| Weekly Dispatch, May 27th, 2020
St. John's Schedule
- Evening Prayer on Wednesday Evenings at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.
- Holy Eucharist on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at the church building
- Men's Breakfast on Saturday, June 13th at 8:00 a.m. Location T.BA.
- Women's Bible Study - Time and Location T.B.A.
A Message from Fr. Bryan
| Just yesterday, we received approval to worship together in our own space, beginning this coming Sunday, May 31st. This will be our first physical gathering since early March, and it will occur on Pentecost Sunday! Although this is very good news, I must emphasize that we are not returning to normal any time soon. We will exercise caution and practice social-distancing even as we enjoy the opportunity to worship together. I have attached the procedures, which we will follow, and I strongly encourage each of you to read through the entire document carefully.
| Although you really do need to read the entire document, let me make note of several important matters.
- Gathered worship is entirely voluntary and optional. We understand that some may be uncomfortable with a physical gathering, so a livestream option will be made available on St. John's Facebook page.
- Anyone who feels ill at all, for example with a fever or a cough or even a headache, must not attend church.
- Anyone who believes themselves to be immunocompromised or part of a high-risk group, is encouraged to stay home and worship with us via livestream.
- For anyone planning to participate via livestream, please contact Fr. Bryan at 330-685-5510 to arrange a time to pick up consecrated bread.
| I should also add that we will not hand out bulletins, and there will be no congregational singing. We will have a traditional "said service" from the Book of Common Prayer, and it will be relatively brief. If you do not have a Book of Common Prayer, we will have a copy available for you at the church. Our entire liturgy will also be available on our webpage, so you will be able to participate using your mobile device if that is more comfortable for you. Please do read the entire document!
| Finally, the women's bible study has been well-attended, and its time for the men to schedule some gatherings, as well. I've been talking to Rhyse Tennant, and he plans to help me gather the men of St. John's for monthly, Saturday morning breakfasts. We plan to meet for the first time on Saturday morning, June 13th, at 8:00 a.m. If the weather is bad, we will meet at the church, and if it is good, we may meet outdoors somewhere. Regardless, we will practice social distancing and keep things casual. For this first visit, we ask that everyone bring their own breakfast, and we will simply visit and discuss plans for the future. Stay tuned for more information in the next week or two.
| That is all for now. I look very forward to seeing you all on Sunday!
| 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
Ascension Sunday Sermon, by Fr. Bryan
| A message from the series "Sermons from Lectionary Texts." Fr. Bryan preaches on 1 Peter 4:12-19 on Ascension Sunday.
Why should we care about the Ascension?
| A message from the series "Video Lessons." Fr. Bryan talks about the meaning of the Ascension of Christ, in light of the Feast of the Ascension, which takes place on Thursday, May 21st, 2020.
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 morning, noon, and evening prayer. The site is hosted by our friend, Fr. Michael Jarrett.
| If you have questions about the content contained in this email or want to learn more about St. John's Anglican Church or , please let us know. You can fill out a form at this link, and you will receive a response from Fr. Bryan.
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