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

The Good News of St. John’s

July 8, 2022

The Kitchen at St. John’s

Do you know of a caterer? A baker? Someone who sells goodies at a Farmer’s Market?

The Kitchen at St. John’s is available for rental for those who need a commissary kitchen for food prep. Right now, we are renting to occasional clients, but we would love to invite long-term clients to become a part of the larger St. John’s Community.

We need your help to attract these clients so please let folks know about our space. You never know who might be interested!

Our new Kitchen/Office Administrator, Lydia Picknell, is ready to meet with potential clients and fill up the openings in the kitchen schedule. Lydia is also the contact for renting the parish hall or any other space at St. John’s.

If you know of someone, have them contact Lydia directly at 845-331-2252 or


St. John’s Walkers

Tuesday, July 12 at 9:00 am
This week’s walk is the Ashokan Rail Trail in West Hurley.
Meet at the accessible parking lot off Zena Rd.
Call/text Ana for rides or more information: 914-357-0365


The 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church Starts!

This week in Baltimore a large group of lay and clergy leaders from the Episcopal Church are gathering to discuss resolutions about the future of our church, the climate crisis, racism, and a number of other important topics. This General Convention meets every 3 years and is made up of deputies from every diocese in our church.

I know that not everyone is a church-geek, but I think it’s important for everyone to know what is being discussed because the Episcopal Church offers a unique voice in American Christianity – one of inclusivity and love in which God’s grace knows no bounds. Here are some links for you:

As you may remember, I was scheduled to be a deputy for General Convention this year but I stepped down because balancing the work I have as a member of the Committee to Elect a Bishop along with other responsibilities I have was more than enough for me. We elect alternate deputies for just that reason, so I was happy, even in my personal disappointment, to give up my seat to another person.

I hope you’ll take some time to check in with what’s happening. I know I will be!

In God’s love and mine,
Rev. Michelle


Announcements for the Fifth Sunday of Pentecost
July 10, 2022

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: July 30August 27thSept. 24th, and Oct. 29th

St. John’s Walkers: Let’s get moving! We do one walk a week, alternating morning and evening times, so pick the times that work for you and let’s get moving! We meet at the location. If you need a ride, contact Ana Hernandez at or 914-357-0365 and she will arrange a ride. We need people to lead walks and come up with ideas for walks, keeping in mind that we have people of all abilities.

Summer Walking Schedule

Tues, July 12, 9am: Ashokan Rail Trail (see above)
Thurs, July 21, 7pm
Tues, July 26, 9am
Thurs, August 4, 7pm
Tues, August 9, 9am
Thurs, August 18, 7pm
Tues, August 23, 9am
Thurs, August 30, 7pm
Tues, Sept. 6, 9am

Benefit Concert for Ukraine: Sunday, September 11 at 4pm. The Kingston Interfaith Council is hosting the event here at St. John’s. Please save the date! We’ll need many hands on deck to help that afternoon.

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

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.

Page Turners Book Club: The Page Turners are returning to meeting in person on July 19th.  Claudette Ford has offered to host this meeting, at 7 p.m. (Thanks Claudette!) The book to be discussed is ‘Cold Millions’ by Jess Walters. We will skip August and meet in September. Details for that meeting will be announced as soon as possible. New members are always welcome. Please speak to Claudette, or Barbara Johnston for more information about the July meeting or about the book club in general.

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