Weekly Dispatch, May 5th, 2021
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St. John's Weekly Dispatch, v. 2

St. John's Schedule

  • Holy Eucharist - Sundays at 10:30 am at the Church and via Zoom
  • Evening Prayer - Wednesdays at 6:30 pm via Zoom
  • Cana Vox Meeting - May 7th, at 7:30 at the Church

A Message from Fr. Bryan

Dear Friends in Christ,

Thanks to everyone who helped us clean up the church and re-arrange the rooms upstairs. Volunteers moved the Vesting room so that it now sits besides the Rector's office, and they cleared out one of the main offices that was being used for storage, so that it now is available for kids's catechesis. We made space for a potential nursery and created a conference room that can be used for different purposes. And everything upstairs and down received a thorough cleaning.

Please feel free to head upstairs after church if you are interested in seeing the space. Also, have a look at the beautiful flower box that now surrounds our sign out front, and notice that the cross and banners on the wall behind the altar are more illuminated than they once were. We are fortunate to have a wonderful space to worship and study.

As you already know, I will step down from the Rector position at the end of this month, and our Vestry will assume authority over the congregation at that time. In preparation for this transition, I've been busy recruiting supply priests who will preach and preside on Sundays. I still have some Sundays to fill, but as of this writing, Bp. Grant LeMarquand has agreed to be with us on five Sundays. Bp. Mark Engel will be with us on July 4th, and the Rev. Canon Jeff Smead will be with us at least three times. I hope this reassures you of the fact that we will be in very good hands all summer long. We will also have social gatherings, book studies, CanaVox, and a generally full and active summer as a congregation. After the past year, I know that we are all ready and grateful for what is shaping up to be a gradual return to normal.

The search committee had its first meeting this week, so pray for their ongoing wisdom and discernment during this process. Pray also for all of the candidates applying for the position, and pray especially that God will bring the right person to St. John's - someone to preach the Word rightly, administer the sacraments with integrity and reverence, pastor with kindness, and cultivate the gifts of our members for the continued building up of this body. But let's not forget that we are all called and equipped in various ways to serve in most of these ministries now, and we will continue to serve each other after the Rector position is filled.

Soli Deo Gloria!

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