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Lent. A season of spiritual practice. A season of discipleship. This Lent we are living into our mission and vision by unveiling our congregational rule of life. It has been encouraging to hear the honest and insightful discussions about the challenge of discipleship, of practicing the disciplines, and of our congregational rule in our mid-week Lenten studies. It has also been encouraging to hear many of your stories of stepping up to living into the disciplines and how thinking about the rule is already sparking ideas and growth in many of your lives. This is what rules of life have done over the centuries. The practices of our rule are: Worship Weekly, Pray Daily, Serve at St. John’s and Beyond, Love Others & Build Spiritual Friendships, Know the Christian Story and Invite Others, Give Generously, and Rest Regularly.
Lord Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, in his book, “Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life” (which I recommend if you’re looking for a reflective exploration of the topic) writes, “Discipleship is about how we live; not just the decisions we make, not just the things we believe, but a state of being.” The spiritual practices in our congregational rule, which reflect 2000 years of Christianity at its best, help us, by God’s grace, enter a newer or fuller state of being, a new way of life, a way of life immersed, soaked, and illuminated by the love of God in Jesus Christ. The practices are not always easy. They are not always exciting. But neither is healthy eating or practicing the piano, but physical well-being is a blessing worth striving for as is the ability to play beautiful music.
With you on the road of discipleship,
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 17th: The Catholic Room
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 17th: 4-6
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 women will be at the Parish House this weekend and the men the weekend of the 22nd.
Choir practice will be at 7:15 pm in the Church. Come join
Join this team at 5:30 pm in the Parish House, Ruete Conference Room. They plan all the fun happenings at St. John’s.
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.
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, 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.