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

The Good News of St. John’s

September 9, 2023

Coming Up at St. John’s

THIS SUNDAY! All Ages Worship and Backpack Blessing

This Sunday is All Ages Worship as we return to the sanctuary. Terry has some fabulous music lined up but most importantly: 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.

Next week! St. John’s Neighborhood Block Party

Invite your friends and come meet the people in our neighborhood! And be sure to sign-up for a volunteer slot that day because everyone’s help is needed as we welcome our neighborhood to St. John’s. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the vestibule.



St. John’s Bible Study Continues

We’re studying the Gospel of Matthew and, this week, we’re finishing up the Sermon on the Mount – chapters 5, 6, and 7. Sundays 8:30-9:30 in person or Wednesday 12:00-1:00 on Zoom. If you’d like to join Wednesday’s session, email Rev. Michelle so she can send you the Zoom link. To learn more, click here



From Bishop Co-Adjutor Matt Heyd

On Tuesday, September 5 the Diocese of New York began weekday online morning prayer at 8 am via Zoom.

The 30 minute service offers 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 includes different leaders as officiants and features diverse voices to offer brief daily reflections. This liturgy offers 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,
Bishop Matt

Matthew Heyd
Bishop Coadjutor



The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC

Dear Ones,

Let’s talk about cathedrals… stay with me here.

The Episcopal Church has a structure that is similar, in some ways, to the Roman Catholic Church – we have bishops (but no archbishops and no pope), we have dioceses, and we have cathedrals. Each congregation is a part of a larger collection of congregations (diocese) and each diocese has a bishop who oversees and supports the mission of that diocese. The cathedral is named as such because the word “cathedra” is Latin for “seat.” The cathedral, then, is the seat of the bishop.

Our diocese is the Episcopal Diocese of New York which covers Staten Island, Manhattan, Bronx, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Sullivan, Dutchess, and Putnam counties. Our current bishop is Andy Dietsche who will retire in January and our new bishop is Matt Heyd who will be installed in February at our cathedral.

So, now we get to talk about our cathedral. On Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan, is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world – St. John the Divine, the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. They are a part of our common life as a diocese – a kind of center, if you will. They have a congregation that worships together, just like we do, but they are also our cathedral. They, like the bishop and the bishop’s staff, are here to support our lives as congregations. It’s a stunning place to visit.

One of the ways they are reaching out to all of us is to collect prayers from us. These prayers will then become an art installation called Divine Pathways. Artist Anne Patterson will install 1,000 ribbons in the nave (sanctuary) of the cathedral for 9 months and on these ribbons will be written all the prayers.

As the wind blows through these ribbons, it will be a symbol of all our collected prayers being lifted up to God.

Jocelyn Bergen has volunteered to collect thoughts/words for the prayer from St. John’s Kingston. You don’t have to craft a beautiful prayer – it can just be a word or two or three, something for our common life as St. John’s Kingston. What do we desire? What do we need? For what would we like to offer our thanks? How does God’s glory manifest in our common life?

From now until Sept 17, please email Jocelyn directly at with your thoughts/words of prayer for St. John’s. She will collect them and make sure that our collective prayer gets to the cathedral. So, on one of those 1,000 ribbons will be our words, our prayer, our collective heart.

As a congregation, we will plan a trip to St. John the Divine in the spring, not only to view the installation, but also to experience the beauty and awe of our collective spiritual home as a diocesan family. I look forward to reading our collective prayer and finding ways to include it in our worship life here too.

I hope you will spend some time considering what our congregational prayer might be and reach out to Jocelyn with your words. Also, please thank her for helping us to participate as a congregation.

In God’s love and mine,
Rev. Michelle



Announcements for September 10
The Fifteenth 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

Neighborhood Block Party! Sunday, Sept. 17 from 12:00-4:00 pm.  It’s ALL HANDS ON DECK! 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. And take some flyers and postcards to help get the word out!

Change to Centering Prayer Meeting Time: Centering Prayer will now meet on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm on Zoom. If you’d like to learn more about Centering Prayer, please visit this page on our website.

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!
Look for updates on children’s programming and occasional adult education forums. Soon we will announce dates for our Stewardship Campaign.

Sept 10      All Ages Worship and Return to the Sanctuary
Sept 17      Godly Play, Healing Sunday
Sept 17      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
Sept 29/30   Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Book Sale Plus! Fr 4-8 / Sa 9-2
Oct 1         All Ages Worship; Blessing of the Animals after worship
Oct 8         Godly Play for kids
Oct 15       Healing Sunday; Choir Rehearsal after worship
Oct 22       Sunday School Activity Day for kids
Oct 31       Morning Prayer
Nov 5        Feast of All Saints’: All Ages Worship
Nov 12      Godly Play for kids
Nov 11      247th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of New York
Nov 19      Healing Sunday; Choir Rehearsal after worship
Nov 26      Sunday School Activity Day for kids
Dec 3         All Ages Worship: Season of Advent begins
Dec 10       Godly Play for kids
Dec 17       Healing Sunday; Choir Rehearsal after worship
Dec 24       Advent IV worship at 10:00am
Christmas Eve Worship:
– Family Service 3:00 pm
– Choral Eucharist 8:00 pm
Dec 31       Morning Prayer