Eighth Sunday after Pentecost



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Date Time Event
Sun, Jul. 30 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist
Sun, Jul. 30 11:15 AM Fellowship
Sun, Jul. 30 12:00 PM Fifth Sunday Dinner
Mon, Jul. 31 7:45 PM Vestry Meeting
Wed, Aug. 02 10:45 AM Bible Study
Wed, Aug. 02 12:00 PM Holy Eucharist
Thu, Aug. 03 11:30 AM ECW Lunch
Sun, Aug. 06 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist
Sun, Aug. 06 11:15 AM Fellowship
Sun, Aug. 13 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist
Sun, Aug. 13 11:15 AM Fellowship

  • Office Hours – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:00 – 11 a.m.
  • Don’t forget to buy and use SCRIP for everyday purchases. Kathé will be glad to help you at the SCRIP table in the Undercroft after church.
  • Please sign up for giving altar flowers.
  • The treat table also needs volunteers.
  • Fifth Sunday Dinner could use desserts and help in setting up, serving, cleaning, etc.


Upcoming Events

  • Come join us for Bible study and Eucharist on most Wednesday mornings. We are currently studying the Gospel of Matthew and have started the Sermon on the Mount.
  • Sunday, August 6: The Rev. Sam Giere will be serving as supply priest.
  • Wednesday, August 9: No Bible study or Eucharist
  • Sunday, August 13, 20, 27: The Rev. Kent Anderson will be serving as supply priest. He will also be in the office on Wednesday, August 16, 23, 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., offering Eucharist at Noon.
  • Sunday, September 10: Healing Service


Vestry Meeting

The Vestry will meet this Monday, July 31, at 7:45 p.m. The primary order of business will be the parish house review.




Blessing Baskets for the Dubuque Food Pantry

On the first Sunday of each month, wicker baskets are put out to collect non-perishable food items. That is next Sunday, August 6, so please be generous. The food is then blessed and taken to the Dubuque Food Pantry to help feed the hungry of Dubuque. Every little bit of food will help those in need.

Thank you.


Blessing of the Backpacks

Sunday, August 20, there will be a “blessing of the backpacks.” Children can bring their school backpacks to church and have them blessed after the Peace. We will pray for our college kids and teachers at that time too.


Back-to-School Prayers

If you have a child (of any age) who will be in school (at any level) this academic year, we’ll list them in the Weekly for back-to-school prayers. Send names, grade level or year to leeperdogs@gmail.com.


St. John’s Profile & Portfolio

The St. John’s Episcopal Church Profile and Portfolio are available online. Read it. Pass it along to friends and families. Be sure to send the link to anyone interested in the position of St. John’s rector!

Here is the link:  http://www.iowaepiscopal.org/Bishop/deploymenttransitions.html


How to Support the Diocese of Nzara

The following information was sent from Ray Gaebler (St. Timothy’s – Des Moines).  If you would like to receive regular email updates about Bp. Samuel Peni and his ministry in South Sudan send an email to Ray at raygaebler@mchsi.com and request being added to his “Companions of Nzara and Friends” email distribution list.


  • Pray for the Diocese of Nzara: The people, clergy, staff and Bp. Samuel Peni.
  • Pray for peace and reconciliation.
  • Pray for the persons displaced from their homes both internally and refugees.
  • Pray for the end of famine and hunger.


  • Learn about the historic and current situation in South Sudan and Nzara.
    • AFRECS, American Friends of the Episcopal Church in South Sudan and Sudan has good resources for this.
      • An excellent resource is the AFRECS website at AFRECS.org
      • AFRECS sends a monthly E-Blast packed with information.
  • Sign up on the AFRECS website.
    • Contact raygaebler@mchsi to be included in periodic emails with news.
    • Reach out to South Sudanese in your area.
      • Many South Sudanese live in the US.  Invite them to your church.


  • Tell others what you are learning.  Help spread the word.
    • The Current situation is greatly underreported in US media.
    • Tell your friends about Nzara, South Sudan, and the ongoing struggle for peace.


  • Encourage others to get involved.
  • Encourage your representatives in Congress to support relationships with South Sudan.
    • There is bipartisan support for these efforts in congress.


