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This Sunday begins the most important week of the year for Christians. Strive hard to participate as fully in Holy Week as you can. Our schedule is as follows:
Sunday, April 14 (Palm Sunday)
Thursday, April 18 (Maundy Thursday)
Friday, April 19 (Good Friday)
Saturday, April 20 (The Great Vigil)
The three services that culminate Holy Week are really one service held over three days. Each of them begins at 7 pm. If you’ve never attended all three in a row, followed by Easter Sunday that is something you should experience. Many millions of Christians, around the world, intentionally make this their practice every year. The Lady Chapel (side altar) in the main church will be available for vigil and prayer following the Maundy Thursday liturgy. We’re looking for volunteers to help with that, to ensure that there will be two people in the building for every hour of vigil. Contact me or Susan Meyers in the parish office.
Grateful to be with you in this Lenten Journey,
David Pitt, our faithful and extremely capable organist for the last eight years has submitted his resignation. His final Sunday in this role will be Easter. The Vestry and I were sorry to hear this news. David and his family (Maria, Emmelia, and Theodora) have been great blessings to this parish family. His expertise on the organ, vast knowledge of liturgy, and his willingness to help with a variety of tasks, especially through the interim, are a testament to his dedication. We’ll be honoring David and his family on Palm Sunday, April 14th. A special cake will be shared at coffee hour.
With gratitude for David’s service,
April 28th: Origin and Organization: What IS the Bible?
May 5th: Vulgar and Violent: Why is THAT in the Bible?
May 12th: Wisdom and Wonder: How can YOU be blessed by the Bible?
Twice a year– fall and spring, we conduct sermon series for the purpose of 1) creating awareness about our church throughout the community; 2) drawing first time guests to Sunday worship; 3) giving an opportunity for individuals to return to St. John’s; and 4) addressing a topic that will be of interest to unchurched, dechurched, and churched persons. Please mark these dates on your calendar and be praying about who you will invite to join you. Study after study reveals that the number one reason most people come to Christ or join a church is because someone personally invited them. Remember, when you invite remind folks that at St. John’s, “Doubts are ok, questions are welcome, please, come as you are.”
We are exploring an international mission partnership with Bishop Samuel Peni of South Sudan. From the time he was a seminary student here in Dubuque, Bishop Peni has considered St. John’s his U.S. home church. As a beginning way to partner with him and his ministry, every individual or family has been offered a little box. We have encouraged you to fill it with spare change during the weeks of Lent. On Palm Sunday, the boxes will be collected, and the change sent to help support the important work of Bishop Peni and his diocese, as he ministers in very difficult circumstances.
Sunday, April 14th: 1 p.m. “Coffee and Conversation With Thomas Merton.” A Cistercian monk, (1915-1968) Merton is a renowned ecumenical spiritual writer.
An informal talk and discussion of Merton’s No Man is an Island. Schmitz Library, Parish House. Led by Marilyn Hendricks.
St. John’s invites members, friends and the wider Dubuque community to this opportunity.
Information: Contact Dave Vanderah at church or email@example.com; 563-583-3806.
We will be collecting donations for Easter Flowers until Palm Sunday, April 14. Please use the insert from Sunday’s bulletin to list the name(s) of the person(s) you want to memorialize, an event you want to celebrate, or what you want to give thanks for, etc. We will be ordering plants that can be planted in your garden this spring. After the Easter service, the Altar Guild will deliver flowers to our shut-ins. Remaining flowers, except those on the high altar, will be offered first to parishioners who purchased flowers.
If you have any questions, please contact Vivian Roberts (563-590-4049) or any Altar Guild member (Susan Forshey, Dave Roberts, or Becky Stewart). If you write a check, please put the words “Easter Flowers” on the memo line.
FYI: Easter Lilies are $14 each and Kalanchoe are $25 per plant. Your Altar Guild would like to buy two plants (Kalanchoe) for the high altar.
Please join the Anawim and the St. Isidore Catholic Workers, in cooperation with St. Raphael and St. Patrick parishes, for the sixth annual commemoration of Jesus’ passion and death as it applies to contemporary social, economic, racial, and ecological issues.
Participants will walk or drive as able to fourteen locations in Dubuque, Iowa, pausing for prayer and reflection at each. Worship aids will be available in both Spanish and English. After the walk, a simple soup lunch will be served at Hope House Catholic Worker, from where participants can be driven back to their vehicles.
This team will meet at 5:30 pm in the Parish House, Ruete Conference Room to keep St. John’s welcoming and providing fellowship events for all.
Spring is here! Time for the St. John’s Rummage and Bake Sale. Time to clean out all those items you are no longer using and deliver them to the Parish House. You can drop them off during normal office hours Tuesday thru Friday from 9 am -2 pm or call the office to arrange another time. We cannot accept large appliances or TVs. This is one of our most important fundraisers and 10% if the proceeds will be going to St. Mark’s Community Center, which is one of our Mission Partners. We will need everyone’s participation. More info to come soon!
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. Register by May 10, 2019 to save $25.00 on your registration fee.
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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.