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This Sunday is a time of celebration and reflection. We will celebrate our life together in 2018, reflecting on its lessons and looking to the future in 2019 as we pursue our mission and vision. As we elect a new Vestry, receive annual reports, and enjoy each other’s company as spiritual family with a potluck, it’s a good time to be pondering our individual time and talent and how we use it for the common good of this spiritual family. You can fill out a time and talent sheet this Sunday or fill it out right now at: https://goo.gl/forms/Mzcj8xSVblgFih9z2
Grateful for this last year,
Our annual meeting and potluck are this Sunday, January 27th. At this time, we will be electing three new members for the Vestry. Each member serves a term of three years. The Vestry members elect, from within their number, the parish offices of Senior Warden, Junior Warden, and Clerk (Secretary). The Treasurer who has voice, but not vote, is also elected by the Vestry, but is chosen from the wider membership of the congregation. The Vestry, according to Canon 25 of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, “is urged to cooperate with the Rector in promoting the spiritual welfare of the Parish and shall aid the Rector in the initiation, conduct, and development of the program of the Church both within and without the Parish.”
During this time of revitalization, the Vestry also has a vital role in helping to encourage, support, and develop the mission and vision of the congregation in ways that help contribute to the life and vitality of the congregation. Vestry members must be members in good standing of the parish, which according to canon law, means they are faithful in Sunday worship, in serving, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God, through St. John’s in the past year. We wish to extend a major thank you to Bud Geyer, Christine Darr, and Kim Miller who are finishing their terms on Vestry.
Along with non-perishable food items the food pantries could use paper products including diapers. In advance, thank you for your generosity.
Join in at Tony Roma’s at 11:30 am for some good food, fun and fellowship with this great group of women. Tony Roma’s offers a great view of the Mississippi River. However, you won’t see any boats going by on this day.
The team will be gathering at 7 pm in the Parish House. Among other items, the team will be covering Lent, Holy Week and Easter. See you there.
Valentine’s Day, February 14th
Vestry meeting, February 12th
Fellowship and Hospitality team meeting, February 19th
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.
Ministers: The People of St. John’s
Senior Warden: Kim Miller
Junior Warden: John Stewart
Clerk: Pam Van Vleck
Treasurer: Bill Richardson
Vestry Members: Bud Geyer, Christine Darr, Haley Lammer-Heindel, Susan Forshey, David Kendall, David Roberts
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.