Weekly Dispatch, April 12th, 2023
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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
  • Midday Prayer – Tuesdays at 11:00am in Malone University's Cafeteria
  • Choristers/Bible Study/Evening Prayer – Wednesdays at 6:30pm at Church
  • Eagle and Child – Thursday, April 20th, 7:00pm at the Semelsberger's

A Message from Fr. Joe

Dear Friends in Christ,

We are officially in the Easter season! Where we fasted for 40 days in Lent, we are invited to feast for 50 days in Easter. A spiritual discipline of feasting sounds strange at first. Am I not just going back to normal? How does one continually celebrate a season like Easter? I remember one kid who thought it meant having candy every day non-stop. Maybe one small piece each day isn’t the end of the world. But a key virtue which comes to mind with feasting is gratitude.

As grace invades our lives breathing life into our own deadness, the Scriptures reveal an outpouring of gratitude. This isn’t merely saying thank you to God repeatedly, though it is good to always take such opportunities, but a life of gratitude is to see your life hidden with Christ. And to be hidden with Christ is to be hidden in His truth and grace. His truth and grace are united to our fearful, disillusioned, and anxious hearts. Such hiddenness or union to Christ helps us see God’s continuing presence with us.

Thankfulness towards God, over time, begins to foster contentment within us. The more we think we deserve something, the less thankful we are, and therefore, dissatisfied with life. However, when we give thanks for any degree of gift or grace from God, our bitterness, anger, and when life feels unfair kind of moments can experience some degree of relief. Feasting can help position us towards gratitude. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, but the practice can open our hardened hearts to feel the warmth of God’s presence and provision.

The resurrection reveals that whatever worst year, month, day, or even moment you are experiencing, God’s intentions for His whole created order (including you) is resurrection. It is not to be left to your own devices, but to the life He always intended for you. There are moments we can experience these things, moments of grace, and feasting opens us to recognize these moments. And the best way to recognize them is to give thanks.

I pray the season of Easter will be filled with moments where you catch the grace of God active in your life, and for such gratitude to fill your hearts. Let us keep the feast.

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

    Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! by Fr. Joe

    A message from the series "Sermons from Lectionary Texts." Last Sunday was the ultimate day marking the reason we call ourselves Christians! The resurrection of Jesus changes everything where we have died, and our lives are hidden with Christ in God. Keep ringing those bells!

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    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 and classical literature from the likes of Lewis, Augustine, Bonhoeffer, and other important authors. We are currently reading Chesterton's The Everlasting Man and discussing his interesting case for the uniqueness of humans, and in particular, Jesus Christ.
    Cana Vox is a discussion group where those who support a classical understanding of marriage can explore the controversial issues in a calm, deliberative setting that is not subject to the hostilities found in today's public discourse on the topic. We seek to discuss thoughtful responses to the confusion surrounding marriage in our culture. We are not meeting currently, but if you have interest, contact Dcn. Chad about starting up another session.


    We are looking forward to the Bishop’s visit on Pentecost Sunday (May 28th) where we will celebrate the birth of the Church with those seeking to be confirmed in the Anglican Church of North America. If you are interested in pursuing confirmation or even curious to know what it’s all about, please contact Fr. Joe ASAP to chat over coffee or other beverages.

    Hottel Moving Dates – Help Needed!

    The Hottels are finally moving into their new home in Doylestown, OH. They are requesting assistance from their church family in their transition. They are doing a partial self-move with the heavy boxes and all the furniture they are keeping to be taken by professional movers. The two day they are setting aside for the self-move portion are Saturday, April 15th and Saturday, April 22nd. Please reach out to them if you are able and willing to assist on either of these two days.

    Chad’s (Lord willing) Ordination to the Priesthood

    Mark the date down now! May 26th for Chad’s, Lord willing, Ordination to the Priesthood. This is an exciting day for both Chad, but especially the life of St. John’s Anglican Church. We would love for all of us to come together and celebrate a historic day with him. We are currently working through all the details, but for now, please mark the date, plan to attend, and pray for Chad in this new phase of ministry for him.

    Easter Catechesis

    We are starting a whole new Eastertide Catechesis on April 16th! The focus will be on Paul’s letter to the Colossians. In keeping the feast, we will continue to offer Morning Prayer for the first half of catechesis, with teaching to follow afterwards. Our youth are encouraged to stay for Morning Prayer, and they will continue their focus upstairs. Our children will continue with Gospel play with special attention on the post-resurrection narratives of Jesus with His disciples, but also special attention on the beginnings of the Church.

    Breeze Online Giving and Giving to Chad’s Curacy

    Thank you to all who give to St. John’s Anglican Church. We are so grateful for your support to continue the mission of the Church. As an update to online giving through Breeze, you may or may not know that they charge a processing fee whenever you give online. It is a small percentage of your gift. However, there is an option for you to cover the processing fee in your giving if you so choose. This allows St. John’s to keep 100% of what you give online. You should be able to see the option when you choose to give on the website or on Breeze. Also, there is an option on our website to give to Chad’s Curacy. Simply click donate and you should see the option. Thank you again for your generosity!

    Midday Prayer at Malone

    All are welcome to Midday Prayer on Malone’s campus at 11am. We will meet in the cafeteria for lunch and prayers. We are typically done within the hour.

    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.

    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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