  • Organize and support companionship efforts within your Parish and Diocese.

If you would like to help financially, here are some options.

Any personal or parish donations can be earmarked for Nzara and sent to The Diocese of Iowa, 225 37th St. Des Moines, Iowa, 50312-4305.

  • Clergy and Staff in Nzara all work without monetary compensation.
    • The Diocese of Nzara distributes soap and salt monthly to help cleanliness and to flavor food.  This costs about $350 -$400 per month.  Some small parishes have donated a months worth.  Some have donated a quarter or a semester.  Have a fundraiser and send the proceeds to The Diocese of Iowa earmarked for Nzara soap and salt.
  • Nzara houses many Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have fled small villages for safety.  Many stay for a long time and some have no homes left to return to.  This puts a huge strain on Nzara residents to provide hospitality.  This is acute because Nzara farmers often cannot find safety to tend their gardens.  Additionally inflation runs over 400% since the civil war began making staple food items unaffordable for many.
    • Raise funds to help Nzara buy food to feed itself and visiting IDPs.
  • The Diocese of Nzara has a medical clinic with a staff of about 10 people, including 3 midwives.  There is no doctor and the doctor in the nearest town, Yambio, was recently killed.
    • Donate to help pay the small salary to the clinic staff.  This payroll is about $1,100 monthly.
    • The Companions of Nzara hope to provide funds to send the midwives for refresher training and recertification through the Diocese of Iowa Allelluia Fund.  Your donations to the Alleluia fund help make this possible.
  • The Diocese of Nzara has a Primary School.  The teachers are from Uganda.  As Western Equatoria has become more dangerous the Ugandan teachers are less likely to continue.  After the last term break two did not return. (Nzara is a county in western Equatoria.)
    • The Companions of Nzara hope to provide funds to start sending local Nzara candidates for teacher training.  For the school to prosper in the long run it will have to have local teachers. Your donations to the Diocese of Iowa Alleluia fund can help launch this effort.
  • The Province of South Sudan has a relief agency, SUDRA , Sudanese Relief Agency.  This agency works with NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) to provide Humanitarian relief, especially in the areas of declared famine.  AFRECS has provided support for this work and Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is supporting relief in the four African countries officially declared to be suffering famine.
    • The easiest way to donate to AFRECS and ERD is through their websites.


The Episcopal Church at the State Fair

Join Bishop Alan Scarfe and hundreds of other Episcopalians at the Iowa State Fair!

We will gather for a Revival Worship Service on August 12 at 5:30 pm at the Polk County Farm Bureau Shelter House, located behind Pioneer Pavilion. This fun event will feature

* live music

* dance performance

* prayer stations

* activities for kids

* a chance to invite ALL to experience the love of The Episcopal Church

T-shirts can be purchased online at https://www.booster.com/revival2017.


Prayer for Discernment to Guide Our Search for a New Rector at St. John’s

Be with us and guide us, Holy Spirit of God, as we seek your will for the future of our parish. Help us to discern the needs and hopes of your people at St. John’s Church, so that our search for a rector may proceed with clear vision and joyful obedience to your call to us. We pray though our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen (From Christ Church, Westerly, RI)


Collect for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 10)

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Celebrations are for two weeks as there was no Weekly last Sunday. (I was out of town, north shore of Lake Superior, hiking to and around waterfalls, beautiful, lovely full of mosquitoes and usually without internet service.)



  • 23 Nancy Wortley
  • 25 Christoffer Lammer-Heindel
  • 25 Barrett Clark
  • 28 Kris Stewart
  • 29 Christopher Anderson
  • 29 Michelle Warner
  • 30 Glenn Miller
  • August 2 Virginia Meurer
  • 4 Joseph Hickmon Jr
  • 5 Steve Haferbecker
  • 6 Aimee Herrig



  • August 1 Derrick & Ann Clark
  • 3 John & Clara McLaughlin


In Memoriam

  • 23 Emma Boll
  • 23 Charlie Chapman
  • 26 The Rev. B. Eric Johnson, Deacon
  • 29 Lora Richards
  • 29 Evelyn Ruprecht





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