Summer Hymn Sing, Friday, June 29
In the world of food, we sometimes limit ourselves to a small range of choices. It’s good to have foods and recipes we know and love. It can also be wonderful to discover a new dish. In the wide world of hymns, it’s satisfying to sing what we know and love. But it can be a delight to discover a new song (and it might even become a favorite). God’s people praise God in cultures different from our own. At “Hymns from Around the World” we will sing hymns that are likely new to many and also some that are familiar. We might even discover a gem hidden in plain sight. That’s one way we can expand and enrich our image and understanding of God. St. John’s will provide food with an international flair and beverages. We’ll share a meal at 5:30 p.m. and then join our voices —singing songs from our Episcopal Hymnal 1982 and Wonder, Love, and Praise, as well as songs from other lands and cultures. Maybe you’ll discover a new favorite hymn or a new favorite recipe. Bring your family, invite your friends, and share the joy and love that permeates St. John’s. For more information or to help, contact Minister of Music Jim Bennett at 804.901.1238 or email@example.com
On Sunday, July 1, following the service, celebrate the major part our church played in events that led to the United States’ declaration of its independence. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Our picnic, featuring fried chicken, is free and open to the public, so bring your friends. Sue Schutt sure would appreciate your help setting up, serving, and cleaning up. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t Tell the Ants about the Annual Young Adult Summer Picnic
All young adults and their families and friends are invited to the annual Young Adults Summer Picnic Sunday, July 15, at Libby Hill Park (2801 East Franklin Street), following the 10:00 service (noon-ish). Sandwich supplies and water will be provided. Please bring a picnic side or dessert to share. While drop-ins are welcome, it would be helpful to let Amelie know if you plan to attend.
Coffee Hour: Weekly coffee hour in the parish hall after the later Sunday service provides refreshments and social time. Each week a team of volunteers prepares food and drink, and everyone is invited to partake. This weekly gathering allows members to strengthen relationships among themselves and to welcome newcomers to the community.
Tuesday Morning Knitting Circle In the Parish House library each Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join , and you do not need to know how to knit to participate. In fact, if you’re interested in learning, this group provides helpful instruction. And, the knitters want you to know that they will provide the yarn and needles to get you started. Other crafts are welcome.
Young Adults Group: If you’re in your 20s or 30s, you’ll want to be a part of this vibrant group of peers who meet regularly to socialize and serve the community.
Parish Retreats at Shrine Mont: Annually, members of our St. John’s family hold a parish retreat and program at Shrine Mont, a conference and retreat center of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia located in beautiful Orkney Springs, Virginia. Members replenish their spiritual and physical strength. This year’s retreat is September 4-6. Stay tuned for details.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Wednesday Lenten Supper Series The observance of a Holy Lent at St. John’s is important to us. As members of Christ’s Body we prepare for Easter through self-examination, repentance, prayer, fasting and by reading and meditating on God’s Word to share in our Lord’s passion and resurrection. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to share in this time of preparation. We gather each Wednesday night during the five weeks before Palm Sunday at 6:00 p.m. for a simple meal and a program.
Tuesday Morning Knitting Circle Did you know that a group of ladies gathers in the Parish House library each Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. to visit with each other while they knit? Everyone is always welcome to join them, and you do not need to know how to knit to participate. In fact, if you’re interested in learning, these ladies provide helpful instruction. Other crafts are welcome.