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

The Good News of St. John’s

September 2, 2013

Coming Up at St. John’s

September 10: All Ages Worship and Backpack Blessings!

Due to Labor Day Weekend, when everyone is enjoying the final hurrahs of summer, we are moving All Ages Worship to September 10 when we return to the sanctuary. And don’t forget to bring your backpacks! Rev. Michelle will bless them and we will all pray for everyone starting a new year of school. Be sure to come and celebrate our community and the beginning of the programming year.

Three weeks away: St. John’s Neighborhood Block Party

Invite your friends and come meet the people in our neighborhood!


A Note From Bishop Co-Adjutor
Matt Heyd

On Tuesday, September 5, the Diocese of New York will begin weekday online morning prayer at 8 am via zoom.

The 30 minute service will offer an opportunity for us to join together daily in shared prayer— the foundation of our Anglican tradition and our lives as Christians. We’ll use the 1979 Book of Common Prayer Rite II Morning Prayer liturgy.

The service will include different leaders as officiants and feature diverse voices to offer brief daily reflections. Many of our leaders and communities have their own daily office practices—some congregations host morning prayer in person and a number of our congregations host morning prayer online.

This liturgy will offer an additional possibility for connection across the 10 counties and nearly 200 congregations of the Diocese of New York. The Holy Spirit moves at ground level— and connects us to each other.

You can find the zoom link for Tuesday here.
You’ll be invited to register when you join.

Everyone’s invited! My hope is that Morning Prayer will widely engage voices from across our diocese and will be intercultural in its expression.  

I’ll support the service along with postulants and candidates preparing for ordination in our Diocese. Thanks to Canon Victor Conrado for helping imagine this new service and to Alito Orsini for coordinating.

Grace and Peace,

+Matthew Heyd
Bishop Coadjutor


Living Into Change

Dear Ones,

I love-love-LOVE this time of year. The garden’s work is starting to slow down as the harvest comes to fruition. The air starts to shift and open up as temperatures drop and humidity lessens. And there is an energy in the air as people prepare for new school adventures after the close of summer.

And… that’s alot of transition. Alot of change. I’ve spoken with many of you and there are so many things going on in your lives right now. Moving, new family members, shifting abilities, new schools, new jobs… wow!

And, in the common life of St. John’s, we are also living into change. On June 1, the Rector’s hours (my hours) changed from FT to PT (at 60%). It’s hard to see this change over the summer because so many people are away on vacation and we don’t offer much programming. But now that we are starting our programming year, we will likely begin to see some differences in how much I am able to be available.

But I hope that we all keep this in mind: During transition, I think we sometimes get so focused on the new things we have to do… or missing the things/people/situations we are leaving behind, that it’s easy to miss the abundance that is still present. And it’s also easy to miss that when we are living into new ways of doing things, our creative spirit is invited to open us up to new possibilities. My friends, this is how we miss God.

Because God is with us. This is Christian Hope! God is always with us.

We have so much, as a community. We have bread at our Table that everyone is invited to receive. We have one another and we always have God.

Last week, in my short missive to you I spoke about how excited I am for the program year. I am really looking foward to all we have already planned and all that we will plan together.

If I don’t see you this Sunday (because it’s Labor Day weekend) then I look forward to seeing you next Sunday, September 10 when we return to the Sanctuary for All Ages Worship and Blessing of the Backpacks!

In God’s love and mine,
Rev. Michelle


Announcements for September 3
The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

St. John’s Office Hours
Wednesdays 10:00-12:00 noon
Thursdays 1:00-4:00 pm
Phone: 845-331-2252

Have an announcement for the bulletin?
Please send by Wednesday at noon to

September 10: All Ages Worship and Backpack Blessing We return to the sanctuary on September 10 with a special All Ages Worship. Don’t forget to bring your backpacks so Rev. Michelle can bless them!

Neighborhood Block Party! Sunday, Sept. 17 from 12:00-4:00 pm.  It’s all hands on deck to help get the word out and ensure all the people and businesses in our neighborhood are invited. Clear your schedule and be sure to sign up on the bulletin board in the vestibule for set-up and take-down duties that Sunday too!

Social Hour Sign-up! If you enjoy staying after worship for snacks and socializing, please sign up to host for a week. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the vestibule. Talk to Barbara Johnston if you have any questions.

Bible Study: Come and join in Bible Study with Rev. Michelle on Sundays at 8:30 am (in person) or Wednesdays at 12:00 noon (via Zoom). We are studying the Gospel of Matthew and you can join the conversation any Sunday! Everyone is welcome to pick up a one-page overview of this Gospel on the bulletin board in the Vestibule. Email Rev. Michelle if you’d like to join the Wednesday Bible Study on Zoom.

St. John’s Outreach Project – People’s Place: When you go to the store, pick up a few extra non-perishable food items for People’s Place food pantry (tuna, soup, pasta, sauce, etc.). We are also taking donations of birthday napkins/plates, candles, and gift bags in various sizes. Bring them to church and place them in the appropriate baskets near the Font.

The Page Turners Book Club will meet on September 14, at 2 p.m., in the parish hall, to discuss ‘Demon Copperhead’ by Barbara Kingsolver. New members are welcome! To learn more about the book group, speak to Lynn Dennison or Barbara Johnston.

St. John’s Upcoming Schedule
Check back, more events/dates being added!

Sept 9        Choir Luncheon and Rehearsal, 11:00 am
Sept 10      All Ages Worship and Backpack Blessing
Sept 17      Godly Play, Healing Sunday, Neighborhood Block Party 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Sept 18      Vestry Meeting, 6:00 pm, Parish Hall
Sept 23      Ulster Deanery Meeting, 9-12 at Holy Cross/Santa Cruz, Kingston
Oct 1         All Ages Worship
Oct 15       Godly Play, Healing Sunday; Choir Rehearsal after worship
Oct 31       Morning Prayer
Nov 5        Feast of All Saints’ All Ages Worship
Nov 11      247th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of New York
Nov 19      Godly Play, Healing Sunday; Choir Rehearsal after worship
Dec 3         Season of Advent begins
Dec 17       Godly Play, Healing Sunday; Choir Rehearsal after worship
Dec 24       Christmas Eve Worship: Family Service 3:00 pm; Choral Eucharist 8:00 pm
Dec 31       Morning Prayer



Sunday Worship: Rite II Eucharist 10:00 am
Join us in-person for Rite II Holy Eucharist in the St. John’s Sanctuary. On “5th Sundays” we offer Morning Prayer.

Monday Compline 9:00 pm  Click here to join.
A quiet service of prayer at the end of the day held via Zoom.

Wednesday Centering Prayer 5:30 pm  Click here to join.
PLEASE NOTE: No Centering Prayer for the month of August.
Meditative readings, silence, and reflection over Zoom.
A prelude of contemplative music is offered by Ana Hernández.