Epistle February — March 2019
PARISH PEARLS February and March 2019
On February 3rd, St. John’s will be having its fourth annual SOUPer BOWL SUNDAY OF CARING. This is a National Movement. The Youth are taking up a collection of monetary donations and non- perishable food items after both services for the Cornerstone in Rockville and East Hartford Interfaith Ministers (EHIM) to provide extra funds for the SOUP Kitchen for those who are hungry in the midst of a national day of vast extravagance. Please make checks out to St. John’s Episcopal Church, Vernon and our Treasurer will distribute one check for each organization.
In October of 2018, the Convention of the ECCT voted unanimously to engage in a two year season of Racial Healing and Reconcilation, designating February 10th as Sunday to be celebrated across the ECCT as a day of Racial Reconcilation. I (Virginia) helped in the work of identifying and distributing appropriate and General Convention approved liturgical resources for parishes across the Diocese to use. This is not a day about guilt or accusation. It is a day to explore more intentionally what it means and looks like to be the “beloved community” of our Lord. I look forward to sharing this special worship service with all of you!
On Sunday, February 10th, at 5 pm, we will kick off our annual Stewardship Appeal with our special stewardship dinner. Bishop Ahrens will be our guest speaker again in this first stewardship season of St. John’s parish. Skip Sutcliffe is our Stewardship Chair and he will be assisted by Lois Valliere in this crucial work. Vestry members will be in touch with you about attending the meal and evening presentation. Our Stewardship Appeal, which will run April 7th, is an essential element of the sustainability of St. John’s ministries and mission. It is also an important part of our observance of Epiphany and Lent as we ponder our relationship with Our Lord Jesus, the gratitude and abundance to which God calls us, how we live out our gratitude to God for all the gifts so freely bestowed, and the grace-filled ways in which the Holy Spirit is moving in our personal lives and our life together as the Body of Christ at St. John’s. A special meal for children will be served and child care will be provided. We hope you will be present!
Saturday, March 2 is International Potluck Supper Night. Prepare your favorite international recipe and bring it along to share in a relaxed night of good food and fellowship. Sign up in the Narthex in February or by email email@example.com.
March 3rd will be our annual UNDIE SUNDAY. Please pick up child, teen or adult sized underwear, socks, hats, mittens, and gloves for a special collection that morning. All the underwear, socks and outer wear are donated to the local school nurses and two homeless shelters. The need is great!
Tuesday March 5th is Shrove “Fat” Tuesday. There will a pancake plus all the fun fixings dinner in the lower Parish Hall from 5:30 to 6:30 that evening.
Ash Wednesday is March, 6th. There will be Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes at Noon and at 7:00 pm. There will be five Lenten Soup Supper, Study and Eucharist opportunities. The dates are March 21 & 28, April 4, 10 & 16. Please email Virginia if you intend to participate, so that she can plan the study materials.
Our Annual Corn Beef and Cabbage Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 16th at 5:30 pm in the Lower Parish Hall. Tickets may be purchased after worship on Sundays, starting in the middle of February.
RELAY FOR LIFE news: Although we just had our first storm of the season, in no time we will be taking our laps at the 2019 Relay for Life South Windsor/ Vernon on June 7th-8th at Rockville High School, Vernon, CT. We are starting the relay season off with the Daffodil Days and there are several ways you can participate:
1.) Buy some daffodils for a co-worker, family member, friend or heck for yourself just to brighten up the gloomy days of winter: For a $10 donation, receive one bunch of daffodils as a thank you; For a $15 donation, receive potted mini-daffodils you can plant, as a thank you; For a $25 donation, instead of receiving flowers, you can support the Gift of Hope Program where volunteers deliver daffodils to local hospitals.
