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of St. John’s in Pine Meadow St. John’s purpose is to experience and share with others the good news of faith in Jesus Christ, because we believe Jesus Christ makes lives new. The Rev. Salin Low, Rector

July 2010

Inspiration vs. Perspiration Thomas Edison famously said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” That may seem to be a more appropriate saying for commercial inventions than for the work of the church. However, there is a lot of hard work that goes into making it possible for the church to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. And a lot of that hard work has been in evidence over the last few weeks. Here are some examples:  The church school happens and teaches our young people through the efforts of parents and teachers and various assistants.  Funraising is happening through the creative and organizing efforts of a large number of people.  Moving out of the parish house took the time and muscle power of parishioners and parish administrator Pat Ward. The list could go on and on. Virtually every good thing we do, from all the parts of worship to all the occasions of celebration, requires dedicated service on the part of many people. Presumably all of them had some instance of inspiration that led them to offer their time and energy. But most of us who try to do good deeds in living out our faith have moments when we wonder if what we’re doing is worth it or if what we’re doing really has anything to do with making God known in the world. At those moments perspiration seems to have washed away the inspiration!

While we may wish that we could simply come together and be nurtured in our faith by some peaceful process of spiritual osmosis, that sort of effortless inspiration has never been the promise of Christianity. Jesus came to be among us and to set the example of self-sacrifice the rest of us have been attempting to follow ever since. He washed the disciples’ feet to demonstrate that no job ever asked of us is too lowly or insignificant to be able to convey God’s love. Another aspect of doing hard work as part of a community is being inspired by the results. I was thrilled by the results of the Youth Group’s Haiti Concert. Awards Sunday every year reminds me that the time and attention the teachers give to the young people of the parish pays off in excited and inspired children. Edison also said, “I never did anything worth doing by accident.” The strengthening of the community and the spreading of God’s love don’t come by accident, either. They come by the committed labor of faithful people doing their best to heed the direction of the Holy Spirit, giving their perspiration even when inspiration may seem to be wearing a bit thin. Thanks for all the work done for and through this parish. It is truly inspiring to witness it and to be a part of it. Blessings & Peace & Summer Refreshment,

Bits & Pieces HOW WE’RE DOING SO FAR MAY 2010 RESULTS Operating Income Operating Expenses

$ 13,937* $ 15,801

Year To Date Operating Income Operating Expenses

$ 84,029* $ 91,690

*Includes $15,000 withdrawn from investments during

April for operating expenses.

Prayer Requests— Requests are handled confidentially through the Rector. Prayers will continue for a month unless other time periods are specified. You may fill out a prayer request form or call the rector at 693-1851. Wednesday Evening Service—It’s the new Saturday. This provides an alternative to Sunday for those away on weekends during the summer. Please join us at 7:30 on Wednesday evenings for a quiet service offering time for reflection and prayer. Anointing for healing of mind, body and spirit is offered following communion.

Please remember to keep your pledge current during the summer months. We will still have bills to pay, and we want to minimize withdrawals from the endowment. Diane Hayes, Treasurer

Farmers’ Market on the Green We're looking forward to more FUNRAISING at the New Hartford Farmers’ Market on Friday, July 9 from 4:00-7:00 PM. We'll have beautiful beaded bracelets, necklaces and earrings for gift giving or for your own fashion statement. There will also be an assortment of handmade travel satchels, pillows, recyclable cocktail napkins, baby quilts and table runners. Please come to the green and support our community as well as our church. We welcome your donations of time and goods! Please contact Nancy Linton (489-8506) or Sue Hall (379-1943). Booth works for July 9th: Betty Castonguay, Jeff Linton and Nancy Linton.

Shopping Cards

An Easy Way to Help When you buy shopping/gift cards through St. John’s, 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 folds are available in the narthex and can be placed in the lockbox at any time.

July Worship Assistance July 4 Acolytes—Zak Phillips, Kevin Case Reader—Nancy Gibson July 11 Acolytes—Ron Dufour, Jill Smith Reader—Nancy Gibson July 18 Acolytes—Alan Welch, Donna Colavecchio Reader—Stan Moraski July 25 Acolytes—Brian Phillips, Stan Moraski Reader—Guy Hayes

July Greeter Schedule 9 a.m. Service July 4th—Bobbie Krohner & Jeanne Cararini July 11th—Julie & John Gargiulo July 18th—Lucie & Louis Martocchio July 25th—Nancy Butler & Tom Chappell We’ll count on you to bring cream. Coffee supplies will be available. Baked goods are appreciated.

