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of St.

Johns in Pine Meadow

St. Johns mission is to nurture all people in their spiritual growth, in their Christian education, and in their relationship with God. The Rev. Salin Low, Rector November 2013

A Season of Reflection
Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year. Not only do all of the other members of my family celebrate their birthdays during the month of October, its a time of tremendous change: leaves turning their vivid color, temperatures going from the mid 80s to the mid 60s, the last flowers of the year still clinging on, pumpkins and mums all around us, brilliantly blue skies and dull gray days - a season of extremes - which makes living in New England so enjoyable at this time of year. Fall is also the time of year when we begin our stewardship campaign, coming together as a community of faith here at St. Johns Church to determine how we can collectively meet the financial needs of this parish. It is a time when we need to celebrate the wonderful ministries taking place through our worship service, Christian education program, and outreach ministries such as Peters Retreat, the Open Door Soup Kitchen, Neighbor to Neighbor, and the Jesse Tree to name a few. It is a time when we need to look at who we are here now, pray and reflect on what God is asking us to do in the future, and discern what we want our ministries to be. It will, and should, take thoughtful, reflective, and prayerful time. What type of stewards should we be? Our life, our families, our freedom, our talents, and whatever other measures of wealth we have attained all comes from the grace of a very generous God. With those gifts, God calls us to be a blessing to others by generously giving our gifts. Faithful stewardship involves the giving of our time, talent, and treasure in thanksgiving to God and for the mission and ministry of our St. Johns Parish and the greater Episcopal Church. It is an invitation to joy, not merely as a duty or obligation. Stewardship is an expression of our love to God for blessing us with so many gifts. It is a bold commitment to the call of Christ to build my church. It is through the generous stewardship of each of us that the Body of Christ is equipped to spread the Gospel throughout Northwest Connecticut and the world. During this most beautiful season of the year as we rejoice for all of our blessings, please prayerfully consider what you can give. If you are not currently pledging, please consider doing so. If you are a pledging member, please consider increasing your pledge by whatever amount you can so that we can build our beautiful church and expand upon the ministries God is calling us to do.

Senior Warden

Please return Pledge Cards by that date.



Operating Income Operating Expenses $ 15,293 $ 13,374

Prayer Requests Requests are handled confidentially through the office or by speaking to the Rector. You may fill out a prayer request form or contact the office. If you would like to be a part of the prayer circle, please speak to the Rector. Prayer is part of our concern for one another. Church Office Hours Office hours are 8:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Operating Income Operating Expenses Sue Bremer, Treasurer $ 120,277 $ 135,612

Greeters at 8 or 10 AMSpeak with the rector or call the office (379-3062) if you would like to become a greeter at either the 8AM or 10 AM service approximately once every 6 weeks. Complete instructions will be provided. We have also openings for Chalice Bearers and Readers at 8 AM. Vestry Members Sought Several Vestry members will be completing their terms in January. If you would be interested in being a part of this ministry, please speak to the Rector

Shopping Cards
An Easy Way to Help

Now Available for Immediate Purchase $100 Stop & Shop Cards Double Benefit on All Cards November & December
When you buy shopping/gift cards through St. Johns, you are making a contribution that does not cost you financially. It may take a little planning. Orders are taken the 1st and 3rd Sundays, and cards are delivered on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. Order forms are available in the narthex and parish hall and can be placed in the lockbox at any time. As in years past, cards purchased in the next two months will have a double benefit for St. Johns ministry. Consider using the cards to purchase or use for Christmas gifts!


Prayer Shawls needed - We only have (1) prayer shawl for St. Johns! Please bring in any finished shawls to church on Sunday, December 1st for dedication. Gospel conversations during Advent - Deacon Denise is offering to hold informal discussions between services on December 1, 8, & 15, on how the Gospel readings speak to each of us individually, potentially help us to discern Gods call in our life, and/or inform our personal ministries. If you would like to participate, please let her know. Feel free to join in the conversation at any point. Open Door Soup Kitchen - St. Johns will not be participating at the Soup Kitchen in November! St. James is having their annual tag sale on that 3rd Saturday. Please sign up for December!

Next IngatheringNovember 3rd The total for the year to date is $488.06. Bring coins anytime. We will keep them safe.

FALL GARDEN CLEAN UP NOVEMBER 3rd Following the 10AM Service

Bring a rake & work gloves. Call the office (3793062) with questions. Many thanks to the following people for helping with the Gill Memorial Garden this year: Norma Pappalardo The Gargiulos Maggie Stull Laura Carter Ellen Childs Ruth Grobe Ann Atwood Gordon Ross Barbara Henri Laura Wearne Jill Smith Nancy Gibson Jill Healey Mac Wilson Special thanks to Ron & Joan Caine, Tom Chappell, Bruce Wearne, Rick & Jill Smith, for cleaning the church. Special thanks to Mac Wilson for taking care of the lawn maintenance. Special thanks to Ron Caine for helping Austin Marek paint the shed for his Eagle Scout project. Special thanks to Candy Flaherty, Barbara Henri, Cynthia Welch, and Stan Moraski for helping with the October meal and everyone who helped with Peters Retreat this year. Stay tuned for an invitation to help in the coming year. Special thanks to Ellen & David Childs for hosting the TOLF tournament at their home. Thank you to Jill & Rick Smith, Pam & Michael Tooke, Sue & Blake Hall, Jill Healey, Norma Pappalardo, Barbara Henri, Diane Hayes and everyone that attended and helped out to make this a wonderful event. Thanks to everyone who helps with the mission and ministry of St. Johns.

