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Monday, April 15th

  • 5:30 pm Book Group discussing, Varina and The Sun Does Shine, at the Rectory sharing dinner
  • 7:00 pm Knitting Fellowship – Upper Parish Hall

Tuesday, April 16th

  • 6:00 pm Final Lenten Soup, Study and Eucharist – Lower Parish Hall

Wednesday, April 17th

  • 10:30 am Pastoral CareGivers – Riverside, East Hartford
  • 7:30 pm Al-Anon in the Lower Parish Hall

Thursday, April 18th – Maundy Thursday

  • 10:30 am Pastoral CareGivers – Fox Hill, Vernon
  • 7:00 pm Worship with Music, Foot Washing, and Eucharist

Friday, April 19th – Good Friday

  • 12 Noon – 3 pm the Sanctuary will be open for prayers, reflection and Stations of the Cross
  • 7:00 pm Worship with St. John’s Passion Narrative, the Solemn Collects and Communion

Saturday, April 20th

  • Noon – 3:00 pm Youth and Leaders delivering Easter Gift Bags to our Homebound Member

Sunday, April 21st – Easter Sunday

  • 8:00 am Rite I, Holy Eucharist with Music
  • 10:00 am Rite II, Holy Eucharist with Music, Nursery Care. No Sunday School or Coffee Hour.

Please wear your name tags so that we may welcome new members and visitors and know each other better.  Thank you.  Please let the Ushers or Greeter know if you do not have one.

Today is Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter that commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry in Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of Passover.  It thus marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent.  According to the Gospels, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem, and the celebrating people there laid down their cloaks in front of him, and also laid down palm branches.  The palm branch was a symbol of triumph and victory in the Roman Empire and later became a symbol of Christian martyrs and their spiritual victory or triumph over death.  It is customary in many churches for the worshippers to receive fresh palm leaves on Palm Sunday.

PAX CAKES are officially a tradition at St. John’s!! A traditional food eaten on Palm Sunday are Pax Cakes. Their origin is unknown, but the tradition appears to be older than 1570 A.D.  Pax Cakes were given by clergy to their congregation with the words “God and good neighbor” to promote peace and reconciliation between neighbors. Once again, Paul Finney has offered to make Pax Cakes to distribute TODAY. Many of us truly appreciated this sweet treat as a tangible reminder of Jesus’ journey to the cross. Thank you, Paul!!

Episcopalians are known for their cooking prowess, and all you bakers are needed for this Sunday’s Relay for Life Bake Sale!!!  Cakes, cookies, bars, breads, oh my!!  Pick your favorite and bring with you to Palm Sunday service.   Please email or call Melissa with what decadence you wish to prepare. Hugs and thank you from the Spirit Walkers Team. or 860-716-7181

For the past few years, my family and I have decided to GIVE for Lent rather than GIVE UP.  My sister, mom and I each collect one non-perishable food item for each day of Lent – collecting 40 items each.  Today, we bring our 120 food items to church, give them to John Horan, who then brings them to Cornerstone. They are always very grateful for this contribution and have told us they immediately pass it out to families in need.  As Bishop Curry said, “In this season of Lent, we take some time to focus on what that means for our lives, whether it’s as simple as giving up chocolate or as profound as taking on a commitment to serve the poor.. ”  Kimmie Farrell

Spring Gift Card Sale – Order forms are available in the Narthex.  The last date to turn in orders is April 21st (Easter). Delivery is April 28th and May 5th in time for Mother’s Day.  Thanks, Bill Francis

On Saturday, April 27th, at 5:30 pm we will have a Pot Luck International night. You are invited to come with your favorite dish that has an International twist or flavor. Bring the family, bring a friend! Please sign up in the Narthex or by emailing

On Tuesday, May 7th at 6:30 Bishop Ahrens will be joining us for a Regional Confirmation Service. We will be joined by at least five other parishes in NE CT that night. We have seven confirmands to present that night. In addition, any adult who was baptized in a different Christian tradition is invited to be received into the fellowship of the Episcopal Church by receiving a blessing from the Bishop. Adult members of our parish can also come forward to affirm their faith by being blessed by the Bishop.  If you would like to know more about being received into the Episcopal Church or being affirmed in your faith, please email or see Virginia.

Please remember to use Margaret’s new email address:

Relay is coming!!  Relay is coming!!

With just two months left, the South Windsor/Vernon 2019 Relay for Life (June 7-8th) has 38 registered teams, 203 registered participants and has raised $21,293!!!  If you haven’t registered yet, please do and if you need any help, let me know.  If you have never been to a Relay for Life, please consider stopping by anytime from June 7th, at 3pm until June 8th, 12 noon.  On Friday night, stop by for the luminaria event or if you are an early riser, drop by in the wee hours of the morning to keep St. John’s tired souls/soles on the track.

Bake Sale here at St. John’s on TODAY.  We need bakers and buyers, please let me know if/what you can bake.  Quilt raffles and luminarias can be purchased in the month of May, more information to come!!

An additional way you can support our efforts, is to purchase a gift card for our gift card raffle tree AND, if you purchase through the St. John’s gift card program, Bill Francis will get them to me and St. John’s will benefit as well. Thank you, Melissa Fenner, Alfreda Barber, Diane Dalo, Erica Feenstra

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.   Here’s how:

  1. Sign into 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.
St John’s has a new email distribution list.  Look for the invitation in your inbox and simply click the button/link at the bottom of this email to accept the invitation. You will need to join this new list to continue to receive the weekly announcements, the Epistle, and all other email communications from the parish. Please email Andrew Halpryn if you have any questions or problems joining the list.

PLEASE PICK UP YOUR 2019 OFFERING ENVELOPES (they are in the back of the church.)

If you ever wish for healing prayers, the laying on of hands, and holy anointing, simply linger at the railing at the end of communion and Virginia will pray with and for you. Or, see Virginia about having the healing prayers after the worship service.

Please PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR WEEKLY or MONTHLY ENVELOPES to assure that your contribution is correctly applied.  Also, if you need to mail your envelopes, please use 523 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon CT 06066.  The Post Office Box no longer exists.

Anyone who has discontinued use of a landline and is using a cell phone exclusively, please let Margaret know so she may update her records accordingly.



Palm Sunday April 14th, 8:00 and 10:00 am Worship

Maundy Thursday April 18th, 7:00 pm Worship with
Foot washing, reading the Passion narrative, Music
and Eucharist

Good Friday April 19th, the Church will be open for
Stations of the Cross and silent meditation from
Noon-3:00 pm.
At 7:00 pm there will be a service of lessons, prayers,
Reading of St. John’s Passion, 
music & Communion

April 21st Easter Sunday Worship at 8:00 and
10:00 am, Music at both services

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