St. John’s Episcopal Church
207 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401

The Good News of St. John’s

  1. December 2, 2022

    This Sunday: Socks, Shoes, and Songs!

     

    This Sunday we will be blessing all the socks we’ve collected to support the People’s Place Project Santa Sock Drive. But you can still contribute! If you don’t want to do the shopping, give your money to Deacon Sue and she will be happy to purchase socks on your behalf. Or, bring the socks by the Rectory on or before December 9. Let’s help keep our neighbors warm this winter!

    We will also be celebrating St. Nicholas during our All Ages Worship. Rev. Michelle will tell a story about St. Nicholas that involves shoes. Yes, shoes! So EVERYONE, please bring an extra shoe or boot to leave at the door on the way into the church building… or leave your shoes or boots at the door and wear your socks to worship.


    After worship, we will have hot chocolate ready so Terry can lead us in a carol sing in the Parish Hall. Bring your voices and your festive spirit. Also, all are welcome to help the Pastoral Care Team write Christmas cards. Cards, pens, stamps, and labels are all set and ready to go!

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    Plenty of fun and meaningful activities are planned for the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Come and join in the celebration. Sundays are in bold.

    Dec 4, Advent II: All Ages Worship celebrating St. Nicholas, Carol Sing with hot chocolate and Pastoral Care Meeting after worship
    Dec 11, Advent III: St. John’s Harvest Sale after worship, Rock Academy Concert from 3-5 and Youth Project from 5-7 pm
    Dec 18, Advent IV: Godly Play offered for kids during worship and the Greening of the Sanctuary after worship – Plus: Cookie Exchange! Bring 2 dozen of your favorite cookie and take home a variety plate of cookies.
    Dec 20: Longest Night Service 7:00 pm A space for grief, sorrow, and woundedness. Join us in person or online for a service of quiet prayer, readings, music, and healing.
    Dec 24, Christmas Eve: Family Worship, 3:00 pm; Choral Festival Worship, 8:00 pm
    Dec 25, Christmas Day: Morning Prayer, online at 10:00 am
    Jan 1: Come as You Are Sunday. It’s New Years’ Day so come as you are for a relaxed worship service.
    Jan 6, Feast of Epiphany: Epiphany Celebration 7:00 pm. Come for a Friday evening celebration of light and love. Firepit, hot chocolate, singing, and storytelling – activities for all ages!
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    Tomorrow! The Bishop Coadjutor Election


    Tomorrow on December 3, all eyes will be on the Diocese of New York as we elect our next Bishop Diocesan. Maybe not “all eyes,” but many eyes will indeed be watching from across the Episcopal Church and the larger Anglican Communion. The Diocese of New York is well known, and the election of a new bishop always creates a flurry of interest. You can watch the event here: Special Convention to Elect the Bishop Coadjutor.

    Eucharist begins at 9:00 am. This is followed by some reports and instructions (I’ll be making a brief report as the Secretary of the Committer to Elect a Bishop!) and then we start voting. Vestryperson Paula Wisneski was elected by the Vestry to be the lay delegate for St. John’s at convention and, because I am clergy, I am required to vote. The election may be quick or it may take a long time because we go through as many ballots as it takes to elect someone to be our Bishop Coadjutor. (Now, what does “coadjutor” mean? It simply means that this person will assist the current Bishop Diocesan until he retires at which point they will become his successor as the 17th Bishop.)

    What slips the minds of many people is that the Episcopal Church is so named because another word for the office of the bishop is the “episcopate.” Why does the Episcopal Church name itself after this office? The bishop is, essentially, the epicenter of ministry for a particular region of the Episcopal Church. The bishop, along with advisement from others in the diocese, sets the vision and missional agenda for the region.

    In a diocese as diverse as New York (Staten Island, Manhattan, the Bronx, Sullivan, Rockland, Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, and Ulster), setting a singular vision can be quite a challenge because the issues we have here in the Hudson Valley are not the same as those in Manhattan, for example. We have more small churches than any other diocese in the Episcopal Church and we have the most well-resourced congregation in the entire Anglican Communion – Trinity on Wall St. It’s a diocese of extremes and, therefore, a diocese of great abundance. Being a bishop in any diocese is a big job, but in the Diocese of New York, it is also quite challenging.

    Advent is a time of beginnings and endings. A transitional time. A liminal time. So, as we begin this second week of Advent it is fitting that, as a diocese, have this before us – a beginning and an ending happening simultaneously. The final year of Bp. Andy being our bishop begins just as the first year of episcopal ministry for another person begins. The season of Advent brings this aspect of our human experience into focus for us because the truth is that things are always ending and always beginning.

    I ask your prayers upon our 5 candidates for bishop – Matt Heyd, Stephanie Johnson, Matt Mead, Steven Paulikas, and Jemonde Taylor. And I ask your prayers for Bp. Andy Dietsche and the rest of the electing convention tomorrow.

    In God’s love and mine,
    Rev. Michelle

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    Announcements for Advent II
    December 4, 2022

    THIS SUNDAY: After worship, Terry will lead us in a carol sing in the parish hall. Hot chocolate will be served! And Pastoral Care Meeting – Join the Pastoral Care Team today as they gather after worship to sign and address Christmas cards.

    Sock Drive! Today is the FINAL SUNDAY. Let’s help People’s Place with their Project Santa this year by buying all the socks! We need socks for ages infant through 16 years (adult)… all ages, all genders! If you still want to contribute, give money to Deacon Sue or bring socks by the Rectory on or before Friday, Dec. 9.

    Become a UIDN Food Sponsor: The Ulster Immigrant Defense Network needs help in providing food to the most vulnerable in our midst. They are asking people to adopt a family for one, two, three, or four weeks a month, as you are able. The need is $45.00 per week for 175 families with the goal of raising $37,500 during the coming year. Please seriously consider making the gift of food available thru donating $45, $90, $135, or $180 per month from now thru the end of 2023. You can send your tax-deductible gift to: UIDN, 30 Pine Grove Avenue, Kingston, 12401. Please write “FOOD SPONSOR” in the memo. Visit the St. John’s website to download a pledge form here: UIDN – Ulster Immigrant Defense Network.

    Page Turners Book Club Meetings are on the first Thursday of the month at 2 p.m., in the parish hall. Here’s what we selected for the next few months: January 5:  Trust, by Hernan Diaz; February 2: The Plot, by Jean Hanff Korelitz; March 2: Inside the O’Briens, by Lisa Genova. If we have bad weather during the winter, we will switch to a Zoom meeting. Interested in joining? Talk with Lynn Dennison.

    Have an announcement for the bulletin?
    Please send by Wednesday at noon to
    stjohnskingston@aol.com

  2. November 25, 2022

    People’s Place Project Santa
    SOCK DRIVE!

     

    This Sunday and next Sunday are the final days to bring socks to support the People’s Place Project Santa Sock Drive. We need all the new socks you can bring for all ages… infant through ages 16. If you don’t want to do the shopping, give your money to Deacon Sue and she will be happy to purchase socks on your behalf. Let’s help keep our neighbors warm this winter!

