January Edition , 2010 Christmastide/Epiphany
The Newsletter ofThe Episcopal Cathedral of Saint John
A Word From Our Dean... Dear Cathedral Family, We now find ourselves in a new year, 2010, and a new liturgical season, Epiphany. In addition, we are beginning a third century of worship in our building! Can you imagine the challenges which faced our predecessors 1810? The world was a very different place in all regards but one. That, of course, was and is the faith of Jesus Christ and the strength and courage, the dynamism and excitement it provides. You know as well as I do that life is not easy these days. We are challenged at every turn. But we can rely on Jesus because of his promise to be with us even unto the end of the ages. Because of this promise he will get us through and, better still, be with us as we step boldly forward to witness to him in new ways and by new means. These truths, however, don’t amount to a hill of beans unless we remember and act upon one other thing: being responsible. With resignation we can say that, of course, in any group only a few people do all of the work. But that’s not what the life of the Church is about. You and I are called to be responsible about what does and doesn’t happen here to further the kingdom of God. Our Worship Life Sundays Holy Eucharist 8:30 AM, Rite 1 10:30 AM, Rite 2 Church School Classes meet at 10:30 AM Wednesday 12:10 PM, Holy Eucharist
That a goodly number of us give the impression that we are glad to let the other person take care of all the things which must be done to allow the ministries we want to offer is most unfortunate. And in light of our two hundredth anniversary of worship and witness in this holy house this kind of attitude makes a mockery of the chances our ancestors took and the commitments they made to you and me. Dr. Crocker, the rector, and his flock had no idea that there’d be someone named Krauss as the priest here or parishioners named Walker or Olawoye or Rocchio. But they had the sure and certain hope that there’d be a church on this corner in which Jesus could be worshipped and from which Good News would shine forth. You and I through our Baptisms are empowered to do things we never imagined we could. Let’s do those things this anniversary year to honor Jesus. With every good wish,
Harry Krauss 1
From The Deacon’s Bench
Even though it’s a new year filled with anticipation, promise, and wonder, I want to take a moment to visit once again what I consider to be our “December Miracle.” To many it may not seem a big deal, but as I sit here watching the snow fly on this incredibly cold January day, I can’t help but think about the people who received one of the 230 “relief quality” blankets that our Cathedral family handed out Christmas week.
“Bring the world into the Church and make the light of Christ known to all people; into every mean corner and every hard place.” This is one of the tasks that deacons take on in the Anglican Communion when they take their ordination vows. It separates us from priests in some particular ways. Priests, generally speaking, are to work inside parishes, seeing to the needs of the faithful and proclaiming the Good News to those who come into the church.
I look back on the series of events that precipitated this offering; from the homeless man coming into Synod Hall seeking a blanket, to Everett Lima being quick to volunteer as Co-chair, to the many suggestions that you all shared with me, to Everett’s friend knowing the owner of a blanket factory, Northwest Woolen Mills, to the owner, Max Brickle, being the type of individual who recognizes how blessed he’s been and wanting to give back. When I look at all these things coming together, it’s hard not to see clearly how God works through us every hour of every day.
Deacons, on the other hand, generally see to the needs of the world outside the church. But that is not all that we do. A significant part of a Deacon’s work is to bring the world into the church in real ways. We recognize the needs in the world and do what we can, in the name of Jesus Christ, to calm fear and bring justice. We are charged to say what needs to be said, even when it is uncomfortable or unpopular. This often gets us into trouble, either with the world or with the church, and that, too is a part of what we do. I tell you this because it is also a part of what each of you, as members of the Church Universal can and should be doing as well. I hear that church attendance is down all over the place. I hear that the pluralistic society that we live in allows for the letting go or ignoring of traditional church attendance and activity. I hear that this makes it ok to be less of a Christian. Well, I think that when we say things like that, we not only do ourselves an injustice, but we also remove the Church from being part of the world’s solution to its many, many problems. You may never feel called to be a deacon, but you are called to be a Christian, and as we move into a new decade, maybe we can each assess where we fit in the scenario that sets us apart as Christians in this world. Are you part of the solution or part of the problem?
