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From the Rector
More Parish House changes?
We’ve now had all three of the rector’s roundtables. These were opportunities for, among other things, to review how we’re doing at St. John’s six months into 2019. Our vision is to become “A Renewed Church” and our vision statement describes what we will look like when are starting to realize that vision. The statement has a lot packed into it, including:
“St. John’s campus (both parish house and church) will be improved, reimagined, and utilized by ourselves, our mission partners, and diverse individuals and groups throughout the week.”
We’ve completed the first of three phases of parish house reimagining. The first phase involved changing the location of the library and chapel. Thanks to Susan Forshey and John Stewart, our wardens, who not only helped to conceptualize (with a wide variety of other people) the changes, but also in implementing the changes, from installing clocks, curtains, cleaning panels, and more. Also, grateful thanks to David Kendall for his generosity in making available shelves and several other pieces of furniture for use in the reimagined spaces.
We are still in phase two of these changes. Phase two involves the completion of the second level changes to the parish house: new furniture in the Schmitz Library and Ruete Meeting Room, sacred items for the new Flockhart Chapel, some painting and rearranging of furniture in the parish offices, and finally, finishing the changes to the entry way. Phase three will involve the changes to the first floor. Drafts of improved interior signage are now up and the wardens welcome your feedback. The need for exterior signage improvements remain.
Thanks be to God we have made progress toward realizing this part of our vision, but we have more to realize before we can say “vision accomplished!”
Yours in Christ,
Invite and Welcome: There will be an informal coffee hour workshop on Sun. August 18.
YOU DID IT ST. JOHN’S PARISHIONERS!!! YOU DID IT!!! With your prayers and financial generosity, you were a part of raising $6,105. That’s 102% of the $6,000 goal for the lighting and handrails. Please continue to pray as the work on these projects begins. WAY TO GO ST. JOHN’S.
We will be contributing items to the food pantry this week. Remember, you may now bring items any week. On Food Pantry Sunday all items will be brought to the altar and Father Kevin will snack on whatever looks good that day. The rest of the items will be taken to the Dubuque Food Pantry.
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 email@example.com
Check out this group at 1 pm in the Parish House, Ruete Conference Room and Schmitz Library. Learn more about the life and teachings of Thomas Merton. Contact David Vanderah with questions.
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the Concerts at Jackson Park on Sunday, August 11 from 6 pm to 8 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to relax in our local park and connect with friends new and old. If you have questions about the concerts, what it’s like to attend or you want to connect with someone who might be going, talk to Christine Darr.
Pray for our church leaders as they meet at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall, Ruete Conference Room.
Please bring your own beverage. Utensils, plates, etc. will be provided.
Devotional booklets are available in the back of the church or from the parish house. This is an easy way to begin “Praying Daily” and “Knowing the Christian Story” as found in the Holy Scriptures. Remember, read the Bible “in community” and read the Bible “in love.” Pick up your issue for August, September, October.
Please save the date on your calendar for this fun fellowship event! Interested in learning more, talk to Kathe Richardson or David Vanderah.
Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, 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: 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
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.