2.) You can download the information from the link below and sell daffodils to co-workers, family and friends and all money will support the Spirit Walkers Relay for Life team of St. John’s in Vernon https://acscmsstorage.blob.core.windows.net/cmsfiles/XgmlPdgYEX0zga6C.pdf
Daffodils are for sale after church on Sundays from now until Feb 17th. Please order/pay by then at church or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work out payment. Delivery of daffodils will be the week of March 18th, 2019. Thank you again for your continued support for this annual outreach. If you have questions on how else you can support St. John’s effort with the Relay for Life just let me know!!
HOME AWAY FROM HOME MINISTRY: As many of you know, Diane Augustus and her husband have retired at the end of last year, and will be spending much of their time in Florida enjoying a warmer climate and relaxing lifestyle. As a member of St John’s for many years, Diane was responsible for leading several ministries; one of which was the Home Away From Home program. This ministry involves putting together & mailing a care package once a semester for one of our college students or persons in the military to remind them that their St. John’s family is thinking about them. I am very happy to announce that I will be taking over the leadership of this program beginning with the Spring Semester 2019, and very anxious to work closely with parents and the existing group of Volunteers who have kept this program successful under Diane’s management. My contact information is 860-645-6660 or via email at email@example.com. I will be finalizing all of the specific information on each recipient in the coming weeks, and if any Parent has any updates that I should know about before the packages are being prepared, please reach out to me as soon as possible. If anyone is interested in learning more about this ministry and/or joining the team of Volunteers who have the pleasure of making someone’s day a little brighter with a personal care package of goodies, I’d be happy to speak with you as well. Thank you to everyone involved in this ministry, and I look forward to the continuing future of Home Away From Home. Jackie Petrizzo
At the 1st of the year, I took over the Flower Ministry as Diane Augustus will be living in Florida more than half the year. I look forward to working with the current volunteers and hope to bring more people into our group. If you are looking for a rewarding, but small, commitment within St. John’s, this may be the right place for you. This involves delivering one of the vases of flowers after the 10 a.m. service to someone who needs a smile and some cheer. Virginia selects the recipients, and the flowers can be delivered on your way home. This is not a visiting commitment (there is another group of people who make home visits) as many of these people do not wish to have company. It requires simply dropping off the flowers and wishing them a nice day and to feel better soon. The only reason I have ever gone into someone’s home is because an elderly couple could not carry the vase, and I placed it on their dining room table. We currently have 12 members for delivery, and scheduling on a rotating basis (with two members taking a vase each week) means an obligation of once every six weeks. If we can get more volunteers, perhaps we can get to an obligation of once every eight weeks. So if you can spare a few minutes on your way home from church, please contact me by email – firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 871-7270. Thank you for considering this meaningful ministry; you’ll be happy you did! Linda Borovicka
DATES TO REMEMBER
Feb. 3 Epiphany 4 SOUPer BOWL of Caring Collection Rite I at 8 am and Rite II with Music, Sunday School, and Nursery Care at 10 am. Followed by Coffee Hour, and Mentor time for the Confirmation Class.
Feb. 4 7 pm Knitting Fellowship in the Upper Parish Hall.
Feb. 5 11:45 am Lunch Bunch in the Lower Parish Hall.
Feb. 10 Epiphany 5 Rite I at 8 am and Rite II with Music, Sunday School, and Nursery Care at 10 am. Followed by Coffee Hour.
Feb. 10 5 pm Stewardship Dinner in the Lower Parish Hall.
Feb. 11 7 pm Vestry in the Undercroft.
Feb. 12 7 pm Knitting Fellowship in the Upper Parish Hall.
Feb. 13 10:30 am Pastoral CareGivers at Riverside in East Hartford.
Feb. 13 7 pm The Brotherhood of St. Andrew in the Undercroft.
Feb. 14 10:30 am Pastoral Caregivers at Fox Hill in Vernon.
Feb. 17 Epiphany 6 Rite I at 8 am and Rite II with Music, Sunday School, and Nursery Care at 10 am. Followed by Coffee Hour.
Feb. 18 7 pm Knitting Fellowship in the Upper Parish Hall.
