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Sunday, September 3, 2017
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Transition Update from your Vestry
                     
As we noted in last week’s update, we have reached the point in our transition where we are working with the Diocese to select and call an interim priest to lead our congregation during the period of discernment (normally one to two years) prior to calling a new full-time rector to St. John’s. 
 
The interim selection team taking on this challenge is comprised of three vestry members: Junior Warden Liz Covey-Dwyer, Sherry Bass and Liz Needleman. Over the past two weeks they have worked diligently behind the scenes to prepare for and complete an interview with the first interim candidate offered for our consideration by the Bishop.
 
This is no run-of-the-mill job interview. Realizing that, the team made time to complete the comprehensive preparation process suggested by the Diocese, even though each team member has professional experience that includes interviewing and hiring.
 
That meant engaging in nearly three hours of training with Jim Gettel, the Diocesan Canon of Congregational Development. Training involved reviewing the interview format, process and schedule, understanding the responsibilities of an interim rector, discussing specific interview objectives, and familiarizing themselves with a process for choosing and wording specific interview questions based on those objectives. 
 
Each member then took on a “homework” assignment of creating or suggesting six interview questions, after which they regrouped to consolidate their questions into a 29-page packet for their interview session with the first candidate. The group then met once again to review the extensive background information provided for the first candidate, and to assign the interview questions each team member would ask.
 
All of that led up to a three-hour evening interview with the first candidate, followed the next night by a comprehensive review with the vestry. 
 
Perhaps you’re exhausted from just reading this; if so you have a small sense of the amount of focus and effort this team has put forth on behalf of all of us at St. John’s. The next time you connect with Liz C-D, Sherry or Liz N, please let them know how much their commitment means to you and to our parish.
 
The vestry is working through the next steps of the process with Jim Gettel, Canon for Congregational Life, from the diocese. As soon as the wardens have more information to share, we will communicate that to you.

Your St. John’s vestry members
Shelley Zalewski, Senior Warden
Liz Covey-Dwyer, Junior Warden
Beth Frolick-Rapson, Treasurer
Sherry Bass
April Cooke
Anne Dehne
Mark Eissler
Linda Griffin
Liz Needleman

SUNDAY SCHOOL WELCOME RECEPTION! SUNDAY, SEPT. 10
Join us as we kick-off SJP's Sunday School year on Sunday, September 10 at 9:30am with a continental breakfast reception in the Gathering. Meet teachers and other parents, pick up information for school year and register your child.

Children will be in classrooms making crafts during service and rejoin their family in worship at the time of the Peace.
Beginning 9/17 Sunday school will begin at 9:45am weekly.

If you are unable to attend Welcome Sunday or would like to register ahead, you may register online.

WE NEED ADULT & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS! To volunteer, click here. If you would like more information, email Jayne Watson, Director of Family Ministry.

REMINDERS
SUNDAY HOLY EUCHARIST
8:00 & 10:00am
We welcome the Rev. Teresa Wakeen on Sunday as our guest celebrant and preacher. 

SUNDAY NURSERY 
(infant-age three)
  is open year-round 9:30-11:30am-located in room off the Sunday School hallway. Summer hours are 9:45-11:30am.

WEDNESDAY PRAYER SERVICE
Resumes Wednesday, September 13
After a summer recess, we are again offering a mid-week opportunity to gather and pray for the needs of those in our parish, our community and the world. Beginning on September 13, join us in the sanctuary at 10:30am, following the women’s bible study.

CROSSROADS SOUP KITCHEN
SUNDAY, SEPT. 17

A team from St. John’s will be going to Crossroads to prepare and serve meals. Here are ways you can help:

DONATE COOKIES ~ the cookie bin is in the front hallway. Store-bought or home-baked.
SERVE AT CROSSROADS IN DETROIT ~ we'll be serving chili, hot dogs & cookies. At least 20 volunteers are needed.

See the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board for more information. Questions? Contact Dick Bass at 248-245-4560.

MANY THANKS TO ALL !
Thank you to all who contributed back to school supplies for the Salvation Army! The children in need receiving these items will be thrilled!

USHERS NEEDED

Ushering is a high impact, low time commitment ministry and a great way to welcome people to SJP with warmth and hospitality! Beginning this fall, we are down 3 ushers and need new volunteers. Contact Robert Hurley at rhurley1@ford.com or 313-805-0766 for more information.

TUESDAY WOMEN'S  STUDY
SEPT. 19 at 9:30am

This study, led by Becky Nickels and Laurie Pocock, will begin a study of the Book of Acts this fall. No materials needed but your bible.

WEDNESDAY WOMEN'S  STUDY SEPT. 13 at 9:00am

This study, led by Beth Wideman, will begin a study of Mark this fall. Author N.T. Wright will walk us through Mark. Order a copy of the book online at Amazon or Christianbook.

SATURDAY MEN'S  STUDY
SEPT. 9 at 7:30am

The Men’s Study Group begins the day with bagels and coffee at 7:30am, then at 8am they watch a DVD and end with discussion. They will begin a study of How Jesus Became God this fall.

ONLINE GIVING IS
EASY & SECURE!

Online giving is as easy as paying your monthly bills via EFT! Choose recurring or one-time donations. Especially during this time of transition, it is a perfect time to set up your automated and recurring donation. Just click here and then click on + Create An Account
to set up.


St. John's Episcopal Church
574 S. Sheldon Road
Plymouth, MI  48170
734-453-0190




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