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To: The Good People of St. John’s
From: Virginia
Date: August 28, 2019
Re: What I did on my summer Sabbatical

I traveled! I went first to Sanibel Island in Florida for a week with my sister Weezie and two wonderful friends of ours. I walked and walked, read two books (more on that later), knitted a shawl for Priscilla’s birthday, floated in the ocean and the pool, cooked with my sister, laughed lots, and slept like a log! Three weeks later Tom and I traveled with my sister Amy and her husband Dave to CANADA! This was the first time in 25 years that I had been out of the U.S. We drove first to Cape Breton where we stayed in Louisbourg which is on the eastern shore of Cape Breton and is an old historic site. We toured the rebuilt fort in a steady, cold rain on July 1, aka Canada Day. The cool, wet weather continued but it did not dampen our spirits. We hiked some beautiful trails, saw gorgeous wild ocean landscapes, attended a fabulous Celtic music concert, and of course Amy and I knit together, working on the same sweater pattern with a fingering weight Welsh wool our Mother had given us years ago. After 4 nights in Louisbourg we drove back to New Brunswick and landed in St. Andrew’s by the Sea on July 4th. Here we stayed in a B&B on the Bay of Fundy (the portion called Passamaquoddy Bay) and found warm sunny weather, an absolutely beautiful Botanical Garden, which included an amazing sculpture garden, more trails to walk, excellent seafood, and plenty of time to knit and read and rest! On the way home to Amy and Dave’s home in Kennebunk, we stopped in Bangor where Catherine waited on us at lunchtime. This was a terrific end to a truly wonderful trip! Feeling far away was new for me and the escape from everything familiar was extraordinary.

I saw family! We attended a family reunion weekend on my side of the family in late June at Weezie’s home in N.H. We hosted a family cookout for Tom’s side in late July in Little Compton. It was wonderful to see everyone and to watch the grandchildren connect and the great grandchildren play together. Little Virginia was here with us by herself for five days. Those were five perfect days of laughter, play, snuggles, and wonder at the person she is becoming: funny, smart, inquisitive, and sooooo sweet. Priscilla, Selvin and Relee joined us and stayed another six days. In fact all my daughters came for visits ranging from thirty-six hours (Catherine) to two days (Rachel and Lyndon) up to four days (Hannah and Elizabeth). Tom and I are so grateful for this time with each of them. My Mom has stayed down here with us for a total of ten days. And we were delighted to visit with several good friends and extended family members. I am truly blessed by loving family and faithful friends in my life.

I read lots! I read nine novels, three books about race and relationship in the U.S., three biographies (US Grant, Frederick Douglass, A. Lincoln) and one memoir (Becoming). Each book challenged and fascinated me in different ways. I learned much I did not know about the history of slavery and oppression in our country and of the many Herculean efforts made to change the trajectory of justice, structural racism, and inequality, right up to this present day.

I had time to be, rather than to do! I sat inside and outside, praying and knitting, for hours. (My sweater is nearly done. One sleeve left to go and I still have nine days left!). I walked and walked and prayed and prayed. I slept deeply. I ate fresh fruits and veggies from my favorite farm stand every day and gave thanks for the abundance of God’s creation. I watched my granddaughter play on the beach and held her in the water as the waves rolled over and by. I watched the waves wash in and out, and listened to the sound of surf, two miles away, at night. I mowed the lawn, cleaned the house, did the chores, cooked dinner, all with no pressure of time. It was lovely and a vast privilege to stop hurrying when doing ordinary tasks that have always brought me deep satisfaction and even joy.

I reflected and I prayed! I prayed for all of you, for the concerns and petitions of our parish, for our country, for the world, and for the preservation and protection of God’s creation. I prayed that justice, peace, compassion, tolerance, civility, and respect for the dignity of every, single human being may prevail. I spent time reflecting on the journey I have already traveled and all that is yet to come.

I am deeply grateful, feeling refreshed, and ready to rejoin our parish life together! I have been following pastoral developments closely, thanks to Ben and Maria. Thank you for allowing me this time away. Words cannot express my gratitude to Ben for his priestly leadership and pastoral excellence. St. John’s is truly blessed by his ministry among us, and I am truly blessed to be a part of the extraordinary St. John’s! Thanks be to God!!!



