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TODAY Labor Day Weekend Sunday, September 1st – 9:00 am ONE UNITED Worship
Monday, September 2nd – Labor Day
Wednesday, September 4th 

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

Sunday, September 8th – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost 

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

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

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. Virginia returns Sunday, September 8th.

Education for Ministry – EfM is a four-year program of theological education and reflection for lay persons in the Episcopal church.  Developed by the University of the South and used world-wide, participants study the Bible, church history, and theology, meeting together weekly to discuss and reflect on their learning. One group, mentored by Ron Ward, meets at St. James’s Church in West Hartford on Mondays, from 6 to 9 pm from September to May. The first year of study is Old Testament, and the tuition is $375, which includes books. The group is limited to 12 participants, and there are now two openings.

While EfM is more of a commitment than other Bible studies, participants rave about the program. They form close bonds of fellowship by worshiping together, bearing one another’s burdens, and growing in faith, hope, and love. See the video linked below, where participants describe their experiences.

If you are interested, please speak to Sarah Butters after the service on Sunday, September 1 and have a look at the textbooks. She makes the drive from Vernon to West Hartford every Monday night and would be happy to have a passenger. She will be available to answer questions in coffee hour too. Further information on-line:    Contact mentor Ron Ward:

CPR Class Update!  Thank you to those of you who have already signed up to become CPR certified.  The class will be held on Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 pm in the Lower Parish Hall.   The instructor informed me that he needs a count of the participants 2 weeks in advance to order the materials so the deadline for signing up is Wednesday, September 4.   In addition, there is a maximum of 12 participants.  If you haven’t signed up yet, this is the American Heart Association Heartsaver 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 sign up, please see Steve Filipek and/or email him at by September 4. Thanks! Steve Filipek

John Shea would like to call the attention of the parish to a memorial dedication to his late wife Barbara at the regular Sunday Mass at 10:30 am on Sunday, September 8, at St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church, Maple Street, Ellington. Throughout their married life John and Barbara faithfully attended both St. John’s and St. Luke’s. All are welcome to attend the Mass. Barbara’s funeral was held here at St. John’s on July 12.

September 22, 2019, is Clean and Green Sunday at St. John’s! We will be showing the film “Paris to Pittsburgh” at 5:30 pm (potluck starts at 5:00 pm).

The Annual Brotherhood of St. Andrews’ Steak and Chicken Dinner will be held on Saturday, September 28th. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm. NY Strip Steak Dinner $18, Chicken Dinner $12, Hot Dog Dinner $6, Family (1 or 2 parents, & up to 3 children) $40. Mark your calendars. See you there!

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 looking for 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 critical need of people able and willing to deliver the produce to the Cornerstone, and to weed the gardens!!!! Please see Letty or Sarah if you are able to help in ANY way. Thank you.

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

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.

Please remember to use Margaret’s new email address:

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.

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 the celebrant will pray with and for you. Or, see the priest about having the healing prayers after the worship service.

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 PUT YOUR envelope number on your offering check 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.

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