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

The Good News of St. John’s

November 3rd

Coming up at St. John’s

This Sunday, Nov 5: All the things are happening!

Stewardship Sunday with a Special Coffee Hour – During worship, we’ll hear from our Stewardship Chair this year, Kathy Burdick who is also pulling together a special extended coffee hour.
All Ages Worship – It’s the first Sunday of the month and that means that our worship will have elements for all ages. We hope everyone will join in our common worship.
Outreach Meeting – After worship, join the Outreach Committee who will discuss plans to allocate this year’s outreach funds.
Celebration of All Saints and Commemoration of All Souls – A special day in our church calendar, set aside to recognize the wider communion of saints and remember those who have died.

Being Baptized Into the Body of Christ and
Being Received Into the Episcopal Church

We have 2 dates for baptism coming up:
December 10 (Bishop Mary Glasspool visits)
January 7 (Celebration of the Baptism of our Lord)
The next date for Baptism will be March 30 during our Easter Vigil. And the next Receptions into the Episcopal Church will take place on December 10 when Bishop Mary Glasspool visits. Receptions are done alongside confirmations in the Episcopal Church because they are both done by a Bishop. The next date for being received will be in June of 2024 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC.
If you are interested in either of these rites, please contact Rev. Michelle before November 26 at
To learn more about being baptized and being received, please visit the St. John’s website.

Interfaith Gathering of Gratitude

Every year, Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley is our gracious host for Kingston’s interfaith gathering and the tradition continues this year, of course. But this year Rev. Michelle hopes that we can all make an effort to join the gathering: Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 pm.

The war between the governments of the Israelis and the Palestinians in the Middle East may seem as though it’s far away but it has a direct impact on our lives here in Kingston because, as you may have already seen, there are people who take these opportunities to spew anti-semitic rhetoric. This means, regardless of our opinions about what should or should not be happening between Israel and Palestine, we need to be concerned for our Jewish neighbors and their physical safety as well as their sense of security.

Showing up to this event is an important message of love and support for our neighbors at Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley.

Vestry Notes for October

  • In her Rector’s Report, Rev Michelle noted that she and Rev Eliacin of Holy Cross Santa Cruz are developing an evening Advent Series that will begin on Thursday, November 30. The theme will be Becoming Beloved Community and we will have an online component for those who cannot drive at night. Stay tuned for more information.
  • The 247th Convention of the Diocese of New York is on 11/11/23. Rev Michelle and Paula Wisneski will travel to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC. The day is spent voting on candidates for Diocesan Offices and resolutions for our common life, listening to reports from various committees, and drawing on the power of a people gathered in prayer and praise. Our proclamation: For all that has been done, Thanks! For all that will be, Yes! -Dag Hammarskjöld.
  • Please join all people of faith in Kingston in attending the Interfaith Gathering on 11/14/23. We gather in particular to support the well-being of Congregation Emanuel during these heartbreaking days of conflict and peril.
  • We are excited that Brian Silver has officially joined the St. John’s family, as he begins his permanent employment with us. Although we are still fine tuning his official job title and responsibilities, Brian has already contributed so much to our parish life: he has enlivened St. John’s Kitchen rentals and we cannot thank him enough for his contributions to the wildly successful Neighborhood Block Party. He will be taking on some vital tasks like overseeing maintenance for the buildings and grounds and assisting with the St. John’s Newsletter.
  • The Vestry is starting to put into place plans for Rev Michelle’s 2024 sabbatical that will begin in April, after Easter, and continue through May and June. We are considering the coverage that will be needed and welcome any ideas or concerns you might have.
  • The Vestry will be spending Saturday, 11/4/23 conducting a Mutual Ministry Review along with Rev. Michelle. We will be led by the Rev. Allison Moore of St. Andrew’s in New Paltz as we take time to assess St. John’s ministerial goals and what role each of us plays in our common life. We will be sharing the results of this day and asking you to give us your thoughts on where St. John’s is going and how we can nurture the growth of the parish. Our theme: Looking forward not backward.

Submitted by Kathy Burdick
Clerk of the Vestry


Turning Toward Hope

Dear Ones,

Today, the clergy of Ulster County met with our Bishop Co-adjutor, Bp. Matt Heyd. He’s always an inspirational person to be with because he listens with deep concern and compassion to the struggles we go through in our congregations. And his response is always direct and earnest. And he remembers… everything.

(I, personally, am very jealous of this trait; immediate recall is not my strong suit. The things I need seem to pop in to my brain about 5 minutes after I actually need them. But, I digress…)

Today, as we spoke together about various struggles, Bp. Matt listened intently, took notes, acknowledged larger structural problems, and continued to connect the things we were saying to the larger conversation. In every moment, he was compassionate and caring, and noted that “shame” is such a big part of what people experience when there are times of struggle. We think that, because we are struggling, there must be something wrong with us. Shame is difficult to move through.

And then we were reminded that the season of Advent, which is coming up in just a few weeks, is a poignant time for us to reflect on the shame we experience. As we prepare for the arrival of hope in our lives at Christmas, we start to see through the false stories of worldly power and greatness that can create a sense of shame in us. But, as we come to learn through this season, we never find our hope in worldly power or in any of the ways we often try to find it.

God chose the most vulnerable one to carry the light and the hope of us all. So then, may we, without shame or fear, rejoice to behold his appearing.

In God’s love and mine,
Rev. Michelle


Announcements for November 5
All Saints’ Sunday

St. John’s Office Hours
Wednesdays 10:00-12:00 noon
Thursdays 1:00-4:00 pm
Phone: 845-331-2252
Email: stjohnskingston@aol.comHave an announcement for the bulletin? Please send by Wednesday at noon to
This Sunday! Outreach Meeting Grab a cup of coffee and a snack and join us for a meeting of the Outreach Committee. We will be discussing the allocation of outreach funds. Interfaith Gathering of Gratitude: Every year the Kingston Interfaith Council brings our congregations together in November so that we can share prayers, songs, food, and fellowship.
Tuesday, Nov 14 at 7:00 pm at Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley (3 doors down). This year, more than ever, joining in our interfaith gathering is important. Please make sure to put it on your calendar and join other people of faith from across our city of Kingston.
Prepping, Cooking, Packing, Driving… oh my! Check the bulletin board in the Vestibule and sign up for shifts to help with the Angel Food East Thanksgiving Meal this year. Our feeding ministry, Angel Food East, serves approximately 70 clients throughout Ulster County who are chronically homebound and don’t qualify for governmental assistance. Help AFE make this a bountiful Thanksgiving for them. Many hands make light work and this is fun work and a meaningful way to be of service to our community during the holidays. Questions? Ask Rev. Michelle or Lynn Dennison.
Page Turners Book Club meets the first Thursday of the month, at 2 pm, in the parish hall. New members are always welcome! Upcoming selections: Dec. 7: Black Cake, by Charmaine Wilkerson. Speak to Lynn Dennison, Barbara Johnston, or Claudette Ford for more info.
New (or new-ish) to the Episcopal Church? If you or your child has not been baptized, we have 2 more opportunities for baptism coming up. And, if you have been baptized before but would like to be formally received into the church from another tradition, Bishop Mary Glasspool will be here on December 10 to do just that. Please speak with Rev. Michelle about either baptisms or receptions before November 26!
Outreach Project: People’s Place Project Santa – This year People’s Place needs blankets for kids up to age 16 for their Project Santa. We’ll have a collection box next to the Baptismal Font near our ongoing People’s Place Food Pantry Donation Box. Please contribute!