Sunday, September 8th is Bill Winterton HOMECOMING Sunday.  Church School and Choir will resume at the 10 am worship service.

Our Church School opens on September 8th and Nursery Care will continue. We have a fabulous team of volunteers working together with our youngest members this year: Andy Halpryn, Erica Feenstra, Bethany Chanthavisouk, Kimmie Farrell, Elaine Anderson, and Linda Hull have all agreed to help again. They are supported by our wonderful and generous teens: Amelia and Clarissa Halpryn, Isabel and Charlotte Mund, Victoria Minietti, and Donnie, Damien, and Kiara Wilson.  The Church School and Nursery Care will be run together and small children will be able to move back and forth. Please don’t worry about if your child is in nursery or church school; everyone in grade 5 and younger is welcome and we will work it out for each child. There will be prayers, art projects, and opportunities to sing and make music, and plenty of fun, as the children learn about Jesus and experience fellowship together. The volunteers will be commissioned at the 10 am worship service on opening day. Church School is entirely upstairs in the Parish House, so please bring the kids upstairs, not down. There is Nursery Care every Sunday, and NO Church School on the Blessing of the Animals Sunday, and October 6th

St. John’s organic vegetable garden and the butterfly garden that abuts it have brought a good deal of accolades and attention to our parish. They have burnished our reputation as leaders in environmental action within our diocese; we have been awarded state grants to increase the garden’s yield and expand what is grown, and are often called upon to lend expertise to other parishes which are interested in developing similar gardens. This year the gardeners estimate 500 pounds of organic food will be delivered to Cornerstone to help feed those who struggle with food insecurity. The perennial flowers planted there are essential sources of food and habitat for both bees and butterflies. Both gardens were created to answer our call to help our neighbors and be stewards of God’s creation.

The butterfly garden is in need of some volunteers to bring it back to its best butterfly-and-bee-nurturing self. Conquering the weeds will not only beautify the space; it will also allow the perennials to spread and bloom more efficiently. Letty Naigles can offer guidance on what needs to be pulled and what needs to stay. No prior gardening experience is needed. Please find out how you can help maintain this garden going forward. You may contact Letty at lnaigles@yahoo.com or 860-896-0673 if you’d like to help and need some guidance.

Thank you! Alicia di Leo, Senior Warden

Would you like to help save a life?  A CPR training and certification is being offered at St. John’s on Thursday, September 19th at 6:0 pm in the Lower Parish Hall.  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 with hands-on training. Thank you to those who have already signed up.  The instructor 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.  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 stephen.filipek@gmail.com by September 4.   Thanks!  Steve Filipek

Welcome back from your times of rest and relaxation! Now that most of you are back, I would like to extend an invitation to exploring both individual and communal Spiritual Practices here at St. John’s. I will be offering a 10 – 11 week session (session 1 is informational) to a small group (6 total) utilizing Creating a Life with God : The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices by Daniel Wolpert. Sessions would be about 1 hour weekly sessions starting Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 pm. Place to be determined. Rev. Virginia has graciously offered to pay for your books for the program. They are available on Amazon Smile. Please contact me at 860 818-2141 or online at frsevans@comcast.net if you have questions or are interested. I have 5 seats available. “Be Still and Know,” Maria Evans

The first Youth Group Meeting will happen on October 13th immediately following the second service. We will have a cook-out and games on the lawn and a chance to talk about potential service projects and fun activities for the school year. This is open to Jr. High and High School aged teens (grades 6-12). Youth group leaders are Diane Dalo, Dwight Feenstra, Erica Feenstra, and Virginia.