When you thank God for the many blessings shared with us this Christmastide, I ask that you remember those we have touched with the gift of a simple blanket. You may also want to say a little prayer for Everett, Max, and all of our brothers and sisters who made it such a special Christmas. Blessings, Deacon Mark
Your sister in Christ, Deacon Barbara 2
From the Seminarian My Dear Friends in Christ, What a wonderful and joyous Advent, Christmas and New Years at the Cathedral of Saint John. The church was beautifully decorated and the atmosphere was very festive. During Advent, we began a letter writing campaign to increase existing pledges. From everything, Iâ€™ve heard the church has been very pleased with this campaign and the recipients of the letters found them to be very warm and personable. With the Holidays over, we now get down to business in looking at our mission statement. This Sunday is the first Sunday after the Epiphany. This Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord Jesus. The main theme of my sermon is that Baptism gives us our identity. Baptism is at the very heart of being a Christian. By our Baptism we know who we are, what we are, and to whom we belong. We are all children of God. Our Baptism initiates us into the Body of Christ, the church. The purpose of our church mission statement is to articulate our identity and our mission to each other in the church and to the world. I invite you to please speak to Dean Krauss, Deacon Barbara, Deacon Mark or myself and tell us your thoughts and feelings about your vision of church and our mission. As Linda and I were talking, taking down the Christmas tree and all the household decorations, we couldnâ€™t help but think that the people of Cathedral Parish of Saint John made our Christmas and Holiday Season so extra special this year. I ask you to keep me in your prayers as I return to seminary at the end of the month and finish my M.Div. I remain faithfully your seminarian, John Higginbotham
The Most Rev. Frank Griswold to Visit The Cathedral of Saint John On Sunday, January 24th, former Presiding Bishop and Mrs. Frank Griswold will visit the Cathedral of Saint John. Bishop Griswold will celebrate both the 8:30 and 10:30 AM Holy Eucharists and will preach. A reception in Synod Hall will follow the service, during which time parishioners will have the opportunity to meet Bishop and Mrs. Griswold. Please plan to attend this special opportunity.
Breakfast with the Bishop When: January 16th, 8:30am Where: The Cathedral of St. John, 271 North Main Street, Providence, RI Description: In this year's Convention Address Bishop Wolf outlined 10 points that parishes in transformation all follow. She then invited us all to discuss these 10 points with our home parishes and then to come gather at the Cathedral for breakfast and sharing of ideas. The ten points for discussion are: 1. Changed attitudes to own responsibilities. Instead of acting as victims, they re-set their vision. 2. Are people of abundance who speak of God’s blessings and experience the joy of giving instead of complaining they don’t have enough. 3 Place a high priority on Christian formation for all ages. Informed believers make faithful disciples. 4. See newcomers not as sources of money, but as people who are seeking a Christ-centered community. 5. Create an environment of mutual responsibility. 6. Develop achievable goals, and rely upon shared ministry to accomplish them. 7. Move from triangulation and gossip to effective ways of communication. 8. Give voice to the core of the Christian faith: to the sinful failings of the human condition, redeemed through the transforming love of the Word made Flesh. 9. Use new technologies in the service of evangelism. 10. Worship every Sunday, hearing the Word of God; receiving the Bread of Life.
Hello, Cathedral of St. John and a Blessed New Year! This is your Deacon student Joyce bringing you up to date on what is happening. I am beginning my fourth month of practicum at Grace Church. I have spent the last few months writing the Intercessions for the Prayers of the People. Their readers seem to have a preference as to which form of the Prayers of the People they which to read. It seems that Intercessions were never done during the Prayers of the People. The prayers were read as they appear in the Book of Common Prayer. I spent Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at Grace Church. Their Christmas Eve service was a very nice service and their New Year’s Eve service was different to say the least. During the past few months, I have been to PICA (Providence Inner City Churches Association) and I found some wonderful things going on over there. Recently, I met with the Reverend Joyce Penfield who runs Blessings Way which is a place to help individuals (mainly persons recently paroled) find their way back into society. I found that with both PICA and Blessings Way I could be of help. It has been my fortune to be the recipient of many job postings due to a friend of mine and because of these postings I am able to help those who are searching for employment find something. I have offered this service to both the Director of PICA and to Joyce Penfield. When I receive postings that I feel would be of use to PICA or Blessings Way, I immediately e-mail them to them. I have several individuals who are on my list as well. Therefore, if you know of anyone who is looking for employment, have them e-mail (email@example.com) me with the type of work they are looking for (do not send me a resume’) and I will keep my eye open for any such type of employment. Should something come my way, I will e-mail the individual as soon as possible. Now my friends of the Cathedral, I wish to thank you once again for your continued prayers and may God’s Blessing be with all of you. Your Deacon student and friend, Joyce T. Thorne
