Sunday, August 27, 2017
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Our Week in Rome with St. Paul
Vacation Bible Camp Recap
by Jayne Watson

Vacation Bible Camp 2017 was a wonderful success! Throughout the week 35 children participated in activities that transported them back in time to learn about the Apostle Paul and the early Christian church.

Children heard passages from Paul’s letters to the Romans and learned about Paul’s arrest, the conversion of Roman soldiers and Paul’s mission to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Offering vacation bible camp is full community effort. Members of St. John’s offered financial support, donated t-shirts, built sets, set up crafts, prepared snacks, taught bible lessons, led outdoor games and worked as camp counselors.

The wonderful music Liza Calisesi-Maidens and Jacob Carroll provided throughout the week was the highlight of camp. We received many compliments from parents and one and all were touched by the faith, fellowship and fun that spread through camp.

Transition Update from your Vestry
                       The Next Step in our Transition

The next step in our transition to new clerical leadership at St. John’s is the appointment of an interim priest. This priest will lead our congregation during the period of discernment (normally one to two years) leading up to calling a new full-time rector. 
Appointing an interim involves Bishop Gibbs, Jim Gettel (the Diocese’s Canon for Congregational Life) and a working group of three vestry members (the interim selection team). Together, this group will follow an established process of evaluating one or more candidates specifically trained in interim ministry before extending a call to an interim priest.
The Bishop first reviews a list of qualified interim candidates and recommends one. That step has already taken place. The interim selection team will be conducting an in-depth interview with that candidate within the next two weeks, after which they will share their feedback with the vestry.
If the vestry and candidate agree that the match would be a good fit, the next step is to develop a covenant of ministry (or letter of agreement). If either party determines that the match is not a good fit, the Bishop will present a subsequent candidate for consideration. The process specifies that one candidate be considered at a time.
As your vestry works through this established process, we ask for your patience and prayers. We will continue to keep the congregation appraised as the process unfolds.

Your St. John’s vestry members
Shelley Zalewski, Senior Warden
Liz Covey-Dwyer, Junior Warden
Beth Frolick-Rapson, Treasurer
Sherry Bass
April Cooke
Anne Dehne
Mark Eissler
Linda Griffin
Liz Needleman

As part of the outreach project for vacation bible camp, we are asking the congregation’s help in collecting school supplies for the Salvation Army. The following items are needed and may be placed in the collection bin in the hallway.

Backpacks, Pencils, Pencil Sharpeners, Color Pencils, Pens, Crayons, Markers, Erasers, Scissors, Glue Sticks, Folders, Binders, Spiral Notebooks and Notebook Paper.


Ushering is a high impact, low time commitment ministry and a great way to welcome people to SJP with warmth and hospitality! Beginning this fall, we are down 3 ushers and need new volunteers. Contact Robert Hurley at or 313-805-0766 for more information.

A team from St. John’s will be going to Crossroads to prepare and serve meals. Here are ways you can help:

DONATE COOKIES ~ the cookie bin is in the front hallway. Store-bought or home-baked.
SERVE AT CROSSROADS IN DETROIT ~ we'll be serving chili, hot dogs & cookies. At least 20 volunteers are needed.

See the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board for more information. Questions? Contact Dick Bass at 248-245-4560.

This study, led by Beth Wideman, will begin a study of Mark this fall. Author N.T. Wright will walk us through Mark. Order a copy of the book online at Amazon or Christianbook.

Join us as we kick-off SJP’s Sunday School year on Sunday, September 10 at 9:30am with a continental breakfast reception in the Gathering. Meet teachers and other parents, pick up information for school year and register your child. Children will be in class during service and rejoin their family in worship at the time of the Peace. Then each week Sunday school will begin at 9:45am. If you are unable to attend or would like to register ahead, you may register online.

WE NEED ADULT & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS! To volunteer, click here. If you would like more information, email Jayne Watson, Director of Family Ministry.


HOLY EUCHARIST at 8:00 & 10:00am

We welcome the Rev. Sharon Voelker on Sunday as our guest celebrant and preacher. 

(infant-age three)
  is open year-round 9:30-11:30am-located in room off the Sunday School hallway. Summer hours are 9:45-11:30am.


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.

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