OCTOBER 2015

Volume 29.10

St. John’s
United Church of
Christ
St. John’s is a community
of faith centered in Jesus
Christ, seeking guidance
and direction through the
Holy Spirit, and
demonstrating God’s love
to all people in words and
deeds.

An Open and
Affirming
Congregation
503 Stuart Circle
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Telephone: 804.358.9291
Email:
stjohnsrichmondoffice@verizon.net

Web Site:
stjohnsrichmond.org

BEING THE CHURCH WE DREAM OF BEING!
Dear All,

Fall is upon us. The Bike race has changed some of our timing but all of our normal fall activities plus
a few are on our calendar. October 4th will include celebrating World Communion Sunday, collecting
our Neighbor in Need offering and our history event. What a full day we will even use our historic
communion set.
This Sunday October 4th we will kick off the program year with our “Homecoming - Celebrating Our
History” event. In worship I will share what I have gleaned of our long ago history. Info like St John’s
has worshipped in three other buildings over the years. That part of the reason for the founding of St
John’s was so the members could worship in their native language rather than speak English. That
stewardship was a problem for St John’s many times, and the reason given was that coming from a
country where the funds for the churches came via taxes they could not get use to tithing. Each of
these pieces asks questions of who we are today in relation to mission, building, and resources.
After worship we will move downstairs to the fellowship hall for a potluck lunch and storytelling of the
history that people among us can remember. We will sit by the decade we joined church and make a
timeline together of what was happening when we came. Then we will share together our stories and
those who have been around longer might tell us other parts of the story that as new people we
missed.
All of this creates the picture of who we are today. Then we will use all of the visioning pieces, the
results from the Appreciative Inquiry done a few years ago and the work the council did during the
interim time to create our vision or dream of the church we believe we are called to be. On November 7th, we will have an opportunity to unite to focus on our vision. Wait for details and SAVE THE
DATE!
Once we are clear about who we are and what we feel we are called to be, the next question we live
with every day as a church is what can we do today to move one step closer to being the church we
dream of being. That may mean eliminating some things that do not serve our vision as we add
events that bring us closer to our vision. That piece will include coming to understand the blessings
and limitations of our building. How does it bring us closer to our vision, what would we need to do to
have it support our vision better?
This final step we think will take time so we are looking at a retreat in the early part of the year. In the
meantime trustees and facilities as well as council are trying to gather as much info as possible about
options and ways forward.

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I hope this helps you to have a sense of the map of the journey we are on so you can both see how
necessary each person is to every step of the journey and feel comfortable that you can understand
what is happening.
It is an exciting journey we are on, please continue to pray for wisdom as we undertake the journey.
Pastor Linda

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September has been a month of change at St. John’s. Our
Church Officers have changed as follows; Elisabeth
Bernette will assume the role of Vice President and Helena
DeLigt will assume the Secretary role. Fritz Will IV has
announced that he will step down as Treasurer at the end of
the year. We will begin a search for a new Treasurer and
bookkeeper in the upcoming month and hope to have someone in place by the end of November. Fritz and the new
Treasurer and bookkeeper will transition during the month of
December. We have also had committee changes. Scott
Siefert will be the new Chair for Congregational Life and
Care and Chris Ward will chair the Audit Committee.
Please congratulate Elisabeth, Helena, Scott and Chris on
their new role and thank Fritz for his tireless years of service
as Treasurer of St. John’s.
As we turn the corner and head into October, we will begin
the month with our “Homecoming – A Celebration of our
History” on Oct 4th. As Linda mentioned, the Homecoming
will give us an opportunity to reflect on our history and take
the first step in our visioning process.
Visioning will continue throughout the remainder of this year.
On Saturday, Nov. 7th we will hold a full day Visioning
session. It is during this session that we will define our
vision statement and values. Location and details will follow
in the next several weeks. As we continue the year with
visioning activities, keep in mind that the outcome of these
activities will help define for ourselves and others what it is
we want St. John’s to stand for both for our congregation
and for our outreach. Our defined purpose will determine
the needs of our facility.