From The Organ Loft…. I would like to thank Hawa Robinson and her son Marcus Robinson for joining the choir. I wish to encourage others to join who enjoy singing. We meet from 10:50 to 11:15 AM on Sunday morning to warm up for the 11:30 Service. Epiphany begins this year on January 6 and ends February 14 just before Ash Wednesday concluding the 12 days of Christmas. The most well known Epiphany hymns are “We Three Kings” “Brightest and Best” and “As with men of old.” We have sung “What star is this with beams so bright” guiding and directing the Three Kings to the baby Jesus. The Epiphany hymns begin on Page 116 in our hymnal and end on page 139. Please let me know if you have a favorite Epiphany hymn that you would like to sing. I usually work in most of them into the schedule during this season. +Musical Blessings+ Brink
Lenten Series Beginning on Wednesday, February 10th, a Lenten Series will be led at The Cathedral of Saint John by The Rev. Deacon Jan Grinnell. It will be based on her book, “In Response to the Steps.” The first class will be an introductory session, in which Rev. Grinnell will discuss her background and the background of the book. The Lenten Series will follow the following schedule: February 10 - Introduction Feb 24th – Lent 1 – Steps 1 – 3, Our Relationship with Go March 3rd – Lent 2 – Steps 4 – 7, Our Relationship with Ourselves March 10th – Lent 3 – Steps 8-9, Our Relationship with Others March 17th – Lent 4 – Steps 10- 12, Maintaining our Spirituality All sessions will be held in Synod Hall at the Cathedral of Saint John, from 6 to 8:30 PM on the above dates. There will be a simple supper, followed by discussion.
-Thoughts from the Senior WardenHappy New Year, Everyone. I’ve been thinking about what an active year we have ahead of here at the Cathedral of Saint John. There are many things to do and each of us will have many opportunities to become involved in moving our parish family forward. This will be a pivotal and exciting year for us. I’ve also been thinking about the many reasons people give for not volunteering or agreeing to become more actively involved. They’re plentiful and, truth be told, we’ve all used one or two at one time or another-I know I have. And it seems to me that they really can be condensed into four basic categories: -1) I’m too busy – I just don’t have the time and similarly, -2) I’m too tired – I don’t have the energy. These are problems that we all share in this trying and stressful world. But surely we could all find just a little extra time and energy to become involved. Sometimes it actually can relieve the feelings of fatigue and stress. -3) I have nothing to contribute to that mission or project – I have no special skills or talents. This one is a little more difficult – I’ve struggled with it myself. But every individual has natural God-given talent in one direction or another and if we come together as a team, each bringing his or her own talents, ideas, creativity, and focus to the tasks of our future, we can build a large, wonderful community skill set. I think that the willingness to give of ourselves is, in itself, a very special talent given to each of us as a gift from God and surely His wish is that we use it often and with abandon. And lastly, -4) Somebody else will do it. Uh-huh. No matter how much we tell ourselves this, it just isn’t the case. Many times on a Sunday morning we hear Dean Harry, Deacon Barbara, or Deacon Mark make a request for volunteers to aid in one of the many projects and activities that take place here for the benefit of us all. Do we raise our hands or tell them after the service that we’d be glad to help? Or do we assume that everyone else will do it and we won’t be needed? If we assume that “They will do it”, how will it get done? Who are “They” if not “Us”? I hope we can all take as many opportunities as we find possible to join with our brothers and sisters in the parish-wide effort that is necessary to keep us a vibrant and smoothly functioning parish. God’s Peace To All Leah
Our Candidate for Holy Orders to the Diaconate, Joyce Thorne enjoys a visit to LaSallette Shrine with Deacon Barbara just before Christmas. Here we are, surrounded by all the Heavenly Hosts!! 6
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING On Sunday, February 7, 2010 Directly following the 9:30 Holy Eucharist In Synod Hall Cathedral of Saint John 271 North Main Street Providence, Rhode Island A Pot Luck Luncheon will be held. Please plan to bring your favorite dish! Over 100 infant hats, some mittens and 2 sweater sets were given to our Archdeaconâ€™s Kent County Hospital ministry, Blue Denim, in December. Deacon Pat, Deacon Barbara, Archdeacon Robin and Deacon Judi, all members of the Cathedral Knitterâ€™s Ministry group are seen below.