     

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    Plenty of fun and meaningful activities are planned for the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Come and join in the celebration.
    Sundays are in bold.
    Nov 27, Advent I: Guest Preacher and Deacon, The Rev. Dcn. Dr. Meg Stapleton Smith
    St. John’s Forum – Advent Meanings and Celebrations with Advent Wreath Making after worship

    Dec 3: Diocesan Bishop Electing Convention, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, NYC
    Dec 4, Advent II: All Ages Worship, Pastoral Care Meeting after worship
    Dec 11, Advent III: St. John’s Harvest Sale after worship, Rock Academy Concert and Youth Project from 3:00-5:00 pm
    Dec 18, Advent IV: Godly Play offered for kids during worship and the Greening of the Sanctuary after worship
    Dec 20: Longest Night Service 7:00 pm A space for grief, sorrow, and woundedness. Join us in person or online for a service of quiet prayer, readings, music, and healing.
    Dec 24, Christmas Eve: Family Worship, 3:00 pm; Choral Festival Worship, 8:00 pm
    Dec 25, Christmas Day: Morning Prayer, online at 10:00 am
    Jan 1: Come as You Are Sunday. It’s New Years’ Day so come as you are for a relaxed worship service.
    Jan 6, Feast of Epiphany: Epiphany Celebration 7:00 pm. Come for a Friday evening celebration of light and love. Firepit, hot chocolate, singing, and storytelling – activities for all ages!

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    Current Income and Expenses

    It’s important to keep everyone as informed as possible about parish finances so that we all can have a better picture of what it takes to have a common life together. Below is the Income and Expense Report as of the end of October 2022. If you have questions, please reach out to our Treasurer, Wes Dangler or one of our Wardens, Lynn Dennison or Claudette Ford.

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    Moving Into Advent

    Advent is one of my favorite times of the year. As Christians, we celebrate this season as a “threshold time,” a time in between when the end has quite taken place and the beginning isn’t quite in sight yet. But we know that both are happening at the same time. And as humans, this makes sense to us. Although, I think we would like for endings and beginnings to be a little more definitive than they really are.

    The truth is that we are always becoming. God created us to live into God’s dream – an existence where the Reign of God is not only possible, but is already on the way, the already-but-not-yet. Hope fills our hearts as we learn to look East – to the sun rising into a new day dawning. And as we live into this this reality, we become changed, awakening to God’s abundant and wild Love that is ours to share.

    This liminal space of Advent is one of transformation, I have come to believe, when our hearts seem to be open to learning more about who we are becoming and what we are being called to bring to the manger as the Light of Christ draws us nearer to God. On Sundays, you will note several ways in which we will incorporate silence into our worship, offering us all a gift that we don’t often offer ourselves in our day-to-day lives. And I hope you will take time during this season away from the busyness of the world to reflect quietly.

    In God’s love and mine,
    Rev. Michelle

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    Announcements for Advent I
    November 27, 2022

    SUNDAY! We welcome the Rev. Dr. Meg Stapleton-Smith as our guest preacher and deacon.
    Advent Wreaths and Advent Spirituality Forum – Stay after worship next Sunday, November 27. There will be supplies to make your own Advent Wreath and Rev. Michelle will offer a forum on Advent Spiritual practices. There are things for all members of the family to do and learn about. If you have an Advent Candle Holder at home from previous years, bring it and redecorate with new supplies and candles.Sock Drive! Next week is the FINAL SUNDAY. Let’s help People’s Place with their Project Santa this year by buying all the socks! We need socks for ages infant through 16 years (adult)… all ages, all genders! Bring them to St. John’s before Dec 10!Page Turners Book Club Meetings are on the first Thursday of the month at 2 p.m., in the parish hall. Upcoming books: Dec 1-‘Horse’, by Geraldine Brooks.

    NEXT WEEK: All Ages Worship! We’re celebrating St. Nicholas next week so be sure to bring shoes and boots to leave by the door (or be prepared to take them off when you come in!). After worship, Terry will lead us in a carol sing in the parish hall. Hot chocolate will be served!

    Have an announcement for the bulletin?
    Please send by Wednesday at noon to
    stjohnskingston@aol.com.

  3. November 18, 2022

    St. John’s Harvest Sale: THIS SUNDAY after worship

    This Sunday be prepared to buy your Christmas gifts AND raise funds for the St. John’s operating budget by purchasing incredible handmade goodness! We have the following items for sale this year that were all made in the St. John’s Kitchen:
    Strawberry-Lime Preserves, Blueberry Conserve, Garlic Honey, Applesauce, Autumn Harvest Soup, Rectory Garden Pickled Green Beans, Rectory Garden Bread-n-Butter Pickles, Spiced Tomato Soup, Peach Jam, Lemon-Pear Marmalade, and Cranberry Conserve.
    Plus: Ana’s Homemade Granola, Cathe’s Desktop Greeting Cards, and Jocelyn’s Studio-made Beeswax Wraps.

    We’ll take credit/debit cards, checks, cash, and paypal!
    Next sale date: December 11 after worship

    Thank you to this year’s St. John’s Harvest Team: Kathy Burdick, Jeannette Baggot, Barbara Johnston, Sara Hutton, Jocelyn Bergen, and Ana Hernandez!

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    Plenty of fun and meaningful activities are planned for the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Come and join in the celebration.
    Sundays are in bold.

    Nov 27, Advent I: Guest Preacher and Deacon, The Rev. Dcn. Dr. Meg Stapleton Smith
    St. John’s Forum – Advent Meanings and Celebrations with Advent Wreath Making after worship

    Dec 3: Diocesan Bishop Electing Convention, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, NYC
    Dec 4, Advent II: All Ages Worship, Pastoral Care Meeting after worship
    Dec 11, Advent III: St. John’s Harvest Sale after worship, Rock Academy Concert and Youth Project from 3:00-5:00 pm
    Dec 18, Advent IV: Godly Play offered for kids during worship and the Greening of the Sanctuary after worship
    Dec 20: Longest Night Service 7:00 pm A space for grief, sorrow, and woundedness. Join us in person or online for a service of quiet prayer, readings, music, and healing.
    Dec 24, Christmas Eve: Family Worship, 3:00 pm; Choral Festival Worship, 8:00 pm
    Dec 25, Christmas Day: Morning Prayer, online at 10:00 am
    Jan 1: Come as You Are Sunday. It’s New Years’ Day so come as you are for a relaxed worship service.
    Jan 6, Feast of Epiphany: Epiphany Celebration 7:00 pm. Come for a Friday evening celebration of light and love. Firepit, hot chocolate, singing, and storytelling – activities for all ages!
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    Transgender Awareness Week


    The week before November 20 is Transgender Awareness Week. This time is set aside because nearly 70% of people in the US believe they have never met a transgender person, which means our collective “experience” of transgender people is informed by more than 100 years of media mis-representation and mis-characterization of trans people. In order to raise our awareness and deepen our compassion for all God’s people, it’s important for us at St. John’s to take this time.

    Last year, in 2021, the Human Rights Campaign tracked a record number of violent fatal incidents against transgender and gender non-conforming people, and most of this violence is directed at trans people of color. Christianity has traditionally been either silent about or has been a part of this violence. Yet I believe that Jesus, if he were with us today, living in our context, would recognize this as injustice, as evil.

