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We are ten days away from Holy Week. Lent is still here. By God’s grace and with the encouragement of the parish family, I’m still managing to keep at my Lenten intentions. Some have gone very well. Others have had their stops and starts. The failures remind me of my need for God’s grace and the support of spiritual friendships. The successes remind me of the potential for change in my life by the power of the Holy Spirit and by the power of Christian community. Holy Week is the most important week of the liturgical year. Strive hard to participate as fully in Holy Week as you can. Our schedule is as follows:
Sunday, April 14th Palm Sunday
Thursday, April 18th Maundy Thursday
Friday, April 19th Good Friday
Saturday, April 20th 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 at least two people in the building for every hour of vigil. Contact me or Susan Meyers in the parish office if you will participate.
Grateful to be with you in this Lenten Journey,
Honoring David Pitt and Family
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. If you’d like to contribute to a gift that will go to David and his family, you can do so at the parish office. If you have questions, talk to Susan Forshey, Senior Warden.
With gratitude for David’s service,
Spring Potluck! Sunday, April 28th which is the first Sunday of the Spring Sermon Series. Save the date!
“The Bible: Good News, Good Advice, or Garbage?”
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.”
With gratitude for David’s service,
12:10 pm at the Parish House
Sundays at the 10:00 am Eucharist.
This Lent, Father Kevin has been preaching on practices of discipleship with an emphasis on our new congregational rule of seven core practices. For centuries these ancient practices have helped people to experience God, grow in faith, and make a difference in the world. Explore these practices and how God can transform your life through them.
Sundays in the Undercroft from 9 am – 9:45 am.
The Anglican/Episcopal Tradition of Christianity has often been understood as a “Via Media” (middle way) between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. In this way, Anglicanism is uniquely situated to draw upon the Great Tradition of Christianity, stressing, “in essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.” Thinking of the Great Tradition as a warehouse, containing several rooms of treasures, opens the door to the many riches that are available to us as Episcopal Christians. Explore the four major “rooms” of Christianity and how they can stretch and enrich your faith.
April 7th: The Charismatic Room
Every member and attender of St. John’s has been challenged to read the entire Gospel of Mark during the season of Lent. Discipleship involves following Jesus. The four Gospels tell the story of Jesus and his first disciples. Mark’s Gospel is the shortest and simplest of the four.
Week of April 7th: 13-16
Wednesdays at 11 am or 7 pm at the Parish House.
Going to church is an important part of discipleship, but it is more than going to church. Join other members of the parish family in reflecting on St. Mark’s Gospel and the practices of discipleship and how they can enrich your daily life. Wrestle with challenging questions about the meaning of your life, the practice of faith, and spirituality.
Childcare is available at the 7 pm study. The 12:10 Eucharist follows the 11 am study and the brief service of Compline will conclude the 7 pm study time.
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.
Your generosity is appreciated as we collect non perishable items and paper products to donate to the Dubuque Food Pantry.
Following mass, a brief coffee workshop on the importance of welcoming guests to our church and how to do it. .
Pray for our leaders of St. John’s as they meet at 6:30 to cover important issues and events going on at our church.
Choir practice will be at 7:15 pm in the Church. Come join.
We will honor David Pitt and his family as he prepares to finish eight years of service as organist on Easter Sunday. A special cake will be shared at coffee hour. If you have questions, talk to Susan Forshey, Senior Warden.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.
This team will meet at 5:30 in the Parish House, Ruete 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 9AM-2PM 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. So we will need everyone’s participation. More info to come soon!
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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.