DEADLINES FOR The RECORD The Record, our parish newsletter, is published monthly and is available by email, hard copy and on the Cathedral website. If you would like to receive the Record electronically, please give your email address to our Parish Administrator, Miss Tinker or call the church office at (401) 331-4622. Please send articles to Deacon Barbara at BMaysStock@cox.net. The deadlines for submission to The Record are as follows:
January 23 for the February edition February 23 for the March edition March 23 for the April edition 7
Cathedral of St. John Providence, RI Junior Warden’s Report: January 2010 Blessings to all! At this point the time has come to discontinue the “Weekend Warriors” program started two years ago due to lack of participation. I had truly expected that by now we would have a large enough group of participants to keep this work going on a monthly basis. Unfortunately only a few parishioners have chosen to devote their time to this effort. It has been difficult for our small group of volunteers to carry on this program as we are all hard pressed for time. My hope was that at some point there would be people who could step up and give us regulars some days off. That never materialized and so as of February we will no longer meet to work on the 1st Saturday of each month. I will try to finish the projects already in process as time permits with help from whoever is available. Our efforts together have accomplished several significant improvements and my heartfelt thanks go out to all who were able to lend their help. The tower roof repairs were completed by Olympic Roofing Contractors just before Christmas. Repairs were made to the office and Sacristy hall area roofs (at no charge) in addition to completion of the tower work. We received a check from Lexington Insurance to repair damages from last year’s burst pipe in the church school area. I have had carpenter Kevin Flynn in to provide a quote for replacement of the two doors that delaminated during the incident. The rationale in doing this is to keep people out of these areas until they are properly cleaned and repaired. Energy Efficiency Services has been working to optimize the new heating system. The main control issues being investigated are tripping safety switches that shut down the furnace erroneously. Failure modes are; high furnace temperature and low water flow. EES’s objective is to balance the system so that all areas are comfortably heated while substantially reducing fuel costs. To this end they have replaced a circulator pump and a register fan that where faulty along with spending time monitoring and adjusting controls for more effective operation. All of these efforts have been conducted under warrantee to date. A new circulator for the Synod hall zone has been ordered to address low water flow. The objective of changing this pump is to increase flow and eliminate the high temperature safety shut down. Presently the furnace is set at a low temperature to keep it from tripping on high temperature; unfortunately this is counter to quick heat recovery in the nave making it difficult to maintain temperatures above 64 degrees in this drafty area. Don Atkinson of EES has assured me that they will find solutions to these issues and deliver the warmth and savings as advertised in the coming weeks. See you in church! Andy
REMINDER!! will be attacking more items on “The List” 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Saturday January 9
3 HE 8:3010:30AM Church School 10:30AM HE La Inglesia del Mesias 6PM
10 HE 8:3010:30AM Adult Ed. 9:45 AM(SH) Choir Rehearsal 9:50AM Church School 10:30AM Taize 4PM HE La Inglesia del Mesias 6PM 17 HE 8:3010:30AM Adult Ed. 9:45 AM(SH) Choir Rehearsal 9:50AM Church School 10:30AM HE La Inglesia del Mesias 6PM 24 HE 8:3010:30AM Adult Ed. 9:45 AM(SH) Choir Rehearsal 9:50AM Church School 10:30AM HE La Inglesia del Mesias 6PM 31 HE 8:3010:30AM Adult Ed. 9:45 AM(SH) Choir Rehearsal 9:50AM Church School 10:30AM HE La Inglesia del Mesias 6PM
6 HE 12:10PM
13 HE 12:10PM
20 HE 12:10PM
27 HE 12:10PM Anti Racism Training 4PM
28 Anti Racism Training 9AM
Girl Scouts 5:30PM Chapter 7PM (CR)
Healing &HE 7pm
January 2010 Tuesday
5 Prayer Shawl 9:30AM Mealsite 4PM
12 Prayer Shawl 9:30AM Mealsite 4PM Diversity Mtg. 7PM
19 Prayer Shawl 9:30AM Mealsite 4PM
26 Prayer Shawl 9:30AM Mealsite 4PM
Girl Scouts 5:30PM
1 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
23 Food Pantry 11AM
16 Breakfast with the Bishop 8:30AM (SH) Food Pantry 11AM
9 Weekend Warriors 9AM Food Pantry 11AM
2 Food Pantry 11AM
22 Dinner for Clergy and Spouses 6PM (SH)
30 Quilting 9AM Food Pantry 11AM
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The Episcopal Cathedral of Saint John 271 North Main Street The Very Rev. Harry E. Krauss, Dean The Rev. Barbara Mays-Stock, Deacon The Rev. Mark Warter, Deacon Mr. John Higginbotham, Seminarian Mr. Brink Bush, Music Director/Organist Leah Nastasi, Senior Warden Andy Costa, Junior Warden
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When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.