The Council is continuing
to search for a solution to
our elevator, front door
and air conditioning issues.
We anticipate receiving the
proposal to initiate our
audit from Lane and
Associates, P.C. in the next two weeks.
Peace.

Desiree McNeice
(Council Chair)

Committee Sharing and Planning
The committee chairs and council members have
concluded their shared awareness and collaboration
meetings for this year. Our last meeting was September
19th. As a reminder the focus of these meetings has
been to realign committees as well as to develop our calendar of activities/events for the remainder of 2015
through March of 2016. Every three months the Council
will approve the calendar of activities and events for the
upcoming quarter.
There are still many opportunities to share your gifts of
talent and time on any of our committees. If you are
interested in participating on a committee please contact
the Committee Chair or myself.
Committee

Chair

Worship and Music


Stewardship program kicks off Oct 11th with the
Stewardship Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. Join the
Finance Committee for an update on our finances.
Late November we will have a congregational meeting
to approve the 2016 budget and elect a Treasurer. We
will communicate the date once we finalize our
planning.
St. John’s Players holds their production of Godspell
throughout November.
November 22 there will be a Harvest Lunch and greening of the church.

Facilities

Bryan Anderegg

Finance

Jeff Hetzer

Audit

Chris Ward

Congregational Life and
Care
Christian Formation

Scott Siefert
Kristina Gilbert

Admin/Personnel

Elisabeth Burnett

Mission and Outreach

Don Warren

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Christian Formation for
Children & Youth
Children Infant – 2 Years
Child care is provided in our nursery
space on the main floor of the education/
office wing. Kristen Lennox, our paid
nursery worker, cares for our youngest
children every Sunday morning from
9:30 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. Parents are
asked to sign-in at drop off and label all
personal items in a child’s diaper bag.

Children 3 – 8 Years
Children who participate in the 9:45 a.m. church school session
will discover that their room has been transformed! Faith Place,
an experiential learning center, will have activities for
exploring prayer practices,
bible stories, games and
crafts, and dramatic play.
Parents are asked to drop
children off at the door of the
classroom, which is next to
the pastor’s office, and to pick
children up at 10:40 a.m. for
worship.
This fall at 11:15 a.m., children ages 3 – 8 will gather in the same space as Faith Place to
learn about biblical characters who heard and responded to God’s
call. Children will leave worship after the children’s message with
their teachers. Parents should pick them up immediately following
the service.

Youth 9 Years & Older
Youth ages 9 and over will study the great religions of the world
and how they are similar to and different
from Christianity. They will also learn
how to talk about faith challenges and
try out some spiritual practices that will
help them welcome God’s direction in
their lives. This class will meet on the 2nd floor (re carpet room).
Youth will also meet once a month for fellowship and to raise
funds for traveling to the UCC National Youth Event in Orlando
next July. The first youth activity on the calendar is bowling on
October 10.

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Lunch time
Bible Study
Each Thursday you are invited to
bring your lunch to St John’s and
share in a study of the lectionary
texts for the coming week. We
will begin at NOON on September 8th in the pastor’s outer office.
October 8
Job 23: 1-9, Hebrews 4:12-16 and Mark 10:17-31.
October 15
Job 38:1-7 Hebrews 5:1-10 and Mark 10:35-45.
October 22
Job 42:1-6, 10-17, Hebrews 7:23-28, Mark 10:46-52
October 29
Ruth: 1-8 Hebrews 9:11-14, Mark 12:28-34
Once we get a good sense of who is coming regularly we will
consider meeting elsewhere and creating a pop-up church at
a restaurant or coffee shop.

THIRD MONDAY AFTERNOON
GREENFIELD BIBLE STUDY
The Rev. Steve Plymale continues to lead a monthly Bible
study at Greenfield Senior Living. The group, which now will
be studying the Ten Commandments, meets on the third
Monday of each month – in October, that’s the 19th – from
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Contact Steve or Julia for more information.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT ADULT STUDY
All adults are invited to gather once a month to explore a
variety of prayer practices for contemporary life. This month’s
meeting will be held in the pastor’s study Wednesday,
October 14, 7 p.m., The group is using Marjorie Thompson’s
book The Way of Prayer as a guide.

