Weekly Announcements, October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020

2020 Pledges: Thank you to all who have been able to maintain your pledges for 2020. We are so very grateful. The summer is always a tough time financially but was even more so this year. As a result, we have fallen behind on pledges. We will send out all of the pledge statements this week. Please check to see if your pledge is up to date. We understand if you are not able to fulfill your pledge because of financial challenges. If this is the case, please consider contacting our pledge keeper (Margot Rous) at the following e-mail: ten.xoc@suorwm or our treasurer (Linda Curtis) at gro.notpmahsnhojts@1ecnanif.

Stewardship Video Series: For the second installment of our stewardship video series, we sat down with Deborah Carr, our Music Director and Organist, to talk about the many ways in which the pandemic has affected how we make music at the church. Most significantly: singing. From learning new technologies to navigating social distancing, Deborah and the choir have been hard at work to make music an integral part of Sunday services as it always has been. Here’s a link to this week’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFnen9QBoTg&t=1s

Flower Deliverers Needed: Did you know that every Sunday we bring our lovely flowers from the altar to parishioners who are either celebrating an event or just need a little sunshine in their life? It’s true! But it is harder and harder to do that, as most of our flower deliverers are unable due to COVID. Please consider volunteering to deliver flowers once a month. It’s a great way to connect with other people from the parish and remind people that we care.

Home Communion: We are delighted to be celebrating communion again on Sundays. However, we know that some will not feel comfortable attending. If you would like a clergy person to bring you communion, please contact Samantha (gro.notpmahsnhojts@rotcerjs), Mark (gro.notpmahsnhojts@kram), or the church office (722-2567). Our preference will be to share communion with you on a porch, deck, or front stoop if possible. We know that will not work for some and we can come inside if that is the only option. We are just trying to keep everyone as safe as possible!

Prayers for our Nation: A St. John’s parishioner suggested that we pray for our nation every day at noon. You can do this anywhere with any words that you choose. The idea is that we know somewhere, other members of St. John’s are praying for our country. While you can pray in any way that you would like, the Book of Common Prayer is a treasure trove of prayers. Therefore, we will be providing a different one every week. Here is this week’s: Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.  

Calling all Humans of St. John’s! This week, we will start reaching out to parishioners individually to submit stories for “Humans of St. John’s.” Your participation is completely voluntary but much appreciated. And even if you are not contacted, you may still submit your unique stories, along with a photo, to gro.notpmahsnhojts@snoitacinummoc. It can be about anything that’s happened in your life in the last six months, no matter how mundane or exciting. Thanks!