Weekly Dispatch, June 16th, 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
  • Men’s Breakfast - June 19th, at 8:00 am at the Russell’s house
  • Eagle and Child Meeting - June 24th, At 7:00 at Daniel Semelsberger's House
  • Next Vestry Meeting - July 1st, at 6:00 pm at Church

A Message from Chad

Dear Friends in Christ,

I hope you all have been having a wonderful week so far. The Search Committee met last evening and has some good news: our application period has closed, and we have a few candidates with which we will move forward in the interview process. We are blessed to have candidates who are not just "good enough," but are actually qualified and seem to be a good fit for our growing congregation. We will continue to keep you posted on our progress moving forward. These are exciting times!

It has been wonderful having Bishop Grant with us these last two weeks. I am sure that many of you, like me, benefited greatly from his leadership in word and sacrament this month. He is surely a friend of the congregation at this point, and as a friend, I hope that I speak for many of us in saying that we look forward to having him around more often as the summer months move on.

That said, we will have another priest join us this Sunday: Fr. Jeff Smead. He has been serving as a priest in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania for many years at this point, and actually visited with us only a few weeks ago with his wife. I hope you will all look forward with me to welcoming yet another friend and brother in the faith.

One of the things I enjoy most about being an Anglican is that we share in a broad communion of faith, which stretches not just across the state of Ohio, or even just the whole country. We worship in an Anglican communion that is worldwide. As Bishop Grant mentioned this Sunday, the church in other parts of the world (the global south in particular) seem to just be growing "automatically," and this is a good thing which is a great encouragement to us, especially in a context where church growth seems to be more stagnant. But this does not mean that we are in a losing fight. Indeed we remember that Jesus Christ is the Lord of history, and as we reflect on the good things which he has given us as a community, we gradually become the kinds of people who are also able to do good things by the power of his Holy Spirit working in us. So this week I invite you to pray with me the Proper 6 collect through this lens, that we might reflect on those goods which God has granted his church, both locally and all over the world, and that this would empower us be faithful workers for his Kingdom right here in North Canton, and wherever else we might find ourselves ministering this week.

O Lord, from whom all good proceeds: Grant us the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may always think those things that are good, and by your merciful guidance may accomplish the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Grace and Peace,
Chad Sanner

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