Harvest on Vine, Charlestown’s Emergency Food Pantry, will be distributing all the fixings for Thanksgiving dinners to families in need on Tuesday, November 21 at 2 pm. It costs $35 to create a dinner, and you are welcome to make contributions to Harvest on Vine for these dinners. Donations of any amount are welcome, and checks can be mailed to: Harvest on Vine, 46 Winthrop Street, Charlestown, MA, 02129.
One of the first projects being undertaken with funds from our See God’s Beauty Capital Campaign is the painting of the Parish House. It has been a long time since the upper level has received a fresh coat of paint, and the project will include scraping, painting, and the repair of siding and trim. The Building Committee has been creating the specs for the project, a so that bids can be made and work can progress soon.
The upper level of the Parish House was originally designed as a first floor chapel, by noted Victorian architects Ware and Van Brunt in the 1870’s. In 1900, the chapel was raised to create our current Parish Hall, and the classrooms, offices, and kitchen were created on the first floor.
Sara Chase, a historic preservation consultant, was hired to examine the woodwork to see if we could determine the original color scheme. While the original colors could not be discovered, Ms. Chase created three historically accurate schemes. Below is a depiction of the colors chosen by the Vestry. It is hard to see all of them in this one picture – larger samples of each of the colors will be on display in the Parish House for the next few weeks.
While we do not know the original colors, these colors will be similar to those Ware and Van Brunt might have chosen in their day and will be a vibrant reminder to Charlestown that we are here and thriving in our own day.
Thanks to Mike Mickelson for taking a rendition of the Parish House created by John Freeman and “painting” it.
Magic was afoot on Saturday evening of June 3 at the parish’s Spring Fling. Thank you to all who donated food and beverages, who gave of their time and gifts, and to those offering dinners so that the fund of one evening can continue. We are grateful to our younger members who worked as servers, and wasn’t the magician amazing? To all who contributed in any way. We raised approximately $4000, and as is our custom, 10% of that will go towards mission in the community beyond us. This year, the 10% will be shared with Harvest on Vine Emergency Food Pantry, the Harvard-Kent Leadership and Scholarship Partnership, and the BSAFE program at St. Lucas/San Lucas Church in Chelsea.
Join us for an evening of fun, food, magic, and more!
This Saturday, June 3rd from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. is St. John’s Spring Fling. It is shaping up to be a wonderful evening. There will be an opportunity to sign up for “Breaking Bread” events — social gatherings and events throughout the year that various parishioners have kindly volunteered to host. By way of example, if you would like to have brunch in Gloucester and see the schooners or have dinner at a wonderful home on the Training Field, don’t miss the opportunity to sign up on Saturday night. Any profits we make on Saturday will help to offset our budget deficit and 10% will be shared with Harvest on Vine, The Harvard Kent Leadership & Scholarship Partnership and B-SAFE.
St. Francis de Sales, St. Mary’s, First Church, and St. John’s will all be part of the tour. It is suggested that people begin the tour at St. Francis Church, where brochures will be available. Lemonade and cookies will be offered at St. John’s at the end of the day.
On Sunday May 21, four graduates of the Education for Ministry Program (EfM) were recognized at the 10 am service. Alice Krapf, David Bresnahan, Jane Struss, and Kathleen Steen each received their diplomas at the service. EfM provides adult Christian formation through a four-year curriculum that includes bible study, church history, ethics, worship, and theological reflection.
An EfM group has been meeting on Wednesday evenings at St. John’s, and will resume in September. We are currently seeking new participants. More information can be obtained by contacting the church office
Our collection of craft and school supplies for refugees in Syria is growing. These Lenten offerings will be shipped by St. John’s Beverly Farms to the Nuday refugee Camp in Srria for those who have been displaced by the civil war there.
We have placed the donations in front of the side altar in the church. In the last few years, that altar has become a place of prayer and devotion when we have remembered those who have died from domestic and international acts of violence. With these gifts, we offer our prayers for those who are persevering and building their lives in the midst of great tragedy.