Feb. 19 7:15 pm Women’s Spiritual Growth Group in the Undercroft.
Feb. 20 5:30 pm Book Club at The Rectory, reading Them by Senator Ben Sasse.
Feb. 24 Epiphany 7 Rite I at 8 am and Rite II with Music, Sunday School, and Nursery care at 10 am. Followed by Coffee Hour in the LPH and Confirmation Class in the Undercroft.
Feb. 25 7 pm Knitting Fellowship in the Upper Parish Hall
March 3 UNDIE SUNDAY Collection and Last Sunday of Epiphany Rite I at 8 am and Rite II with Music, Sunday School, and Nursery Care at 10 am. Followed by Coffee Hour, Confirmation Class in the Undercroft, and ECW meeting in the side classroom.
March 4 7 pm Knitting Fellowship in the Upper Parish Hall.
March 5 11:45 am Lunch Bunch in the Lower Parish Hall.
March 5 5:30-6:30 pm Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper pm in the Lower Parish Hall.
March 6 Ash Wednesday Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes at noon and 7 pm.
March 10 Lent 1 Rite I at 8 am and Rite II with Music, Sunday School, and Nursery Care at 10 am. Followed by Coffee Hour, and Mentor time for the Confirmation Class.
March 11 7 pm Knitting Fellowship in the Upper Parish Hall.
March 13 7 pm The Brotherhood of St. Andrew in the Undercroft.
March 14 6 pm Lenten Soup, Study and Eucharist in the Lower Parish Hall
March 16 5:30 pm Corn Beef and Cabbage FUNdraiser and Fellowship Night. Tickets must be bought in advance.
March 17 Lent 2 Rite I at 8 am and Rite II with Music, Sunday School, and Nursery Care at 10 am. Followed by Coffee Hour.
March 18 7 pm Knitting Fellowship in the Upper Parish Hall.
March 18 7 pm Vestry in the Undercroft.
March 20 10:30 am Pastoral CareGivers at Riverside in East Hartford.
March 20 5:30 pm Book Club at the Rectory reading Varina by Charles Frazier.
March 20 6:30 pm Lenten Soup Supper, Study and Eucharist in the Undercroft.
March 21 10:30 am Pastoral Caregivers at Fox Hill in Vernon.
March 21 6 pm Lenten Soup, Study and Eucharist in the Lower Parish Hall
March 24 Lent 4 Rite I at 8 am and Rite II with Music, Sunday School, and Nursery Care at 10 am. Followed by Coffee Hour.
March 25 7 pm Knitting Fellowship in the Upper Parish Hall.
March 26 7:15 Women’s Spiritual Growth Group in the Undercroft.
March 27 6:30 pm Lenten Soup Supper, Study and Eucharist in the Undercroft.
March 26 7 pm Good Grief Group in the Upper Parish Hall.
March 28 6 pm Lenten Soup, Study and Eucharist in the Lower Parish Hall
March 31 Lent 5 Rite I at 8 am and Rite II with Music, Sunday School, and Nursery Care at 10 am. Followed by Coffee Hour and Confirmation Class.
Leaders and Liaisons
Your Vestry would like to ensure it keeps up to date with to the many activities of the fellowships/ministries/committees/faith in action/groups of St. John’s. We have identified Vestry Liaisons, each covering several areas of ministry endeavor. This chart is being published for your reference. The Liaisons should be used as the point of contact for questions, concerns, and information sharing.
Although Virginia is involved in all aspects of parish life, we want to relieve her of some administrative burdens. Thus, she is not a Liaison to any of the ministries.
