Sunday, September 24, 2017
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
by Anne Dehne

It’s everywhere. “God is good.” When a baby is born healthy – God is good.  When a job offer comes through – God is good.  When a health scare turns out to be just a scare – God is good.  But what about those times when life isn’t feeling so blessed? A miscarriage, a layoff, a cancer diagnosis – do we still proclaim that God is good? Or do we feel lonely and abandoned by our Father, questioning his existence and his will? In those moments when good things aren’t currently happening in our lives, it’s tough to remember that God is – now and always – “good.”

We have become conditioned to proclaim that God is good when life is going well, but by doing so, we are letting our satisfaction with God be contingent upon our daily circumstances. Our contentment then rests in the goings-on of our personal world and not in Him. Instead, we must remember that, in all things and always, God’s never-ending presence must be the source of our contentment. The apostle Paul reminds us of this in Philippians when he said, “For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (4:11-13). Finding strength in God, Paul learned to separate his contentment from his situation – from the extreme highs to the extreme lows.  He painted a picture of vast contrasts: being low, hungry, and in-need to abounding with plenty and abundance.  He remained content because, through it all, he knew that God IS good.

Through it ALL. Paul didn’t just remind us that God is the source of our contentment when things aren’t going well, that we need to somehow find the strength to make it through the tough times. We also need to remember that God is good during the good times, because it’s not about the times, it’s about our God.  We, like Paul, will experience highs and lows – the births and the deaths, the new opportunities and the setbacks, and the good news and the bad.  Through it all, we must remember that God is the one constant.  God is there.  God IS good.
       Transition Update from your Vestry                    
“Lord, give me patience. And give it to me now.”

When will an interim be named? How many candidates will it take before the right one comes along? Why is it taking so long??
If you are anything like those of us on the vestry, you are starting to ask questions like these, and are feeling anxious to “get on with it already.”
As we have detailed in earlier missals to you, the interim selection process specifies that we consider only one candidate at a time, either extending a call to that person to be our interim or “passing” on that person and requesting a subsequent candidate to consider.
We can now report that the vestry has approved the recommendation of the three-person interim selection team that we extend a call to the first interim candidate put forth for consideration.
(Again, this is the process for calling our interim clergy leader, not our next full-time rector. The interim will be with us for the one-to-two-year process of searching for and calling a new rector.)
While we can’t wait to share all of the details, we must beg your patience a bit longer. We will make a formal announcement once a final agreement is executed.
In the meantime, here’s what you can do to help sustain our St. John’s community during the transition:
Pray for our congregation, vestry
and future clergy leadership.

Reflect on your own pledge of time,
 talent and treasure to St. John’s

All of our ministries are seeking volunteers – chances are one is a great fit with your time and talent. As for treasure, please honor your 2017 pledge commitment, and prayerfully consider how you might match or even grow that commitment in the year ahead. A solid financial foundation is critical to attracting the brightest and best clergy leaders to SJP. 

“Let us not become weary in doing good,
for at the proper time we will reap a harvest
 if we do not give up.”
— Galatians 6:9

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
For pastoral care issues that may arise in the weeks to come, please call Senior Warden Shelley Zalewski at 248-756-2420. Aided by a priest in the area and/or a SJP Eucharistic Visitor, we will work to address the need promptly.

Help our partners reach vulnerable communities devastated after Hurricane Irma and other major storms. In the face of what could be a record-breaking hurricane season, please make an urgent gift today to provide relief to devastated communities in the Caribbean and the United States.  You’ll also help us empower communities to not only prepare for emergencies, but assist with the long-term efforts needed to rebuild and heal.

We Hit a Home Run at Crossroads
Thanks to our SJP Volunteers!
We fed 502 guests (39 receiving seconds!) thanks to 24 volunteers who were willing to give up 3 hours last Sunday morning to feed our less fortunate brothers and sisters. Those attending were: Becky Nickels & Tara Nickels, Jim & Linda Oldfield, Ken & Judy Lally, Lily Beament, Dee Todd, Kim & Jeff Holland, Linda & Yensi Goerge, Joan Martin, Meg & Mike Scott, Jack & Susan Couzens, Frank Gonda, Kailyn Atkins, Morgan Tilley, Stella Synowiec, Caitlyn Jordan, Sherry & Dick Bass.
Special thanks to Bill Brave for providing 1,000 hot dog buns, to all those who donated cookies, to Deborah Taracuk for recruiting some of her honor students at Schoolcraft College, and Dick Bass who coordinated this event!
Our next trip to Crossroads will be our annual turkey dinner with all the fixings on 12/24!

Thank you received from Crossroads:

I/we are so very grateful for the wonderful meal provided by St. John's and St. David's last Sunday. The meal was delicious and I know firsthand that it was enjoyed by our guests! That is, I heard over and over from guests that they really liked the chili and hot dogs together and they liked that for the first time Crossroads served REAL CONEY ISLAND HOT DOGS!!! Your idea that many would put the chili on the hot dogs did happen!  Also they especially liked the chili. If you still have the recipe, I would be grateful for a copy.
Your sister and friend, Sister Liz


Members of SJP are invited to travel to Gleaners Food Bank Distribution Center on Saturday, October 14 in Detroit to sort and pack non-perishable food and fresh produce into boxes. This is a great way to serve our community and meet new people! Closed-toe shoes required. We will carpool from the church at 8:15am or you may meet there. For more information, contact Irene Jarrell at Sign up on the bulletin board or contact the church office at 734-453-0190.

9:45am each Sunday in Room #4
Come DIG IN! All children Pre-K–grade 6 are invited to attend our faith formation classes.  This fall we kick off “DIG IN, The Bible in one year” program. This first quarter we will cover Bible lessons from Genesis through the Birth of Christ.

If you haven’t registered your child as yet, you may register online. Contact Jayne Watson with questions for more information.


All youth are invited to participate in the SJP Joyful Noise Choir, our youth music session at 11:15- 11:45am following the service every Sunday in the Music Annex (room #5). For more information, email Jacob Carroll, our SJP Music Scholar.
Do you ever feel you could use the support and fellowship of other parents? This might be a group for you! Several parents will be meeting weekly on Sundays at 11:15am for coffee and fellowship (some of their children will be busy in the Joyful Noise Choir). Please join us in the Gathering!

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 9:45-11:45am. The nursery is located in room 2 in the Sunday School hallway.

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 the 1st Wednesday of each month.

Tuesday mornings at 9:30am

Wednesday mornings at 9:00am

Saturday mornings at 7:30am


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.