Third Sunday after the Epiphany

 

 

 

 

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Date Time Event
Sun, Jan. 21 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist
Sun, Jan. 21 11:15 AM Fellowship
Wed, Jan. 24 12:00 PM Holy Eucharist
Sun, Jan. 28 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist
Sun, Jan. 28 11:15 AM Celebration of Ministry for Kent Anderson
Sun, Jan. 28 11:15 AM Fellowship
Wed, Jan. 31 12:00 PM Holy Eucharist
Sun, Feb. 04 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist
Sun, Feb. 04 11:15 AM Celebration of New Ministry of Fr. Kevin
Sun, Feb. 04 11:15 AM Fellowship

 

From Our Rector-to-Be

Hello! In the mystery of God and life we have been praying, preparing, and thinking of one another for many months, though we are just starting to learn each other’s names. I do ask for your patience in learning your name. Sadly, I have to work hard at learning names and so it will take me a while to get there. I have already begun praying through the parish directory entrusting you to God and asking for guidance for this next chapter of the long history of St. John’s.

One of the things you will learn about me, is that, while I can remember complex bits of theology, I can be rather absent minded. For example, forgetting what I did with my keys or umbrella. When I lived in Miami, Florida, this forgetfulness resulted in me getting completely soaked on two occasions. Based on my recent visit to Dubuque, near the beginning of the year, I’m less concerned with tropical rain showers! Since I’ve been living in Canada, the -5 degree temperatures didn’t feel that bad.

I’m a religious order priest. I think, this is a first for St. John’s. This might take some getting used to on your part. The Anglican Order of Preachers (also known as the Dominicans) is an order of friars and sisters, celibate and married, lay and ordained, recognized by the Episcopal Church and found throughout the Anglican Communion. Just across the river you have the Roman Catholic Dominican sisters, who I hope to get to know. You will learn more about the Dominicans over time, from me, and from some of my sisters and brothers in the Order.

In addition to serving local congregations and dioceses over the years, I’ve conducted — in the tradition of the Dominican Order—a traveling ministry of preaching and teaching. I will continue this ministry, to a certain extent, after coming to Dubuque. The Dominicans are an itinerant preaching and teaching order, hence the O.P. after our names. I’m excited to be coming to live and serve among you. St. John’s has a wonderful heritage and I believe, with God’s help, a wonderful future as we begin the next chapter of this parish’s life together.

In Christ, Father Kevin+

The Rev. Dr. Kevin Goodrich, O.P.

Anglican Order of Preachers (Dominicans)

“To Praise, To Bless, to Preach the Word of God”

 


Celebration of Ministry for Kent Anderson

Join us for a potluck next Sunday, January 28th, to celebrate and thank Kent for his ministry amongst us at St. John’s. Signup sheets are in the undercroft.

 

Welcome Lunch – Sunday, Feb 4

Please join us for a welcome lunch following Fr. Kevin Goodrich’s first Sunday at St. John’s. Lunch will be sponsored by the Vestry and the Search committee. Please RSVP to office@stjohnsdbq.org or sign up at coffee hour.  All are welcome!

 

Annual Meeting: Deadline for Reports

It’s time to think about and write your report for the Annual Meeting. If you are not sure if you need to submit a report, a good guideline is: if you wrote a report last year, write one for this year. Your report should focus on what you and your group were involved with and/or accomplished in 2017. Please drop them off at the church office or email them to office@stjohnsdbq.org. The deadline is January 24, 2018. We shall have 7 openings on the Vestry. Please pray about and consider running for Vestry. We need your involvement and input! The Annual Meeting will be February 18, after church.

 

 

Looking Ahead: Lent Madness 2018
The Saintly Smackdown is Back!

By now you’ve heard that Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day coincide this year. The real Lenten love, however, kicks off the next day on February 15. Why? Because for the ninth year running, people of faith are gearing up for Lent Madness, the beloved “saintly smackdown!”

With its unique blend of competition, learning, and humor, Lent Madness allows participants to be inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saintly souls across generations and cultures. Throughout Lent, thirty-two saints will do battle to win the coveted Golden Halo. Based loosely on the NCAA basketball tournament of a similar name, this online devotion pits saints against one another in a bracket as voters choose their favorites throughout this penitential season.

Here’s how to participate: on the weekdays of Lent, information is posted at http://www.lentmadness.org about two different saints. Each pairing remains open for 24 hours as participants read about and then vote to determine which saint moves on to the next round. Sixteen saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.

The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch.

This year Lent Madness features an intriguing slate of saints ancient and modern, Biblical and ecclesiastical. 2018 heavyweights include John the Evangelist, Margaret of Scotland, Richard Hooker, Katharina von Bora, and the apostles Peter and Paul.

The full bracket is online at the Lent Madness website http://www.lentmadness.org and, while not necessary to participate, you can order The Saintly Scorecard: The Definitive Guide to Lent Madness 2018 at http://www.forwardmovement.org. This companion guide includes biographies of all 32 saints, a full-color bracket, information about how to fully participate, and a series of Pocket Lent trading cards.

Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck, an Episcopal priest and rector of St. John’s Church in Hingham, Massachusetts. In seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women who make up the church’s calendar of saints, Schenck devised this devotion. Combining his love of sports with his passion for the lives of the saints, Lent Madness was born.

Starting in 2012, Schenck partnered with Forward Movement (the same folks that publish Forward Day by Day) executive director Scott Gunn, to bring Lent Madness to the masses. Schenck and Gunn form the self-appointed Supreme Executive Committee, a more-or-less benevolent dictatorship that runs the entire operation.

The formula has worked as this online devotional has been featured in media outlets all over the country including national television, the Washington Post, NPR, USAToday, and even Sports Illustrated (seriously). More importantly thousands of people have been inspired by the saintly stories of those who have come before us in the faith.

If you’re looking for a Lenten discipline that is fun, educational, occasionally goofy, and always joyful, join the Lent Madness journey. Lent needn’t be all doom and gloom. After all, what could be more joyful than a season specifically set aside to get closer to Jesus Christ?

The Rev. Tim Schenck

Rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist, Hingham, Massachusetts

 

Collect for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 


Birthdays

24  Kathé Richardson

25  William Jacob Cunliffe

27  Frederick Bissell IV

28  Rick Heinz

28  Mary Armstrong

 

In Memoriam

21 Robert Williams

21 Jackie Apel

22 Von Brown

22 Marilou Blodgett

22  Von Brown

22  Marilou Blodgett

22  Ethel Weidenbacher

23  Keturia Morgan

24  Dennis Roth

26  Gwendolyn Flockhart

27  William Kretschmer

 

Saints

21  Agnes, Martyr at Rome, 304

22  Vincent, Deacon of Saragossa, and Martyr, 304

23  Phillips Brooks, Bishop of Massachusetts, 1893

24  Ordination of Florence Li Tim-Oi, 1944

25  The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle

26  Timothy Titus [and Silas], Companions of Saint Paul

27  Lydia, Dorcas, and Phoebe, Witnesses to the Faith]   John Chrysostom

28  Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Friar, 1274