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NEIGHBORS IN NEED
The Neighbors in Need offering, which we will receive on October 4, supports the UCC’s
ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. Two-thirds of the
offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to fund a wide array of local
and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. Through
ucc.org/justice, our national Justice and Witness Ministries office offers resources, news
updates, and action alerts on a broad spectrum of justice issues. Working with members of the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network (a network of thousands of UCC justice and peace advocates), Justice and Witness continues its strong policy advocacy work
on issues such as the federal budget, voting rights, immigration, health care, hate crimes, civil liberties, and environmental justice.
Neighbors in Need also supports our American Indian neighbors in the UCC. One-third of the offering supports the UCC’s Council
for American Indian Ministries (CAIM). Historically, forebears of the UCC established churches and worked with Lakota, Dakota,
Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara, and Hocak in North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, and northern Nebraska. Today there are 20
UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. These
churches and their pastors are supported by CAIM. CAIM is also an invaluable resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations in the U.S.

CARITAS REPORT

Great Job!

Many thanks to all who contributed and volunteered items, funds, and service for
our week of hosting CARITAS!!
 More than 40 women stayed at St. John’s each night enjoying a hot
meal and a safe place to sleep off the streets.
 Our volunteers set up special seating areas and brought in fresh flowers, played Bingo with our guests and
gave out gift cards, brought in videos, books, puzzles, and games for entertainment, donated clothes, underwear, luggage, and other needed items
 Cheryl Goode made wonderful cards with the women
 Our volunteers carried mattresses and luggage in and out of the church (without an elevator – but with a ramp
designed by Bill Watson)
 Our volunteers took women to the showers both in our church and the YMCA and washed many, many loads
of laundry
 Our volunteers made connections with our guests listening to their stories and offering words of comfort and
prayers.
A special thank you to those who prepared and served a dinner during the week – Karen-Marie Yust, Beverly and Charlie
Lindsey, Richard and Betsy Bighinatti, Charlotte and Ashley Quick, Laura Totty, and Elisabeth Burnette, Gil Caldwell and
friends, and master chef, Don Warren (with whom the women all plan to spend Thanksgiving). Thanks to Abby Ward who
arranged for University of Richmond students to come and help serve dinner and move mattresses and luggage and Bryan
Anderegg who arranged for men from The Healing Place to come and help.

Please take a moment to say thank-you to the mission team – Don Warren, Elisabeth
Burnette, Vivian White, Bill Watson, Karen-Marie Yust, and Julia Eliades.
Here is what the CARITAS staff had to say:

Thank you so much for hosting and serving our women. All of the volunteers and staff were incredibly welcoming. The
women expressed that you all were very warm and friendly They appreciated the connections you made with them. We
look forward to partnering with you in the future! CARITAS Staff
You guys are an awesome team! I am so glad that you host. With gratitude, Tom Bannard, Shelter Operations Manager
You all have been a wonderful partner to CARITAS! We literally consider you all part of our family. Please tell the congregation that we are thankful for the hospitality to our clients. We literally couldn’t do this without you!
Tiffany Hall, Director of Community Engagement

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October Worship Schedule
DATE

SCRIPTURE

THEME/Sermon Title

HYMNS

Oct. 4

Ephesians 4:12-16
Psalm 100
Luke 6:46-49

The Bedrock of Our Church

372
386
373

Oct. 11

Hebrews 4:12-16
Mark 10:17-31

Praying for the Camel

Godspell
531
493

Liberation and Servanthood

Godspell
539
306

Oct. 18

Job 38:1-7
Mark 10:35-45

Oct. 25

Erin Burnette preaching

Our time of worship will
Revert to 11:00 am on
October 4.

November 1st is our All Saint’s Day service. If
you have lost a loved one this year who you
would like remembered in this worship service
please call the church office with their name.

Worship is a Lifestyle!