Each fall we do a collection for the Cheyenne River Lakota Reservation through the local non-profit, hawkwing. The reservation remains one of the most impoverished places in the world. The following items are needed this year. Our annual fall COLLECTION for the CHEYENNE RIVER LAKOTA RESERVATION through the local non-profit hawkwing is September 8-November 3rd. The reservation remains one of the most impoverished places in the world. The following items are needed: Full sized personal care items: toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, deodorant, bar soap, shampoo/conditioner, lip gloss (chapstick) and hand cream. Warm tops, socks and waterproof gloves sizes 9 months to adult. GENTLY USED JACKETS, COATS, HATS, GLOVES AND BOOTS FOR ALL AGES ACCEPTED. For babies and toddlers-disposable diapers, wipes, powder & diaper creams, developmental & educational toys ,trucks, cars, games,  building blocks and baby dolls. For teens-art supplies (drawing pads/charcoals/pastels), board games, basketballs, footballs, etc.  Please NO BATTERY, ELECTRONIC GAMES, OR STUFFED ANIMALS. For elders: socks, hand creams, sweaters and towels. Sewing machines have been donated- need sewing notions and cloth at least a yard long. 2 Toddler parks are being built this fall -outdoor play houses and outdoor games needed. FOOD IS CRITICALLY NEEDED. You may donate at any time to the existing Food Bank. They purchase food for 18 cents a lb. from the South Dakota Food Bank. We will have a special collection on Sunday, October 13th. Checks (all tax-deductible), made payable to hawkwing, are welcome! Send to Rochelle Ripley, 306 Cavan Lane, Glastonbury, Ct 06033, phone 860.633.8933. For more info visit www.hawkwing.org. Any questions see Terri or Tom Sessions 860.644.5892. Thank you.

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew will be hosting their annual Steak and Chicken Dinner on Saturday, September 28th at 6 pm. Tickets are on sale now and must be bought in advance. 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! Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5 pm and the dinner will be served at 6 pm. The menu includes a choice of NY strip, BBQ chicken or a hot dog, served with baked potatoes, green beans, and salad. Dessert will feature a Sundae bar. All the proceeds support the Brotherhood’s food ministries, and work with local Veterans at Phelps House in Rockville.

Sunday, October 6th is St. Francis Sunday and we will have our annual Blessing of the Animals service at 10 am. The service will be in the Memorial Garden if the weather permits. Bring your favorite lawn chairs and your pets! Folding chairs will also be available. If it rains, we gather in the Sanctuary. This will be followed by a light luncheon/coffee hour hosted by Tom and Virginia in the LPH (unless it is a spectacularly warm and beautiful day and we can set up tables outside the Rectory).

Our fall Clean and Green Sunday, will be Sunday, September 22nd, with Dinner and a Movie at 5:30 pm. The dinner is Potluck and the movie is Paris to Pittsburgh: The Climate for Change is NOW!

Children of all ages are invited to annual Trunk-or-Treat Halloween Party on Saturday, October 26th at 5:30 pm. 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 will be posted in October). The party ends with Trunk-or-Treat in the parking lot. 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!!

This year’s ECCT convention will include another Convention Eucharist on Sunday morning, October 27th at 11 am. The Altar created and built by the CT Brotherhood of ST. Andrew’s (including many of our own Brotherhood men!) will again be used. The Good News will be preached by the Rt. Rev. Barbara Harris, the first woman consecrated a Bishop in the Anglican Communion. Worship at St. John’s will be at 9 am that morning, October 27. Then I will go into Hartford (along with many folks from St. John’s I hope!), to worship with people from across our Diocese. We will either carpool, or, if there is sufficient interest, hire a school bus.

Ongoing Ministry and Mission, Fellowship and Formation Opportunities
One of the most special things to me about the way we live in community and measure time is that in one calendar year we have essentially two New Years. We have January 1st, of course, and we also have this time of year, when people return from their summer sojourns and Sabbath time, when school begins, when we look forward to the change of season and the start and/or resumption of activities, fellowships, and the work of putting our faith into action. I love September for the freshness and re-purposing it offers all of us, whether or not we actually attend or lead classes.

I hope that you will read this Epistle with an eye to the richness of our parish life together.  So much is planned for the next many months and all of it is a sign and signal of the vibrancy of our life in Christ.  If you see or sense a place where you might jump in or “try on” something new, please prayerfully consider taking that new chance.  And if you are a person devoted to the ministry of a particular group at St. John’s, this is a time of year to rededicate yourself to that work and fellowship, as you seek to serve Christ in all persons, striving for justice and peace. Follow your heart. Be led by the Holy Spirit and find your passion, purpose and peace in what you choose to invest in as a member of the Body of Christ here at St. John’s, called and chosen by God to do God’s work in the vineyard of your life.

