Sunday, January 14, 2018
  The Second Sunday After Epiphany
January 9, 2018

“For everything there is a season, and a time
for every matter under heaven.”

Dear Sisters and Brothers of The Diocese of Michigan:

In September of 1999, one of the questions asked of me during the “walk-about” was: “you’re young; you could be a bishop a long time! If you were elected, how long would you be our bishop?” My response was, “as long as I believe God is calling me to be here. I have always been committed to following where God calls me.”

On February 5th of this year, I will begin my 19th year as a bishop in God’s holy Church. I have served as your Bishop Diocesan since November 1, 2000. After much prayerful discernment, I have heard God’s call to move into retirement. Therefore, in consultation with The Standing Committee of the Diocese and in conversation with the Diocesan Staff, I am calling for the election of the 11th Bishop of Michigan. It is my intention to resign effective December 31, 2019; and, in conversation with the Office of the Presiding Bishop, the ordination and consecration of the next Bishop of Michigan is expected to occur in February 2020.

I know that some of you might feel that I am “too young” to retire. At the time that I step down as your bishop I will be three months shy of my 66th birthday and, I will have given nearly 33 years of service as an ordained leader in the Church. The time is right for me to spend more time with family and friends who have graciously shared me with the Church for many years and to enjoy other lifelong passions.

It has been a distinct honor to serve as your bishop. You have taught me so much about what it means to be Beloved Community. My own faith has strengthened as I have served with and learned in partnership with you. This is still very much a ministry I love with the depth of my being.

The Standing Committee recently met with the Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley, from The Episcopal Church Office of Pastoral Development. In this role, Bishop Ousley is tasked with providing support and guidance to dioceses as they journey through times of episcopal transition. While it has been nearly 20 years since the diocese has experienced a transition in the bishop’s office, I am confident that with the able leadership of the Standing Committee you will journey well and faithfully.

Meanwhile, we have two years of ministry ahead of us. We have much to do as we continue to remain faithful to the call of God in our lives as individuals and as part of the Jesus Movement in southeast Michigan. During this time, I ask your prayers for the Standing Committee and all those who will have roles in keeping this time of transition focused. I ask your prayers for the Diocesan Staff who continue to work and minister on your behalf. I also ask your prayers for Karlah and for me as we travel this time with you; I promise we will keep you in ours.

The Rt. Rev'd Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr.
For pastoral care issues that may arise, please call Pastor Dana Runestad, Interim Rector at 734-765-1141 .



Annual Meeting Attendance
Your attendance is an essential part of being a beloved member and friend of this faith community especially during St. John’s time of transition and discovery.

Potluck Luncheon
A potluck luncheon will be served after the worship service before the business of our Annual Meeting. Sign-up to bring a meat, salad, side dish or dessert. You can find the sign-up sheet on the Sign-Me-Up board in the hallway or contact Laura Good at

Potluck Help Needed
Laura Good, SJP Congregation Life leader, is in need of volunteers to help in the following ways:

* Help with set-up at 10am Sunday, January 21
* Help during the luncheon to help things flow smoothly
* Help with clean-up after the luncheon

You may sign-up on the Sign-Me-Up board in the hallway or contact Laura Good at

Annual Meeting Agenda
This is our congregational annual meeting in which we celebrate the past year and look forward to the future. The agenda for this important meeting is as follows:

* Staff Introductions
* Approval of 2017 Meeting Minutes
* Recognition of Out-Going & Continuing Vestry
* Presentation of Nominated Vestry Slate
* Senior Warden Remarks
* 2017 Year End Financial Report
* Vestry Approved 2018 Financial Budget
* Acknowledgement of Written Ministry Reports

Annual Meeting Booklet
The Annual Meeting Booklet serves as a more detailed communication to our members and friends. Items found in the booklet will be:

* Message from Pastor Dana
* Draft Minutes from 2017 Meeting
* Summaries from Admin, Property & Finance Commission
* An Outline of the Transition Process
* 2017 Individual Ministry Reports
* Annual Giving Campaign Final Report
* 2017 Balance Sheet
* 2018 Detailed Budget Information
* Parish Statistics
* 2018 Vestry Candidates & Current Vestry Members

Thank You Jayne!

Jayne Watson has served as our Interim Director of Family Ministry this last year. As of the end of 2017 she fulfilled that commitment and we want to say thank you!

Please plan to join us during coffee hour on Sunday, January 14 after the 10am worship as we celebrate and say thank you to Jayne.

As a member of St. John’s, Jayne plans to continue as an active volunteer in this area of our congregation’s ministry. Meanwhile, we will be getting organized in such a way as to divide responsibilities so that “many hands make light work.”  Youth and family ministry is sure to be an area of priority moving forward in transition.

Jayne has been able to improve communication and coordination of these ministries, which has been a huge help to busy families. Her positive spirit and enthusiasm for faith formation continues to bless us as we move forward in transition at St. John’s.


Offering Envelopes - for those that use offering envelopes, please dispose of your 2017 envelopes and begin using 2018. For those who haven’t picked up their envelopes as yet, please remember to take them from the table in the Narthex. If you haven’t been given envelopes and would like them, please contact Phyllis in the office.

SecureGive Online Giving
1) For those already using SecureGive, please log onto your SecureGive account to update your giving to match your 2018 pledge.
2) Those wanting to sign up to use SecureGive, log onto the SecureGive page (click here) and create an account. You can give using your debit card, credit card or electronic check (ACH) on a weekly/monthly/ or any day of your choosing.

If we have accidentally omitted assigning you envelopes, please contact Phyllis in the church office (email or call 734-453-0190).


We need hosts for our 11:15 Coffee Fellowship Hour! Host responsibility is to arrive early to make coffee, beverages and lay out snacks in the Gathering for coffee hour after the 10am service. Please sign-up on the bulletin board in the hallway.

In fact, it's only ONE month away! Mark your calendars-Ash Wednesday is February 14-Valentines Day; Easter is Sunday, April 1-and that's no April fool! Watch for information about opportunities to deepen relationships with God and each other in the coming weeks.

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.

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 Eucharist is offered every week.

Tuesday mornings at 9:30am

Wednesday mornings at 9:30am

Saturday mornings at 7:30am

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.