Preparing for Advent

Believe it or not, Advent begins in two weeks, on Sunday November 27th! We want to help you get ready. Plan to stay after the 10 am service on Sunday, November 20, for an Advent workshop – we will have greens and candles to make your home Advent wreath (please bring your metal Advent wring if you have it from past years. Tom will have his Advent calendar, with some enlarged copies for the youngest among us to color. We’ll also have other suggestions for how to observe this season on a daily basis at home. Unknown

175th Anniversary Service – Sunday Nov. 6 at 4 pm

St. John'sWe gather to greet our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, on Sunday November 6 at 4 pm. He will be leading us in a service of thanksgiving and rededication as we mark the 175th anniversary of the consecration of St. John’s. On Sunday November 10 in 1841, Bishop Griswold of the Diocese of Massachusetts consecrated the building, which had been constructed in less than six months.

Both our choirs will be singing,  rectors and other clergy who have served us in the past will be joining us for this celebration, and a reception will follow in the Parish House. Join us for this once in a generation event!

And remember: There is no 10 am service or Children’s Formation programs this Sunday!


Election Prayer Vigil


We will be joining Episcopal churches throughout the Commonwealth in a forty eight hour prayer vigil as we enter into the national election on November 8th. The vigil begins at noon on Sunday, November 6, and will conclude at noon on Tuesday, November 8th.

On Monday the 7th, there will be a one hour vigil service at St. John’s from 6-7 pm, and the church will remain open for individual prayer until 9 pm that evening. The church will also be open on Election Day, November 8th, from 8 am to 5 pm for prayer.

Baptisms and Remembering the Saints: October 30

img_1196The next regularly scheduled Sunday for baptisms will be on Sunday October 30. If you are interested in baptism for yourself or a member of your family, please speak to the rector or contact the church office.

We will also be remembering the saints who have gone before us on that Sunday, as we anticipate All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day (November 1 and 2). A list of names being remembered is avaliable to see at Coffee Hour, and you can add names if you wish.

Donations for flowers are also especially welcome for this Sunday.

Hearing the Spirit


Maureen Lavely bearing witness at last year’s Vigil at Fort Benning, Georgia

Our Senior Warden, Maureen Lavely, is traveling to Arizona this week, responding to God’s call and acting in love to be Christ’s presence on our border with Mexico. Here is a note from her:

I won’t be with you this Sunday and thought I’d share where I will be and what I will be doing.

On Thursday I will fly to Tucson, Arizona to attend the first School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) convergence at the US/Mexico border. School of the Americas is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2001, it was renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). Since 1964, the SOA has trained over 64,000 Latin American soldiers in in counterinsurgency techniques, sniper training, commando and psychological warfare, military intelligence and interrogation tactics, which were put to use by U.S. backed dictators “to maintain order”.

I’ve attended rallies in Georgia for many years. When it was learned that our U.S. border guards were also to be trained at Fort Benning, it was decided to change the focus.

The event will be October 7-10 and will include veteran-led marches, rallies, concerts, crossing the border for a memorial for a young boy who was in front of a store on the other side of the wall, who was shot and killed by a border guard, and first-hand witnessing. One of our stops will be at the Eloy Immigrant Detention Center.

I will be thinking of you all while always thankful for the opportunity to satisfy my need to say “No Mas, No More”.

Maureen Lavely..

Living Generously at St. John’s


Thank you, Evie Scoville, for your moving words about what it means to be a part of this parish. Evie shared with us at the 10 am service on Sunday her experience of receiving so much through her participation in the life and ministry of St. John’s.

Sunday, October 30 is Commitment Sunday, when we hope all of us will find a way to make a commitment of giving for 2017 to the ministries of St. John’s.

To read this coming Sunday’s written reflection from another voice in the larger Episcopal Church, click below:



Blessing of the Animals

imgresClose to 100 creatures brought their owners to Thompson Square on Sunday, October 2 for the Blessing of the Animals.  Father Ronan and Tom led the assembly in prayers of thanksgiving for our pets and for all of God’s creation, and animals, including some beloved stuffed animals, were blessed. Thank you to Rosemary Kverek, who makes this annual event such a great success, with her planning, promoting, and designing of the certificates that were handed out.