Sunday, October 15, 2017
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
     Welcome Pastor Dana!
This week Pastor Dana Runestad begins her tenure as the Interim Rector at St. John’s Plymouth.

An experienced leader of congregations in transition, Pastor Dana will walk with us as together we look inward at the character, strengths and aspirations of our congregation, and outward at the needs of the community and the world we serve.

This season of transition, which usually lasts one to two years, will eventually lead to St. John’s extending a call to a new Rector.  As Pastor Dana herself says, together we will strive to “be who we are, see what we have, and do what matters to God.” 

We are blessed to have you with us, Pastor Dana, and excited about writing the next chapter in our story together.

      Greetings from Pastor Dana                   
Greetings from Mackinac Island!
  (AMEN Conference Oct. 9-12)

I write this first message as your Interim Rector from the biennial AMEN conference here (All Michigan Episcopal Network Clergy Community Gathering). What a wonderful opportunity to re-engage the Episcopal Church by "rubbing shoulders,” worshiping, learning and re-connecting with clergy colleagues in this beautiful setting.  My plan is to be in the office on Friday October 13 and begin getting oriented, filling out forms, obtaining keys, and all that sort of stuff.  For the month of October, my sabbath day will be Monday.  Come November, that will shift to Friday. Next week Tuesday I’ll start to settle in and we can begin to have some face time. I so look forward to that!

I give thanks to God for you and for the opportunity to serve with and among you as we discover together what God has in store for St. John’s future. I am so very grateful! Here at the conference I’ve been hearing what I already know: what a great congregation St. John’s Plymouth is, what great leaders are there. I nod and grin. I find such joy and satisfaction in walking with congregations as they discover a path to the future. I’m so glad we get to walk together again for this leg of your journey and mine.

I especially want to thank the vestry for their diligence and faithfulness during this challenging time of transition. This is not what they signed up for. The interview committee did their homework. Junior Warden Liz Covey-Dwyer has been the “face of St. John’s” for me during the interview process and I give thanks for her patience, attentiveness to detail and warmth. Senior Warden Shelley Zalewski has been keeping so many balls in the air both with St. John’s and in her personal life. She is also overseeing her father’s transition out of his home in Jackson; just last week her mother-in-law Marguerite Zalewski died. The funeral was this past Monday.  Please remember Phil and Shelley and the Zalewski family in your prayers even as you give thanks for Shelley’s leadership. Thanks also to St. John’s treasurer Beth Frolick whose workload has also expanded during this transition. Transitions like this also present anxious challenges for the staff. Thank you Phyllis, Liza and Jane for “holding the fort.” Thanks be to God for such leadership. You are so blessed. We are so blessed. Blessed to be a blessing.

Pastor Dana Runestad
Interim Rector

P.S. Dana rhymes with “banana.” If you need a visual to help you remember, ask me about my tattoo!

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

Through the month of October, St. John’s church is holding our Annual Giving Campaign.  We invite you to prayerfully consider joining us in making a pledge to support to mission and ministry of our church. 

Pledging to support St. John’s is using the gifts God has given us, to do the work God is calling us to do. We are stewards of the many gifts we have received through God’s grace and love

Our ability to pursue the mission and ministries to which God has called us depends on the generosity of those who are a part of our community.

You can submit your pledge to support St. John’s in 2018 in two ways:

1) Pledge Card - Use the printed pledge card available in the bulletins 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 donate their offerings through SecureGive, you can enter your 2018 pledge online. Click HERE to log into SecureGive. 


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.

November 5 ~ 10am

St. John's next baptism Sunday will be on All Saints Sunday at the 10:100am service. If you would like to learn more about baptism, contact Pastor Dana at 734-765-1141 or

All Saints Sunday

Do you have loved ones that passed this year that you would like to be added to this year’s list of people remembered on All Saints Sunday, Nov. 5? Email or sign up on the Sign-Me-Up board no later than Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Sunday, October 15 ~ 5:30pm

All youth, families and those active in our Family Ministry programs are invited to our 2nd Family Dinner Night on Sunday October 15. We will have fellowship time, a pasta pot luck, group games, and an introduction to the Youth programs planned for this year for youth Pre-K through High School. Please sign up to bring a dish to share on the bulletin board in the hallway. We are also seeking 2 childcare volunteers for after dinner children’s activities. Questions? Contact Jayne Watson.


Join us for a Halloween-themed concert for children of all ages, featuring spooky and just plain silly music and readings performed by the SJP Department of Music. Suggested admission donation is $5 for individuals, $15 for families. Trunk or Treat in the church parking lot after. Sign up on the bulletin board to host a trunk!

Planning for the Pipes Spooktacular is underway and you are invited to participate. There are a variety of ways to help: spoken readings, singing, volunteering to help during the rehearsals & concert. There are the only two rehearsals – October 22 after the 10am service and Sunday, October 29 from 5:00 – 6:00pm. Hope to see you there!



We are in need of a new organizer to work with the Salvation Army scheduling bell ringers for the holidays. If you are interested, please contact the church office.
(Several Performances this Weekend)

The Sounding Light Chamber Choir featuring guest composer/conductor Jake Runestad (and our own Liza Maidens) will perform folk hymns, spirituals and music by J.S. Bach throughout the weekend. Click here for locations.
Monday, November 13

Life Line Screening will offer five safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical. One of SJP’s own had these life-saving tests last year and proved to be actually LIFE-SAVING! 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 Four complimentary screening certificates (first come/first serve, one per person), along with more information are on the bulletin board in the hallway.
8:00 & 10:00am
We welcome our new interim rector, Pastor Dana Runestad on Sunday! 

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

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 the 1st Wednesday of each month.

Tuesday mornings at 9:30am

Wednesday mornings at 9:00am

Saturday mornings at 7:30am