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St. John’s Financial Picture YTD as of 8-31-15
2015 Budget

Budget YTD

Actual YTD

Income
Pledge Payments*
Cash Offerings
Other Income
(Endowment Contributions
Parking Lot Rental, Wedding Income, etc.)
Development Fund
(not implemented)
Total Income

$110,500
$11,000
$126,700

$73,333
$7,333
$91,035

$69,917
$9,719
$89,075

$36,000
$284,200

$0
$171,701

$0
$168,711

Personnel
Committees
Operations/Maintenance
Local Benevolences
Other
Development Fund
Total Expenses

187,846
27,685
116,140
7,650
9,600
36,000
384,921

118,777
18,457
79,911
6,583
4,650
228,378

107,443
18,102
86,617
5,209
4,650
$0
222,021

Income/Expenses Total
surplus (deficit)

(100,721)

(56,677)

(53,310)

Expenses

NOTE:
1. Income includes a total of $85,000 annual contribution from Endowment Fund ($7083 monthly)
2. Annual Deficit to be covered by Endowment Fund
3. 2015 Pledge Budget is $110,000. 55 pledges for $118,000 Were pledged.
4. Development Fund was not implemented in 2015 as planned and is no longer shown as a YTD Income and Expense.
Several Contributions have been received for facility improvements.

STEWARDSHIP 2015

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October is a big month for
Weddings at St. John's
We welcome 3 couples to be united in holy matrimony
April Patterson & Gray Fain
wedding - October 3 at 5:00 pm
rehearsal - October 2 at 5:00 pm
200 guests
Theresa Crockett & Seth Berman
wedding - October 10 at 5:00 pm
rehearsal - October 9 at 5:00 pm
200 guests
Lauren Haley & T.J. Whalen
wedding - October 24 at 6:00 pm
rehearsal - October 23 at 5:00 pm
200 guests
Many thanks to the St. John's wedding ministry team for all the
work that's needed for a wedding - Sal Anselmo, Abby Ward
and Jeff Michel. Thanks to Karen-Marie Yust for helping when
we had an interim pastor. Ulysses - you make our church
beautiful!! And Diane, you do so much work behind the
scenes, thank you!

Books, Craft Items, Baked Goods
During the German Dinner the Fellowship will be holding a Bazaar
in the Parlor to sell used books, craft items and baked goods.
DONATE!!!
Please donate books and craft items anytime. Bring them to the
church office, or to the bins in the hall by the back door.
ATTEND!!!
Please make sure that you stop by the Bazaar while you are at
the German Dinner on Saturday, October 17. All proceeds will go
toward The Fellowship mission and ministry donations.

October 17, 2015
Two seatings: 5:30 & 7:00
$15

St. John’s UCC

Get your lederhosen and dirndls out of storage and mark your calendars for St. John’s annual
German Dinner, on October 17th with seatings at 5:30 and 7:00. This year’s event will feature
the traditional oom-pah band, along with a new bratwurst menu, still for only $15 ($5 for children,
$17 for take-out orders).
Volunteers are needed to help cook and serve on October 17th, and also to help make apple
cakes for dessert. For more information, or to volunteer, please see Jeff Jacobs after church or
contact him at (202) 361-9887 or jjacobs@dtiglobal.com.

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Tickets are now on sale!

See Tony Sharpenstein, visit our website, or call the church office today!

The Messenger | OCTOBER 2015

Visioning Event
SATURDAY, November 7

Harvest Lunch &
Greening of the Church
SATURDAY, November 22

Have you considered joining St
John’s?
If you are considering joining our church family as a member
you are invited to an inquirer’s class following church on
October 11th. We will meet in the pastor’s outer office. Come
and explore the mission and history of St John’s, the United
Church of Christ and your faith questions. We will then set a
date to meet with consistory and a day for joining that fits the
schedule of those interested.
Please call the church office 358-3855 and let us know you plan
to come so we can make up the appropriate number of packets.

