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This Sunday: Rector’s Roundtable at 9am in the undercroft (basement).
On Wednesday, we had the first of the rector’s roundtables. These are 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 Conference 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. The need for improved signage inside and outside the building is also a need that needs to be completed no later than phase three.
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,
There are still two opportunities to participate in a Rector’s Roundtable, this Sunday July 28 at 9am, and Wednesday July 28 at 5:30pm. These will be opportunities to provide further input about the preaching ministry, discuss the mid-year rector’s update, and initial brainstorming for our 175th anniversary in 2020.
WOWZA, WOWZA WOWZA!!! Members of St. John’s Episcopal Church, you rock. We are at 99.91% of goal having raised $5,995 of the $6,000 needed for the lighting and handrails. Your financial generosity is allowing these improvements to be made. Your prayers have made all the difference in reaching this goal. A few others will be contributing next week, which will push us over the goal. This is fantastic. Thank you.
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 protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; 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.