Coffee Hour Hosts 10:00 a.m. Service

This is an important part of our ministry of hospitality to visitors, to children, to one another. Coffee supplies other than cream are available in the kitchen. Baked goods are terrific, whether home baked or purchased whatever works for you. A sign-up sheet for the fall is posted in the parish hall. All parishioners who attend the 10 a.m. service are requested to host at least once this fall.

Rhythms of Grace
The monthly worship service will be on the third Sunday of every month at 1 p.m. Rhythms of Grace was designed to meet the needs of families with children on the Autism Spectrum and with other special needs. Those who help feel it is a rewarding experience to work with children and families who need the attention and who are new to St. Johns. Contact Linda Snyder at for information.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 North Congregational Church@ 7:30 p.m.
A joint choir from St. Johns and North Congregational will enhance our worship. Attendees are asked to bring an offering of canned goods to be donated to local food banks, which clearly needs even more help than usual in these difficult times. Cookies for a reception following the services are appreciated. There is no Wednesday service on Nov. 27th.

(Broadly Defined)
Let the office know about happenings in your own life and in the lives of other parishioners, especially hospitalizations, so the rector can contact those in need of comfort.

Arrives November 24th Take a tag and purchase a gift for a needy child
This is an annual outreach project at St. Johns. We will provide a stocking, a gift, and an item of clothing for 25 children. Cash donations will be accepted to provide a holiday meal for each family (approx. 12 families). Anyone interested in helping with sorting and delivery of gifts may call the office at 379-3062 or contact Beth Coates at 379-2488 or

Family Fun @ Flatbread Gift Basket Auction

Flatbread Company

TUESDAY November 12TH 5-9 PM

Eat In or Take Out A portion of the proceeds from all sales will Benefit St. Johns Church. Plan to attend!

P. O. Box 27 Pine Meadow, CT 06061 Phone: 860 379-3062

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The Episcopal Church Were Here For You

Sunday Worship 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday 7:30 pm

news from
Our children in Godly Play continue to amaze us with their enthusiasm for our stories, their discussions during our wondering questions, and their insights,. Last week after the story of The Great Family, the story of Abraham and Sarah, the wondering questions led our group to talk about descendants. One of our children defined descendants as their children had children and their children had children and on and on. Another said, That means that we are all part of the same family. Everyone in the world is part of my family! Wow, amazing! We are all looking forward to our stories in November.

church school
Stone Soup Is Coming November 24
Stone Soup is coming! Our annual stone soup Sunday will be November 24th. On that day our church school will be making stone soup during class for the 10:00 a.m. coffee hour. Families will be receiving a letter asking for a donation of a particular ingredient for the soup. This is a wonderful way to begin our celebration of Thanksgiving.

November 2013
St. JohnsCalendar of Events
Anniversaries in Italic
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu

8:30 PM AA


Holy Eucharist 8 & 10 AM Commitment Sunday

Holy Eucharist 7:30 PM 8:00 PM AA

8:30 PM AA


Holy Eucharist 8 & 10 AM 11:30-1:30 Confirmation



Flatbreads Pizza Night 5-9 PM


Holy Eucharist 7:30 PM 8:00 PM AA



8:30 PM AA Krista & Mark Warren



Holy Eucharist 8 & 10 AM 11:30-1:30 Confirmation



Kathy & Andy Riberdy


Holy Eucharist 7:30 PM 8:00 PM AA



8:30 PM AA



Holy Eucharist 8 & 10 AM Stone Soup


Vestry 7:00 PM


Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service 7:30 PM North Cong. Ch.


No Service 8:00 PM AA


Josette & Richard Carter


8:30 PM AA


November Birthdays
7-Nov 7-Nov 8-Nov 9-Nov Michael Tooke Joe Kenney Mark Warren Nancy Gibson

9-Nov 12-Nov 13-Nov 16-Nov 21-Nov 22-Nov

Roger Frigon Garrett Healey Kenneth Krohner Phil Prelli Debi Althen Del Springer

22-Nov 25-Nov 28-Nov

Jonathan Truss Leigh Connole Henry Castonguay

It was a fun afternoon of tolf, golf with a tennis ball. Some folks actually played, and some folks just watched. The weather was so nice and the setting so pleasant that all in attendance had a good time. Thanks to the Childs for their hospitality and to Jill Smith for organizing and inspiring us.

It was a gray, rainy day for the annual blessing. However, the rain held off just long enough for the ritual. We had some visitors who braved the elements. And we had friends who came. Not sure which one is cutest that black lab puppy or Catherine!