    As Christians, then, we cannot be silent. We must stand with our trans siblings in public ways and open up the space in our lives, so they know their place at God’s Table is theirs to claim. All are welcome at God’s Table. And “all” literally means “ALL.”

    Here are 2 ways to participate this weekend:

    A Name Greater: A live online workshop on Saturday, November 19 at 1:00 pm geared toward people who want to make their spaces more welcoming to our trans siblings. There is a cost to this so if you decide to attend, please let me know and I will reimburse you. Click here for information. A Name Greater: A Transgender and Christian Training

    Transgender Remembrance Vigil: It’s Transgender Awareness week, and especially important that we show our support and solidarity for our trans neighbors. Come to Christ the King Episcopal Church in Stone Ridge on Sunday, November 20 evening at 7:00 pm for a candlelight vigil as we mourn the precious lives lost to anti-trans violence. 3021 NY-213, Stone Ridge.

    I know it’s a busy week of Thanksgiving preparation. But I hope that our gratitude for all that God has given us can be channeled into standing with those who are marginalized in such violent ways.

    You can learn more about Transgender Awareness Week here.

    In God’s love and mine,
    Rev. Michelle

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    Announcements for Reign of Christ Sunday
    November 20, 2022

    THIS SUNDAY: St. John’s Harvest: Feeding people is our jam! The cooking is done so join us for our fundraising sale dates. All proceeds go to the St. John’s operating fund. Sale dates: Nov 20 and Dec 11

    NEXT WEEK: Advent Wreaths and Advent Spirituality Forum – Stay after worship next Sunday, November 27. There will be supplies to make your own Advent Wreath and Rev. Michelle will offer a forum on Advent Spiritual practices. There are things for all members of the family to do and learn about. If you have a Advent Candle Holder at home from previous years, bring it and redecorate with new supplies and candles.

    NEXT WEEK: Guest preacher and deacon The Rev. Deacon Dr. Meg Stapleton Smith will be with us to preach and be our deacon for the day. Meg is a faculty member at Fordham University in the Bronx.

    Sock Drive! Let’s help People’s Place with their Project Santa this year by buying all the socks! We need socks for ages infant through 16 years (adult)… all ages, all genders! Bring them to St. John’s before Dec 10!

    Page Turners Book Club Meetings are on the first Thursday of the month at 2 p.m., in the parish hall. Upcoming books: Dec 1-‘Horse’, by Geraldine Brooks.

    Have an announcement for the bulletin?
    Please send by Wednesday at noon to
    stjohnskingston@aol.com.

  4. November 5, 2022

    This Week: All Saints Sunday

    This Sunday we celebrate All Saints Sunday with All Ages Worship, designed with elements for younger worshippers. We’ll begin our worship by honoring those who have died and continue with a celebration of the lives of all the saints, honoring their company in a renewal of our Baptismal Vows.After worship, you’ll have the opportunity to decorate a candle in honor of your loved ones who have died to light in your home.

    And don’t forget: It’s time to turn your clock back on Sunday!

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    Upcoming Events this Month

    November 11-12: Diocesan Convention
    Rev. Michelle and our parish delegate, Paula Wisneski, will travel to Tarrytown on November 11-12 to meet with all the other congregational delegates from the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Every year the larger diocese meets to discuss, discern, learn, and then vote on important aspects of our common life together. Please offer your prayers for their work this year and stay tuned for future newsletters for more information about how to view these proceedings online.

     

    November 13: Commitment Sunday and Stephen Blauweiss Form
    Stay after worship for brunch and our next St. John’s Forum. Local author and producer Stephen Blauweiss will come and talk about his latest work – The Story of Historic Kingston. Learn more about our amazing community and buy one of his books for a Christmas gift!

    Commitment Sunday marks the official end of our Pledge Campaign so we will gather pledges and offer a special blessing. The Stewardship Committee will continue to accept pledge cards at any time.

    November 15: Q&A with the Bishop Candidates
    The Diocese of New York is electing a new bishop this year on December 3. Come and meet the candidates in person at a Q&A Session at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Newburgh at 7:00 pm. Pay attention to your email for more details from Rev. Michelle.

     

    November 20: St. John’s Harvest Sale and Godly Play

    We give thanks for the members of our St. John’s Harvest Team – Jeannette Baggot, Sara Hutton, Kathy Burdick, Barbara Johnston, and Ana Hernandez. They have cooked up some amazing things that will be available for sale after worship on Sunday, Nov. 20 in the parish hall. All proceeds go to the operating fund of St. John’s. And don’t forget! Godly Play will be offered during worship for our younger members.

    November 21-23: Angel Food East Thanksgiving Meal Prep and Delivery
    The clients of Angel Food East are homebound due to ongoing illness of some kind. We want to make sure they have a good Thanksgiving meal so during this week, turkey and all the fixins will be prepared, packed, and delivered for our clients. Come and help! Stay tuned to your email to learn more about days/times when more help is needed.

     

    November 27: Advent I Guest Preacher and Advent Spirituality

    On the First Sunday of Advent, we welcome guest preacher and Deacon Dr. Meg Stapleton Smith as we celebrate the beginning of our new church year on Advent I.
    St. John’s Forum – Then, stay after worship for a special St. John’s Forum where we will make Advent Wreaths and discuss Advent spiritual practices.

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    Vote This Tuesday!


    This coming Tuesday it’s time to vote. While I will not advise you on who to vote for, I will say that our responsibilities as disciples of Jesus the Christ do, in fact, lead us to take part in our public responsibilities to one another. One of these, as citizens of the United States, is to participate in elections. I hope you will vote and I hope that your Baptismal Vows and the lessons given to us in the ministry of Jesus Christ will inform your choice.

    If you cannot make it on Tuesday, early voting is available this weekend at the Midtown Neighborhood Center at 467 Broadway in Kingston. If you’re not in Kingston, you can find other Ulster County locations by clicking here.

    If you’ve voted in New York before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote. If you’re a first-time voter who registered by mail and didn’t provide a copy of your ID with your registration, you may need to show ID to vote. Acceptable forms include:

    • current and valid photo ID
    • copy of a current utility bill
    • bank statement
    • government check
    • paycheck
    • other government document that shows your name and address

    If you’re a first-time voter and unable to provide ID: You will be able to vote an affidavit ballot.

    Thank you for participating!

    In God’s love and mine,
    Rev. Michelle

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    Announcements for All Saints Sunday
    November 6, 2022

    THIS SUNDAY! Pastoral Care Meeting  Join the Pastoral Care Committee after worship to discuss pastoral care needs for the congregation.

    Angel Food East Thanksgiving Meal:
    Sign up in the Vestibule on the bulletin board to help our feeding ministry with this year’s Thanksgiving meal. We need all kinds of help – chopping, cooking, prepping, packing, delivery. Sign up for a shift or two and help people in need this Thanksgiving!

    Stewardship Campaign: October 23 – November 13
    Recommitment, Renewal, and Reconciliation. These are the words on our Stewardship banner at the back of the Sanctuary. For the past year, we have been using these themes to look at our lives in the Gospel. Now, this coming year, we will be Continuing the Journey of Recommitment, Renewal, and Reconciliation by revisiting our Mission Statement and the Stewardship of our Mission. During these 4 weeks, we will listen to people talk about the Mission of St. John’s and their reasons for pledging to support it. If you’re new to St. John’s or would like information about pledging, pick up a Stewardship flyer along with your bulletin.

