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Sunday, January 28, 2018
  The Fourth Sunday After Epiphany
The Wise Woman’s Stone

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him.  She did so without hesitation.

The traveler left rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime.

But, a few days later, he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. “I’ve been thinking,” he said. “I know how valuable this stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me this stone.”

The wise woman in this story reminds me of my mother, Barbara Runestad, who died Saturday morning January 20. I know that what my mother had within her that enabled her to be so generous was her faith. I give thanks to God for the gift and the inspiration she has been in my life and in the lives of so many others.  Thank you for your kind expressions of sympathy. I am away this week and will be returning Wednesday, January 31.  Rev. George Davinich is covering for any pastoral emergencies and will be here Sunday to preside and preach. Enjoy and be inspired!

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS
ANNUAL MEETING BOOKLET

The Annual Meeting Booklet contains a great deal of information detailing all of the work of our Commissions and Ministries, overviews of the Transitions and Discovery Processes, detailed results of the Annual Giving Campaign, the slate of Vestry candidates containing short bios, and the report on the St. John’s Finances is a summary of the 2017 budget assessment, a brief overview of the 2018 Annual Giving Campaign results, and a synopsis of the 2018 budgeting process. You can find the booklet on the table in the entrance hallway or by clicking HERE.

 
LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES
ASH WEDNESDAY
Holy Communion & Imposition of Ashes
February 14 at 12:00pm & 7:00pm

Evening Prayer Service & Faith Stories
Wednesdays at 7:00pm

Lenten Soup Suppers
Wednesdays ~ February 21–March 21 at 6:00pm

Mardi Gras Family Dinner Night
Sunday, February 11 at 5:00pm

Centering Prayer Workshop 
Repeat of Introduction 
Saturday, February 3 from 10am–12pm

Centering Prayer Small Groups
Tuesdays beginning February 6 from 5:15–6:45pm or Wednesdays beginning February 14 from 9:00-9:30am

Sermon Discussion Group
Sundays beginning February 11 at 11:15am

Promise, Blessing and Transformation
Wednesdays, February 14 – March 14
9:30am and/or 8:00pm

Lenten Art Classes
Presented by Danisa Saltarelli
Thursday ~ March 1, 8, & 15 ~ 6:30-8:30pm

Check out this weeks Journey Pages for more details regarding the Lenten opportunities above, the worship serving calendar, the prayer list and more.

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
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