Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

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Date Time Event
Sun, Sep. 01 10:00 AM Food Pantry Sunday
Sun, Sep. 01 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist
Wed, Sep. 04 12:10 PM Midweek Prayer and Eucharist
Wed, Sep. 04 5:30 PM Finance and Stewardship Team Meeting
Wed, Sep. 04 7:15 PM St. John's Episcopal Church Choir
Thu, Sep. 05 11:30 AM Episcopal Church Women Lunch
Sat, Sep. 07 11:00 AM Prayer Meeting and Walk

From the Rector

We were blessed with great weather, warm fellowship, and a good turn out for our annual outdoor service and picnic at Eagle Point Park. Backpacks and children were blessed, too. You can check out photos of the picnic by clicking here. Thanks to all who attended and to the Fellowship and Hospitality Team for planning the event.

Rally Sunday is coming up on September 8. This promises to be a big day at St. John’s. Sunday School and Adult education will be resuming. It also marks the start of fall sermon series, “Dealing with Difficulty? Responding to Life’s Everyday Problems.” We begin the series with the topic, “Dealing with Anger and Resentment.” Click here to watch an invite video you can share.


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Ways to invite someone to join you at St. John’s

Without your prayers and invites, we can’t expect our fall sermon series, Dealing with Difficulty? to go well. Remember, it’s about way more than the sermons, it’s an opportunity to invite people into the life of our parish family and let the whole Dubuque region know that St. John’s is a renewing!

Here are 13 ways you can invite someone to join you on Sunday, September 8.

Brainstorm all the people (friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, acquaintances, folks who use to attend St. John’s, etc.) you know who might not be involved in a local faith community. Then determine which ones you’ll invite. Here are some ways you can do that.

  1. Face to face. This is probably the most effective. Be sincere, be short, be specific.
  2. Call them on the telephone.
  3. If you’re on Facebook, go to our Facebook Event for the series (click here) and use the “Invite Function” to invite any of your Facebook friends to join you.
  4. Send a friend an e-mail. You can include a link to our webpage (click here) which has more information about the series.
  5. Write a friend a postcard. We have series postcards in the office.
  6. Give someone an invite card. We have more of these in the office, too.
  7. Share our posts and events about the series on Facebook. If you don’t know how to do this e-mail Kim Miller (click here)
  8. Share Father Kevin’s invite videos. You can do this via Facebook, E-mail, or Text. You can find the videos here.
  9. Text a friend and invite them to join you.
  10. Rent a Plane and fly a banner over Dubuque that reads, “Come to St. John’s.”
  11. Wear our “Series Buttons” which are bound to generate conversation.
  12. Pray. Pray. Pray.
  13. Place a poster at your place of work, on your car, or out in the community. Click here.

Weekly Contest and Changes

 Do you have a clever name for “The Weekly?” Perhaps something that reflects our mission and vision, or is simply clever? Please submit your entries to the Parish Office by Sunday, September 1. Also, be on the lookout for some changes to the format of “The Weekly” in September. If you have ideas about the format submit those to the Parish Office as well.

St. John’s at the Parade, Monday, September 2nd

Hundreds of people will literally be at our door tomorrow! Volunteers are needed to welcome people to the church, hand out water, and in general, to be a friendly and welcoming presence. Information about our fall sermon series will be distributed. Contact Joe Hickey to get involved.

Finance and Stewardship Team,  Wednesday, September 4th

This team will meet at 5:30 pm in the Parish House, Ruete Room.  If you are interested in learning more about this team or attending talk to Kim Miller, team leader.

First Choir Rehearsal, Wednesday, September 4th

All are welcome to participate at 7:15 pm in the church. So spread the word. If you have questions talk to Jeremiah Cawley, choir director.

Episcopal Church Women, Thursday, September 5th

Join in for lunch at 11:30 am at Fuji’s Asian Buffet.

Prayer Meeting and Walk, Saturday, September 7th

On Saturday, September 7 at 11 am, there will be a time of prayer in the main church, praying for Dubuque, our neighborhood, and the renewal of St. John’s. Those able and interested will also prayer walk the neighborhood. Prayer is an important part of church renewal and the “success” of any major outreach, like our sermon series. The whole time will conclude well before noon. Talk to Fr. Kevin to sign up or to ask questions.

Rally Sunday! September 8th

Join us as we resume Sunday School and Adult Forum at 9 am. Also, this Sunday will mark the launch for our Fall Sermon Series, “Dealing with Difficulty”. A festive potluck will follow this service.  Begin thinking about and praying about who you will invite to join you.

Vestry Meeting, Tuesday, September 10th

Our leaders will be meeting at 6:30 pm in the Parish House, Ruete Conference Room.  Please pray for them to come together keeping St. John’s mission and vision in mind.

Dinner on Main, September 20th

Please save the date on your calendar for this fun fellowship event!  Interested in learning more, talk to Kathe Richardson or David Vanderah.

Shakespeare at St. John’s

Ryan Decker, life long member of St. John’s, and professor of theater at Loras, is working with Father Kevin and others at having a potential evening of Shakespearean sonnets later in the fall. If you are interested in reading a sonnet or being involved with this kind of event, please let Ryan or Father Kevin know.

Opportunities at St. John’s

Children’s Minister wanted 

Do you have experience working with children?
Is your Christian faith important to you?
Do you have interest in building a new program?

If you answered yes to all three questions, please apply to become our part-time lay children’s minister. Episcopal experience and membership not required.


Choral Scholars Wanted

Do you enjoy choral music?
Have you sung in a choir before?
Are you a university student?

If you answered yes to all three questions, please apply to our Choral Scholar’s program. Scholars provide vocal leadership within the St. John’s choir, gain valuable experience in sacred music, and receive a scholarship stipend. Episcopal experience and membership not required.


Organist Wanted 

Are you an organist or a pianist with interest in developing organ skills? Would you like playing in a beautiful setting in a welcoming environment? If so, please apply to become our next organist who plays on Sundays and occasional other services (e.g. Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, etc.). Episcopal experience and membership not required.


Collect for Sunday

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.  Amen.

 Happy Birthday

  • Lynn Willett
  • Paula Herrig
  • Haley Lammer-Heindel

Happy Anniversary

  • David and Carol Nutter

 In Memoriam

  • Curtis Dollman
  • Margaret haudenshield
  • Freda Chapman
  • Edith Dunn
  • Donna Tuegel
  • Marian Bissell

                  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 Kendell, Haley Lammer-Heindel, Ally O’Rourke, David Roberts, Corky Vance
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.