    Page Turners Book Club At their recent meeting the book club decided to move their meetings to the first Thursday of the month at 2 p.m., in the parish hall. Upcoming books: Dec 1-‘Horse’, by Geraldine Brooks.

    St. John’s Forum – Nov 13: The Story of Historic Kingston, with Stephen Blauweiss. Join us after worship for a presentation by local author and producer Stephen Blauweiss whose passion for telling the story of Kingston led him to publish his most recent book, The Story of Historic Kingston. Stephen will be selling books at this event too!

    St. John’s Harvest: Feeding people is our jam! The cooking is done so join us for our fundraising sale dates. All proceeds go to the St. John’s operating fund. Sale dates: Nov 20 and Dec 11

    Social Hour Hosting: You are invited to sign up on the bulletin board in the Vestibule to be a social hour host! Talk with our Hospitality Coordinator, Barbara Johnston for more information.

    Ulster Housing Coalition: Do you care about housing in Ulster Country and are you willing to work to make a difference? The various housing organizations in Ulster County are coming together to look at the problem and determine how we can work together. All are welcome. This month’s meeting is Wednesday, November 16 from 8:30-10 at St. John’s.

    Ulster Deanery Youth Event – Join us for a Rock Academy Concert on December 11 from 3-6. We will be raising awareness about homelessness in Ulster County. All are invited! More to come.

    Have an announcement for the bulletin?
    Please send by Wednesday at noon to
    stjohnskingston@aol.com.

  5. October 28, 2022

    November Calendar at St. John’s

    November is a busy month at St. John’s so please make note of these upcoming events!

    October 30: Outreach Committee Meeting
    The St. John’s Outreach Committee meets several times a year to discuss ways for us to support area organizations and how we can be engaged in loving our neighbors. All are welcome to Outreach Committee Meetings so come and participate in our common life by reaching out beyond our parish walls.

     

     

    November 6: All Saints Day Celebration
    All Saints Feast Day is Nov 1 but we always celebrate it on the first Sunday of November as a major feast day on our calendar. We begin by honoring those souls who have died and continue by celebrating the lives of all the saints by renewing our baptismal vows. Because it’s the First Sunday of the month, this will be an All Ages Worship.

     

     

    November 11-12: Diocesan Convention
    Rev. Michelle and our parish delegate, Paula Wisneski, will travel to Tarrytown on November 11-12 to meet with all the other congregational delegates from the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Every year the larger diocese meets to discuss, discern, learn, and then vote on important aspects of our common life together. Please offer your prayers for their work this year and stay tuned for future newsletters for more information about how to view these proceedings online.

    November 13: Commitment Sunday and Stephen Blauweiss Form
    Commitment Sunday marks the official end of our Pledge Campaign so we will gather pledges and offer a special blessing. The Stewardship Committee will continue to accept pledge cards at any time.
    St. John’s Forum: Stephen Blauweiss– Stay after worship for brunch and our next St. John’s Forum. Local author and producer Stephen Blauweiss will come and talk about his latest work – The Story of Historic Kingston. Learn more about our amazing community and buy one of his books for a Christmas gift!

     

    November 15: Q&A with the Bishop Candidates
    The Diocese of New York is electing a new bishop this year on December 3. Come and meet the candidates in person at a Q&A Session in Newburgh at St. George’s Episcopal Church beginning at 7:00 pm. Pay attention to your email for more details from Rev. Michelle.

     

     

     

    November 20: St. John’s Harvest Sale and Godly Play
    We give thanks for the members of our St. John’s Harvest Team – Jeannette Baggot, Sara Hutton, Kathy Burdick, Barbara Johnston, and Ana Hernandez. They have cooked up some amazing things that will be available for sale after worship on Sunday, Nov. 20 in the parish hall. All proceeds go to the operating fund of St. John’s. And don’t forget! Godly Play will be offered during worship for our younger members.

     

    November 21-23: Angel Food East Thanksgiving Meal Prep and Delivery
    The clients of Angel Food East are homebound due to ongoing illness of some kind. We want to make sure they have a good Thanksgiving meal so during this week, turkey and all the fixins will be prepared, packed, and delivered for our clients. Come and help! Stay tuned to your email to learn more about days/times when more help is needed.

     

     

     

    November 27: Advent I Guest Preacher and Advent Spirituality
    On the First Sunday of Advent, we welcome guest preacher and Deacon Dr. Meg Stapleton Smith as we celebrate the beginning of our new church year on Advent I.
    St. John’s Forum – Then, stay after worship for a special St. John’s Forum where we will make Advent Wreaths and discuss Advent spiritual practices.

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    All Souls and All Saints


    As we come to the end of October, most of our culture is caught up in Halloween – and for good reason! It’s fun to be someone else for a day – not to mention the parties and the pumpkin carving and the trick-or-treating and the decorations. As you might guess, this celebration has its roots in other traditions from other times and other places.

    The holiday we now know as Halloween has its origins a Celtic festival called Samhain. People in the British Isles would light bonfires and wear costumes as a way of keeping evil spirits and ghosts at bay. Then, when Pope Gregory IV designated November 1 as All Saints Day, the celebration of Samhain in the British Isles shifted so that the night before All Saints came to be known as All Hallows Eve, restricting their bonfires and costumes to this “eve.” It’s sometimes known as All Saints Eve, following the Christian tradition of celebrating the holiday with a vigil the night before (which, of course, arose from the Jewish calendar in which the day starts at sundown).

    In short, in Western Christianity, All Saints is a commemoration of all Christians, past and present. We lift up the names of those who have gone before as a way of naming honoring our ancestors. It began as a day of obligation in Europe, which means that “all the faithful” were required to attend worship, as they are on other days of obligation like Christmas and Easter. Today it is celebrated in various ways, depending on local tradition.

    This is easily confused with All Souls Day, celebrated on November 2, which is a commemoration of all the faithful departed. On this day, people participate in quiet vigils and prayer services, and visit cemeteries.

    Both All Saints and All Souls are, of course, tied to the celebration of Halloween because all of these commemoration and celebrations are ways of honoring the dead during the time of year when, in the Northern Hemisphere, we are also watching all the green life turn to brown. It is a season of remembrance and a season of letting go – practices that are very important for us as humans.

    At St. John’s, we ask for the names of those who have died so that they can be added to our All Saints Sunday bulletin. And, as we begin our celebration on November 6, we will name these people, light candles in their names, and recognize and give thanks for their lives as a part of our lives.

    So, I ask that you either email me directly at michelle.stjohnskingston@gmail.com OR use the form on the bulletin board in the vestibule to make sure the names of those you would like to have spoken are in our bulletin on November 6.

    And I hope you will come to celebrate with us on November 6. We will have a story and activities for all ages at worship that morning.

    In God’s love and mine,
    Rev. Michelle

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    Announcements for the Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost
    October 30, 2022

    THIS SUNDAY! Outreach Meeting Join us after worship for our Outreach Committee meeting. All are welcome as we discuss ways for us to be engaged in and support the larger community of Kingston and Ulster County.