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly that we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3:20

An appeal from our Parish Nurse: This summer, starting as the Parish Nurse, I was asked by Virginia to focus on the home bound of the congregation, which seemed relatively benign. Then the visits began in May and now here in August, I find myself overwhelmed with the needs of these often-forgotten members of our congregation as well as ongoing needs of active members. Rev. Ben and I have had a busy summer managing the pastoral, medical, emotional and social needs of several members both active and home bound. Now that I have a much broader sense of the types of needs of members, I know I simply can’t do it by myself and am asking for help from the Congregation. There is too much for me and our priest to manage in the best way possible without help.

On Sunday Sept. 15, I will be having short informational meet-and-greet in the LPH after both the 8 and 10 a.m. services for those interested in getting involved in the Health Ministry and the holistic health care and well-being of all of St. John’s members, and perhaps reaching out to the community as well. If you have medical, social work or mental health knowledge or expertise, I can certainly utilize your input as well as help in creating educational materials and presentations.

If you don’t have clinical knowledge or experience, I need you more!  Right now I am trying to match our home bound with lay visitors aside from Eucharistic visits.  The largest need by far is simply visiting – presence, listening and meaningful conversation to take a bit of the loneliness of their days away.  Another need is transporting to Sunday Service, Senior Luncheons and other congregation events, doctor’s appointments and other local rides. Lastly, respite time for caregivers. We have members who are unable to come to service, go to personal appointments or just have a bit of time to themselves because their spouse, partner, parent or child, etc. cannot be left alone. These are just a few of the basic needs that have come up and seem to run a common thread. If you can give any of your time or talent to this ministry, it will be greatly appreciated and as I have found quite rewarding.  Thank You!   Maria Evans, RN, FCN – Parish Nurse.

We are blessed to have six Eucharistic Visitors in our parish. These members bring communion, pastoral care and concern, and the spirit and prayers of our parish community to sick and homebound members of our Parish. We are in critical need of several more volunteers now, especially given the addition of several homebound members to our list of people who desire regular contact with the parish through this sacramental ministry. Virginia offers training and support for this ministry, which you can do at times of your choosing, to fit your schedule. Please talk to Virginia if you think you might be able to help.

Tending our beautiful grounds! Autumn on the St. John’s campus offer the perfect opportunity to stop, look around, and see our abundant blessings. The labors of our volunteers are evident 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 the lawns, weed whack and remove the autumn avalanche of leaves on 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. Thank you! Alicia di Leo and Don Wills, Wardens

The ECW (Episcopal Church Women) meets during the fall on the first Sunday of the month (except in September, when the meeting is on the second Sunday) in the side classroom, at 11:30 am during the coffee hour, and for some additional evening or Sunday workshops in preparation for our Annual St. Nicholas Christmas Bazaar (which is December 7th and 8th this year). The ECW welcomes everybody’s help and participation in making the Bazaar an annual success. The proceeds support mission initiatives and ongoing ministry and special needs at St. John’s. The second half of the school year is devoted primarily to spiritual conversation and sharing fellowship. Every year we collect donated items and/or raise funds for: the Lakota Indians in So. Dakota; St. Vincent’s School in Haiti; Undie Sunday (for the local schools and homeless shelters); and the Relay for Life. See officers Carol Fenner, Linda Collier and Cheryl Abbott with questions or for more information.

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew meets on the second Wednesday of each month in the Undercroft at 7:00 pm. Their meetings are structured by Group Bible Study, prayer and discussion, and reporting on their several mission and outreach projects. All men of the parish are most welcome!

St. John’s Knit Together Group – St. John’s Knitting Group offers a chance for fellowship, to learn a new skill, to share time with and get to know more people. It is not just a group for knitters. We welcome people who crochet, do needle work, beading, sewing, or just want to talk. We meet in the undercroft on Monday nights from 7 to 9 pm on most Mondays (please check the Dates to Remember). We have all you will need to get started — pattern books, needles, yarn, and people willing to help if you are new to knitting or crocheting. So please join us whenever you can.

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew invites continuing donations of non-perishable food for food pantry. Canned meats, peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruit, cereal and juices, pasta and sauces, and soups are especially helpful! We continue to feed several local families monthly and help out at Phelps House and the Cornerstone. And we are looking for some new volunteers to help with our food ministry.

Our enhanced and well-watered Organic Vegetable Garden has been vastly productive this year. Planters, mulchers, waterers, weeders, harvesters, and deliverers to the soup kitchen at the Cornerstone are always welcomed to this essential ministry of our parish.

