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Sunday, May 21, 2017
Sixth Sunday after Easter
MESSAGE FROM PRIEST LISA
The Wholehearterd Parenting Manifesto
(Brene Brown)


Above all else, I want you to know that you are loved and lovable. 
You will learn this from my words and actions
—the lessons on love are in how I treat you and how I treat myself.

I want you to engage with the world from a place of worthiness. 
You will learn that you are worthy of love, belonging, 
and joy every time you see me practice self-compassion 
and embrace my own imperfections…(read more)

Beloved Saints,

I write to you on the eve of our annual Youth Sunday. Many of us have been consumed these last few weeks with preparations for a wonderful day this Sunday when the children and the youth of our parish will step forward in leadership and love to offer their best and at times wildly chaotic selves. We will have one service on Sunday at 10:00 hoping that everyone in our parish family will be with us. At 8:30 the youth will host and serve a Breakfast and Silent Auction with the hopes of raising significant monies to give to their ministry outreach partner, Starfish Family Services. The entire morning will be different AND wonderful!

“Different and wonderful”—I use those words with some intention in the hopes of jarring us out of what otherwise might be a sense of rigidity and complacency. For many of us church is our safe haven from the rest of our chaotic and often stress-filled lives. There is nothing wrong with church responding to that need. At the same time this Sunday will offer us something in addition; something different and wonderful.

What will be DIFFERENT will be some of the words—their choice to use a beautiful poem by SJP member Anne Lanier as the opening collect; one of the readings for the day is not scripture; the reflection will be offered by a college student; the Affirmation of Faith and Prayers have been written by youth and express a deep sense of God in their lives in their own way; and all of us leading worship will be wearing tie-dye t-shirts and jeans as our “liturgical vestments” for the occasion! 

What will be WONDERFUL will be the ways we choose to embrace this service and more importantly these youth. I have included Brene Brown’s enlightening “Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto” in this post to remind us we have a very special calling as a community of faith in relationship to our youngest members. I remember years ago taking Taylor to church when she was a baby, and noticing our discomfort as new parents, a member explained to us that children not only belonged in church but belonged to everyone in church- so we could relax! Church is, at its best, a place where we belong to each other, young and not-so-young. That attitude and posture of welcome changed my life and my outlook on what it means to be church. Where else in the world do we get to practice and model for all children what it means to be loved and lovable.  

So come home this Sunday and prepare to be humbled and inspired by what will be offered. And for anyone who isn’t sure that the church has a future, come and see what is happening in the hearts and minds of our children; God’s wonderful, chaotic, creative, sweet and amazing kids; they are indeed different AND wonderful. Thanks be to God!
 
May you never forget that you are loved.

Priest Lisa
 



SUNDAY REMINDERS
NO 8:00 AM SERVICE THIS MORNING!

YOUTH SUNDAY BREAKFAST & AUCTION
AT 8:30- 
all church breakfast served starting at 8:30am. This is a youth fundraiser for Starfish Ministries. Come hungry and bring a friend!


HOLY EUCHARIST at 10:00AM
 
This worship today is a celebration of St. John’s youth! All children and youth are invited to sit together in the reserved front rows pews.


NURSERY 
(infant-Pre-K)
  is open year-round 9:30-11:30am-located in room off the Sunday School hallway.

CHURCH SCHOOL IS OUT FOR THE SUMMER!

Children are invited to worship with us and starting in June we will have a special "soft space" for the youngest and their families in the sanctuary


COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS 
WEDNESDAY - HOLY EUCHARIST WITH INTERCESSORY PRAYER @ 10:30AM in Sanctuary

CONFIRMATION AND REAFFIRMATION OF FAITH - Thursday, May 25 ~ 7:00pm at St. John’s. Bishop Gibbs will be presiding at the Deanery Confirmation Service to Confirm or Receive St. John’s members along with members of other Episcopal congregations in the area. All are welcome to attend.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER APPRECIATION, ACOLYTE RECOGNITION, & MUSIC MINISTRY SUNDAY June 4th at 10:00am

VACATION BIBLE CAMP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

• August 14-18; 9:00am-12:00pm
• Children ages 3-11
• Cost is $25 per child (snacks & t-shirt too!)
• Activities: crafts, music, outdoor games, bible lessons
Registration for campers is now OPEN and can be found at on SJP website or by clicking here. All SJP children, their friends and community are welcome! Contact Jayne Watson for more information.

ONLINE GIVING IS HELPFUL FOR ST. JOHN'S & EASY! And as we move into summer this is the perfect time to set up your automated and recurring donation. Just click here and then click on + Create An Account to set up.

GOOD LISTEN/READ/WATCH
Teach Your Children Well (Crosby, Stills & Nash with James Taylor and Emmylou Harris)

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Sunday Bulletin  10:00am

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