    NEXT WEEK! All Ages Worship  We celebrate the Feast of All Saints’ on November 6 with All Ages Worship, where many elements of the worship are designed for younger worshippers.

    Stewardship Campaign: October 23 – November 13
    Recommitment, Renewal, and Reconciliation. These are the words on our Stewardship banner at the back of the Sanctuary. For the past year, we have been using these themes to look at our lives in the Gospel. Now, this coming year, we will be Continuing the Journey of Recommitment, Renewal, and Reconciliation by revisiting our Mission Statement and the Stewardship of our Mission. During these 4 weeks, we will listen to people talk about the Mission of St. John’s and their reasons for pledging to support it. If you’re new to St. John’s or would like information about pledging, pick up a Stewardship flyer along with your bulletin.

    Page Turners Book Club At their recent meeting the book club decided to move their meetings to the first Thursday of the month at 2 p.m., in the parish hall. Upcoming books are: Nov 3-‘The Sweetness of Water’, by Nathan Harris; Dec 1-‘Horse’, by Geraldine Brooks.

    St. John’s Forum – Nov 13: The Story of Historic Kingston, with Stephen Blauweiss. Join us after worship for a presentation by local author and producer Stephen Blauweiss whose passion for telling the story of Kingston led him to publish his most recent book, The Story of Historic Kingston. Stephen will be selling books at this event too!

    St. John’s Harvest: Feeding people is our jam!
    The cooking is done so join us for our fundraising sale dates. All proceeds go to the St. John’s operating fund. Sale dates: Nov 20 and Dec 11

    Social Hour Hosting: You are invited to sign up on the bulletin board in the Vestibule to be a social hour host! Talk with our Hospitality Coordinator, Barbara Johnston for more information.

    Calling all bakers! Do you like to make things in the kitchen? Our Communion Bread recipe is easy and quick. You bake one batch, deliver the bread to the church, and we keep it in the freezer until we use it. Sign up to bake for a month (or two) this year. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Vestibule.

    Ulster Deanery Youth Event – Join us for a Rock Academy Concert on December 11 from 3-6. We will be raising awareness about homelessness in Ulster County. All are invited! More to come.

    Have an announcement for the bulletin?
    Please send by Wednesday at noon to
    stjohnskingston@aol.com

  6. October 14, 2022

    Searching for a Bishop

    As many of you know, Rev Michelle has been working on the Committee to Elect a Bishop this past year. Our current Diocesan Bishop, Andy Dietsche, is retiring. Last year, he called for the election of a Bishop Co-adjutor, someone who will walk alongside him in his final year. Then, in 2024, he will retire and we will have a new Diocesan Bishop.

    The Committee to Elect a Bishop (CEB) has been working since December of last year to get to a point where, at the end of September, they were able to announce the slate of candidates who are willing to stand for election to be our Bishop Co-adjutor on December 3.

    Please take the time to “meet” these incredibly talented candidates by following the link below. On this link you will be able to see a few photos, a video in which they introduce themselves to you, their responses to essay questions, their resumes, and links to other resources they have provided so far. Click here to learn more about the candidates.

    Before the election on December 3, the candidates will visit the diocese for a week – November 14-19. They will spend a day in each area of the diocese so they can talk to the lay people and clergy as well as visit some important ministries. At the end of each day, the candidates will engage in a Q&A session, to which, all are invited. Please take a look at the schedule below and note that the Q&A session for the Hudson Valley is at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Newburgh on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 pm.

    Monday, Nov 14: St. Mary’s, Castleton (Staten Island)
    Tuesday, Nov 15: St. Geroge’s, Newburgh (Hudson Valley)
    Wednesday, Nov 16: St. Andrew’s, Harlem (Manhattan)
    Thursday, Nov 17: Trinity/St. Paul, New Rochelle (Westchester/Rockland)
    Friday, Nov 18: St. Margaret’s, Longwood (The Bronx)

    The CEB hopes to have these sessions available via Zoom so that more people can participate. and Rev. Michelle will keep us all updated about both a trip to Newburgh on Nov 15 and access to these sessions via Zoom, if it’s available.

    Here are the candidates! And you can learn more about them by following this link.

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    SCHEDULE ANNOUNCEMENT!

    We will have Godly Play on the 4th Sunday this month – October 23 – as this is when Leah can be available to teach this month. We are sorry for the change this month and remain committed to ensuring the schedule for Godly Play is consistent. If you are interested in helping with this ministry to help us maintain a regular schedule, please reach out to Leah Siuta or Rev. Michelle.

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    Continuing Education


    You may have noticed that I haven’t been in Kingston lately. Ana and I took a quick trip to Ocean Grove, NJ the first week of October to have vacation together and, aside from getting the tail end of the hurricane (constant rain for 2 days), it was a delightful trip.

    As a priest in the Episcopal Church, I am expected to do regular continuing education. And, this week, I have been training with a program called the College for Congregational Development. This program was developed around 10 years ago in the Diocese of Olympia and several dioceses have imported the program because it’s so effective including California, Northern California, Michigan, Spokane, Indianapolis, Chicago, and Maryland.

    As brief overview, this program trains congregational leaders (both lay and clergy) on how to facilitate and develop plans of action. As an example: If a congregation wanted to develop a ministry around the issue of the care of creation, they could utilize one of the tools we were given to develop a plan, so the members of that ministry know the focus and goals of their ministry. That’s a simple example, of course, because the possibilities for using these tools are literally endless.

    So often congregations face difficult decisions and leadership can easily get bogged down in trying to determine the best way forward. So, when Victor Conrado, our Canon for Congregational Development and Formation in the Diocese of New York, offered me a scholarship to attend this program in Chicago this past week, I jumped at the chance because we are facing some important decisions about the future of St. John’s.

    I’m so glad I went because this is really the best continuing education I have ever done – and I’ve been a priest for 12 years now! I learned so much and was given information and tools that I can easily and quickly use to help the leadership of St. John’s plan for our congregational present and future. I am hopeful that we will be able to import this program in our diocese so that more people in our congregation and our diocese can be empowered by this program.

    In God’s love and mine,
    Rev. Michelle

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    Announcements for the Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
    October 16, 2022

    NEXT SATUDAY! Final cooking day
    St. John’s Harvest: Feeding people is our jam!
    Join us in the kitchen to clean, chop, stir, and make cool stuff on the last Saturday of the month from 10-5. No experience necessary. Hands of all ages welcome. Show up for shifts of 2, 4, or 6 hours, and let’s have fun while we raise money for St. John’s! Clear your calendar and come to help on Saturday, Oct. 22. Sale dates: Nov 20 and Dec 11NEXT WEEK: Godly Play! All young people are invited upstairs to our Godly Play Room for the first part of worship where Leah Siuta will lead a lesson. Then, everyone comes down to the Sanctuary for Communion.

    Stewardship Campaign: October 23 – November 13
    Recommitment, Renewal, and Reconciliation. These are the words on our Stewardship banner at the back of the Sanctuary. For the past year, we have been using these themes to look at our lives in the Gospel. Now, this coming year, we will be Continuing the Journey of Recommitment, Renewal, and Reconciliation by revisiting our Mission Statement and the Stewardship of our Mission. During these 4 weeks, we will listen to people talk about the Mission of St. John’s and their reasons for pledging to support it. If you’re new to St. John’s or would like information about pledging, pick up a Stewardship flyer along with your bulletin.