We welcome the following items:
-Book Bags for children
-School supplies, such as pencils, markers, and notebooks
-Yarn, Fabric and Art Supplies: the women in the camp have expressed interest in making clothes, sweaters, and art projects with children
-Cash donations are also welcome; checks should be made out to St. John’s Beverly Farms
Your donations can be placed in front of the altar.
Sunday, April 9
Services of Holy Eucharist at 8 am and 10 am
Blessing of the Palms and Reading of the Passion Narrative at both services, with festival procession at the 10 am service
Holy Week Evening Services
Monday, April 10
Tuesday, April 11
Wednesday, April 12
Services of Holy Eucharist at 7 pm
These contemplative service lead us through the week leading up to the time of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, and crucifixion
Maundy Thursday Supper and Service
Thursday, April 13
Potluck Supper at 6 pm, with Holy Eucharist, Footwashing, and Stripping of the Altar
This much beloved gathering at St. John’s begins with a simple potluck supper at 6 pm. Traditionally, we bring olives, hummus, pita, and other simple foods, sharing supper and communion at our tables, as we recall Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. We process to the church for the ritual of foot washing, as Jesus invited his disciples to do to demonstrate their love for one another. That is followed by stripping of the altar, reminding us of the desolation facing Jesus on the cross. The evening concludes with time before the Altar of Repose, where we are invited to watch and with with Jesus as he prays in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Good Friday Services
Friday, April 14
Children’s Service at 4:30
Prayer Book Service at 7 pm
The 4:30 service, a participatory service, is especially designed to lead our children through the story of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion. At 7 pm, we hear the Passion of Jesus Christ according to St. John. The service begins and ends in silence.
Saturday, April 15
The Altar Guild gathers to polish communion vessels and prepare for the great feast ahead. Join them at 10 am in this ministry as we anticipate the great joy of Easter.
The Great Vigil of Easter
Saturday, April 15, 7 pm
We gather as night falls to light the new fire of Easter. In a darkened sanctuary, we listen by candlelight to the story of God’s redeeming work from the beginning of creation. We then gather round the baptismal font for the baptism of a new sister in Christ, and renew our own baptismal vows. We then hear the first proclamation of Easter, and begin the Easter feast with the celebration of Holy Communion around the altar. It’s our first chance to sing “Alleluia” after the long Lenten fast. Bring bells of any shape and size to help ring in the resurrection news. A simple but festive reception follows, and you are invited to bring anything you would like, sweet or savory, to add to the table.
Sunday, April 16
Service of Holy Eucharist at 8 am
Festival Service of Holy Eucharist with Choir at 10 am
The joy of Easter continues on Easter morning. Come for one of our services. After the 10 am service, we gather in front of the church for our traditional “parish photograph, and a bountiful reception follows in the Parish House. Our younger children will meet us for their Godly Play class, and there will also be be an Easter craft activity for them during Coffee Hour.
The 2017 vestry met for the first time on Tuesday, March 21 at the Parish House. Here are some highlights from their meeting:
- New vestry members were welcomed: Lorraine Gagnon, Rosemary Kverek, Catherine Womack, and Sarge Locke (Treasurer). Paul Newell, our new Clerk, could not join us for the meeting.
- The vestry heard updates from the Building Committee and the Garden Group (copies of their minutes are available on the vestry bulletin board in the Parish House. They also had an update on the Capital Campaign from Fay Donohue, Cochair of campaign. The first two projects being undertaken with campaign funds are the drainage project in the Parish House basement and the painting of the exterior of the Parish House.
- Tom Mousin and Doug Heim led a conversation about the planned sabbatical for Tom, which tentatively will start on August 1, with Tom returning in mid-November.
- Maureen Lavely was elected as a delegate to Diocesan Convention.
- The vestry approved a resolution to apply for grant money from the Wynn Casino mitigation funds for the painting of the Parish House.
- The vestry approved the rector’s recommendation to hire a bookkeeper for one to two hours a week to assist the treasurer and Parish Administrator in handling parish finances.