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All Sundays in August –8/4 Eighth, 8/11 Ninth, 8/18 Tenth, 8/25 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

  • 8:00 am Rite I
  • 10:00 am Rite II, Holy Eucharist with Music, Nursery Care, followed by Coffee Hour

Tuesday, August 20th

  • 5:30 pm Book Group at Elaine Anderson’s reading, Katherine, by Anya Seton

All Wednesday in August

  • 7:30 pm Al-Anon in the Lower Parish Hall

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.

If you are a visitor or newcomer to St. John’s, we welcome you to our worship this morning! Please introduce yourself to the clergy and join us for Coffee Hour in the Lower Parish Hall. If you have any questions or there is any way we may be of service, please speak to the clergy, the greeters, a vestry member or whoever is sitting near you. We’d love for you to provide your contact information in the Guest Register at the back of the church.

Please note that Ben Brockman will be substituting for Virginia during her sabbatical leave. Ben’s contact information is in the parish directory. His contact phone is 860-512-0428 (home) and 203-260-2583; but because of the frequency of robo calls, he rarely answers immediately but checks for messages regularly.

The following 2019 Sundays are 9:00 am UNITED WORSHIP at St. John’s:
September 1, December 29 and other occasional Sundays as announced and posted for Baptisms

Now through the end of September, produce from our organic garden needs to be delivered each week to The Cornerstone following the 10:00 am service. Please sign up in the Narthex or email Margaret at if you are able and willing to do this. We are already working on the organic vegetable and fruit gardens. Good things are growing and more remains to be planted. We are looking for planters, weeders, harvesters, mulchers, waterers to keep the garden growing and thriving, into the summer and early fall months.  If you would like to focus on a particular vegetable or fruit, that is also a way to help.  The garden is a key element of how we put our faith into action and engage in the mission of God at St. John’s and in the town of Vernon; it takes a village to make it go and grow. We are in especially critical need of people able and willing to deliver the produce to the Cornerstone!!!! Please see Letty or Sarah if you are able to help in ANY way this coming season.  Thanks.

Happy summer, everyone! Summertime on the St. John’s campus is the perfect opportunity to stop, look around, and see our abundant blessings. The labors of our volunteers are evident everywhere – in the organic garden (recently fortified against our woodchuck and rabbit neighbors), in the flower beds that provide three seasons of blooms, and in the impressive sweep of our large lawns. Over the years we have been very fortunate to have a dedicated group of parishioners willing to mow (and weed whack) the lawns of our campus. Having volunteers take on this responsibility saves St. John’s a tremendous amount of money that otherwise would be handed over to a landscaping company. It is a faithful and visible display of stewardship, as well as a few peaceful hours in the sun*. This dedicated crew is in need of new recruits! Please contact Don Wills at 860-528-8920 if you can help keep our grounds looking clean and trim. Please note – the lawns are mowed in sections at different times by different people; no one has to do the entire lawn alone. Even an hour or two a week, chosen at your convenience, would be a huge help. Please consider lending a hand. Faithfully yours, Alicia di Leo and Don Wills, Wardens (*Don’t forget your sunscreen!)

HOME AWAY FROM HOME MINISTRY:  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.  My contact information is 860-645-6660 or via email at  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

Please remember to use Margaret’s new email address:

Enrich your spiritual journey and deepen your faith with a new resource:
There’s a new and wonderful web site organized and written under the auspices of the Society of Biblical Literature, an old and highly respected organization of biblical scholars. The site is called Bible Odyssey, and its purpose is to make sound scholarly research and understanding of the Bible available in interesting and readily digestible brief articles on a very wide range of topics. I believe this resource can be a wonderful aid in developing and enriching one’s personal spiritual growth and journey in faith, and I commend it enthusiastically. An index of subjects and topics makes it easy to use.
For example, if you’re wondering about Paul’s dual identity as Jew and Christian, there’s an article or two on that. If you want to find out more about the Prophet Elisha, you’d find a couple of interesting articles along with references to the places Elisha appears in the Bible. Or about who Mary Magdalene really was. Or how much a drachma was worth. Or how a modern person is to understand the miracles of the Old Testament. Or what an apocalypse is. Wherever your curiosity leads, you’ll likely find a scholar whose curiosity has produced a fascinating, thoughtful, well-grounded article about it.
Here’s the link: Do check it out. I think you’ll find it richly useful. — Rev. Ben 

Contact Information for the Parish Nurse, Maria Evans RN,FCN – (860) 818-2141 or

Environmental Ministry – Please tell us how you are being creation/climate-friendly! The Environmental Ministry is asking SJV parishioners to tell us about your Creation/climate friendly habits, purchases, and activities, so we can benchmark all that our church is doing and provide inspiration for doing more. So if you do ANY of the following (or any others we have forgotten but you know are important!): Set your thermostat to a relatively low temperature (60 degrees?  55 degrees??); Have or use solar panels; Drive an electric vehicle; Drive a hybrid gas/electric vehicle; Purchase fruit and/or vegetables from a Community Supported Agriculture farm (CSA); Grow some of your own food—vegetables, fruit, chickens, goats all count!; Use organic lawn care products and procedures; Use a push lawn mower; Use an electric lawn mower; Compost your food waste; Consistently put out a bigger mass of recycling than garbage for pickup; Carry your own water bottle; Carry your own straw; Carry and reuse your own shopping bags; Carry your own reusable lunch container; Store your leftovers in non-plastic containers. Please email Terri Sessions ( with what you do!  Please also let her know if you want us to keep your identity confidential (we won’t tell anyone) or if it’s OK to share your name with parishioners who might want to learn how you do what you do! Thanks for all that you do.

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.

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.

Would you like to help save a life?  A CPR training and certification is being offered at St. John’s on Thursday, September 19th in the evening (time TBA). This is the American Heart Association Heart saver CPR/AED for adult, child and infant certification and it is good for 2 years.  This class is for anyone wanting to learn CPR or in need of recertification. There will be  instruction provided by certified instructors from the Tolland Fire Dept. and hands on training. The exact  fee for the class will be known when we see how many are committed to taking the class, but the cost is approx. $50 per participant. Participants will write their check to St. John’s at the training. If you have any questions, or wish to signup, please see Steve Filipek and/or email him at

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