Weekly Dispatch, September 21st, 2022
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St. John's Weekly Dispatch, v. 2

St. John's Schedule

  • Catechesis Hour – Sundays at 9:00am before Church
  • Holy Eucharist – Sundays at 10:30am at Church and via Facebook
  • Men’s Morning Prayer – Tuesdays at Variety’s at 7:30am
  • Choristers/Bible Study/Evening Prayer – Wednesday, September 21st, 6:30pm at Church
  • Pumpkin Patch Outing – Sunday, September 25th, at 3:00pm at Kingsway Pumpkin Farm (weather permitting)

A Message from Fr. Joe

Dear Friends in Christ,

Fall is in the air, or at least it is on the cusp of arriving. Then again, Ohio weather does whatever it wants. But we are in full swing at St. John’s with the beginnings of new ministries!

This Wednesday, today, begins our new Choristers Ministry. All children are invited to participate in this music ministry led by Alyssa and Karen. Adults will begin a new book study on Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the night will culminate with Evening Prayer and fellowship. Looking forward to this new Wednesday pattern for our week. All are welcome.

We also began a new catechesis series on Praying the Biblical Narrative with adults, Gospel Play for our children, and a whole new youth catechesis focused on guiding our youth in reading the Bible.

Vestry has discussed a variety of Missions groups/persons to support and how the church might participate in the future. I hope to give more of an update in a future dispatch. We are also still in discernment of a new location to best serve our current and future ministries. Thankfully, we are not rushing the process, but we hope for more movement and communication in the coming months.

We can anticipate some major and minor feasts in the coming months which will, Lord willing, include baptisms, and further grow our fellowship with one another. A good handful of us will also participate in this year’s Diocesan Synod anticipating the ordination of one of our own, Dr. David Beer.

I say all these things to give thanks to God, and to thank each of you. I thank God for all that He is doing among us, and I thank God for each of you who participate in some measure within the life of St. John’s.

Thank you for your talents. Many of you serve in a variety of ways with your various gifts. Thank you for your willingness and offering of what you can give to the ministry. There are so many ways to serve, and I invite each of us to serve in some capacity. Each of us needs the other for we are all members of the one Body.
Thank you for your time. Time is so valuable, precious, and should not be taken for granted. We have the gift of being together in worship, growing in the faith, loving one another, and sharing the love of Christ around us.

Finally, thank you for your financial giving. The church, including myself, depends upon your financial giving. As I write this, I just happened to notice the rising again of gas prices. We are all spending more today than we did two years ago. Despite what can be frustrating in our current economy, I am thankful for all that you give because it displays trust in the LORD to provide for your daily bread, but also where your value and hope lies. Our hope does not rest in our government nor in any politicians, but in the God of promise. He promises to provide for all our needs, He gives and takes away, blessed be the Name of the LORD. He does not leave us as orphans and invites us to depend upon Him.

He invites us to steward our gifts, our time, and finances for the hope of the Gospel to be brought to more people who have yet to hear, receive, and follow Him. A large part of healthy discipleship is our active participation in these three areas. As Jesus reveals to us, it is far better to give than to receive. This isn’t some kind of moralistic advice, but Jesus is describing the truth about the nature of giving. When we give ourselves away, we are surprised that we find life. Jesus also says, he who loses his life, for my sake, will find it.

This past week I was struck by the generosity of one of our neighbors. He works hard in his vocation, his faith is being renewed, but it is being renewed through giving himself away. He cooks for his neighbors, the more money he makes the more he wants to give, and he is experiencing grace on the ground with people who are bitter and angry. He embodies a life where it is truly better to give than to receive.
Perhaps you are wondering how you can further give to the life of the church? I would love to listen to what the Spirit is stirring within you, and we can give thanks to God together for what He seeks to accomplish through us in this place.

Fr. Joe

If you would like to support St. John's during this time, you can give online by clicking the button below. You may also send a check to the following address:

PO BOX 36591, CANTON OH 44735

    The Justice of God by Fr. Joe

    A message from the series "Sermons from Lectionary Texts." We all have various ideas around the work of justice in the world. The prophet Amos calls out the people of God who were unjust with the lowly and poor. What does God’s justice look like? Is it really what we want for ourselves? True justice brings us to the cross of Christ, and such an event might surprise the kind of justice God seeks to accomplish through you.

    Read more
    Join us every first and third (usually) Thursday night for our Eagle and Child reading group! This is a group that meets to discuss and apply classic works in Christian theology from the likes of Lewis, Augustine, Bonhoeffer, and other important authors. We are reading Confessions by St. Augustine. This is a classic work of Christian spirituality and will make for great fellowship and discussion together!
    Cana Vox is a discussion group that meets every other Friday where those, married or unmarried, who support a classical understanding of marriage can explore the controversial issues in a calm, deliberative setting that is not subject to the hostilities often found in today's public discourse on the topic. We seek to discuss thoughtful and gospel-oriented responses to the confusion surrounding marriage in our culture.

