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Sunday, November 12, 2017
The Twenty Third Sunday After Pentecost
     The Transition Process 101:
Three Phases

                
“An effective [parish leadership] transition journey provides both the time and the focus by which a congregation can strengthen its ministries, rediscover and renew its goals and resources, and prepare positively for a new priest. In a well-led transition, the process of self-study, search and call can occur in a climate of honesty, healing, dreaming, building, and celebrating as the Body of Christ. The church finds that far from being ‘on hold’ during this period, it is directly and creatively engaged with the most essential issues of its common life. Freed from a sense of panic or crisis, the transition period can be a time of surprising renewal and growth.”

Those words introduce the “Development Goals” of the transition process outlined in the document Reaching Out for What Lies Ahead: Transition Ministry for Congregations in the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. There are eight development tasks with which we will engage phase one of this journey together:

1.   
Coming to Terms with History/Heritage
2.   
Discovering a New Identity/Mission
3.   
Strengthening Patterns of Lay Leadership
4.   
Strengthening Ties to the Wider Church /          Connections
5.   
Commitment to New Leadership and to a New Future
6.   
Understanding the Shifting Context Churches Now Face
7.   
Revisiting Scriptures that Address the Nature and Calling of the Church
8.   
Learning to Better Love One Another


Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30pm in the Gathering I will introduce a process that provides structure and tools for implementing these goals. This process will require a leadership “Discovery Team” of eight, and may reveal some challenges to address during the transition. The next two phases are developing a parish profile, followed by the search process itself. It’s hard to know how the timing will work because the priority will be first honoring the discovery process.

Before that, though, I will invite you into opportunities to bathe this process in prayer. I count it such a privilege to walk with you on this journey.

Faithfully,
Pastor Dana

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

A Call to Serve

People of St. John’s …

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. Do you or someone you know have these qualities?

1) Faithful membership in St. John’s, including an intentional effort to grow in faith through regular worship attendance and involvement in and support of the ministries of SJP
2) Good listening skills
3) An open mind
4) An ability to maintain confidentiality
5) Emotional maturity and a willingness to “speak the truth in love” even when encountering conflict

The first opportunity to consider is becoming a member of the vestry: The vestry is the nine-member governing board of the church, working with Pastor Dana to lead and manage the parish. Each vestry member serves a three-year term.

At our annual meeting in January we will elect three new vestry members. Right now we are asking members of St. John’s to prayerfully consider whether they are interested in learning more about this opportunity for themselves, or whether they know of a fellow parishioner they feel might be well-suited to serve.

Additional transition opportunities: Soon after the identification of vestry candidates, we will begin to form teams to focus on specific tasks related to the transition. The same qualities listed above are needed for success in these additional roles.

Learn more by attending the following:
1)  Tuesday, November 14 from 7:30-8:30pm, an Informational Meeting about the Transition Process in the Gathering, hosted by Pastor Dana. Please bring a dessert to pass!
2)  Sundays November 26 and December 3, 9:15-10:45am, “Discernment 101” (How do I know if God is calling me to serve and what do I do about it?) Bring any and all questions. This forum led by Pastor Dana.

Please email any name(s) to be considered for vestry and/or transition team opportunities to sjpsuggestions@gmail.com.

ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN
2018 pledges continue to be accepted. You may enter your pledge 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. 

Questions or comments can be directed to our SJP Treasurer, Beth Frolick-Rapson, at 248-765-0889 or elizabeth.frolick@ally.com.


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.

PARISH COUNCIL
HOLIDAY FUNDRAISERS

HAT, SCARF & GLOVE DRIVE
FOR STARFISH FAMILY SERVICES
                                      
The Youth of St. John's are holding a Hat, Scarf and Glove Drive (toddler through adult) for their Ministry Partners, Starfish Family Services. The collection bin is by the Family Ministry bulletin board in the narthex through Dec. 3.


ST. JOHN'S 13th ANNUAL
SOCK DRIVE

                                      
The Men's Devotional Group is collecting funds for  the SJP Sock Drive providing socks for St. Leo's and Crossroads Soup Kitchen. A $25 contribution can provide over 55 pairs of socks. 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.
VOCAL ARTS ENSEMBLE CONCERT
Sunday, December 3 ~ 3pm

The Vocal Arts Ensemble is delighted to share its love of singing great choral literature with St. Johns, as they celebrate the holiday season with Magnificats (songs of Mary) and carols from across the ages. A donation of $10 a person/$25 for families will be asked. A reception will follow the concert in the Gathering. As part of this celebration, we are asking for volunteers to bring fingers dessert for the reception.
HANGING OF THE GREENS
AND POTLUCK LUNCH
Sunday, December 10 ~ 11:15am

Decorating for the holidays are exciting! Come help with decorating our church as we await Jesus’ birth! We will meet after the 10am service on Dec. 10 (dress down for church suggested) for a potluck lunch and then decorate the church for the Christmas season. Sign up on the Sign-Me-Up board in the hallway for the potluck.

CAN YOU SPARE AN HOUR
TO HELP GATHER DECORATIONS?
Saturday, December 9 ~ 10am


We are in need of several volunteers with strong muscles and backs to bring Christmas items from the Youth House. If you can help, sign up on the Sign-Me-Up board.

INTRODUCTION TO CENTERING PRAYER
Saturday, December 2 ~ 10am-12pm

Pastor Dana will lead this introduction to centering prayer; a method of silent prayer that is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. During this time of prayer, we consent to God’s presence and action within, creating a reservoir of stillness upon which we can draw throughout the day. More details to come.   
COMMUNITY EVENTS

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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
MUSIC DEPT HELP
The Music Dept. is in need of a volunteer to enter music data for the music licensing companies. This would require approximately 1 hour a month (or 15 mins. a week) & light computer experience as data is entered online. This first month would be a little more time consuming due to training. Those interested should contact Liza Calisesi Maidens.
CHRISTMAS PAGEANT HELP
Our annual Christmas Pageant will take place on Christmas Eve December 24 at 4:00pm. We are seeking a few volunteers to help prepare props and costume bags, then hand out the bags at the service. Interested? Contact Jayne Watson if interested.

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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