Liaison: Kevin Fenner 860-716-4872
- Office Assistance
- Stewardship & Planned Giving
- Boy Scouts
Liaison: Elaine Anderson 860-604-4125
- Knitting Group
- Reading Group
- Good Grief Group
Liaison: Andy Halpryn 860-870-7788 &
Bethany Chathavisouk 860-7291-997
- Sunday School
- Lenten Studies and other CE Programs
- Youth Group
Liaison: Alicia diLeo 860-794-7357
- Electronic Media/Website
- Communications Coordinator
- Bulletin Boards
- The Epistle
Liaison: William Francis 860-836-6748
- Facilities Commission
Clothing Shed Managers
Don Wills 860-305-6005 & Bill Francis 860-836-6748
Don Wills 860-305-6005 & Elaine Anderson 860-604-4125
Fellowship & Worship
Liaison: Bethany Chanthavisouk 860-729-1997 & Cheryl Abbott 860-872-4311
- Prayer Team
- Altar Guild
Liaisons: Paul Finney 860-212-2334
Liaison: Linda Collier 860-568-0124
- Flower Ministry
- Ministry to Shut-Ins
- Home Away From Home
- Pastoral CareGivers
- Helping Hands Meals
Liaison: Tom Sessions (860)644-5892 & Gretchen Shea 860-997-7599
- Cornerstone Soup Kitchen
- Food Pantry
- Special Events for Mission
- Environmental Ministry
- Relay for Life
Liaison: Steve Filipek 860-690-3296 & Don Wills 860-305-6005
- New Member Orientation
- Coffee Hour
- Guest Follow up
Service & Fellowship
Liaison: Alfreda Barber (860) 871-6857 &
Gretchen Shea 860-997-7599
- Brotherhood of St. Andrew
- The Lunch Bunch
- Special Events and Celebrations
Coffee Hour and Kitchen
Andy Halpryn 860-870-7788
LEADERS AND POINT PEOPLE AT ST. JOHN’S
Acolytes: Dwight Feenstra 860-871-7553
Altar Guild: Sue Douglass 860-872-9742, Lois Valliere 860-742-3161
Brotherhood: Paul Brown 860-559-2005
Bridge Group: Tom & Terri Sessions 860- 644-5892
Mission & Outreach Coordinators & Special Mission Events and Collections: Tom & Terri Sessions 860-644-5892
Coffee Hour: Andy Halpryn 860-803-8158
Communications Coordinator: David Clarke 860-872-7653
Cornerstone Soup Kitchen: Carole Cronsell 860-872-8924
Counters: Skip Sutcliffe 860-978-0091
ECW: Carol Fenner 239-560-0399
Environmental Ministry: Letty Naigles 860- 896-0673
Epistle Editor: Alicia DiLeo 860-875-7600
Facilities: Bill Francis 860-836-6748
Flower Ministry: Linda Borivicka 860-878-0358
Food Pantry: John Horan 860-647-8263, Art Plante 860-860-805-4215, Mary Wilson 860-872-6607
Gardening: (Flowers) Melissa Fenner 860-466-9673
Good Grief Group – Mary Wilson 860-872-6607
Greeters: Holly Filipek 860-871-8725
Helping Hands (Meals on St. John’s Wheels): DeLynn Mund 860-872-8583
Kitchen Coordinator and Home Away From Home Ministry: Jackie Petrizzo 860-305-1939
Knitting Group: Lois Valliere 860- 742-3161
Polly Scheafer 860-872-3901
Memorial Garden: Elaine Anderson 860- 644-6412
Music Director: Markus Centola (860)869-5848
Pastoral Care: Virginia Army (860) 377-4972, Diane Gutzmer (860)875-1041
Planned Giving: Andy Halpryn 860-803-8158
Reading Group: Mary Wilson 860-872-6607
Stewardship Coordinator: Skip Sutcliffe 860-978-0091
Sunday School: Andy Halpryn 860-803—8158 & Erica Feenstra 860-335-5910
Ushers: Skip Sucliffe: 860-860-978-0091
Youth Group: Diane Dalo 860-798-9720 & Dwight Feenstra (860) 871-7553 & Virginia Army 860-377-4972
Yard Work: Dave Smith (860)454-0607