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

The Good News of St. John’s

February 23, 2023

This Sunday!


Angel Food East Fundraiser
Come out for an afternoon of food and fun in support of our feeding ministry, Angel Food East!

Sunday, March 5 from 2-5 pm at Keegan Ales


2023 Seasons of Lent and Easter at St. John’s

Here are the many opportunities for people to engage and learn at St. John’s over the coming months. Look for more information here in our e-newsletter, The Good News at St. John’s.
Feb 26: Rector’s Forum: Acolytes, Ushes, and Lectors… Oh, my! Come and learn more about the various worship leader roles at St. John’s and sign up for training. After worship.
Mar 5: All Ages Worship – The Curiosity of Nicodemus
Angel Food East Mac-n-Cheese Bakeoff Returns! Come for food and fun in support of our feeding ministry. Begins at 2:00 pm at Keegan Ales.
Mar 12: How We Pray: Worship in the Episcopal Church. Inquirer’s Class is held from 1:00-3:30 pm.
Mar 19: Godly Play for kids, Healing Sunday
Mar 26: Purple Sunday! For our Rector’s Forum this month, the Alzheimer’s Association will make a presentation about Alzheimer’s and dementia. After Worship.
Who We Are: History / Structure of the Episcopal Church. Inquirer’s Class is held from 1:00-3:30 pm.
Apr 2: Palm Sunday All Ages Worship
What We Believe: The Creeds of the Church. Inquirer’s Class is held from 1:00-3:30 pm.
Apr 6: Maundy Thursday – soup supper, Eucharist, foot-washing, cleaning of the Altar. Begins at 6:00 pm
Apr7: Good Friday – Prayer service at 12:00 pm with the reading of the Passion. Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm.
Apr 8: Holy Saturday – Reflection and prayers followed by Work Party at 9:00 am. Easter Vigil begins at 8:00 pm
Apr 9: Easter Sunday: Festive Choral Eucharist followed by Community Brunch and Egg Hunt for the kids
Apr 16: Godly Play for kids, Healing Sunday
Apr 23: How We Read Scripture I: The Hebrew Scriptures. Inquirer’s Class is held from 1:00-3:30 pm.
Apr 30: Rector’s Forum – Life at the Time of Jesus
May 7: All Ages Worship
How We Read Scripture II: The Greek Scriptures. Inquirer’s Class is held from 1:00-3:30 pm.
May 21: What We Do: Ministry and the Baptismal Covenant. Inquirer’s Class is held from 1:00-3:30 pm.
May 28: The Feast of Pentecost

St. John’s Inquirer’s Class

Sign up for one or more sessions in the Vestibule or email Rev. Michelle at


Consider Masking
While masking remains optional at St. John’s, you are encouraged to consider wearing a mask during worship to help keep down the transmission of covid, flu, and other illnesses. Masks are available at both entrances.

Lenten Reckoning

The Season of Lent is here. And on the first Sunday of Lent, we begin our worship with the Great Litany – a form of prayer that is designed to help us sink deeply into prayer. It can be very powerful and I hope you’ll join us. We take this moment in our liturgical year to name the ways we have indulged in unloving behavior. And we do this because in naming the truth and in coming to terms with it, we can hope to find our way back to experiencing God’s Love, which is already there awaiting us.

For those of you who were unable to make it out to Ash Wednesday services yesterday, I’d like to share with you a bit from the sermon:

Lent is not about punishing. But it is about reckoning, coming to terms with the truth – that we are God’s beloved. Full stop. Miraculously formed of the elements of the earth, loved into being by the Holy One, The Gracious Spirit, God who is Love.
It is in knowing this – the full truth of the wild and audacious love God has for us and understanding just what it means for our true nature to be good and holy – only from knowing this, might be able to see when we are being indulgent or when we might see where we could do better. Because God loves us, our only real response to that fierce, reckless, unruly love is to become more loving ourselves. In that we become truly free.

As we begin our journey this Lent, I hope that you will find some time to reflect on this.

In God’s love and mine,
Rev. Michelle


Announcements for February 26
The First Sunday of Lent

THIS SUNDAY! Acolytes, Ushers, and Lectors… Oh, my! Rev. Michelle will offer a forum after worship on February 26, an opportunity to learn more about different liturgical and worship duties and be invited to register for training. We’ll talk about Lectors, Sacristans, Acolytes, and Ushers – all of whom are important to our common worship at St. John’s. People from age 6 to adult are welcome to consider these ministries.

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 and so is the recipe.

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: 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? Talk with Lynn Dennison.

Angel Food East is in need of drivers! Drivers deliver meals on Thursdays. Meals are ready by 11 a.m., and most routes take about an hour. Substitute drivers are also needed so if you can help out as an on call driver, you are needed! Speak with either Rev. Michelle or Lynn Dennison if you can help.

St. John’s Office Hours
Mondays from 11:00-4:00 pm and Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 pm
Phone: 845-331-2252
Please note: Rev. Michelle’s Sabbath Day is Friday.