Fourth Sunday of Easter

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Date Time Event
Sat, May. 11 3:00 PM “The Thin Places” author Kevin Koch
Sun, May. 12 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist
Sun, May. 12 11:15 AM Purchase SCRIP
Wed, May. 15 12:10 PM Midweek Prayer

From the Rector

Please mark your calendars for our 2nd annual Parish Retreat, June 1, Saturday, 10 am-2 pm.

Also, this Sunday, we’ll be wrapping up our Spring Series, “The Bible Good News, Good Advice, or Garbage?”

We’ve challenged everyone to invite at least three people. More is better, but three is a good goal to start. Have you made your invitations yet? It’s not to late. Consider these options:

1. Invite face to face (hand them an invite card if you have one)
2. Invite them over the telephone
3. Invite them via text or e-mail
4. You can share our series poster. Click here to download.
5. You can share our sermon series webpage, which includes a video. Click here.
6. You can invite people via our Facebook event. Click here.

Love God. Love Others. Make Disciples.

Father Kevin+

Prayers for the family of Phoebe Ernzen

Please pray for Paul and Cindy Ernzen and the whole family including Janet and Corky Vance.  Phoebe passed away this week and was the mother of Paul and the sister-in-law of Janet.  Visitation is pending for Thursday, June 13th, and memorial services for Friday, June 14th at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. Times will be announced.


“The Thin Places”

A Celtic Landscape from Ireland to the Driftless


Book Talk and Conversation with Kevin Koch

In Irish Celtic lore “thin places” are those places where the veil between this world and the other world is thin and porous, where there is mystery in the landscape. In a quest to find a deeper spiritual landscape in his own home, Kevin trekked the Midwest’s rugged Driftless Area, an unglaciated region of river bluffs, rock outcrops and steeply wooded hills.

His quest never strays far from a trek through the Wicklow Mountains and the bogs of western Ireland or among Native American burial mounds and abandoned nineteenth-century lead mines in the bluffs above the Mississippi River.  A slideshow of photography accompanies the appearance.

Kevin, a Loras College English professor,  shared a writing workshop at St. John’s.


     Saturday, May 11th, 3:00 p.m.     St. John’s Parish House, Schmitz Library

Information: David Vanderah at, or Parish Office at or 563.556.0252.

Change to Thomas Merton Society date this month only

This month Thomas Merton Society will meet on Sunday, May 19th.  This is change for this month only.  Thomas Merton Society usually meets the second Sunday of the month at St. John’s Parish House, Schmitz Libray and Ruete Conference Room at 1 pm.

Midweek Prayer, Wednesday, May 15th

12:10 pm at the Parish House, Flockhart Chapel.  Celebrate the Feast of Bishop Jackson Kemper, our founder.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild, Friday May 17th

Dubuque Area Writers Guild celebrates publication of its 2019 Gallery, an anthology of creative work by children and adults. It includes writing by Bud Geyer and David Vanderah and photography by Bill Richardson.  The free event features readings. Held at 6 pm at Dubuque Museum of Art.

Parish Retreat, Saturday, June 1st

10am-2pm. Last year our first parish retreat was very well attended. Many of the ideas expressed at that retreat have begun to be implemented (reimagining our Parish House, for example) and others are part of our ongoing plans. We’ll be looking at where we’ve come and where we still have to go. We’ll also begin discussion about reimagining our church space. The retreat will be from 10 am to 2 pm with lunch served.  Register with Susan Meyers at the Parish Office.

Episcopal Diocese of Iowa’s 30th Annual Summer Ministry School & Retreat 2019, June 14th ‐ 16th

For the past 30 years Episcopalians in Iowa have gathered for a summer weekend to learn church leadership skills, explore personal spirituality or just find Sabbath time.  For more info and online registration go to:

Rummage Sale Thanks and Success

Thank you to all those who helped to make our Spring Rummage Sale a success! We earned $1,238! Special thanks to Gerri Roth and Bea Smith for their unending support. It couldn’t happen without them. And to all those who worked, donated, baked, and came to shop, thank you!

This year St. John’s is giving 10% of our Rummage sale earnings, $124.00, to our mission partner, St. Mark’s Youth Enrichment. An anonymous St. John’s donation raised this amount to $200.00.  Becky Johnson-Stewart

Coffee Hour

You can enjoy coffee hour and fellowship every Sunday after we worship together.  And, having a bit to eat adds to the fun.  You only have to bring one item not the whole menu.  So, sign up for the Sundays you are available to bring something.  The sign-up sheet is located in the undercroft.  Thank you, in advance for participating.

5th Sunday Meals

Interested in Serving at St. John’s and Beyond? We are looking for 5th Sunday coordinators, cooks, and general volunteers for June 30, September 29, and December 29. Talk to Haley Lammer-Heindel, Christine Darr, or Derrick Clark for more information or contact the parish office to express interest.


That’s right.  Who wouldn’t be in favor of St. John’s making a little easy money?  AMAZONSMILE IS HERE.  .5% of eligible purchases will go to St. John’s.  Do you order things on Amazon?  Now, instead go to

From that point, sign into Amazon as you normally would with your email or mobile phone and password.

Change your charity to St. John’s.

Follow instructions to change your next order to bring up  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!

Questions:  Contact Susan Meyers at or 563.556.0252

Organist / Accompanist Wanted

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Dubuque, IA, is seeking an organist to play on Sundays and occasional other services (e.g. Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, etc.) The organist will also support the St. John’s Choir on Sundays and preferably in weekly rehearsals. Experience in liturgical worship necessary, Episcopal experience a plus. Pianists with interest/enthusiasm for organ study (which St. John’s may supplement for the right candidate) are encouraged to apply. Organ experience and competency highly desired. Stipend negotiable based on experience and ability. For more information send cover letter, resume, and references (or general questions) to St. John’s Episcopal Church, “Organist Search”, Attention: Father Goodrich, Pastor, 1458 Locust Street, Dubuque, IA or by email at

Collect for Sunday

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

 Happy Birthday

  • Miles Darr
  • Sullivan Lammer-Heindel
  • Becky Johnson-Stewart

 In Memoriam

  • Frederick Kretschmer
  • Terry Schneider


                  St. John’s Episcopal Church, Dubuque, IA

                              “Doubts Okay, Questions Welcome, Please, Come As You Are.”

Ministers: The People of St. John’s
Senior Warden: Susan Forshey
Junior Warden: John Stewart
Clerk: Pam Van Vleck
Treasurer: Bill Richardson
Vestry Members: Joe Hickey, David Kendall, Haley Lammer-Heindel, Ally O’Rourke, David Roberts, Corky Vance
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.