Hurricane Relief

thWhen we hear of natural disasters, we sometimes wonder how we can help. Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is the agency of our church that provides direct and immediate relief in the aftermath of disasters such as Hurricane Matthew. If you hear the Spirit calling you support recovery efforts in Haiti and the southeastern United States, you can do so by visiting the ERD website here.

There will also be more information and envelopes at church this Sunday, if you wish to send in our donation by mail.

Alice and the goatIn addition to providing disaster relief, Episcopal Relief and Development supports the ongoing mission work of the Episcopal Church throughout this country and around the world. Their “Gifts for Life” program provides persons and communities with an opportunity to provide for others at Christmas and other times of the year with mission gifts. Last year, the Episcopal Church Women helped us purchase goats for families through this program. You can find out more about Gifts for Life here. There is also a catalog with a listing of gifts available at church.

Let’s Get Their Goat

Hausziege_04-1The ECW (Episcopal Church Women) group invites you to help send a goat to a family in Africa through Heifer Project International. Donations will be accepted on Sunday, December 13 at church. Consider adding this Christmas gift to your list!


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Christmas Gifts for Charlestown Children

The women of St. John’s Episcopal Church (ECW) are collecting new toys, games, or stuffed animals of any kind which will be distributed by the Charlestown Housing Task Force to needy children in Charlestown at Christmas. You are invited to bring items to church any of the next three Sundays – December 7, 14, or 21. They do not need to be wrapped.

Sharing Our Abundance at Thanksgiving

Harvest on Vine, Charlestown’s community food pantry, provides Thanksgiving meals for those who would otherwise be unable to gather around a festive table. Our Episcopal Church Women (ECW) invite you to support this annual offering. A contribution of $35 images-2provides a full Thanksgiving meal for a family in Charlestown. Checks can be made out to Harvest on Vine, and sent to church or placed in the offering plate on Sunday mornings. For more information, you can contact ECW member Kathleen McCormick at

Sidewalk Sale is Coming

The Garden Group and Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of St. John’s announce our combined annual SIDEWALK SALE.  It will be help on Saturday, May 31st from 10am to 2:00pm rain or shine.

Please save the date and be part of the event.  We welcome the treasures you are no longer needing and hope you will find something that you can’t live without!!!  The prices are fair and all proceeds put to good use.  More details closer to the date!!!

A Season for UTO Boxes

YerMPOo3_8e5JM-UTO (United Thank  Offering) boxes have been distributed. You can pick one up at the back of the church or at Coffee Hour. United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through United Thank Offering, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. United Thank Offering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world.  Boxes will be collected sometime in the spring.  If you have questions – see Kathleen Steen-Walsh or Maureen Lavely or Kathleen McCormick.

News from the ECW

Thank you for generous giving:  On Sunday October 6th, we collected $168 towards the purchase of livestock through Episcopal Relief and Development. We may be donating a flock of chickens to a family for their sustenance. Donations are still welcome, and we will let you know of where we are sending our gift.

ECW members Rosemary Kverek and Maureen Lavely sort through recent donations.

ECW members Rosemary Kverek and Maureen Lavely sort through recent donations.

We continue to welcome donations for the St. Luke/San Lucas Episcopal Church Thrift Shop in Chelsea. You can drop them off in the downstairs of the Parish Hall (in the room leading to the church).  Thank you!