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Sunday, November 5, 2017
All Saints Sunday
     Message from Dick Bass
& Pastor Dana
                
“Waters of Reconciliation, Turning Again to Christ” was the theme of the 183rd Diocesan Convention October 27 & 28. Attending were Pastor Dana, Jeri Johnson, Ken Sanders and Dick Bass.

Alternating with business and budget meetings and voting, workshops and presentations focused on ministry in Detroit, and reconciliation, diversity and inclusion. An opening business session included introducing and welcoming Pastor Dana and other new clergy to the diocese. The sermon at Friday’s eucharist and Saturday’s keynote address were delivered by The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, professor at Goucher College and Canon Theologian at the National Cathedral. She lifted up themes of her most recent book, “Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God.”

Five resolutions were considered and adopted:
1) A Stand Against White Supremacy, 2) Sanctuary Churches, 3) Call for a Humane and Just Immigrations System, 4) Call for Basic Human Needs to be Met and 5) Dealing with and understanding the Increased Rate of Suicide among teens 15-19. 

Bishop Gibbs’ address connected themes of reconciliation to the last two petitions of our baptismal covenant: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?” And “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?” He emphasized the importance of parishes strengthening their sense of belonging to the diocese.

His words tied in to what we at SJP will focus on during this transition: to complete a careful assessment of our congregation so we can envision what God is calling us to become. We will empower and welcome leadership gifts from all parts of the congregation.  When a parish develops a shared vision of its future there will be renewed commitment to that new future and to the new leader called to lead us into that future.

Faithfully,
Dick Bass and Pastor Dana
For pastoral care issues that may arise, please call our new Interim Rector, Pastor Dana Runestad at 734-765-1141 .
Daylight Savings Time Ends
  This Sunday, November 5!
  
It’s that time of year again, time to turn back your clocks on Saturday before you go to bed!
ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN

During the month of October SJP held their Annual Giving Campaign raising pledges from the congregation to provide financial support for SJP in 2018. We are grateful for the 83 pledges we have received to date. Our goal is for 100% participation in the campaign and to raise enough to fully fund our operating budget for 2018. In the coming weeks we will reach out to those that haven’t yet pledged to confirm your intentions. We ask that you are open to participating in this aspect of our common ministry. Questions or comments can be directed to our SJP Treasurer, Beth Frolick-Rapson, at 248-765-0889 or elizabeth.frolick@ally.com.

Pledges continue to be accepted. You may enter in a variety of ways:

1) Pledge Card - Use the printed pledge card available on the table in the entrance hall or click HERE to download the card.  Fill in and return it to St. John’s via postal mail or by placing it into the baskets during Sunday services. 

2) SecureGive - For those who donate their offerings through SecureGive, you can enter your 2018 pledge online. Click HERE to log into SecureGive. 

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.

LEADERSHIP
OPPORTUNITY


VESTRY LEADERSHIP

The vestry is the nine-member governing board of the church working with Pastor Dana to lead and manage the parish. Each member serves a three-year term. At our Annual Meeting in January we will be electing three new members. If you are interest in more info about serving on vestry, contact Pastor Dana as soon as possible at 734-765-1141 or pastordana@stjohnsplymouth.org.

PARISH COUNCIL
TRANSITION PROCESS
CURIOUS ABOUT
THE TRANSITION PROCESS?

Join Pastor Dana for an informational meeting Tuesday, November 14 from 7:30-8:30pm in The Gathering. Bring your questions about the transition and a dessert to share. Open to all.

YOUTH MINISTRY

ATTENTION SJP YOUTH

There will be a planning meeting for all middle school & high school youth regarding the Starfish Hat, Scarf & Glove Drive on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 11:15am in the Parish Hall.

HOLIDAY FUNDRAISERS

HAT, SCARF & GLOVE DRIVE
FOR STARFISH FAMILY SERVICES
                                      
The Youth of St. John's will be holding a Hat, Scarf and Glove Drive for their Ministry Partners, Starfish Family Services, during the month of November. Please consider a donation of new hat, scarf and/or gloves-sizes toddler though adult are needed. We will be collecting items through December 3. They will be delivered to Starfish on Dec. 4. The collection bin will be by the Family Ministry bulletin board.


ST. JOHN'S 13th ANNUAL
SOCK DRIVE

                                      
For the last twelve years, the Men's Devotional Group has led the SJP Sock Drive providing socks for St. Leo's and Crossroads Soup Kitchen. A $25 contribution can provide over 55 pairs of socks. We need to deliver the socks by early-Dec, so if you wish to join the effort, please write your check to St. John’s with “socks” in the memo line by November 26. Contact Hadyn Notestine at 734-658-8244 or email Larry MacLeod with questions.

ADVENT EVENTS
ALTAR GUILD LUNCHEON
Tuesday, Nov. 28 ~ 1pm

Altar Guild Chair Beth Wideman would like to show her appreciation and invite all those involved (or wishing to be involved) in the Altar Guild ministry to the annual luncheon on Tuesday, November 28 at 1pm.
ACRYLIC PAINTING CLASSES
Wednesdays, Nov. 29 – Dec. 13

Painting classes are being offered by Danisa Saltarelli again this advent season. Classes are on Wednesdays, Nov. 29–Dec. 13 from 6:30–8:30pm. Cost is $20 per class. More information is on the Sign-Me-Up board in the hallway.

COMMUNITY EVENTS
LIFELINE SCREENING AT SJP
Monday, November 13

Appointments are limited, so please sign up now by calling 1-800-690-6495 and receive a $10 discount off the package or text the word circle to 797979 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle. Two complimentary screening certificates are still available (first come/first served, one per person), along with more information are on the bulletin board in the hallway.

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

Monday, November 27

SJP is proud to sponsor our next blood drive with the American Red Cross. If you are healthy and eligible, please come out to donate. Most donations take about an hour, so book your appointment, roll up your sleeve and become a part of the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross and St. John’s. To book an appointment, visit their website at www.redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: stjohnsply) or call the SJP office.
REMINDERS
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 10:30am, following the women’s bible study. Eucharist will be offered every week.


TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY
Tuesday mornings at 9:30am

WEDNESDAY WOMEN'S  STUDY
Wednesday mornings at 9:00am

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


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