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Keeping our Lenten intentions can be difficult. We forgot. We mess up. We get to busy. This sounds a lot like life in general and our intentions to live more faithfully, doesn’t it? Keeping a set of Lenten intentions is a good mini-exercise for life. Thankfully, it is, “by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). The spiritual disciplines are practices of grace. Grace is the gift of God’s love and presence.
The disciplines are ways of opening ourselves to this grace, to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Our congregational rule of life is not a ruthless standard of perfection, but a gracious process of striving with the help of God and God’s people. This is good news for all of us, me included. I’ve remained steady with some of my Lenten intentions, but have stumbled with some and I’m working to get back on track with them.
With you on the road of discipleship,
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 wife, Maria and children, 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 and thanking David for his service among us in April, on a date to be announced.
With gratitude for David’s service,
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 24th: The Evangelical Room
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 24th: 7-9
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.
Saturday, March 23, 10 am – 2 pm at the church
Quiet days are opportunities to step away from the busyness of life and focus on your faith. The reality of God is vast. How do you fit into that? What is the story of your life about? Co-led by our Senior Warden, Dr. Susan Forshey, professor of discipleship and Christian formation at UDTS, and our Rector, Fr. Kevin Goodrich, O.P.
Free will donation for the lunch.
Register with Susan Meyers in the Parish Office, email@example.com
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.
The men will be at the Parish House this weekend.
Join this team at 6:30 pm in the Parish House, Ruete Conference Room. They plan all the fun happenings at St. John’s.
The meeting is at 5:30 pm in the Parish House, Ruete Conference Room. Talk to Kim Miller for more information.
Choir practice will be at 7:15 pm in the Church. Come join.
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.
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 Food Pantry.
We will be collecting donations for Easter Flowers from Sunday March 17 until 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.
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; 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
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.