    Fall Cetechesis (Adult, Youth and Children)

    Sunday Catechesis begins a new series for all ages on Sept. 18th. For the adults, we will focus on praying the biblical narrative of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Consummation. It will include sharpening our biblical theology with various texts, and also imagining how the Scriptures can form our prayers with the various collects of the Prayer Book to be our guide.

    Youth (ages 11/12-18) are invited to their own catechesis upstairs in the Vestry room. Similar to the adults, they will engage the biblical narrative giving them a framework for reading the Bible. We hope this can be a ministry we can grow and develop over time.

    On the same date, our young children will return to their catechetical formation of Gospel Play. This is an interactive approach where we are helping our children catch the Gospel throughout the biblical narrative and experience it through the Church calendar.

    Choristers/Adult Bible Study/Evening Prayer

    We are very excited to announce the beginning of a new ministry with our children along with a new Wednesday night pattern! Our children will begin their own choir aka choristers. Alyssa and Karen will be the leaders of this ministry. The adults will have an informal book study discussing the classic work Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the night will conclude with Evening Prayer together. This new “rule of life” group will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 21st and continue every Wednesday at 6:30pm at the church. If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa or Karen.

    Pumpkin Patch Outing

    Fall is upon us and we want to enjoy every bit of it! Join us after church on Sept. 25th to enjoy God’s creation and fellowship with one another at Kingsway Pumpkin Farm. Admission is $10 per person. If you need financial assistance, please contact Fr. Joe.

    We will meet there at 3pm (weather permitting).

    Music in the Community!

    September 25, 3 pm at University of Mount Union’s Presser Recital Hall (in the Giese Center for Performing Arts) Maira is joined by pianist Laura Mason, violinist Bohdan Subchak, and cellist Elaine Anderson for an afternoon of chamber music of Piazzolla, Beethoven, Schubert, and more!

    October 23, 4 pm at St. John’s Anglican in N. Canton
    Our fall Keys to Artistry student recital!

    November 6, 3 pm at University of Mount Union’s Presser Recital Hall (in the Giese Center for Performing Arts)
    Piano Keys: Maira’s Mount Union university students are joined by our advanced Keys to Artistry students for a fall celebration!

    November 13, 4 pm at St. John’s Anglican in N. Canton
    Eric and Claire play an intermediate piano recital. Come hear this talented young sibling duo play music of contemporary composers as well as Haydn, Chopin, and more!

    December 18, 4 pm at St. John’s Anglican in N. Canton
    Our Winter Keys to Artistry student recital! Enjoy holiday favorites and other special music.

    Men’s Morning Prayer

    Every Tuesday morning, 7:30am at Variety’s, the men are invited to pray Morning Prayer together. The prayers typically last for about 30 minutes, but guys are certainly encouraged to stick around for fellowship, coffee, and even some bacon.

    How Can I Serve at St. John's?

    There are plenty of ways to serve at St. John’s and we would love for you to join in on what God is doing in the church. Below you can see all the different ways to serve. No special skills required, simply a willingness to learn and grow in service.

    Acolyte Ministry – Carrying the cross, assisting at the table, and learning more about the Anglican Way.
    Altar Guild – Preparing the Lord’s Table for Holy Communion before the service and developing a sense of holiness in worship.
    Readers – Approaching God’s Word with boldness and declaring it to the people.
    Hospitality – Providing food, setting up and cleaning up the area, and making space for all people to feel welcome and belong. We also hold special events throughout the Church calendar preparing feasts together.
    Gospel Play – Experience catechesis with our children with interactive materials enhancing biblical narratives within the liturgical calendar. It is a lot of fun!
    Ushers/Greeters – Welcome people as they come to church, especially newcomers, handing out bulletins, and passing the plates for the offering.
    Music – We would love to expand our music ministry with your various gifts. Do you play an instrument? Are you a gifted singer? Come join the team!

    We hope to develop these ministries with more lay leadership. In the meantime you can contact Fr. Joe, Dcn. Chad, or Maggie if you interested in participating or even taking leadership in these various ministries.

    Interested in Becoming a Member of St. John’s?

    Perhaps you have worshipped at St. John’s, and even participated in a variety of events or fellowship opportunities, and you are discerning if you are called to membership in the local church. What would that look like? What is the benefit of membership? What can I expect? If you would like to explore membership and other questions you might have, Fr. Joe is hosting a fellowship lunch at his house on October 23rd after church. There is no pressure, but simply an invitation to ask questions, discern the Lord’s calling for yourself, and learning more about St. John’s. Please RSVP by October 20th by emailing Fr. Joe.

    The Daily Office

    Interested in a simple way to pray the daily office from the Book of Common Prayer? Follow this link for text and audio versions of the morning, noon, and evening prayer services taken directly from the 2019 ACNA BCP.

    Contact Fr. Joe

    I am here for you. If you would like to grab some coffee or other beverages, or would like a home visit, please don’t hesitate to contact me at: frjoe@stjohnscanton.org

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