Weekly Dispatch, February 24th, 2021
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St. John's Weekly Dispatch, v. 2

St. John's Schedule

  • Evening Prayer - Wednesdays at 6:30 pm via Zoom
  • Holy Eucharist - Sundays at 10:30 at Church and via Zoom
  • Palm Sunday - March 28th 10:30 at Church and via Zoom
  • Maundy Thursday - April 1st, 7:00 pm at Church and via Zoom
  • Good Friday - April 2nd, at 7:00 pm at Church and via Zoom
  • Easter Sunday - April 4th, at 10:30 at Church and via Zoom

A Message from Fr. Bryan

Dear Friends in Christ,

Several of you have indicated that you are interested in applying to the C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Program. If that includes you, have a look at the notice below in this email. If you click on that notice, you will be taken to a page on our site with links to the program application. The Fellows Program is an excellent discipleship ministry, and my hope is that members of our church will become involved over the long-haul, serving this region by making more committed Christians. If you have questions before applying, please text or call me at 330-685-5510.

It is really great to be worshipping in person again, and it's also great to be moving forward on some of our plans for the future. I'm already getting help from Vestry members who are taking leadership roles with various ministries, and this is very encouraging to me personally. Together, I do believe that we will grow this church both in terms of our numbers but also in terms of our faith in Jesus Christ and his gospel.

That said, some of you know that Chad Sanner is working to develop a ministry called "CanaVox." If you would like to know more about this ministry, click this link.
Although anyone is welcomed to participate, our hope is to engage a group of people from college-age through late-twenties. CanaVox offers a deep dive into the meaning and purpose of sexuality, marriage, and human identity. I can tell you with a great deal of confidence that young people are more confused and distressed about these matters than ever before, so please pray for Chad and all who will be involved. This is an area where our culture is truly "in darkness" and we hope to bring some light into Northeast Ohio.

Incidentally, CanaVox is a program of the Witherspoon Institute, which has been directed by Ryan Anderson, a regular contributor to First Things and author of several books including "When Harry Became Sally," which is a straight-forward critique of transgender ideology and political advocacy. The book has been praised by scientists from Johns Hopkins, Columbia University, Harvard, Oxford, and many other highly distinguished universities. It is well researched and factual, but it does not fit our culture's preferred narrative on human sexuality. Yesterday, Amazon delisted the book without explanation, most likely due to pressure from transgender activists. Similarly, Focus on the Family was suspended from Twitter for referring to a transgender woman as a man. Given the likelihood that the Equality Act will eventually become the law of the land, we should expect much more of this kind of thing. These are strange times, but this means that we should be even more determined to speak the truth in love to the people most harmed by our culture's reigning ideologies, and the evidence that these ideologies are harming women and children, especially, is very strong.

If I sound like a "culture warrior," then please hear what I am about to say. I do not believe, for an instant, that Christians should overly-politicize the gospel. The culture war was mostly a mistake, and if Christians had focused on catechizing and discipling children and new Christians, then the church would be far stronger today than it is. We can and should speak out when freedom of speech is denied and when other injustices are perpetrated. However, we should be overwhelmingly focused, at times like these, on catechizing and making disciples. People are truly confused and suffering in this culture, in many ways, and we have good news to share! Thus, if you know someone who might benefit from programs like CanaVox or the CSLI Fellows Program, please reach out and invite them to participate. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.

Grace & Peace,

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

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    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.

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