The Jingle Bells Bazaar – now ringing!
The fun is about to begin for planning the 2018 Christmas bazaar to be held on November 17th and we’d love for all parishioners to get involved. From volunteering to co-chair one of the table areas, making DYI crafts for that homey holiday gift, or stashing away all of your treasures to sell at Collectibles, White Elephant or Renewables, there are plenty of opportunities just suited to your talents.
Of priority, we have an *immediate* need for volunteers to co-chair the following areas, so if you’ve ever thought about getting a bit more involved, you’ll reap the benefits of great comradery, satisfaction of knowing you’ve made a difference, using your skills of organization and time management, and of course, not to mention a sneak peek at all the treasures you’ll be selling!
- Books/DVDs - put your love of literature to work here.
- Café - coordinate the execution of our famous Lunch in the Undercroft. We need two volunteers to head up this important area.
- Children’s Games/Toys – calling all young parents. Just pretend you’re shopping!
- Decorating the Parish Hall – if you have a flair for the festive, then this is your spot!
- Electronics/Renewables – calling the tech and gadget gurus to manage this area.
- Holiday Home table – stylish home & entertaining items that are more ‘upmarket’ than White Elephant.
- Preview Party - if you love to entertain, plan parties and have a good time, we need you!
The time requirement for the area co-chair is mostly the week leading up to the bazaar when the donations need to be sorted, priced and displayed and managing the day of the bazaar. Beforehand, you’ll reach out to rally your friends and parishioners to help sell.
A kick-off leadership meeting will be held after the 10 am service on September 9th, so please thoughtfully consider how you can help – and email, text or call Tori Pough to get involved asap. Tori.email@example.com 917.714.7898
There is no better way to kick off our Stewardship Season than with a community event. Stewardship is the act of caring - for our parish, for one another, for our community and for our planet. This fall we will begin with our pledge drive when we ask for financial contributions that care for the building and maintenance of our physical church, the salaries for our clergy and staff, as well as a contribution for our diocese.
In the spring we will focus on contributions of time and talent. How can we more fully participate in parish life at St. John’s through our ministries? We will present opportunities for everyone to get involved. Some ministries care for one another and others focus on helping others outside our parish. We will also begin to discuss terrestrial care of the environment and how to best care for God’s creation.
It is for this reason that our theme this year is Stewardship as a Way of Life. Stewardship is more than filling out a pledge card; it is the act of actively participating as Christians in our parish. So please save the date and join us on Sunday, October 14th for our annual Chili/Pot-Luck Social.
The annual and very popular St. John's Men's Dinner will be held on Friday, November 2, at the Larchmont Yacht Club. Cocktails begin at 6:30 PM. The cost of the dinner is $60 with a cash bar before the meal.
Bell Tower Update
Work on the bell tower and roofs is moving along at a good pace. Most of the work has gone very smoothly, thanks to the efforts of our contractor, architect/engineering firm, and Francisco's steadfast oversight!
- Bell Tower - the new copper roof was completed last weekend, with only some pointing on the windows left to be done.
- Cloister Roof Area - the roof installation has been completed. Some soldering of metals around the roof and through-wall flashing work are being completed.
- Parish Hall - the fluid-applied roof at valleys has been completed. Flashing and related slate work are underway.
This week, our contractor is addressing the minor repointing work on the education building in addition to continuing work on the primary projects.
The Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool will be making a Visitation to St. John’s on September 30th. She will preach and celebrate, and then join us for coffee hour. As is customary with an Episcopal Visitation, at the service the Bishop will do Confirmations and Receptions. Confirmation is for individuals who have been baptized and want to make an “adult” commitment to following Christ. If you were baptized in another denomination, this is also how you officially join the Episcopal Church. If you were Confirmed in another denomination and would like to join the Episcopal Church, then you are “Received” into the Church by the Bishop. This is also an opportunity for Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows. People reaffirm their Baptismal Vows for different reasons, including returning to church or to Christ after a period of absence, or to signify a deepening of faith and commitment.
The Bishop will preach and celebrate at both services - 8am and 10am
She will meet with those being Confirmed, Received or Reaffirming Baptismal Vows between services.
She will meet with the Vestry after the 10 AM coffee hour.
If you are interested in learning more about Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation, please leave a message with the Parish Office or speak with Rev. Gwyneth.
We look forward to starting the Search Committee process in September. Parishioners will receive applications in the mail the week of September 10. Deadline for applications is September 28.
Listed below are a few of the most important qualifications for serving on the committee.
• Mindset—a firm belief in the process, the importance of listening, collaboration, consensus building, and the power of prayer
• Time— the search will include weekly meetings for most of the year, homework, and travel to parishes that could be across the country. We know no one will be able to make every meeting, but if your job entails extensive travel this might not be a good fit.
• Knowledge of and love for the parish of St. John’s, the larger Episcopal Church and our place in the community and the world.
We will be looking to form a committee with diversity of thought, backgrounds, experiences, needs and expectations. Robin Ingram, our Junior Warden, served on the last Search Committee and would be happy to answer any questions over the summer as to the commitment and expectations: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As stated by the Vestry: “All parishioners over the age of sixteen will be able to apply to serve on the Committee, provided they attend services regularly and contribute financial support to St. John’s.”
We very much appreciate the notes we have received with support and advice. Please continue to share your thoughts as they occur to you. And please keep St. John’s in your prayers. For more info please email: email@example.com