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Oct. 4

Oct. 11

Oct. 18

Oct. 25

Welcome
Team
Leader

Doug Waldrop

Doug Waldrop

Richard
Bighinatti

Richard
Bighinatti

Sound
System

Jeff Michel

Jeff Michel

Richard
Bighinatti

Richard
Bighinatti

Acolyte

Ashley Quick

Ashley Quick

Ashley Quick

Ashley Quick

Crucifer

Sal Anselmo

Sal Anselmo

Phil Jones

Sal Anselmo

Lay Readers

Sal Anselmo

Abby and Chris
Ward

Laura Totty

TBA

Rob Osborn
Tony
Sharpenstein

Rob Osborn
Tony
Sharpenstein

Fellowship
Hosts
Nursery
Helpers
Tellers

Facilities

Altar Guild

Flowers

Fellowship Coordinator:
Sal Anselmo 358-1696
Tellers Coordinator:
Bud Higgins 301-5059
Lay Readers Coordinator:
Sal Anselmo 358-1696
Altar Guild Coordinator:
Sonny Darnell 743-7528
Please find a substitute if you
are unable to perform your
ministry and contact your
team coordinator AND the
office to let them know who
will be filling in for you.
Thank you for making our
church ministries run
smoothly!

Pot Luck
Homecoming
Lunch
TBA

Mark Souza
Mark Souza
Betsy Bighinatti Betsy Bighinatti

Bud Higgins

Bud Higgins

Richard
Bighinatti

Richard
Bighinatti

Erin Burnette
Georgianna
Stinnette

Cheryl Goode
Arthur Dewey

Dorothy Cook
Charlotte Quick

Johanna Gilbert
Bryan Anderegg

Don Warren

Elisabeth Burnette

To order fresh flowers to be placed
on the altar in honor of a special
occasion or person or in
remembrance of someone, please
sign-up on the flower chart on the
bulletin board in the hallway near
the Pastor’s Office or contact Sonny
Darnell at 743-7528 or
kenandsonny@comcast.net
$45.00 for two beautiful bouquets.

2015
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11:30 am NA Meeting
5:30 Trustees
6:00 pm Crucifer
Training
7:00 pm Choir

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11 am Worship
World Communion
Neighbors In Need
Noon Pot Luck Lunch

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5:30 Finance Mtg.

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11:30 am NA Meeting

8:00 am Indian Orthodox

11:30 am NA Meeting

Office Closed

7-10 SJP

6:30 Cong. Life Mtg.
7-10 SJP

NOON Bible Study
5:30 pm W & Music

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9 am Breakfast
9:45 Faith Formation
11 am Worship
12:30 Inquirers Class

10:00 am Staff

5 pm Card Ministry

11:30 am NA Meeting

11:30 am NA Meeting

6:30 The Way of Prayer

7-10 SJP
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7-10 SJP

7-10 SJP

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9:45 Faith Formation
11 am Worship

1:30 pm Greenfield
Bible Study

10:00 am Staff
Meeting
11:30 am NA Meeting

5 pm Card Ministry

7-10 SJP

9:45 Faith Formation
11 am Worship
7-10 SJP

7-10 SJP

7-10 SJP

7-10 SJP

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10:00 am Staff
Meeting

5 pm Card Ministry

11:30 am NA Meeting

5 pm Youth Bowling

5 pm Wedding Rehearsal

5 pm Wedding

7:00 pm Choir

6:30 pm Church
Council

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5 pm Wedding Rehearsal

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11

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5 pm Wedding

10:00 am Staff
5 pm Card Ministry

7-10 SJP

7-10 SJP

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7-10 SJP

Noon Pastoral Relations
Training

2
Office
Closed

NOON Bible Study
7:00 pm Choir

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11:30 am NA Meeting

NOON Bible Study

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Office
Closed

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German Dinner

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Office
Closed

7:00 pm Choir

5 pm Wedding Rehearsal

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11:30 am NA Meeting

NOON Bible Study
7-10 SJP

7-10 SJP

7:00 pm Choir
7-10 SJP

October Birthdays
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9
11
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18
19
20

Sabrina Woods
Martha Cook
Bryan Anderegg
Mary Will
Stuart Eliades
Rob Osborn
Anna Oxenham
Brian Jacobs
Helen Karnap
Dorothy Cook
Maddie Barbour

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27
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28
30
30

Judy Brown
Sarah Allen
Andy Trent
Fritz Will, III
Brittany Totty
Steve Plymale
Laura Viergever
Barbara Plymale
Karen Oxenham
Sarah (Catie) Davis
Maria Roberts
Billy Poarch

Book, Craft and
Bake Sale

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6 pm Wedding

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