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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

THE GIFT WE ARE OFFERED Experiencing as much of Holy Week as possible reminds us how much God has done for us. Sunday, March 28 8 & 10 a.m. Palm Sunday Palms & Passion at 8 Palms & Choral Passion at 10 Wednesday, March 31 No service Please join the community on Thursday & Friday Thursday, April 1 Maundy Thursday 6:30 p.m Soup for Supper 7:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist Stripping of the Altar Thursday Night Prayer Vigil Can we watch with him one hour? Sign up in the narthex Friday, April 2 Good Friday Noon & 7:30 PM Good Friday liturgy & Hymns Can we acknowledge our part? Saturday, April 3 Easter Vigil 5:00 p.m. Readings from Old & New Testaments Remind us how God has sought us The Paschal Candle to light our way. Renewal of Baptismal Vows Sunday, April 4 8 & 10 a.m.

Easter Day He is risen. Alleluia! He calls us to new life in Him!!!

April, 2010

Getting ready to be ready There is always a lot to do to get ready for Holy Week — preparing programs, rehearsing music, ordering palms. And the list goes on. All of these activities point toward the very moving liturgies that take place from Palm Sunday to Easter. Of course, in another sense, the six-week season of Lent is also meant to be a time of getting ready for Holy Week. We are instructed to pray, study scripture, fast, and attend worship as a way to focus ourselves on Jesus’ acceptance of his suffering and death in order to ransom us from sin. But what are we really getting ready for? We are preparing ourselves to be receptive to the many ways God can speak to our hearts during Holy Week. We are opening our minds to the words of scripture which remind us that the story of those who betrayed Jesus—disciples, officials, the crowd—is not so different from the ways we betray him. We are getting our senses attuned to the nonverbal parts of the worship — the motions, the colors, the music. At a fundamental level we are getting ready, so that we will recognize the presence of God in the worship and in new and renewed ways in our lives. The preparations for Holy Week, as well as the liturgies of Holy Week themselves, help us to be attentive to God’s activity in the world every day. Then we can be open to receiving God into our lives on Easter and throughout the year. Blessings and Peace And the new life of Easter Each day of the year,

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

$ 9,661 $ 16,811

Year-to-Date Income Year-to-Date Expenses

$ 21,315 $ 37,878

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.

Please remember to stay current on your capital campaign pledge as well as your annual giving.

Wednesday Evening Services—Please consider the 7:30 p.m. service on Wednesdays to be cancelled if other area activities are cancelled due to inclement weather.

If you want envelopes so that you can make weekly donations, please contact the office.

Hosted Coffee Hour Lately? - Take your turn We need hosts for dates in May & June. Contact the office or sign the list in the parish hall.

Diane Hayes, Treasurer

Garden News Spring Clean-up April 25 Scrip Update • • 

After our first three orders, we have raised $390.80. Twenty-one households have participated thus far. Don’t forget that you can use your Stop & Shop gift cards at the Stop & Shop gas pump.

Scrip Schedule Scrip orders are due the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month • Sunday, April 4th • Sunday, April 18th Card will be delivered the 2nd and 4th Sundays.

We’ll gather in the garden following the 10 AM service. Bring your rakes; wear your gardening clothes. It’s time to wake up the Gill Garden for the season. Remember, many hands make work light. You could help through the summer: We could use a few more volunteers to help with weeding and watering during the summer. Each volunteer will be responsible for one week. Let us know if you are willing to help. Call the office at 379-3062 to volunteer.

April 5 — 7:00 PM— Parish Hall Meeting to discuss this & other projects.

Farmers’ Market on the Green St. John’s will have a booth once a month at the farmers’ market. Our first date will be June 4th. We are looking for folks to provide baked goods and craft items to sell. If interested, please contact Diane Hayes or Sue Hall.

Buy from Amazon—Help St. John’s! Click the Amazon logo on our blog ( or in upcoming emails, and you will help St. John’s. We get a percentage of everything you buy, and the percentage increases with the number of items purchased each month.

PETER’S RETREAT Thanks to those who help.

Each month a group from St. John’s coordinates and serves a meal to approximately 25 residents at Peter’s Retreat, an AIDS/HIV residence in Hartford. If you are a newcomer and would like to learn more about participating in this important outreach, please contact Larry Alibozek, our liaison with Peter’s Retreat, at 379-1889. Special thanks to Rose & Bob Osborne & Frank Hohmeister for the March meal. The Youth Group will be taking the meal on April 24th. Sign up in the narthex if you would like to help on the 4th Saturday of any month. You can also email Salin:

Thanks to all who helped assemble and organize the bean soup bags given out at the Mardi Gras concert and to parishioners. Many thanks to all those who helped with the palm crosses on March 27th. Special thanks to Donna Colavecchio and the Altar Guild for polishing the silver & brass. Special thanks to the diocese for helping to pay for the new windows in the parish hall. Special thanks to Louis Martocchio and Darrell Hoag for trying to stop the basement flooding. Extra special thanks to Halyna and the choir for their work preparing lots of special music to be sung on Palm Sunday and Easter.

