Ash Wednesday

preparations and distribution

Youth group members lighting the palms on fire
making ashes!
putting ashes in bags for parishioners to pick up
physically distant youth group conversation
Thanks to our neighbors Deacon Jason and Brother Alberto for providing ashes in the morning.

National Bell Ringing in Honor of COVID-19 Victims

art by Scott Gustafson

Tuesday, January 19 at 4:30 p.m. In a national moment of unity and remembrance, St. John’s sanctuary will be illuminated and we will ring a bell–together with churches across the country–one toll for every 10,000 American lives lost to COVID-19.

City-wide Memorial: At 6:00 p.m. please turn out your lights and stand with a candle at your front door or window for 10 minutes of silence and remembrance.

Antiracism Book Group

First Meeting is Thursday, January 7, 2021

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Kick off 2021 with the #MeAndWhiteSupremacy 28 day challenge. Join St. John’s antiracism reading group this January for a month of journaling and weekly discussions. We will use Layla F. Saad’s book Me and White Supremacy to go through a step-by-step process to develop a better understanding of our white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so we can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on Black, Indigenous and People of Color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. It’s not to late to start reading and journaling. Join in weekly Zoom discussions: Link to cut and paste: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83419218446?pwd=WGdiWHBiYUxWc0wvUXNuUWpjL3NTdz09 (Meeting ID: 834 1921 8446 Passcode: 3857) each Thursday in January at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to RSVP email to Laura.t.singer@gmail.com. You can also  RSVP on Facebook.

DIY Epiphany Pageant Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Shepherds and Kings, 2019

It’s time for the DIY Epiphany Pageant! Join in on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to sign up for a part! Read the draft script in advance. Provide your own costumes and props or request a costume/prop delivery.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom.
Cut and paste link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82475815384?pwd=dVBPNUE1blRjdXZnaTNySGNPY0ZuQT09
Meeting ID: 824 7581 5384 Passcode: 3857

Thanksgiving

Thank you to our 74 Thanksgiving volunteers! 135 delicious boxed lunches with turkey sandwiches, corn salad, cranberry sauce, sweet breads, potato ships and water made (only one eaten by a squirrel), preparers and guests safely masked and distanced, 134 people served (including a few vegetarian and gluten free lunches), and all cleaned up by 2:15 p.m. (a record for the books!)

A dozen people roasted turkey breasts at home and brought them for slicing on Thursday morning.
Homemade cranberry and banana bread was sliced in the morning.
The physically distant assembly line
A thanksgiving prayer was added to each box.
300 cups were filled with cranberry sauce and corn salad.
Fresh lettuce!
Cranberry sauce with pineapple anyone?
A family closes up all the filled boxes.
The serving crew!

Latinx Book Group

This group met from September 2019 – June 2020 and again in the fall of 2020. Please email the Parish Office if you are interested in joining when the group reconvenes.

So far we have read these books:

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomajor
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Native Country of the Heart by Cherríe Moraga
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education edited by Jennifer De Leon
When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

Thanksgiving Prayer

Thank you God for all the gifts you have so freely bestowed upon us, for the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea.  

Thank you for the Indigenous peoples of this land, the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa who welcomed the Ho-Chunk, Fox, Sauk, Miami, Kickapoo, and Illinois confederacy tribes and offered assistance to the first Europeans to travel here, and who are our neighbors today. 

Thank you for all people who in their daily lives reveal to us the image of God, for our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends.

Thank you for minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve, for health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play.

We pray for those who go without today, for the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity.

Thank you for all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice, for those who have died, in all times and places, who are alive in our memories and hearts.

Thank you God for this food, for those who labored to produce it and the hands that have prepared it. May this meal strengthen us this day, and give us hope and health in the days ahead. Amen.

Adapted from The Book of Common Prayer, page 837