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 ks_mccormick@comcast.net.

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!

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.

Serving St. Luke’s/San Lucas

Almost every week, members of the ECW (Episcopal Church Women) bring clothing and gently used goods donated by parishioners to St. Luke’s/San Lucas Episcopal Church in Chelsea. St. Luke’s has  a Food Pantry and Thrift Shop serving many in the Chelsea IMG_0453community, and our donations are much appreciated. At right, ECW members Rosemary Kverek and Maureen Lavely greet parishoners and the rector, Father Edgar Guiterrez-Duarte, after dropping off goods from the recent Sidewalk Sale.

 

“Gently Used” Clothing for St. Luke’s in Chelsea

St. John’s ECW has been collecting gently used clothing for children, men and women, and donating them to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Chelsea. The rector, Father Edgar, is very appreciative of all the donations we bring over.

The clothes are sold on Saturdays in the church’s store. Besides clothing, kitchen items, shoes, boots and games, toys and books are needed. Donations can be brought to St. John’s on Sunday mornings, as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11.

Rosemary Kverek

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