The Choir is always seeking more voices!! Please see Markus if this opportunity tempts you or if you have any questions. The Choir gathers Sunday mornings at 9 am to rehearse. The Choir is an integral part of our 10 am service and weekly enhances our worship together. And they have FUN together every week at rehearsal!

The St. John’s Book Group meets once a month at the Rectory to discuss mutually chosen fiction and non-fiction works. Our discussion is lively and we always welcome new comers to our conversation. It is a joy to have reading companions and the commitment of reading something new and well recommended/reviewed once a month. See Elaine Anderson or Virginia for more details.

If you have been thinking about a ministry that you might be willing to support within the St. John’s family, how about joining our Altar Guild Ministry?  We are looking for some new members to add to our teams (10:00ers in particular, but not limited to that).  The Altar Guild of St. John’s  is a ministry of service and fellowship with a purpose to serve the Rector and the congregation by making each service as beautiful and efficiently run as possible.  This ministry is often a behind-the-scenes but a deeply rewarding and spiritual endeavor.  Each member gains their own personal growth in faith and service to the Lord.  The commitment of time works out to only about once a month on a rotating schedule.  There is extreme satisfaction in helping to set the ‘table of the Lord’ and in decorating our beautiful church for the holy days during the church calendar year.  Please contact one Lois Valliere, Susan Douglass or Virginia if you’d like to join this absolutely essential ministry.

St. John’s is blessed to have a number of babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary aged children attending church regularly.  Our Nursery has been joyfully full this summer!! We have assembled a team of excellent volunteers to run the Nursery and Church School this school year.  Some faces are familiar and returning and we are always grateful to have some new people involved and are still hoping for a few more helpers. I am delighted to have such a great group of devoted leadership committed to our youngest members. All of the program will be upstairs in the Parish Hall on Sunday mornings. There will be art projects, singing and music making opportunities, seasonal activities, learning, and plenty of fun as we seek to help our youngest members know God’s love and the wondrous and faith-filled stories about God’s work and movement in the world, especially through our Lord Jesus Christ. We also want to the kids to enjoy play and fellowship time together. Children will be able to move freely between classrooms and guided learning or project activities, and the play of the Nursery. Fifth graders may also participate in Church School. Church School starts on Sunday, September 8th at the 10:00 am worship service. We know that a church without little people is a church without life or a future, and we cherish the children of St. John’s. Please be in touch with Virginia if you have any questions.

Flower Ministry – Linda Borovicka is looking for one or two more volunteers to join the Flower Ministry.  This would require making a delivery of one of the vases of altar flowers after the 10am service once every 4 to 6 weeks.  It is small commitment of time yet very rewarding to bring the flowers to one of our fellow parishioners who is either homebound, in need of some cheer, or celebrating a time of joy. See Linda if you can help or email her at lborovicka@comcast.net!

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 jlp1151@cox.net.  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

The Women’s Spiritual Growth Group meets one Tuesday a month at 7:15 pm in the Undercroft (see the Dates to Remember). The goal is to integrate our spirituality, faith, and values, with our physical and emotional ways of being in the world. Kelli Peters facilitates this group which decides together on topics of spiritual growth, faith development, and personal physical and emotional health. The group shares honest and open conversation, offers each other attentive listening and mutual support, discusses new ideas and information, and ends with Evening Prayer.

This fall Maria Evans, our Parish Nurse, and Virginia will offer a four week CareGivers Support Group. Anyone who is caring for a beloved one, and who feels burdened or stressed related to that responsibility, is invited to join us October 30th, November 6th,, November 13th,, and November 20th, at 7 pm in the Undercroft (except on the 13th, when we will meet in the Upper Parish Hall). If you have any questions, please see Maria or Virginia.


Our organic community vegetable garden is back on track, the critters having evidently decided to leave us alone. So we are now regularly harvesting eggplant, green beans, kale, lettuce, carrots, collard greens, turnips, peppers, tomatoes, and beets for our friends at the Cornerstone. Cucumbers are coming, as is more lettuce and (maybe) watermelon! Also, our berry bushes are growing nicely; we harvested some blueberries this summer and the raspberries are just gearing up. You may have noticed some asparagus in the lower bed . . . that will be ready for harvest in a year or two. Thanks to all those who have faithfully watered during the week, and to those who have transported the veggies to Cornerstone.

