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

The Good News of St. John’s

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!


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.


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


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.

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