wreaths, and nature-y books for all ages.  Potluck:  Bring your favorite chili dish, so we can ‘chill’ the planet!  IREJN is Connecticut’s state-wide organization for empowering and inspiring religious communities to be faithful stewards of the earth.  Programs and campaigns this year include:  Green Houses of Worship, Earth Prayers for Earth Weekend, Green Forums (Offshore Wind, Environmental Racism, Divestment), Banning Fracking Waste, 100Percent Clean Energy in CT, Save the Butterflies.  See also https://irejn.org/about-us/the-time-is-now-the-theological-basis-for-saving-the-planet/.  Raffle tickets will go on sale on October 28, and be available on November 4 and November 11 as well.  Hoping to see many of you there, and thanks very much for your support!!

The ECW is having an additional fund raiser this fall.  All the proceeds will be divided between The Cornerstone and Rev. Margaret Watson’s (Rector of the 9 parish Episcopal Church on the Cheyenne River Lakota Reservation) emergency and discretionary fund. The ECW will be selling St. John’s hoodies and fleeces, in youth and adult sizes. The prices range from $33 to $38 dollars.  There are sample jackets with the design shown in a variety of sizes, which you can see and try on. All orders must be paid in full by check in advance.  The ECW hopes that you will see the hoodies and jackets as potential Christmas gifts for loved ones. The items are on display starting this Sunday and order forms are available in the Narthex. The sale will end on November 11th. Thank you!

Reminder of how you can help St. John’s with every Amazon order you place.  It’s so easy to register with Amazon Smile, and each time you place an order St. John’s makes a portion of your spending.  With the holidays fast approaching, it can be another way to give back without changing your spending habits!! Here’s how:

  1. Sign into smile.amazon.com with your normal Amazon log-in
  2. Click on the “Your Account” select “Change your charity”,
  3. Use the find your charity” to locate St. John’s Episcopal Church Vernon, CT,
  4. Click “select” and shop to your heart’s content!

Then bookmark the site and use it every time you wish to place an Amazon Order.  If you have any questions or need any help, see Kevin or Melissa Fenner.

Save the Date!!!!!  Relay for Life June 7-8, 2019 Rockville High School.


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