Gill Memorial Garden Summer Schedule Week Beginning July 5 The Warren Family Week Beginning July 12 Gordon Ross Week Beginning July 19 Laura Carter Week Beginning July 26 Ellen Childs Thanks to Ann Atwood & Ruth Grobe for Spring plantings and to all the garden workers. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated group of volunteers.

PETER’S RETREAT Upcoming Dates July 24 August 28 Go with a group to take dinner to an AIDS residence in Hartford. Each month a group from St. John’s coordinates and serves a meal. We generally arrive about 5:00 PM and dine with the residents at 5:30 PM, returning to St. John’s around 7:00 PM. The residents are responsible for set-up and clean-up. The Rector is coordinating the July meal. If you’d like to help her, please call or email

Many thanks to Debi Althen and the church school teachers and assistants who helped with Awards Sunday. The signing of the Lord’s Prayer was a great success. Thanks also to everyone who provided food and helped with the picnic. Special thanks to Rose Osborne for coordinating the moving of furniture and boxes from the parish house and to David Henri, John Gargiulo, Chris Osborne, Bob Osborne, the Bremer Family & Pat Ward for all their hard work. Thanks to Joyce Halladay for helping with old files. Thanks to the National Honor Society of Northwest Regional High School for contributing $2,400 to buy ShelterBoxes in support of our Haiti concert. We will send a total of 7 boxes!!!

PARISH REGISTER (Broadly Defined) The register is broadly defined, because there are often events in the lives of parishioners and their families which are not recorded in St. Johns’ register. It is good, however, for us to hear about these things. Be sure to let the office know about happenings in your own life and in the lives of other parishioners. We will try to include all such momentous events as we hear about them. High School Graduates Michael Budny Russell Dougan Joshua Penn Brian Phillips Gina Russo College Graduates Ian Fergusson Thomas Colavecchio Christiana Harden Georgia Harden Sophia Harden Cory Rhodes (Granddaughter of Betty & Henry Castonguay)


Get your bumper sticker in the narthex. Proclaim St. John’s faith in the future. P. O. Box 27 Pine Meadow, CT 06061 Phone: 860 379-3062

Address Correction Requested

The Episcopal Church We’re Here For You Sunday Worship 8 & 10 a.m. Nursery at 10 a.m. Wednesday 7:30 pm

News From

Church School

Gina Russo and Michael Welch will be in the nursery on Sundays through the summer. Remember there is a children’s corner in the back of the church for children who would rather not be in the nursery during the service. Activity bags and picture Bibles are available in that area and in the nursery for bored folks of all ages. We’re looking for teachers for the class teams in the fall contact Debi Althen to help!! Stay tuned for August activities!

Worship Schedule July & August Sunday at 9 am & Wednesday at 7:30 pm

On June 6 we celebrated the church school year, students and teachers. The young people performed the Lord’s Prayer in sign language. See the web page ( for pix and videos.

The church school helped Ann Atwood with planting impatiens in front of the church.

Youth and adults solicited food in front of Marandino’s. Bring food for families and need throughout the summer. Lists available in the narthex.

Brian Phillips and Gina Russo were among five seniors honored on June 13.

Construction has begun on the addition. Check out the website for pictures of the progress. Completion is expected in October.

July 2010 St. John’s Church—Calendar of Events Anniversaries in Italics





Thu 1












Dick & Eileen Bartram

David & Ellen Childs

Louis & Lucie Martocchio

John & Peggy Budny





Paul & Barbara Patch

Blake & Sue Hall

Molly Read & Tom Fritch


9:00 AM Holy Eucharist



Office Closed


4-7 PM Farmers’ Market

Jessica & Peter Hinman

7:30 PM Holy Eucharist


9:00 AM Holy Eucharist



6:30 PM Vestry Meeting

7:30 PM Holy Eucharist


9:00 AM Holy Eucharist



Peter’s Retreat Luke & Christine Nelson

7:30 PM Holy Eucharist


9:00 AM Holy Eucharist



Carol & Mac Wilson

July Birthdays 7/4 7/5 7/8 7/10

Gary Colavecchio Matthew Kenney Candy Flaherty Teddy Bremer



Ken Kimmerle John Gargiulo Miranda Grustas Schuyler Horn Peter Stull Doris Bryant

7/16 7/17 7/19 7/19 7/22 7/23


Frank & Joanne Hohmeister

7:30 PM Holy Eucharist

7/10 7/11 7/12 7/13 7/15 7/15


Don Phillips Colin Coates Ron Caine Kevin Case Gray Horn Maggie Dougan

7/23 7/27 7/30 7/30 7/31

Doris Bryant & Del Springer Debbie & Wally Truss

Gwen Moraski Russ Martocchio Brooke Nelson Caitlin Doyle Wally Truss

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