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Under the direction of Jeremiah Cawley, we will be forming a new parish choir this year. There hasn’t been a choir at St. John’s for many years. The choir will sing on select occasions throughout the school year. The choir will, Lord willing, be composed of parishioners, persons from the wider community, and university choral scholars. Jeremiah will be leading the effort in starting this new choral scholars’ ministry, too. The choral scholars will be university students who will receive a scholarship amount for providing vocal leadership in the choir, as well opportunity to grow in familiarity with and the practice of sacred music. Whether or not you join the choir, I ask for your prayers and encouragement of those who might be good additions to the choir and for our efforts in finding university students for the scholars’ program.
Jeremiah Cawley moved to Dubuque in the summer of 2018 after being named Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Loras College. Miah, as he likes to be called, has a long history in church music. He and his wife Crystal met at Blackhawk Church in Madison, WI, where Miah was leading contemporary style worship. While in graduate school in Seattle, Miah was Director of Music at Blaine Memorial UMC. In 2012, he and Crystal moved to London, England, where they fell in love with the Anglican tradition. Miah sang in the choirs of St. Mary Magdalene, Richmond and other churches around Greater London. Upon returning Stateside, he worked as a staff singer at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, GA.
In addition to serving as a church musician, Miah maintains an abiding interest in contemporary art music. He founded the Seattle-based new music ensemble The Box Is Empty, the Atlanta-based Fifth Hammer. He has worked closely with other contemporary groups including The Riot Ensemble (London, UK), appearing as guest conductor on the record Approaching Dutilleux (Coviello Classics). Jeremiah has sung with the GRAMMY-nominated True Concord, many groups throughout the United States and United Kingdom, and was an inaugural member of the new vocal ensemble Solaris.
Jeremiah completed his Bachelor of Music Education degree at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his Master of Music and Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Washington. His dissertation, The Economics, Aesthetics, and Nonprofit Organization of Professional Vocal Ensembles, was nominated for the American Choral Directors Association’s Julius Herford Dissertation Prize. Jeremiah is the newly named Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Loras College, and he has previously held posts at Western Kentucky and Georgia State Universities.
We hope you’ll consider joining in the newly forming St. John’s choir. For more information, please contact Miah via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our annual meeting and potluck are on Sunday, January 27. 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. If you are interested in serving on the Vestry please talk to Kim Warden (Senior Warden). We wish to extend a major thank you to Bud Geyer, Christine Darr, and Kim Warden who are finishing their terms on Vestry.
After the 10 am Holy Eucharist, come to the potluck, the annual meeting and take part in electing new Vestry members. Sign up now for contributing something delicious to the potluck.
Stop at the SCRIP table at coffee hour to purchase SCRIP or learn more about it. Going to your favorite restaurant, stocking up on pet food, getting gas for your vehicle, going food shopping? Buy a gift card and let the retailer donate part of your purchase to St. John’s. No other step for you. Just get the gift card and use it like cash, debit or credit.
Along with non-perishable food items the food pantries could use paper products including diapers. In advance, thank you for your generosity.
ECW, February 7th
Valentine’s Day, February 14th
Vestry meeting, February 12th
Fellowship and Hospitality team meeting, February 19th
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for 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.