Our butterfly garden has also been growing well . . . as well as growing some weeds . . . so a dedicated crew spent some time recently pulling out all those weeds to give the perennials more space to spread out. More mulching is also planned, as well as planting in the spring, so please let Letty know if you would like to help out on a semi-occasional basis. Many thanks to Ben Brockman, Marsha Francis, Bill Gutzmer, Jon Horan, and Skylar Marshall for their macro- and micro-weed-pulling!
Next Environmental Ministry meeting is Sept. 15 at 11:30am, after the 10am service in the lower parish hall ‘small room’. All are welcome!

Enviro-related activities around the region:

Let There Be Light: A Green Forum on Solar Power Temple B’Nai Israel, Willimantic: Sunday, Sept 15 – 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Join us for a green forum focused on how houses of worship can access solar power. Sena Wazer, the 15 year-old Co-Director of Communications for Sunrise CT, will be our keynote speaker and will speak about what the climate crisis means for her generation and why we should be taking action. Learn more and RSVP here at https://greenforumonsolar.eventbrite.com

Climate Strike Hartford CT Statehouse steps in Hartford: Friday, Sept 20, Noon-3pm Join a worldwide movement demanding climate action. Together we will show our elected officials that everyone cares about climate change and we expect them to take immediate and drastic action to address it.

Climate Strike Willimantic Opposite the Frog Bridge at the corner of Main St & Jackson: Friday, Sept. 20, 5:00pm.

Walk, Bike, Bus or Carpool to Worship Throughout Connecticut: Friday-Sunday, Sept 20-22. Check out the national Episcopal carbon tracker, at sustainislandhome.org. There is a St. John’s Vernon page already . . . we can use this website to help reduce our carbon footprints and inspire others to do the same . . . more info to come!

To my St. John’s family,

Sunday August 25th was my last Sunday morning spent at St. Johns, at least for the time being. This is a hard fact to face, considering this church has been my second home for my entire life.

On August 30th, I headed down to Nashville to pursue music full-time. The decision to postpone college for this upcoming year was difficult, but I only needed to look as far as the parish to find support and reassurance for my decision. You were the first audience that allowed me to sing. Without your encouragement and love, singing on Christmas Eve could have been daunting for an eleven-year-old! I fell in love with music and performance in front of all of you, and it has been my pleasure and an honor on every occasion. No matter the performance, whether it be a school musical or an ice-cream parlor gig, seeing the familiar and kind faces of those from St. John’s has always helped put me at ease. It has meant so much to me to be able to share my music and performances with you.

Thank you for your never-ending prayers, love, and kind words which have — and will continue to be — with me in all my endeavors. Thank you for being the community you are, and welcoming my music as you did.

Love, Grace Palmer


Sept. 8 Bill Winterton HOMECOMING Sunday: 8 am Rite I and 10 am Rite II with Nursery Care, Sunday School, and Music. Coffee Hour to follow
Sept. 8 11:30 am ECW Meeting in the side classroom of the Lower Parish Hall during coffee hour.
Sept. 9 7 pm Vestry in the Undercroft
Sept. 9 7 pm Knitting Fellowship in the Upper Parish Hall
Sept. 10 11:45 am Lunch Bunch – Lower Parish Hall
Sept. 10 5:30 ECW Executive Committee supper meeting at the Rectory
Sept. 11 10:30 am Pastoral CareGivers at Riverside
Sept. 11 7 pm Brotherhood of St. Andrew meeting in the Undercroft
Sept. 12 10:30 Pastoral CareGivers at Fox Hill
Sept. 15 8 am Rite I and 10 am Rite II with Nursery Care, Sunday School, and Music. Coffee Hour to follow
Sept. 16 7 pm Knitting Fellowship in the Upper Parish Hall
Sept. 19 6 pm Kickoff of NE CT Regional Lay Preaching Class
Sept. 20 10 am – 2 pm Virginia at Joining Jesus clergy meeting at the ECCT Commons
Sept. 21 9 am- 2 pm Joining Jesus Team at the Commons
Sept. 20 5:00 pm Brotherhood Cookout and Pot Luck Supper at the Rectory
Sept. 22 Clean and Green Sunday: 8 am Rite I and 10 am Rite II with Nursery Care, Sunday School, and Music. Coffee Hour to follow.
Sept 22 5:30 pm Clean and Green Pot Luck Supper, Showing the movie, Paris to Pittsburgh: The Climate for Change is Now.
Sept. 23 7 pm Knitting Fellowship in the Upper Parish Hall
Sept. 24 7:15 pm Women’s Spiritual Growth Group in the Undercroft
Sept. 28 6 pm Brotherhood Steak and Chicken Dinner. Buy tickets in advance!
Sept. 29 9 am UNITED WORSHIP. Rite II with Baptism of Elsa Jane Army. Nursery Care, Sunday
school, Music and Coffee Hour to Follow.
Sept. 29 4:00 pm Concert Series, Traditional music of the Americas, Musica Tradicional de las
Americas, Guitar, Voice and Flutes
Sept. 30 7 pm Knitting Fellowship in the Upper Parish Hall


