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Sunday, March 11, 2018
  The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Don't forget to turn your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed on Saturday.

Don't want to be LATE for church on Sunday!

Dear members of St John's,


For several months we have heard about the discernment process to determine our Next Faithful Steps as a congregation. We are happy to say the Discovery journey has begun! The vestry began work discerning purpose at their retreat, Discovery Team co-chairs have been named, and committees are forming. It feels like an exciting time to be part of St John's! Over the last two weeks, I’ve noticed new conversations starting, ideas flowing, and fond memories being shared. There's a renewed excitement for the future in the air. If you haven't felt a spark of inspiration yet, I believe you will soon.

There is a place for everyone on this Discovery journey. Join in and participate by coming to a meeting, praying for guidance, jotting down your ideas, or starting a conversation. Trust me you'll find renewal in the process. A chance for renewed connection with each other. A new avenue of relationship with God. A fresh look at the potential in our community.

The Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 13 at 7pm will provide an opportunity to learn more. We will:

·   Hear updates on our current ministries

·   Share more about the Discovery Process and how you can be a part of the team

·   Contribute ideas toward the SJP purpose statement

·   Begin to identify core values and guiding principles

·   Learn why vision is so important moving forward

As we begin this journey together, let’s keep the prayers, ideas and conversations flowing. Ultimately the success in this process is not just what we put on paper, but the connections we make along the way between ourselves, and with God.

I look forward to traveling with you all, as we seek to discover our Next Faithful Step.

Yours in Christ,
Jayne Watson & Bill Brave
Discovery Team Co-Chairs


Email the Co-Chairs with questions or suggestions.

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

 
LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES
Evening Prayer & Healing Service
& Faith Stories

Wednesdays at 7:00pm

March 14:  Becky Nickels, leads the Tuesday morning bible study, the BeFriender's ministry and the visiting Eucharistic ministers ministry. Becky will speak about the church, that the church is not a building; that the Body of Christ is the church. That the Body of Christ at SJP is also her family, and has loved and supported her through the years.

March 21:  Howard Zuckerman

To hear prior weeks faith stories of April Cooke, Joe Sabo and Teri Long, click here.


Lenten Soup Suppers

Wednesdays through March 21 at 6:00pm
Food donations 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 5:30–6:30pm or
Wednesdays 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 Gathering


Promise, Blessing and Transformation
Wednesdays through March 14 at
9:30am

Lenten Art Class
Presented by Danisa Saltarelli
Last Class ~ Thursday, March 15
from 6:30-8:30pm


Palm Cross Making & Breakfast
Friday, March 23 at 9:00am

Plan to attend the Altar Guild's Palm Cross Making and Continental Breakfast event on Friday, March 23 at 9:00am. Bring yourself, a friend and a pair of scissors. No experience needed. Sign up on the Sign-Me-Up board in the hallway.

Prayer Loom
Prayers are woven through our community in many different ways; each of us unique in the way we pray. Our Prayer Loom in the Narthex is another way you may share your prayers with God and others in our community this Lenten season. Write your prayer on a tag provided and tie to the prayer loom.
Join Others in Prayer
Dedicated to Healing Violence
Saturday, March 17 from 9:30-10am


SJP will be joining with others throughout the world in the "United in Prayer Day 2018” on Saturday, March 17 from 9:30-10:00am. The day is dedicated to healing the violence within ourselves and the world. A group will meet at SJP at 9:30am in the choir room or you may pray at home. For more information, contact Jayne Watson.

Alleluia Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 15 at 11:15am


Mark your calendars for the SJP Easter Egg Hunt! Have questions? Contact
Jayne Watson.

Easter Lily & Music Dedications

Orders for Easter Lily and Easter Music Dedications will be taken today through March 25. You may find order forms on the table in the Narthex. Please complete the form, enclose payment and return to the parish office or simply put in the Sunday offering plate.
Check out this weeks Journey Pages for more details regarding the Lenten opportunities, the worship serving calendar, the prayer list and more.
Holy Week Worship Schedule

Palm Sunday, March 25                                8 & 10am

Maundy Thursday, March 29                      7pm

Good Friday, March 30                                 12pm

Easter Vigil, Saturday, March 31                 8pm
  Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit

Easter Sunday, April 1                                   8 & 10am
CONGREGATIONAL NEWS
Thank You, Phyllis!

Phyllis Ikegami, our Parish Administrator, has resigned effective March 31, when the full-time position she holds reverts to a part time parish office manager position.

On Sunday, March 18 the vestry invites you to a reception/coffee hour in her honor, following the 10am service, to thank Phyllis and bid her a fond farewell. Please join us!

"Good-Bye Purse" for Phyllis

If you would like to contribute to a “good-bye purse” for Phyllis, please place your donation in an envelope in Jackie Binder’s mailbox.
Parish Office Manager
Position Open at SJP


A part time parish office manager position has opened here at St. John’s. Please click here for the the job description and application process. Please note: current or former members of St. John’s Episcopal Church will not be eligible for this position.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 
Crossroads Soup Kitchen-Sunday, March 18
We will be going to Crossroads to serve chili, hot dogs and cookies to about 500 of our less fortunate brothers and sisters. We will package utensils, cookies and preparing the meal. Here is how to help:

·   Sign up to serve at Crossroads Sunday morning March 18 (see the Sign-Me-Up board for more details).
·  
Donate cookies. Put them in the cookie bin in the hallway

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Sign-up on the Sign-Me-Up board in the hallway

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Questions? Contact Dick Bass

Coffee Hours Hosts: We are in need of hosts for April and beyond. Coffee Fellowship Hour (after the 10am service) is a great way to connect with and/or meet new members of the SJP community. Sign-up on the Sign-Me-Up board or contact Lana Klosterman.

URGENT-Communion Bread Bakers Needed: We need a couple more volunteers to make communion bread which can be made and stored in the church freezer. Please contact the office if you are interested in this ministry.

Help Clean & Polish:
We are looking for volunteers to help clean and polish altar guild items for Easter. The group will meet in the Sacristy (in the hallway next to the sanctuary) on Saturday, March 31 at 9:00am.

Food Donations Needed: The cupboard of the SJP Food Pantry is getting bare! Donations of non-perishable food items, personal care products, paper products and cleaning supplies are needed. Please check out the Food Pantry board in the Narthex and grab a couple items to add to your grocery list!

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

SUNDAY SERMON DISCUSSION GROUP
Sunday mornings at 11:15am