    Page Turners Book Club At their recent meeting the book club decided to move their meetings to the first Thursday of the month at 2 p.m., in the parish hall. Upcoming books are: Nov 3-‘The Sweetness of Water’, by Nathan Harris; Dec 1-‘Horse’, by Geraldine Brooks.

    Safe Church Training: Many ministries in the church require this training. Please speak directly with Rev. Michelle today to register for in-person workshops on Saturday, Oct 22 at St. John’s.

    Outreach Meeting Join us on October 30 after worship for our Outreach Committee meeting. All are welcome as we discuss ways for us to be engaged in and support the larger community of Kingston and Ulster County.

    St. John’s Forum – Nov 13: The Story of Historic Kingston, with Stephen Blauweiss. Join us after worship for a presentation by local author and producer Stephen Blauweiss whose passion for telling the story of Kingston led him to publish his most recent book, The Story of Historic Kingston. Stephen will be selling books at this event too!

    Social Hour Hosting: You are invited to sign up on the bulletin board in the Vestibule to be a social hour host! Talk with our Hospitality Coordinator, Barbara Johnston for more information.

    Calling all bakers! Do you like to make things in the kitchen? Our Communion Bread recipe is easy and quick. You bake one batch, deliver the bread to the church, and we keep it in the freezer until we use it. Sign up to bake for a month (or two) this year. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Vestibule.

    Have an announcement for the bulletin?
    Please send by Wednesday at noon to
    stjohnskingston@aol.com

  7. September 29, 2022

    St. John’s Events This Week!

    We hope you will come out and for these community-building events at St. John’s. Service work, Christian learning, celebration, and reflection opportunities for people of all ages.
    Click here for a full list of upcoming St. John’s Events

    Sunday, Oct 2: Celebrating St. Francis
    We start the month of October off with All Ages Worship on Oct 2 at 10am – A specially designed worship service to help engage all parishioners, especially younger ones, through story and other activities during our 10:00 am worship. All parishioners are asked to bring your pet mementos, photos, and stuffed animals to church where we will ask God’s blessing on our beloved animals. Sorry, no live-pet blessings this year!

    Sunday, Oct 2: Parish-wide Workshop – The Impact of Gun Violence on Churches
    The increase of gun violence in our culture often results in a political discussion about gun rights. But how does this very real phenomenon impact our willingness to attend public activities and functions, like Christian worship? As people who follow Jesus, one who tells us to welcome the stranger in our midst, it is incredibly important for us to spend time discussing the specter of gun violence in our culture and the emotional toll it takes on us as churchgoers. Rev. Michelle and Sara Hutton will lead this special parish-wide workshop after worship on October 2.

    Click here to learn more about upcoming St. John’s Events so you can plan your time this fall.

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    All Ages Worship (AAW) – What is it and Why?


    Soon after I came to St. John’s, we decided to take a look at our Mission Statement so that we could approach our common life with a clear understanding of how we want to direct our resources. We came away with 5 active ways to do this. 1) Sharing our physical space and resources; 2) Being stewards of the arts; 3) Advocating for social justice; 4) Participating in inclusive and intergenerational worship; and 5) Affirming everyone has a place at God’s Table.

    I’d like to spend a little time discussing this 4th direction today. As we move into a new phase of the pandemic with the ability to return to a fuller sense of who we are as a worshipping community, we are reincorporating some very important aspects of our common life. Two of them are Godly Play and All Ages Worship. And I’m so excited for both of these to return!

    Godly Play is an amazing program that helps our younger people engage with the stories of scripture and of our Christian tradition in ways that they can take them more deeply into who they are becoming. It’s magical to watch kids participate in a lesson and continue to talk about it for days afterwards. And I’m incredibly grateful for the ministry of Leah Siuta who loves to help younger people learn about God through Godly Play. If you’re interested in helping with this ministry, by the way, talk to either Leah or myself.

    All Ages Worship (AAW) is another way to help our younger people engage but it’s more than that. It’s a way for all our people – young, old, middle years, and teens – to be together in worship. In this worship experience, we take our typical worship and use different forms to help us all hear things a little differently than we normally do. We may say a different confession or a different creed or a different set of prayers. We may have liturgical props to use during a part of the worship service. And we always have a story instead of a sermon.

    While it may be more familiar to us to have children in Sunday School while adults attend the full worship, I think it’s really important for all of us to know who we are as a worshipping community together. Children are not ancillary to the worshipping community. In fact, they are integral to who we are and, therefore, we are not a full worshipping community without their presence. Hopefully, AAW is a way for children to discover that worship is a joy-filled experience, where all can find ways to engage and all are fully welcome at God’s Table. And, as an adult, I also believe that we all learn more about the words and forms of our liturgy by hearing them or saying them a different way. You see, All Ages Worship is for all of us.

    Going forward, we will have AAW on the first Sunday of the month unless we announce otherwise. I hope you’ll come and bring the whole family as we all celebrate God’s Love together.

    In God’s love and mine,
    Rev. Michelle

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    Announcements for the Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
    October 2, 2022

    THIS SUNDAY! Parish-wide Workshop: The Impact of Gun Violence on Churches This workshop is designed to help us all discuss the impact of gun violence on the culture and, especially, as it pertains to those of us who attend public worship. Join Rev. Michelle and Sara Hutton for this special parish-wide workshop after worship on October 2.

    Page Turners Book Club At their recent meeting the book club decided to move their meetings to the first Thursday of the month at 2 p.m., in the parish hall. For the October 8th meeting, the book selection is, ‘A Slow Fire Burning’, by Paula Hawkins. Upcoming books are: Nov 3-‘The Sweetness of Water’, by Nathan Harris; Dec 1-‘Horse’, by Geraldine Brooks.

    Safe Church Training: Many ministries in the church require this training. Please speak directly with Rev. Michelle today to register for in-person workshops on Saturday, Oct 22 at St. John’s.

    St. John’s Harvest: Feeding people is our jam!
    Join us in the kitchen to clean, chop, stir, and make cool stuff on the last Saturday of the month from 10-5. No experience necessary. Hands of all ages welcome. Show up for shifts of 2, 4, or 6 hours, and let’s have fun while we raise money for St. John’s! Clear your calendar and come to help on Saturday, Oct. 22. Sale dates: Nov 20 and Dec 11

    St. John’s Forum – Nov 13: The Story of Historic Kingston, with Stephen Blauweiss. Join us after worship for a presentation by local author and producer Stephen Blauweiss whose passion for telling the story of Kingston led him to publish his most recent book, The Story of Historic Kingston. Stephen will be selling books at this event too!

    Stewardship Campaign: October 23 – November 13
    Recommitment, Renewal, and Reconciliation. These are the words on our Stewardship banner at the back of the Sanctuary. For the past year, we have been using these themes to look at our lives in the Gospel. Now, this coming year, we will be Continuing the Journey of Recommitment, Renewal, and Reconciliation by revisiting our Mission Statement and the Stewardship of our Mission. During these 4 weeks, we will listen to people talk about the Mission of St. John’s and their reasons for pledging to support it. If you’re new to St. John’s or would like information about pledging, pick up a Stewardship flyer along with your bulletin.

