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Sunday, October 8, 2017
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
       Transition Update from your Vestry                    
Last week we shared the exciting news that Pastor Dana Runestad will be joining St. John’s Plymouth as our interim rector, beginning on October 9. She will spend most of that week at an EDOMI clergy conference on Mackinaw, however, her plans include celebrating and preaching for the first time on October 15.

We are also happy to tell you that she will be worshiping in the pews with us on Sunday, October 8. You can meet and greet her at a coffee hour between the 8 am and 10 am services.

Last week we also promised that you would hear more of Pastor Dana’s story. This week we will start sharing just a small part of that story with you. Once Pastor Dana is onboard, we will encourage her to share much more about her experience, talents and gifts. 

On a personal note, she and her husband Barry Rabe have lived in Plymouth since 1989. They have two grown sons, Matt and Andrew.  She’s very excited to explore ways that, together, we can reach out to the community she has called home for over 25 years.

Pastor Dana has been serving communities in faith since her ordination over 30 years ago, in 1986.  She joins us from per most recent position as both Transitional Pastor at Lord of Light Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor and Acting Executive Director of Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Michigan. For the past two years, she accompanied this campus congregation at the University of Michigan through a process of discernment to clarify its purpose and discover a new paradigm for Lutheran campus ministry.

Prior to that role, in 2015, Pastor Dana took a sabbatical and embarked on a Post-Graduate Program at the Bowen/Georgetown Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, D.C. This program of study on human behavior is based upon the study of family systems and knowledge from the natural sciences. This program does not award degrees, nor does one complete the program. Participants are encouraged to attend for a minimum of three years. With the support of the St. John’s Vestry, Pastor Dana will continue her studies while she is our interim rector.

For 10 years, from 2004-2014, Pastor Dana served as the Senior Pastor, Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Livonia.   Here she led the congregation through a process to clarify core values, mission, vision, re-structuring and re-staffing. During this time the congregation turned from looking inward to looking outward, built a Chartres-style eleven-circuit brick labyrinth, prayer garden and coffee house on the property as a “front porch” for the community, embarked on a mentoring program with at-risk children in a neighboring elementary school, and developed “hearts, hands and voices,” a fine arts program for children of all backgrounds.

We are blessed to have Pastor Dana walk with us as we explore the ways to “be who you are, see what you have, and do what matters to God” during this interim period.  Please join us in welcoming her to St. John’s and take a moment to meet her this week between the 8 and 10 am services in the Gathering.

Your St. John’s vestry members
For pastoral care issues that may arise in the next week, please call Senior Warden Shelley Zalewski at 248-756-2420. Aided by a priest in the area and/or a SJP Eucharistic Visitor, we will work to address the need promptly.
ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN
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
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.

SJP OUTREACH MINISTRIES
GLEANERS SERVICE SATURDAY
SAT., OCTOBER 14


We need more volunteers to travel to Gleaners Food Bank Distribution Center in Detroit next Saturday (9am-12pm) to sort and pack non-perishable food and fresh produce into boxes. For more information, contact Irene Jarrell at jarrelli@yahoo.com. Sign up on the bulletin board or call the office at 734-453-0190.

FAMILY MINISTRY
FAMILY DINNER NIGHT
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 at jwatson@stjohnsplymouth.org.

SAVE THE DATE!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29
6:30pm

Join us for a Halloween-themed concert for children of all ages, featuring spooky and just plain silly music using the organ and other instruments, performed by our own 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!


SUNDAY SCHOOL 
9:45am each Sunday in Room #4
All children Pre-K–grade 6 are invited to attend our faith formation classes.  This fall we kick off “DIG IN, The Bible in one year” program.

JOYFUL NOISE YOUTH CHOIR
KINDERGARTEN-8TH GRADE

SJP Joyful Noise Choir is our youth that meets every Sunday from 11:15- 11:45am in the Music Annex (room #5). For more information, email Jacob Carroll, our SJP Music Scholar.
JOIN OUR NEW PARENT SMALL GROUP
Do you ever feel you could use the support and fellowship of other parents? This might be a group for you! Several parents will be meeting weekly on Sundays at 11:15am for coffee and fellowship (some of their children will be busy in the Joyful Noise Choir). Please join us in the Gathering!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
WE NEED THE CONGREGATIONS HELP!
FOR PROPERTY CLEAN-UP

We are in need of a leader and volunteers for fall property clean-up day! If you are willing to lead or volunteer for this half day event, please contact Phyllis in the church office.
WE NEED PRAYER NOTE VOLUNTEERS

Do you have a few moments each week to write a few short notes to members of our community in need prayers of healing and/or support? Contact the church office if you are willing to help.
SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS

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.
REMINDERS
SUNDAY HOLY EUCHARIST
8:00 & 10:00am
We welcome the Rev. Reid Hamilton on Sunday as our guest celebrant and preacher. 

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 the 1st Wednesday of each month.


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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St. John's Episcopal Church, 574 S. Sheldon Road, Plymouth, MI 48170, United States