Oct. 1 11:45 am Lunch Bunch – Lower Parish Hall
Oct. 6 St. Francis Sunday: 8 am Rite I and 10 am Rite II with Blessing of the Animals (in the Memorial Garden if the weather allows) with Nursery Care, Sunday School, and Music.
Coffee Hour/Light Luncheon provided by Virginia and Tom in the Lower Parish Hall to follow.
Oct. 6 11:30 ECW Meeting in the side classroom of the Lower Parish Hall during coffee hour.
Oct. 7 7 pm Vestry Meeting in the Undercroft
Oct. 7 7 pm Knitting Fellowship in the Upper Parish Hall
Oct. 9 7 pm Brotherhood of St. Andrew meeting in the Undercroft
Oct. 9 10:30 am Pastoral CareGivers at Riverside
Oct. 9 5:30 Book Group at the Rectory. Reading, Bear Town by Fredrik Backman
Oct. 10 10:30 Pastoral CareGivers at Fox Hill
Oct. 13 8 am Rite I and 10 am Rite II with Nursery Care, Sunday School, and Music. Coffee Hour
to follow.
Oct. 20 8 am Rite I and 10 am Rite II with Nursery Care, Sunday School, and Music. Coffee Hour
to follow.
Oct. 21 7 pm Knitting Fellowship in the Upper Parish Hall
Oct. 22 7:15 pm Women’s Spiritual Growth Group in the Undercroft
Oct. 25-27 ECCT Convention in Hartford
Oct. 26 5:30 pm Annual Halloween Pot Luck Supper and Costume Party with Games for kids of all ages. Sign up to bring sloppy joe mix, salad or veggie side, bread, or dessert. Beverages provided.
Oct. 27 9 am UNITED WORSHIP, Rite II with Music, Nursery Care, and Sunday School
Oct. 27 10:15 am departure for anyone wishing to attend the ECCT Convention Worship at 11 am in Hartford. The Good News will be preached by the Rt. Rev. Barbara Harris, the first woman consecrated a Bishop in the Anglican Communion. We will either carpool, or, if there is sufficient interest, hire a school bus.
Oct. 28 7 pm Knitting Fellowship in the Upper Parish Hall in the Undercroft
Oct. 30 7 pm CareGivers Support Group


Nov. 3 All Saints Sunday 8 am Rite I and 10 am Rite II with Nursery Care, Sunday School, and Music. Coffee Hour to follow.
Nov. 3 4:00 pm Concert Series, The Jolly Beggars return
Nov. 4 7 pm Knitting Fellowship in the Upper Parish Hall
Nov. 5 11:45 am Lunch Bunch – Lower Parish Hall
Nov. 6 10:30 am Pastoral CareGivers at Riverside
Nov. 6 7 pm CareGivers Support Group in the Undercroft
Nov. 7 10:30 Pastoral CareGivers at Fox Hill
Nov. 7 5:30 pm Book Group at the Rectory reading, Devil in the White City, by Eric Larson
Nov. 10 8 am Rite I and 10 am Rite II with Nursery Care, Sunday School, and Music. Coffee Hour to
Nov. 13 7 pm CareGivers Support Group in the Upper Parish Hall
Nov. 13 7 pm Brotherhood of St. Andrew meeting in the Undercroft
Nov. 17 8 am Rite I and 10 am Rite II with Nursery Care, Sunday School, and Music. Coffee Hour to follow.

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