    Social Hour Hosting: You are invited to sign up on the bulletin board in the Vestibule to be a social hour host! Talk with our Hospitality Coordinator, Barbara Johnston for more information.

    Calling all bakers! Our Communion Bread recipe is easy and quick. You bake one batch, deliver the bread to the church, and we keep it in the freezer until we use it. Sign up to bake for a month (or two) this year. The sign-up sheet is on the Vestibule bulletin board and so is the recipe.

    Have an announcement for the bulletin?
    Please send by Wednesday at noon to
    stjohnskingston@aol.comAnchor.

  8. September 23, 2022

    St. John’s Events This Week and Next!

    We hope you will come out and for these community-building events at St. John’s. Service work, Christian learning, celebration, and reflection opportunities for people of all ages.
    Click here for a full list of upcoming St. John’s Events

    Saturday, Sept 24: St. John’s Harvest Cooking Day
    Last year, parishioners gathered in the St. John’s Kitchen during the fall to help prepare all kinds of canned goods as a way of having fun together and it turned into a successful fundraiser to help with our operating expenses Let’s do it again! All ages are welcome to help chop, stir, and peel, while we share in laughter and community. This Saturday in the St. John’s Kitchen between 10-5. Come for an hour or two, or the entire day. Rev. Michelle will make sure everyone has lunch.

    Sunday, Sept 25: St. John’s Forum: When the Saints Come Marching In!
    After worship on Sept 25, stay for our St. John’s Forum Series and learn more about how the saints of the Christian faith are celebrated in the Episcopal Church. Rev. Michelle will present history and offer insight into the lives of the saints, why we call them saints, what a saint’s feast day is, and how they can be a part of our spiritual lives. St. John’s Forum Series happens this fall on the last Sunday of the month.

    Sunday, Oct 2: Celebrating St. Francis

    We start the month of October off with All Ages Worship on Oct 2 at 10am – A specially designed worship service to help engage younger parishioners through story and other activities. All parishioners are asked to bring your pet mementos, photos, and stuffed animals to church where we will ask God’s blessing on our beloved animals. Sorry, no live-pet blessings this year!

    Sunday, Oct 2: Parish-wide Workshop – The Impact of Gun Violence on Churches
    The increase of gun violence in our culture often results in a political discussion about gun rights. But how does this very real phenomenon impact our willingness to attend public activities and functions, like Christian worship? As people who follow Jesus, one who tells us to welcome the stranger in our midst, it is incredibly important for us to spend time discussing the specter of gun violence in our culture and the emotional toll it takes on us as churchgoers. Rev. Michelle and Sara Hutton will lead this special parish-wide workshop after worship on October 2.

    Click here to learn more about upcoming St. John’s Events so you can plan your time this fall.

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    Silos – Security or Immobility?

    I attended a meeting this past week in which many talented, smart, and earnest people were invited to consider working together because all of them had the same essential goal. And I observed how difficult it was for each of them to see beyond their own program in order to envision something else.

    We call this being in a silo. Silos are those tall, round structures on farms where grain is stored. And they are good things. They keep food safe for long periods of time. But silos can also be places where we become stuck or stagnant. Immobile.

    There is a phenomenon called “grain entrapment” or “grain engulfment.” It most frequently occurs in grain silos when grain shifts beneath someone’s feet. Entrapment describes when someone is partially submerged and cannot get out without assistance, and engulfment describes when someone has been completely submerged. Engulfment has a very high mortality rate.

    Why am I talking about this? Because our tendency as humans is to confuse ourselves with the grain and stay within silos we have built. It makes some sense for us to do this. The world can be so overwhelming that, if we don’t focus ourselves and our own needs/wants/goals, we can get distracted, unfocused, and unable to effect any change or even maintain our own lives.

    But I hope the description of grain entrapment helps us understand that the silo can also be a very dangerous place to stay. Grain will shift. It always does. Our lives cannot stay the same because the world around us is in almost constant motion. And we will always need assistance from someone else to be freed from our own silos. We cannot do life alone.

    I think about the prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures – especially Jeremiah, of whom we have been reading lately on Sundays – and I know that so many people really didn’t think of them as bringers of good news. They often pointed out the ways in which human beings become trapped in our own ideas of progress so that we forget what really matters. And they all reported being persecuted because people didn’t like what they said.

    My point is that we can get so stuck in our own preferred habits that, not only do we refuse to accept help, but we even have the audacity to get angry when someone points out that we are stuck. And this extends to organizations, especially those who have missions to serve others. Places in which people have taken so much care in creating something which they believe will help others that they often cannot see beyond this “something” to see the ways in which God may be calling them to new life.

    The silo is there to store the grain and keep it safe. It was never designed to support the ever-changing, vibrant life God has given us to live.

    How is God calling you out of your silo?
    How is God calling us out of our collective silos?

    In God’s love and mine,
    Rev. Michelle

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    Announcements for the Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
    September 25, 2022

    THIS SUNDAY: St. John’s Forum: When the Saints Come Marching In – Stay after worship for an exploration of how the saints are celebrated in the Episcopal Church with Rev. Michelle.

    NEXT WEEK: Parish-wide Workshop: The Impact of Gun Violence on Churches This workshop is designed to help us all discuss the impact of gun violence on the culture and, especially, as it pertains to those of us who attend public worship. Join Rev. Michelle and Sara Hutton for this special parish-wide workshop after worship on October 2.

    Celebrating St. Francis: On October 2, bring your stuffed animals or your pet mementos to church where we will perform a blessing on them. Sorry, no live-pet blessings this year!

    Safe Church Training: Many ministries in the church require this training. See Rev. Michelle for more information. In-person workshops will be held on Saturday, Oct 22 at St. John’s.

    St. John’s Harvest: Feeding people is our jam!
    Join us in the kitchen to clean, chop, stir, and make cool stuff on the last Saturday of the month from 10-5. No experience necessary. Hands of all ages welcome. Show up for shifts of 2, 4, or 6 hours, and let’s have fun while we raise money for St. John’s! Remaining Cooking Days: Oct. 29. Sale dates: Nov 20 and Dec 11

    Social Hour Hosting: You are invited to sign up on the bulletin board in the Vestibule to be a social hour host! Talk with our Hospitality Coordinator, Barbara Johnston for more information.

    Page Turners Book Club At their recent meeting the book club decided to move their meetings to the first Thursday of the month at 2 p.m., in the parish hall. For the October 8th meeting, the book selection is, ‘A Slow Fire Burning’, by Paula Hawkins. Upcoming books are: Nov 3-‘The Sweetness of Water’, by Nathan Harris; Dec 1-‘Horse’, by Geraldine Brooks.

    Have an announcement for the bulletin?
    Please send by Wednesday at noon to
    stjohnskingston@aol.com

  9. September 10, 2022

    Tomorrow! Ukraine Benefit

    Arts & Crafts Sale opens at 3:00 pm and the Concert begins at 4:00 pm.
    Join us in helping this amazing organization – Voices of Children. They offer psychological support for children in Ukraine.

    Click here to purchase tickets for tomorrow’s Ukraine Benefit!

