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We’ve covered a lot of ground in this New Year. Culminating our year long process of discerning mission (why we exist/our purpose) and vision (the kind of church we are striving to become) led to our mission and vision statements. These are more than documents we hang on the wall and say, that is that. Rather, we should ask of everything we do at St. John’s, “Does this line up with our mission?” and “Does this help us to realize our vision?” These questions and their answers will sometimes be exciting and sometimes will be unnerving. Living into our mission of “Love God. Love Others. Make Disciples” will affirm some of what we are doing and in other cases invite us to reconsider what we are doing. Our vision of becoming a “diverse family of disciples, active in our neighborhood, visible in our city, and reaching beyond Dubuque, with the transforming love of God in Jesus” gives us a concreate picture of the future to work toward.
Our expanded vision statement (which elaborates the basic vision statement above) states, “St. John’s will accomplish the Great Commission through our disciple making process, a congregational rule of life…” and more. We are already starting to realize our vision by the implementation of our congregational rule. Why a rule? Why this emphasis on spiritual disciplines? Because for 2000 years, Christianity at its best and disciples at their best, have found the practice of these disciplines essential to being faithful to Jesus and demonstrating the Great Commandment (“Love God and Neighbor”) and accomplishing the Great Commission (“Go Make Disciples of All Nations”). At St. John’s “we make disciples in the Great Tradition of Christianity.” We’ve been learning about the Great Tradition of Christianity in our Sunday morning class by exploring the four rooms of Christianity: Catholic, Evangelical, Broad, and Charismatic.
These are exciting times at St. John’s,
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, Emelia, 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 (4/14). 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! Save the Date. Sunday, April 28. 1st Sunday of the Spring Sermon Series.
12:10 pm at the Parish House
Sundays at the 10:00 am Eucharist.
This Lent, Father Kevin will be 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.
March 31st: The Liberal Room
April 7th: The Charismatic Room
Every member and attender of St. John’s is 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 March 31st 10-12
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 will be 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.
All at St. John’s are challenged to attend the 5th Sunday Dinner on March 31st at noon at the Parish House.
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 will receive a little box. We encourage 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, March 31, 1 p.m., Schmitz Library, Parish House. Commentary on Thomas Merton’s No Man is an Island by Marilyn Hendricks, hospice minister, and members of the Dubuque branch of the Merton Society. Merton, (1915-1968) was a Cistercian monk, and renowned spiritual teacher, writer and pacifist. 1.5 hours;
Saturday, April 11, 3 p.m. Schmitz Library, Parish House. The Thin Places: a Celtic Landscape by Kevin Koch, book reading and discussion. Kevin , a Loras College English professor, gave a popular writers workshop at St. John’s several years ago. This, his fourth book, connects places in Ireland with places in the Midwest’s Driftless Area along lines of Celtic spirituality.
St. John’s invites members, friends and the wider Dubuque community to these opportunities.
Information: Contact Dave Vanderah at church or firstname.lastname@example.org; 563-583-3806.
Like to help by “Serving at St. John’s?” Talk to Haley Lammer-Heindel, Christine Darr, or Derrick Clark. Even if you won’t be serving at this event, we are challenging everyone in the congregation to attend as part of your Lenten practice.
Choir practice will be at 7:15 pm in the Church. Come join.
Come enjoy fellowship and food with some fabulous women at 11:30 am at Perkins Restaurant.
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.
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.
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.
The Bible: Good News, Good Advice, or Garbage?
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!
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; 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.