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.
The next meeting of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) will be on Sunday, December 8th after Coffee Hour. All women in the parish are invited to attend, as plans are made for the coming year. Join us in the Godly Play Room at around 11:45.
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.
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!
St. 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.
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 community, 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.
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.
The next ECW (Episcopal Church Women) meeting is this Sunday, March 10 at 11:45 in the Godly Play Room. All women are welcome to attend.
Donations for the St. Luke’s/San Lucas Thrift Shop in Chelsea continue to be appreciated. New and quality used clothing can be left in the box in the Parish House.