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    Updating Our Masking Policy


    We have been through so much with the COVID pandemic, from online worship to hybrid worship to masking and distancing. We have done well, as a congregation, to honor one another’s safety all these many months. Thank you, all, for adhering to our policies. Caring for one another and helping one another to feel safe in worship is one of the most important things in Christian community.

    And now it’s time for us to take another step. Starting this Sunday, September 11, masks will be optional during worship at St. John’s. If you have any questions about this, please reach out to me. I’m happy to talk with you.

    I’ll see you tomorrow morning in the Sanctuary for worship and then at the Ukraine Benefit in the afternoon!

    In God’s love and mine,
    Rev. Michelle

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    Announcements for the Fourteenth Sunday of Pentecost
    September 11, 2022

    This Sunday! Benefit Concert for Ukraine: Sunday, September 11
    Arts & Crafts Sale Opens at 3:00 pm and Concert begins at 4:00 pm. The Kingston Interfaith Council is hosting the event here at St. John’s.
    Get your tickets now at kingstoninterfaithcouncil.org/events

    NEXT WEEK: Godly Play returns to the St. John’s formation schedule and we are so excited! Every third Sunday, all kids are invited to join Leah Siuta in our Godly Play room upstairs above the Parish Hall. Then come back downstairs so we can all celebrate Eucharist together. Reach out to Leah for more information at jolejola4@msn.com

    Page Turners Book Club: The Page Turners book group will be meeting on September 13, at 7 pm, at Jeanette Baggot’s apartment. We’ll be discussing everyone’s favorite summer reads and selecting what to read for the next few months. New members are always welcome. Speak to Jeanette, Claudette Ford, or Barbara Johnston for more information about the September meeting, or the book club in general.

    Social Hour Hosting: You are invited to sign up on the bulletin board in the Vestibule to be a social hour host! Talk with our Hospitality Coordinator, Barbara Johnston for more information.
    St. John’s Harvest: Feeding people is our jam!
    Join us in the kitchen to clean, chop, stir, and make cool stuff on the last Saturday of the month from 10-5. Last year, we canned jams, chutney, and conserves; made Sara’s soap, hand sanitizer, and Jocelyn’s amazing Beeswax wraps! No experience necessary. Hands of all ages welcome. Show up for shifts of 2, 4, or 6 hours, and let’s have fun while we raise money for St. John’s!
    Cooking/Prep Days: Sept. 24, and Oct. 29
    Sale dates: Nov 20 and Dec 11

    Flower Ministry: Every week, members of St. John’s offer a memorial of thanksgiving or honor a loved one who has gone before by supporting the Flower Ministry at St. John’s with a monetary donation. You’ll see this memorial listed in the bulletin each week. This ministry ensures we have lovely fresh flowers every week on our altar. Please consider signing up for a Sunday. Contact Elaine Lawrence at eslawrenc@aol.com

    Calling all bakers! Do you like to make things in the kitchen? Our Communion Bread recipe is easy and quick. You bake one batch, deliver the bread to the church, and we keep it in the freezer until we use it. Sign up to bake for a month (or two) this year. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Vestibule.

    Have an announcement for the bulletin?
    Please send by Wednesday at noon to
    stjohnskingston@aol.com

  10. September 3, 2022

    St. John’s Fall Calendar

    We’re planning all kinds of activities and events for the fall and we’re especially looking forward to the return of Godly Play to our parish calendar. Read below and reach out to Rev. Michelle with any questions you have! Look for more information on all of these events in The Good News from St. John’s Kingston. Please note that more events may be added as we move through the year.

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    Click here to purchase tickets to next week’s Ukraine Benefit!

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    Returning to the Sanctuary… with Gratitude

    This week (Sept 4) is our last week worshipping in the Parish Hall for summer worship. The weather has turned a bit, we can feel fall in the air, and our beloved sanctuary is awaiting us.

    So, on September 11 we will return to the sanctuary for Sunday worship and celebrate the official beginning of our fall events calendar. The choir will be together to lead us in song and we’ll worship with the beauty of our stained glass around us.

    Our Director of Music, Terry Earles, has been hard at work getting some repair done on our 100+ year-old Estey organ. Terry’s friend and our sometime supply organist, Dale Ziegenfelder, who is an expert in organ repair, has been working with Terry over the summer. They have worked on the pistons and the pedals. They have cleared and cleaned the pipes. They have reconnected the tremulant (a device that regulates the air flow through the pipes). And, last but not least, they moved the pedal board (the platform that Terry and the organ console sit on) and discovered that over the years people have dropped pencils and other small items. and tried reclaiming them by shoving brooms and other items under the pedal board causing damage the wiring that is there. So, they also fixed the wiring.

    They did all this during a very hot, humid summer with no air conditioning. Phew! What a gift of ministry! And Dale has done all of this work as a gift to us. Please join me in thanking Terry and Dale for all of their faithful work this summer to help us all praise God with our voices in song.

    I’ll see you tomorrow in the Parish Hall and next week in the Sanctuary.

    In God’s love and mine,
    Rev. Michelle

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    Announcements for the Thirteenth Sunday of Pentecost
    September 4, 2022

    NEXT WEEK! Benefit Concert for Ukraine: Sunday, September 11
    Arts & Crafts Tent Opens at 3:00 pm and Concert begins at 4:00 pm. The Kingston Interfaith Council is hosting the event here at St. John’s. We’ll need many hands on deck to help that afternoon. If you can help with set-up on Saturday, Sept 10, please let Rev. Michelle know!
    Get your tickets now at kingstoninterfaithcouncil.org/events

    Page Turners Book Club: The Page Turners book group will be meeting on September 13, at 7 pm, at Jeanette Baggot’s apartment. We’ll be discussing everyone’s favorite summer reads and selecting what to read for the next few months. New members are always welcome. Speak to Jeanette, Claudette Ford, or Barbara Johnston for more information about the September meeting, or the book club in general.

    Social Hour Hosting: You are invited to sign up on the bulletin board in the Vestibule to be a social hour host! Talk with our Hospitality Coordinator, Barbara Johnston for more information.

    Feeding people is our jam! St. John’s Harvest is back! Join us in the kitchen to clean, chop, stir, and make cool stuff on the last Saturday of the month from 10-5. Last year, we canned jams, chutney, and conserves; made Sara’s soap, hand sanitizer, and Jocelyn’s amazing Beeswax wraps! No experience necessary. Hands of all ages welcome. Show up for shifts of 2, 4, or 6 hours, and let’s have fun while we raise money for St. John’s!  Mark your calendar: Sept. 24th, and Oct. 29th.

    Flower Ministry: Every week, members of St. John’s offer a memorial of thanksgiving or honor a loved one who has gone before by supporting the Flower Ministry at St. John’s with a monetary donation. You’ll see this memorial listed in the bulletin each week. This ministry ensures we have lovely fresh flowers every week on our altar. Please consider signing up for a Sunday. Contact Elaine Lawrence at eslawrenc@aol.com

    Calling all bakers! Do you like to make things in the kitchen? Our Communion Bread recipe is easy and quick. You bake one batch, deliver the bread to the church, and we keep it in the freezer until we use it. Sign up to bake for a month (or two) this year. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Vestibule.

    Have an announcement for the bulletin?
    Please send by Wednesday at noon to
    stjohnskingston@aol.comAnchor.