YOUTH GROUP ACTIVITIES APRIL 24 — 3:00—8:00 PM— Prepare & deliver meal to Peter’s Retreat. Fun afterwards.

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SATURDAY, MAY 15 4:00 — 6:00 P.M.


Sunday, April 4th—No classes on Easter Sunday. Remember to return your mite boxes. All funds will go to help with Haiti relief. Adults are welcome to contribute as well.



Tickets—$8 in Advance; $10 at Door

(Broadly Defined)

Proceeds to buy ShelterBox Tents for Haiti.

Olive Wood Crosses Available in Narthex These small crosses are made in the Holy Land by Palestinian craftsmen and distributed through the Evangelism Committee of the Diocese. Please take one as a reminder of how much Christ loved us by going to his death on the cross.

Births Gavin Jed MacLeod (Son of Jessica & James MacLeod) (Grandson of Candy & Jack Flaherty) Elliot Xavier Nelson (Son of Christine & Luke Nelson) Marriage Mary Louise (Mimi) Harden & Peter James Madden

Passion & Eucharist at 10 a.m. We will have the readings and special music of the passion as the first part of the 10 a.m. service (The passion will be read in parts at the 8 a.m. service.) Moving from the palm procession to Jesus’ death is one of the most emotional services of the year. Come and remember what God has sacrificed for us.

Groundbreaking at 4:00 p.m. Bishop Curry is coming! Construction on the addition is about to begin! Festivities including children and youth are being planned. This is a good event to include guests from the larger community. There will be a brief ceremony and reception following.

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

Can you watch with me one hour? In remembrance of Jesus’ anguish in facing his death, we maintain a prayer vigil from 9 p.m. Maundy Thursday until the beginning of the Good Friday liturgy at noon. We pray in one-hour shifts. The sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board in the narthex.

Good Friday Offering Supports The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East Every year on Good Friday, pilgrims from all over the world gather to walk along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem. Some carry a cross, to understand better the nature of the burden that Jesus bore. Others accompany them, as witnesses, as penitents, as believers. St. John’s supports the ministries of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East through the Good Friday Offering. Place your donation in your Good Friday envelope or drop a check in the plate marked “Good Friday Offering” and help support this important ministry.

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











4 Easter !!! Holy Eucharist 8 & 10 AM





















Holy Eucharist 8 & 10 AM

Holy Eucharist 8 & 10 AM


Holy Eucharist 8 & 10 AM

Fundraising Meeting 7:00 PM


Holy Eucharist 7:30 PM

Marylou & Alden Ringklib

Vestry 7:00 PM


Holy Eucharist 7:30 PM

Holy Eucharist 7:30 PM


Holy Eucharist 7:30 PM

Cynthia & Bill Welch

Lenore & Kevin Case

Rose & Bob Osborne


Peter’s Retreat


Kristie & Larry Espinet

1-Apr 2-Apr 5-Apr 6-Apr 7-Apr 7-Apr 8-Apr 8-Apr 9-Apr

April Birthdays Jill Healey Kathy Jakubowski Amanda Jakubowski Anna Hester Christopher Jones Marrit Budny Susan Phillips Matthew Ragle Eileen Bartram

10-Apr 14-Apr 14-Apr 14-Apr 14-Apr 16-Apr 16-Apr 16-Apr 16-Apr 17-Apr

Zachary Penn Mike Welch Jaclyn Dougan Patrick Hayes Emily Hoskins Kimberly Grustas Shannyn Newman Joan Caine Addison Keefe Jennifer Doyle

17-Apr 17-Apr 18-Apr 18-Apr 18-Apr 19-Apr 19-Apr 21-Apr 22-Apr 22-Apr

Debbie Truss Krista Warren Kadyn Peck Sue Bremer Helen Kurau Jaqueline Riberdy Jeanne Dufour Charlotte Dufour Warren Hinman Joseph Toro

23-Apr 24-Apr 26-Apr 26-Apr 27-Apr

Jason Carrier Autumn Maust Richard Carter Beth Dee Paul Pobuda

On March 20 Mimi Harden and Peter Madden were married at St. John’s. They brought along the choir — six of her children, two of his, and his son-in-law.

April 2010 Portal  

Newsletter for St. John's Episcopal Church, New Hartford, CT

April 2010 Portal  

Newsletter for St. John's Episcopal Church, New Hartford, CT