E-Newsletter for Sunday, January 19, 2020

SAVVY Saturday, MLK, Jr. Readings Monday, Soup Sale for Unity School and more in the E-Newsletter for January 19, 2020 – Available in full online here.

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From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP
 
Dear *|FNAME|*,

As the date of the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 26, creeps ever closer, we have the blessing of a couple weeks of break in the Parish Office.

At our parish, we work tremendously hard to publish the Annual Meeting Packet far enough in advance to give everyone ample time to, in the words of the prayer book, "read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest" its contents. Our hope is that this also gives time for you to ask questions you might have of the mission or ministry of the parish, questions that you might be curious about but may not require the attention of all parishioners gathered for the Meeting. (If you haven't yet read it, this year's packet is online here.)

Having published the packet early, the Office is able to take a step back and focus on other important tasks at the beginning of the year. But these two weeks between the packets publication and the Annual Meeting itself are far from devoid of work.

Many of you are working on our annual UNITY School Soup Sale fundraiser. This Sunday is actually the last one for you to pick up a 1-quart empty container near the entrance of the Nave to take home and fill with your favorite homemade soup to freeze and donate to the Soup Sale. All soups are $10 and this year the funds will benefit the building of the St. John's Sick Bay at the school in Uganda.

I also hope you are taking some time to review carefully the proposed new Mission Statement, Motto, Vision Statement, and Plan for the future of St. John's. These are the culmination of a year of hard work, drawing together numerous surveys, parish gatherings, and task force meetings. I hope you find your own sense of our congregation present in these documents—and wherever you think they can be made better, I hope you come to the Meeting with suggestions. Whatever final form these find themselves in at the end of the Parish Meeting, they will be the guiding documents for Vestries over these next several years. 

And, in the midst of all this church activity, I hope you do find time on Martin Luther King, Jr., day to be a part of our now annual Day of Readings. There are still several slots open for you to come in and read aloud for 30 minutes from the works of Dr. King. I hope that, whether you read or whether you come to listen, you will find this to be a grounding and inspiring experience as we enter a new year.

Thanks for all you do, people of St. John's. You keep me busy—and together, I believe we keep each other faithful. 

Through Grace,

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