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Sunday, February 18, 2018
  The First Sunday in Lent
All beings
are words of God,
God’s music,
God’s art.
Sacred books we are,
for the infinite
camps in our souls.

                                               – Meister Eckhart


The journey has begun. Lent originated, not so much as a time of penitence, but preparation: preparation for baptism and the new life in Christ baptism would usher in. And so for us, Lent is most appropriately a time of “spring training” or “strength training” for the life of faith. What are your plans to nurture your life with God, above and beyond what you normally may do?

If during Lent your custom is to give something up, consider giving up some time. Try Centering Prayer.  Centering Prayer is consenting to God’s presence and action within. It is based on part of the Gospel reading for Ash Wednesday: “When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6). It fosters a “reservoir of stillness” inside. We now have two Centering Prayer groups meeting at SJP: Tuesdays from 5:15-6:45pm, and Wednesday mornings from 9:00-9:30am. For more information, click here.

Check out the Lenten Opportunities brochure (found on the entrance hallway table) and information elsewhere on these pages. I especially invite you to gather in community on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm for the beautiful Holden Evening Prayer service which will include the testimonies of five different St. John’s members. See the information elsewhere for details. Each of these persons is a word of God, just as you are: God’s music, God’s art, a sacred book. Come hear their stories and be renewed. Lent invites us to open ourselves in new and intentional ways to the Infinite that camps in our souls.

Faithfully,

Pastor Dana

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

SJP welcomes our 2018 Vestry

2018 will be a very important year for St. John’s as we discern our direction and work through the next steps in our transition process. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the direction of Pastor Dana, and the faith demonstrated by our many lay leaders, St. John’s will find its way to a bright future. Please keep this committed group in your prayers, encourage and support them as they work on behalf of the SJP community. Seek them out to see what part you can play in the future of St. John’s! Click here for vestry introductions in this week's Journey Pages.

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. Click here for the nomination form.


 
LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES
Evening Prayer & Healing Service
& Faith Stories

Wednesdays at 7:00pm

Lenten Soup Suppers
Wednesdays ~ February 21–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 beginning February 14 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, Now – March 14
9:30am and/or 8:00pm

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


Prayer Loom
Place your Lenten prayers on the
prayer loom in the Narthex.

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS
Spread God’s Love -- Not Germs!

We all want to stay healthy! To help with that, we now have lovely receptacles for hand sanitizer at the head of each aisle in the nave. You are invited and welcomed to stop and clean your hands on your way to communion. FYI the presiding minister’s hands are cleaned with hand sanitizer after the exchange of peace and before the ritual cleansing as part of the communion liturgy. Another helpful hint: hugging spreads fewer germs than hand shaking.

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.

Communion Bread Baking

We need several volunteers 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.

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!

PLEASE NOTE:

The church office will be closed on Monday, February 19 in observation of President's Day.

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