Christmas Wreaths 2015

Buy your Christmas Wreath from St. John’s this year! The money we earn from this fundraising effort goes to St. John’s General Fund and will support our efforts to improve the heating system, replace leaky windows and, maybe, even help to get the Parish House painted so that it will look good next year with one of our beautiful wreaths on the door!

images-3Wreaths have arrived. They can be picked up at the church during the following times:

Tuesday, December 8 from 9 am to 3 pm
Wednesday, December 9 from 5:30 pm to 6 pm
Thursday, December 10 from 6 pm to 6:30 pm

Some extra wreaths were ordered, so if you did not order one, you can still come and purchase one.

One Wreath — $30:
 Two Wreaths — $50
Four Wreaths — $80
 Additional wreaths over four, $20 each
Delivery in Charlestown, $3 per order
(Be sure to give us your shipping address on the PayPal page!)

If you have already purchased one or more wreaths and wish to purchase more, you should speak with Charlotte Maynard about getting the discount.

Your receipt will be emailed to you. Please print out the email and bring it with you when you pick up your wreath.

A Merry Christmas to you from St. John’s Episcopal Church!

Welcome Back Cookout


The Garden Group is sponsoring a “Welcome Back” cookout on Thursday, September 12th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Steve Spinetto is going to be flipping  burgers (regular and vegetarian) and rolling the hot dogs. There will be corn on the cob and plenty of salads.


Douglas Witte will lead the shape note anthem, Northfield, to start the festivities.

After the meal, Jake Sterling, Jane Struss, and Mary Jane Rupert have prepared a group of Sephardic Songs arranged for voice, flute and harp by Manuel Valls that they will perform in the sanctuary.

Everyone is invited!  Please come and, if you have friends who might be interested in St. John’s bring them along, too.  We hope you will enjoy St. John’s outdoor space and an evening of food and fellowship.

What are you doing here? — Women’s retreat

christ-sophia-2St. John’s  Episcopal Church Women will offer a summer retreat day on Saturday July 20 from 9:45a.m to 2 p.m. The day will be facilitated by our Priest Assciate the Rev. Lyn G. Brakeman.  The theme will be What Are You Doing Here?  It is a question we might ask ourselves and one that God asks our biblical ancestors — and therefore us as well.

Lyn will offer two short meditations and there will be time for silent, individual prayer, reflection, and sharing as desired at the end. Treat yourself to a day just for yourself and God — no work, no wagging of tongues, all time “wasted,” for the sake of your Soul.

Please bring a brown-bag lunch. Beverages will be provided. There is no fee and the day is open to parishioners and interested guests.

Please let Kathleen Scargle McCormick know by email or in person or phone if you plan to attend.

Family Camp Registration is Now Open

It is not too soon to think about attending Family Camp at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center, which runs from Thursday evening, June 27 through Sunday June 30th. Louis and Jack Tompros attended last year, and highly recommend it! There is more information at church on Sunday, and you can also talk with Louis and Jack.

Are you to Lead?

As of May, there will be an opening for one position on the Vestry, our governing board. Do you feel called to be engaged with leading our church in the year to come? Please speak to Tom, or to one of our Wardens, Louis Tompros or Whitney Hayden, if you have any interest or perceive that God may be calling you to this ministry. The Vestry meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

Education for Ministry (EfM)

EfM is about Christian formation. It’s a small group experiential learning program for people who desire to both educate themselves more deeply in the Christian tradition, and deepen their spirituality. It began back in the 80s at the Episcopal Seminary in Sewanee, Tennessee. An EfM seminar group is facilitated by a trained mentor and meets weekly over the course of an academic year. The curriculum of readings covers four years: Old Testament, New Testament, Church History and Theology to the present day. The group worships and prays together and engages in a process of theological reflection. Theological reflection is a structured conversation by which students connect their personal lives with the insights that come from the tradition. There is a modest tuition. The diocese of Massachusetts is one of the sponsoring dioceses of EfM. Most participants love the experience, desire to finish up and graduate after four years, and come away feeling inwardly transformed and with an understanding of themselves as ministers ordained in Baptism.

Join us on Sunday April 14, 11:45-12:30, for a brief presentation by our Priest Associates and EfM diocesan co-coordinators, the Revd’s Lyn G. Brakeman and Richard J. Simeone. Hear more. Ask your questions. Consider your own interest in being part of an EfM group, starting in the fall of 2013.