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Fri, Jun. 14 - Sun, Jun. 16
Episcopal Diocese of Iowa’s 30th Annual Summer Ministry School & Retreat 2019
Sun, Jun. 16
Sun, Jun. 16
We had a joyful and energetic time of worship last Sunday for Pentecost. Thanks to all who came and made the day a festive one. In that Sunday’s sermon (which is posted on our Facebook page), I quoted Professor Amy Oden, in her comments about Acts chapter 2 (which recounts the events of the first Pentecost), “…one mark of the Holy Spirit’s gifting is that it empowers us to connect to others” especially those “outside the Jesus movement.”
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry frequently refers to our Church as being the “Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.” To say it differently, Christians are people who make it a point to connect with outsiders. Those outside our churches, outside our social circles, and outside our comfort zones. This effort can be exciting, but also stressful. You and I cannot hope to make much progress in this without the power of the Spirit and the support of the people of God.
Our mission statement to “Love God. Love Other” and “Make Disciples” shares this basic Christian orientation toward reaching those outside our movement. Does this mean sharing the faith with hopes that people come to Christ? Yes! Does this mean sharing the faith through words and deeds that alleviate suffering, serve the poor, and advocate for justice. Yes! The Christian faith at its best has a holistic concern for others: mind, body, and soul.
Our vision statement challenges us to realize an outsider focused future by being, “active in our neighborhood, visible in our city, and reaching beyond Dubuque, with the transforming love of God in Jesus Christ.” A challenge we face now and will continue to face is the balance between what is core to our life together and what needs to change in our life together in order to better reach those currently outside our doors. Let us continue to prayerfully ponder this challenge.
Please mark your calendars for the next 5th Sundays: June 30, September 29, & December 29.
We’re in need of 5th Sunday Coordinators who organize the event and 5th Sunday Cooks who plan the main meal and much of the preparation on the day of. We also need general volunteers to help with set up, clean up, serving, and more. Our Coordinators (thank you!), Haley Lammer-Heindel, Christine Darr, and Derrick Clark, are more than willing to help people know the details, what needs to be done, and more. If you are interested in coordinating, cooking or volunteering, please contact them or contact the parish office.
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: www.iowaepiscopal.org.
Help support our mission partner, St Mark’s, in their quest for youth enrichment by participating in this charity fundraiser event. Thunder Hills Country Club’s Ladies Association is hosting a 9-hole best shot golf event with proceeds going towards St. Mark Youth Enrichment. This event is a great opportunity to have fun and help our mission partner. Whether you’re a regular golfer or your clubs have been gathering dust for a while, this event is for you. Sign up today to join the St. John’s golf team on July 25!
Not a golfer but still want to participate? There are a variety of ways to show your support.
• Donate items for the silent auction and/or raffles such as gift baskets, jewelry, crafts, etc.
• Donate money to help St. John’s sponsor a hole. This gesture would be a great way to show our support for our mission partner St. Mark’s.
• Join us for the silent auction, raffle and dinner. It’s a guaranteed good time! Thunder Hill’s talented Chef Dave will be preparing an excellent meal and you couldn’t ask for better company.
For further information on how to sign up or donate, contact Kim Miller or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner on Main will be held at a date to be announced. If you are interested in participating in this event or learning more, talk to Kathe Richardson or David Vanderah.
Our new mission partner, St. Mark’s Youth Enrichment will be hosting their 4th grade summer program in Our Parish House June 17-August 2. They are in need of volunteer readers. They provide the books. The reading takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00-9:15 am. If you are interested in reading, contact Ron Paar from St. Mark’s at email@example.com or call the St. Mark’s Youth Enrichment office at 563-582-6211.
Jeremiah Cawley, our choir director is wanting to compile a listing of the congregation’s favorite hymns. Please submit these in writing or via e-mail to the Parish Office at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, June 17th.
As the flowers in your garden start to bloom and/or you visit farmer’s market, please remember flowers for the altar. Just choose a Sunday you want to bring flowers and reserve that date on our calendar. The flower calendar is located beside the elevator on the main floor. How wonderful to have flowers on God’s altar that you picked from your garden or purchased at market!
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 email@example.com
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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.