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We’ve spent the last eleven months engaging in various forms of self-reflection, Biblical reflection, and looking to the challenge of renewal and revitalization. During Advent, we began to put together the emerging picture of the kind of church we are becoming and wish to become in 2019 and beyond. Our three Advent topics, studying “The Great Commandment, The Great Commission, and The Great Tradition” were well attended, at both 11 am and 7 pm. There were many commonalities raised across all three topics– and all six meetings.
The Vestry has begun refining the feedback from these studies and you’ll be hearing from me as we get to our annual meeting and beyond on the picture that is emerging, both in terms of our mission (why we are here as a church) and our vision (the kind of church we hope to look like as we seek to live out our mission in this next chapter of our history). Having a clear understanding of mission and vision are characteristics of healthy, growing, and revitalizing congregations.
In the Incarnation,
A choir will be forming in the coming weeks under the direction of Jeremiah Cawley, our new choir director and the first choir director at St. John’s in many years. The choir will sing on select occasions throughout the fall and spring semesters. If you are interested in learning more, check your connection card and/or talk with Jeremiah. Jeremiah will also be helping to start our new choral and organ scholar program, which will bring university students among us to share in leadership and learning within the musical offerings on Sunday mornings and other times.
Our annual meeting and potluck are on Sunday, January 27. At this time, we will be electing three new members for the Vestry. Each member serves a term of three years. The Vestry members elect, from within their number, the parish offices of Senior Warden, Junior Warden, and Clerk (Secretary). The Treasurer who has voice, but not vote, is also elected by the Vestry, but is chosen from the wider membership of the congregation. The Vestry, according to Canon 25 of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, “is urged to cooperate with the Rector in promoting the spiritual welfare of the Parish and shall aid the Rector in the initiation, conduct, and development of the program of the Church both within and without the Parish.”
During this time of revitalization, the Vestry also has a vital role in helping to encourage, support, and develop the mission and vision of the congregation in ways that help contribute to the life and vitality of the congregation. Vestry members must be members in good standing of the parish, which according to canon law, means they are faithful in Sunday worship, in serving, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God, through St. John’s in the past year. If you are interested in serving on the Vestry please talk to Kim Miller (Senior Warden). We wish to extend a major thank you to Bud Geyer, Christine Darr, and Kim Miller who are finishing their terms on Vestry.
Come for the annual meeting, the potluck and take part in electing new Vestry members.
Easy ordering tip: On most Monday’s Kathe Richardson orders SCRIP. So email her by midnight Sunday at firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order. Use your bank’s Bill Pay system to pay St. John’s SCRIP. Pick up your order the following Sunday at St. John’s Coffee Hour.
Most people are aware that the tax reform changes tax deductions for many. But be aware if you are 70 1/2 or older, you can take the amount the IRS says you need take out of your retirement plan–required minimum distribution (RMD) and use it to make a donation to St. John’s or another non profit. This will reduce the amount you pay taxes on AND count as a charitable deduction. Contact me for how to do this. Susan Meyers; email@example.com or 563.563.0252
Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Ministers: The People of St. John’s
Senior Warden: Kim Miller
Junior Warden: John Stewart
Clerk: Pam Van Vleck
Treasurer: Bill Richardson
Vestry Members: Bud Geyer, Christine Darr, Haley Lammer-Heindel, Susan Forshey, David Kendall, David Roberts
Organist: David Pitt
Parish Administrator: Susan Meyers
Priest-in-Residence: The Rev. Dr. Kent Anderson
Rector: The Rev. Dr. Kevin Goodrich, O.P.
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Alan Scarfe, D.D.