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Sunday, February 25, 2018
  The Second Sunday in Lent
O Gracious One,
enlighten, we pray,
this darkness that surrounds us.
Break the bonds that tie us to the shadows
and lift us from the tomb of our own creation.

I had a meeting with our senior warden, Mark Eissler, one evening after the big snow. It was at his home. I had not been to his home before, and it was dark. I mistakenly ended up in the driveway of his neighbor across the street. They must have been away in some warm sunny place, because their driveway was not shoveled. (I admit I was curious about why Mark or Laurie didn’t shovel their driveway. I figured it was a casualty of how busy a senior warden can be.)

Needless to say, I got stuck. I found myself going back and forth, back and forth, rocking in the snow, until I was finally able to maneuver my Escape to the side, out of the rut I had dug for myself, and gain some traction.

This is the image that comes to my mind after yet another insane shooting in a public school, this one in Parkland, Florida. To even talk about it and what we should do about these things in our polarized political climate feels like rocking back and forth in that snowy driveway, getting nowhere except to dig ourselves deeper and deeper into the rut – the tomb of our own creation. How will we ever manage to gain some traction?

One reason I engage a centering prayer practice is to help me “be the change” I want to see in the world. In a culture of polarization, anxiety and emotional reactivity are very high. We react to reactions, and then we react to more reactions until we really don’t even know what we are reacting to – except that we are driven to “keep the car rocking back and forth.”

Centering prayer helps us learn to slow down our reactivity. By regularly practicing letting go of thoughts, which is where anxiety and reactivity live, space is created between stimulus and response. In that space, in the prayer practice, we consent to God’s presence and action within. Because of the practice, like a musician, when it’s time to “perform,” we’re more likely to be able to do it: to access that space between stimulus and response, to be more intentional about what that response might be, and to gain some traction. 

Contemplative Outreach is sponsoring a “United in Prayer Day” dedicated to healing violence, on Saturday, March 17. You can find out more about it here and discover resources by which you can participate. 

Let me know if you are drawn to organizing a communal event at St. John’s at 734-765-1141 or by emailing me.


Faithfully,

Pastor Dana

For pastoral care issues that may arise, please call Pastor Dana Runestad, Interim Rector at 734-765-1141 .

Nominations for Leadership for the Discovery Process Team

All who call St. John’s their spiritual home have an opportunity – and a responsibility – to discern what role they might play in the days ahead as we continue on our path of transition. There has never been a better time to put your gifts to work in the service of God in this place, and there are many ways to get involved.

We are looking for men and women with the qualities needed to play a part in making our transition efforts successful. Nomination forms will be in the bulletin again this week or can be found here. Nominations can be placed in the box in the Narthex or given to Pastor Dana.


 
LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES
Evening Prayer & Healing Service
& Faith Stories

Wednesdays at 7:00pm

Lenten Soup Suppers
Wednesdays through March 21 at 6:00pm
Coordinator needed, contact Betsy Sole
Sign up for soup, salad or bread on the Sign-Me-Up board in the hallway

Centering Prayer Small Groups
Tuesdays  from 5:30–6:45pm or
Wednesdays from 9:00-9:30am


"The Other Six Days"
Sermon Discussion
Group

(what do we do with what we learn in
church for the rest of the week?)

Sundays at 11:15am in the Conference Room


Promise, Blessing and Transformation
Wednesdays through March 14
9:30am and/or 8:00pm

Lenten Art Classes
Presented by Danisa Saltarelli
Thursday ~ March 1, 8, & 15 ~ 6:30-8:30pm


Palm Cross Making & Breakfast
Friday, March 23 at 9:00am

Prayer Loom

Prayers are woven through our community in many different ways; each of us unique in the way we pray. Our Prayer Loom in the Narthex is another way you may share your prayers with God and others in our community this Lenten season. Write your prayer on a tag that is provided and tie to the prayer loom.

