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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost
     Message from Pastor Dana                   

Gracious Father, we pray for your holy catholic church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it; where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in need, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ, thy Son our Savior. AMEN (BCP p. 816)


This Sunday, Protestant Christians throughout the world will be marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. It was on the Eve of All Saints, or “All Hallows Eve,” (Halloween) that the Augustinian monk Martin Luther posted 95 theses or points of debate challenging the integrity of the church’s practice of selling “indulgences” to allegedly retrieve dead loved ones from purgatory and in the process fund the construction of St. Peter’s in Rome.

Earlier this year the two primates of the Church of England, Justin Welby and John Sentamu, said that while it directly contributed to “great blessings” felt by many Christians, The Reformation also caused “lasting damage . . . to the unity of the Church, in defiance of the clear command of Jesus Christ to unity in love.”

They said, “Those turbulent years saw Christian people pitted against each other, such that many suffered persecution and even death at the hands of others claiming to know the same Lord. A legacy of mistrust and competition would then accompany the astonishing global spread of Christianity in the centuries that followed.”

“Remembering the Reformation,” they said, “should bring us back to what the reformers wanted to put at the center of every person’s life, which is a simple trust in Jesus Christ. This year is a time to renew our faith in Christ and in Him alone. With this confidence we shall then be ready to ask hard questions about those things in our lives and the life of our churches that get in the way of sharing and celebrating faith in Him.”

In this intentional time of transition for St. John’s, the goal is very much akin to the sentiments expressed in the prayer above and in the primates’ comments. This time of transition is not a time to sleep until the new Rector arrives. It is a time of reformation and renewal, of spiritual deepening and discovery, of listening, learning and loving and praying as we prepare for a new chapter in the life and mission of St. John’s. Stay tuned. Such opportunities are on the horizon. In the meantime, join me in praying every day for God’s presence and action in the life of our congregation during this intentional time of transition.

Faithfully,
Pastor Dana Runestad
Interim Rector

Curious about Centering Prayer?  Learn more about it here. Let Pastor Dana know if you are interested in being part of a centering prayer group that meets weekly.
For pastoral care issues that may arise, please call our new Interim Rector, Pastor Dana Runestad at 734-765-1141 .
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.

REMEMBERING THOSE WHO
HAVE DIED


November 5 is All Saints Sunday, when the church lifts up those who have died in the past year (since All Saints 2016). The list of these names is called the "Necrology." If you would like a loved one remembered, email his or her name to Phyllis in the office or sign up on the Sign-Me-Up board no later than Tuesday, Oct. 31.

FAMILY MINISTRY

PIPES SPOOKTACULAR
& TRUNK OR TREAT
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29
6:30pm

Join us for a Halloween-themed concert for children of all ages, featuring spooky and just plain silly music and readings performed by the SJP Department of Music. Suggested admission donation is $5 for individuals, $15 for families. Trunk or Treat in the church parking lot after.

HOLIDAY FUNDRAISERS
HAT, SCARF & GLOVE DRIVE
FOR STARFISH FAMILY SERVICES
                                      
The Youth of St. John's will be holding a Hat, Scarf and Glove Drive for their Ministry Partners, Starfish Family Services, during the month of November. Please consider a donation of new hat, scarf and/or gloves-sizes toddler though adult are needed. We will be collecting items through December 3. They will be delivered to Starfish on Dec. 4. The collection bin will be by the Family Ministry bulletin board.


ST. JOHN'S 13th ANNUAL
SOCK DRIVE

                                      
For the last twelve years, the Men's Devotional Group has led the SJP Sock Drive providing socks for St. Leo's and Crossroads Soup Kitchen. A $25 contribution can provide over 55 pairs of socks. We need to deliver the socks by early-Dec, so if you wish to join the effort, 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.

VOLUNTEERS
BLOOD DRIVE HOST NEEDED!

We need a volunteer (or two) to be a friendly face and check- in host for our Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, Nov. 27.

*One person - full day - 9:45am-4:30pm, or
*Two people - half day - 9:45am-1:00pm and
1:00-4:30pm

Those interested should contact Phyllis in the office via email or at 734-453-0190.

COMMUNITY EVENTS
LIFELINE SCREENING AT SJP
Monday, November 13

Appointments are limited, so please sign up now by calling 1-800-690-6495 and receive a $10 discount off the package or text the word circle to 797979 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle. Four complimentary screening certificates (first come/first serve, one per person), along with more information are on the bulletin board in the hallway.
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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