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Tomorrow is our second Annual Parish Retreat. I hope you will be there! The parish retreat is an opportunity to gather as a parish family to worship, to laugh, to give thanks and to look toward our immediate future. Last year we spent time discovering our Parish House spaces through a group walkabout and through the sharing of stories. This helped immensely to guide and shape the changes that have taken place (and are still in process) in the Parish House.
We are striving to realize our vision of being a renewed church. Our vision statement describes a renewed St. John’s campus as part of our overall renewal, “both parish house and church will be improved, reimagined, and utilized by ourselves, our mission partners, and diverse individuals and groups throughout the week.” Tomorrow, we’ll begin to reimagine ideas and possibilities for changes in the main church. I’m sure they will also be immensely helpful in guiding and shaping any changes that may take place.
Speaking of our spaces and mission partners, please pray for the staff of St. Mark’s Youth Enrichment who will be preparing for their summer program to start the week of June 9. At that point the Parish House, specifically Johnson Hall, will host their 4th grade class for several weeks of learning and fun. Be on the look out for updates about this mission partnership and any needs the kids and their teachers might have in terms of supplies and volunteers.
Please mark your calendars for the next 5th Sundays: June 30, September 29, & December 29.
We’re in need of 5th Sunday Coordinators who organize the event and 5th Sunday Cooks who plan the main meal and much of the preparation on the day of. We also need general volunteers to help with set up, clean up, serving, and more. Our Coordinators (thank you!), Haley Lammer-Heindel, Christine Darr, and Derrick Clark, are more than willing to help people know the details, what needs to be done, and more. If you are interested in coordinating, cooking or volunteering, please contact them or contact the parish office.
10am-2pm. Last year our first parish retreat was very well attended. Many of the ideas expressed at that retreat have begun to be implemented (reimagining our Parish House, for example) and others are part of our ongoing plans. We’ll be looking at where we’ve come and where we still have to go. We’ll also begin discussion about reimagining our church space. The retreat will be from 10 am to 2 pm with lunch served.
The Dubuque Food Pantry appreciates our generosity. Thank you for the sharing you do.
A brief memorial service will take place following coffee and fellowship on Sunday, June 2nd, in the Lady Chapel. Phyllis died Sunday, May 19, 2019 and was a long-time member of St. John’s. Those who wish to honor her, remember her, and offer her life to God are invited to attend. Pray for her children Michael (Janet) Bishop and Edward (Heaweon) Bishop.
Enjoy lunch at House of China this month at 11:30 am. Female fellowship and laughs while dining. What could be better?
Join us for the third great festival of the Christian Year. Wear red or white, the historic colors of celebration in the Church. Potluck to follow. This will also be Kevin Powell, our seminarian’s, last Sunday with us. However, we are hopeful Kevin will be with us in the fall for his second round of field education.
Pray for the leaders of St. John’s as they meet at 6:30 pm in the Parish House, Ruete Conference Room.
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.
Our new mission partner, St. Mark’s Youth Enrichment will be hosting their 4th grade summer program in Our Parish House June 17-August 2. They are in need of volunteer readers. They provide the books. The reading takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00-9:15 am. If you are interested in reading, contact Ron Paar from St. Mark’s at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the St. Mark’s Youth Enrichment office at 563-582-6211.
Jeremiah Cawley, our choir director is wanting to compile a listing of the congregation’s favorite hymns. Please submit these in writing or via e-mail to the Parish Office at email@example.com by Monday, June 17th.
As the flowers in your garden start to bloom and/or you visit farmer’s market, please remember flowers for the altar. Just choose a Sunday you want to bring flowers and reserve that date on our calendar. The flower calendar is located beside the elevator on the main floor. How wonderful to have flowers on God’s altar that you picked from your garden or purchased at market!
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Dubuque, IA, is seeking an organist to play on Sundays and occasional other services (e.g. Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, etc.) The organist will also support the St. John’s Choir on Sundays and preferably in weekly rehearsals. Experience in liturgical worship necessary, Episcopal experience a plus. Pianists with interest/enthusiasm for organ study (which St. John’s may supplement for the right candidate) are encouraged to apply. Organ experience and competency highly desired. Stipend negotiable based on experience and ability. For more information send cover letter, resume, and references (or general questions) to St. John’s Episcopal Church, “Organist Search”, Attention: Father Goodrich, Pastor, 1458 Locust Street, Dubuque, IA or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. 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.