Check out this weeks Journey Pages for more details regarding the Lenten opportunities, the worship serving calendar, the prayer list and more.
Holy Week Worship Schedule

Palm Sunday, March 25                                8 & 10am

Maundy Thursday, March 29                      7pm

Good Friday, March 30                                 12pm

Easter Vigil, Saturday, March 31                 8pm
  Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit

Easter Sunday, April 1                                   8 & 10am
CONGREGATIONAL NEWS

Confirmation Classes for Adults and Youth

Spark your faith! Pastor Bruce will be offering confirmation classes for adults and youth (16 or older) each Sunday at 11:15am beginning March 4-May 6 (no classes March 25-April 8). Bishop Gibbs will confirm those who’ve completed classes on Tuesday, May 15 at 7pm at St. Paul’s in Brighton.
Please sign-up on the Sign-Me-Me board in the hallway or call Pastor Bruce at 734-771-4087.

Youth and adults are also invited to a confirmation pilot program retreat, Inspire, sponsored by the Diocese on March 2-3 at 6:00pm Friday through 5:15pm Saturday at the Emrich Retreat Center in Brighton. For inquiries, contact Eric Travis
. To register, click here.

Attention Joyful Noise Choir

Joyful Noise Children's Choir will be performing in worship on Sunday, March 4. Children are asked to attend rehearsal at 9:30am in the sanctuary that day.


Crossroads Soup Kitchen
Sunday, March 18

We will be going to Crossroads on Sunday, March 18 to serve chili, hot dogs and cookies to about 500 of our less fortunate brothers and sisters. We will package utensils, cookies and preparing the meal. Here is how to help:

* Serve at Crossroads Sunday morning March 18. Plan to arrive at the soup kitchen at 2424 W. Grand Blvd. by 9:00am or you may carpool from the church at 8:30am. We work until noon, and you may stay longer to help serve if you wish.  If you have never done this before, give it a try, it is very rewarding! 20 volunteers needed. Sign-up on the Sign-Me-Up board in the hallway.

* Donate cookies. Put them in the cookie bin in the hallway. 

Contact Dick Bass 248-477-8481 or dickbass1943@gmail.com with questions.
Communion Bread Baking

We need several volunteers (a team) to make communion bread which can be made in a single recipe or multiple recipes and stored in the church freezer. We would also like to have an organizer for this ministry. Please contact the office if you are willing to be the organizer of this ministry. The recipe is available on the Sign-Me-Up board in the hallway or to get online, click here.

Thank You, Phyllis!

Our parish administrator, Phyllis Ikegami, has resigned effective March 31, when the full-time position she holds reverts to a part time parish office manager position. We are grateful for Phyllis’s grace and professionalism as we all navigate the challenge of this “transition within a transition.” We hope you will stop in the office and express your thanks to Phyllis for her faithful service to St. John’s these past two plus years. On Sunday, March 18 the vestry invites you to a reception/coffee hour in her honor, following the 10am service, to thank Phyllis and bid her a fond farewell. Please join us!

Attention All Men

If you have a khaki trench coat that you wore to church on January 7, please check to make sure it is yours! Dave Smith is missing his 42L London Fog trench coat with brown leather gloves in the pockets. If you took his coat by accident, please return it to the coat room; yours is still hanging there in the coat room. Thank you!

WORSHIP TIMES
SUNDAY HOLY EUCHARIST
8:00 & 10:00am

SUNDAY NURSERY (infant-age three) is open year-round 9:45-11:45am. The nursery is located in room 2 in the Sunday School hallway.

WEDNESDAY PRAYER SERVICE 
This mid-week opportunity to gather and pray for the needs of those in our parish, our community and the world. Join us in the Sanctuary at 11am (12pm during Lent). Eucharist is offered every week.


TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY
Tuesday mornings at 9:30am

WEDNESDAY WOMEN'S  STUDY
Wednesday mornings at 9:30am

SATURDAY MEN'S  STUDY
Saturday mornings at 7:30am

SUNDAY SERMON DISCUSSION GROUP
Sunday mornings at 11:15am